Amber Rudd: now they’re No Platforming centrists

An Oxford student group has cancelled an event with the former home secretary.


If you want to see just how out-of-control campus censorship has become, just look at last night’s No Platforming of former Conservative home secretary Amber Rudd.

The UNWomen Oxford UK Society had invited Rudd to speak on the totally uncontroversial topic of women’s equality. She was due to be interviewed on her former roles as minister for women and equalities and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sex Equality.

But an hour before the event, the UNWomen society rescinded the invitation.

The society issued a statement that said, ‘We are deeply sorry for all and any hurt caused to our members and other wom*n and non-binary people in Oxford over this event’.

Rudd is not an unblemished politician, of course – she resigned as home secretary over her role in the Windrush scandal. But public events like the one Rudd was due to speak at provide an ideal opportunity to challenge politicians for their failures and on their views.

As it happens, Rudd’s views are pretty mainstream – she was an ardent Remainer and hails from the wetter end of the Tory spectrum. But the range of permissible opinions on campus has become so narrow that even her views are considered beyond the pale and harmful.

No Platform began as an organising tactic against fascists. But now it is being used against centrists. Yet more proof that free speech is for all, or it is for none at all.

Picture by: Getty.

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deborah birkin

8th March 2020 at 8:49 pm

Thankfully a degree today is now a certificate that declares you unemployable and we won’t have to put up with them in the work place. Entrepreneurs create businesses and employment opportunities not whinging middle class wokies. These screaming tantrum kids will soon find out they are not going to get anywhere in life, they have totally f—ked up any chance of that. Luckily they are not the majority of their age group and I expect they can eventually be taught how to flip a burger or clean a toilet when mummy and daddy stop paying their phone bill.


7th March 2020 at 5:05 pm

I don’t know what it is but it may be what they call transgender because transgender definitely are not women.
I’ve also seen something written “ wom*n. But I don’t think it’s worth the effort to try to work that out.

deborah birkin

8th March 2020 at 8:52 pm

Sometimes referred to as Wo-men

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