Careless talk

January 28, 2010

Constantine Sandis is to be applauded for his rejection of the notion that academics have an absolute right to free speech ("Free speech within reason", 21 January). Academic freedom is too important to be brought into disrepute. In my legal experience, it is usually abused in the interests of ego-puffery, rather than the pursuit of more noble principles. Those who value academic freedom should affirm, define (as far as possible), guard and celebrate its qualified nature.

Robert McCreath, Partner, Archon Solicitors.

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