Reasonable people know that the asking of a question does not imply knowledge of the answer, which is why Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris' question has infuriated so many unreasonable men.
The question came in the form of this letter he sent to all UK universities:
THE LETTER TO ACADEMICS
To: the vice-chancellor of the University of ****
Dear [ ],
I was wondering if you would be so kind as to supply me with the names of professors at your establishment who are involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit.
Furthermore, if I could be provided with a copy of the syllabus and links to the online lectures which relate to this area I would be much obliged.
I sincerely hope you are able to provide me with such and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Yours sincerely, Chris (Heaton-Harris)
So why all the sensitivity: are academics secretly guilty of subverting their students with their own prejudices about Brexit without giving all sides of the argument?
What does this tell us about the state of free speech in our universities and the mindset of young undergraduates, already softened up by years of politically correct brainwashing in schools?
Take Lord Patten of Barnes, chancellor of Oxford University, who described the letter as "absolutely disgraceful" and "offensive and idiotic Leninism".
As mere Chris Patten he was Tory Party Chairman, unexpectedly rejected by the voters from his marginal Bath seat in 1992, only to resurface as the smug, complacent last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, where he eagerly gave away our colony.
I saw that then, and scented treason - and now he has the cheek to talk about Leninism.
The letter by Chris Heaton-Harris was disowned (typically) by the Prime Minister but a fellow Tory MP appeared to endorse it by suggesting that a lecturer had tried to influence students with an anti-Brexit message.
Paul Scully, MP for Sutton & Cheam, tweeted an image [below] of a flyer for a "100 per cent Remain" rally to stop Brexit in Bristol, with the message: "This is what a lecturer was handing out to my daughter who spends £9k pa for him to be teaching engineering, not politics."
In an amazing display of paranoia, Professor David Green, vice-chancellor of Worcester University, said he felt a chill down his spine when he read the "sinister" request. "This letter just asking for information appears so innocent but is really so, so dangerous", he said. "Here is the first step to the thought police, the political censor and newspeak, naturally justified as 'the will of the British people', a phrase to be found on Mr Heaton-Harris's website." Green will be replying to the MP but not providing the information requested.
Prof Kevin Featherstone, head of the European Institute at the LSE, is also outraged: "The letter reflects a past of a McCarthyite nature. It smacks of asking: are you or have you ever been in favour of remain? There is clearly an implied threat that universities will somehow be challenged for their bias."
Do Professors Green, Featherstone or Lord Patten ever speak out publicly about the idiotic and undemocratic "no platform" policies in their universities, the rising student intolerance against so-called "far right" political parties, the promotion of sexual perversions by their students and their demonstrations aimed to remove various "offensive" statues?
According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the University and College Union in January, more than 80 percent of academics voted to remain, and within university departments focusing on European affairs, Brexiters are a rarity.
However, university experts on Brexit insist their personal views do not jaundice their teaching, and students are encouraged to question received assumptions and look at issues from all sides.
From where I'm sitting it looks less like jaundice and more like insanity induced by political correctness.