“It is extraordinary that these academics are prepared to compromise the educational futures of students whose fees of £9,000 a year help to keep Oxford university in business.
“While the tutors are perfectly entitled to express their illiberal political values and demands, Oxford University should examine whether they will be breaching their conditions of employment if they carry out their threats.
“Oriel students should consider waging a counter-campaign against the individual academics concerned. This could involve highlighting the fact that the undergraduates are being collectively and irrationally punished for a matter and decision over which they are not in any way responsible.”
Responding to Magdalen College students removing a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, Marc Glendening said:
“The decision, taken on the grounds that Her Majesty represents ‘colonial history’ and her image could thus trigger emotionally traumatic reactions in some students, is indicative of the sinister Culture Control New Left ideology that is now dominant in virtually every sector of British civil society.
“What is alarming is not that individuals hold the views that they do on these issues, but that this is often accompanied by a Cultural Year Zero-style desire to suppress all opposition and forcibly eradicate traces of the past and present that the Culture Control New Left disapprove of.
“There is a distinct whiff of authoritarian intolerance relating to such incidents.”
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