Tim Luckhurst. Champion of free speech. Providing he approves of it
He claimed the endorsement of John Milton, John Wilkes, John Stuart Mill, George Orwell and Martha Gelhorn in his efforts to show that he was the champion of liberty, and those he opposed, er, weren’t. But, sadly, he was just another lame apologist for our free and fearless press, and so he convinced very few people. But now he’s back in the news.Like former chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings, Luckhurst has made the trip from the south east to Durham, but unlike Dom, this is a permanent move. The Great Man is now principal of South College, where the after dinner speaker for a recent formal event was Rod “a smile, a song, and a four-pack of Stella” Liddle.
So what happened when Liddle rocked up at South College? The Murdoch Times has taken a particular interest: “The Sunday Times and Spectator columnist was a guest speaker at South College, but some students walked out before his speech and others during it”. Why would they walk out? What was Liddle’s subject matter?
“Durham’s Working Class Students’ Association called for the event to be investigated by the university. ‘Transphobia and racism cannot be defended under the notion of “political views” or “academic freedom” and it has no place on campus, where students are supposed to feel safe,' it said. Durham University Labour Club said: ‘Our university doesn’t owe hate a platform.’” There were other expressions of dissent entered into freely.
He has asserted that no-one has a right not to be offended. But that isn’t the point: Liddle was free to speak, he did so, and many of the attendees, free to register their opposition, did so too. Luckhurst whining about FREEZE PEACH is just wallowing in victimhood.
But he got himself in the Murdoch press, so that’s all right, then.