Cambridge University has come under intense criticism after banning Scottish students from wearing kilts at graduation ceremonies.A few observations are in order:
(1) As Bill puts it:
Obviously some of the more idiotic amongst our so-called intellectual and/or big-government 'glitterati' take this amiss, one even seeing this as a slight relating to 1746; talk about being thin-skinned! Have people nothing better to get agitated about?That sums it up very well, but I'm not in the least bit surprised by the "agitation".
(2) Surely this affair will confirm the suspicions of those who think that Oxbridge is somewhat unworldly. Hasn't news of the "Scottish Raj" reached the Fens? Isn't Paxo himself a Cambridge graduate? Didn't some bright spark at Cambridge realise that the University would be charged with sexism and racism, not to mention kiltism?
However, a climb-down may be imminent:
CAMBRIDGE University last night showed signs of backing down after banning students from wearing kilts to their graduation ceremonies.(3) I was horrified to learn that the man who presides over Scotland's ludicrously low economic growth rate is himself a Cambridge MA in Economics & Law. To think that we taxpayers pay for most of the costs of higher education. I want my money back! Keynes, Wallace - whatever next?
... the interdict sparked fury among patriotic Scottish students, and the university has been inundated with e-mails from angry alumni demanding that the dress law be removed.
Yesterday, officials at the university admitted they were prepared to make exceptions for those who felt strongly about wearing their national dress.
(4) We can be absolutely sure that the First Minister of Scotland will not be attending any graduation ceremony in a kilt.
(5) Instead of interfering with the property rights of others couldn't we get our own back by insisting that all participants at Scottish graduation ceremonies must wear the kilt? There'd be a wonderful boost to the economies of St Andrews and Edinburgh as all those Hooray Henries rush out to get "kilted up".