Tory 'Hagueathon' drinking event in York branded 'irresponsible'

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TORY students from the University of York have been branded 'totally irresponsible' for encouraging people to drink 14 pints of beer in the city today.

A 12-hour 'Hagueathon', intended to match the alleged drinking exploits of Foreign Secretary William Hague when he was a teenager, comes after three young people have drowned in the city's rivers at the end of city centre nights out this year.

A spokesman said on the website whereevent.com: "Legend has it that, as a teenager in 1980s Yorkshire, the now Foreign Secretary William Hague consumed 14 pints of beer in a day. Amazed, impressed, and seething with jealousy, the York Tories had an idea...

"So began the tradition, an event known and replicated throughout the universities and Conservative Future branches of the UK and beyond. We attempt to match Mr Hague's efforts in 12 hours - 14 pints, beer, cider or ten large glasses of wine. Dead easy."

But the mother of Megan Roberts, who drowned in the Ouse in January after a night out, said she felt quite frustrated by the event. Jackie Roberts said she did not object to people going out and having fun, but said: "Having just lost my daughter, I find it quite upsetting. I feel it's insensitive."

And Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Labour cabinet member for health and community engagement on City of York Council, said: "This is totally irresponsible and flies in the face of everything we've been trying to do around creating a pleasant and diverse night time economy, and all the river safety work which has all been about raising awareness of the dangers of consuming too much alcohol."

Her Cabinet colleague Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing said: "As taxpayer-aware political activists, these students should pay a visit to A&E and see how much this kind of ‘fun’ is costing the taxpayer every week. "

But Tory group leader Cllr Chris Steward said the ‘Hagueathon’ had run many times before with no injuries, arrests, fights or damage. "It is friends socialising and a small minority may drink 14 pints, but most will not," he said.

"This event should be seen in a context of broader student drinking that so many of us have done and the far worse drinking and behaviour York often sees from hen and stag parties or team social events."

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10:16am Sat 3 May 14

eeoodares says...

I thought students were poor, how are they affording 14 pints?

I suppose it is no worse than groups consuming cans of beer on the train before they start a full day drinking session in York.
I thought students were poor, how are they affording 14 pints? I suppose it is no worse than groups consuming cans of beer on the train before they start a full day drinking session in York. eeoodares
  • Score: 18

10:43am Sat 3 May 14

Yorkieand says...

eeoodares wrote:
I thought students were poor, how are they affording 14 pints?

I suppose it is no worse than groups consuming cans of beer on the train before they start a full day drinking session in York.
They're tories so they won't be poor. They'll spend a lifetime making sure that those outside their social circle are though.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I thought students were poor, how are they affording 14 pints? I suppose it is no worse than groups consuming cans of beer on the train before they start a full day drinking session in York.[/p][/quote]They're tories so they won't be poor. They'll spend a lifetime making sure that those outside their social circle are though. Yorkieand
  • Score: 21

11:10am Sat 3 May 14

old_geezer says...

Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?
Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives? old_geezer
  • Score: 41

11:29am Sat 3 May 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

This is not a Tory political event,just an ill-advised ignorant ,juvenile and stupid student "escapade", which can have both short and long term adverse effects on them and others!
As both Councillors Tracey Simpson-Laing and Cunningham-Cross suggest , this can have knock on effects on student heath, local A&E and Ambulance services, not to mention the tourists on whom the local economy depends.
York has enough irresponsible inebriated locals and visitors without students being encouraged to join them.
It is sad that we have not heard any comments from either the University Authorities or the medical profession, who are well aware of the negative effects of excess alcohol consumption!
This is not a Tory political event,just an ill-advised ignorant ,juvenile and stupid student "escapade", which can have both short and long term adverse effects on them and others! As both Councillors Tracey Simpson-Laing and Cunningham-Cross suggest , this can have knock on effects on student heath, local A&E and Ambulance services, not to mention the tourists on whom the local economy depends. York has enough irresponsible inebriated locals and visitors without students being encouraged to join them. It is sad that we have not heard any comments from either the University Authorities or the medical profession, who are well aware of the negative effects of excess alcohol consumption! Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 8

11:35am Sat 3 May 14

AJButler says...

old_geezer wrote:
Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?
So this story boils down to "Adults plan to drink alcohol" right?

I very much look forward to seeing Councillors Cunningham-Cross and Simpson-Laing patrolling the streets of York tonight, berating anyone they see consuming alcohol in a fashion the deem unacceptable.

And God forbid if you drink and have a political leaning because that heinous crime is entirely unforgivable!
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?[/p][/quote]So this story boils down to "Adults plan to drink alcohol" right? I very much look forward to seeing Councillors Cunningham-Cross and Simpson-Laing patrolling the streets of York tonight, berating anyone they see consuming alcohol in a fashion the deem unacceptable. And God forbid if you drink and have a political leaning because that heinous crime is entirely unforgivable! AJButler
  • Score: 8

11:46am Sat 3 May 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

TORY students will be doing the 'Hagueathon' while Labour and LibDem students go on a pub crawl.

Hey, but then whats a little bit of political leverage when your desperate.

