Extremist groups must be allowed to preach on British campuses, new Oxford head says

Extremist groups must be allowed to speak at British universities because to ban them would stifle free speech, the new vice chancellor of Oxford has said.

Professor Louise Richardson said that she was comfortable with institutions giving platforms to extreme speakers, such as those from the controversial human rights group Cage as it is the best way to challenge their views.

  • Minicapt

    I think her remarks suggested that if you wish to have speech by extremists, you have to allow speech by their opponents.
    “Provided that they can be countered, I think that we should let them be heard. In that way we model to our students how you counter ideas you find objectionable.”


    • David Murrell

      Yes, but as Ego says below, univerisities are the first places that — while they invite Islamo-Nazis onto campusses, given that many endorse Islamic anti-Semitism and war criminality — they ban human-rights critics of Islamic crime. Professor Louise Richardson herself supports mass killings, rape and war crimes.

  • Ego

    Britain is circling the drain. Extremists of all stripes — including hate preachers — are welcome, but bona fide human rights activists like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are banned. What kind of sick, twisted liberalism is this? It’s interesting how the two sides of the pond are heading down the same fateful lane with two different methods: the US with ‘safe spaces’ bluntly excluding any opposing narrative, and Britain embracing her deadliest enemies while doing everything to suppress those who warn/fight against them. This is not liberalism, this suicide.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I agree with her, as long as she’s committed to preventing anti-free speech bullies of all political stripes (and we now from which faction most of them are coming these days) from aggressively silencing and shutting down speakers whose views they don’t like, and threatening and/or physically blocking people who want to listen to them. Far too much of that bullshit going on in campuses all over the West these days. If you’re going to allow extremist Muslim preachers, then you had better damn well allow Donald Trump.

  • Brett_McS

    YAWN: Yet Another Wacademic Nutcase.