18th November – Gordon Brown’s Apologies, Spreading Democracy, and Student Loans

17th November 2009

This week the panel will be discussing:

Gordon Brown’s Apologies

Gordon Brown has recently apologised for a letter sent to the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. There are also plans to apologise for the child migrant workers policies that ended just 40 years ago. Are the apologies necessary, and has the nature of an apology been devalued by politics and the media?

Democracy, Afghanistan, and Aung San Suu Kyi

Barack Obama has directly appealed for the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whilst David Miliband has said that the war in Afghanistan will not be “without end”. Should the west be “spreading democracy” and getting involved in these scenarios?

Student Loans

Around 70,000 students are still waiting for their loans two months into term, meaning that many students are even further into debt. How damaging is this for students, and who should take responsibility?

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments