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Anderson MSci MA (Cantab) MRSC SFHEA VOLUME SEVEN: THE EYE AGAINST THE PRISM Thande Institute Archive 20190511 item X54-32Z-9EE-4PT. Provenance: Document discovered by Sgt Robert Mumby (Team Beta, TimeLine L Expedition 1a). Document was found pressed between two books, apparently forgotten, on bookshelf possessed by TimeLine L native D. Batten-Hale (see archive section 5A). Remarks: Document takes the form of a fragment of a newspaper, the Oxfordshire County Register, which appears to have been preserved due to being on the back of an article mentioning Mr Batten-Hale’s allegedly tireless efforts to protect university funding. As the layout of the front and back of the pages is different, the text on the other side begins mid-article. ...the third murder of a GTI academic in as many weeks, panic has gripped Brasenose-Hertford College in particular, where Dr Peasebody’s body was found (see main story, page 2). However, Inspectrix Atlantis Samuels of the Oxfordshire Constabulary insisted in today’s press conference on behalf of the Royal National Police that there was no cause for alarm, and that the police were appealing for witnesses to come forward. Inspx Samuels also publicly denied the rumour that the Interior Minister has requested that the Royal Gendarmery be called in to ‘get a grip’ on the case, as was the language used by a Government document leaked yesterday (available on Motext page LO22A). Pressure now mounts on the police to solve what appears to be a diabolically complex case. DRAMATIC SCENES IN COLLEGE DEBATE Studebaker College’s Student Union has become known for forming the vanguard of controversial debates, and Tuesday’s was no exception. With the invitation of divisive Scots academic Archie McIntyre, recently returned from his trip to the Former Societist Territories, the wonder is it took so long as it did for the riot to break out. Register reporter Angela Dawlish was on the scene and records here Prof McIntyre’s colourful remarks leading up to the unrest: PROF MCINTYRE: [...] It takes a lot to shock you, doesn’t it? [Derisive laughter from audience] I mean it—I could blether [Eng: talk] about going around Zone Whin—I mean, ahem, Platinea and looking at threshed bases—oh, and blasted cities, and folks sick and starving—but ye’re inured to all o’ that, aye? [Challenging sounds from audience] Oh aye. But lemme tell ye ane thing, ye ruddy Sassenachs [Note: derogatory term for English used by Scots] I cuild tell ye somethin’ that’d make ye sit up in yez chairs. At this point Prof McIntyre left the lectern and walked to a blackboard used when the lecture theatre is employed for teaching rather than debates. He deliberately walked to the wrong side of the blackboard and wrote large words on it in chalk where they were not visible by the audience or any of his fellow debate participants. PROF MCINTYRE: ’Scuse my wee [Eng: small] bit o’ theatre, no? Now I’ll tell ye. Whit’s the ane thing I’ve learned frae [Eng: from] goin’ around those lands we were all raised tae hate? I cuild say anythin’! I’m already a foreign Scottish laddie bletherin’ at the English, isnae [Eng: isn’t] that suspicious enough, ye ken? [Eng: you know?] I cuild say looking at those puir wee lassies and bairns [Eng: women and babies or children, respectively, terms also ruled acceptable in some Northern English dialects by the Academy] starvin’ in their shattered cities, and say, why, war is wrong, and they’ve converted me tae their side, tae the Bad Idea? Do ye want me tae say that? Prof McIntyre glared at the restive audience, who doubtless were hoping he’d get to the point. PROF MCINTYRE: But it’s no’ controversial tae call yer opponent some closet Sanchezista—isnae that whit we’ve been doin’ all our lives, from arguin’ over a sweet ice when we were bairns? No, that willnae [Eng: won’t] shock ye! I’ll say somethin’ else—I’ll say, ye ken, twa [Eng: two] years past when we all let our fireworks off tae celebrate that we’d won—I say it’s nuthin’ of the sort! More curious murmurs from the audience began at this point. PROF MCINTYRE: Naw! The Societists, the individuals on the other side, oh they lost. But Pablo Sanchez won! Jeers, shouts, denials from the audience, but the sound amplifiers allowed Prof McIntyre’s voice to rise above. PROF MCINTYRE: Ye’ll say I’m aff me heid! [Eng: off my head, i.e. unhinged] But I tell ye! Whit was old Pablo Sanchez tryin’ tae prove? Eh? He wuz tryin’ tae prove that all men are brithers and that all the ’uman race shares values? Eh? Change me mind! At this point some members of the audience began to rush the stage, but Prof McIntyre held them back by raising a hand and going to the blackboard. There is no denying his charisma. PROF MCINTYRE: If ye’ll let me finish...whit has the last century proved, eh? Ye’ll say I’m a daftie, that we spent the last ’undred years divided! But I say, no! We were all, all of us, all across the world, united by ane principle! And this is it! Prof McIntyre then rotated the blackboard to reveal the words he had scrawled in chalk. It was at this point that our reporter had to leave as the room descended into chaos and seven arrests were made for varying degrees of bodily harm. Eighteen injuries were reported, though intriguingly, Prof McIntyre himself escaped unharmed. It is clear that his argument found some resonance with some parts of the audience, who elected to defend him. The words Prof McIntyre wrote, the principle he claimed had united all of humanity through the long years of the Quiet War regardless of whether they be Diversitarians or Societists, was as follows: THE ENDS ALWAYS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. THE EYE AGAINST THE PRISM .