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We cannot let liberalism silence free speech

When the government stepped in to stop a controversial journalist talking at his former school, it exposed the double standards of some ‘progressive’ thinkers

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I consider myself a liberal, but being one these days is confusing. Today’s so-called liberals in progressive clothing often lead the charge when it comes to illiberal intolerance of everyone, from people who dare to vote the wrong way to people who express religious views (see the venom heaped not only on the Christian bakers in the recent gay cake row but also on rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for defending their freedom of speech).

So often today, what passes for debate is preaching to the choir, flattering audiences with shared platitudes that become self-congratulatory echo chambers. ...

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