University Hate Speech Report: A Whitewash
By Jonathan Hoffman
February 19, 2011
After it was revealed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab - who tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day 2009 - had been President of Islamic Society at UCL, Universities UK - under pressure from the government - set up an Inquiry into Extremism on Campus. It was clear from the start that it was going to be a whitewash:
And so it hs proved. The members of the Inquiry - headed by Professor Malcolm Grant of UCL - very quickly changed its focus from "extremism" to "guaranteeing free speech" - a laughable inversion of what the Inquiry was supposed to be about.
Its Report has just been published:
There is no list of hate speakers and events which have caused offence. And the recommendations are a fudge. For example there is no mention of compulsory filming by university authorities of hate speech meetings.
The universities have proved themselves abjectly incapable of setting their own house in order. The time is long overdue for David Willetts - the Universities Minister - to step in.
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