Guild Gazette today follows up the storm over the racist poem in this year’s Pantosfinx magazine. The story is written by Dick Walker:
[At Thursday’s mass meeting] a debate was opened on the issue of the controversial poem in Pantosfinx. Some 200 people remained in the Mountford Hall to hear the debate, which was called after several complaints had been received about the poem.
Last week a mass meeting of students at the College of Commerce condemned the magazine because of the poem and refused to sell it in the College.
Mr Richard Barker, University Panto Secretary, hit back at the complaints, saying that as racialist feelings were particularly high at the moment, the Panto Committee deliberately avoided putting anything they considered racialist in the magazine.
He went on to say that “the poem in question has been published in several other magazines previously and does not appear to have caused offence.” […]
A suggestion was made to remove the page…and was carried unanimously.
Copies of Pantosfinx were brought into the Mountford, where 40,000 copies were ‘censored’.
Panto committee later reimbursed advertisers to the sum of £160.