21st October – Freedom of Speech, Royal Mail, and Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Plant

21st October 2009

Today the panel will be covering:

Freedom of Speech

The Guardian was prevented from publishing details of a question to be asked in Parliament, causing outrage amongst the blogs and resulting in several websites reporting the question themselves. Meanwhile, Dutch MP Geert Wilders, having previously been banned from entering the UK, had the ban overturned and visited London. Is freedom of speech threatened by our institutions and courts, and how far can freedom of speech be taken?

Mail Strikes

Union workers have voted to commence nation-wide strike action over pay, conditions and postal reforms. Royal Mail plans to hire 30,000 temporary staff to cope with problems caused by the strike – a move criticised by the union. Are the strikes justifiable or likely to be effective? What can be done to save Royal Mail?

Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Plant

A demonstration at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station against the use of coal-fired stations ended on Sunday. The protestors intended to temporarily halt production at the facility, but despite failing to do so claimed victory in illustrating that “coal has no future”. Can the demonstrations be justified, and are they necessary?

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments