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Nobody on any side can afford to ignore the free speech wars

By Tom Clark   March 2018

Britain is in the midst of an almighty argument about how to argue. Who gets to speak? On what authority? What language is acceptable—what words are off limits? Any other discussion we might want to have will be doomed until we can settle these questions.

Headlines scream about snowflake students “no-platforming” anyone who hasn’t quite mastered the latest terms for transgender people. The government has tasked a new regulator with upholding free speech on campus. We ask a lawyer whether we need a British First Amendment. And we turn to a…

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