Time for cut our losses?

April 25, 2010

I’m not sure how it happened but I ended up on a mailing list for the British magazine The Spectator last year. Luckily, their messages are infrequent.

Several weeks ago, I got a message which caught my attention. It contained the image and text below.

Debate: Too Late for Britain?

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Spiralling debt, a City in crisis, and unemployment is on the rise – Britain has faced crises before but is this time different? Are we beyond salvation? Is the really sensible move to pack up and clear off?

FOR the motion:
Rod Liddle, columnist, The Spectator
Catherine Mayer, London bureau chief, Time
David Selbourne, Political philosopher

AGAINST the motion:
Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP
Tristram Hunt, historian
Bonnie Greer, playwright and author

Join The Spectator debate, chaired by Andrew Neil, at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 between 6.45pm and 8.30pm.

I know that a debate in Britain is something roughly like a Chautauqua meeting here in the States; an opportunity to hear people talk about, or to discuss with others, a variety of topics. So I expect that this particular debate is something they’d do as much for entertainment as for other reasons.

Nonetheless, I found it a spooky topic. Has it come to this? I wondered.

And, what’s worse, the description of the problems is one that fits the United States all too well. Should we be considering the question too?

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