Tolerance is officially a British value. However, there are a number of signs that we are pretty intolerant in Britain too. In February 2021 the government announced it would appoint a “Free Speech Champion” and changes to the law to guard free speech in universities, after a spate of “no platforming” speakers and some academics losing their jobs for holding controversial views. During the course of 2020 surveys showed as a nation that we became increasingly intolerant of people who held different views from our own on wearing masks or not wearing masks. …

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