In that spirit of free expression, I have to tell Tobes that the list of those associated with the FSU has passed before my inspection and found wanting. Take two of his directors, Doug Murray The K and Nigel Biggar. Murray’s Islamophobic bigotry is well known, as is his bleating that his free speech is under attack. Likewise Biggar, an apologist for colonialism who makes the same protest, before running to the Daily Mail for assistance.
self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Dooda, who the FSU correctly identifies as a past political editor of the Sunday Express. There, in 2006, she penned an article titled “Don’t draw a veil over free speech”.
“I’m bored with Muslims. Bored with being told what I can and cannot say about Islam … the professional Muslim complaints brigade … the rest of us are just tired of having Islam thrust in our faces day in, day out … [The Muslim population] is just three per cent of the country. Yet these days we seem to spend 90 per cent of our time worrying whether or not they are offended about the latest innocuous remark about their religion” she whined.
Yes, Allison Pearson, who claimed that Muslim girls were not being educated, when 25% of Muslim women aged 21-24 have degrees, as opposed to 21% of Muslim men. The same pundit who claimed “Shamima Begum may have been born here, but she was never British”. She’s just another bigot. And then comes the FSU Pièce de Résistance.
OH WHAT A GIVEAWAY
Further down that list is one name that positively leaps off the page: David Starkey. A bona fide, no-holds-barred, full-on, unequivocal racist. And that just about sums up Tobes’ enterprise: it’s not about free speech, which is not under attack, but about the freedom to be a bigot and remain part of the mainstream. The FSU Twitter feed gives that game away.
“The Free Speech Union has written to the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge asking him to clarify what speech the University regards as protected under its free speech policy. On the face of it, it appears to be one rule for Dr Gopal and another for Dr Starkey”.
Free speech for whites, but not for uppity brown people. Priorities, priorities.