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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oxford students vote to allow lynching

The Oxford Union has voted to allow a black man to be lynched during a debate on freedom of racism on Monday.

Despite opposition from everybody else, the white students voted by a margin of two to one to go ahead with the lynching.

"If we don't allow the lynching to take place, people won't know it's wrong," said Evan Harris, Lib Dem spokesperson for Spectacularly Missing The Point.

Experienced anti-fascist campaigners warned that allowing a black man to be lynched would give credibility to those who wanted to lynch black people.

But experienced anti-fascist campaigners knew less about beating fascists than PPE students, according to an anonymous PPE student with a rich daddy. "We're not in favour of lynching black people, we're simply in favour of allowing them to be lynched," he explained patiently.

The Oxford Union denied the lynching was simply a stunt to increase membership in the dying organisation.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Labour to consider "women's votes on women's issues"

Only MPs self-defining as female would be able to legislate on "women's issues", under proposals being considered by the Labour Party.

The blueprint, drawn up by Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, would involve a grand committee voting on issues including a woman's right to choose, the gender pay gap and the decriminalisation of prostitutes. The highest ranking female MP would decide which issues counted as "women's issues".

Male MPs would still have the right to vote on gender-wide issues such as taxation, foreign policy and defence, it was claimed. But Tories were quick to criticise the proposals, claiming they were a partisan plot to neutralise a future Conservative government by voting it down repeatedly. Of the 127 female MPs elected in 2005, 98 were Labour representatives: Labour would almost certainly have a majority of female MPs even were they to lose their overall majority.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said the issue had "merit", but only as a news story on a slow day.

But the plans may be shelved after shock polls revealed the hype this issue generated amongst political hacks may be disproportionate to the level of interest shown by the public. Coverage of the issue constituted 76.24% of the average broadcast of The Daily Politics, compared to only 0.00% of the average chat in the pub.

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