I've been sceptical about Nick Cohen's view that the "left" has declined into illiberal imbecility. But the campaign to sack David Coleman from Oxford University because of his links to Migration Watch suggests he's right.
What's so stupid about this is that there's no need to repress Coleman's freedom of speech, because we should be able to defeat his arguments in an open intellectual fight. As I've said here and here, there's a strong case for free immigration. Philippe Legrain puts it even better in this fine book.
But the imbecility of Star doesn't stop there. For one thing, immigration is an issue where the left should be able to make common cause with decent liberals across the political spectrum. In wanting to restrict free speech, however, Star seems to prefer to stay in its intellectual ghetto.
Worse still, it fails to see that immigration is, above all, a question of freedom. And freedom means freedom for everyone, however silly they are. In failing to value freedom, Star is undermining the case for immigration.
Please tell me they are unrepresentative of the Left generally.