Wednesday, 7 November 2012

"As for the NUS, the idea of fighting fascism through censorship is completely illogical"

Media really laying Obama's victory on with a trowel now. Here's the funny thing though, if black people vote for the black candidate as opposed to the white one that's perfectly acceptable. However, if white people vote for the white candidate as opposed to the black one then they are racists. Nobody in the media seems capable or willing to explain this strange paradox.

Meanwhile I gather it was Nick who broke the news to Arthur Redfearn last night, reading him the judgement over the phone to him. Arthur has had to take a back seat because of his ill health but this is a great early Christmas present for him and I'm also pleased that his tenacious and capable team of solicitors will be rewarded too.

The battle for free speech goes on though with encouraging signs of students developing backbones. This University of Glasgow publication demonstrates the depth of the row that has blown up following on from an interview in a Leeds Student magazine

The editor of the student-run paper, Lucy Snow, has written a blog post, published on The Guardian website, defending the decision to publish the interview, arguing that it is insulting to students to imply that they need protecting from extreme views, and that the paper has every right to publish the material.

Snow claims it is not only a question of free speech, but one of legitimacy. Leeds' students did not vote for the NUS’s "no platform for fascists" policy, while they did vote on the editorship of the paper: "While we have a say on who gets to be an executive member of the student union at Leeds University, we don't get to choose our national NUS officers or their policies."

Snow has since made it clear that the editorial staff at Leeds Student have no intention of giving in to NUS demands, telling The Journal: "I am confident we made the right decision to publish and will not be backing down. Without a platform on which to display his lunacy, Griffin is as legitimate as the next elected MEP. As for the NUS, the idea of fighting fascism through censorship is completely illogical."

Looks like the Daily Telegraph decided not to run my interview concerning the Arthur Redfearn case. I wonder why?Writs going in for Rotherham and Middlesborough by-elections in next 24 hours to schedule the contests for 29th November.