Ex-Chancellor put on spot by students

Youngsters put a man who was once one of the most powerful politicians in the UK on the spot after he urged them to take an interest in democracy.

They responded at the session in Horsham by giving him some tough questions to answer.

Lord Lawson of Blaby, a former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, gave a lecture called ‘The View from No. 11’ to Year 13 pupils as part of Christ’s Hospital school’s visiting speakers programme. Afterwards student Will Goddard, 17, said: “He spoke first about the importance of political engagement and democracy, relating it to his own experience of getting involved in politics in the 1970s out of a desire to bring about change.

“Lord Lawson devoted the vast majority of his talk to audience questions on a wide variety of current issues and on his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1980s.

“Two issues which featured heavily were the European Union, which Lord Lawson supports leaving, and climate change, of which Lord Lawson is a well-known sceptic. He eloquently expressed his opposition to the European Union, framing the issue in terms of national sovereignty and control, while also calling for global action on issues currently affecting Europe such as the migrant crisis.

“On global warming, he argued that it would be uneconomical to consider renewable energy sources at present and instead suggested alternative energy sources such as shale gas.

“That Lord Lawson was willing to answer questions challenging his positions in a direct and frank way and hearing the perspective of these issues from a different side was a refreshing and enjoyable experience which made for an interesting talk, no matter the opinions of those attending the talk.”

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