ALL PAST DEBATES

 

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2014

29th September 2014

Is London Too Rich to be Interesting?

Akala, Tanya Gold, Sir Simon Jenkins, Gavin Turk, Kieran Long

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25th September 2014

Steven Pinker on Good Writing, with Ian McEwan

Steven Pinker, Ian McEwan

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22nd September 2014

Francis Fukuyama in conversation with David Runciman

Francis Fukuyama, David Runciman, Matt Frei

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11th September 2014

Marina Abramović on art, performance, time and nothingness

Marina Abramović, Will Gompertz

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9th August 2014

Monogamy equals Monotony (at Wilderness Festival)

Helen Croydon, Catherine Hakim, Andrew Pierce, Toby Young, Matthew Taylor

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1st July 2014

Classical Painting Re-imagined through the lens of modern photography (at Masterpiece Art Fair)

Tom Hunter, Geoff Dyer

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29th June 2014

History Shows Scotland and England Would be Better off as Separate Kingdoms

Menzies Campbell, Bryan Glass, Michael Gove, Simon Jenkins, Bronwen Maddox

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22nd June 2014

Shakespeare vs Milton

James Shapiro, Nigel Smith, Sam West, Pippa Nixon, Harriet Walter, Erica Wagner

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29th May 2014

Untangling the Politics of Black Hair

Diane Abbott, Emma Dabiri, Edee Beau, Hannah Pool

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29th May 2014

Stop Poking the Bear: The West Needs to Engage with Putin not Castigate Him

Tony Brenton, Sergey Karaganov, Julia Ioffe, Edward Lucas, Nik Gowing

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28th May 2014

How to Think Like a Freak

Stephen J Dubner, Steven D Levitt, Clive Anderson

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27th May 2014

The Making of an Art Capital

Savita Apte, Louisa Buck, Michael Craig-Martin, Ralph Rugoff, Georgina Adam

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22nd May 2014

The Boom in Body Alteration: How far will people go to get the look they want

Mo Coppoletta, Cindy Jackson, Professor Alessandra Lemma, ORLAN, Deborah Bull

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15th May 2014

Vanity, Thy Name is Man

Simon Blackburn, Robert Crampton, Nicky Haslam, Frances Wilson, Dylan Jones

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8th May 2014

A History of Beauty and Ugliness, by Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley

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8th May 2014

Smartphone Journalism: The Changing Face of News

Paul Conroy, Claire Fox, Jessica Mayberry, Simon Ostrovsky, Will Self, Oren Yakobovich, Mark Austin

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1st May 2014

How to Look Hot at 100

Ari Seth Cohen, Anne Karpf, Pam Lucas, Inge Theron, Jean Woods, Deborah Bull

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15th April 2014

Britain Should Not Have Fought in the First World War

John Charmley, Dominic Sandbrook, Max Hastings, Margaret MacMillan, Edward Lucas

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31st March 2014

Water, Food, Energy Climate: Smart Solutions for 2050

Mark Lynas, Jay Rayner, Dr Gabrielle Walker, Dr Jeremy Woods, Matthew Taylor

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27th March 2014

The Making of the Modern Middle East: Lawrence of Arabia and Faisal I

Ali A. Allawi, Scott Anderson, Edward Lucas

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11th March 2014

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Democracy is Not Always the Best Form of Government

Rosemary Hollis, Martin Jacques, Ian Bremmer, Andriy Shevchenko, Nik Gowing

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5th March 2014

Between You and I the English Language is Going to the Dogs

Simon Heffer, John Humphrys, Mary Beard, Oliver Kamm, Erica Wagner

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26th February 2014

Jane Austen, vs Emily Bronte

John Mullan, Kate Mosse, Erica Wagner, Dominic West, Sam West, Mariah Gale, Eleanor Tomlinson

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22nd January 2014

We’ve Never Had it So Good

Rachel Johnson, Jesse Norman, Rod Liddle, Will Self, Jonathan Freedland

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2013

5th December 2013

Can We Really End Poverty? A Debate on the Future of Development

Sabine Alkire, Jamie Drummond, Priyanthi Fernando, Homi Kharas, Erik Solheim and Matthew Taylor

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27th November 2013

How Should the World Protect Syria’s Children?

Paul Conroy, Justin Forsyth, Dr Rola Hallam, Mikhail Kasyanov, Mark Malloch Brown, Jon Sopel

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26th November 2013

Angela Merkel is Destroying Europe

Antony Beevor, Mehdi Hassan, Christine Ockrent, Euclid Tsakalotos, Nik Gowing

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6th November 2013

“Where Did You Get Those Jeans?” An Evening of Debate on Throwaway Fashion at the V&A

Gethin Chamberlain, Jenny Holdcroft, Claire Lissaman, Peter McAllister, Kieran Long

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4th November 2013

Smarter Mobility: An Evening of Debate

Robin Chase, Ben Hamilton-Bailie, Professor Paul Newman, David Rowan, Jerry Sanders, Matthew Taylor

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25th October 2013

Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment

Daniel Goleman

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22nd October 2013

An Anatomy of Truth: Conversations on Truth-Telling with a Politician, a Journalist, a Scientist and a Poet

Wendy Cope, Max Hastings, Jack Straw, Robert Winston, Claire Foster-Gilbert

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21st October 2013

The West Has Failed Syria

Paddy Ashdown, Roger Cohen, Rosemary Hollis, Sir Nigel Sheinnwald, Jonathan Freedland

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10th October 2013

Let Them Come: We Have Nothing to Fear from High Levels of Immigration

David Aaronovitch, Nigel Farage, David Goodhart, Ken Livingstone, Harriet Sergeant, Susie Symes, Jonathan Freedland

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3rd October 2013

VERSUS: “University is an Unwise Investment”

Francis Gilbert, Simon Goldhil, Jim O’Neill, Christina Patterson, Grover Whitehurst, Joanna Williams, Jonathan Freedland

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26th September 2013

Calm Down Dears: State Snooping is a Price Worth Paying for Our Security

Kenneth Cukier, John Kampfner, Philip Mudd, David Omand, Jenni Russell

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15th September 2013

Verdi vs Wagner: the 200th anniversary debate with Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry, Philip Hensher, Norman Lebrecht, John Tomlinson, Dušica Bijelić, Southbank Sinfonia orchestra

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28th August 2013

VERSUS: Has Martin Luther King’s Dream Been Realised?

