Government urged not to U-turn on free speech rights at universities

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In the letter, co-ordinated by the Free Speech Union, the academics said that critics of the Bill “underestimate the scale of the free speech crisis in our universities”. They said that critics, “for the most part” are “ideologically aligned with the enforcers of intellectual orthodoxy and therefore have not had to self-censor or contend with prolonged investigations merely for expressing their opinions, let alone the bullying and intimidation faced by academics who challenge the prevailing wisdom on campus about trans rights”. They said that “as academics who have swum against the tide, we know just how little tolerance there can be for genuinely dissenting points of view”.

Louisa Clarence-Smith, The Telegraph, 21st November 2022.