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Some sections of academia seem more outraged at the government than others, says David Walker

As secretary of state at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan won’t have time to monitor the X accounts of members of advisory bodies—she’s too busy hobnobbing with Elon Musk over the future of artificial intelligence, or popping up in Conservative constituencies threatened by the Liberal Democrats. 

Instead, thought-policing falls to her special advisers and the ideological outriders of the Policy Exchange think tank, the goals of which include the abolition of the 2010 Equalities Act. Their main aim is the electoral survival of the Tory party, on which their jobs depend. Sniffing out and demonising ‘woke’ will, they hope, serve that goal.

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