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Exclusive: the police have offered to HELP Trenton Oldfield protest at the 2013 Boat Race.

27 March 2013

27 March 2013

Trenton Oldfield, the Australian who was fished out of the Thames last year when disrupting the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, is now out of prison and has written a piece for tomorrow’s Spectator about his experiences. In it he reveals that the Metropolitan Police have offered to help him protest at the 159th Boat Race taking place this weekend. This is what he has to say:

‘Throughout the week, via lawyers, I have received some elegantly crafted emails from Scotland Yard’s Liaison Gateway Team (‘a small unit of officers dedicated to facilitating peaceful protest’). They ask how they can help me organise a protest at the university boat race this year. Their ‘total policing’ sometimes includes pre-emptive arrests. To add to this bizarreness, two extremely tall policemen darkened my kitchen to hand-deliver a similarly helpful letter in which they ‘strongly recommend you work with us to ensure your protest is a success’. They didn’t elaborate, but I can only assume they’re putting me in touch with the diving squad. Who says there’s never a policeman around when you need one?’

I’ve seen the letter he was sent from the Met. It introduces ‘the newly formed Police Liaison Gateway Team’ which is ‘very keen to engage with people who may be intending to protest at this year’s University Boat Race’ and want to offer help finding ‘appropriate sites, times etc whereby protesters can exercise their lawful rights, without causing disruption or danger.’

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Until last year, I had no idea that the Boat Race was contentious. Now, the Old Bill are trying to organise protests – and actively seeking likely participants. I have no idea how successful they’ve been. I suspect we’ll find out on Sunday.

Rod Liddle had plenty to say about Olfield’s original protest. Oldfield  does too (he
has written a book
about it, The Queen vs Trenton Oldfield, but responds to Rod directly in his diary:

‘When I was arrested, Rod Liddle pointed his finger to the course I studied at the LSE — contemporary urbanism — and suggested that my fellow students ought to be arrested ‘as a sensible preventative measure’. A little harsh, in my opinion, but he is right to criticise what I call the ‘urban industry’, including places like the LSE. They promise so much in terms of improving people’s increasingly urbanised lives and eradicating poverty. And yet they disappoint and contradict. Take, for example, the decision of UCL to demolish a housing estate in order to build a new campus in east London — for the study of social inequality, no doubt!’

I suspect CoffeeHousers will have strong views on the suitability of Oldfield’s protest. So does our contributing editor Douglas Murray, and we have just recorded a debate between the two of them for our View from 22 Podcast, now in its third week of six-figure downloads. I’ll post the link here tomorrow.

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Listen to Trenton Oldfield discussing his time in prison on this week’s View from 22 podcast (14:40)


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  • Jackthesmilingblack

    “This comment is awaiting moderation. Show comment”

    Take out a subscription when I get this treatment? Kiss my donkey.

    • Karla’s Man

      Yawn!

  • MeM

    Why is he still in the country? Can’t they deport him?

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Ain’t you got no home to go to? Where is it tonight? Another soulless Travelodge with a manager named Mohammed?

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Trenton Oldfield must be sitting back, chugging an Irish carbomb (that’s a kind of cocktail) and thinking, “Result”.

    A radical chick’s wet dream, or what!

  • http://twitter.com/NewF4J New Fathers 4Justice

    A member fro the same Met team based at Albany Street Police Station has also been making the same offer to fathers rights group ‘New Fathers 4 Justice’ so I can confirm that this offer is true.

  • Nick

    I can hardly f ing believe what I see in this country nowadays.And it makes me seeth & feel ashamed to be British.First of all there’s Abu Qatada but I’ll say no more about that —-.
    Secondly,what the flying —- is ‘contemporary urbanism’? Is it really a university course subject?….Really?
    Someone please tell me that I’ve misunderstood that part of the article.
    If it really is a university course,I sincerely hope that tuition fees are increased to £60,000 per year & that students are kicked in the nuts every day purely because they study such subjects.
    Tell me,do the stiffs that study subjects like ‘contemporary urbanism’ have the ability to carry out simple mathematics in their heads? Can they spell? Or is the extent of their vocabulary made up of words like……generic,working in partnership & LOL!…???

    • stephen rothbart

      Don’t worry Nick, our immigration laws are working fine. We may have to keep a nasty man like Abu Qatada but our fearless guardians of our society are, it appears, about to seperate a very nice, polite Japanese man from his English wife and send him home because….er…well anyway they are. So you see we are still a great nation to be envied all around the world.