Forget about titles and deal with the under lying cultural issue that is far deeper than the shallow interpretation of this issue and has no party political divide.
TORY students will be doing the 'Hagueathon' while Labour and LibDem students go on a pub crawl. Hey, but then whats a little bit of political leverage when your desperate. Forget about titles and deal with the under lying cultural issue that is far deeper than the shallow interpretation of this issue and has no party political divide. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -56

1:41pm Sat 3 May 14

marvell says...

Non story from the "PC" brigade. There are thousands of irresponsible drinkers every night of the week in York city centre.
Non story from the "PC" brigade. There are thousands of irresponsible drinkers every night of the week in York city centre. marvell
  • Score: 8

2:11pm Sat 3 May 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

I hate politics. It's divisive and schismatic. It pits man against man, brother against sister.

Here we have a story about students going drinking. Big whoop! Students go out and drink a lot. Whodathunkit?
What next? Dog bites man! Woman buys handbag!

BUT because it has been presented in a political light here we have people at each others throats in print and someone saying truly thoughtless and shameful things which should be immediately retracted.

And all in the name of scoring points, oneupmanship and I'm right/you're wrong. Politics. Yuck.
I hate politics. It's divisive and schismatic. It pits man against man, brother against sister. Here we have a story about students going drinking. Big whoop! Students go out and drink a lot. Whodathunkit? What next? Dog bites man! Woman buys handbag! BUT because it has been presented in a political light here we have people at each others throats in print and someone saying truly thoughtless and shameful things which should be immediately retracted. And all in the name of scoring points, oneupmanship and I'm right/you're wrong. Politics. Yuck. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 11

2:13pm Sat 3 May 14

piaggio1 says...

An here.s me thinkin it wer the last bunch of chancers.that protected the rich n so called powerful people that corrupt peice of slime blair and his mates damaged my country more than any tory no hoper.
An if you wonder why the co-op bank is in sooo much poo!
Just ask septic fc .an it.s amazing loans from this lot.
They are ALL at it .
An here.s me thinkin it wer the last bunch of chancers.that protected the rich n so called powerful people that corrupt peice of slime blair and his mates damaged my country more than any tory no hoper. An if you wonder why the co-op bank is in sooo much poo! Just ask septic fc .an it.s amazing loans from this lot. They are ALL at it . piaggio1
  • Score: -1

5:38pm Sat 3 May 14

old_geezer says...

AJButler wrote:
old_geezer wrote:
Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?
So this story boils down to "Adults plan to drink alcohol" right?

I very much look forward to seeing Councillors Cunningham-Cross and Simpson-Laing patrolling the streets of York tonight, berating anyone they see consuming alcohol in a fashion the deem unacceptable.

And God forbid if you drink and have a political leaning because that heinous crime is entirely unforgivable!
My point wasn't the drinking per se, but (on any issue) the depressing way everybody lines up according to party affiliation.
[quote][p][bold]AJButler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?[/p][/quote]So this story boils down to "Adults plan to drink alcohol" right? I very much look forward to seeing Councillors Cunningham-Cross and Simpson-Laing patrolling the streets of York tonight, berating anyone they see consuming alcohol in a fashion the deem unacceptable. And God forbid if you drink and have a political leaning because that heinous crime is entirely unforgivable![/p][/quote]My point wasn't the drinking per se, but (on any issue) the depressing way everybody lines up according to party affiliation. old_geezer
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Sat 3 May 14

AJButler says...

old_geezer wrote:
AJButler wrote:
old_geezer wrote:
Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?
So this story boils down to "Adults plan to drink alcohol" right?

I very much look forward to seeing Councillors Cunningham-Cross and Simpson-Laing patrolling the streets of York tonight, berating anyone they see consuming alcohol in a fashion the deem unacceptable.

And God forbid if you drink and have a political leaning because that heinous crime is entirely unforgivable!
My point wasn't the drinking per se, but (on any issue) the depressing way everybody lines up according to party affiliation.
I'm sorry Old_Gezzer, not sure how your post ended up quoted there! Wasn't intended.
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AJButler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?[/p][/quote]So this story boils down to "Adults plan to drink alcohol" right? I very much look forward to seeing Councillors Cunningham-Cross and Simpson-Laing patrolling the streets of York tonight, berating anyone they see consuming alcohol in a fashion the deem unacceptable. And God forbid if you drink and have a political leaning because that heinous crime is entirely unforgivable![/p][/quote]My point wasn't the drinking per se, but (on any issue) the depressing way everybody lines up according to party affiliation.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry Old_Gezzer, not sure how your post ended up quoted there! Wasn't intended. AJButler
  • Score: -1

7:48pm Sat 3 May 14

ASP says...

being a tory student, you is already branded as 'irresponsible', ask any of their butlers.
being a tory student, you is already branded as 'irresponsible', ask any of their butlers. ASP
  • Score: -1

8:46pm Sat 3 May 14

allijew says...

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All set for Assize of Ale (From York Press)www.yorkpress. co.uk/news/9866877.A ll_set_for_Assize_of _Ale/ allijew
  • Score: 0

8:52pm Sat 3 May 14

allijew says...

