Howard Jacobson, distinguished novelist, critic and broadcaster; Boris Johnson, MP for Henley-on-Thames and Editor of The Spectator; Deborah Moggach, author of 15 novels, including Tulip Fever and These Foolish Things, spoke for the motion.
Ferdinand Mount, Sunday Times columnist, Editor of the TLS and author of Mind the Gap: Class in Britain Now; Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster for Radio 4 and 5 (since 1988) and writer for The Guardian and other newspapers on arts and politics; Kate Fox, author of, amongst other books, Watching the English and co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford, spoke against the motion.
The debate, held on December 7, 2005, was chaired by Sir Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster, politician, and rector of St. Andrew's University.
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