- Law student Ronald Coyne filmed taunting homeless man by burning £20 note
- Cambridge University refuse to confirm or deny if disciplinary action was taken
- Now a secret recording at Tory student meeting reveals many laughing at video
- Raucous laughter erupts after someone shouts: ‘It should have been a £50 note’
Ronald Coyne (pictured) was named as the student who burnt a £20 in front of a homeless man in Cambridge
Cambridge University toffs laughed off the scandal sparked by a student burning a £20 note in front of a homeless man, saying: ‘It should have been a £50 note’.
The university came under pressure to expel Ronald Coyne after a video of him taunting the man while dressed in a bow tie and coat-tails went viral in February.
A secret recording taken two weeks later at a Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA) event reveals members broke out into 11 seconds of raucous laughter after one shouted out: ‘It should have been a £50 note’.
But bosses at the university still refuse to confirm or deny if disciplinary action had been taken against the first-year student at Pembroke College for his vile actions.
Law student Mr Coyne was promptly expelled from CUCA which said it was ‘shocked and outraged’ by his disgraceful behaviour in the early hours of February 2.
But the audio recording of the Q&A session with Havant MP Alan Mak shows members at the dinner laughing and defending his actions.
The MP’s speech was instructing members on how not to become a ‘professional politician’ when he was interrupted with 11 seconds of raucous laughter after a member shouted out ‘It should have been a £50 note’.
Burning a £50 note is rumoured to be an initiation ceremony for the notorious Bullingdon Club in Oxford attended by ex-PM David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
Mr Mak had said Mr Coyne’s actions were ‘not representative of the Conservative party in any sense of that word’ but another student was also heard saying: ‘If a man can’t do a stupid thing like that in his first year*. I think that’s really bad.’
Toffs were also heard laughing after one asked the MP ‘do you think Ronald Coyne did a greater disfavour * did a greater disfavour to Cambridge University or the Conservative party?’