The Next Leeds Salon

Can We Manufacture and Economic Renaissance?

Date & Time: Thursday 11 May, 7pm start to 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speaker: Phil Mullan

Respondents: Andrew Brown (University of Leeds) & A.N.Other

In his March 2017 Budget speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond argued that ‘tackling Britain’s productivity challenge’ is the ‘cornerstone to ‘raising living standards; as well as to ‘prepare Britain for a brighter future’ after Brexit. Hammond’s comments aren’t new and, in fact, reflect those of Gordon Brown 20 years ago that: ‘The first challenge is to increase our productivity’. However, while lacklustre productivity has hung over the UK, and all Western economies for decades, there seems little idea as to what to do about it, or to deliver a better future for all.

In his new book, Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance, economist Phil Mullan argues that the only way to ensure a better future is to create one. For Mullan, what is needed is comprehensive economic restructuring backed by political and cultural change. Read more...


Forthcoming Salons:

Thursday 15 June we ask What is the Moral Case for Abortion? with speaker BPAS Chief Executive, Ann Furedi, and Georgia Testa from the University of Leeds.

In October we'll be hosting our annual Battle of Ideas satellite event.


Other Leeds Salon News:

Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition

Abbey Grange Academy with Teachers & SponsorsThe Final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Yers 10&11 Debating Competition 2017 took place on Wednesday 22 March at the HEART Centre, Headingley.

Congratulations to the winners: Abbey Grange Academy, who won the competition for the first time. Well done to the runners-up, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High and the other finalists, Allerton High School and Mount St Mary's Catholic High, for making it such a high quality and closely fought final.

Congratulations also to our three individual prize winners: Scarlet Rowe of Cardinal Heenan who won the Best Individual Prize; Allerton High's Manraj Sond who was nominated for the Highly Commended Prize; and Dan Green of Abbey Grange who received the Commended Prize. For details…

This year's competition was sponsored by leading law firm Switalskis Solicitors. And the Prize Sponsors were the Human Factor and Safety Group at the Institute for Transport Studies (University of Leeds), and the EU Horizon 2020 project EMPOWERHyde Park Picture House, and Thackray Medical Museum.



The Tetley Years 10&11 School Debating Competition 2017

On Monday 23 January, Mount St Mary’s Catholic High and South Leeds Academy competed in the second Tetley Years 10&11 School Debating Competition for south and central Leeds schools. And for the second year running Mount St Mary’s were crowned Tetley Champions over two debates on ‘drugs in sport’ and ‘corporate arts sponsorship’.

However, the ‘Best Individual’ prize was awarded unanimously by the judges to Patryk Klonowski of South Leeds Academy. Judges included The Tetley’s Kenn Taylor, Nathalie Rawson from Leeds Beckett, Made in Leeds TV presenter Peg Alexander, Dan Clayton of Leeds Salon, and Cathy Cook of leading Yorkshire law firm, LCF Law, who sponsored this years’ competition.

Well done to all who took part!


Leeds City College vs Leeds College of Building

On Wednesday 14 December, Leeds City College and Leeds College of Building competed in the first ever debating competition between the two colleges; which took place in the new Leeds City College Printworks Campus on Hunslet Road. The colleges competed in two debates with a local interest - on Fracking and HS2. The colleges won a debate each, both of them by 2-to-1 decisions. But overall our three judges - former Leeds West MP, Michael Meadowcroft, Leeds Beckett's William Atkinson and the Salon's Dan Clayton - decided that the overall winners were Leeds City College.

Leeds City College's Romana Jabeen was also nominated 'Best Individual' by the judges for both her panel performance and questions from the floor. But well done to all in what was a very closely fought and lively competition See details...





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