Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 31 August 2015
When I briefly lived in Cambridge, there was a slogan which went, 'Why doesn't the Gown mix with the Town?", meaning that the 70 or so percent of the student residents of the university city were very haughty and detached with the rest of the locals who fed and watered them. I wish we could say the same of Bath University.
One day before the 1st of September and a Bank holiday weekend has brought the drunken, rowdy, yobbish and obnoxious hoards students of both sexes back onto the streets between 10.00pm and 5.30 am, and I have only just remembered how peaceful and pleasant our city is when they are away.
University towns have always been like this since the 17th century, but the difference is that groups of drunken students were much smaller in those days, and the universities had teams of beadles out at night to restrain them.
I really pity the late tourists to Bath, who will go away thinking that this ghastly behaviour involving groups of intimidating young men and women going around swearing at the top of their lungs, urinating in doorways, kicking cars, running in front of taxis, throwing bollards around and scaring anyone over the age of 30 off the streets is not only tolerated, but seemingly encouraged by the city authorities.
One big problem is that Bath no longer has a police station, and we haven't seen police on the streets here - walking in pairs - for about 5 years now anyway. They are currently teaching the government a lesson by pretending to have too much paperwork to do to leave their offices, and that they are suffering even more than the rest of us by the financial cut-backs.
Why does Bath no longer have a police station?
Because they have sold the building to Bath University, who are going to use it for student accommodation. You think I am joking, don't you?