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“Cancelling our past does not help our future: INAYA FOLARIN IMAN argues that move to axe Proms favourites Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory serves no purpose”

Indeed, that is why my own mother, who raised me and my siblings single-handedly, came from Nigeria to Britain. She saw it as a “land of hope” with so many more opportunities than her native country would offer us. She has been to the Proms and has no problem with the lyrics.

Inaya Folarin Iman, Daily Mail, 23rd August 2020.

The proof that free speech in universities is in peril

Having identified the problem, the authors [of the Policy Exchange paper] propose a solution: an Academic Freedom Bill. This would create a Director for Academic Freedom as a member of the senior team at the Office for Students, the English universities’ regulator, who would report directly to the board and be appointed by the Education Secretary.

Toby Young, The Spectator, 8th August 2020.

“Common sense has won the day”: Youth charity boss who was forced out by trustees for criticising BLM’s “neo-Marxist” agenda says his reinstatement is a victory against “cancel culture”

Mr Buckley was supported by the Free Speech Union, which backed the counter-petition and found him top corporate lawyer Geoffrey Davies. “In their anxiety to be politically correct the trustees simply ignored their contractual obligations,” said Mr Davies, from Keystone Law.

Mark Hookham, Mail on Sunday, 26th July 2020.

Youth charity boss who was forced out by trustees for criticising BLM’s “neo-Marxist” agenda is REINSTATED after they ALL resigned

Mr Buckley was supported by the Free Speech Union, which got behind a counter-petition and found him top lawyer Geoffrey Davies. Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Davies of Keystone Law said: “In their anxiety to be politically correct the trustees simply ignored their contractual obligations. When they were drawn to their attention the trustees realised the dreadful mistake they had made and agreed to resign and reinstate Nick as CEO.”

Jack Wright, MailOnline, 23rd July 2020.

Fired charity boss restored

Nick Buckley was aided by the Free Speech Union who provided a top solicitor, Geoffrey Davies, who took on the case pro bono.

David Scullion, The Critic, 23rd July 2020.

Charity Boss Reinstated After Free Speech Union Intervenes

Nick Buckley MBE, who was ousted as chief executive of his own charity last month following some mild criticisms of the Black Lives Matter manifesto, is back in charge thanks to the Free Speech Union. As of today, the trustees who fired him have all resigned, new trustees have been appointed and Nick has been re-appointed as CEO of Mancunian Way, the award-winning charity he founded in 2011.

Guido Fawkes, 23rd July 2020.

We’re all thought criminals now

I think the time has come to open a US branch of the Free Speech Union, the organization I set up in Britain earlier this year that stands up for the speech rights of its members. If you want to get involved, email me at .

Toby Young, Spectator USA, 19th July 2020.

Freedom of speech is under threat like never before and we must fight back

The Free Speech Union, recently founded by the energetic journalist Toby Young to uphold Britain’s tattered traditions, says that it now receives half a dozen requests for help every day. The fact that such an organisation is required represents a severe indictment of the growing institutional disdain for freedom of expression.

Leo McKinstry, the Sunday Express, 19th July 2020.

Inaya Folarin Full Appearance on Sunday Morning Live

“… cancel culture is not about criticism. In a democracy, free speech includes criticism, harsh criticism, debate, discussion – all of those things are welcome. But cancel culture is something very specific: it is a public vilification campaign, it is a dehumanising process which seeks to completely destroy somebody’s livelihood, to exclude them from public life and to completely disregard often decades of contribution that they’ve made.”

Debate with Inaya Folarin Iman, Konstantin Kisin, Kenny Ethan Jones and Chanté Joseph, Sunday Morning Live, 12th July 2020.