A candidate in the recent Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) elections has resigned his membership after drawing outrage for posts on Facebook.
He has since expressed “apologies and regret” for the “stupid” posts, in which he wrote that he and his electoral slate desired “an OUCA free of women, immigrants, homosexuals, transsexuals, left-pinkos, Protestants, cultural relativists, and of course the bloody Freemasons!”.
He further stated that his slate were running to rectify the fact that “OUCA Tories aren’t right wing enough”, “arrogant enough”, “rich enough”, or “sexy enough”, and when listing his running partners referred to various individuals as “the ethnic one”, “the Anglo-catholic one”, and “the female one”.
The member was immediately removed from his slate, members of which handed out flyers the following day with his name crossed out by hand.
He told The Oxford Student that “I would like to apologise unreservedly for my appalling comments and I take full responsibility for any offence caused. I am not misogynistic, homophobic or bigoted. I merely intended to poke fun at OUCA and several members who are.
“When I made those posts, I genuinely meant them as a light hearted critique of the worse sides to (sic) OUCA”.
The member suggested that mental health problems were partially responsible for his behaviour, saying that “I have recently been suffering from poor mental health (chronic depression, anxiety and dramatic mood swings). Although this does not excuse what I said, I believe it did have a role in my poor decision.
“I have resigned from OUCA and am not even particularly on the right wing – I agreed to be a part of the slate when I didn’t understand quite what OUCA stood for, and because it seemed intriguing at the time.”
His slate fared poorly in the election, with only one of its seven candidates being elected.
Benjamin Etty was elected unopposed to the role of President-elect. In the wake of recent scandals, he ran on a platform which included pledges to focus on welfare and make the Bullingdon club a proscribed organisation.