A Free Speech Decree for Universities

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD A decree to stop political discrimination in our universities: British universities are in crisis. We have all heard these words being uttered the last few months as the worst epidemic for a century swept across the land. We have all read about how the loss of foreign students will skew university balance sheets and furrow Vice Chancellors’ brows. But where universities … Continue reading A Free Speech Decree for Universities

Politically Incorrect Positives

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Political correctness can be so stifling and inelegant. Originating almost a century ago in Russia with the term politicheskaya pravil’nost, it undermines Western values and builds needless barriers. It is a net which its clumsy proponents designed for all to be trapped in. However, like that other macro and unhelpful fishing practice, bottom trawling (no, don’t go there) – which destroys far … Continue reading Politically Incorrect Positives

Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

BY SAM HOOPER A society which looks to the state to deliver retribution for non-harmful offensive speech is a society which no longer values a core tenet of liberal democracy. The battle for free speech is won or lost at the margins, which means that those who call themselves advocates of free speech without being able to point to a history of defending deeply offensive … Continue reading Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

Online Hate Index is Frightening

BY JAMIE FOSTER It is reported that Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are using an online hate index created by the Anti Defamation League to moderate hate speech on social media. The online hate index is a machine based AI programme that searches out and identifies examples of hate speech so that action can be taken. This opens a massive can of worms concerning what hate … Continue reading Online Hate Index is Frightening

Only Minnows Call for Silencing

BY MANDY BALDWIN In the red corner – Donald Trump, who needs no introduction.  In the corner reserved for also-rans – accidental Prime Minister the Appeaser Theresa, berating him as usual with all the erudition of a depressed heron gargling ball-bearings while being held hostage at gunpoint. There were many other people who joined in the hysterical demand for the President of the United States … Continue reading Only Minnows Call for Silencing