Had their funding threatened at the last minute by criminal Labor gov't.
Just one week before Michael Savage was scheduled to debate via video link at the Cambridge Union in England, the co-presidents of the two-century-old society informed the top-rated radio host they have canceled the event.
As WND reported, the invitation from the Cambridge Union Society for the Oct. 15 debate was issued in July after Savage was banned from entering the United Kingdom by Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government along with Muslim extremists and leaders of hate groups.
In an e-mail today to Savage producer Beowulf Rochlen, Cambridge Union leaders Julien Domercq and Jonathan Laurence wrote, "It is with great regret to inform you of the difficult decision we have taken to cancel the event."
Domercq and Laurence pointed to problems with the cost and feasibility of setting up the necessary video link, but they also cited "legal issues."
"We have reconsulted with our counsel, and been informed that there are numerous legal issues with Dr Savage speaking here," they wrote, "and so because of all of the technical, financial and legal problems involved, we have come to the reluctant conclusion that the event cannot proceed."
Rochlen told WND the video link should not have been a problem, noting the society previously has conducted debates with participants at remote locations. The society had proposed using a Polycom video conferencing unit to enable Savage to participate from a studio in the San Francisco Bay area, Rochlen said.
The society has not elaborated on the legal issues they faced, but Savage believes the British government clearly didn't want the debate to take place.
"What did the socialist Brown regime fear I might say during the debate?" Savage asked. "What are they hiding from the general public that would have been exposed? Why do they wish to hide what they did to an innocent broadcaster?"
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Savage, who has documented his ordeal with the U.K. in an upcoming book, "Banned in Britain," noted official correspondence, released under the U.K.'s freedom of information law in July, revealing a decision was made at the highest level of government to use his name to provide "balance" to a "least wanted" list dominated by Muslim extremists.
Savage asked: "Did they fear my reading the secret e-mails (at the debate) which disclose how the entire British leadership colluded to destroy a man's name and reputation?"
Prior to news of the cancelation, Savage said he had hoped, during the debate, to "appeal to the British people and the incoming conservative leadership to remove my name from their list of murderers and terrorists."
The July 2 invitation to the debate said the Cambridge Union had been following his case "with great interest" and believed he was "more qualified than anyone to talk about the subject of political correctness in American and Britain."
The student society at the University of Cambridge wanted Savage to speak for the opposition in a debate titled "This House Believes Political Correctness is Sane and Necessary."
The society, founded in 1815, has hosted the likes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American presidents Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt.
The Savage Fight against Censorship
In May 2009, Michael Savage was added to a list of murderers, terrorists and others banned from the United Kingdom. Although the news story in blaring headlines was that Michael Savage, talk show host, was banned in Britain, the subtext was really, "Michael Savage, nationalist and patriot, banned from the globalist system." Learn More.
(Former) Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, Jacqui Smith's list was aimed at excluding people who "stir-up, justify or glorify terrorism, encourage others to participate in terrorist acts, engage in serious criminal activity or encourage others in such activity."
Even though one bureaucrat warned they could be seen as "duplicitous," the prime minister and foreign minister both approved this smear campaign and refused to remove Michael Savage's name from this list of murders and terrorists—even after these emails were uncovered!
Banned in Britain is Savage's answer to the British government and to his own country, which has completely ignored this blatant assault on one man's free speech and his liberties. This is a book for anyone who believes that no government should censor speech nor use its power to intimidate people from speaking freely. And while this is a book where Michael Savage voices many of his conservative opinions, it is not a book just for conservatives.
Free speech is at risk because powerful forces do not want to be criticized. The Department of Homeland Security is issuing reports that intimidate opposing political speech. These reports associate conservatism with terrorism. The "Fairness Doctrine" may be imposed in order to cripple talk radio. The First Amendment is not being honored by the government.
Here's How YOU Can Help
Michael Savage was the first victim, but others – maybe even you – will soon follow. Fighting back can work, and it must be done!
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PETITION FOR THE REMOVAL OF
BRITAIN'S BAN ON MICHAEL SAVAGE
To: Congress of the United States
Whereas, Michael Savage, with America's third largest radio talk-show audience, has been banned from Britain by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith;
Whereas, Smith listed Savage's name alongside Russian skinheads imprisoned for murdering 10 immigrants and a Hamas terrorist who executed two Jewish parents and bashed in the head of their 4-year-old daughter;
Whereas, contrary to the accusations of the former home secretary, Savage has never advocated violence and repeatedly has called for the lawful enforcement of America's borders, language and culture;
Whereas, freedom of speech must be protected to ensure the future of our democracy;
Whereas, Savage was honored with the Freedom of Speech Award by the radio industry in 2007;
Whereas, Savage's freedom has been denied, his health has suffered and his very life may be in danger because of the former home secretary's actions;
SIGN THE PETITION
We, the undersigned, appeal to your good offices to act with the U.S. State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to persuade the British government to immediately remove Michael Savage's name from its list of banned murderers and terrorists.
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