ANTWERP, BELGIUM - APRIL 29: British autor Richard Dawkins photographed during his Doctorate of Honnor at the Antwerp University on April 29, 2009 in Antwerp, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)

Who defines what is so traumatic that someone shouldn’t speak to students?

That students are becoming rather hardline about speakers they disagree with visiting their campuses is now well described. Brendan O’Neill first explained the ‘Stepford Student’ phenomenon in the Spectator, and in today’s Times David Aaronovitch described his own encounter with a student leader who believes speakers who may upset students should be banned from campuses.

What was particularly interesting about Aaronovitch’s Newsnight discussion last week was that Toke Dahler, his opponent, seemed quite concerned that students shouldn’t suffer ‘trauma’ as a result of a speaker being on their premises.

  • Hard Little Machine

    All speakers should be banned from campus. Also all books. And teaching. And thought. Ban it all.

  • Alain

    In Mao’s China such students were called the Red Guard.