Vogel Wakefield blog

Vogel Wakefield blog

March
01
2011

The LSE and Gaddafi

Colonel Gaddafi, erstwhile friend of the LSE

Colonel Gaddafi, erstwhile friend of the LSE

 

Sir Howard Davies, Director of the LSE, defending the LSE’s acceptance of a £1.5 million donation from Saif Gaddafi makes for interesting listening.

Today, it is uncontroversial to point out that a leading university of the social sciences might be compromised by accepting money from the family of a pernicious dictator. Saif Gaddafi’s bellicose statement last week in support of his father’s regime in Libya has seen to that. But when the decision was taken – only seven weeks ago – the calculation must have looked very different.

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