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Trenton Oldfield: why I disrupted the Boat Race, and what it achieved

31 March 2013

1:46 PM

31 March 2013

1:46 PM

Trenton Oldfield has written in this week’s Spectator that he won’t be attending today’s Boat Race but just in case, we learn today that Royal Marine Commandoes will be patrolling the Thames with thermal imaging equipment to look out for copycat stunt artists. Whatever it cost to imprison Oldfield will be as nothing compared to the cost of discouraging his epigones – real, or imagined.

Having made such an impact, what does Oldfield think now? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, he has what we can fairly call a sparky debate with Douglas Murray, a contributing editor for the Spectator. It’s not for the faint-hearted. Here’s an extract:-


You can listen to the whole thing below, at 11:40. Oldfield says he’s ‘surprised that more people’ don’t protest as he did:

Oldfield: “It’s about a culture. If you stick you head up, like I did, it gets chopped.”

Murray: “The system, including the British police, worked hard to make sure that your head, which you put under the chopping direction, did not get chopped. You were saved by British authorities. Including people who you would think of as elitist.”

Here’s the latest View From 22 podcast, which is downloaded well in excess of 100,000 times. It’s presented by its creator, Sebastian Payne.

Listen to Trenton Oldfield debating with Douglas Murray on the politics of protesting (at 14:40)

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