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The philosopher AC Grayling may have misjudged how his New College of the Humanities would be received. Setting up a private university in Bloomsbury with fees of £18,000 per annum as a reaction to the UK government’s assault on higher education funding was probably not his best idea, despite his aim of providing financial assistance for 30 percent of its ‘gifted’ undergraduate students. But that doesn’t remove his right to speak in public. Whoever would think that it did? (more…)