Sunday, February 06, 2005

Freedom of speech at SOAS and St Andrews

The School of Oriental and African Studies in London has forced its student union to reverse its decision to ban a speaker from the Israeli embassy from attending a debate.

Meanwhile St Andrews University maintains its unprincipled stance on free speech issues by persuading the University debating society to drop an invitation to Nick Griffin of the BNP. Previously the University stood by as the Students' Association evicted a student newspaper the views of which they opposed.

When will they learn that bans are the way of totalitarians. Free societies allow all voices to be heard no matter how odious.

Sir Menzies Campbell said, ā€œIā€™m afraid that those who issued the original
invitation have been rather naive.ā€

I'm afraid that Liberal Democrats don't believe in freedom of speech.