Indledning
We consider the freedom to speak as a necessity in our well-developed society. As a human right, even. But what if people say something that we don’t like? Something offensive?
In Brendan O’Neill’s speech performed at Oxford Union, it is elucidated how certain subjects that are considered offensive is monitored and policed by leaders at university campuses in the UK.

Uddrag
Brendan O’Neill’s speech “Freedom of Speech and Right to Offend” is structured by a direct beginning. Considering that the subject and theme of the speech is already known - Freedom of Speech and Right to Offend was the name of a series of debates at The Oxford Union Society – he does not have to address the theme to the audience.

Instead, O’Neill begins by introducing 3 historical events, relevant to the issue of free speech. After this, he presents his point of view with the sentence: “So when today’s student leaders clamp down on offensive stuff, they are actually carrying on a very long tradition – a tradition whereby the crème de la crème of British society take it upon themselves to police the parameters of acceptable thought and to exclude offensiveness from the academy.” (p.1 l.21-23) suggesting, hat banning and censoring the right to offend in universities is a negative measure.