Category Archives: Battle of Ideas 2012

Reviews of Battle of Ideas debates. Barbican Centre, London, 20-21st October 2012

Are we getting too hysterical over the Jimmy Savile scandal?

***** 5/5 The Devil amongst us? The Jimmy Savile scandal Hot of the Press Battle of Ideas 2012 Barbican Centre Saturday 20th October 2012 Since the first accusations of child abuse were made against the late Jimmy Savile in September … Continue reading

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One year on: What on earth did the riots change?

*** 3/5 One year on: Assessing the state of the nation Battle of Ideas 2012: After the riots Barbican Centre Saturday 20 October, In the aftermath of widespread rioting in English cities in August 2011, responses revealed predictable fault lines … Continue reading

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Should children be heard as well as seen?

Telling off the grown ups Battle of Ideas – After the riots Barbican Centre Saturday 20th October 2012 Too often adults seem powerless in the face of young people behaving badly. During last summer’s riots, well-equipped police officers looked on … Continue reading

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Should couples require a licence to parent?

Blaming The Troubled Parent: Should couples require a license to parent? Battle of Ideas – After the riots Barbican Centre Saturday 20th October 2012 Last summer, hundreds of British children aged between 11 and 14 participated in looting shops and … Continue reading

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Have we sacrificed religion for materialism?

Religious or Spiritual or Neither? Have we sacrificed religion or spirituality for materialism? Battle of Ideas – Knowing Me, Knowing You Barbican Centre 20th October 2012 Statistics for regular church attendance – in decline for the past 50 years and … Continue reading

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Can Obama recover to win a second term?

Obama gets hammered at Barbican US Presidential debate *** 3/5 Under the spotlight US Elections: The end of Great Expectations? Battle of Ideas Barbican Centre 21st October 2012 In a somewhat one sided debate on President Barack Obama’s record in office … Continue reading

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Is our character inherent in us from birth or is it self- developed?

***** 5/5 Character: Skill or virtue? Under the Spotlight Battle of Ideas 21st October 2012 Barbican Centre, London Can character be taught or is it morally, inherently within us? Unchangeable? Fixed? Ruth Gledhill of The Times, Angus Kenny, Head of External … Continue reading

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