Please note this event is at 3.30pm in the Leconfield Hall, not as previously advertised.
The well-known broadcaster and commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown discusses her recent contribution to Biteback Publication’s Provocations series in which she argues that individual rights cannot be allowed to take precedence over collective, social responsibility. Without self-moderation, parks, streets, school-yards, public transport, waiting rooms, shops and restaurants would turn into bear pits. Most people appear to understand this, but some seem determined to cause disorder in the name of free speech. In the US and UK, anti-political correctness has gone mad. Invective, lies, hate speech, bullying, intemperance and prejudice have become the new norms.
In Defence of Political Correctness traces the history of political correctness in the US and UK and forcefully argues that, in spite of many failures, this movement has made both countries more civilised and equal.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a regular columnist for the i and the London Evening Standard, and a well-known commentator on diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. She is the author of Refusing the Veil. Her most recent book is Exotic England published by Portobello Books in 2016. She was awarded Broadsheet Columnist of the Year at the 2017 Press Awards.