By Jack Buckby
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
The National Union of Students, or NUS, is a confederation of student unions across the UK. Currently, there are more than 600 unions that make up the NUS, which accounts for more than 95% of the student unions that exist in the country. Founded in 1922, today it is the biggest player in dictating student politics.
The NUS essentially decides political associations for students, and actively bans groups it believes to be ‘bad’ for students. Just like an overprotective mother, the NUS bans students from learning from people they believe will potentially change the thought processes of their precious, impressionable minds.
The NUS has control over student affairs in pretty much every university, but that’s not to say the universities themselves are any better. In fact, in many cases, the university staff can be much worse. Educational institutions across the UK widely adopt ‘equality and diversity’ policies, which stop people from openly expressing their opinions if they go beyond the Marxist rhetoric of most lecturers.
My former university, the University of Liverpool, is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme. Stonewall is known for its rampant – and frankly over the top – campaigns for LGBT ‘equality’. The group rose to prominence with its bus poster campaign, which was countered by a Christian message, later banned by so-called ‘conservative’ London Mayor Boris Johnson. Stonewall is also known for, incredibly, accusing children in Primary School, under 10 years old, of being homophobic bullies.
As a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, the University of Liverpool is actively segregating homosexuals from other students, based solely on the fact that they are homosexual. It is also a part of the ‘Gay By Degree’ scheme that shows ‘LGBT’ students which universities best segregate them from other students. The university also takes part in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, which ranks universities based on what they like to call equality.
The University of Liverpool even has an ‘LGBT History Month’, and a ‘diversity and equality‘ programme which promotes the hiring of staff based on their sexuality or race, as opposed to their merit. Perhaps this is why the University of Liverpool hired Dr Leon Moosavi, and refused to sack him after he tried to justify the killing of soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich by two Muslims.
The University of Liverpool is no exception to the rule. A quick search online shows you that this kind of left-wing bias is rife across UK universities, and with nearly all of them accepting and promoting the NUS on campus, it means we see a ‘no platform’ policy implemented nearly nationwide.
The ‘no platform’ policy introduced by the National Union of Students specifically bans organisations that its ‘Democratic Procedures Committee’ deems as holding ‘racist’ or ‘fascist’ views. What the so-called Democratic Procedures Committee fails to do, however, is recognise the definitions of these terms, and accurately associate them with organisations.
Whilst the British National Party (BNP) – a party with which I was briefly involved before growing tired of the blatant race-hatred from its leading officials – is unpleasant, should it really be banned by a group calling itself democratic? The English Defence League is also deemed by this committee as ‘fascist’ and ‘racist’, despite the EDL existing to stop the spread of fascism in the form of Islam, and accepting supporters of all races and backgrounds.
It’s ironic that the NUS bars groups with genuine concerns (regardless of whether these groups are positive – the socialist policies and lies told by the corrupt BNP are by no means positive things) whilst at the same time promoting LGBT and ‘anti-fascist’ groups that do nothing but attack those they disagree with – often violently.
The NUS remains largely committed to the goals of the likes of Unite Against Fascism (UAF), though on occasion individual student unions realise this commitment is damaging and opposes freedom of speech. This was the case when the Durham Union Society was blackmailed by UAF to stop a planned debate on multiculturalism, as it featured two politicians from the BNP. Threats of violence were received not just from UAF, but also from the Black Students Officer of the NUS.
This kind of blackmailing happens all the time from the NUS and so-called ‘anti-fascist’ groups, and even occurred in Liverpool during the Mayoral Elections of 2012. A hustings was planned to be held at the university, which would have featured all candidates, including the socialist BNP candidate, the national socialist and fascist candidate from the National Front, and the English nationalist candidate from the English Democrats. The thoroughly undemocratic Unite Against Fascism and ‘Liverpool Antifascists’ teamed up to bully the university into cancelling the hustings. This kind of blackmailing is appalling in itself, but the fact that universities give in to this pressure, bow down to attacks on democracy and allow violent thugs from these far-left groups to operate freely, without question, is even more shocking. These far-left groups have free rein in universities, and as a result university students are often silenced during their time studying.
Not me. I’m Jack Buckby, I’m a former student of politics, currently Outreach Officer for the capitalist and culturist party Liberty GB, and I was kicked out of the University of Liverpool for holding views that the university deemed to be unacceptable.