Susan Abulhawa, Dr Andrew Green, Shadi Hamid, Nick Tyrone and Jonathan Freedland

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10th August 2013

The World Needs Religion, Just Leave God Out of it

Douglas Murray, Selina O’Grady, Professor Peter Atkins, Robin Ince, Matthew Taylor

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17th July 2013

VERSUS: Fight Your Own Battles: Foreign Powers Shouldn’t Intervene in the Middle East

Susan Abulhawa, Sir Andrew Green, Dr. Shadi Hamid, Nick Tyrone and Jonathan Freedland

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16th July 2013

Jeffrey Sachs on John F. Kennedy and his Quest For Peace

Jeffrey Sachs

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8th July 2013

Innovating For Success: How to build the next generation of British world-beating companies

Trevor Baylis OBE, Doug Richard, Alex Schey, Rohan Silva and Matthew Taylor

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26th June 2013

VERSUS: This Royal Baby Should Never Be Crowned

Jennie Bond, Rosie Boycott, Professor Stephen Haseler, Joan Smith and Jonathan Freedland

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5th June 2013

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN DID THE RIGHT THING: Appeasement of Hitler was the best policy for the British government in the 1930s

Featuring John Charmley, Glyn Stone, Piers Brendon, Sir Richard Evans, and Anne Applebaum

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25th May 2013

ERIC SCHMIDT ON THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Featuring Eric Schmidt and Bryan Appleyard

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23rd May 2013

PUTIN HAS BEEN GOOD FOR RUSSIA

Featuring Christopher Granville, Boris Jordan, Masha Gessen, Luke Harding and Jonathan Freedland

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22nd May 2013

DANIEL DENNETT ON TOOLS TO TRANSFORM OUR THINKING

Featuring Daniel Dennett

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30th April 2013

NATE SILVER ON THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PREDICTION

Featuring Nate Silver and Tim Harford

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24th April 2013

VERSUS: “THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS BEYOND REDEMPTION: POPE FRANCIS CANNOT SAVE IT”

Dr Ronan McCrea, Colm O’Gorman, Father James Alison, Peter Stanford and Jonathan Freedland

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23rd April 2013

PORNOGRAPHY IS GOOD FOR US: WITHOUT IT WE WOULD BE A FAR MORE REPRESSED SOCIETY

Anna Arrowsmith, Dr Clarissa Smith, Professor Germaine Greer, Dr Robert Lefever and Viv Groskop

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9th April 2013

KARL MARX WAS RIGHT: Capitalism post-2008 is falling apart under the weight of its own contradictions

Featuring Robin Blackburn, Frank Furedi, Tristram Hunt, George Magnus, Madsen Pirie, Judith Shapiro and Oliver Kamm

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27th March 2013

VERSUS: “THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS A FREEDOM TOO FAR”

Featuring Will Self, Peter Hitchens, Amitai Etzioni, Stephen Halbrook

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20th March 2013

BOTH BRITAIN AND THE EU WOULD BE HAPPIER IF THEY GOT DIVORCED

Featuring Nigel Farage, Daniel Hannan, Katinka Barysch, Leon Brittan and Nik Gowing

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4th March 2013

SMARTER CITIES: AN EVENING OF DEBATE

Featuring Adam Newton, Enrique Peñalosa, Sunand Prasad, Rick Robinson and Tony Travers

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28th February 2013

DAN PINK ON THE SCIENCE OF BUOYANCY: LESSONS FROM SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY ON HOW TO BOUNCE BACK FROM REJECTION

Featuring Dan Pink

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27th February 2013

VERSUS DEBATE: “AMERICA’S DRONE CAMPAIGN IS BOTH MORAL AND EFFECTIVE”

Featuring David Aaronovitch, Douglas Murray, Professor Noel Sharkey, Clive Stafford-Smith, Professor Michael Boyle, Professor Christine Fair, Ibrahim Mothana, Dr Mohammad Taqi and Jeremy O’Grady

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29th January 2013

THE TRADITIONAL NUCLEAR FAMILY HAS HAD ITS DAY: GAY PARENTS, SINGLE PARENTS, COMMUNES – ANYTHING GOES!

Featuring Charlie Condou, Philippa Perry, Anne Atkins, Stephanie Coontz, John Onaiyekan, Andrew Solomon, Glenn Stanton and Manisha Tank

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15th January 2013

ISRAEL IS DESTROYING ITSELF WITH ITS SETTLEMENT POLICY: IF SETTLEMENT EXPANSION CONTINUES ISRAEL WILL HAVE NO FUTURE

Featuring Daniel Levy, William Sieghart, Dani Dayan, Caroline Glick and Tim Franks

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2012

17th December 2012

VERSUS DEBATE: DON’T GIVE A GOAT FOR CHRISTMAS: THE AID SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK

Featuring Richard Dowden, Mark Littlewood, Joe Cerrell, Clare Short, June Arunga, Jamie Drummond, Joanna Kerr, Andrew Mwenda, Alex Perry and Camilla Cadendish

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14th November 2012

“HITLER’S POPE”: PIUS XII DID TOO LITTLE TO SAVE THE JEWS FROM THE HOLOCAUST

Featuring John Julius Norwich, Geoffrey Robertson QC, William Doino, Ronald Rychlak and Tony Curzon Price

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7th November 2012

WESTERN LIBERAL DEMOCRACY WOULD BE WRONG FOR CHINA

Featuring Martin Jacques, Zhang Weiwei, Anson Chan, Jonathan Mirsky and Ngaire Woods

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30th October

TOMORROW’S HORIZONS (in partnership with Deutsche Bank)

Featuring Professor Michael Düren, Dr Gary Leeke, Professor Steve Rayner, Professor M Sohail and Anne McElvoy

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29th October

JESUS WOULD HAVE VOTED DEMOCRAT

Featuring Conor Gearty, James Boys, Tim Montgomerie, Giles Fraser and Jonathan Freedland

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25th October

THE ALLIED BOMBING OF GERMAN CITIES IN WORLD WAR II WAS UNJUSTIFIABLE

Featuring AC Grayling, Richard Overy, Antony Beevor and Patrick Bishop

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23rd October

WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU EATING? THE SECRET LIFE OF FOOD

Featuring Professor Peter Barham, Sam Bompas, A A Gill, Jack Klaff, Mark Post

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18th October

A NATURAL GAS REVOLUTION: HOT AIR OR DOSE OF SANITY?

Featuring Wim Thomas, Professor Mike Stephenson, Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff, David Howell, Dr Pierre Noël and Anne McElvoy

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9th October

LONDON SHOULD LOVE ITS BANKERS

Featuring Ken Livingstone, Anthony Fry, Jennifer Moses, William Wright,  Aditya Chakrabortt, Tony Curzon Price, and Edward Lucas

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25th September

JOHN MAJOR AND DOMINIC WEST IN CONVERSATION

Featuring John Major, Dominic West

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19th September 2012

CHRIS ANDERSON ON THE DEMOCRATISATION OF MANUFACTURING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Featuring Chris Anderson

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13th September 2012

TERRY EAGLETON IN CONVERSATION WITH ROGER SCRUTON

Featuring Terry Eagleton, Roger Scruton

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6th September 2012

NAOMI WOLF ON VAGINA: A NEW BIOGRAPHY

Featuring Naomi Wolf

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12th August 2012

HAPPINESS COMES FROM HAVING MORE

Featuring Claire Fox, Francis Boulle, Revd Dr Giles Fraser,  Katharine Hibbert

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3rd July 2012

TALES FROM THE WAR ZONE
Featuring Martin Bell, Geoff Dyer, Ben Fountain, and Patrick Hennessey

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2nd July 2012

THE ELDERS IN CONVERSATION WITH JON SNOW

Featuring President Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel

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26th June 2012

GOOGLE VERSUS DEBATE: HIP-HOP ON TRIAL
Featuring Jesse Jackson, KRS-One, Jaron Lanier, Q-Tip, ?uestlove, Estelle, John Sutherland, Eamon Courtenay, Tricia Rose, Michael Eric Dyson, Touré, Shaun Bailey, Deeb, dream hampton, Tony Sewell, Jason Whitlock, Benjamin Zephaniah, James Peterson, Isiah Thomas

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13th June 2012
THOMAS FRIEDMAN: A MANIFESTO FOR RESCUING AMERICA

Featuring Thomas Friedman

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12th June 2012
ROBERT MACFARLANE ON LANDSCAPE AND THE HUMAN HEART