      • Nick

        Hello Stephen.Next month,my wife & I are traveling from Cornwall to London where we’ll be staying for a few days.And there,no doubt we will experience the enrichement of immigration that our ‘guardians’have imposed on us.

        We genuinely really enjoy our annual London trips but we always look out for the first burqa because we know that our head & shoulders will drop forward in dismay & shame at what has become of our dear old capital.

        • Karla

          Burqas are really more of a Bradford, Derby and West Midlands thing.

          • Nick

            Hello Karla.Unfortunately,there are loads of the walking coffins in London as well.

            • Karla

              Well, unfortunately, the last time I was in London it was August 2005. Things must had gotten a lot worse since then.

            • Newsbot9

              Yes. I’m sure you need to kill off anyone not in agreement with you.

              • Nick

                Taking into account the your incomprehensible reply & time that you posted it,that you had just been released from police cells on bail for Drunk & Disorderly?

                • Newsbot9

                  Nope, but thanks for admitting what you’ve been up to!

        • Newsbot9

          Yes, you see a black face and feel shamed. Your racism is indeed a good reason to feel shamed.

          • Karla

            Am I missing something? Is this England, or Jamaica? Has the English population ever given their permission to turn England into a non-European Country all of a sudden?

            • Newsbot9

              Oh look, we have a democracy. Moreover, your hysterical hyperbole remains just that. Go back to Jamaica if you hate this country so much. Or Scotland, if you don’t like one region.

              • Karla

                Can we have a plebiscite (referendum) on Mohammedanism (Islam)? I thought not.

                • Newsbot9

                  Right, you demand an anti-democratic purge of the first lot of people you don’t like. Then the next, then the next…the usual.

                • Karla

                  What is it with Mohammedanism? To-day, in England, a Protestant Land, even if we put Roman Catholicism, Judaism or even Japanese Shintoism up for a vote, the answer is probably a “Yes”.

                • Newsbot9

                  What is it with your myths? Well, they’re myths. Keep spreading them. And of course you think you could pass referendums to “kill all the members of X”.

                • Karla

                  Even in Sri Lanka and in Burma, the other natives don’t want the Mohammedans in their midst; and who said about killing any-one?

                  Did you know that in Burma, there is this other group of Mohammedans, called the Panthays by the Burmese, and the Hui by themselves and by the Chinese, this time hailing from Southwestern China, and speaks a dialect of Mandarin Chinese, and which arrived into Burma after a nationwide double Mohammedan insurrection against Chinese rule (1856–1877)?

                • Newsbot9

                  You mythical people live somewhere? Keep deluding yourself. I’ll stick with the history books.

              • Nick

                Would you like to discuss your sexual problems?

                • Newsbot9

                  Not everyone has your problems.

                • Nick

                  You obviously have a drink problem & severe sexual hang ups.Please reconsider therapy.

                • Newsbot9

                  Not everyone has your problems.

          • Nick

            Newsbot…You appear to be unable to read.Please re-read my post,try to accurately understand it’s meaning & then reply.

            Where did I mention a black face?

            • Newsbot9

              Aww, did I reply not as you demand!

              • Nick

                I take it that you drink a lot?

                • Newsbot9

                  You take nothing and stand there looking bemused
                  >

                • Nick

                  What didn’t I take? And please sober up.

                • Newsbot9

                  Try reading my post, drunk.

                • Nick

                  I’d prefer to read it whilst sober.

                • Newsbot9

                  Well, no need for me to read your posts for a long time then.

          • Dalek_1963

            I see a black face and I see an invader, a pawn of the elites. Like you.

            • Newsbot9

              Yes, of course you see an illusion. I hope you can be helped by the nice men in white.

              • Dalek_1963

                So he’s not a pawn then. Thanks for clearing that up.

                • Newsbot9

                  Yes, thanks for your blindness.

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        Outrageous isn’t it? But that’s Brit Immigration for you: Let the wrong people in and keep the right people out. I’m concerned because immigration arrangements are reciprocal. So if British Immigration are harsh in dealing with a Japanese man married to a Brit, as a Brit in Japan I need to be concerned. So back off you Brit Immigration bastards. And I say this with all due respect, because no respect is due.

        • Dalek_1963

          Dont worry Jack, I dont respect you.

          • Karla’s Man

            Well, he is just a bit of a troll.

