We, the people, must reclaim the conversation; we cannot allow cancel culture to quiet us.
It may be claimed that the ‘culture war’ argument in the United Kingdom has reached a fever pitch. Previously confined to academics, it has now infiltrated practically every aspect of British life, both online and offline.
Under a proposed new free speech law, university student unions that ‘cancel’ speakers on campus could be fined £500,000, according to the Prime Minister. It would effectively allow anyone who have been “deplatformed” to sue schools in court, as well as designate a “free speech champion” by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The idea would encourage on-campus debate and free speech oversight. In effect, political correctness would no longer be exclusive to British political parties.
After years of high-profile ‘de-platforming’ initiatives, guest speakers, faculty, and students have been barred from speaking their opinions at colleges.
Jordan Peterson, a social commentator and psychologist, was prevented from speaking at Cambridge University in 2019 after the student union complained that his views “weren’t representative of the student body.” Oxford has also had a slew of cancellations. Due to pressure from transexual and feminist activists, St Hilda’s College lecturer Selina Todd, former Women’s Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray, and former Home Secretary Amber Rudd were barred from speaking. Many in the media and politics have slammed the cancellation of the latter.
However, there is growing consensus that institutions should expose students to a broader diversity of perspectives.
According to a recent research by King’s College London and Ipsos MORI, half of the public now opposes universities “no-platforming” controversial speakers.
“Most Britons think ‘political correctness’ has gone too far… But there is also a large proportion of people from all groups who believe the government should not promote any particular set of values,” said Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI. This may explain the growing appetite for debate and freedom of speech outside of politics and academia.
As a result, we’re seeing new types of alternative independent media join the UK market, such as the broadcaster GB News and the recently launched social media platform GETTR.
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