March 23, 2017

UK Tories finally act to restore free speech to public universities

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

On the heels of a study revealing that 94 per cent of UK post-secondary institutions limit free speech, the British Conservative government is stepping in.

Education Minister Jo Johnson is championing a bill working its way through Parliament to enshrine a “legal duty” to protect free speech in the practices of public universities.

Johnson sent a letter to the head of Universities UK informing her that “safe spaces” and denial of speaking platforms don’t align with the values those institutions should be upholding.

Just like in North America, the UK has myriad examples:

- A radical feminist, Julie Bindel, was denied the right to debate censorship at Manchester University because of her “dangerous” views on transgender people;

- Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, was blocked from speaking at King’s College London over a controversial column about Barack Obama;

- There was a nearly successful campaign to block Germaine Greer from speaking at Cardiff University due to her own “offensive” comments on transgender people.

This is beyond the typical smattering of university nonsense like students being reprimanded for certain costumes, and schools trying to purge supposedly offensive turns of phrase.

The Higher Education and Research Bill that Jo Johnson is championing may seem like common sense, but it’s proof that his government actually recognizes that free speech is under threat.

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commented 2017-03-23 19:49:36 -0400
These kids are from the generation of bullies. They have grown up either bullied or were bullies at school. This is what they have been raised as and are continuing the practice.
commented 2017-03-23 19:39:06 -0400
Marty asked, “Peter although I absolutely agree with your comment, I must ask, do you really think that Mohamed bin Trudeau will implement anything close to what the UK is saying and trying to bring about?”

Nope.

We will have to wait until Mohamed bin Trudeau is kicked out on his ass.
commented 2017-03-23 17:26:33 -0400
ANDREW , that’ll be as likely as getting a pipeline built in Canada
commented 2017-03-23 16:35:05 -0400
Mr. Lawton states that we don’t know if the bill will be enforced.

Of course not, the university security service is probably like ours in that they stand around with their thumbs up their anus.

As far as the police, same, along with the fact they will arrest the speaker and sponsoring university group as the easiest course of action.
commented 2017-03-23 15:31:26 -0400
Lefties must be outraged! Expect the violence to ramp up!
commented 2017-03-23 14:07:35 -0400
BILLY HOWARD commented 17 mins ago
Conservative leadership candidates should take note:
Promise not only to repeal M103 and subsequent legislation, but do as the UK is trying to do and “guarantee” freedom of speech in education institutions AND the press.

Fully agree with you on that.

Canada’s problem is, as long as Trudeau is in power, we will see our educational system change. The only places of learning available will be controlled by Imam’s in Mosques.

Graduation will depend on how well you can sharpen a knife.
commented 2017-03-23 14:01:21 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE said, ‘If the UK is successful in stopping the anti-free speech communist-wannabees in the universities there, then maybe, just maybe, that will set the trend for other Western nations such as the USA and Canada to kick these “free-speech-for-me-but-not-for-thee” professors and university administrators in the ass to force them to obey the constitutions of their country.’

Peter although I absolutely agree with your comment, I must ask, do you really think that Mohamed bin Trudeau will implement anything close to what the UK is saying and trying to bring about?
It does not matter what the Canadian constitution declares about free speech or for that matter anything else, because Mohamed bin Trudeau firmly believes that he is not only above the law but above the constitution. He believes that he owns the constitution because his asshole father claimed ownership of it by rewriting it to his own twisted sense of who and what Canada and Canadians are.
If it goes against anything Islamic then Mohamed bin Trudeau will oppose it or worse do nothing. Which of course means that he will not allow anyone to talk about or disparage Islam and Muslims but will not do a dam thing about Muslim Imam’s calling for the destruction of non Muslims and especially Jews. This is ‘free speech’ in Canada, and it will not change one iota until the Liberals are gone.
commented 2017-03-23 13:39:56 -0400
Conservative leadership candidates should take note:
Promise not only to repeal M103 and subsequent legislation, but do as the UK is trying to do and “guarantee” freedom of speech in education institutions AND the press.
commented 2017-03-23 13:38:44 -0400
The leftists/Liberals/Democrats/socialists/communist-wannabes (whatever you want to call them) in all the Western nations must have their asses kicked hard.

The right absolutely must get mobile and take back our freedom or lose it, because these assholes want to take it away from us.
commented 2017-03-23 13:34:29 -0400
I hope the UK government cuts of ALL funding to those public universities who do not comply to the free speech that is already enshrined in the UK constitution.

If the UK is successful in stopping the anti-free speech communist-wannabees in the universities there, then maybe, just maybe, that will set the trend for other Western nations such as the USA and Canada to kick these “free-speech-for-me-but-not-for-thee” professors and university administrators in the ass to force them to obey the constitutions of their country.