      • Karla

        The problem with the Orientals is that if you make it too easy for the Japanese to come over, then the Chinese, the Malaysians and the South Koreans would complain of being “treated unfairly”, “discrimination” and just otherwise being shut out, and so on.

    • Colonel Mustard

      Contemporary urbanism is basically troll telemachus’ prejudice against the Home Counties and people who own retrievers. One of its more well known manifestations was the hunting ban. City dwelling, café culture lefties who want to destroy the last rural vestiges of Little England with mass immigration and compulsory street parties and who pretend that the corruption and crime infusing our cities are a rich and vibrant benefit. They also think graffiti is art and tend to have wealthy middle class parents living in the shires who fund their gap years and cocaine habits.

      • Nick

        Thank you Colonel Mustard & I should really have known it would be something like that..So is it really a university course? And if so,what is the benefit to the student & society if the student passes the exam?
        Either way,can I still kick them in the nuts?

        • Colonel Mustard

          The benefit is to further the achievements of the Long March through our institutions. Soon the alternatives and the glorious past will not just be dead but buried too beneath a steaming pile of conformist socialist revision and propaganda.

    • Zantedeschia

      Why should you feel ashamed to be British because of Abu Qatada?

      • Nick

        Hello Zantedeschia.I feel ashamed at times when I see him & his acolytes making Britain look weak & stupid.

        • Guest

          I think that the Government is being unrealistic. It is obvious that Abu Qatada is not going back to The Jordan, nor would he be standing trial in a Court of law anywhere. Other options ought to be explored, instead of fighting this losing war against the judiciary, which benefits no-one except the barristers charging lunatic fees and some obscure legal academics.

          Can’t he be just be sent to Gibraltar or Cyprus, the British side or the Greek South? He is obviously not an actual terrorist (we would had been able to deport him long ago if he were), so even if he were to just abscond afterwards, he would not be able to cause much real and actual damage at least to us.

  • Pete

    I fully support the right of this man to once again throw himself into the path of some thrashing oars. Really just let the stupid prat try it again, he wont be so lucky next time.

  • justejudexultionis

    Trenton Oldfield HELPS Spectator adopt extremely annoying and facile Daily Mail practice of CAPITALISING certain words in headlines to help their largely ILLITERATE readership pick out the IMPORTANT words in the sentence.

    • Colonel Mustard

      Calm down dear. It’s for emphasis in lieu of italics, e.g. ‘help’ rather than ‘hinder’ – an action contrary to normal expectations. Judging by most of the comments I should say the readership literacy rate is above average compared to other newspapers and magazines.

  • echo34

    Can he protest in front of a 200mph formula 1 car this year? I’d like to see that.

    • Ridcully

      I’d like to see him protest at the Bulldog Bash (organisers: The Hell’s Angels).

  • DGStuart

    Exclusive: The Spectator has offered to HELP Trenton Oldfield in pursuing a career in journalism and commentary.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Sorry, Speckie. Much as I’d like to help, I just couldn’t get down to your level.

  • Tubby_Isaacs

    Ha, ha.

    I’m no fan of Oldfield and like the boat race but it’s funny to see him turning into the modern equivalent of Peter Hain in his Stop the Tour days.

    There’s a big chunk of the Establishment who really do think interrupting a sporting event is the most serious crime imaginable.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      That’s true. What a savage sentence for such a trivial offense. Obviously intended as a warning to other like-minded individuals.

      • Guest

        Here comes Mr. Trenton Oldfield’s mad Japanese fan!

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          Ain’t you got no home to go to? Where is it tonight? Another soulless Travelodge with a manager names Mohammed?

          • Guest

            Thankfully, most of the Mahomets in England only have two eyes, not four, nor do they have obligatory funny teeth.

            • Jackthesmilingblack

              The Spectator, the spiritual home of the racist bigot.

              • Guest

                Any-one who disagrees with you is a racist. You are obviously yet another foreigner.

                • Jackthesmilingblack

                  Everyone’s a foreigner to somebody. Even you… Make that especially you.
                  You really do hyphen in odd places, Jock. Flash to the 21st century and replace that 1911 Oxford dictionary.

  • Makroon

    Odd. I gained the impression from the text that Oldfield was making fun of the police efforts to send “the heavy mob round to intimidate him” and “help him” (note quotes).
    Most seem to interpret it as another demonstration of police girlyness !

