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Bullingdon Club initiation. Burning money in front of the homeless.

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Darkesteyes Tue 26-Feb-13 17:00:01


A number of episodes over many decades have become anecdotal evidence of the Club's behaviour. Infamously, on 12 May 1894[12][13] and again on 20 February 1927,[14] after dinner, Bullingdon members smashed almost all the glass of the lights and 468 windows in Peckwater Quad of Christ Church, along with the blinds and doors of the building. As a result, the Club was banned from meeting within 15 miles of Oxford.[2]

While still Prince of Wales, Edward VIII had a certain amount of difficulty in getting his parents' permission to join the Bullingdon on account of the Club's reputation. He eventually obtained it only on the understanding that he never join in what was then known as a "Bullingdon blind", a euphemistic phrase for an evening of drink and song. On hearing of his eventual attendance at one such evening, Queen Mary sent him a telegram requesting that he remove his name from the Club.[9][15]

Andrew Gimson, biographer of Boris Johnson, reported about the club in the 1980s: "I don't think an evening would have ended without a restaurant being trashed and being paid for in full, very often in cash. [...] A night in the cells would be regarded as being par for a Buller man and so would debagging anyone who really attracted the irritation of the Buller men."[16]

Dinners in recent years, being relatively low key, have not attracted press attention, though in 2005, following damage to a 15th-century pub in Oxfordshire during a dinner, four members of the party were arrested; the incident was widely reported.[17] A further dinner was reported in 2010 after damage to a country house.[18][19]

In the last few years the Bullingdon has been mentioned in the debates of the House of Commons in order to draw attention to excessive behaviour across the British class spectrum,[20] and to embarrass those increasingly prominent MPs who are former members of the Bullingdon. These most notably include David Cameron (UK Prime Minister), George Osborne (UK Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Boris Johnson (Mayor of London).[21][22] Hansard records eight references to the Bullingdon between 2001 and 2008.

Darkesteyes Tue 26-Feb-13 16:59:29

Their reputation proceeds them Nancy. After all if this was about say..for instance a lottery winner from a council estate who burnt a 50 pound note in front of somone less fortunate i suspect that you as a former NOTW "journalist" would have had no trouble believing it straight away either!

worldgonecrazy Tue 26-Feb-13 12:21:17

So it's not true? Makes you wonder about the motives of someone who would make such a story up, doesn't it?

LibertineLover Tue 26-Feb-13 12:20:40

Huffington post, is full of right random shite

FellatioNels0n Tue 26-Feb-13 12:15:32

Well I think that's cleared that one up.

NC78 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:13:40

They are still a bunch of wankers though.

Nancy66 Tue 26-Feb-13 09:40:49

Ridiculous that you believed that for one second OP.

edam Mon 25-Feb-13 21:26:36

It's the sort of fuck up that happens when your business model relies on exploiting people... Huffpost doesn't pay for content.

NuclearStandoff Mon 25-Feb-13 20:54:32

looks like it wasn't true.

Tortington Sun 24-Feb-13 17:08:12



The sooner people get their heads around the type of people than run the country the better.

they don't give a fuck about you

Darkesteyes Sun 24-Feb-13 17:02:57

Its absolutely disgusting sick and psychopathic. Unbelievable.

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