Jude Collins

Monday, 19 March 2012

Those Ontario riots: I feel so ashamed - don't you?

Oh dear. You have disgraced yourselves again, as  W B Yeats told the Abbey audience at that Synge play (or was it the O'Casey one?)  Like you, I'm horrified and ashamed at the scenes of rioting coming from London, Ontario. A lot of people got cuts and minor injuries, it seems, and thousands of dollars-worth of property was damaged. It appears to have been perpetrated by students from a nearby college or colleges, which makes me feel relieved that when I was a student, I never let alcohol pass my lips ("Lips that touch liquor will never touch mine", I used to explain to beautiful girls in bars),  never got into fights of any kind, acted in a responsible way, and never woke up next morning saying to myself "Holy Mother of God, part of my skull is missing and  I'm going to throw up, I know I am". But out of adversity comes opportunity: with our experience of those awful  Holylands disturbances, we're now in a position to ship out the Vice-Chancellors of UU and Queen's to Ontario, where they can explain to the authorities there how they've managed to deal with those disgustingly young people - sorry, I mean disgusting young people in the Holylands who spoilt things for everyone else by drinking in public and smashing things and giving people cuts, despite what sober responsible grown-ups told them. I mean, as that grave-faced man in the BBC clip from Ontario said, enough is enough.

By the way -  I assume, like me,  you never got pissed or bolshie when you were young? Right. I thought not.


  1. Jude
    What is your point ? Should the 'celebrations' in the holyland in recent years be laughed off. Just a bit of fun. To hell with those few non students still left there.
    I certainly had a few drinks when I lived there many moons ago. I don't remember bringing my 200 mates out onto the street to party all night.
    I presume you would be content for this to happen in your own back yard?

  2. Gio - you're absolutely right. I'm ashamed of myself.

  3. Reasonably quiet this year, Matt should keep that group of constables ready for the twelth, ope ,sorry, diden't mean to hurt anybody's feelings.

  4. Anon 11:43
    I am glad it was quieter this year.
    There is plenty of anti social behaviour around the 12th alright. I hope it is well policed.
    No doubt we can look forward to a light-hearted piece from Jude playing it down.

  5. You impress me more and more, gio. Clairvoyance as well as everything else...