In Defence of Lord Patten: why ‘no-platforming’ and safe spaces miss the point

“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought”– or so wrote George Orwell inhis essay ‘Politics and the English Language’. Language, and most especially political language, ispowerful and aware of it. All speech and writing is created with the intention of influence: propaganda and advertisements invade one’s mind with ready-made thoughts, and politicians attempt […]

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Neither side understands what a safe space is

People of a particular political persuasion love to stick one into safe spaces. They are, apparently, the epitome of the tyrannical left, the battle-charge of its crazy student vanguard and the death-knell for liberal values (ironic perhaps, given that last November many of them probably voted for the return of the Sith in America). But […]

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