In 2012, I began an organisation called the National Culturists. My intention was to group like-minded conservative and culturist students within the university. I based my ideas on Dr John Press’s book Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future. Culturism is, in very basic terms, the opposite of multiculturalism.
At the time, I was involved with a political party that I soon came to detest. The British National Party once polled higher than libertarian UKIP, and seemed to me to be a good vehicle for changing the discussion of immigration. After being pushed up the ranks, I left the party for reasons outlined here (http://culturistjack.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/the-bnp-danger-my-experiences-with-the-far-right/) and in this short film about me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOB8n4efULU&feature=youtu.be).
In no time at all, I was being attacked from all angles. Neo-Nazis hated my ‘moderate’ conservative position and far-left loons began creating smears and telling lies about me. After being physically attacked twice on campus and having leaflets comparing me to mass murderer Anders Breivik published all over the university – neither of which the university did anything about – I had to resort to using a bodyguard (see photo below) when distributing literature on campus. I might add that this literature was nothing that any reasonable person would ever consider extreme, as can be seen from the example here.
In 2012, I was also ‘disciplined’ by the university for publishing an article I entitled “Modern Racism, Discrimination and Fascism in the University of Liverpool”. The university demanded that I take down the article, as it portrayed the university in a bad light. I had written about the level of anti-Semitism I had found across campus, which included students walking around campus with images depicting bombs landing on the Star of David. This had not been questioned by the school, and in turn, appeared to be accepted by the university.
An extract from the article, which is now unavailable and I am unable to find in full, reads:
“If the National Union of Students is so pro-equality, and wants a quality learning experience for all, then why are the National Culturists attacked for being culturist, and why on earth do they not promote the possibility of a culturist education on top of multiculturalist education?”
In demanding I take the article down, and not offering any solutions to these cases of explicit race hatred and anti-Semitism, the school showed its unwillingness to change and its hatred for freedom of speech. It also showed the clear level of political bias in favour of the race- and culture-hating Left.
This, however, was only the beginning. My experiences in university could fill a book, and perhaps one day will.
I was also ‘disciplined’ for making a clear point about the importance of freedom of speech, and how the Left put emotion over fact. I firmly believe that if a statistic is true, or a piece of information is solid fact, then this information must take priority over personal feelings. Our right to freedom of speech, and the significance of logic and fact, are not superseded by the feelings of the Left.
I had tweeted a poster made by a distasteful group called the National Alliance. It was a poster that quoted statistics that I believe at the time of publishing were accurate. The tweet was intended to make it clear that the Left get offended by facts, and the response to my tweet certainly proved that. I had made it quite clear why I had published the poster, but both the university and student groups remained ‘outraged’ that somebody could possibly consider facts over feelings.
After publishing this tweet, I received a letter from the university, that read:
“I require you to remove this poster from your Twitter feed immediately as it does not comply with the University’s Regulations and is potentially unlawful. You should be aware that the University regularly monitors content posted by students on world wide web and social media.”
The poster was not unlawful.
Shortly after this letter, I attended a meeting with an official from our politics department, in which I was encouraged to be less vocal and to change what I say online. In essence, I was told that my views were unacceptable and if I was to stay in the university, I must stop posting documents and images on my (personal) Twitter feeds and other online outlets that do not agree entirely with the university’s Marxist rules. I of course retain full documentation and transcripts of all of these conversations for future reference.
On the 12th June 2013, I received more correspondence from the university, this time complaining about tweets I had made that were directed at university lecturer Dr Leon Moosavi. After he had attempted to justify the killing of Lee Rigby, I felt it necessary to tackle him on the issue. I was given the following quotes, taken from my Twitter feed, and was told that they were ‘offensive’.
“…I oppose hatred which is why I oppose Islam”
“…the Islamic book of control, conquest and hate (Qur’an)”
“Yes, from Islamic. Its hate comes in forms of attacks against the Jewish, Israel and Western World.”
“..@Leon_Moosavi belittled problem and blamed it on war. No. Blame it on Islam.”
“If people stop pretending Islam isn’t an issue, these attacks couldn’t happen.”
“…Those nice people you meet in everyday life aren’t Muslims at all. They’re confused.”
“@Leon_Moosavi You’re promoting hate, just like you do when you attack remembrance day. You’re sick. Truly undoubtedly disgusting Leon.”
“…Think Islam isn’t to blame? You are all part of the problem. You have the blood of millions on your hands.”
“…Islam is the only religion that causes this much trouble..”