Featuring Robert Macfarlane

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11th June 2012
SEND THEM BACK: THE PARTHENON MARBLES SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ATHENS
Speakers for the motion: Stephen Fry, Andrew George
Speakers against the motion: Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Tristram Hunt
Chair: Zeinab Badawi

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7th June 2012
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IRAN?
Speakers: Max Boot (via Skype), Mark Dubowitz, Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Fawaz Gerges, Daniel Levy Chair: Nader Mousavizadeh

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24th May 2012
DAVID EAGLEMAN ON THE SCIENCE OF DE- (AND RE-) HUMANISATION

Featuring David Eagleman

22nd May 2012
MICHAEL SANDEL ON THE MORAL LIMITS OF MARKETS

Featuring Michael Sandel

25th April 2012
PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART WORLD
Speakers: Susan Bright, Geoff Dyer, Mitch Epstein, Hannah Starkey
Chair: Ossian Ward

2 April 2012
WHAT TO DO ABOUT SYRIA?
Speakers: Malik Abdeh, Roger Cohen, Paul Conroy, Rana Kabbani, Dadim Nassar, Michael Weiss
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

28 Mar 2012
ENERGY GAME CHANGERS
Speakers: Colin Tudge, Professor Michael Duren, Robin Grimes, Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Katrin Bennhold, Professor Wilhelm Schäfer

13 Mar 2012
IT’S TIME TO END THE WAR ON DRUGS
Host: Jemima Khan
Chair: Emily Mailtlis
Making the case in favour of relaxing drug control: Misha Glenny, Geoffrey Robertson QC
Making the case in favour of retaining drug control: Antonio Maria Costa, Eliot Spitzer
Participants: Julian Assange, Richard Branson, Russell Brand, Ian Blair, Fernando Cardoso, Sandeep Chawla, Theodore Dalrymple, David Eagleman, Vicente Fox, Johann Hari, Peter Hitchens, Nigel Keegan, Bernard Kouchner, Danny Kushlick, Barry McCaffrey, Neil McKeganey, Juan Manuel Santos, Steve Rolles, Ed Vuiliamy

5 Mar 2012
FACEBOOK IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
For the motion: Baroness Susan Greenfield, Albert Wenger
Against the motion: Ben Hammersley, Lewis Iwu
Chair: Tony Curzon-Price

29 Feb 2012
STORIES TO MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY: AN EVENING OF CHARITY STORYTELLING
Speakers: William Fiennes, Salena Godden, Mark Haddon, Lemn Sissay, Sam West

27 Feb 2012
THE BEST CHANCE FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE IS FOR UNCLE SAM TO BUTT OUT
For the motion: Mustafa Barghouti, William Sieghart
Against the motion: Jeremy Ben-Ami, Roger Cohen
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

15 Feb 2012
FARAMERZ DABHOIWALA ON THE ORIGINS OF SEX

7 Feb 2012
WHAT HOPE FOR THE ECONOMY?
Speakers: Linda Yueh, Evan Davis, Diane Coyle, Sir Martin Jacomb, Anatole Kaletsky, Gideon Rachman, John Kay, Stephen King, Thomas Frank

24 Jan 2012
THE WORLD NEEDS RELIGION EVEN IF IT DOESN”T NEED GOD
For the motion: Alain de Botton, Grayson Perry
Against the motion: Anne Atkins, Dom Anthony Sutch
Chair: Tony Curzon-Price

2011

13 Dec 2011
BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY

28 Nov 2011
BEWARE OF THE DRAGON: AFRICA SHOULD NOT LOOK TO CHINA
For the motion: George Ayittey, Ana Maria Gomes
Chair: Lindsey Hilsum
Against the motion: Deborah Brautigam, Stephen Chan

19 Nov 2011
UMBERTO ECO IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER

17 Nov 2011
BRITAIN’S FORMER COLONIES SHOULD STOP BLAMING THE EMPIRE FOR THEIR ILLS
For the motion: Ramachandra Guha, Tristram Hunt, Gita Subrahmanyam
Chair: Edward Lucas
Against the motion: Richard Gott, Ashley Jackson, Kwasi Kwarteng

11 Nov 2011
STEPHEN FRY AND FRIENDS ON THE LIFE, LOVES AND HATES OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
Speakers: Richard Dawkins, Lewis H Lapham, James Fenton, Stephen Fry, Sean Penn, Salman Rushdie

01 Nov 2011
STEVEN PINKER IN CONVERSATION WITH MATT RIDLEY

Featuring Steven Pinker and Matt Ridley

27 Oct 2011
THE BABY BOOMERS HAVE STOLEN THE FAMILY SILVER
For the motion: Laurie Penny, David Willetts
Against the motion: Frank Furedi, Ed Howker
Chair: Jenni Russell

20 Oct 2011
LONDON’S POLICY ON CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD BEGIN IN BEIJING
For the motion: Simon Zadek, Vicky Pryce
Against the motion: Malcolm Grimston, George Monbiot
Chair: Marcus Mabry

18 Oct 2011
NORMAN STONE ON ISTANBUL

07 Oct 2011
THE ART MARKET IS THE BEST JUDGE OF GOOD ART
For the motion: Georgina Adam, Francis Outred, Scott Reyburn
Against the motion: Matthew Collings, Richard Cork, Kenny Schachter
Chair: Ossian Ward

05 Oct 2011
JIMMY CARTER IN CONVERSATION WITH JON SNOW

04 Oct 2011
DAVID GROSSMAN IN CONVERSATION WITH LINDA GRANT

27 Sep 2011
DEMOCRACY IS INDIA’S ACHILLES’ HEEL
For the motion: Patrick French, Suhel Seth
Against the motion: Mani Shankar Aiyar, William Dalrymple
Chair: Bridget Kendall

08 Sep 2011
CYCLING FESTIVAL
Speakers: Bella Bathurst, Vincent Cox, Geoff Dyer, Patrick Field, Graeme Obree, Will Self, Rocco Forte

06 Sep 2011
THE WAR ON TERROR WAS THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO 9/11
For the motion: Colleen Graffy, Pervez Musharraf
Against the motion: Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Bernard Kouchner
Chair: Zeinab Badawi

14 Aug 2011
DON’T LET THE ECO-WARRIORS RUIN YOUR FUN
For the motion: James Delingpole, Christopher Monckton
Against the motion: Katharine Hibbert, Martin Kirk
Chair: Tony Curzon Price

13 Aug 2011
NEW TECHNOLOGY IS CREATING MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAN IT’S SOLVING
For the motion: Harry Eyres, Brendan O’Neill
Against the motion: Roger Highfield, Rory Sutherland
Chair: Jack Klaff

01 Jul 2011
GREAT MINDS: SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

27 Jun 2011
TEN YEARS AFTER 9/11: THE WORLD REMADE
Speakers: Michael Crawford, Sarah Michaels, David Miliband, Rana Mitter, Nader Mousavizadeh, Philip Mudd

21 Jun 2011
MUSEUMS ARE BAD AT TELLING US WHY ART MATTERS
For the motion: Alain de Botton, Ben Lewis, Matthew Taylor
Against the motion: Matthew Collings, Chris Dercon, Sandy Nairne
Chair: Tim Marlow

14 Jun 2011
IF YOU WANT FIDELITY, GET A DOG
For the motion: Jane Bussmann, Jack Klaff, Kathy Lette
Against the motion: Anne Atkins, Maz Jobrani, Rowan Pelling
Chair: Dame Joan Bakewell

