Cancelling University Cancellers

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD The Government’s white paper on the freedom of speech crisis at British universities is to be welcomed as a step in the right direction. But, it does not go nearly far enough. Fining universities that de-platform speakers and giving academics an option to appeal beyond their employer hardly touches the surface. The Government needs to get to grips with a situation … Continue reading Cancelling University Cancellers

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

No Country for Straight White Men

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD The weather was disagreeable: damp, diffident and almost apologetic. It was not surprising. It was a Tuesday. The morning toast sat there silently, waiting to be marmaladed, and for a moment the world seemed heavy and inert, devoid of banter and silliness. It was borne in upon me that this Tuesday morning was going to be a long and uneventful one. … Continue reading No Country for Straight White Men