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Samizdata quote of the day

In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high number of black students, although you wouldn’t know this from the comments made by Lammy and others last week. He quoted the seemingly shocking statistic that, between 2015 and 2017, several Oxford colleges had failed to admit more than one or two black British students. This set the tone of the news agenda, prompting Oxford graduates to tweet their scorn at their old university. But, as ever, statistics are the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Jon Holbrook

8 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Mr Ed

    Well at least Cambridge recruits on merit, and takes minority students on merit, like the eminent front-bench Labour politician Diane Abbott.

  • Paul Marks

    It is not just political bias in the media – it is also laziness.

    It is just easier to crib the press release (see the British newspapers today – who parroted the establishment line about the Tommy Robinson case without really considering the possibility that repeating stuff that was already in the local newspaper might NOT be a crime – and then went into traditional smear mode) than to do independent research and thinking. To repeat the establishment line that Oxford is “racist” is easy – and SAFE (no one is going to be punished for attacking “racism”, but defending a person or institution accused of “racism” is dangerous). Of course both Oxford and Cambridge, and ALL universities (bar Buckingham) in this country, are controlled by leftists – so this actually an internal dispute on the left with David Lammy and co playing the race card for political advantage.

  • Flubber

    One other thing, as has been demonstrated on a significant scale in the US, that boosting under-performing black students into the Ivy League, ends up with disproportionate drop out rates.

    Unless of course they studying ethnic / gender studies, in which case they end up with a garbage degree and a load of debt.

  • jsallison

    Flubber @ 7:28pm,

    Or they become poverty pimping race hustlers because like BigPharma, there is power, prestige and money in the continuing treatment/exacerbation, not in the cure.

  • jim jones

    Maybe we should have IQ tests for politicians so that people like Lammy are kept out of Parliament

  • Steve Borodin

    I thought anyone with even half a brain knew that if you compare apples and oranges you get stupid answers. I have a special name for people who do so. I call them mentally deficient. Hence, Lammy is mentally deficient, like much of the staff of the BBC who make the same stupid blunder every day. But wait, are they really stupid or are they simply liars? Either way, send them to some gulag.

  • Derek Buxton

    None of the current HoC would pass an IQ test and commoner that that they do not come. God knows how they manage to get such duds, and so many of them.

  • jim jones

    The Unz Review has an article describing the IQ necessary to qualify for various Universities: