So the ghastly little oiks need protecting from their betters, do they?

Working class students at an Oxford University college are to get a ‘class liberation officer’ to protect them from bullying and patronising comments.
Last week students at St Hilda’s College voted to create the new post, backing a motion that said working class students suffered from ‘microaggressions and classism at university’ and needed more support.

41 thoughts on “So the ghastly little oiks need protecting from their betters, do they?”

  1. When I was “up” it was about 50:50 private:state. There was never, ever any animosity, except occasionally the odd state educated lefty with a chip on his/her shoulder. But they were rare.

  2. To protect themselves from bullying and patronising comments…..such as someone appointing a class liberation officer you mean?

  3. “To protect themselves from bullying and patronising comments…..such as someone appointing a class liberation officer you mean?”

    It’s all this microagression BS. A comment such as “Wow, you got in to study Classics despite having been at Scumbags High, Scumchester?” which, under any objective reading is a massive “jolly good show, well done” is now patronising and a microagression.

  4. @abacab My experience, too. But in those distant days (early 70s) the state educated were largely from ‘Direct Grant’ grammars.

  5. Ah, the first shot fired by the progressive establishment in their war to win back the working classes.

    I expect this will definitely work.

  6. I’d be prepared to bet that students from private schools are the subject of far more ‘micro-aggressions’ (and probably proper aggressions too) than ones from state schools, yet no-one is providing them with any support.

  7. yet no-one is providing them with any support.

    Nobody is even considering providing them with support, because they aren’t an approved victim class. They are lucky they aren’t simply banned from accessing any Union facilities.

  8. Whenever I go to Cambridge it seems all the students are Asian (mostly Chinese) so who is doing the aggression bit is a mystery.

    My guess is some cockend with too much time on their hands whipped up a crisis to boost their profile and chances of getting a SPAD position after they complete their tour of the micro-aggressive hell that is studying at Oxbridge for three years.

  9. When I was at Oxford you’d see a little bit of sneering, but what exactly is a ‘class liberation officer’ going to do about it? Say ‘there there’? Tell the upper-class tossers to stop being beastly? If you can’t deal with a few mildly sarcastic comments then you don’t belong at Oxford.

    And really, if you go to Oxford and you don’t come out with any stories to tell about poshos being poshos then you’ll be disappointed.

  10. Yur, I went to ‘ull univerity and we had real aggression in some local pubs, usally to the cry of: poncey fookin’ students

    We learnt to handle it:
    – Don’t go there, there are loads of other pubs
    – Run if necessary
    – Turn up with the rugby team..

    Microagressions, bluddy ‘ell, what is the world cumming to.

  11. This is an interesting development.

    It has always amused me to observe the percentage of leftists who HATE ‘jocks’ (i.e. Sporty, tough, physically fit). So often leftists and arty types claim the victimhood privilege of being bullied, shamed or excluded at school – or in the street – by the ‘jocks’.

    It’s now a trope of literature and the arts.

    But it also seems an article of faith that the self-same ‘jocks’ are to be mercilessly bullied, shamed or excluded once their victims achieve success in life due to their mental fitness (i.e. their own approved badge of superiority).

    In short: Physical bullying and sneering bad. Intellectual bullying and sneering good.

  12. “And really, if you go to Oxford and you don’t come out with any stories to tell about poshos being poshos then you’ll be disappointed.”

    Oxbridge is one of the few ways that a really bright non-posho can become a posho, if they so desire.

  13. St Hilda’s, you say?

    *checks alumni*

    So, basically degrees to get you a place on the B Ark. OK, there’s a few talented people in there, but when the people being highlighted are poets and minor politicians…

  14. If you think you are suffering from ‘microaggressions’ and that you need protection from verbal bullying then congratulations, you have leaped out of the working classes straight into middle class poncedom.

    Int social mobility brilliant?

  15. I do wonder where these people find all this strife. I assume it doesn’t really exist and is largely imagined.

    I’m an oik from a working-class background. Never had any grief when I went to private school.