“Those who say Islam is about peace are tricking you…”
“…Islam teaches violence, conquest and paedophilia. Verifiable facts.”
“…they push a religion which continues to cause terror and death.”
The letter claimed that my calling of Leon Moosavi’s views “disgusting” was in some way problematic for the university. It also acknowledged my remarks about Islam, including my comments about the very real existence paedophilia in Islam and the constant terror caused by the religion.
Again, this is an issue of the Left, and a university, putting feelings before facts. It’s astounding that an institution that exists to educate refuses to accept facts, and ‘disciplines’ students who are dedicated to working with facts and evidence.
It was after this letter that the letters, slaps on the wrist and the complaining stopped. From here, the power was passed on to others higher up the chain of command, and here began a lengthy process of kicking me out of university. After attending numerous meetings with university officials, and showing them that I had broken no laws, and that they had no legal right to kick me out, I grew tired. The university clearly didn’t want me, and I didn’t feel like the level of teaching and education I was receiving was worth it.
The university finally decided to kick me out in late 2013, claiming that I violated Ordinance 17, Clause 2, University Calendar of the University Rules. Regardless of whether this is the case, by kicking me out for my political beliefs and activism on campus, the university has broken the Education Act 1981. In Part IV of the ‘Miscellaneous’ section in the Act, it states:
- —(1) Every individual and body of persons concerned in the government of any establishment to which this section applies shall take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for members, students and employees of the establishment and for visiting speakers.
You can find the rest of the Act here, where you will see that freedom of speech is clearly guaranteed for students. I made use of my freedom of speech, remained within the law, and did not harass a single person.
The university also treads on thin ice with regard to the Equality Act 2010, which equates atheism with religion, and so protects the rights of atheists to discuss or practice their beliefs. As an atheist who respects and accepts the significance of Christian morality I feel it is important, and know it is well within my rights, to speak about the dangers of Islam from an atheist perspective.
National university guidelines from Universities UK were also broken. Documents from Universities UK clearly outline the difference between unlawful harassment and freedom of speech. I quote:
“The fact that views are ‘offensive’ does not in itself mean that the views amount to unlawful harassment.”
The document also states:
“Tolerance and respect for opposing viewpoints are entirely compatible with the fostering of good relations.”
It’s evident that nobody from the University of Liverpool read these guidelines – or if they did, they knowingly ignored them. The document also notes that “terrorism is defined as including the use or threat of serious violence against a person or serious damage to property for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological objective”.
It’s interesting that even with this obvious definition of terrorism available to university officials, and the numerous death threats I received on campus from people the university allows to operate on campus, no action was taken. Liverpool Antifascists regularly threatened to shoot me, wrote articles about how they harassed and chased me, and forced me to arrange a bodyguard to avoid any physical attacks.
If this kind of intimidation and threatening behaviour was used against LGBT folk on campus, I imagine the reaction of the university would be much different.
Since leaving university, I have dedicated myself to furthering my political cause. Having left behind the race-haters of the British National Party and teamed up with conservatives and culturists in Liberty GB, I am now fighting multiculturalism through writing, speaking and electioneering. I stood for election to the European Parliament in May, along with Paul Weston for Liberty GB. We achieved 2,494 votes, which was respectable for a brand new party’s first election.
These problems I have experienced in university are just the tip of the iceberg. Students all over the Western world are being persecuted by universities for being political, and for recognising the serious Marxist bias that trickles from the top down. We are in such a difficult position as students, but the best thing, I believe, any student can do is stand up against it. Sure, it means they probably won’t get a degree – just as I was denied a degree – but what use is a degree if it’s given to you by Marxists?
Students must finally break the silence and start using existing freedom of speech laws to ensure that they get a proper education, and are allowed to air their views freely. If we continue to have only individual students like myself standing up against this kind of tyranny, then nothing will change. Individuals will be persecuted, and the rest will stay silent and make no change.
I hope that any student reading this will consider their future, and the future for their children. The universities are the tools of the Left, and without effecting change in universities, we might as well give up our conservative cause right now. We can stand for election and fight the Left at the ballot box all we want – but unless people start standing up to the institutions, nothing will ever change.
Jack Buckby is the Outreach Officer for the British political party Liberty GB. After being expelled from university in England for his anti-Islamic views, Jack now engages in counter Jihad and conservative politics in the United Kingdom and United States, stands for election and spreads awareness of global Jihad through his writing. Visit his political party at www.libertygb.org.uk