13 Jun 2011
MAZ JOBRANI: BROWN, FRIENDLY AND FUNNY

08 Jun 2011
WESTERN PARENTS DON’T KNOW HOW TO BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN
For the motion: Amy Chua, Theodore Dalrymple
Against the motion: Frank Furedi, Justine Roberts
Chair: Jenni Russell

02 Jun 2011
IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Speakers: Professor Liam Dolan, Dr Bennett Foddy, Ian Goldin, Professor Gideon Henderson, Professor Gero Miesenböck
Chair: Jack Klaff

02 Jun 2011
TALES FROM THE DEEP
Speakers: David de Rothschild, Chris Hines MBE, Philip Hoare, Willie MacKenzie
Chair: Alannah Weston

31 May 2011
V. S. NAIPAUL IN CONVERSATION WITH GEORDIE GREIG

26 May 2011
LET THEM EAT FISH
Speakers: Caroline Bennett, Henry Dimbleby, Aniol Esteban, Nick Joy
Chair: Camilla Cavendish

25 May 2011
ROB LOWE: TALES FROM HOLLYWOOD

19 May 2011
FENCING OFF THE OCEANS
Speakers: Fred Ming, Masio Nidong, Callum Roberts, Andy Sharpless
Chair: Kate Humble

17 May 2011
GERMANY NO LONGER NEEDS EUROPE – THE DREAM IS OVER
For the motion: Daniel Hannan, Oliver Kamm, Gisela Stuart MP
Against the motion: Timothy Garton Ash, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Dr Michael Stürmer
Chair: Nik Gowing

16 May 2011
THE JASMINE REVOLUTION WILL WITHER IN NORTH AFRICA: IT WON’T MEET THE EXPECTATIONS OF YOUTH
For the motion: Nora Ayman, Douglas Murray, Professor Norman Stone
Against the motion: Roger Cohen, Fawaz Gerges, Ahmed Naguib
Chair: Nik Gowing

12 May 2011
FISHING IN TROUBLED WATERS
Speakers: Nigel Edwards, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Katharine Hamnett, Jeremy Percy
Chair: Charles Clover

26 Apr 2011
VOTE FOR AV
For the motion: David Aaronovitch, Anthony Barnett, Peter Kellner
Against the motion: David Davis, Rodney Leach, Michael Pinto-Duschinsky
Chair: Vernon Bogdanor

14 Apr 2011
IT’S GOT TO BE NUCLEAR
For the motion: Malcolm Grimston, Mark Lynas
Against the motion: Craig Bennett, Tom Burke
Chair: Tony Curzon Price

11 Apr 2011
SAM HARRIS ON THE SCIENCE OF GOOD AND EVIL

07 Apr 2011
AN EVENING WITH BRITAIN’S BEST POETS
Speakers: Wendy Cope, Clive James, Andrew Motion, Don Paterson
Chair: Paul Keegan

23 Mar 2011
WERNER HERZOG: FILMING THE ABYSS
Chair: Paul Holdengräber

22 Mar 2011
LOOK WEST NOT EAST: SOUTH AMERICA WILL BE THE 21ST CENTURY’S SUPERPOWER
For the motion: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, HE Roberto Jaguaribe, Parag Khanna
For the motion: Bill Emmott, Rana Mitter, Gideon Rachman
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

16 Mar 2011
A JOURNEY INTO OUTER SPACE
Speakers: Brian Cox, Richard Holmes, Colin Pillinger, Martin Rees, Charles Simonyi
Chair: Rick Stroud

09 Mar 2011
JAMES WATSON IN CONVERSATION WITH BRENDA MADDOX

03 Mar 2011
LET THE BAD GUYS BE: DAVID AARONOVITCH AND RORY STEWART ON THE PERILS OF FOREIGN INTERVENTION
Chair: Jeremy O’Grady

28 Feb 2011
NIALL FERGUSON ON THE SIX “KILLER APPS” OF WESTERN CIVILISATION

24 Feb 2011
IRAN IS A PAPER TIGER
For the motion: Ali Ansari, Roger Cohen, Karim Sadjadpour
Against the motion: Nazenin Ansari, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Geoffrey Robertson QC
Chair: Richard Lindley

22 Feb 2011
INFORMATION JUST WANTS TO BE FREE
Speakers: Murad Ahmed, Daniel Glaser, Nicola Triscott
Chair: Jack Klaff

21 Feb 2011
JOHN GRAY AND ADAM PHILLIPS IN CONVERSATION ON HUMANKIND’S SEARCH FOR IMMORTALITY

15 Feb 2011
TURMOIL IN THE ARAB WORLD: IS THE GENIE OF DEMOCRACY OUT OF THE BOTTLE?
Speakers: Roger Cohen, Dr Rosemary Hollis, Deniz Kandiyoti, Edward Luttwak, Tariq Ramadan, Eugene Rogan
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

08 Feb 2011
THE FINANCIAL CRISIS ONLY PROVES THE STRENGTH OF CAPITALISM
Speakers: Anatol Kaletsky, Will Hutton
Chair: Tony Curzon-Price

01 Feb 2011
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE ON JERUSALEM

25 JAN 2011
PATTI SMITH IN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFF DYER

17 JAN 2011
SCIENCE WILL HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
Speakers: Prof. Ian Angell, Dr Jane O’Grady, Prof. David Papineau, Professor Raymond Tallis
Chair: Jack Klaff

2010

09 Dec 2010
DON’T EAT ANIMALS
For the motion: Abbas Daneshvari, Heather Mills, Peter Singer
Against the motion: Julian Baggini, Robin Dunbar, Paul Levy
Chair: Jeremy O’Grady

23 Nov 2010
AN ELECTED HOUSE OF LORDS WILL BE BAD FOR BRITISH DEMOCRACY
For the motion: Vernon Bogdanor, Shami Chakrabarti, Sir Simon Jenkins
Against the motion: Lord Adonis, Billy Bragg, Polly Toynbee
Chair: Nik Gowing

22 Nov 2010
P J O’ROURKE: THE FUNNIEST MAN IN AMERICA

11 Nov 2010
THE MOST GROUNDBREAKING CONTEMPORARY ART IS FROM THE EAST
For the motion: Alexandra Munroe, Sara Raza, Dr Iain Robertson
Against the motion: Kenny Schachter, Sarah Kent, Richard Wentworth
Chair: Tim Marlow

03 Nov 2010
STOP BASHING CHRISTIANS!
For the motion: George Carey, Peter Hitchens, Howard Jacobson
Against the motion: Matthew Parris, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Dom Antony Sutch
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

01 Nov 2010
PHOTOGRAPHY WILL ALWAYS BE A LESSER MEDIUM THAN PAINT
For the motion: Stephen Bayley, José María Cano, Michael Mack
Against the motion: A A Gill, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Chris Steele-Perkins
Chair: John Gordon

28 Oct 2010
THE GREAT EXPLORERS
Speakers: Christina Dodwell, John Gimlette, Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, Justin Marozzi, Anthony Sattin, Ed Stafford
Chair: Barnaby Rogerson

19 Oct 2010
ASSISTED SUICIDE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED
For the motion: Emily Jackson, Debbie Purdy, Mary Warnock
Against the motion: Alex Carlile QC, Richard Harries, Patrick Stone
Chair: Sue Lawley

