Why is the woke mob so scared?

Feb 26, 2021 by

by Douglas Murray, UnHerd: Whenever a person is “cancelled” or “no-platformed”, a public battle is inevitably waged. On one side, there are those who uphold the value of free speech; on the other, those who insist free speech depends on what is being said, or believe the whole debate is some kind of smokescreen for smuggling extremist ideas into society. What goes unnoticed, however, is that there is a pattern to these eruptions. The recent cancellation of Professor Gregory Clark at the...

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Margaret Thatcher’s old Oxford college Somerville makes all students take an ‘unconscious bias’ test

Feb 16, 2021 by

by Josh White, Mailonline: Every student at Margaret Thatcher’s old Oxford college was ordered to take a course in ‘unconscious bias’ to expose innate ‘racism, homophobia, transphobia and disability discrimination’. Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, principal of Somerville College, instructed students to complete the online class by this Friday, and told them they must ‘achieve a mark of 100 per cent’ in a final test. In her message the Labour peer, 65, who served in Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet,...

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Government set to fine universities who ‘cancel’ people due to their views as ministers ‘defend British history and culture’

Feb 14, 2021 by

by James Gant, Mailonline: Universities and colleges will be fined for suffocating free speech on campuses, ministers have warned. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will this week unveil a ‘free speech champion’ who will have the power to defend students and academics. Institutions which try to cancel people due to their views will be penalised as part of the government’s ‘war on woke’. Ministers have also told heritage groups ‘public funds must never be...

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The trouble with ‘woke’

Feb 13, 2021 by

by Andrew Doyle, spiked: Any attempt to define or criticise this movement is dismissed as a ‘right-wing slur’. Where there are no shared definitions there can be no possibility of discussion. Such is the dilemma that liberal-minded people face when attempting to reason with those who insist on continually revising the meaning of words. When most of us say ‘social justice’, we mean the concept of equality under the law, opposition to prejudice and discrimination, and equal opportunities for...

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Why NO ONE is safe from the woke warriors trying to stamp out free speech

Feb 13, 2021 by

by Sue Reid, Mailonline: The police phone call to Margaret Nelson came one Monday morning around breakfast time. It was as unexpected as it was unwelcome. An officer from Suffolk police was investigating an anonymous tip that the pensioner had committed a hate crime by posting on Twitter her personal view that you die the same sex as you are born. The force later dropped their inquiries — apologising and saying they ‘got it wrong’. Yet controversy surrounding this 76-year-old...

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Jenrick warns the City of London Corporation to ensure “heritage and tradition are given robust protection”

Feb 12, 2021 by

By Harry Phibbs, Conservative Home: The City of London Corporation is very much an anomaly in terms of local authorities. In 1965, changes brought about in Greater London saw the creation of 32 boroughs. This was a dreary reform that saw administrative logic sweep aside tradition and local identity. But just as Asterix and Obelix defended “one small village of indomitable Gauls” against the Romans, there was a small exception which resisted the bureaucratic conformity that was fashionable at...

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