Department for Education ‘extremism unit’ confronts grammar school over Milo Yiannopoulos speech. Speech cancelled.

Our thanks to Tony for this. Extracts:

A talk by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos at a school for boys has been cancelled after it got a call from the counter-extremism unit at the UK’s Department for Education.

There was “the threat of demonstrations at the school by organised groups and members of the public,” said Dr Matthew Baxter, the head teacher at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys. The Tuesday (22 November) talk was also cancelled partly over “concerns for the security of the school site and the safety of our community.”…

Under the The Prevent duty of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 certain authorities, like the DfE, are required to warn educators about speakers with “extremist ideas.”

Yiannopoulos, who is gay, spoke out about the cancellation to the Kentish Gazette. “Who even knew the DoE had a counter-extremism unit? And that it wasn’t set up to combat terrorism but rather to punish gays with the wrong opinions?” he asked. “Perhaps if I’d called my talk ‘MUSLIMS ARE AWESOME!’ the NUT and Department of Education would have been cool with me speaking.”

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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5 Responses to Department for Education ‘extremism unit’ confronts grammar school over Milo Yiannopoulos speech. Speech cancelled.

  1. hequal says:

    Best way to combat this is to get more anti-feminist speakers giving talks to schools. Perhaps you could give a talk at your old school Mike, or some in your new constituency?

  2. cheannaich says:

    How Orwellian that they have such a unit in the first place. How free speech, in a supposedly democratic society, is under threat by the faceless diktats of this unit and by the craven acquiescence of the headmaster. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting.

    • nrjnigel says:

      One can see that under the cover of combatting ISIS and other organisations it was pretty inevitable that the officious officials so armed would use it on all sorts of people and groups they just don’t like. Milo not really my cup of tea but go Milo in rattling their smug cage.

  3. epistemol says:

    It’s The Department for Education who are the extremists here.

    I propose they be renamed The Department Against Education.

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