While conservative students around the country are battling with social justice warriors and school administrators for their right to speak freely, our allies across the pond are going through the same struggle.
The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that the student union from Lincoln University in the United Kingdom has banned a conservative group on campus from using its social media accounts. This action came after the Conservative Society challenged the union’s position on free speech.
The Conservative Society posted the results from Spiked-Online’s survey that ranks universities in the U.K. on free speech. Lincoln University received the worst rating in the form of a red graduation cap, meaning they “collectively create[d] an environment that is hostile to free speech.”
Before they suspended their account, the Conservative Society Twitter account posted two quick tweets explaining the circumstances.
Since LU’s Conservative Society no longer has access to their social media accounts, neighboring Hull University’s Conservative Association released a statement on Facebook.
The student union’s decision has been met with swift criticism and outrage not only from social media, but also from Lincoln MP Karl McCartney. The Conservative MP said that the student union should be “ashamed” for silencing the Conservative Society.
“This intolerant, illiberal and totalitarian response is akin to something out of the Soviet Union or North Korea rather than a place for learning and debate,” McCartney said. “As well as the irony of banning a society for expressing their concern about free speech, the Students’ Union ‘snowflakes’ are so self-obsessed they forget Lincoln is the home to one of the original Magna Cartas, the foundation stone of freedom the world over.”
Lincoln University’s student union responded to the incident saying they are “proud to protect the rights of all individuals to express their opinions, ideas and concerns.”