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Debate over Tommy Robinson’s Invite at the Oxford Union i


Oxford’s debating community has repeatedly invited the much controversial personality Tommy Robinson, EDL leader in an attempt to debate over issues of nationalism amid concerns pertaining to “endangering” students. One of the members of the Oxford Union has tweeted saying that the society would rather love to see him as a speaker. However, the invitation has provoked criticism even from the student union’s President. One of the members from the prestigious society, who has played the main role in instigating the invitation, was answered by Robinson, who asked to exchange numbers. Furthermore Blackaby had tweeted saying that he would love to hear the widely varying views over a debate. He even added saying that the debate would become boring if everyone would think alike. Blackaby proceeded with his comments saying a free speech with an open interaction would add to the interestingness of the debate as different views would be welcomed. The union President, Parit Wacharasindhu has defended the entire invite issue; yet has admitted to certain security concerns. He has opined on the issue and has even added that since the principle of Oxford society is based on free speech, the invite would provide a neutral podium to express political views depending upon the way such views would be contested. He has even said that it would be certain for security issues to arise; Wacharasindhu has said that such terrific instances are


likely to be raised by opponent parties. However, he has expressed his concerns on resolving such key issues. Furthermore, the union President has said that Robinson’s debate format would be exclusively scrutinised and questioned to reduce any negative impact. On the contrary, the National Union of Students, Tom Rutland has overtly warned that Robinson’s presence could jeopardize students. The Oxford Student Union’s President has added that inviting Robinson would be like a pointless stunt. Since the Student Union emphasises on the welfare of pupils, it would be inappropriate for the University people to invite fascist people who are known to spread hatred and social threats that can affect the student body and their members; and could even accompany thugs. The student union fears that students’ safety would be put at risk. In fact Rutland has even said that it would be valueless to invite hate speakers for the sake of free speech. In fact he has even said that these people don’t respect a free society or free speech. Tom Rutland has added that people only believe in oppression and hatred. The EDL people are simply not appropriate enough to be invited at an Oxford free speech debate; after all they are fascists. Though, this invite may help people challenge each other’s views; it is however expected that people would not support or


agree to Robinson’s opinions or comments. Furthermore, the student union believes that the irrational and absurd opinions of the fascists would hardly be agreed upon by anyone from the audience. Later on, the Oxford society has revealed that the invite was unauthorised and disciplinary actions would be taken against junior members if they are being found guilty. Source i

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Debate over Tommy Robinson’s Invite at the Oxford Union  

Oxford’s debating community has repeatedly invited the much controversial personality Tommy Robinson, EDL leader in an attempt to debate ove...

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