04 Oct 2010
WILLIAM GIBSON IN CONVERSATION WITH CORY DOCTOROW

29 Sep 2010
GENERAL PERVEZ MUSHARRAF IN CONVERSATION WITH SIR CHRISTOPHER MEYER

28 Sep 2010
CRISIS AND RECOVERY; ETHICS, ECONOMICS AND JUSTICE
Speakers: Archbishop Rowan Williams, Larry Elliott, Robert Skidelsky, Zac Goldsmith
Chair: Madeleine Bunting

21 Sep 2010
THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS IS A CHARADE
For the motion: Mustafa Barghouthi, Shlomo Ben-Ami, Edward Luttwak
Against the motion: Manuel Hassassian, Martin Indyk, Jonathan Paris
Chair: Richard Lindley

15 Sep 2010
ELIZABETH GILBERT ON ‘EAT, PRAY, LOVE’

7 Sep 2010
SEX, BUGS AND VIDEO TAPES: THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PUBLIC FIGURES DESERVE MORE PROTECTION FROM THE PRESS
For the motion: Max Mosley, Rachel Atkins
Against the motion: Ken Macdonald QC, Tom Bower
Chair: Zeinab Badawi

04 Jul 2010
YOU DON’T NEED A GOOD EDUCATION TO LEAD THE GOOD LIFE
For the motion: Kelvin MacKenzie, Lynn Barber
Against the motion: Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Germaine Greer
Chair: Dr Anthony Seldon

28 Jun 2010
THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
Speakers: Dr Sonia Contera, Paul Fairchild, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor Bleddyn Jones, Michael Mosley

17 Jun 2010
FASHION MAKETH WOMAN
For the motion: Linda Grant, Madelaine Levy, Britt Lintner
Against the motion: Stephen Bayley, Susie Orbach, Grayson Perry

15 Jun 2010
‘BECAUSE IT’S THERE’ MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
Speakers: Kenton Cool, Doug Scott OBE, Stephen Venables, Ed Douglas, George Band OBE, Peter Baily, Alexandre Buisse, Rebecca Stephens MBE, Louise Turner

27 May 2010
OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY IS A GIFT TO HIS ENEMIES
For the motion: Fouad Ajami, General Jack Keane, Bill Kristol
Against the motion: Philip Bobbitt, Bernard Henri-Levy, Simon Schama

5 May 2010
ANTHONY SATTIN ON CAIRO

29 Apr 2010
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME? YOU’RE HAVING A LAUGH
Panelists: Tom Bower, David Davies, Hunter Davies, David Dein, Dominic Lawson, Ed Smith

24 Mar 2010
THE FUTURE OF NEWS
Panelists: David Elstein, Turi Munthe, Andrew Neil, Matthew Parris, Jacob Weisberg, A A Gill
Chair: Simon Jenkins

9 Feb 2010
JOSEPH STIGLITZ IN CONVERSATION WITH EVAN DAVIS

3 Feb 2010
PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE A BLIGHT ON BRITISH SOCIETY
For the motion: David Aaronovitch, Martin Rowson, Francis Wheen
Against the motion: Mary Beard, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Barnaby Lenon
Chair: Francine Stock

14 Jan 2010
PAKISTAN: WHAT NEXT?
Panelists: William Dalrymple, Imran Khan, Anatol Lieven, Jonathan S. Paris, General Sir David Richards, Farzana Shaikh, Jaswant Singh
Chair: Richard Lindley

2009

10 Dec 2009
EVERYTHING A MAN DOES HE DOES TO GET LAID
For the motion: David Buss, Satoshi Kanazawa, Rod Liddle
Against the motion: Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Howard Jacobson, Rowan Pelling
Chair: Jeremy O’Grady

29 Nov 2009
ATHEISM IS THE NEW FUNDAMENTALISM
For the motion: Richard Harries, Charles Moore
Against the motion: AC Grayling, Richard Dawkins
Chair: Anthony Seldon

12 Nov 2009
THE THREAT TO OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES FROM AN OVERMIGHTY STATE HAS BEEN MUCH EXAGERRATED
For the motion: David Aaronovitch, Sir Ian Blair, Conor Gearty
Against the motion: A C Grayling, David Davis MP, Shami Chakrabati
Chair: Sue Lawley

29 Oct 2009
FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM IS SO 20TH CENTURY
For the motion: Ian Bremmer, Paul Mason, Jean Pisani-Ferry
Against the motion: Vince Cable MP, Stephen King, Kim Campbell
Chair: Rory Bremner

19 Oct 2009
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD
For the motion: Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Ann Widdecombe
Against the motion: Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry
Chair: Zeinab Badawi

5 Oct 2009
WILLIAM DALRYMPLE on Delhi

3 Oct 2009
WERNER HERZOG: Conquest of the Useless
Werner Herzog in conversation with Paul Holdengraber

22 Sep 2009
THE WORLD IN 2050
Speakers: Dr Ian Goldin, Dr Malcolm McCulloch, Professor Sarah Harper, Professor Julian Savulescu
Chair: Jack Klaff

3 Sep 2009
CHURCHILL WAS MORE A LIABILITY THAN AN ASSET TO THE FREE WORLD
For the motion: Pat Buchanan, Nigel Knight, Norman Stone
Against the motion: Antony Beevor, Professor Richard Overy, Andrew Roberts
Chair: Joan Bakewell

1 Jul 2009
CAN ART BE TAUGHT TO THE FACEBOOK GENERATION?
Speakers: Camila Batmanghelidijh, Stephen Bayley, Alain de Botton, Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry
Chair: Joan Bakewell

17 Jun 2009
PSYCHOTHERAPY HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD
For the motion: Theodore Dalrymple, Jeffrey Masson, Dorothy Rowe
Against the motion: Lord Layard, Lorna Martin, Andrew Samuels
Chair: Mariella Frostrup

15 Jun 2009
THE PEOPLE’S DEBATE: THE FUTURE OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY IN BRITAIN
Speakers: David Aaronovitch, Vernon Bogdanor, Professor Sir David Cannadine, John Keane, Helena Kennedy, Peter Oborne, Malcolm Rifkind
Chair: Simon Jenkins

12 May 2009
THE FUTURE BELONGS TO INDIA NOT CHINA
For the motion: Gurchuran Das, Deepak Lal, Sir Mark Tully
Against the motion: Lord Powell, Danny Quah, Sir David Tang
Chair: Ed Lucas

16 Apr 2009
GEORGE STEINER ON THE POETRY OF THOUGHT

12 Mar 2009
RORY STEWART ON KABUL

10 Mar 2009
AFGHANISTAN: THE FUTURE
Speakers: Rt Hon Lord Ashdown, Lord Inge, Christina Lamb, Matthew Parris, Anatol Lieven, Rory Stewart, Clare Lockhart.
Chair: Richard Lindley

12 Feb 2009
THE ERA OF AMERICAN DOMINANCE IS OVER
For the motion: John Grey, Oliver Kamm, Pankaj Mishra
Against the motion: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Prof. Sir Lawrence Freedman, Sir Christopher Meyer
Chair: Evan Davis

28 Jan 2009
THE LORD FORTE MEMORIAL LECTURE: CLIVE JAMES ON FLORENCE

22 Jan 2009
THE U.N. IS TERMINALLY PARALYSED: THE DEMOCRATIC WORLD NEEDS A FORUM OF ITS OWN
For the motion: Robert Kagan, Radek Sikorski, Denis MacShane MP
Against the motion: Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown, Shashi Tharoor
Chair: Zeinab Badawi

