DAILY MAIL COMMENT: The woke brigade have hijacked academia

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: The woke brigade have hijacked academia

Woke brigade have hijacked academia

Time was when our universities were strongholds of free speech and academic rigour. These days, sadly, they more closely resemble ugly factories of ideological conformism – more preoccupied with renaming colleges and pulling down statues than producing the creators, innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

As our investigation today shows, so desperate have university academics become to appease the woke totalitarians who’ve overtaken their campuses, they are now going to extreme lengths to introduce Left-wing ideology into their curricula.

Already we’ve witnessed this in recent years with the so-called ‘decolonising’ of humanities departments.

Introducing broader teachings of history or more ethnically diverse writers to a syllabus is one thing, however controversial. But the practice is now widening into subjects such as chemistry, business studies and, even more absurdly, thermodynamics.

As our investigation today shows, so desperate have university academics become to appease the woke totalitarians who’ve overtaken their campuses, they are now going to extreme lengths to introduce Left-wing ideology into their curricula. (Pictured: graduation ceremony at Portsmouth University, file image)

In one case, a senior lecturer at Newcastle University claimed to have ‘decolonised’ her dentistry course.

Even more disturbing was the discovery that the head of mechanical engineering at Sheffield University took guidance from a representative of Black Lives Matter, a self-professed Marxist organisation.

Meanwhile, Oxbridge students – who are paying annual tuition fees of almost £10,000 to endure this dogma being introduced to the lecture hall – must attend compulsory anti-racism workshops, despite strong evidence the courses don’t even work.

All of this is deeply concerning. Universities should be places of education, not indoctrination. In recent years, they have evolved into a hotbed of socialist sanctimony where cancel culture thrives and where lecturers openly push their leftist propaganda down students’ throats.

The Government has repeatedly promised to crack down on this disturbing orthodoxy. It must do so now as a matter of urgency.

Unite for the Union

Mutinous Tories may think things are bad now. But they should consider the chaos an unholy Labour/SNP alliance would unleash on the country. (Pictured: ‘We Demand Better March And Rally’, file image)

Any Conservative MPs planning on making trouble for the Prime Minister when Parliament returns tomorrow might wish to heed Nicola Sturgeon’s alarming comments to the BBC yesterday.

With her tiresome nationalist bile, Scotland’s First Minister announced she actively ‘detests’ the Tories ‘and everything they stand for’. Leave aside that these are hardly the measured words of a senior political statesman. Forget, too, that they’re also an insult to the thousands of Scots who voted Conservative at the last election.

Don’t Miss Sturgeon’s remarks perfectly illustrate the toxicity of the coalition-in-waiting of the SNP and Labour, whose deputy leader Angela Rayner, lest we forget, once branded the Tories ‘scum’?

Mutinous Tories may think things are bad now. But they should consider the chaos an unholy Labour/SNP alliance would unleash on the country.

Class A proposal

Be in no doubt: There is nothing harmless about cannabis, whatever those such as Mr Khan might think. Countless studies have linked it to mental illness and violent psychosis. It’s time to end the softly-softly approach to this pernicious drug. (Above: File image of Cannabis plant)

For years, this paper has railed against the police’s increasingly relaxed stance towards cannabis. So news that Home Secretary Suella Braverman is considering upgrading it from a class B drug to a class A one marks an encouraging change of tone in this debate.

Contrast Miss Braverman’s tough stance with that of Labour, whose publicity-prone mayor Sadiq Khan only recently set up a commission to examine the laws governing cannabis use while wasting £34,000 of taxpayers’ money travelling to Los Angeles to visit a marijuana farm.

Be in no doubt: There is nothing harmless about cannabis, whatever those such as Mr Khan might think. Countless studies have linked it to mental illness and violent psychosis. It’s time to end the softly-softly approach to this pernicious drug.

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