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Friday, 2 March 2012

Siobhan Benita and Oxbridge

Hilarious parody in the Standard of one of those independent candidates who make a big thing of being 'ordinary and not like other politicians' - never, ever trust a politician who makes a pitch on that basis. It is so funny that I almost believed it. The best bit is when the candidate, Siobhan Benita, who is running for London Mayor, talks about having chosen not to go to Oxbridge because the lavatories are inadequate (she went instead to Warwick, which she says "had very nice toilets (sic)". She says: "I visited Oxford and chose not to go to Oxford because I didn't think it would have been the right place for me to go. They did medieval German which I thought wasn't useful. I wanted to do modern German and they didn't do it so I thought 'sod you then'." I believe that Oxford might offer modern languages as a subject for study, but what I love most of all is that Ms Benita makes no mention of having done anything so vulgar as to actually APPLY to Oxford, it therefore being more accurate (and less arrogant) to say that she chose not to apply, rather than to say that she chose not to go. To choose not to go, one has to have been offered a place in the first place. Her decision not to go to Oxford is reminiscent of my decision not be Foreign Secretary, my decision not to win an Oscar and my decision not to marry Selma Hayek.


  1. Is this the way you go about telling Selma it's over? She will be devastated. The least you could have done is sent her a text.

    1. Actually, I used Selma Hayek as my example because one of the American commentators who most trashed "The Secret" gave, as one of his examples, that one is not going to find oneself cavorting on a sofa with Selma Hayek just because one wishes for it. This is especially true in my case, as I don't even own a sofa.

  2. Actually, I suspect not having the respect to learn how to spell Salma Hayek's name might be a taller hurdle. (One could come to question the quality of an Oxbridge education...)

  3. Thank you for correcting my spelling; I hope that it gave you pleasure.