Meta Warwick

The Coventry Telegraph reports on reactions to Warwick’s reversal yesterday. (Warwick and Coventry are next door to each other, and Coventry is a city while Warwick isn’t.)

High-profile public figures have welcomed news that Maryam Namazie’s ban from Warwick University has been overturned.

The students’ union indicated the initial decision had been made was made “in deference to the right of Muslim students not to feel intimidated or discriminated against on their University campus.”

But, after 48 hours of intense public pressure – including an online petition, the union released a statement to apologise to Ms Namazie and confirm it would back down over the ban.

Ms Namazie said: “I am really excited that I will be able to speak to students there and am grateful for all the brilliant support from Warwick Atheists and from so many wonderful people.”

High-profile figures such as Prof Brian Cox, Salman Rushdie, Richard Dawkins and Dr Ben Goldacre had all rushed to blast the initial decision. But they have since welcomed the latest development.

Not “but” but “and” – they (and we) blasted the no and welcomed the yes.

At the end they quote UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, which I wish they’d skipped.

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