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The myth of student intolerance

Universities have always been hives of activism—and long may that continue

By Kieran Devlin  

Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/PA Images

As the new academic year approaches, we are once more subjected to the fallacy that students are suppressing ideas which conflict with their left-wing biases. That university campuses are places of free speech fascism thanks to “snowflake” students banning controversial speakers. Ignoring the obvious irony—those complaining about “snowflakes” themselves throw tantrums at the hint of a “no-platform” policy—the claim that students today are in any way “tyrannical” is nonsense. The fact is that they have always fought for what they believe in—and are…

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