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Lindsey German Joins Defence of David Miller.

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The David Miller affair rumbles on. Arguments about academic freedom, the rights of students, and wider free speech issues have come up. It is not helpful for those who defend the liberty of expression, to find that Miller’s ardent defenders include those who agree with his conspiracist theories about ‘Zionism’. Or indeed the claim by a former President of the NUS Malia Bouattia that the, “Zionist movement’s involvement in promoting Islamophobia, a well-known fact among scholars who study the Palestinian question.” (A war is being waged against academic freedom in Britain)

The line up at this meeting looks likely to include opinions from all these sides of the controversy.

 

Lindsey German, Convenor of Stop the War Coalition, and prominent member of the revolutionary socialist group Counterfire.

With racist lecturers, students etc., the campaign has of necessity to be much longer and has to be as wide as possible. The Harrington campaign was successful both because it was based on very militant tactics and because it involved far wider numbers of students than simply the existing left, including the philosophy students on Harrington’s course.

Similar campaigns against a racist lecturer at Bristol university, and a fascist student at Plymouth need to get similar levels of support if they are to succeed. And they need to mobilise round specific aims – it is no good including a shopping list of demands, including the total abolition of racism in society, in a campaign to get rid of a racist lecturer. The wider issues should be taken up in Socialist Worker Student Society meetings, in Socialist Worker and Socialist Worker Review.

No Platform: Free speech for all?

(April 1986)

 

Here are some of the other speakers:

 

Tariq Mahood on Charlie ‘Hebdo, 2015.

In remembering the Charlie Hebdo attack we must not forget the responsibility that goes with free speech

the ‘free speech’ argument of the last week has not really been about the right to free speech, but about how to exercise the responsibility that goes with free speech. I see no reason to celebrate those who abjure this responsibility or exercise it carelessly, heedless of the consequences of their actions. The defence of Charlie Hebdo – that they did not target Islam but everybody and anybody – is not impressive if the assumption is that targeting minorities and weak groups and being willing to use and strengthen stereotypes and racist imagery is ok, as long as the satirists in question also satirise the powerful.

None of this of course justifies any form of violence let alone the murders of last week, but it at least identifies some of the relevant issues, especially those which are about the uses of freedom and of being mindful of how images can reinforce social divisions.

Harriet Bradley, December 2019.

Harriet Bradley was suspended from the party on Tuesday after she shared a post on her Facebook page, with the message “the right kind of Jews – ie left voters”

Here is a well-wisher.

Here is another well-wisher, extending the field of combat.

Here is a fellow ‘theorist’ on ‘Zionism’:

Here is somebody who is not well-wisher:

Here is somebody who well wishes Miller even less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

March 4, 2021 at 1:04 pm

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  1. Andrew Coates

    March 4, 2021 at 4:34 pm

  2. Another Bristol academic, Prof Steven Greer, a specialist in Human Rights law, is being accused of Islam phobia. Quite what he has done is not said, but it appears to be he supports the Prevent programme. Is this the future of our universities? Will Lindsey German et Al be demanding Prof Greer’s right to freespeech?

    Sue r

    March 6, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    • The racist 5 Pillars site has the story,

      “Nearly 2,500 people have signed a petition urging the University of Bristol to take swift action against Law School Professor Steven Greer due to his alleged “use of discriminatory remarks and Islamophobic comments.”

      A petition started on Change.org by The University of Bristol Islamic Society (BRISOC) says that “the university has not held Professor Greer accountable nor taken the concerns of Muslim students seriously.”

      The petition says that law students reported that “Professor Greer frequently expresses views in his classes that can be deemed Islamophobic, bigoted and divisive.”

      https://5pillarsuk.com/2021/03/05/bristol-university-islamic-society-demands-swift-action-over-islamophobic-remarks/

      Andrew Coates

      March 6, 2021 at 4:45 pm


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