'We went through seven months of hell and you wrecked it': Fury at protestor who tried to derail Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
A protester sparked fury yesterday by deliberately swimming into the paths of the crews in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
Environmental campaigner Trenton Oldfield was hauled from the water and arrested on public order offences after his actions halted the prestigious event for half an hour.
Last night, the president of the Oxford University Boat Club angrily told Oldfield via Twitter: ‘My team went through seven months of hell. This was the culmination of our careers and you took it from us.’
The university crews were almost neck-and-neck when they were forced to stop after the blades of the Oxford team’s oars narrowly missed Oldfield. A police officer said later: ‘They nearly took his head off.’
The comments are drenched in xenophobia and classism.
Boot him back to Australia, revoke his visa, his degree (if he't a student) and ban him from the UK permanently, and sell anything he owns, to pay back some of the costs of hosting this event..... Bloody idiot, protesting for what?
- Damian, Elsewhere, 8/4/2012 2:38 940
'This was the culmination of our careers and you took it from us.'????? um... it's a boat race. I'm sure you'll be fine - ticker, london, 8/4/2012 6:22 ++++++++++++++++++++++++ have you stopped to think that this race is as important to them as maybe your ferrets and watching East Enders is to you and your sort ?
- someone, South, 8/4/2012 7:50 842
What angers me is the jealous remarks over the people who sat in the boats and have put in a lot of HARD WORK not only to get to Oxford or Cambridge, but into the boats. Thousands of people "row" each week -it is not an elitist sport so why think so. I am so sadden by the way this country is becoming - jealousy abounds, socialism abounds... thank you the Policial correct police you have ruined not only the UK but people's lives and attitudes.
- heather, twisty spine, 8/4/2012 10:55 677
This protest symbolizes the 'March of the Morons' against excellence in all things. It's purely political, it's fundamentally about race and it's twin - 'equality', and is part of a movement to debase this country, it's values and traditions. It's a movement that been growing in fervour steadily in this country for a few years now. This nonsense needs to be actively stamped out before it leads to the ruin of Britain.
- Cynic, Dyed in the wool, 8/4/2012 9:28 388
Once he has completed his prison sentence send him back to Australia. He doesn't need to remain in a system that he hates so much.
- Andy, Singapore, 8/4/2012 3:20 191
Send this idiot back to boring Australia. WE DONT WANT YOU HERE!!!
- Richard, London, 8/4/2012 2:05 188
Of course the boat race is elitist...Oxbridge is the pinnacle of educational success in this country, or hadn't you realised this, all those of you moaning about elitism and snobbery? Both universities attract the best students from around the world, in addition to students from the UK. By the time crew members get picked for the race itself, they've normally worked all through university to get there, as well as beforehand, in pursuit of excellence in their sport. I'm not at all right-wing politically - on the contrary, pretty far to the left where most things are concerned. I hadn't the confidence to apply to Oxford or Cambridge and doubt I'd have made it through the interview stage in those days, but every ambitious pupil in my (small village) secondary school knew if you worked hard enough and shone brightly enough there was a chance. Sure enough, a friend's brother was a Cambridge Blue. Don't sneer at those who excel - try harder yourself and make your own success.
- Toodlepippers, Back end of nowhere, 8/4/2012 10:12 175
Rubbish, the system favours the privileged in terms of places at those institutions.
really fed up with prats like this - take your middle class ideology somewhere else -prat!
- Ken, Suffolk, 8/4/2012 7:17 145
So it's a middle class ideology to be concerned about the growing inequality in this country and the environment. Wow, colour me shocked.
No doubt a left-wing idiot
- wallace, the moon, 8/4/2012 5:35 133
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