NUS Vice President Defends Safe Space Policy: ‘Some are More Equal Than Others’
by DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS 27 Apr 2016
A senior National Union of Students official has defended the organisation’s Safe Space policy by insisting that “some people have more equal rights than others.” He has denied the Orwellian nature of the phrase claiming he meant only that some had more power than others.
In 1943/44 George Orwell wrote Animal Farm as an allegorical warning against the sort of violent revolution such as that enacted by the Bolsheviks in early 20th Century Russia, particularly in the light of Stalin’s consequent dictatorial reign.
In his story, farm animals, led by a small group of pigs, turn their drunken human keeper out of the farm and take over. They swiftly enact the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, “All animals are equal.”
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Seven Commandments Of Animalism in Simple Gematria Equals: 311
“All animals are equal.”" in the English Reduction system equals 66
All Animals Are Equal in English Gematria Equals: 1044 174
Over time one pig rises to become a dictatorial figure, adopt human ways including a love of drink, and the Seven Commandments are abridged to a single phrase: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
It was this phrase that Richard Brooks, Vice President of the NUS stumbled upon as he attempted to explain the NUS’s No Platform policy and how it differs from the Union’s Safe Space policy during a recent BBC debate on the matter.
“[The No Platform policy] is all about making sure that students feel safe on campus and that we extend their freedom of speech by not being marginalised when they’re debating,” he said, adding: “This is very different to a Safe Space policy which is based on the idea that every single person has freedom of speech and everyone has equal right to freedom of speech, however some people have more equal rights than others.”
When challenged over the Orwellian nature of the phrase on Twitter, he insisted that he had been misquoted, commenting “weird”
NO THIS IS WEIRD!