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The higher education free speech bill lives to fight another day (349 and counting)

Regular readers will know that Playbook is of the opinion that while there are isolated incidents where universities and student unions have fallen short on their duty to uphold freedom of speech, the introduction of higher education-specific legislation on the matter is tantamount to opening a pistachio with a tungsten hammer.

We are not alone in that view. And yesterday, there was a vague glimmer of hope that the government would abandon its Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, given that its second reading was debated nine months ago.

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