PPEist becomes PM

first_imgYesterday’s General Election saw PPEist facing PPEist in a close-run campaign.Ted Miliband is well known for his tenure as Corpus JCR President and OULC co-Chair. David Cameron is relatively unknown by comparison, notable for being captain of the Brasenose Tennis Club, and rumoured to have spent his time with members of controversial drinking society the Bullingdon Club.More recently, when one commentator compared the Old Etonian’s Bullingdon antics to the London riots of 2011, Cameron told the Today Programme that, unlike the Bullingdon Club’s debauched evenings, the riots were “very well organised…looting and stealing and thieving.”Ted Miliband has lost out to Brasenose rival David Cameron before, scoring a 2:1, while Cameron achieved a First. Cameron’s tutor, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, described him as “one of the ablest” students he has taught.However, Miliband has the more impressive hack credentials, while one university friend, Steve Rathbone, suggested that Cameron was not keen on student politics because “he wanted to have a good time”.Another friend, James Delingpole, described him as a “normal 19-year old” who is “likeable and fun, with not an ounce of (apparent) political ambition in his bones”.Miliband, by contrast, has proved his insatiable passion for activism by demonstrating against Corpus Christi’s proposed 27 per cent increase in battels. As JCR President, he led around 50 JCR members, sporting t-shirts bearing the slogan “Blood from the breast, not from a stone,” chanting, “27 is a joke, not an offer!”The reputation of both candidates pales in comparison, though, when compared with the BNOC status of LMH English student Michael Gove, whose time as Union President was characterised by scandal and notoriety. Gove graced the pages of this newspaper time and again during his time as Union President, making headlines including ‘Union hacks in five in a bed romp shocker’.Both Cameron and Miliband have been quizzed about drug-taking, and Miliband appears to have kept his nose cleaner, both literally and metaphorically.When asked about how well qualified he was to dictate drugs policy, he told an audience of 16- to 24-year olds, “I haven’t taken drugs. I’m not in favour of decriminalisation, for example, of cannabis, because of my reading about it – and I have read about it.”Cameron has been less up front about his relationship with drugs. He has declined to comment on whether he was almost expelled from Eton for smoking cannabis, or whether he partook in cocaine while at Oxford.Number 10 is no stranger to PPEists: if Miliband becomes Prime Minister, he will be the fourth PPEist to do so after Cameron, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath.Despite generating so many political success stories, PPE has regularly come under fire as a degree choice.Journalist Nick Cohen expressed widely held reservations in the Spectator, saying, “PPE essay crises are the perfect preparation for politicians who will distil a complicated society down to a few slogans.“Above all, the flightiness of PPE encourages puppeteer politicians, who stand above their society pulling the strings, rather than men and women who represent solid interests within it.”Commentator John Crace, writing in the Guardian, explained why so many politicians have ascended to office after graduating from Oxford with a PPE degree, writing that the degree gives students “a talent for having a firm opinion about absolutely everything regardless.”last_img read more

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Pisgah National Forest Officials Consider Fees for Mountain Bikers and Equestrians

first_imgNOTE: This article is based on reporting done by the Transylvania Times.In response to looming federal budget cuts, officials with the Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina are considering a pay to play program geared toward mountain bikers and equestrians.The idea, which the Forest Service is calling a “concept” at this point as opposed to an official proposal, would require mountain bikers and horseback riders to pay a fee in exchange for access to trail networks within the 500,000 acre national forest, though it doesn’t specify a dollar amount or specific trails.The concept was announced by Pisgah’s head ranger Dave Casey during a recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council meeting in Brevard, North Carolina. Casey said that the idea would be “game changer” for Pisgah—one of the most popular mountain biking destinations on the entire East Coast.Some forest users, such as hunters and fishermen, are already required to ante up fees through mandatory licensing programs.What say you?[megapoll id=”10″]last_img read more

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Bonita Knecht – Brookville

first_imgThose surviving who will honor Bonita’s memory include her husband Ernest Knecht of Highland Center; daughters, Jennie L. Knecht of Highland Center, Julie L. (Andy) Meier of St. Peters, Jessie L. (Roger) Angelo of Highland Center; sons, Jamie L. (Kelly) Knecht of Southgate, Jeremy L. Knecht of Highland Center, and Joe L. Knecht of Brookville.  She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Brendon, Stacy and Rachel Angelo and Braxton Knecht; siblings, Becky Teece of Brookville, John (Louise) Deutsch of Rushville, Marsha Deutsch of Franklin, OH, Melissa (Chris) Knoller of Hudgins, VA, Jeff (Betty) Deutsch of Middletown, OH; a sister-in-law, Janet Deutsch of Brookville, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Don Deutsch. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 9 until 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Father Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Bonita Knecht.center_img Bonita L. Knecht, of Brookville, was born on June 25, 1946 in Batesville, a daughter to Marshall “Jack” and Rita Kunkel Deutsch.  She married Ernest Knecht and together they had six children.  Bonita helped at the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, and babysat many children around Brookville.  She was a member of St Michael and St. Peter’s Catholic Churches as well as the St. Peter’s Ladies Society.  Bonita loved traveling and playing cards, especially at the Senior Center.  On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the age of 72, she passed away at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.last_img read more

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Eto’o Blames Africans for Mane Losing Ballon d’Or to Messi

first_img“If Sadio Mane won it and was on the podium, no one was going to complain because he deserves it and has been doing well and he had the best season,” Eto’o said as per IOL.“Messi (Lionel) won because all the South Americans voted for him. I think the Europeans also voted for Virgil Van Dijk hence he was the runner-up.”Eto’o blamed African voters for snubbing Mane as former Liberia captain George Weah remains the only African to have won the award.“Africans didn’t vote for Mane. That’s the big problem. African people have problems with other African people.“We, as Africans, are letting ourselves down. We need to unite if we are serious about ending the dominance of the Europeans and the South Americans in the race to be crowned the best players in the world.”In January 2020 the CAF African Footballer of the Year will be announced and Salah is in the running for that award together with Mane, Manchester City’s Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez together with Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“We have a lot of big players in Africa now. Mohammed Salah is doing well,” Eto’o said.“Sadio is also on top of his game. Then you have Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez and Idriss Onana. It is very difficult for me to choose one. The guy that will win is going to be the best.”Salah has been named CAF’s best player for the past two years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o insists Sadio Mane deserved to win the Ballon d’Or had he not been “let down” by other Africans who voted against him for the award.Liverpool forward Mane finished fourth for the gong won by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.Following outcries within the African football community after Mane missed out on the award, Eto’o believes the Senegal international should have been the Ballon d’Or winner.last_img read more

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