Brookes ends his article reminding the reader that 'This isn't about 'banning people we don't like, it's about keeping fascists off campus'. This sounds an awful lot like it's about banning people you don't like. Overall, his view is discouraging. The nonsense of safe spaces is becoming exhausting. Students are more than capable of listening to a fascist and defeating their arguments publically. Give students more credit, you're underrating them.
So, what's next? I'm currently seeking further legal advise about the next steps and I will be eagerly awaiting the response from Colin "no case" Riordan. I'd like to thank everyone who's supported our cause so far, both locally and globally. Your words and actions have been extremely heartwarming and have helped me stay strong in the face of a tidal wave of malice and scorn. Here's to the future. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
The Times is under no obligation to publish every bigot with an opinion piece, and The Times are not suppressing free speech every time they choose not to push forward a 'controversial' agenda. When students' unions decide not to wear sombreros for a club night, they are not banning anything. They are not infringing on anyone's right to free speech.
If our Dear Leaders want to argue that they have a unique right to not hear views that offend them - a right which they will not extend to their opponents, and indeed cannot or else all speech would stop - then they should at least be honest about it, rather than deceiving your audience by pretending that (legal) free speech has not been replaced by speech subject to conditions...
At its core, this has always been about consideration for trans lives, trans issues and trans voices. Despite the other conversations it has also sparked about the power of activism, the evolution of its methods with the rise of social media, the role of universities in preserving free speech and the boundaries and limitation of free expression, I am glad that we are able to have these debates about inclusivity but I really wish that more trans women were being given the opportunity to speak right now.