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December 21, 2014

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rjmadden

It could be worse, i.e. more stupid. At least she's not asking for free taxis home.

Greg Allan

Here's a thought Ms Binney. How about the young women wear some clothes?

The original Mr. X

Since the article notes that "Female binge drinking has increased exponentially in recent years", maybe it's no bad thing if people can't afford as much alcohol as they'd like.

Anna

“Coats,” she informs us, “are especially essential on nights out,

Thank God for that Oxbridge education.

Theophrastus

Standards are clearly falling at our elite universities. What does "especially essential" mean that 'essential' doesn't? And then: "Logic, and my mum, would say the answer was obvious". Experience and her mum, perhaps. But logic, Carola, tells us nothing about the world: it is the a priori science of the formal relationships between propositions and concepts.

Joan

Specifically, the belief that coat-wearing in winter can only be achieved – say, by students at Magdalen College, Oxford, which, incidentally, boasts its own deer park – if local nightclubs are forced to provide storage for these items entirely free of charge.

I say we do nothing and let nature take its course.

Jimmy

She needs a good slap to keep her cheeks warm.

peem birrell

>>the article notes that "Female binge drinking has increased exponentially in recent years",

A lazy healthist lie.

If the cloakrooms were 'free' everyone using the club would pay for them in higher prices, so those not using the cloakroom end up subsidising those who do.

Tim Newman

British bars and clubs are pretty crap in the way they don't provide cloakrooms or if they do, you need to pay. In Russia, no bar or club could ever hope to stay in business unless a huge free cloakroom was the first thing you came across when you walked in. It was great, because the problem this woman describes is real - do you freeze, or stand around all night with a coat under your arm. In Russia, you wear a t-shirt with a giant coat over the top (and the women wear fur with next to nothing underneath). What surprised me most was that when I went to Vilnius, which is as bloody freezing as Russia, their bars had no cloakrooms (although the clubs generally did). So British clubs would be greatly improved if they had cloakrooms, preferably free. But if they have a cloakroom and it costs £2...well, that's hardly something to complain about.

In any case, the answer is not government intervention. If she doesn't like the facilities in the club, she can either talk to the management about it or spend her money somewhere else. If I was her, I'd pay the £2 and STFU.

Jamie MacMaster

Hey, it's government intervention you want?

No Coats, No Boots, No service! Would that work?

Montréalaise

If this young woman is so broke that she cannot afford a couple of pounds for a cloak room, maybe she can't afford to go clubbing. How much do those Jägerbombs cost, anyway - how about having one fewer Jägerbomb and paying for a cloakroom instead? Or is she one of those women who go to a bar and wait for a man to buy them a drink (or several drinks)?

svh

Specifically, the belief that coat-wearing in winter can only be achieved – say, by students at Magdalen College, Oxford, which, incidentally, boasts its own deer park – if local nightclubs are forced to provide storage for these items entirely free of charge.

I blame the patriarchy. And capitalism.

John D

You see, they can’t be arsed to pay. Therefore someone else should.

Sounds like the motto of our times.

RNB

"It could be worse, i.e. more stupid. At least she's not asking for free taxis home." Would that be "home from the club" or "home from the flat of the cute guy she picked up at two but who kicked her out at four"?

R. Sherman

Can someone explain to me the allure of Jägermeister? In Germany, it's exclusively consumed by the elderly as a postprandial digestive. In addition to brains, Ms. Binney needs better taste in cocktails.

WTP

First discovered jäger while skiing in Austria 20 years ago in the form of jäger tea. Perfect concoction for putting life back into cold and/or sore muscles. Bought some last year with the intention of making jäger tea again but never got around to it. Then this Christmas, was out of spiced rum, which is what I usually mix with eggnog, so decided to try jäger. Liked it much better than spiced rum or southern comfort or anything else I may have tried in the past. Shots of jäger by itself, I've never cared much for. Thought of trying it with root beer, but never seem to have both in the house when such occurred to me.

TheTooner

Excuse me, did she just say she has in her wardrobe a garment lined with (gasp!) FUR?! Think of the poor little animals.

ACTOldFart

Get yourself a rich, stupid boyfriend, sweetheart. He'll pay for the coat check and all the drinks, get you home, etc etc, so you can get absoultely rat-faced every night of Trinity term (or whatever it is at Oxbridge). Given that you move in the Spectator environment, such a patsy shouldn't be hard to find lolling about uselessly somewhere. I'm sure you and he can sort out some way in which you can repay him for his largesse. See, the market solves all problems.

Mojo

"TWA pund?" -- Angus McBeefsteak

Ten

I'll see your microaggression and raise you a carbonated microaggression.

JuliaM

@Ten: Harvard..?!?

bilbaoboy

Life is tough.

Spending decisions do not come easy.

I thank this woman for highlighting the problem.

I thought it was a pi**-take, but I now realise my masculinely ? oriented mistake.

Or was it just a set up to get knee jerking or twerking or whatever retrogrades like me all worked up?

David Davis

Sadly, now, nearly all our Universities - certainly the 466,097 "opened" since the 1980s, are no longer fit for their strategic purpose. They should be shut down. The new flood of Young White Ethnic British labour, eager to go clubbing, will drive wages smartly down, benefitting the economy. As to the lecturers and Dons, they can go hang except for the possible exception of Professor Brian Cox, who is sometimes instructive and entertaining.

Tim Newman

Can someone explain to me the allure of Jägermeister?

Very clever marketing on the part of some Americans. They took an obscure drink known in Germany more, as you say, as a medicine than a drink and relaunched it as an apres-ski-stroke-winter staple. As a marketing campaign it was astonishingly successful.

randian

This specific sense of entitlement is a particularly feminine one, not especially related to elite status.

Watcher in the Dark

They used to say something about fur-lined knickers helping, but I am not sure I want to go there. At least, not in public.

bobby b

The obvious win/win solution would be to turn the heat down to about fifty degrees in the clubs.

sackcloth and ashes

Just as a matter of interest, does anyone know who Ms Binney is related to?

I want to know how it is that a third-year BA student gets a blog with a political weekly. I don't see any evidence of talent being involved.

PJTM6789

I just read something earlier today that pertains to this. Feminism is essentially just the complaints about the inconveniences upper class liberal white women have in their meaningless lives. That's why they are constantly shrieking about rape. Because rape is the only thing they talk about that makes them seem serious. Although to be fair, modern Feminists have managed to make a topic as serious and horrible as rape into a punchline.

geeeez

So clubs get forced to offer free coat rooms, and drink prices go up to compensate. What will they be asking government to do for them then?

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Has she not heard of Darwin?

Re: Harvard. Some "Progressive" Jewish lass is complaining about the "microaggression" of the Sodastream logo towards Pali-students. Why are there Pali-students AT Harvard, and why is she a screaming twit?

Spiny Norman

Why? Because the Clown Quarter has taken over Academia.

Anna

Why? Because the Clown Quarter has taken over Academia.

You don't say.

Hal

Why? Because the Clown Quarter has taken over Academia.

You don't say.

So presumably the festivities that celebrate the beginning of studies would involve the ritual burning of the effigy of David Cannadine, with quite particular emphasis on burning all copies that can be found of his book Ornamentalism . . . . .

---Yes, all copies that can be found. I'm keeping mine, but then I wouldn't be enrolled there anyway . . .

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