Nick wrote:As Andrew Neil recently said, "what's the point of a university if you don't allow a variety of views to be expressed?"
You have to say that in that case Neil is a masterful deployer of a strawman.
Do you think universities don't allow a variety of views where necessary?
Do you think a variety of views need to be expressed on the mechanisms of evolution or just the one we currently hold as explaining the evidence best.
Do we need a variety of views on race from the biologically accepted explanation that it is a human construct as there is more genetic variation within the African population than between African populations and those of other parts of the world from Patagonia to Greenland through to an alt-right biological reading of the genetic superiority of the White race that make them cleverer than Blacks using dodgy IQ data?
I think what you and Mr Neil mean is you want your views discussed at University and you don't like it if you think they aren't.
As a final point I am not sure that a load of tweedy old men telling University students they are doing it all wrong is a productive strategy, I am with Davey, let them sort it out on their own that is what being a student is about
They don't seem to be doing it much differently from when I was a student anyway, in those days it was all about Jewish Societies trying to shut down Palestinian Societies on the basis that Palestine didn't exist and if it did they were terrorists anyway.
Young people today seem to be less polarized and more liberal and accepting of difference if anything, and I think that is part of the problem with the crusty old farts however much they try and dress up their tired conservatism as exciting libertarianism.