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Toby Young

Free Speech Trade Union

Toby Young

Sunday, 29 March 2020

12:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

Journalist Toby Young calls for the setting up of a trade union for academics, intellectuals, columnists, pundits, novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, songwriters, comedians, and writers of any type to defend their right to free speech.

Young says there is a need for a union in the image of the Polish Solidarity movement, one of whose key demands was freedom of speech – a guarantee that workers would not lose their jobs for publicly criticising the Communist Party. Young cites recent cases where academics have been ‘mobbed’ for their views, including a recent letter to the Times from more than 30 academics expressing a view that there was an atmosphere of Maoist intolerance around expressing views on transgender issues, and a senior Oxford academic’s defence of a US colleague who had written an article on the case for colonialism.

Young helped to set up one of the UK’s first charter schools, called free schools. He had his own experience of being mobbed. He was appointed to a new higher education regulator, The Office for Students, but had to resign within a few days after people began trawling his past articles and posts on social media to discredit him. Young is associate editor, London, of Quillette, a platform for free thought and the free exchange of ideas. His books include the memoirs The Sound of No Hands Clapping and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd