On the news yesterday morning I heard a university vice-chancellor defending action being taken by the institution against students who had written a private post on social media.
It was shared by others until it went into the public domain whereupon questions began to be raised about its offensiveness.
Now, I’ve not read the post so I can’t tell you how offensive it was. It seems to me, however, that the persons to be excoriated are not those who wrote something offensive for private consumption, but those who made it public and thus ensured that someone, somewhere was offended.
- This is the biggest environmental crime committed in years
- So student flats are not such moneyspinners after all
I was brought up in an era when you were polite to everybody: you said nothing deliberately to offend and nothing that you thought would cause offence – that would simply be bad manners.
What you said among friends or family was private. We tried to not give offence as that would be impolite – not because our thoughts needed policing to meet some standard set by others.
We seem now to be losing that concept of politeness and privacy, our every word has to be self-monitored in case we offend the sensitivities of listeners parading their right-on liberal values.
Instead then of common values, of politeness as to what you can say when and where, we are now to be told by self-appointed thought police, what we can and cannot say…ever…even in private. If only George Orwell were alive now.
What gives the moralisers, these liberals, the right to decide what is or is not offensive?
Too often liberals seem to see their views as so morally superior to others that they must be forced on those who cannot see their rightness.
We’ve been here before, Savranola and his bonfires, Stalin and his gulags, Hitler and his camps, Ulbricht and his wall, these should be uneasy company for the illiberal liberals to keep.
Whoops must stop now: I see the Stasi at the end of the drive, may not be back next week…