2008

2 Dec 2008
A CONVERSATION WITH BERNARD-HENRI LEVY

11 Nov 2008
IT’S WRONG TO PAY FOR SEX
For the motion: Professor Raymond Tallis, Joan Smith, Jeremy O’Grady
Against the motion: Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Professor Germaine Greer, Rod Liddle
Chair: Toby Young

28 Oct 2008
WE WERE WRONG TO RECOGNISE KOSOVO’S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
For the motion: Misha Glenny, Sir Ivor Roberts, Dragan Zupanjevac
Against the motion: Lord Ashdown, Wolfgang Ischinger, Veton Surroi
Chair: Allan Little

22 Oct 2008
HOWARD JACOBSON IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER FLORENCE – “THE ACT OF LOVE”

13 Oct 2008
THOMAS FRIEDMAN LECTURE – “HOT, FLAT AND CROWDED”

7 Oct 2008
HEATHROW NEEDS A THIRD RUNWAY
For the motion: Tom Kelly, Colin Stanbridge, Lord Soley
Against the motion: Vince Cable, Sir Peter Hall, Mark Lynas
Chair: Nik Gowing

25 Sep 2008
GEORGIA AND UKRAINE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO JOIN NATO
For the motion: Giorgi Kandelaki, Denis MacShane MP, Oleh Rybachuk
Against the motion: Alexey Pushkov, Robert Skidelsky, Sir Christopher Meyer
Chair: John Kampfner

16 Sep 2008
PATHS TO PEACE: PROPOSALS TO RESOLVE THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
Speakers: Dr Hanan Ashrawi, Mustafa Barghouti, Yael Dayan, Dan Gillerman, Efraim Halevy, Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP
Chair: Richard Lindley

30 Jun 2008
PRINCE CHARLES WAS RIGHT: MODERN ARCHITECTURE IS STILL ALL GLASS STUMPS AND CARBUNCLES
For the motion: Simon Jenkins, Leon Krier, Roger Scruton
Against the motion: Sean Griffiths, Stephen Bayley, Alain de Botton
Chair: Anna Ford

24 Jun 2008
TAX THE RICH (MORE)
For the motion: Anthony Hilton, Professor John Kay, Polly Toynbee
Against the motion: Lord Jacobs, James Bartholomew, Kelvin MacKenzie
Chair: Evan Davies

20 May 2008
A CONVERSATION WITH GORE VIDAL
Gore Vidal interviewed by Melvyn Bragg

29 Apr 2008
AMERICA HAS LOST ITS MORAL AUTHORITY
For the motion: Matthew Parris, Will Self, Professor John Gray
Against the motion: Simon Schama, Howard Jacobson, Martin Amis
Chair: Adam Boulton

28 Apr 2008
LONDON MAYORAL DEBATE
Broadcast live on Sky News
Boris Johnson MP, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick.
Chair: Adam Boulton

18 Mar 2008
THE WEST IS PROVOKING A NEW COLD WAR WITH RUSSIA
In conjunction with Chatham House
For the motion: Anatole Kaletsky, Professor Norman Stone, Alexei Pushkov
Against the motion: Edward Lucas, Dr Lilia Shevtsova, Ronald Asmus
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

5 Mar 2008
BRITAIN SHOULD HAVE A REFERENDUM ON THE EU TREATY
For the motion: Lord Lamont, Neil O’Brien, Andrew Roberts
Against the motion: Vernon Bogdanor, Sir Stephen Wall, David Aaronovitch
Chair: Andrew Neil

26 Feb 2008
ALL SCHOOLS, STATE AS WELL AS PRIVATE, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SELECT THEIR OWN PUPILS
Sponsors: The University of Buckingham and Whitehead Mann Partnership
For the motion: Professor Chris Woodhead, Martin Stephen, Rt Hon Lord Tebbit
Against the motion: Fiona Millar, Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, William Atkinson
Chair: Joan Bakewell

22 Jan 2008
IT’S BETTER TO BOMB IRAN THAN RISK IRAN GETTING THE BOMB
For the motion: Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Dr Bruno Tertrais
Against the motion: Sir Richard Dalton, Professor Ali Ansari, Simon Jenkins
Chair: Richard Lindley

2007

11 Dec 2007
THE FUTURE OF IRAQ
STAY – “The Surge is working. Let’s win before we leave”: William Shawcross, Lt Peter Hegseth
QUID PRO QUO – “A withdrawal of troops as part of a negotiated settlement on the future of Iraq”: Ali Allawi, Sir Christopher Meyer
GO – “Allied forces should leave Iraq as soon as is practical”: Rt Hon Tony Benn, Rory Stewart
Chair: Andrew Neil

20 Nov 2007
BRITAIN DOESN’T NEED TRIDENT
For the motion: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Angus Robertson MP
Against the motion: Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, Oliver Kamm, Sir Michael Quinlan
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

30 Oct 2007
CAPITALISM CAN SAVE THE PLANET: With carbon trading we can solve the climate change crisis without damaging economic growth
For the motion: Eric Bettelheim, The Rt Hon John Redwood MP, Tim Harford
Against the motion: Lord Lawson, David Rieff, Frances Cairncross
Chair: Andrew Neil

9 Oct 2007
WE SHOULD NOT BE RELUCTANT TO ASSERT THE SUPERIORITY OF WESTERN VALUES
For the motion: Douglas Murray, David Aaronovitch, Ibn Warraq
Against the motion: Tariq Ramadan, William Dalrymple, Charles Glass
Chair: Edward Lucas

19 Sep 2007
BRITAIN HAS FAILED ZIMBABWE
For the motion: R W Johnson, Peter Godwin, Tendai Biti
Against the motion: Chenjerai Hove, David Coltart MP, John Makumbe
Chair: Richard Lindley

21 Jun 2007
LORD REITH IS DEAD. LET’S HEAR IT FOR BIG BROTHER
For the motion: Toby Young, Peter Bazalgette, Tim Gardam
Against the motion: Howard Jacobson, Lloyd Evans, Stephen Bayley
Chair: Peter York

23 May 2007
DEMOCRACY ISN’T FOR EVERYONE
For the motion: Edward Luttwak, Matthew Parris
Against the motion: Bernard-Henri Levy, Nick Cohen
Chair: Richard Lindley

25 Apr 2007
PRISON WORKS
For the motion: Charles Murray, Theodore Dalrymple, Dr David Green
Against the motion: Lord Woolf, Lord Ramsbotham, Juliet Lyon
Chair: Andrew Neil

27 Mar 2007
WE’D BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT RELIGION
For the motion: Professor Richard Dawkins, Professor A C Grayling, Christopher Hitchens
Against the motion: Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Professor Roger Scruton, Nigel Spivey
Chair: Joan Bakewell

22 Feb 2007
OUR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN IS DESTINED TO FAIL. NATO SHOULD WITHDRAW
For the motion: Michael Griffin, General Charles Vyvyan, Rt Hon Clare Short MP
Against the motion: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Christina Lamb, Dr Whitney Azoy
Chair: Matthew Leeming

30 Jan 2007
TOO MANY PEOPLE GO TO UNIVERSITY
Benefit debate for St Paul’s Girls’ School
For the motion: Claire Fox, Anatole Kaletsky, Jenna Nicholas
Against the motion: Baroness Onora O’Neill, Mary Ann Sieghart, Ceci Mourkogiannis
Chair: Sir Clement Freud

