It has come to a pretty pass when so called "educated" students are so afraid of having their world view contradicted that they refuse to listen to the opinions of Peter Tatchell.
I am old enough to remember when Tatchell was often in the public eye, campaigning for issues of equality and having a very robust go at Mugabe. Fair play to Tatchell he often got beaten up by Mugabe's goons, as such the man has guts!
Therefore I am more than disgusted to see that today's students regard him as racist and a transphobic.
FFS, this man has been at the forefront of every anti racist pro equality campaign since I was a nipper!
So disgusted is Tatchell with the state of affairs, that he has written an article in the Telegraph; here are the opening paragraphs:
"Free speech and enlightenment values are under attack in our universities. In the worthy name of defending the weak and marginalised, many student activists are now adopting the unworthy tactic of seeking to close down open debate. They want to censor people they disagree with. I am their latest victim.It would be wise to harken to his warning, free speech and enlightenment are under attack in our universities; not from the state, but from the students themselves!
This is not quite the Star Chamber, but it is the same intolerant mentality. Student leader Fran Cowling has denounced me as racist and transphobic, even though I’ve supported every anti-racist and pro-transgender campaign during my 49 years of human rights work.
Fran is the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Officer of the National Union of Students (NUS). She refused to speak at an LGBT event at Canterbury Christ Church University tonight unless I was dropped from the line-up. This is a variation of the NUS “no-platform” policy; instead of blocking me from speaking, Fran is refusing to share a platform with me. "
As he concludes "Bad ideas are best defeated by good ideas. NUS, please take note."
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