The revelations of port-fuelled anti-semitism at Oxford University Conservative Association are shocking but by no means the latest soiling of this right-wing political cradle. A look back through the Oxonian archives yields further anecdotes about their forbears — the crucial difference being that they are now special advisers and MPs.
Step forward Aidan Burley, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, whose peers may now regret providing Cherwell’s Evelyn gossip column with a running commentary of their boozing and other insalubrious exploits too lurid for this family blog. Activities of the group included the acquisition of strippers (pictured above) and chronicling alleged sexual encounters with visiting family members.
As president of the King Charles Club, a notoriously elitist dining society banned from college premises, Burley arranged entertainments fitting the august institution, including a trip to, erm, a strip club. The alumni magazine of £10,000-per-year King Edwards School in Birmingham, boasted that their former pupil “achieved national notoriety” after he advertised the club’s excursion to Stringfellows in both The Times and Daily Telegraph:
“The King Charles Club of the St John’s College, Oxford, held their annual dinner last night at Stringfellows … after attending divine service at the Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, and laying a wreath at the statue of the Martyr King in Trafalgar Square.”
Parliament is one “exclusive establishment” with rather fewer naked, writhing women than some alumni of King Charles Club have experienced.
EDITORIAL NOTE: While skirting over his expedition to Stringfellows, when approached for comment Aidan Burley denied involvement in procuring a stripper for his friend (inset left above). Unlike his college entertainment, Aidan likes his threats veiled.