2006

5 Dec 2006
FOREIGN AID TO POOR COUNTRIES HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD
For the motion: Fredrik Erixon, Aidan Hartley, David Rieff
Against the motion: Ian Goldin, Rory Stewart, Gareth Thomas
Chair: Edward Lucas

14 Nov 2006
LET’S LEGALISE COCAINE
For the motion: Rosie Boycott, Camilla Cavendish, Jamie Whyte
Against the motion: Julie Lynn-Evans, Dr Mark Collins, Joe Studwell
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24 Oct 2006
THE TORY PARTY IS NO LONGER CONSERVATIVE
For the motion: Peter Hitchens, Hywel Williams
Against the motion: Michael Gove, Charles Moore
Chair: Polly Toynbee

3 Oct 2006
WE SHOULD NEVER NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS
For the motion: David Trimble, Frank J Gaffney Jr, Emmanuel Ottolenghi
Against the motion: William Sieghart, Jason McCue, Colonel Lior Lotan
Chair: Richard Lindley

12 Sep 2006
LONG LIVE TESCO
For the motion: Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Dominic Lawson, Emma Duncan
Against the motion: Simon Jenkins, Joanna Blythman, Giles Coren
Chair: Sir Clement Freud
12 Jun 2006
ENOUGH MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT SAVING VENICE
Sponsor: Venice in Peril
For the motion: Professor Sir David King, Professor John Kay
Against the motion: A N Wilson, Professor Josep /h2ppph Rykwert
Chair: Libby Purves

7 Jun 2006
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION MUST INCLUDE THE LICENCE TO OFFEND
For the motion: Alain Finkielkraut, Lisa Appignanesi, Kenan Malik
Against the motion: David Cesarani, Francesca Klug OBE, Tariq Ramadan
Chair: Anna Ford

9 May 2006
WE ARE ALL FEMINISTS NOW
For the motion: Howard Jacobson, Philip Norman, Tim Lott
Against the motion: Beatrix Campbell, Kathy Lette, Mariella Frostrup
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

25 Apr 2006
THE THREAT POSED BY IRAN HAS BEEN GROSSLY EXAGGERATED
For the motion: Iradj Bagherzade, Dr Ali Ansari, Martin Woollacott
Against the motion: Dr Mehrdad Khonsari, Dr Patrick Clawson, Roey Gilad
Chair: Richard Lindley

1 Mar 2006
THE EUROPEAN UNION IS NOW DYING BEFORE OUR EYES: LONG LIVE EUROPE
For the motion: Tom Kremer, Larry Siedentop, Anatole Kaletsky
Against the motion: President Giscard D’Estaing, Robert Cooper, The Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP
Chair: John Kampfner

9 Feb 2006
DEALING WITH GLOBAL WARMING SHOULD BE ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES FOR HUMANITY
For the motion: Tom Burke, The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP
Against the motion: Professor Bjørn Lomborg, Professor Philip Stott
Chair: Anna Ford

17 Jan 2006
THE TIME TO QUIT IRAQ IS NOW
For the motion: Alastair Crooke, Simon Jenkins, Dr Rosemary Hollis
Against the motion: Amir Taheri, Bayan Rahman, Lt Col Tim Spicer OBE

2005

7 Dec 2005
APART FROM CHAVS THE BRITISH HAVE NO CLASS
For the motion: Howard Jacobson, Boris Johnson, Deborah Moggach
Against the motion: Simon Fanshawe, Kate Fox, Ferdinand Mount
Chair: Sir Clement Freud

24 Nov 2005
BETTER ROUGH JUSTICE THAN ANOTHER 9/11
For the motion: Alasdair Palmer, Charles Clarke MP
Against the motion: Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Edward Fitzgerald QC
Chair: Richard Lindley

1 Nov 2005
THE RISE OF CHINA SPELLS THE DECLINE OF THE WEST
Sponsor: Manchester Business School
For the motion: Jonathan Fenby, Isabel Hilton, Martin Wolf
Against the motion: Dr Linda Yueh, Joe Studwell, John Ralston-Saul
Chair: Anna Ford

11 Oct 2005
IT’S THE JOURNALISTS NOT THE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE FOULED OUR POLITICAL CULTURE
For the motion: John Lloyd, Clive Soley, Dr Denis MacShane MP
Against the motion: Robert Fisk, Lance Price, Peter Oborne
Chair: Martyn Lewis

14 Sep 2005
TYRANTS SHOULD BE LEFT FREE TO TYRANNISE THEIR OWN PEOPLE
For the motion: Edward Luttwak, Robert Skidelsky
Against the motion: Ian Buruma, James Rubin
Chair: Jonathan Freedland

21 Jun 2005
THE SIXTIES WEREN’T THE BEGINNING OF SEX BUT THE END OF CIVILISATION
For the motion: Leonie Frieda, Howard Jacobson, Professor Laurie Taylor
Against the motion: Christopher Booker, Rosie Boycott, Claire Fox
Chair: Joan Bakewell

25 May 2005
PUTIN IS THE BEST HOPE FOR RUSSIAN LIBERALISM
For the motion: Michael Binyon, Mary Dejevsky, Christopher Granville
Against the motion: Boris Berezovsky, Andrew Jack, Alex Pravda
Chair: Edward Lucas

19 Apr 2005
NUCLEAR ENERGY MUST POWER OUR FUTURE
For the motion: Bishop Hugh Montefiore, The Rt Hon Lord Parkinson, Bruno Comby
Against the motion: Mycle Schneider, Zac Goldsmith, Tony Juniper
Chair: Martyn Lewis

23 Mar 2005
THE WEST MUST STAY FRIENDS WITH THE HOUSE OF SAUD
For the motion: Sir Andrew Green, Robert Lacey, Senator Wyche Fowler
Against the motion: Dr Mark Heller, John R Bradley, Professor Michael Doran
Chair: Jim Naughtie

22 Feb 2005
LET’S KEEP TURKEY OUT OF EUROPE
For the motion: Dr Michael Stuermer, Dr John Casey, Kevin Myers
Against the motion: Dominique Moisi, Professor Norman Stone, Mark Leonard
Chair: Francine Stock

25 Jan 2005
ZIONISM TODAY IS THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS
For the motion: Jacqueline Rose, Professor Avi Shlaim, Amira Hass
Against the motion: Professor Raphael Israeli, Shlomo Ben Ami, Melanie Phillips
Chair: Richard Lindley

2004

23 Nov 2004
MONOGAMY IS BAD FOR THE SOUL
For the motion: Jack Klaff, Rod Liddle, Dr Anthony Grayling
Against the motion: Howard Jacobson, Rowan Pelling, Taki Theodoracopulos
Chair: Joan Bakewell

2 Nov 2004
MAGGIE THATCHER SAVED BRITAIN
For the motion: Lord Bell, Charles Moore, Sir John Nott
Against the motion: Billy Bragg, Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, Diane Abbott MP
Chair: Martyn Lewis

19 Oct 2004
WESTERN INTELLIGENCE IS NOW CAUSING MORE HARM THAN GOOD
For the motion: Tom Bower, Andrew Gilligan, Anthony Glees
Against the motion: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Oleg Gordievsky, Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Chair: Nik Gowing

5 Oct 2004
THE NHS IS BROKEN; IT NEEDS REINVENTING
For the motion: Professor Kenneth Minogue, Harriet Sergeant, Dr Maurice Slevin
Against the motion: Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Dr Ray Rowden, Professor Raymond Tallis
Chair: Professor Marshall Marinker

