The Guardian sponsors white tie ball at Cambridge University’s oldest college

The Guardian sponsors white tie ball at Cambridge University's oldest college
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Last week the Green Party was forced to cancel a planned black tie fundraiser after their members complained that the champagne-fuelled event was at odds with what Natalie Bennett's party was supposed to stand for.

So Mr S was surprised to see that the Guardian has gone one step further and sponsored a white tie ball. The left-leaning paper, which never misses an opportunity to remind David Cameron of his Bullingdon Club past, is listed as a proud sponsor for the 2015 Peterhouse May Ball.

The event, which is one of Cambridge University's two white tie balls (the other is held by Magdalene College), has tickets for two starting at £350, not including the white tie that party goers will need to hire for the lavish bash. Notable alumni to attend the college include Guardian columnist David Mitchell as well as Michael Howard, Michael Portillo and Rurik Jutting, who allegedly murdered two prostitutes in Hong Kong last year.

With the Guardian hosting a champagne tasting earlier this year, Mr S is glad to see champagne socialism so publicly back on the menu. However, given that King's College used to have a hammer and sickle hanging in their college bar, wouldn't their ball have been a more appropriate one to sponsor?

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