Reader’s comment of the week
In response to Julie Lynn: Since when was asking a question a crime? The Prez wrote:
It’s not even slightly controversial to state that the universities are hotbeds of Leftist indoctrination because it’s an indisputable fact that they are.
When I was at university, I took a compulsory module called ‘Equality and diversity’ which was exactly as much fun as it sounds. We were ‘taught’ ridiculous Left-wing propaganda such as genderqueer theory and intersectionality as though they were unquestionable facts. And unquestionable they were! Anyone who offered even a hint of disagreement was hectored and browbeaten into submission (‘Where did you learn that? I need to know where you got that so I can correct it’), and as I watched these unfortunates sink further into their chairs, I decided to keep my mouth shut for the year. There was a general air of menace and the idea of debate was just a non-starter.
Not all of my lectures were as horrible as that, but the lecturers were uniformly Leftist. The alternative point of view was rarely even considered. I have to say, though, that where I was able to engage in debate, I was shocked by the weakness of the other side’s arguments. I guess when you exist in that kind of rarefied environment in which your views are rarely challenged, your debating skills become atrophied.
TCW Hero of the Week
The ever-fearless Peter Hitchens, the country’s defiant voice of moral and social conservatism, is once again our hero of the week. Arriving to take part in yet another debate on (the phoney war on) drugs, this time at the University of Liverpool, he refused to sign what he called an ‘intrusive’ free-speech contract that was demanded of him. Quite right too!
But did this valiant crusader for truth, decency and liberty leave it at that? Not he! Barred from the University’s premises, he took to a soapbox from where he spoke for an hour and a half.
Far more effective it proved too. His great Christian forbear John Wesley would have been proud. So are we.
TCW Villain of the Week
David Lammy MP wants to be on the side of right, but fails. His divisive and dramatised grievance politics let down the people he is trying to help most. His accusation that Oxbridge is guilty of social apartheid was as unworthy as it was inaccurate; culture not discrimination is the real problem.
But where there is light there is hope. As one of our readers pointed out, Mr Lammy is an excellent bellwether – ‘whenever he offers an opinion, the opposite will always be true’.