University of Sheffield does 'Question Time'

What responsibility does the UK have to the rest of the world? That is the big question our panelists were asked to consider in a debate at the Sheffield Town Hall on the 6th November. But what questions did you put to the panel? Follow the discussions on #UoSQT below

  1. The first question of the night was a two-parter, with two students from the University of Sheffield posing questions on the topic of domestic vs international priorities.
  2. Sarah Peck, doctoral student, asked: The UK currently spends 0.7% of its gross national income on overseas development assistance. Does the panel think this is an appropriate amount, and if not, what would they suggest as a suitable alternative and why?
  3. Mitali Sen, postgraduate student at Sheffield, also submitted the following question: Should international development be high on our political agenda when we have so many domestic issues that could be seen as more of a priority? If it should, how do we justify this to the large portion of our electorate who are poor and struggling?
  4. Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Professor of War Studies at the University of Hull
    Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Professor of War Studies at the University of Hull
  5. George Barrett asks a question from the audience
    George Barrett asks a question from the audience
  6. The next question came from Anne Barr, Green Party Candidate: Why is there no political will within parties of all persuasions in the UK to take leadership on this issue of conflict in Palestine and show courage by speaking out against the illegal occupation by the Israeli forces. Instead our government, along with the Americans, of course, continue to support this terrible regime both financially and it seems morally. It seems there will never be peace in our world while such travesties of justice exist. Do the panel agree that inequality and oppression inevitably lead to war?
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