Peter Hitchens Non Visit to Portsmouth University
Sunday Mail columnist and author, Peter Hitchens was barred from giving a speech at Portsmouth University on Tuesday 12th February 2019.
He had been prepared to make the two hour journey to Portsmouth at his own expense and not even charge a fee. However, the snowflakes of the LGBT+ community at the university decided that he had made unacceptable comments in the past about LGBT matters and, as they had just completed their pride month to celebrate themselves, his presence would not be appreciated.
Attack on Free Speech
They did not tell him specifically that he had been barred, but that his event had been ‘delayed’; i.e. postponed.
In Peter Hitchens’ eloquent words: “…the truth is that they stopped the event because they don’t like my opinions. That proves they cannot be trusted with freedom of speech. They came up with one pretext for policing thought and imposing censorship this time. They are equally capable of coming up with another, whenever required.”
As he pointed out to Eden Ladley, the LGBT+ officer for the Portsmouth Students Union (UPSU), the delay was a human decision, not one brought on by physical barriers such as structural failure in the building.
He went on to say: “I suspect that many students have far too few chances to hear views that are different from the standard-issue conformist Leftism that is their normal diet. What upsets me about this ban is that it is a general menace to freedom of speech, thought and assembly.”
There were two petitions over whether Peter Hitchens should attend. 129 said he should not and 55 said he should. This is out of a student population of 23,000 which means only 0.8% participation and I am fairly sure that the vast majority of the students were never consulted.
I am wholly in agreement with Peter Hitchens. He is a superb and entertaining speaker who loves debate. It is a huge loss to those students who are still free thinkers, but Leftist ideologues always act as though they have the authority to speak for all when they have no such mandate. It belies their authoritarian conviction in their own self-righteousness an is indicative of a pernicious form of narcissism.
I have many issues with Peter Hitchens, but free speech is not one of them. Free speech is about the right to risk offence. It is not hate speech even though some may think it is. From UPSU’s comments on the subject, they clearly do not understand the concept.
Peter Hitchens – another Fake News Journalist
I used to be a huge fan of Peter Hitchen, but he has long since fallen off the pedestal that I once placed him on.
I found that his opinionated views on President Trump and Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) along with his failure to highlight the massive problem with high level incompetence and criminal activities, which are bringing western countries to their knees, smack of being complicit to the gross treason of leaders to towards the people they are supposed to represent.
Peter Hitchens arrogantly proclaims that people can either follow him or Tommy Robinson and condemns those who would choose the latter. Personally, I am not impressed with mandatory directives. It is the likes of Tommy Robinson who have brought the subject of mass violence inflicted on children in the UK to the fore. He was the one who stood against the abuse that our soldiers endured on their return from campaigns abroad. He did so in the face of cynical criticism from the media. Peter Hitchens, as with the rest of the privileged clan of journalists, says nothing and offers nothing. All he does is sneer at the messenger of the inferior social class.
Peter Hitchens is not the one picking up the pieces of their lives after their teenage son has been run down by an Islamic thug. Tommy Robinson is boots on the ground and reporting it.
Peter Hitchens’ has proven to be unreliable as an ally as highlighted by James Delingpole (Breitbart). He has been bewilderingly two-faced on Brexit – showing glowing happiness that people voted for it and then criticising the outcome.
I am drawn to the conclusion that Peter Hitchens is an Oxbridge post-graduate snob. In spite of his seemingly controversial views, he belongs to an intellectual elite that look down their noses at the rest of us. He thinks he knows more than he does, but is detached from the sufferings of ordinary people.
To his class, people like Donald Trump and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon are regarded as impudent and vulgar upstarts that should have no place in the corridors of power. The fact that the reason why we are in such a mess today, with white girls being molested on an industrial scale, is because elitist snobs like Peter Hitchens, say nothing and do nothing.
One invective against Trump becoming President was that he was not qualified (as if you had to have some sort of certificate). By claiming this he implies that Hillary Clinton would be better. His obliviousness of her many high level crimes is plain to see as might be the case for those who live closeted lives. The thousands of deaths (including multiple murders) that lay squarely at Clinton’s door would make the Emperor Caligula look like a traffic warden by comparison. Trump has something like 75 structures erected across the globe. That took a lot of negotiating and a lot of understanding of foreign countries. May be that is why he got the red carpet treatment when he went to China (unlike Obama)? Trump has been bringing the prospect of real peace in Korea. He has enriched and seriously helped the American working classes.
Peter Hitchens chooses not to see these things, but clings to his arrogant, filtered view of things. It is clear from his comments that he does not know what is going on in the world. He says on his spat with UPSU: “This is what is coming. It begins like this, and it ends with arrests of dissidents at four in the morning, conducted by people who are quite sure that what they are doing is right.”
These things are happening now! Tommy Robinson is not the only casualty of fascist weaponizing of the law against dissenters. It has been happening to hundreds of ordinary folk who mis-gender people or who express ‘wrong think’ or who have decried Islam. Police have already been turning up to snatch free thinking people from their homes.
Nail in the Coffin
A cross party group of MPs is drawing up legislation to make criticism of Islam a crime. With this, it can confidently be assumed that Free Speech is dead in the UK and where are the elitist media?
In his criticism of Tommy Robinson he refers to a “very well researched article” by one of his Mail colleagues. The article is full of pejorative terms that detract from any hope of objective reporting. Peter Hitchens aligns himself with bilge like this. He is an enjoyable person to listen to and has a lot to say, but there is no substance to his words.
Peter Hitchens has allowed himself to become as much Fake News as the others in his Oxford intellectuals.
Journalism is in the sewer as many reporters live in different circles to the rest of us. Peter Hitchens should be in the vanguard to restore trust and truth, but instead wallows in the mud of deceit like the rest of his cohort. Why should anybody follow him or any other elitist?