It’s Good to Talk… Contrarian Prize Debate

conformity-debate

On 30 November I attended an fascinating panel debate discussing conformity at Cass Business School in London. The event was hosted by The Contrarian Prize which aims to recognise individuals in British public life who stand up for their principles and demonstrate independence, courage and sacrifice.

‘Contrarianism in an age of conformity’ was the debate topic. The panel of 6 distinguished speakers discussed the threats to free speech in Britain and the role of contrarian thinking in challenging the status quo.

Their diverse viewpoints gave me much food for thought especially in light of the recent UK and USA political turbulence where political discourse has become increasingly visceral and polarised.

 

Interesting View from the Other Side

I attended an interesting lunchtime talk by Syed Kamall, the Conservative MEP for London and leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists, on the 2 November 2016 in London.

Syed offered a controversial and informed insider analysis on Brexit from his pro Brexit viewpoint at this event hosted by the Champollion Group.

Always great to hear differing views especially when so eloquently delivered.

Annual IWF Jean Denton Lecture…

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I was privileged to hear the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE presenting the annual IWF UK Jean Denton Lecture on the 9 June in Belgravia, London.

 

The lecture entitled Holding Government to Account: A Woman’s Perspective provided a fascinating foray into the inner workings of government from a woman who doesn’t pull her punches. Known for her forthright approach Margaret has been Member of Parliament for Barking since 1994.  She is the former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, the first female and elected person to take that role.

 

All in all it was a highly entertaining and inspiring lecture.