The debate at the Harvey Grammar School,
Folkestone on Monday (29 March) was organised by the Global
Uncertainties Schools Network and covered a wide range of subjects
including: the war on terror, cyber-security, free speech on the
internet, religion, the elections and contemporary politics and the
environment and climate change.
The lively debate was chaired by Tony Gilland, science and society
director of the Institute of Ideas.
Audience members asked questions of Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in
History, Anglia Ruskin University; Jo Phillips, journalist; author of
Why Vote – a guide for those who can’t be bothered; Rob Killick, CEO
cScape; blogger, UK After the Recession; Clifford Longley, journalist,
author and broadcaster; panellist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze and David
Petch, retired commissioner, Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Richard Swan, vice-principal of Harvey Grammar School said: ‘It was a
brilliant evening - it was fantastic to have such a tremendous panel
come down to a school on a wet night in Folkestone and have a really
thoughtful discussion around everything from religion and terrorism to
Journalist, Jo Phillips said: ‘I
thought it was terrific - any event like tonight which engages people,
young or otherwise, in serious intellectual conversation and debate in
this climate is fantastic’.
John Brasington, a student at Harvey Grammar School found the frank
exchanges of views form the panellists refreshing, ‘it was really good
that the panel weren’t following party lines but were really engaging
with the issues’.
The Global Uncertainties Schools Network has been set up by the
Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition and is supported by the
Research Councils UK programme ‘Global Uncertainties: Security for all
in a Changing World’..
John Wand, theme leader of the Research Councils UK Global Uncertainties
Programme, organisers of the event, said: ‘We very much welcome this chance to work with students and the local
community to help to raise awareness of the issues around this important
area. We hope not only that participants will find this an informative
and enjoyable experience, but that some of the outcomes might inform how
the Research Councils UK programme moves forward.’