Podcast Ep. 41: Stephen Fry on safe spaces, Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment & free speech in Germany

RD E41, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Stephen Fry, Dilma Rousseff

British actor Stephen Fry’s controversial opinion on university censorship, the prospective impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, and a German comedian being prosecuted for insulting a foreign official are the topics three for this week.

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Even if we banned Trump the Internet has rendered ‘hate speech’ laws redundant

Donald Trump, July 2015 by DonkeyHotey

The furore over the latest musings of the professional loudmouth Donald Trump has provoked an ironic response from those residing just across the pond from the US.

Those who venture onto the British government’s official petition website will find that at least 340,000 have signed a petition to block the American presidential candidate from entering Britain, at least as of Wednesday night.

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Podcast Ep. 25: the Autumn Statement, COP21 and blanking Katie Hopkins

Iceberg in Antarctica, January 2011 by Liam Quinn

George Osborne’s latest budget, this week’s climate change conference in Paris, and Brunel students’ spurning of rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins are the subjects of our latest episode, in which Jimmy and Jazza sound off about subjects they are vaguely familiar with.

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Brunel students who protest Katie Hopkins still don’t get free speech

Brunel became the latest university this week to diminish the standing of free speech as students turned their backs on rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins and then quit the lecture theatre.

Footage uploaded to the Internet showed the incident, which took place on Monday as Hopkins and other panellists debated the future of the welfare state as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Keith Vaz has ‘no problem’ with blasphemy laws so long as applied ‘equally’

Keith Vaz, February 2011 by daliscar1

In a move that will please the religious right as well as egalitarians, it seems Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz is open to blasphemy laws being brought back onto the books, so long as they protect the butthurt of all religious cranks “equally”.

Speaking after the subject of blasphemy was discussed by the Muslim Council of Britain last week, Vaz flip-flopped from one side of the debate to the other, first seemingly supporting the laws before backtracking.

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