“Universities are turning debating chambers into echo chambers”: Institutions adopt stricter vetting rules for guest speakers and suggest trigger warnings and safe spaces for “controversial” speakers who might “cause upset”

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Toby Young, of the Free Speech Union, said: “The people running these debating societies have lost sight of their original purpose, which was to expose students to a range of different views, including those they may find challenging and disagreeable, so they can develop their own ideas and opinions and learn how to defend them in the public square. Safe spaces, trigger warnings and risk assessments have turned what were once debating chambers into echo chambers.”

Miles Dilworth, Daily Mail, 9th October 2022.