A leading academic has received support on Twitter after hearing himself insulted and his university belittled on live radio on Wednesday.
Prof Anthony Glees, who heads the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, was called a ‘halfwit’, an ‘idiot’ and a ‘so-called professor’ by MP for Bradford George Galloway.The pair were debating British intervention in Iraq on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.
Prof Glees told the Advertiser: “If I didn’t know that George Galloway didn’t drink, I would have thought he was drunk.
“I found the way he shouted at me was extremely offensive.
“There was a very sinister side to what he was doing. He was behaving in a way that somebody like me associates with facism.
“He didn’t want to disagree, he wanted to shout me down.
“He represents a party called Respect but the one thing he didn’t do was respect someone who held a view different to his own.
“I believe in free speech and in denigrating the University of Buckingham he was denigrating a university dedicated to free speech.”