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LSE hosts a debate on Wednesday 7 December to be recorded for BBC Radio 4 on whether the welfare state was a mistake.

James Bartholomew, journalist and author of The Welfare State We're In, argues, in the institution where Beveridge was once director, that Britain would have been better off without the great expansion of the welfare state since 1945.

He will be challenged throughout by an invited panel of formidable critics. The event will be hosted and the programme introduced by the BBC's Evan Davis. There'll also be an opportunity for audience comment and questions.

James Bartholomew trained as a banker in the City before moving into journalism with the Financial Times. He has been a leader writer for the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail. He is author of The Welfare State We're In.

Responding to his stance will be:

  • Nicholas Barr, professor of public economics at the European Institute, LSE and author of The Economics of the Welfare State.
  • Edward Davey MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on education, MP for Kingston and Surbiton and a contributor to the recent Orange Book - Reclaiming Liberalism.
  • Niall Dickson, formerly social affairs editor for the BBC and now chief executive of the King's Fund.
  • Allyson Pollock, chair of Health Policy and Health Services Research at UCL, and author of NHS plc, a vigorous critique of government reform of health care.

The Welfare State was a Mistake is on Wednesday 7 December at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

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'The welfare state was a mistake' to be argued in LSE debate (5 Dec 05)
LSE is hosting a debate on Wednesday, 7 December, on whether the welfare state was a mistake. James Bartholomew, journalist and author of The Welfare State We're In, argues, at the institution where Beveridge was once director, that Britain would have been better off without the great expansion of the welfare state since 1945.

28 November 2005

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