This week's panel
Joan Bakewell is one of Britain’s foremost journalists and broadcasters, enjoying a career spanning more than 40 years. She was appointed to the House of Lords last year as a Labour peer and, on her appointment, vowed to keep a watch on threats to libraries and scrutinise the impact of cuts on the arts and broadcasting.
Norman Lamont is a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative peer. He was a Cabinet Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a member of the House of Commons for twenty five years. He is a director of a number of financial companies and retains an advisory role to the government on Britain’s financial problems.
Iain Dale is one of Britain's leading political commentators and a presenter on LBC local radio. Described as ‘Westminster’s early warning siren’ with a ‘mind like a cleaver’, he is publisher of the political magazine Total Politics and has launched Dale & Co, a current affairs blogging platform. As an author, he’s written more than 20 books including Margaret Thatcher: A Tribute in Words and Pictures.
John Kampfner is Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, an organisation that promotes freedom of expression. He began his career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph and went on to be the Political Editor and then Editor of the New Statesman. John is also Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's highest profile art galleries.
This week's questions
1. The banks are reluctant to accept reforms in case new regulations threaten economic prosperity. The country's prosperity, or their own?
2. How can the planned cuts in defence manpower be compatible with the government's interventionalist foreign policy?
3. Is it semi hysterical to object to the government's proposed planning changes, as suggested by Vince Cable?
4. We think that an Englishman's home is his castle, but what of a traveller's home caravan in Basildon?
5. Apparently, teachers are to be given greater license in using physical force to restrain pupils in order to restore discipline. How far does the panel think physical contact should extend, whether punitive or for the purposes of consoling?
6. Cameron said that 'we all do stupid things when we are young'. Would the panel like to share some stupid things they did when they were young?
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