View Full Version : David Cameron and the Bullingdon night of the broken window

11-08-2011, 10:13 PM
Tory old Etonians aren't averse to a wild night one step ahead of the 'Feds' ;)
From the FT today:

David Cameron supposedly retired early to bed (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1217700/Bullingdon-revisited-Boris-Dave-TV-drama-embarrass-Tory-heavyweights-party-conference.html) before a raucous evening in 1987 in which the Bullingdon Club ran from the police through the streets of Oxford – according to “When Boris met Dave”, the recent TV programme.

In fact, I can reveal, the youthful Cameron was most definitely at the party. Unlike most of his friends, however, he – along with Boris Johnson and another student called Sebastian Grigg – escaped capture by the forces of law and order.
Mr Cameron’s apparent capacity to rise almost without trace is neatly embodied in the story of his early brush with the law.
The evening had ended with a pot being sent crashing through a restaurant window – sending some of the revellers, including Johnson, the future mayor of London, scurrying for safety while their less fortunate friends earned themselves a night in the cells at Cowley police station.
Many details of the evening have been kept a closely-guarded secret by the group of old friends, who have remained tight-lipped about Cameron’s involvement in the escapade.
But one former Bullingdon member recalled how the arrests took place in Oxford’s botanical gardens where – silhouetted by the lights of the police cars – the students, who had been hiding on the ground, stood up one by one.
At that point, however, Cameron had sprinted off down a side street towards St John’s Lane to make good his escape, according to the person. He said the idea that the future Tory leader was not part of the original escapade was ludicrous.
“A policy of omerta has descended on the Cameron episode. He definitely got completely clean away, so that part of it is true, but the idea that someone just went to bed early! I mean, come on….”
The former member added, ironically: “There were tiers, there was (on one hand) an advanced commitment to smashing up rooms and (on the other) there were just kind of people who went to bed early.”

11-08-2011, 10:23 PM
They was feral !!:eek: http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/the-bullingdon-club/

Kid Ryder
11-08-2011, 10:25 PM
An early display of an invaluable political asset - a clean pair of heels!:rolleyes:

Justin Casey
11-08-2011, 10:30 PM
Most excellent! :D

I saw the headline David Cameron promises to restore 'sense of morality' on the Telegraph earlier and thought now that's a phrase that will come back to haunt him. But so soon! The Telegraph headline now reads David Cameron promises swift justice as rioters appear in court (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)