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M@M Discussion 5 June

Monday 5 Jun 2017 at 2.15 pm - 4.15 pm

Discussion session with Robert Shields and Vicki Garson – plus tea and cake.
Suggested donation: £3.00   All welcome.

TOPICS TODAY (Download a copy)

Quick question for warm-up

What is your favourite Jewish or non-Jewish festival?

Foul and abusive language

Rochdale Council are planning to fine anyone caught swearing in the town up to £100. Enforcement officers will be given powers to issue on-the-spot fines for anyone caught “using foul and abusive language”. Will this work and should it be rolled out nationally?

Should Theresa May debate on TV?

Theresa May has steadfastly refused to appear in a televised debate with Jeremy Corbyn and the other party leaders. Is this good for democracy? Is it a good tactic?   Has she made a mistake?

Should you be forced to retire?

Ageing academics at Oxford University are challenging rules that force them to retire at the age of 67. Since 2011 it has been legal for an employer to set up a scheme that enforces retirement at a particular age if the employer can prove “that it is a proportionate way of achieving legitimate aims”. Oxford and some other Universities have argued that they need such a scheme to give younger academics a fairer chance, to improve their career progression, and to promote greater diversity. Now some older academics are protesting.

Peace in Israel

Has Presidents Trump’s visit to the Middle East brought peace any closer between Israel and the Palestinians?

Will there ever be peace? How will it be achieved?

Terrorism is our own fault.

How do you view Jeremy Corbyn’s assertion that the intervention into conflicts around the world by western troops is responsible for terrorist outrages?