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Toff Priyamvada Gopal Throws a Wobbly Over Uppity King’s College Porters.

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‘Madam’ ne sied pas à son altesse, Dr Gopal.

Priyamvada Gopal is a person with a bit of a history.

Support for gender segregation in 2013, See, Gender Segregation and the Postmodern Politics of Despair.

Attack on Mary Beard earlier this year: Oxfam scandal sparks Twitter row between Cambridge academics.

Her latest escapade was not in long in getting into the media.

The Cambridge academic Priyamvada Gopal announced today that she will refuse to supervise any students at Kings’ College, due to what she described as “consistently racist profiling and aggression by Porters”.

The Cambridge Student.

This is apparently the substance of her charges.

She described one of her experiences at the college: “‘I repeatedly asked them to address me as ‘Dr Gopal’ and repeatedly failed to get them, including the aggressive Head Porter to whom I attempt to complain to address me as anything other than ‘madam.’”

Gopal apologised to students but pointed to similar testimonies from other members of the university from ethnic minorities. She said that a King’s student told her that “the issue of racial profiling and unconscious bias at the King’s gate is something we are aware of”.

The response from King’s College Visitor Service was described by the academic as a “classic nopology” – the head of the department stated “it has not been my experience”, according to Gopal.

The professor, who came to Cambridge in 2001, has been involved in several public controversies in recent months, including an argument with Mary Beard over the Oxfam scandal and a Daily Mail article depicting her as a “hate-filled don”.

She has also been an active user of Twitter as a platform for defending her beliefs, having 18,000 followers. In March, however, she announced she would tweet less as she feared “turning into an anti-troll”.

King’s College have said the following: “We have investigated the incident and found no wrongdoing on the part of our staff.

“Every visitor was asked to show their card during the course of that day, as the College was closed to everyone except King’s members.

“Non-members such as Dr Gopal were asked to take alternatives routes, around the College.”

“This was a matter of procedure, not discrimination.

Some might observe that Madam Gopal is the embodiment of conservative upper-class entitlement masquerading as the fight against oppression.

Apparently she has taken the following action ” I have finally decided on my behalf & of other people of colour.”




Written by Andrew Coates

June 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Seems to me that the post-colonial academics come from backgrounds that did jolly well out of the Raj. When bleeding heart liberals counter on about the slavery enriching white British families and imperialist plunder, I always like to point out that my family is quite blameless on that account.


    June 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

  2. Porter? Are you still allowed to called a porter? I thought that was rather a derogatory term. I know the railways changed the job title to “Platform attendant/assistant” when they still had these roles. If she wants to be called Dr. Gopal that’s fine, I would not have a problem with that, as long as she in return calls me Mr Johnston, we would get along fine.

    Steven Johnston

    June 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm

  3. Excellent BTL comment below the ‘Cambridge Student’ report:

    It was just a matter of time before Dr Gopal overstepped her loudly-proclaimed victim narrative to reveal herself for the arrogant, elitist race-baiter that she is.

    She also reveals her tone-deaf ear for British language codes. Madam and ma’am – originally borrowed from the French ‘madame’ or My Lady – was used only to a woman of rank (as ‘Sir’ was used to her male equivalent).

    This usage may be old-fashioned. It may potentially offend someone unsure of their gender. But to claim that it is ‘racist’ suggests a certain desperate and undignified desire to claim a victimhood you simply don’t deserve – unless you can prove that this poor porter never does and never has applied the same courteous nomenclature to white female academics, which is very…very…very unlikely to be the case.

    If this represents the worst of Gopal’s experience of racism (and her absurd reaction suggests that, to her at least, it does) then she should, as the saying goes, get a life and stop trying to damage and diminish the lives of others infinitely lower on the socio-economic privilege scale than herself.

    Jim Denham

    June 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm

  4. Let’s see if that crook Simon Woolley puts this up on Operation Black Vote. After all, he’s a professional victim.

    Dave Roberts

    June 20, 2018 at 3:48 pm

  5. She has been on the Coatesite list since this pile of relativist, contorted, piss poor, over-written cack.

    “Free speech is most precious when it genuinely questions power, when dissent challenges and undermines an unacceptable status quo. Meaningful dissent makes the invisible visible. While the openly tyrannical are obvious targets, in formally democratic contexts free speech is truly only a weapon when it sets its sights upon insidious norms and received ideas rather than sanctioned enemies. Charlie Hebdo is frequently described as satire against the powerful, but power is always context-specific. What is the oppositional value of caricaturing religion in a formally secular nation, particularly if the targeted faith is that of a demonised minority who are often pilloried as enemies of the state anyway?”


    Andrew Coates

    June 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm

  6. If she had written that for the Sun it would have been “They got what was coming to them that Charlie Hebdo lot, it is the only language they understand”. Probably have been more honest too.

    Steven Johnston

    June 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

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