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annual Boat Race posh-fest
I can only say his involvement increased my enjoyment, and helped ensure a Cambridge victory, so yeah, this is harsh.
I’d have preferred it if some bobbies and the Christ Church 1st VIII had taken him round the back of a boat house and given him a shoeing, but we live in uncivilised times where officialdom feels the need to interfere in everything.
In all fairness he can’t be blamed entirely for his actions, the Antipodean colonials are notoriously unpredictable, no character.
Nothing so common as a colonial commoner
I mean look at some of their sportsmen.
but then he is a bit of a prick.
...seeing as his protest was all about (albeit in a pretty muddled, ill-thought-through way) elitism and inequality in Britain/London. Think a spot of jail time will only egg him on to cause more disturbances, seeing as this sentence seems pretty indictative of the old English elitism that fucked him off so much in the first place.
Bit odd all round, really. I understand his motives but I'd hate to go for a beer with him...
It's one of those occasions where I go a bit Daily Mail and wonder how something like this garners a custodial sentence when other (apparently) more serious crimes get off with a few hours picking up litter next to the A34
he seems to have been given a custodial sentence when other (imo) more serious crimes are treated more leniently. It seems that he has upset the upper classes (wonder if the judge was an old Blue?) and paid the price. It's difficult to imagine a more heinous crime he could have committed short of dropping his cecks and taking a dump on top of the Queens Rolls-Royce
was there any other criminal history? sentences can lengthen (or shorten) as a result of aggravating factors (and mitigating ones). also, beware of the way the press report sentencing: that guy who wore the offensive t-shirt was given a custodial sentence not just for the t-shirt but also for breach of a previous requirements. (p.s. there is more to community sentencing than unpaid work!)
He was convicted of "causing a public nuisance", it says here. Also "The judge said Oldfield had acted dangerously, disproportionately, had not shown what he was actually protesting against, and displayed prejudice in sabotaging the event which Oldfield regarded as elitist." Ugh anti-Oxbridge prejudice is just the WORST.
He was against elitism but sabotaging an elitist event was prejudiced? So he should have fucked up some Trade Union conference instead?
But he comes across as such a massive twat that I don't feel in the least bit sorry.
but six months seems like the Establishment setting an example to the oiks.
my suspicion is that they gave the custodial sentence to prevent someone doing it again next year.
Personally, this seems harsh, but I'm sure that'll be why they did it. 100 hours of litter picking and somebody else would have done it next year...