Bias does exist within British universities, it shouldn't matter that an MP wants to examine it
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The only thing less surprising than a man of the right suspecting left bias in universities would be the existence of left bias in universities. Both are well-established facts of modern life, ever lamented by the Adam Smith Institute and denied by vice-chancellors across the country. There is another rule which we ought to remember: those that tend to be most quick to anger when they suspect they have been accused of something tend to be guilty. Anger is a typical and political response to an inquiry into one’s own faults, produced by alarm and for the purposes of deflection. This has been displayed most recently in the response of academics to a letter sent by the Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris. The letter was sent to a number of universities and asked for a list of lecturers teaching on ‘Brexit’ as well as links to course material. I republish the text of his letter in full, for it is useful when analysing the backlash. ‘I was wondering if you would be so kind as to supply me with the names of professors at your establishment who are involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit. Furthermore, if I could be provided with a copy of the syllabus and links to the online lectures which relate to this area I would be much obliged. I sincerely hope you are able to provide me with such and I look forward to hearing from you in due course. Yours sincerely, Chris Heaton-Harris MP Member of Parliament for Daventry.’
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