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What's great about Great Britain?

The awkward partner in Europe, America's best friend - but certainly not the empire it used to be. So what makes Britain so fantastic? And is there really anything left in Britain that makes it 'Great'?

A panel of academics and television personalities will participate in a debate on What's 'Great' About Great Britain at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Wednesday 23 February.

Taking questions from an audience of LSE staff and students, the panel will debate issues such as Is it time to oust the Royal Family? What is out place in Europe? Why keep the pound? Are we capable of hosting the Olympics? And are we en-route to drug legalisation

Speaking on the panel are:

  • Timmy Mallett, television presenter
  • Dr Alan Sked, senior lecturer in international history at LSE and author of Race, Sex and Slavery: the Western experience
  • John Bardon, 'Jim Branning' from EastEnders
  • Nicholas Parsons, television and radio presenter

This event, organised by the LSESU Question Time society, is part of the wider LSE RAG (Raising and Giving) Week activities. For a full list of activities planned, see http://www.lsesu.com/| 

What's 'Great' About Great Britain? is on Wednesday 23 February at 12noon in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London. The event is open to LSE students and staff only, however there are limited press tickets are available.

This event will be followed by a reception in the Underground Bar at 1pm.


To request a press ticket, please contact Fatima Manji, LSE Question Time Society media officer, on 07916 293711 or email f.manji1@lse.ac.uk| 

21 February 2005