Monday, 1 April 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Chowdhury Slams KCL Tories' Bloodbath and Denies Accusations he's a 'Posh Toff'.

Yazdan Chowdhury has been the subject of fierce chatter and speculation over the past week among London Conservatives. After being attacked and then lambasted by his opponents as "pompous" and "horrible" at election hustings that he then went on to lose at the Kings College London (KCL) Conservatives Presidential election.

tbg caught up with Yazdan Chowdhury whilst on a trip to the Middle East and he gives an exclusive interview revealing his side of this past weeks sensational events at the KCL Tories election hustings.

What was for breakfast, Yazdan?

"Well I am on holiday in the Middle East at the moment, so I had some Gawa (Arabic coffee), a few dates and some honey yoghurt."

How do you interpret the events at KCL Tories election hustings last week as reported on tbg?

"Well the first thing to say is that KCL Conservatives is a university society, not a CF branch. Whilst I accept there are several individuals like myself who are members of both, there is some degree of separation between the two. It has been an unfortunate period in KCL Conservative’s history.

"Up until a few weeks ago, we were a small cohesive friendly society putting on events which attracted people from beyond the society and university. Unfortunately recent events have succumbed to the stereotype of student politics which does no one any favours and turns many students off politics all together. Nonetheless, I (and I assume others) have put the last few weeks behind us."

Do you think it was a fair contest?

"The voting itself was fair and clean - people voted the way they did and that I accept. My thanks to James Davenport & Robert Findon, (ex-President, ex-Treasurer and Returning Officers) for having do deal with an unexpectedly difficult election campaign.

"In the run up to the AGM there was intensive campaigning on all sides and in politics where it is the competition of policies, ideas and people, I expected the occasional smear and tough competition from very strong candidates. But it need not have been as personal, nor factually inaccurate (hence why the smear story was responsibly taken down by TBG). It reflected badly on the whole society in the end.

"I would not be surprised if there were more attacks on me for being paralytically inebriated after post-AGM/election drinks (which on this occasion I was) but there we are. From an outsider’s perspectives it would be hard to believe we were of the same politics and party. I think all concerned are willing to put this unfortunate episode behind us."

What’s your favourite fizzy pop beverage?

"Fanta fruit twist if available, otherwise any lemonade, 7up/Sprite etc."

What do you make of the accusations that you are an elitist toff?

"Well I assume this is in relation to me and the East India Club. Firstly, I don’t think I sound posh, look posh (particularly being an ethnic minority which is rare in the Tory party), or act posh. I am what I am, genuine with all I meet - there is no trying to read between the lines with me per se. As a result people are free to think what they want to.

"As for the East India, I use it frequently as the drinks are cheap, food is alright and it is next to the Chatham House library (which I am a member of) which houses all the foreign policy books and journals I need to do my essays for my degree.

"I joined the EIC as it was the cheapest and easiest to join at £60 per year till my 25th birthday. I use the downstairs room to do my essays with free tea, coffee n hot chocolate and it’s a good place to dump my bag, and relax out of the rain/cold before an political event in the evening.

"I was born, raised and still live in Croydon (bar a short stint in Saudi Arabia in my early teens). I am in regular contact with my local association and go campaigning in the microcosm of the UK that is Croydon (which covers 3 parliamentary seats - 1 safe Labour, 1 Tory marginal and 1 safe Tory) so I am acutely aware of doorstep issues.

The only thing that could label me as posh is that I went to a few private schools. And if that is what makes me akin to being ‘posh’ or a ‘toff’ then so be it."

What’s your opinion of the new KCL Tory President Ben Judge?

"Ben Judge is a great guy, he has an impressive record of becoming KCL Student Council chair in his first year. I look forward to the political and social events he and the committee have lined up for the next academic year."

Do you have further ambitions within the Tory Party?

"If by ambition you mean positions, roles or titles then no. But I always have been and always will be a small-c conservative and will for the foreseeable future be a big-C Conservative, having joined the party aged 15.

I will keep attending events with interesting speakers across the centre-right movement and stay in touch with friends I have made along the way."


Anonymous said...

Not posh? Yet is doing this from Dubai? How working class!

Robert Winfield's love child said...

Against roles and titles? He hands out business cards saying 'Intern and Political Activist' - pull the other one

Anonymous said...

Wonderfully spun from Yazdan there! The only reason he gets such cheap membership of the East India Club is because he went to public school, in his case Whitgift (see I don't know how that fits with his new-found 'man of the people' image I don't know but I do know that he has on occasion worn pinstripe suits to a Weatherspoons (as well as wearing a look of utter contempt while in there)

Quite how a photo of him can be presented as "factually inaccurate" is beyond me but I shall refrain from further comment on that matter as Yazdan is notoriously litigious.

While Cameron Brown's style of attack may be unconventional many at KCL Tories have commented that it has saved them from a year of Yazdan's strops. His threat to cancel KCL Tories events which he has helped organise shows just how much of a prima donna he is, as well as showing his true level of concern about the image of KCL Tories.

Anonymous said...

Ah look at the nasty spiteful CF types again getting vicious at elections doing anything to get ahead in their nasty gutter of a world. Yazdan comes across as balanced and intelligent against a chavalanche from the spiteful dim witted little shits that pervade CF and groups where young people attempt to pretend they're successful as they have a title in an organisation that's turning the stomachs of older activists. You'll recognise these spiteful self serving little shits as they're usually unable to get a real job with their qualifications, they're obsessed with their social media profile photo and gaining access to events with senior politicians and beyond wanting to be an MP because it's a suitable alternative to real work these little shits don't have any status, proper friends or grip upon reality in the real with university conservatives/CFers it's spite & bitching business as usual......Mr Shapps MP put them in detention for being naughty or close the embarrassing rabble down!

Anonymous said...

When did posh become a bad thing?

You can be posh and speak well, dress well but still be down to earth, sensible, not classist and respectable. Like Yazdan.

He's a classy bastard and I wouldn't change him for the world. Should he down his voice, wear wrose clothes because that's what you think of him. I hardly think he's donnin' three piece to canvass.

Shame on you KCL.

Voice of reason said...

Who cares if he's posh? We're not class warrior socialists. But image is everything and sadly the lad needs to tone it down to prevent an Enfield-style 'Tory Boy' persona.

Anonymous said...

Fanta Fruit Twist? Good lord.

Anonymous said...

I was privileged enough to go to school with Yazdan in Saudi Arabia, and while that may sound posh i can assure you it was for from it - the school itself was awful, and Yazdan is a fine young man, who is well-presented, not posh. Good luck to him in the future.

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