My dear friend Chloe caught sight of David Cameron’s battle bus this morning, which was parked outside our university library, at the University of Southampton, while we were doing some filming for an unrelated project. We’d just finished the actual filming, and whilst I was packing up, Chloe ran outside briefly, returning ten minutes later, trumpeting that she’d given David Cameron what-for.
Fast-forward a few hours, and it seems that Chloe is something of a nationwide phenomenon. Follow the links at the bottom of this post, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.
I’ve just spoken with Chloe now, who is a mite astounded at all the mileage her comments have gained, and is very willing to engage with people. She’s very enthusiastic about speaking to people about her talk with David Cameron, and also her views on politics and education.
Chloe is happy to speak to people, respond to messages, and also to add people, as long as you explain who you are. She’s also comfortable with doing interviews, and can drive.
If you’re reading this, and you’re not related to the press, please spread the word, however you can, and use the #chloegreen hashtag. This is a great opportunity not only for Chloe, but for students in general to speak out about the importance of maintaining government bursaries and grants.
BBC News video: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8644380.stm
BBC Elections Live Coverage: (12:45) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/liveevent/
The Telegraph video: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/uk-politics-video/7634823/General-Election-2010-David-Cameron-confronted-by-university-student.html
Daily Echo (Southampton): http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/8120138.Cameron_berated_by_student_on_city_visit/&h=a84a5
Chloe motivational poster: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs283.snc3/27828_10150153583060162_756620161_12216211_8384414_n.jpg
Chloe on ‘The Campaign Show’ (iPlayer): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s8jms/The_Campaign_Show_26_04_2010/
Peter Henley’s BBC News blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/peterhenley/2010/04/cameron_caught_by_student_chlo.html
Article from The Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/04/27/cam-caned-by-student-over-cuts-115875-22215006/
Iain Martin’s Wall Street Journal Blog: http://blogs.wsj.com/iainmartin/2010/04/26/cameron-at-his-most-effective/
Chloe speaks to Current: http://current.com/news-and-politics/92402312_student-who-told-david-cameron-i-dont-believe-you-talks-to-current.htm
UPDATE: Chloe has been in touch with the BBC, and may be doing something BBC and media related later on tonight. Watch this space.
UPDATE #2: Having talked further with the BBC, Chloe will be on The Campaign Show on BBC 1 tonight.
UPDATE #3: Chloe was actually on BBC News, which was then re-broadcast on BBC Parliament. Apologies for any confusion. You should be able to see her on iPlayer rather soon here.
UPDATE #4: Chloe now on iPlayer. Check it out! Let us know what you think.
UPDATE #5: Chloe in talks with SUSU.TV about the possibility of an interview. If it goes ahead, you’ll be the first to hear about it.
UPDATE #6: More links added! Let’s keep this train a’rollin!
UPDATE #7: Link added. Crazy discussion going on in the comments to the Current article. Also updated contact links.
I sat down in front of my TV (a rare occurrence these days) and flicked to BBC News 24, to provide me with some entertainment while I ate my lunch. I caught a couple of stories; the first was about the MoD’s shameful attacks on Joanna Lumley and her campaign in support of the Gurkhas. The second story was about the latest ‘legal high’ craze mephedrone. I hadn’t really heard of mephedrone until a couple of weeks ago, where I saw it being advertised on Facebook as ‘plant food’. I did some digging, and figured it was another fad, and left it there.
Since then, mephedrone has boomed, thanks mainly to the coverage it’s receiving from major news outlets, such as through the BBC News report I watched today. The report not only provided an explanation of what the drug was, but included an interview with some yob from Brighton who claimed it gives you “double the hit” that you’d get from cocaine or ecstacy. It also included video footage of some websites which sell the stuff, with the URLs clearly visible, emblazoned at the top of the pages shown. Now, I’d like to think that the crack team of journalists that is responsible for the BBC News possess some modicum of intelligence, but from what I’ve seen today, I’m starting to doubt this. BBC News, what were you thinking?
You’ve single-handedly given the suppliers of mephedrone more (free) advertising than they could ever afford themselves. You’ve also glamourised the drug to unsuspecting children who may be watching a report such as this when they get in from school. You’ve also helpfully gone to the trouble of enlightening them on what mephedrone actually is, in case they’ve missed the media storm surrounding the drug. More than that, you’ve told people where they can buy it, which is just unacceptable. Shame on you.
It’s wrong to blame only the BBC for this, however. Google ‘mephedrone’ right now. Around half of the articles on the first page of results are news articles, with the other half being websites you can purchase from. Preposterous. Simply ridiculous. Well done, media. You’ve successfully escalated an underground ‘legal high’ fad into a nationwide pandemic.