Now the dust has settled a little on the letter sent to university VCs by Heaton-Harris, a few thoughts...
This summer, in my role as Trustee of @PolStudiesAss I had a constructive meeting at No. 10 about how better to connect researchers and govt
It's highly unfortunate a climate of distrust and suspicion has been fostered about academics and their motivations in certain quarters.
No doubt this has been fueled by the shock result of the June election and over-inflated importance of the student vote.
It also stems from a fundamental misunderstanding about how education influences political attitudes.
Yes, academics tend to the left (and social liberalism), but the experience of university is a far bigger factor than content of lectures.
Leaving home, mixing with people of different backgrounds, learning to think critically - these socialising forces impact on attitudes.
Less so a professor standing at the front of a large lecture hall rushing through 75 PowerPoint slides...
This myth of indoctrination is also patronising to young people, presuming they can't think for themselves or develop their own views.
Attempts to characterise large parts of one of the UK's last remaining world-leading sectors as disloyal/biased are wholly self-defeating.
The academics I know love their country and want to make British society a better place, including those who made the UK their home.