Loony Left: UKIP = Hizb ut-Tahrir?!
UKIP - what do those four letters spring to your mind?
UKIP - what do those four letters spring to your mind? Tweed jackets? NIMBYs? Hizb ut-Tahrir?
You may think I'm tripping on acid, and whether or not I am is beside the point since there really are some who equate the two organisations.
Campus watchdog Student Rights has revealed today that the Students Union at the University of Derby is a case in point. The busy bodies up in the north midlands recently prevented David Gale, a UKIP candidate standing in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, from appearing on its campus.
An email sent to Mr Gale from the Student Union declared that:
"The University of Derby Students' Union standing orders state clearly in that any member of the union may complain to the union president about an individual(s) who they believe to be a member of a group with racist, fascist or extremist views.
We received several student complaints around UKIP policies on immigration that included repealing the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The decision was taken by the Students' Union executive to place UKIP on our no platform list in line with our values and legal documentation. We at the University of Derby Students' Union are proud supporters of No Platform and we uphold the rights of our students to feel safe while studying on campus”.
This places UKIP on the same list as the National Front, the British National Party, and, you guessed it, extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Is it any wonder that when bums on seats in the lecture halls of Britain's universities cannot recognise the difference between free speach and extremism that one can find oneself behind bars for an offensive tweet while Abu Qatada lands on his feet?
Dane Vallejo is Associate Editor for The Commentator. Follow him on Twitter @DaneVallejo
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