Tonight saw the Oxford Union surrounded by protesting students. They were up in arms against the appearance of two right wingers, a politician and and a ‘historian’, at a debate. So far so good. But the protesters stopped the debate going ahead. People protesting against fascism stopped an open, public debate. I’m sorry but I don’t get it.
You want to stop fascism? Win the argument. Have the debate, on TV, and argue the case and let’s get rid of this nonsense for ever.
I disagree with what the two guests stand for (hence no names) but I believe they have the right to be wrong and I have the right to tell them so, but they still have the right to disagree. That’s called democracy. It means having to put up with people saying things you find abhorrent because to ban them from speaking is fascism, the very thing the poor misguided smart kids were trying to stop.
The protesters were also trying to stop the debate getting publicity. Well done. Gathering a large crowd with placards and banners and megaphones never attracted any attention, right?