British Government Shuts Down Milo Yiannopoulos Speech to His Old Secondary School, by Kieran Corcoran. Milo Yiannopoulos, a 32-year-old British journalist, has become the face of America’s “alt-right” movement.
The British Government has shut down a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos after putting pressure on the school hosting it to call it off.
Anti-Extremism officials leaned on faculty at the school in Kent, England, where Yiannopoulos was due to speak, resulting in the event being scrapped. …
“They’ve bullied and humiliated this poor school into cancelling. Maybe if I called my talk ‘Muslims are Awesome!’ they wouldn’t.”
Headmaster Matthew Baxter, who wanted the speech to go ahead but decided to cancel:
This decision was taken following contact from the Department For Education’s counter extremism unit, the threat of demonstrations at the school by organised groups and members of the public and our overall concerns for the security of the school site and the safety of our community.
“We note that within 24 hours of advertising the event, more than 220 Langton sixth formers had, with parental consent, signed up for the event and that objection to our hosting Mr Yiannopoulus came almost entirely from people with no direct connection to the Langton [school].
“The staff and students of the school were overwhelmingly in favour.
How disgusting. Free speech overruled by an Orwellian “counter extremism unit.” The school wanted to hear Milo speak, Milo wanted to speak, but outsiders came in and banned the speech from occurring. Britain, birthplace of democracy and the Magna Carta, brought low by a changing culture of politically correct bureaucrats and Islam.
By the way, don’t think it doesn’t happen in Australia. In 2008 I was invited to give a speech on carbon accounting (note, not global warming) at the University of Western Australia, but because I had appeared in the media pointing out that the carbon dioxide theory of global warming was not backed by evidence — and appeared to be wrong on what evidence there was — I was threatened with demonstrations if I showed. We called the talk off, and the person who organized the talk was sacked shortly afterwards.
hat-tip Stephen Neil