Differences of opinion are the lifeblood of universities and essential to advancing knowledge. But some universities are giving in to intimidation by cancelling events with controversial speakers.
If we're serious about freedom of speech, we need a more open and respectful discussion about words that cause insult and offence.
The 'good old days' when we could make racist comments without legal recourse were not that good at all – especially for those on the receiving end.
The concept of 'free speech' is devilishly difficult, and depends greatly on a person's political and philosophical viewpoint.