posted on Feb, 24 2013 @ 05:46 AM
First of all the law states that you cannot deface currency, if your intent is to commit fraud.
However, this is not a matter of law, but of decency. There are those who see this act as a foolish act of youth, no different to scrumping apples,
or playing knock down ginger. Some think that a young person from a different social strata, would have kicked hell out of a tramp for the same sense
I cannot speak for other people, but the truth of the matter is, that I am from a much lower part of the social spectrum than these entitled fellows,
and have never been involved with the baiting of tramps, the playing of practical jokes, willful destruction of property, or indeed any other thing
usually associated with the error of youth.
I certainly would never have even considered, at the age where these gentlemen were attending university, to have abused either the physical well
being, or indeed the psycholigical state of a homeless person. In fact, at that age, I was such a homeless person. Despite having no home, I was
holding down a job in a frozen food retail store at that time, and used a portion of my meagre pay, to buy some of the other homeless in town a Burger
King, or McDonalds. I understood that this put me at some ammount of risk, because I knew that some of the other dispossessed in my town were on
drugs, and heavy drink.
I did what I did then, because I felt it had to be done, because the weather was cold, and stomachs were empty, and I had the means to fill them. I
did what I did because I was human enough to see the need, and act on it to the best of my ability.
What I cannot fathom, is how it can be that a group of individuals who have vast financial resources, can cast away all sense of morality do such a
hateful thing to someone. What further disturbs me, is how anyone who HAS been involved in such an activity, can think themselves fit to hold public
office, when people of lesser social standing see fit to assist those worse off than themselves, rather than harrass them.
From the report, it seems to be related to a more recent event, therefore not involving the members of parliament who are currently in the position
of presiding over the slow collapse of my country. However if this initiation ceremony has been a standing fixture for as long as the club has been
active, it raises the possibility that some of the most powerful men in the country have partaken of it. For that reason, it does concern me that
members of the Bullingdon Club have ended up in power here.
One may see nothing wrong in what they did, excuse the behaviour of the Bullingdon Club as the whimsy of youth, but I cannot agree. Youth is not an
excuse for inhumanity. Being young does not explain the desire to flaunt ones position, to wave ones affluence in the face of people in desperate
poverty in such a callous manner.
I wish I could say I was suprised. But I am full of indignation and disgust.