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Whither the Constabulary?
Reluctant though I am to resurrect the controversy over the recent
debate-that-wasn't on multiculturalism, there is, I feel, one issue
which has been left without comment, namely the role of Fife
I should say at this point that I attach no blame in the affair to Mr
Blair; throughout he acted with fortitude and good sense, under
near-intolerable pressure, and, while I regret the fact of the
cancellation of the debate, I understand the reasoning behind it.
However, there was a telling phrase in your editorial in the last
edition of the Mitre: "The decision [to cancel the debate] was made
after it became clear that the event would require a strong police
presence, with leftist groups announcing that they would travel to St
Andrews to disrupt the debate, perhaps even with violence".
What, one is left to wonder, was the police's attitude to this? That
the debate should be cancelled because of the threat of violence?
Surely it is the duty of the police to provide adequate manpower to
prevent or control anticipated violence, rather than simply to advise
the abandoning of the event in order to avoid the violence. If this was
the attitude of the police, then it was they who succumbed to quite
improper pressure. In any event, I think we should be told.
Mr. Eliot Wilson, MA, MLitt
Studies Institute, University of St Andrews
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- May I first congratulate you on your coverage of the U.D.S. debacle
concerning Nick Griffin. But I fear you may have misguided your readers
into thinking that this 'wee auld toon' is fascist-free. I'm not in
anyway suggesting that the place is overrun with people who hold such
views, but having heard several conversations of late, it confirmed my
belief that the reception that Mr Griffin would have received may not
have been as tepid as you suggested.
overheard talk of 'sweaty imams' and the current weather conditions of
Constantinople, I think it may not only be the staff of the Saint that
need to undergo cultural diversity training. After a little digging, it
came to my attention that there may be even a B.N.P. member among the
student body, however unlikely this may seem. I know that certain
members of the student body consider the University (or the higher
echelons) to be 'fascists', but I think this allegation seems to be
unfounded, and would add that it is highly unlikely the Principal, nor
our beloved Rector, are members of the gangland political party that
call themselves the B.N.P.
Marat J.P. Robespierre
III, No. 5, April 13, 2005
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