    • anneallan

      Let us hope your reading of the article is correct.
      However, the Met has a – ahem – spotty record, which is why many readers would automatically assume the worst.

  • DWWolds

    On what basis is this guy in this country?

  • Ali Buchan

    Just out of interest, what do Coffee Housers think is the difference between Oldfield’s actions and, say, the actions of Emmeline Pankhurst? Is it just a matter of to what extent one agrees or disagrees with the cause…or even, to take it slightly further, how a historical consensus ends up viewing your ’cause’?

    • stephen rothbart

      Oh I don’t really know for sure, but I believe Mrs. Pankhurst was pushing for universal suffrage, ie. to try to prove that men and women should be treated equally.

      Oldfield on the other hand is trying to prove that some men are not equal even to a mule.

      On the other hand, both have succeeded in their own way to prove their point.

      • johnfaganwilliams

        what the fuck, if anything are you talking about?

      • Tim Reed

        How has this twit proved his point?

        Unless his point was to demonstrate what a sanctimonious, self-regarding, tosspot looks like. Job done in that regard.

        • stephen rothbart

          Aah! Unlike the aforementioned johnfaganwilliams, I see you got the point of my remark. Well done.
          Sadly irony was lost on JFW. But not the ability to use foul language for no good reason it seems.

    • HJ777

      What, exactly, is his cause? It was never stated in any kind of understandable English. I’m still mystified.

    • Colonel Mustard

      Yes, part of a long tradition of “protest” since lefties of various persuasions first started slithering out from under stones. The political equivalent of a toddler temper tantrum, throwing itself to the floor and screaming until it gets the attention it thinks it deserves. But, hey, it worked for ‘Hacked Off’.

      • Ali Buchan

        So (not to compare Oldfield with anyone of note) was Gandhi a ‘Leftie’ throwing a temper tantrum? Was Cromwell an attention seeker? Aung san suu kyi? The rebels in Libya and Syria? Well, yes, they were nothing more than disruptive influences to some people, but to others they were nothing short of revolutionary heroes. What matters is how the ’cause’, whatever it is, comes to be viewed.

        Your comment brings to mind Nietzsche in TSZ – “Behold the believers of all beliefs. Whom they hate most is…the breaker of their tablet of values. Yet he is their creator…”

        (Pretentious or what!?)

    • Zantedeschia

      Oldfield had quite a sophisticated and novel argument, but too much so. He was opposing the fetishising by the establishment of the trappings of exclusivity – almost more a quasi-political art performance than a political act as such. He also had no easily identifiable constituency as such, and no ‘program’ or ‘model’ for what ought to be changed.

      Emmeline Pankhurst had a clear and incredibly strong argument, a vast constituency, a model/program for what was to be changed, and she was obviously, overwhelmingly right.

    • Karla

      I have to politely disagree. If there were no Emmeline Pankhurst, then ironically there would had been no Feminazis today.

  • Barakzai

    If this isn’t an Avril poisson then the preening arrogance of this dip**** is off the scale: clearly he is a fully paid-up member of the self-righteous ”Equality” fraternity, but believes that its precepts allow him to act as he sees fit. Hardly in the Emily Davidson league as a committed social crusader, is he?

  • MikeF

    This man is an absolutely archetypal example of the modern ‘liberal-left’ – an arrogant authoritarian narcissist so utterly consumed by his own self-righteousness that he thinks he has the right to disrupt other people’s innocent enjoyment of a sporting event. The irony, of course, is that as such he is the ‘elitist’ – except that the elect to which he claims membership has no basis for its self-regard other than its own self-estimation.

    • http://twitter.com/thresholdweller John Glenn

      Hardly archetypal – I don’t notice thousands copying him, or even tens. He may share his views on society with many others, but his bizarre method of protest makes him stand out.

  • In2minds

    The UK police farce is as useless as the NHS, reform them now!

    • 2trueblue

      Where is the money coming from for actions like this? I thought we were short of money? Where are the police getting the time and money to devote to such antics? Their job is to arrest offenders not act as facilitators and pander to some nutters obsession.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Apparently the Police Federation whinged about having to enforce the changes to the squatting law for private residences, asking how they would find the time. Too busy policing Twitter for un-PC comments probably.

  • realfish

    I, for one, hope that he does protest on Saturday, Fraser. I’ll be there on Sunday!
    PS: How come this idiot wasn’t deported?

  • Minnie

    I hope that this is just an April Fool’s joke……..

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