13 Sep 2004
A PRE-EMPTIVE FOREIGN POLICY IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER
For the motion: Senator Gary Hart, Simon Jenkins
Against the motion: Christopher Hitchens, David Aaronovitch
Chair: Francine Stock

1 Jun 2004
THE BRITISH EMPIRE WAS A FORCE FOR GOOD
For the motion: Lawrence James, Professor Niall Ferguson, Andrew Roberts
Against the motion: Dr Richard Drayton, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Dr David Washbrook
Chair: Richard Lindley

18 May 2004
ISLAM IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH DEMOCRACY
For the motion: Amir Taheri, Raphael Israeli, David Pryce-Jones
Against the motion: Andrew Wheatcroft, Professor John Esposito, Sarah Joseph
Chair: Anne McElvoy

4 May 2004
CULTURE BEGINS ACROSS THE CHANNEL
For the motion: Theodore Zeldin, Colin MacCabe, Theodore Dalrymple
Against the motion: Will Self, Howard Jacobson, Rt Hon Michael Portillo MP
Chair: Anna Ford

21 Apr 2004
WORLD AFFAIRS ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO BE DECIDED BY THE UN
For the motion: Devon Cross, John O’Sullivan, Dimitri Simes
Against the motion: Professor Oliver Ramsbotham, Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Sir Marrack Goulding
Chair: Baroness (Helena) Kennedy QC

6 Apr 2004
THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR IS FALLING DOWN
For the motion: Dr Piers Brendon, Professor Roy Greenslade; Roy Hattersley
Against the motion: Peter Hitchens, Penny Junor, Rt Hon The Lord St John of Fawsley, PC
Chair: Martyn Lewis

22 Mar 2004
GM CROPS ARE GOOD FOR US
For the motion: Professor Conrad Lichtenstein, Professor Vivian Moses, Kerry Preete
Against the motion: Dr Sue Mayer, Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Devinder Sharma
Chair: Peter Sissons

17 Mar 2004
LET’S GET RID OF SCOTLAND
For the motion: Alex Salmond MP, Neal Ascherson, Kevin Myers
Against the motion: Rt Hon Helen Liddell MP, Magnus Linklater, Jamie McGrigor MSP
Chair: Joan Bakewell

3 Mar 2004
THE BEST WAY WE CAN HELP AFRICA IS TO LEAVE IT ALONE
For the motion: Richard Dowden, Matthew Parris, Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem
Against the motion: Rt Hon Clare Short MP, Anthony Sampson, Sir Marrack Goulding
Chair: Nik Gowing

11 Feb 2004
THE EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION IS A SETBACK FOR DEMOCRACY
For the motion: Bruce Anderson, Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory MP, Christopher Booker
Against the motion: His Excellency the German Ambassador Thomas Matussek, Professor Anand Menon, Gisela Stuart MP
Chair: Andrew Neil

22 Jan 2004
BRITAIN NEEDS MORE IMMIGRANTS
For the motion: Dr Heaven Crawley, Barbara Roche MP
Against the motion: Sir Andrew Green, Professor Robert Rowthorn
Chair: Philip Collins

2003

27 Nov 2003
NEW LABOUR HAS FAILED
For the motion: Simon Jenkins, Lord Heseltine, Jerry Hayes
Against the motion: Peter Hitchens, David Aaronovitch, Lord Evans of Temple Guiting
Chair: Anna Ford

6 Nov 2003
THE BBC MUST GO
For the motion: Professor Brian Winston, Kelvin MacKenzie, Gerald Kaufman
Against the motion: Michael Grade, Rod Liddle, Heather Rabbatts
Chair: Richard Lindley

30 Oct 2003
THE AMERICAN EMPIRE IS A FORCE FOR GOOD
For the motion: William Shawcross, Bernard-Henri Levy, Anne McElvoy
Against the motion: Sir Samuel Brittan, Charles Glass, Clyde Prestowitz
Chair: Martyn Lewis

9 Oct 2003
STATE EDUCATION IS A COMPREHENSIVE DISASTER
For the motion: Professor Chris Woodhead, Melanie Phillips, Claire Fox
Against the motion: Professor Anthony Giddens, Professor Tim Brighouse and Fiona Millar
Chair: Sheena McDonald

30 Sep 2003
WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN?
Sponsors: KIDS and Giorgio Armani
For the motion: Howard Jacobson, Jenni Murray, Sir John Mortimer
Against the motion: Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Minette Marrin, Dr Olivia Judson
Chair: Joan Bakewell

10 Sep 2003
THE ROADMAP FOR PEACE IS LEADING NOWHERE
For the motion: Karma Nabulsi, Dr Ilan Pappe, Amos Elon
Against the motion: Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Lord Weidenfeld and Dr Sa’eb Erakat
Chair: John Simpson

24 Apr 2003
THE PROBLEM WITH THIS COUNTRY IS THE DAILY MAIL
For the motion: Francis Wheen, Mary Ann Sieghart
Against the motion: Peter Oborne and Tom Bower
Chair: Richard Lindley

3 Apr 2003
REAL ARTISTS WORK IN ADVERTISING, NOT IN THE FINE ARTS
Sponsors: Christie’s Education and Xtreme Information Ltd
For the motion: John Hegarty, Brian Sewell, Karen Wright Against the motion: David Lee, Alison Jackson and Nicholas Bagshawe
Chair: Peter York

27 Mar 2003
GLOBALISATION PUTS CORPORATE PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE
Sponsor: The New Statesman
For the motion: George Monbiot, Caroline Lucas, Will Hutton
Against the motion: Martin Wolf, Steve Hilton and Alec Chrystal
Chair: John Kampfner

6 Mar 2003
ANYONE WHO VISITS A PSYCHOTHERAPIST NEEDS THEIR HEAD EXAMINED
For the motion: Dr Raj Persaud, Virginia Ironside
Against the motion: Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Andrew Samuels
Chair: Andrew Neil

27 Feb 2003
THE CHANNEL IS WIDER THAN THE ATLANTIC
Sponsored by TIME
For the motion: Michael Gove, Rt Hon John Redwood, Frederic Raphael
Against the motion: Timothy Garton Ash, Charles Grant and Dr Brigitte Granville
Chair: Eric Pooley

6 Feb 2003
THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT IS RIPE FOR RESOLUTION
For the motion: Afif Safieh, Gilead Sher, Jonathan Freedland
Against the motion: Professor Avi Shlaim, James Rubin and Professor Yezid Sayigh
Chair: Sir Michael Quinlan

2002

19 Nov 2002
BRITAIN WILL THRIVE OUTSIDE THE EURO
For the motion: Boris Johnson, Sir Martin Jacomb
Against the motion: Elisabeth Guigou, Lord Haskins
Chair: Dr Brigitte Granville

12 Nov 2002
BUSH’S CURE FOR IRAQ IS WORSE THAN THE DISEASE
For the motion: Sir Michael Quinlan, Dr Mai Yamani, Bruce Kent
Against the motion: William Shawcross, Charles Powell and Richard Perle
Chair: Dr Rosemary Hollis

19 Sep 2002
HUNTING WITH HOUNDS SHOULD BE BANNED
For the motion: John Bryant, Professor Stephen Harris
Against the motion: Lord Mancroft, Roger Scruton
Chair: Andrew Sutcliffe QC