St John's the patron saint of entitlement
THIS business at Sydney Uni's St John's College is appalling.
In case you haven't heard, the privileged sons (and daughters) of Sydney's wealthy elite have been running amok for about, hmmm, well, 100 years or so, but ramped up their excesses recently.
Then some wimp who couldn't keep her mouth shut, nor her heart beating without assistance, dropped them right in their own excrement, of which there is apparently a fair bit lying around the hallowed halls of their exclusive environs.
Normally one would leave these future leaders to themselves.
Indeed, as the offspring of barristers, judges and politicians it's pointless trying to bring them to account for anything. But not this time.
It's not the vomiting and excreting all over the dining tables and courtyards that concerns; one gets used to the smell, presumably.
Neither is the problem the ritual bastardisation of brethren with less well endowed parents.
Gosh that's happened throughout their private school years anyway, and who doesn't enjoy a spot of bullying, old chap?
As former old boys of St John's, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey both illustrate, it is one of the criteria for Liberal Party membership.
It was unfortunate that girl was hospitalised, but she should have had some milk to line her stomach before eating the dog food and shampoo hors d'oeuvres.
Sure there's misogyny and ill treatment of women but St John's is Catholic and the Church has a long, outstanding history with women.
Generally they are asked to stand outside and this has been happening a long time.
No, St Johns has survived these things for 150 years, but recently they've overdone it.
Their latest escapade is shameless, unprecedented, demeaning and unforgivable.
They have brought alcohol itself into disrepute.
Just when you thought it was safe to have a drink, perhaps very occasionally one too many, now it appears it turns us all into aggressive, uncontrolled, misogynistic, criminal, vomiting, lawless yobbo offspring of privilege and entitlement.
Do something about it, George, before all our rum rations are cut.
Meanwhile why not seek some privilege, power and public immunity with some of these? If it works for St John's…
Nepenthe Tempranillo 2010, $19
More trophies than St John's cabinet, so get a hold of one to find out for yourself why. 8.8/10.
Yellowglen Vintage Pinot Noir Chardonnay, 2009, $20
The old staple has undergone a few label transformations and not always for the better. Looks cheap, like St John's, but tastes fine, unlike St John's. 8.6/10.
Ketu Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009, $11
A nightcap after a hard day's christening should be light yet mature to match the occasion, or not. 8.5/10.
Shaw and Smith, 2012 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, $28
One of Australia's top savs is perfect for occasions such as grand finals, test matches and all frat-house rituals. 8.8/10.
Voyager Estate Girt by Sea Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010, $24
Four blokes, four beds, four bottles, and four glasses, sounds like a college party in the making. Then the talk turned to change tables. 8.3/10.
Cherry Tree Hill Reserve Merlot "Halle" 2009, $33
It's been so long between merlots I had forgotten what they taste like. A nice reminder. 8.8/10.