University Challenge

I’ve never watched it myself, but I’m told that Magdalen College won University Challenge last night, which means that I’ll have even more undergraduate application files to wade through than usual at the end of the year…

Less well observed than Magdalen’s unprecedented domination of the modern [i.e., Paxman] incarnation of University Challenge (three wins in the last half dozen years or so) is this College’s almost comparable domination of the world of politics commentary. In addition to providing just about the entire senior editorial staff of The Economist, there’s a surprising number of Magdalen people running politics blogs out there, including current undergraduates (Uninformed Jason and at least one other), former undergraduates (Matthew Turner, Andrew Sullivan), current postgraduates (David Adesnik of the Oxblog), former political theory tutors (Chris Bertram of Crooked Timber), current political theory tutors (well, me), and other assorted hangers-on (Mike Smithson of Political Betting). There may be many more…

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