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Groundhog Day

The question of free speech in universities returns once more with the publication of guidelines by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

On 2 February, the citizens of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, gather to see whether the movements of a local woodchuck will predict six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Groundhog Day has become a synonym for being caught in an endless repetitive loop ever since the 1993 Bill Murray movie set in Punxsutawney.

It was on 2 February this year that the advice on free speech in higher education institutions—promised by former universities minister Sam Gyimah—finally saw the light of day.

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