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This House Would Give Up Liberty for Safety: 20:30

October 21 2021@ 8:30 pm11:30 pm
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As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety’. This balance has never been more pressing, after more than eighteen months of moving in and out of lockdowns and waiting for the next to come. Some argue that restrictions are necessary in order to protect society, while others feel that they force us to make unacceptable lifestyle changes. Though we are returning to a world that resembles pre-pandemic life, we cannot ignore the imprint left by the past year. Would we be willing to make similar sacrifices again?

Speakers in Proposition:

Adam Wagner
Human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and former Special Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights COVID-19 inquiry. He hosts the Better Human podcast and is a Visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths University, London.

Professor Allyson Pollock
Academic and consultant in public health medicine. She is a former Director of the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University and former Head of the Public Health Policy Unit at University College, London.

Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE
Former Chief Executive of the NHS. He is currently the NHS Chair in Sandwell & West Birmingham, as well as a public policy analyst.

Speakers in Opposition:

Rt. Hon. Lord Sumption OBE QC
Former UK Supreme Court judge and barrister who has been publically critical of the UK Government’s lockdown strategy. He is also a medieval historian and author of Law in a Time of Crisis.

Professor Karol Sikora
Oncologist of 50 years and founder of Rutherford Health,which specialises in proton therapy services. He is a former Director of the WHO Cancer Programme.

Luke Johnson
Entrepreneur and current Chairman of Risk Capital Partners and The Bread Factory. He is the former Chairman of Piua Express, the Royal Society for Arts, and Channel 4.

 

Ballot to attend Debate Dinner:
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(Ballot closes at Tuesday 10PM – Successful members will be notified by email on Wednesday. If successful, you will be invited to a reception at the Union at 6:30PM, with a black-tie dinner to follow, starting at 7PM)

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Date: October 21 2021
Time: 8:30 pm11:30 pm
Event CategoryDebates
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Venue Name: The Oxford Union
Address: Frewin Court
Oxford, OX1 3JB United Kingdom

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Phone: 01865 241353
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