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Tuesday 28 January 2020

There’s Not Much Great About Britain

History &
Social Policy

This country has become the laughing stock of the world. Crime is rising across our cities, while respect for the United Kingdom overseas is plummeting thanks to our incompetent leaders and embarrassingly dysfunctional political system. In the 1970s we were called the ‘sick man of Europe’ and now sadly the patient is terminal. The NHS is falling apart, we have one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world and the cost of housing is obscene. And that’s not to mention the growing awareness of what many see as the bitter legacy of Britain’s imperial crimes overseas and Britain’s racist treatment of its own ethnic minorities, which many argue still continues to this day. Great Britain? That’s an oxymoron.

That’s the view of the miserablists. But have things in Britain really become so bad? After all, Britain is still one of the most free, open and tolerant societies in the world. We are home to the mother of all Parliaments, picturesque countryside, vibrant and dynamic cities, the Premier League, roast dinners, The Beatles, orderly queuing and David Attenborough. Although our record is far from perfect, we have managed to build an inclusive and diverse multicultural society – one that is more welcoming and open-minded than those of our neighbours. After all, according to a recent study, British attitudes towards immigration are more positive than anywhere else in Europe. Forget the cynics and pessimists – we still have so much to be proud of as a country.

Join us on January 28th and see our panel of top speakers battle it out over whether we should be proud or ashamed of the country we live in.

Event Name

There’s Not Much Great About Britain


Choose Tickets

Speakers For The Motion
  • Peter Hitchens

    Columnist for the Mail on Sunday, author and broadcaster

Remaining speaker to be announced.

Speakers Against The Motion
  • Kate Hoey

    Pro-Brexit Labour MP for Vauxhall

  • Sayeeda Warsi

    Conservative member of the House of Lords

Chair
  • Anthony Seldon

    Historian and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham

 

Speakers are subject to change.


Location
  • Cadogan Hall
  • 5 Sloane Terrace
  • Belgravia
  • London
  • SW1X 9DQ
Time
  • Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • 7pm to 8:30pm



Speakers

Speakers For The Motion

Peter Hitchens

Columnist for the Mail on Sunday, author and broadcaster


Columnist for the Mail on Sunday, occasional broadcaster, and author of several books, most recently The Phoney Victory. Because his father was a naval officer, he caught the very end of the British imperial era and believes he was brought up for a world that already no longer existed. He was a Trotskyist from 1978 to 1975, and has since dallied with both major political parties, but now belongs to no political movement.

Remaining speaker to be announced.

Speakers Against The Motion

Kate Hoey

Pro-Brexit Labour MP for Vauxhall


Labour MP for Vauxhall since 1989. She was born in Northern Ireland, and later served as a minister in Tony Blair’s government. An independent-minded MP, she defied the Labour whip to vote against a ban on hunting and against the Iraq war, and was a leading campaigner for Leave in the 2016 EU referendum.

Sayeeda Warsi

Conservative member of the House of Lords


Conservative member of the House of Lords who in 2010 became the first Muslim Cabinet minister, serving in David Cameron’s government. She was also Chair of the Conservative Party – the first Asian to chair a major British political party – and since leaving government has become a prominent campaigner against Islamophobia within the Conservative Party.
Chair

Anthony Seldon

Historian and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham


Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. He is a renowned expert on education as well as a highly regarded historian, best known for his biographies of John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

 

Speakers are subject to change.