Lessons in Courage: How I Fought Back Against Cancel Culture and Won


Buckley, Nick MBE

Nick Buckley MBE is the founder of The Mancunian Way, a charity that fired him in 2020 after he published an article critical of Black Lives Matter. Following a public outcry, however, Mancunian Way’s board of trustees resigned and Nick Buckley was reinstated.

Nick Buckley MBE came to international attention in June 2020 when he was fired by the board of The Mancunian Way, a charity he had founded, for criticizing the far-left policies of Black Lives Matter. He then mounted a successful fightback that resulted in his reinstatement and the resignation of the board who had fired him.

Buckley had spent two decades preventing youth crime, homelessness, and antisocial behaviour in the UK’s toughest neighborhoods. In 2019 he was awarded the MBE for his work with Mancunian Way, which promotes early intervention and personal responsibility. Buckley was a social campaigner for issues that keep people in poverty feeling victimized. But when he found himself cancelled, he felt his life was destroyed. Slowly becoming poisoned by the toxicity of self-pity, he decided he needed to give himself a good talking to. He was lucky. It had been his career to give people a good talking to, and he was good at it. He took his own medicine and got his life back within weeks.

In Lessons in Courage, Buckley argues that in our febrile cultural climate we increasingly need people to be courageous and to do what is right, not what is convenient or acceptable to fashionable ideologues. Buckley sets out a series of lessons learned throughout his life, not having realized that he was in training for a life-defining battle. These are the tough but inspiring lessons he wants to offer the next person to face an angry and intolerant mob and to others who self-censor or hold back for fear of drowning in turbulent waters.

Current Affairs, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Cancel Culture
Release Date: 
November 15, 2021
978-1680537444 Hardcover
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