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Who benefits from regulating incomes?

Tuesday 4th Apr: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

Discussing First topical issue (Mark Iddon) and Second topical issue (Simon Belt)

Public discussions and debate in Manchester
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Incomes: how best to raise them?

March 2017

Dave Clements introduced a discussion on how best to raise incomes today

 

Dave ClementsIt has been many decades since major disputes over wages were headline news in Britain. Whilst wages may not be contested through the industrial battles of the past, they are certainly never far from public pronouncements by public bodies today. There is a plethora of talk about minimum wages, living wages, unconditional basic incomes, even capping wages for high earners. Why is there such interest in regulating incomes in one way or another, and who benefits from each one?

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Northern Soul

Canal St

Northern Soul and Canal St welcome their friends to get together for a chat, to mingle, drink and eat on Thursday 23rd February at The Grill on the Alley, 5 Ridgefield, Manchester, M2 6EG

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Battle of Ideas Satellite event: Debating Matters Debate Doping in Sport

Debating Matters Battle of Ideas Showcase Debate:

"We should permit the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport"

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Hutton Church of England Grammar School, Preston

vs

Loreto College, Manchester


 

This is a showcase debate on drugs in sport in partnership with the National Football Museum

 

 

In partnership with the National Football Museum and the Manchester Salon, we delighted to be staging a one-off debate - part of the years Battle of Ideas festival - on the very topical issue of drugs in sport.

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Selection in education

From Grammar schools to assaults on academic freedom:
what is the future of education?

October 2016

Dr Joanna Williams opened a discussion on how to defend academic freedom today, chaired by Pauline Hadaway

 

Theresa May wants to bring back grammar schools and the 11-plus. Universities are being squeezed between the state and the student consumer. The Prevent scheme, aimed at tackling radicalisation in schools and HE, threatens academic freedom and teacher autonomy. What is the future of education?

 

Education is once again in the front line of 'bring-backery'. Theresa May's plan to bring back grammar schools has struck horror into an educational establishment which has struggled for more than half a century to abolish the 11-plus exam. Whatever next? Rote-learning, blackboards and chalk, gowns and mortar boards, the cane and the strap? Tony Blair declared education the top three priorities for New Labour and targets, league tables and parental choice came to dominate the world of teaching.

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BREXIT: is it time to exit the EU?

BREXIT: is it time to exit the EU?

June 2016

Edwina Currie (IN), Chris Bickerton (OUT) and Wendy Olsen (IN) opened a discussion on the EU referendum


Our most important vote for a generation is set for 23rd June 2016 - on whether the UK should Leave or Remain in the EU. There doesn't seem to be any particular Party divide on the issue with prominent personalities from all parties split over the issue. This referendum on sovereignty poses the issue of political principles more than any recent general election.

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Transgression in sex and relationships

Transgressions in sex and relationships

Monday 7th March 2016, 6:45pm start

Chrissie Daz, Rosie Garland and Luke Gittos explored our interest in transgressing sex and relationships, chaired by Pauline Hadaway

 

There's currently something reminiscent of the heyday of the promiscuous and 'let it all hang out' 1960's, whilst paradoxically transgressions of this new 'openness' are being given short shrift by a shrill intolerance towards yesterday's norms. From same sex marriage being enacted with muted opposition, to Christian bakers facing prosecution for refusing to make pro gay-marriage cake, is intolerance is proving the hallmark of this 'liberal' era?

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