Sunday 27 March 2005

Don't they know it's nearly Tartan Week?

I see that a lot of folk are getting their knickers in a twist except that they're probably not wearing any:
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.

... 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.

(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?

(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".

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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It's a bit like the bibjab case in London: you either think institutions have the right to impose a dress code or you don't - whether exemptions are sought on the grounds of nationalisty or religion is irrelevant. 
Someone tell Alec Salmond that the kilt was a Victorian invention - and that was a British monarch, if I recall rightly...

29 March 2005, 16:21:12 GMT+01:00
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David Farrer is none too happy about it either (scroll down.) 
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29 March 2005, 10:55:26 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Duffin
Graduate at St. Andrews wearing a kilt?  
Blimey, John Knox's cap was bad enough for me - I just don't have the legs for it, darling. Thank goodness it was all so long ago.

28 March 2005, 21:39:28 GMT+01:00
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David Farrer
My sister Carol has e-mailed me as follows: 
"But I remember you not wanting to wear a kilt in Leeds!!!" 
I was about seven at the time.

28 March 2005, 19:41:52 GMT+01:00
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Some years ago, Cambridge was rent in twain by the very deepest of issues, to wit - which gowns and hoods the dons were to wear in academic processions and the like. Was it to be tradition - you wear the togs corresponding to your highest Cambridge degree - or red revolution - you wear the outfit of any degree to which you claim entitlement. The dons voted to let themselves swank about in whatever kit they fancied:shouldn't that be good enough for the graduands too?

28 March 2005, 15:29:44 GMT+01:00
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Ah, but remember that Wallace's MA will (in all probability) just be a BA, upgraded a few years later by paying £10; it's not like a genuine Scots MA.

28 March 2005, 15:21:16 GMT+01:00
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David Malloch
No some people have not got anything better to moan about, I heard Alex Salmond blowing a lot of hot air in this morning papers about this kilt ban nonsense. 
The university are perfectly entitled to impose whatever dress codes they see fit, nobody is forced to become a student there, and if you don't like their rules don't join.

27 March 2005, 21:22:16 GMT+01:00
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Bill (Scotland)
Thanks for the link (-:

27 March 2005, 21:17:20 GMT+01:00