Sorry link invalid!
From The Press

All set for Assize of Ale

8:08am Friday 10th August 2012 in NewsYork Press: The Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth, right, and Adrian Widdowson, Master of the Guild of Scriveners, prepare for the Assize of Ale
The Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth, right, and Adrian Widdowson, Master of the Guild of Scriveners, prepare for the Assize of Ale
THE finishing touches are being put to preparations for a medieval-themed pub crawl around York.

The Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth , the 625-year-old Guild of Scriveners and a team of “Serjeants” will all take part in the annual Assize of Ale, which will be raising money for three good causes.

Members of the guild will be summoned to the Mansion House at 1.50pm tomorrow and sworn in as Serjeants before touring the city’s pubs to assess their beers.
Sorry link invalid! From The Press All set for Assize of Ale 8:08am Friday 10th August 2012 in NewsYork Press: The Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth, right, and Adrian Widdowson, Master of the Guild of Scriveners, prepare for the Assize of Ale The Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth, right, and Adrian Widdowson, Master of the Guild of Scriveners, prepare for the Assize of Ale THE finishing touches are being put to preparations for a medieval-themed pub crawl around York. The Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth , the 625-year-old Guild of Scriveners and a team of “Serjeants” will all take part in the annual Assize of Ale, which will be raising money for three good causes. Members of the guild will be summoned to the Mansion House at 1.50pm tomorrow and sworn in as Serjeants before touring the city’s pubs to assess their beers. allijew
  • Score: 3

11:09pm Sat 3 May 14

Guido_Fawkes says...

Lets put aside politics for a minute.

Promoting an event to encourage excessive drinking when York has seen 3 tragic alcohol related deaths recently is surely a really, really, REALLY stupid idea!

Perhaps they should have been a bit more respectful & sympathetic to those who have recently lost their loved ones in alcohol related incidents in York and perhaps cancelled the event.
Lets put aside politics for a minute. Promoting an event to encourage excessive drinking when York has seen 3 tragic alcohol related deaths recently is surely a really, really, REALLY stupid idea! Perhaps they should have been a bit more respectful & sympathetic to those who have recently lost their loved ones in alcohol related incidents in York and perhaps cancelled the event. Guido_Fawkes
  • Score: 0

11:38pm Sat 3 May 14

Silver says...

Labour voter here, but umm in my day we did centurions of 100 shots of lager. Young kids will drink booze.....no judgement on that part. I went to a uni down south where they had clubs that offered all you could drink and a crappy meal for a tenner. Who are we to deny the youth the same life experiences those of us who went to University had? Because if you went to uni and didn't get drunk a lot you missed out a lot
Labour voter here, but umm in my day we did centurions of 100 shots of lager. Young kids will drink booze.....no judgement on that part. I went to a uni down south where they had clubs that offered all you could drink and a crappy meal for a tenner. Who are we to deny the youth the same life experiences those of us who went to University had? Because if you went to uni and didn't get drunk a lot you missed out a lot Silver
  • Score: 2

11:51am Sun 4 May 14

bloodaxe says...

Could explain Hague's inept performances as Party Leader and Foreign Secretary.
Could explain Hague's inept performances as Party Leader and Foreign Secretary. bloodaxe
  • Score: 30

3:41am Mon 5 May 14

Magicman! says...

And these York Tory students could very well end up being next generation's elected ruling class.
May God and Jesus have mercy on us all!!
And these York Tory students could very well end up being next generation's elected ruling class. May God and Jesus have mercy on us all!! Magicman!
  • Score: -2

9:02am Tue 6 May 14

Micklegate says...

old_geezer wrote:
Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?
Surely the real issue here is that vast amounts of inappropriate drinking goes on in York every week (indeed every night) and yet here some Labour councillors have seen a political story because it's Tories doing it. I doubt the Labour students stick to the recommended unit allowance everyday and I doubt the Labour councillors go round the working men clubs telling people not to drink more than a couple of units.
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: Councillor Steward would very quickly condemn as irresponsible students of any other party doing the same, but it's okay for Conservatives?[/p][/quote]Surely the real issue here is that vast amounts of inappropriate drinking goes on in York every week (indeed every night) and yet here some Labour councillors have seen a political story because it's Tories doing it. I doubt the Labour students stick to the recommended unit allowance everyday and I doubt the Labour councillors go round the working men clubs telling people not to drink more than a couple of units. Micklegate
  • Score: 0

9:04am Tue 6 May 14

Micklegate says...

Magicman! wrote:
And these York Tory students could very well end up being next generation's elected ruling class.
May God and Jesus have mercy on us all!!
Indeed heaven forbid some people who have got drunk at university ever have any power. I propose from the age of 18 those who later stand for election should be able to prove they are continually alcohol free.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: And these York Tory students could very well end up being next generation's elected ruling class. May God and Jesus have mercy on us all!![/p][/quote]Indeed heaven forbid some people who have got drunk at university ever have any power. I propose from the age of 18 those who later stand for election should be able to prove they are continually alcohol free. Micklegate
  • Score: 0

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