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Readers’ comments: Wayward academics


In response to Julie Lynn: Hit these bigots where it hurts – in the wallet,

David wrote:

Well said Julie. I took my first degree in the science faculty of Bristol, in what is now termed Earth Sciences. Because I was grateful for their belief in me, accepting me from a school background which was, at best, medium quality, I gladly contributed. This was via a modest monthly payment to their ‘students in financial need fund’, and in my will I made provision for a useful sum of money from my estate.

About five years ago when I saw their slavish adherence to the nonsense theory of impending man-made climate catastrophe, closely followed by their anti-free speech stance, I removed these gifts. But they still send me their begging letters.

Major Tom wrote:

I am not surprised to see one of the signatories is Dr Priyamvada Gopal, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.

She is the one that has been targeting Nigel Biggar. Nigel probably had her in mind when he wrote in the Times recently ‘If you’re non-white, female, and aggressively “woke”, then you’ll be accorded maximal benefit of doubt, given a pass on official norms of civility, let free to spit hatred and contempt on social media, and permitted (probably) to malform and intimidate students.’

I have been aware of a number of woke academics on Twitter recently. Gopal and also J D Portes at Kings College London who is often on the BBC labelling anyone that talks demographics and is concerned at our increasingly diverse population and our inability to restrict non-European immigration as racist.

As Julie suggests, the way to control these wayward academics is in their pockets. I suspect for many their main source of income will be their no doubt overly generous professorial university salaries. As these, along with those of vice chancellors, are no doubt funded from the undergraduates £9,000 pa student fees, change the system! Of course the irony is that up to 75 per cent of these student fee loans will be written off and effectively the taxpayer will fund the fees of many graduates, especially arts subjects (think black studies, offered by Prof Kehinde at Brum uni), who find their deliciously woke degrees do not get them far working as barristas at Costa.

There is definitely scope to rein in the cultural Marxism and wokeness at universities by reining in the purse strings.

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