The Oxford students who trivialise free speech take reckless risks with our liberty

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Rebecca Coulson, Conservative Home: I wanted to write about freedom of speech, but I was worried that someone could disagree with what I said, or claim that I wasn’t the right person to say it. I wanted to write about freedom of speech, but I suspected that someone might hack into my article to censor and change it. I wanted to write about freedom of speech, but I knew that if I did, someone would drag me from my home, then torture and kill me. Several days after another nineteen people’s...

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Cambridge’s chief censor is Mr Squirrell. His denial of campus debate show he’s nuts

Nov 21, 2014 by

by Laura Perrins, Conservative Woman: There is an article out there, so frightening, so worrying it must be read. It spells disaster for the future of this country. Tim Squirrell, President of the Cambridge Union,  (Dickens could not have chosen a better name) believes that students of Cambridge University have a right to be intellectually “safe.” The President of the Cambridge Union, one of the most famous, august debating societies in the worldbelieves debating an idea – the pure...

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The rise of the Stepford students. Free Speech is so Last Century. Today’s students want the r...

Nov 21, 2014 by

By Brendan O’Neill, Spectator: Student unions’ ‘no platform’ policy is expanding to cover pretty much anyone whose views don’t fit prevailing groupthink. Have you met the Stepford students? They’re everywhere. On campuses across the land. Sitting stony-eyed in lecture halls or surreptitiously policing beer-fuelled banter in the uni bar. They look like students, dress like students, smell like students. But their student brains have been replaced by brains bereft of critical faculties and...

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Free Speech is dead in Britain …

Nov 20, 2014 by

As I learned on a BBCdebate programme called ‘Free Speech’ by James Delingpole, Breitbart: Is it just my imagination or was there a widely publicised report a few weeks ago by a professor called Alexis Jay describing in clinical detail how at least 1400 mostly underage girls were groomed, drugged and raped over a period of years in the northern town of Rotherham by gangs of men from predominately Kashmiri-Pakistani Muslim backgrounds? The reason I ask is that earlier this week, I...

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The closing of the Oxbridge mind. Better not to debate controversies such as abortion

Nov 19, 2014 by

by Philippa Taylor, Conservative Woman: Not for the first time, a college at a top UK university has completely shut down an attempt to organise a balanced debate on abortion. Are the students running scared of possible credible opposition to their ‘abortion is the answer to everything’ mindset, by closing down all conversation with those who disagree, rather than engaging with it? Or are they simply unaware (despite being – apparently – among the brightest students in the UK) that by...

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Promoting “British Values” by Curbing Free Speech

Nov 6, 2014 by

by Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: “Yes we need to combat the Islamist threat, but this is not the way to do it…. You can’t protect democracy by undermining its very foundations…. Freedom of expression is an essential freedom for any democratic society.” — Colin Hart, Director, The Christian Institute. “They made us feel threatened about our religion. They asked, ‘Do you have friends from other religions?’ They asked this many times until we answered...

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