Culture Begins Across the Channel:
Colin MacCabe, Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh; Theodore Zeldin, President of the Oxford Muse and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford; and Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, columnist for The Spectator, spoke for the motion.
Will Self, a columnist on the Independent and the lead film critic for the Evening Standard; Howard Jacobson, a distinguished novelist, critic, and broadcaster; and The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo MP, Conservative MP for Kensington and Chelsea, spoke against the motion.
The debate, held on May 4, 2004, was chaired by Anna Ford, presenter of the BBC One O'Clock News.
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