“Now, every year, the Conservative Society here holds a tongue-in-cheek”heretic burning”. This usually involves someone from the left-wing,that we think has contributed most to irritating us. It’s usually on 5thNovember, because it’s essentially updating the Guy Fawkes tradition. It hasbeen run, without ‘scandal’ or obsessive media coverage for the past sixtyyears.
The idea of ‘Heretic Burning’ is to be infantile and to let our hair down. Weusually have fireworks, mulled-wine, light-hearted debate, marshmallows andbanter. During the year we burnt the Rt. Hon Ed Milliband, the left-wingsocieties collaborated to respond by burning David Cameron. This was on thesame beach, and everyone treated it as a good laugh.
If you’d listened to the BBC coverage, however, you’d have thought we hadperformed a modern-day lynching. There were lies galore – such as the notionthat we’d wrapped him in an EU Flag [that appeared on the BBC for at least 36hours] (this was to be done separately; however our president forgot to bringthe EU flag in question). Another lie was parroted from our Student President,Patrick O’Hare, that we could’ve chosen Gaddafi. He wasn’t nominated at anystage, and thus wasn’t considered or burnt. The candidates were – as far as Iremember – Obama, Balls, Cooper, Cable and Clegg (and maybe one or two more).
Moreover, we have many republican members from the USA. Being an open andtolerant society, we accept people with a wide-range of views. They voted forObama for obvious reasons. This was done at an EGM (and not at a committeevote, as the BBC also initially reported, before deleting it).
If you’d listened to the BBC, however, the word “racist” appearedcountless times. The accusation was – without the BBC saying it publicly – thatwe were somehow racist for burning an effigy of the US’ first mixed-racepresident. Apparently, Obama isn’t a politician in his own right, to be judgedlike anyone else would be – Obama must be disliked only because people areracist and stupid and right-wing.
Look, I’m not saying that what we did was big or clever, and if we’d have knownthat it would have caused such offence – we wouldn’t have even contemplated it.However, the way that it’s been reported by the Liberal media, led by the BBC, is completelyinaccurate and wrong.”