Not in my view, though Barbara Speed – a former Cherwell editor who recently graduated from Wadham – disagreed. Published in Cherwell.
It depresses me just a little that articles like these – which The Tab in particular specialises in – are always so much more popular than Serious News Stories.
But it was great fun to write. The pictures are brilliant.
Someone – I can’t remember who – said afterwards that it was great Guido Fawkes material. So I emailed Alex Wickham, from the Guido Fawkes blog, and the article was featured on their ‘seen elsewhere’ column for a day or two.
It’s of course unfair of me to label this just ‘Another OUCA story…’ when that’s very much not the headline that appears.
Here’s the text online. There was substance to warrant a story: an OUCA officer had been unfairly disciplined and, on a separate note, we had a witness to attest to a bit of sexism at Port and Policy, the society’s weekly port-sodden debating fixture. There was not substance though to warrant the Watergate-esque ‘Revealed: The OUCA files’ headline. It over-promised sensation to the reader and was a bit tabloid, which isn’t Cherwell’s style. So I do have regrets about the way that story was framed.