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Campus Cowardice & Intolerance - the death of free speech - Monty Python at McMaster

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 29 March 2018

Across the West the story is the same. Offended snowflakes object - or in some cases far worse - and craven academics cancel events or no platform speakers. This is a matter I am now all too familiar with after giving this most excellent talk at Bath Spa University. It is surely only a matter of time before some liberal arts faculty somewhere organises a book burning. Today's demonstration of the Orwellian nature of the liberal arts campus of today comes from McMaster University in Hamilton Canada.

For years, as the great Mark Steyn has discovered to his cost, the Canadian thought police have been out to stifle free speech but under the ludicrous clown Justin Trudeau life in the socialist hell hole to the North of the land of the free has got much worse.

And thus over at McMaster the anti-poverty group Overcome the Gap organised a panel discussion “Tolerating Intolerance: A Discussion on Free Speech.”

Naturally there were complaints from those who find the idea of a discussion on free speech where one of the panellist was a conservative thinker. There were not a lot of complaints but a few and therefore the discussion on free speech has had to be cancelled because of “concerns about the safety of the event.”

In 1984, sorry 2018, in La La Campus land you cannot discuss free speech because that might offend someone. Monty Python could not have made up anything so ridiculous. Time and again these episodes demonstrate two things: one is the intolerance of too many students to those who have ideas which conflict with what they regard as "settled", ideas outside a very narrow mindset. The second is the sheer cowardice of academics who simply do not dare stand up to the intolerant bedwetting millennials.

To those academics, with apologies to Pastor Niemoller:

First they came for the conservatives and I did nothing because I hate the fucking Tories too...

Then they came for the University Christian Society claiming it was homophobic and I did nothing because anyone who believes in the sort of old fashioned nonsense gets what they deserve

Then they came for gay rights and feminist icons Peter Tatchell and Germaine Greer for daring to question the new trans agenda and I did nothing because I was too busy reading the Guardian

Then they came for me for not giving them a 2-1 as was their human right even though they had done no work at all  and were very stupid and there was no-one left to speak for me

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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