    No grief at red brick uni either.

    Lived most of my adult life with foreigners. Dated a few. Married one. Didn’t encounter significant racism or xenophobia (what little there was came from minority-vs-minority).

    Middle aged now. Still haven’t seen any evidence of global warming, despite it being part of the curriculum when I was a little kid.

    Conclusion: there’s a lot of people around who are just utterly full of shit.

  16. Bloke in Wiltshire said:
    “St Hilda’s, you say? *checks alumni* So, basically degrees to get you a place on the B Ark. OK, there’s a few talented people in there”

    Indeed, only a few. And they seem to have gone there pre-1974, when the male colleges started going mixed. Even when there were hardly any women-only colleges, the talented women seem to have chosen other places. A female St Peter’s.

  17. I shall repeat my standard advice to downtrodden proletarians at Oxbridge (or anywhere else). “Get off your fucking knees.”

    That’s because I suspect that they are self-downtrodden.

  18. @Meissen Bison

    Absolutely. It’s not class that’s causing the poor darlings at St Hilda’s to be on the wrong end of patronising comments. It’s because they’re at St Hilda’s.

  19. When are the left going to realise that “working class” includes just about everyone.

    What they mean is that they’ve defined another group that is helpless without their intervention but believe me, their idea of “working class” really, really doesn’t belong in that group.

  20. Decadence. A hundred years ago they’d be off to Flanders Fields.

    A university with a ‘class liberation officer’ has too much money. Any government contributions should stop immediately.

  21. Richard,

    “and they seem to have gone there pre-1974, when the male colleges started going mixed.”

    There’s 3 of talent. Katherine Parkinson is properly talented, and after that but the other 2 were before.

    I sincerely believe that we should just have unis paid for by the alumni. You do good, you write a big cheque to the college.That’s not to say that every course has to be about generating wealth, and most students would want some diversity. But it would regulate cost and benefit.

  22. If students have time for this kind of nonsense, then they aren’t being driven hard enough.

    Same for preventing unions at work: just give the bolshy types lots a heavy workload.

  23. Just looked at the St Hilda’s alumni list on Wikipedia — it’s appallingly bad. And the best of the lot is a minor comedy actress.

  24. As one brought up on a council estate, if the soft bastards can’t handle themselves with some insecure spoilt brat braying at them, they shouldn’t be at uni.

  25. Bloke in North Dorset

    If I hadn’t been given the context I’d have thought a “class liberation officer” was a new Beano character in the helping the Bash Street Kids avoid school.

  26. @ BiW
    My college *is* and, apart from the original endowment, always has been predominantly funded by alumni (currently lots of moderate cheques by around one-third of middle-aged alumni every year, rather than one big one by a multi-millionaire although it has received a big legacy most centuries). It subsidises more of aggregate undergraduate costs than it receives in fees.

  27. “I expect the ‘vote’ consisted of twenty SJWs voting yes, and nobody else bothering to vote.”

    I expect that is true. Student politics is a dozen or so weirdos plotting the revolution while normal people get on with their lives.

  28. “I expect that is true. Student politics is a dozen or so weirdos plotting the revolution while normal people get on with their lives.”

    Isn’t it interesting how this “vanguard of the Proletariat” thing quite accurately mirrors the old “white man’s burden” of the 19th century?

  29. Bloke in Costa Rica

    If they had someone to show them which fork to use at College dinners and the correct form of address when speaking to a Viscount I could see the point. Oh, and not to use the tablecloth to wipe gravy off their chins. That was always a dead giveaway when I was up.

  30. Bloke in North Dorset

    FYP

    I expect the ‘vote’ consisted of twenty SJWs voting yes, and nobody else bothering to vote turn up.

  31. One of the most common micro-aggressions is asking where somebody comes from! I don’t know how you would survive your first week at university without making such a micro-aggressive enquiry about 500 times.

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