heads up for Down Under: for readers in Australia
Lally comments on two newspaper editorials about
the Joel Hayward petition* he has
organisedThursday, September 04, 2003
The Christchurch Press one is
asserted that the University erred ('craven',
'repressive incompetence', 'burner of books'
etc), it then argues against admitting error
because 'By reversing its stand, the University
would reinforce its reputation for ineptitude.'
for wrongly convicted persons in this country,
the judicial process here doesn't observe the
same principle. The editorial concludes by
suggesting that Dr Fudge should
resign because, inter alia, 'He is out of
sympathy with the University and unforgiving of
its behaviour.' Given that even the Editorial
critiques the University's behaviour using words
and phrases such as 'craven' and 'repressive
incompetence', it would seem like a compliment
to describe Dr Fudge in this way.
READERS should be aware that the New
Zealand journalist Philip
Matthews who may contact them about
Dr Hayward is working for the newspaper
The Listener, and writing on
behalf of a special interest group
which is trying to destroy Dr Hayward's
Should anyone else at the University who is out
of sympathy with it on this matter also resign?
Nevertheless, to see even the Christchurch Press
acknowledge that the University of Canterbury
has erred is something of a success, even if the
conclusions they draw from its errors seem to be
rather unconventional. I'm still interesting in
additional signatures. The current total is
Our dossier on the Joel
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Evans on whether universities should accept
theses on 'Holocaust denial'
* The petition