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Why was Chris Heaton-Harris’s Brexit letter so misguided? Look at the context

The Conservative MP’s letter to universities was part of a wider attack on dissent

By Christopher Grey  

We may never know exactly what Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris intended to do with the information he tried to obtain on academics who teach about Brexit. But it certainly shouldn’t be treated as “just a polite request for information” as if this were some routine event.

To the best of my knowledge there is no precedent for a politician—and a member of the government—asking every university head for the names and syllabuses of those teaching a particular topic, let alone one of…

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