Left-wing protesters force an academic to cancel his lecture on welfare reforms

Left-wing activists have succeeded in stopping a university lecture in which a respected academic was due to present his research on welfare.

The talk at the London School of Economics has been temporarily postponed over concerns that campaigners were threatening to disrupt it.

Dr Adam Perkins had been due to speak about his book, which examined the relationship between personality and the welfare state.

Dr Perkins, a lecturer in the neurobiology of personality at King’s College London, has already seen his work criticised by those who say it stigmatises the long-term unemployed.

His book, The Welfare Trait, states that ‘individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and antisocial personality characteristics are over-represented among welfare claimants’.

It suggests that because personality is partly formed by environmental factors, a welfare state that increases the number of children born into disadvantaged households can proliferate employment-resistant personality characteristics.

  • Martin B

    Left-wing activists:Truth = Vampires:Garlic.

  • politicallynaive

    The Left vs freedom of speech is like Islam vs Democracy…

  • simus1

    Poor choice.
    There is very little need for respectable researchers to
    go slumming at The London School Of Communistics.

    • To think that school used to have a favourable reputation.

      • canminuteman

        That was before people realized that they were communists. Read the wikipedia article on it. It was formed by Fabian Society members to purse the goals of the Fabian Society. The goal of the Fabian Society is the destruction of civilization.

    • Minicapt

      Mick Jagger studied there.


  • tom_billesley

    He deviated from critical welfare theory. Unforgiveable.

    • Millie_Woods

      Describes a lot of university students today.

  • Just as we predicted — they’re racing down the slippery slop on skis now. It started with banning the more “radical” people like Ann Coulter, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc., now anybody with an even slightly controversial idea is shown the door.

    Where will it all end? It will end with those who have the most fascist credentials being the only ones allowed to lecture — hard-core fascists lecturing hard-core fascists and shouting slogans at one another. “Preaching to the choir”. And everybody will stand and clap on cue in perfect unison and obedience as in a Communist Korea.

  • useless opinion

    In my work I see “genetic welfarism” daily. It is true, momma was up on the welfare, grandpa was up on the welfare, and the generations are only 15 to 18 years apart. I say cancel welfare in 10 years as the folks who would like to claim it, are in public school or not even born yet.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      It’s very difficult to see how welfare has made anything better for mothers and children than it was in the bad old pre-welfare days of shotgun weddings, when men were expected to take responsibility for the children they sired. All it seems to have done is expand the ranks of the permanent, dependent underclass, with all its dysfunction and bizarrely unrealistic sense of entitlement. They have no idea of how the welfare state functions and the fragility of the whole system when there isn’t a strong enough tax base to support it. They literally grow up thinking that money grows on trees and that they will never have to go hungry, even if they never work a day in their lives.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    The book-burnings are going to start any day now.