So, first off, I’m going to let you in on an open secret in society- we all do really silly and stupid stuff when we’re drunk at some point. Myself, I have thousands of funny stories. Myself, and one of my best friends once rode home in an abandoned little tykes car for #Bants, but we’d gone through about 12 pints of beer each beforehand. Nowadays, as a sober person, I wouldn’t dream of doing it, but at the time in our drunken stupors, the idea seemed fun.
I imagine this must have been the sort of thing going through Ronald Coyne’s mind when he decided to burn a £20 note in front of a homeless person and film it. To be honest, this sort of drunken behaviour is why the Brits are reviled when they go for holidays in Europe, but on the face of it, that’s all this seems to be.
This sort of behaviour only seems to be darker when you add the context around the incident. Coyne was a Cambridge University student, and part of the Cambridge University Conservative Association. Now, I know I “bash” the Conservative Party in Great Britain a lot, but to be fair, I could do just the same for the Labour Party under Tony Blair or Gordon Brown. The reason the Tories are receiving a share of my ire at the moment is due to the fact that since the coalition government, this government has tried to destroy my country.
The ideology, when pushed to the extreme is elitist, and one of the initiation ceremonies for the now infamous Bullingdon club was setting alight to a £50 note in front of a homeless person, buying into the myth that all homeless people are poor (they aren’t always).
So you can view this piece of news as a bad-taste university hi-jink, or do what the rest of the media is currently doing and vilify him. Take your pick.