Second, you seem to think that we might censor a student’s thesis, which is lawful and already in the
public domain, simply because a powerful interest finds it inconvenient. This shows a deep misconception
of what universities are and how we work. Cambridge is the University of Erasmus, of Newton,
and of Darwin; censoring writings that offend the powerful is offensive to our deepest values. Thus even
though the decision to put the thesis online was Omar’s, we have no choice but to back him. That would
hold even if we did not agree with the material! Accordingly I have authorised the thesis to be issued as
a Computer Laboratory Technical Report. This will make it easier for people to find and to cite, and will
ensure that its presence on our web site is permanent.
Read the whole thing but this is close as you will ever come to seeing an academic, in academic language, in an academic manner, simply stating \”fuck you matey\”.
Quite the most gorgeous wondrousness and, dare I but hope, a lesson in style for academics everywhere.
When they be lyin\’, say so. When they be attemptin\’ that oppressin\’, say so.
That is what you be havin\’ that tenure for, after all.