Cowardly University of East Anglia Students Ban UKIP MP For Fear Of Alarming Young Minds
The students’ union of the University of East Anglia in the UK says UKIP MP Douglas Carswell to too far-out to address the place. Scheduled to speak at the university’s Political, Social and International Studies (PSI) society, Carswell was cancelled. He was likly to breach the college’s ‘Equal Opportunities Policy’.
What censorious, cowardly knobs. The statement on Facebook reads:
The Union has reviewed the arrangements in relation to tonight’s PSI society event with speakers from UKIP attending. A procedure governing the approval and handling of events with external speakers was approved by the Trustee Board last year. In this case an internal investigation has revealed that the Union has not followed the procedure as it should have, and as such the event cannot go ahead at this moment in time. We will review internal compliance with our procedures to ensure that all staff, officers and clubs/socs are fully aware of these procedures in the future.
We will now meet with the PSI society to discuss the postponement of this event and whether we will be able to allow the event to go ahead in the future. In doing so we will be required to consider the potential for any decision to limit freedom of speech as per the university’s code of practice in pursuance of the 1986 Education Act; the potential for the event going ahead to cause the union to be in breach of its equal opportunities policy; the potential for the event going ahead to cause the union to fail in its wider legal duties; the potential for the event going ahead to cause reputational risk to the Union; the potential for the speaker’s presence on campus to cause fear or alarm to members of the student body; and the potential for the speakers presence on campus to give rise to breach of peace. Consultation with interested parties will be carried out.
Students are a cowardly lot. They’re afraid to hear a UKIP MP. His mere words will cause alarm. And these comfortable students must not be alarmed.
Hush, children. Hush…
PS: The local newspaper calls it a “Controversial UKIP event”. FFS.