Bullingdon Club Britain: The Ransacking of a Nation
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Harry Mount suggests that the name itself derives from this sporting background, proposing that the club is named after the Bullingdon Hundred, a past location of the annual Bullingdon Club point-to-point race.
It was found by the student newspaper, VERSA, among over a dozen other photographs of the club dated between 1950 and 2010 hanging on the wall of the tailor that is believed to have made the members' suits, and led to a number of other past members being identified. Thirty years after running from the police together, Jonathan Ford would contribute to a Financial Times editorial endorsing his old Buller friend Cameron in the 2015 general election, after saying Labour were “ too preoccupied with inequality.A set of club rules from 1850, found in a small blue booklet with gold embossed letters and yellowed with age, describes the very same outfit they wear to this day. By then the club had already gained a reputation that caused a University proctor to describe it as “a curse and disgrace to a place of Christian education. A woman who acted as a scout for potential members of the Bullingdon Club in the mid-1980s has said that female prostitutes performed sex acts at its lavish dinners, women were routinely belittled, and that intimidation and vandalism were its hallmarks.
One photo, from 1951, shows the former provost of Eton and ambassador to the United States, Anthony Acland, as well as the former governor of the Bank of England, Robin Leigh Pemberton. The Bullingdon, notwithstanding its fringe status, gives the media and the public a licence to paint Oxford as an aristocratic Shangri-la.Nearby non-member students heckled the club as they left, with one even playing " Yakety Sax" (the theme song for The Benny Hill Show).