Durham University’s free speech crisis, as left-wing students look to shut down Jeremy Vine’s old student paper, shows how far it has fallen

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Universities should be places where students are exposed to a range of opinions and given an opportunity to test ideas in open discussion and debate. If students are told there’s only one acceptable view on hot topics such as gender identity and Britain’s colonial past they might as well be at a madrasa. Instead of being taught how to think, they’re being taught what to think. I’m afraid Durham is becoming such a place. The unstinting efforts of the students’ union to shut down the print version of Palatinate – for no better reason, according to its supporters, than because it subjects the union’s hard-Left officers to scrutiny – is just one example of how far this institution has fallen.

Toby Young, Mail on Sunday, 12th November 2022.