I went to the pub yesterday with some new friends to chat about femism, science, skepticism, and general bollocks as one generally does in a pub. There was this awesome woman there who works at the University of East London (UEL) who was telling me all about how David Cameron came to visit her uni. DC arrived and then made the quirky decision to bus some people in to sit with the students of UEL, who had taken time out of their education to attend his speech.
A few years back when I finished my BTEC in fine art (LOL), I applied to a few universities in London – Kingston,Westminster and UEL – to study illustration. Back then I had dreams of being a children’s book illustrator. I was on my way to stardom before someone copied all my ideas and then I was hit by a car (the cheating scumbag wasn’t driving it, before you ask). Anyway, I likedKingston because it was nearby,Westminster because it was nearer to my dad’s side of the family (the arts campus was in Harrow), and UEL because it had a lot of similarities to the college I went to, which I absolutely loved. It also just so happens that UEL has a high number of black and Asian students attending. This could be down to its location, its extra curricular student groups, I’m not really sure to be honest, but it’s interesting that DC decided that he didn’t want his photo taken with a representative range of UEL students, as my friend suggested (well, she more than suggested it. Expletives were thrown).
If you look closely at the picture above, you’ll spot a swarthy, rather hirsute, but otherwise good looking man in the back row. He’s probably definitely ethnic, but like good ethnic. Even though he’s wearing a hoodie, his posture’s not bad so he must be alright. Now zoom your face out.
Woah! Amazing! It’s almost as if the people pictured doesn’t accurately represent the student body! Oh no, wait, no. That’s exactly what it is.
And I’m also told that when the Student Union President Joseph Bitrus was asked on LBC radio today why the student audience looked so bored with the speech, Mr Bitrus too expressed puzzlement, and said that they weren’t his students.
I’m not sure which is more of a story, the fact that they appear to be his token white people and not students of UEL, or that all his alleged token white people look really bored. Check out the blonde lady in the front row (lady or Lady?) she looks like she just found out that this is it.
In one of the comments, Leithin writes:
At 11:26pm on 10 Feb 2010, leithin wrote:
The young blonde lady and the young man with glasses in the front row either side of DC look awfully similar to those just to his left here-http://www.conservativefuture.com/2010/01/08/david-cameron-invites-cf-change-happen/
Hmmm… I clicked that link, but curiously, the photo is just of DC and some other bloke. Maybe I’m going mad, but it’s not hard to imagine the Conservative Future blogger swapping a photo indicating that Cameron takes a group of attractive supporters with him from time to time to stand behind him looking vaguely bored and then when someone calls him up on it, he could just remove the evidence. Far be it from me to imply that this is exactly what he’s done. But it sort of looks like this is exactly what he’s done.
Bleaurgh. I’m not going to pretend that I was ever a fan of Cameron, or that I don’t shudder every time I see a picture of his shiny face, but PR-spin-racism? I would never have expected that. When I think of potential things DC might want to be kept hidden, I imagine he’s into nitrous oxide-fuelled orgies or that he wears Samantha’s frilly French knickers underneath that sharp suit of his or maybe that he’s really into Twilight, not just the films but totally the books as well. Having said that, us ethnically-challenged darkies only make up 7.9% of the population, so maybe he’s just not that bothered about winning our votes.
Shame on you Conservatives for pulling a stunt like this, and shame on us if we vote them in.