Free Speech in the Union
I seem to remember chatting to Joshua Nkomo the last time I attended an Oxford Union event. A man with what might be described as a "mixed" history. I also seem to remember the intense politicking of the Union officeholders in the hope of column inches. Inviting controversial guests was always an easy option.
But then the Union is there to hold debates and provide a platform for a wide variety of views for members to listen and argue with. So the yes it should proved a platform for fascists, communists and even Labour Party members.
I'm glad to learn that the event eventually went ahead despite the protests and the pathetic policing that allowed it to get out of hand - and for the first and maybe the only time I will agree with what Nick Griffen had to say:
"Those people outside are a mob and they could kill. Had they grown up in Nazi Germany they would have made splendid Nazis.
"Any restriction on free speech is dangerous. You start by saying people should not speak and you end up with burning people at the stake. Free speech is an absolute, it is universal."