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Justification for spraying yet more public funds up the nearest wall comes by linking this alleged war with the non-existent “Cancel Culture”, a figment of the right’s imagination, made more difficult to justify given that those claiming to have been cancelled never have a problem finding a media outlet ready and willing to give them a platform.
Pausing for a moment to remember that “Woke” is defined as “alert to injustices in society, especially racism”, let’s consider what the Mail titles are serving up to their readers on the subject. “Government set to fine universities who 'cancel' people due to their views as ministers 'defend British history and culture’”. Otherwise known as official censorship.
But do go on. “Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is set to unveil the 'free speech champion’”. Ah, a sinecure for the loathsome Toby Young, or one of his pals. This is another circular argument - that the role is needed as FREEZE PEACH is assumed to have been curtailed. But no-one ponies up credible evidence in support of the claim.
“Ministers also told heritage groups not to use public funds for political purposes”. This is where it becomes truly sinister: those purposes, it is alleged, include “the attempted rewriting of Britain's history”. Except no-one is attempting to rewrite history. This is about censoring those revealing the less savoury part of Britain’s past. More censorship.
Indeed, the Mail Online article cites 48 Universities which stand denounced, in a move that would not have been out of place in the former Soviet Union, for allegedly censoring others, with the only citation being “a December report”. And from where did this report emanate? You’ll love this one: Civitas. Who they? The address says it all.
Civitas is based at 55 Tufton Street. 55 TUFTON STREET. Here’s part of its Wikipedia entry: “According to ConservativeHome, Civitas ‘started as the Health & Welfare Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ … The Times and The Daily Telegraph have described it as a ‘right-of-centre think-tank’ … The Times has described Civitas as an ally of former Education Secretary Michael Gove”. Censorship with Tory Government approval.
It gets worse. Civitas, we are told, says “the situation is urgent enough to require government intervention”. Like what, exactly? “Culture secretary Oliver Dowden is set to meet with to top 25 heritage bodies in the country next week to address their recent stances … He is expected to tell them 'to defend our culture and history from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down’”. Meaning more censorship.
Don’t talk about the racism and pillaging that were cornerstones of the Empire. Don’t mention the slave trade. Don’t listen to all those brown and black people and their supporters. And whatever you do, shift the blame onto a convenient scapegoat.
Promoting free speech by ending free speech by those of inconvenient thought. Freedom is slavery. Which we’re not allowed to talk about. Welcome to Nineteen Eighty Four.
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