Thursday, 20 June 2024

National Liberal Debate 22 – The Manchester Bombing: What Should Our Response Be?

BBC presenter Andrew Neill says that the 'time for rhetoric is over' as he criticised the 'choreographed response' to the recent Manchester bombing. Here suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and left 120 injured.

THE MANY problems faced by Britain – whether economic or social – are not going to be solved by screaming and shouting. Thus, the National Liberal Party is not interested in ‘hitting the headlines’ using the tired formula of macho–posturing and gesture politics. These problems will only be overcome by a combination of careful thought and action.

This means that we favour informed and reasoned debate. Here we concentrate on arguments, points of view and facts. We are not interested in personalities, prejudice or promoting self-interest.

The National Liberal Party seeks to build an organisation that encourages free speech and debate. To do this, we also attempt to take into consideration as many views as is possible in open debate. Thus, members and supporters are always encouraged to have their say.

We’re also interested in encouraging people to develop their debating skills. That’s why the NLP has introduced a new series of articles called Have Your Say! Whilst each subject will be announced on this web-site, they’ll be conducted in full on the National Liberals Facebook site, which can be found here:

Before we start this debate we’d like to remind folks of our ground rules:

• First of all, say what you think – but think what you say.

• Secondly, just debate the issue(s) raised. There should be no personal attacks.

• As previously noted, we’re simply not interested in personalities.

• Please note that we may ask selected members and supporters to play ‘devil’s advocate’. Hopefully, this’ll help sharpen the debating skills of all involved!

• Finally, it should be remembered that all of the views expressed in Have Your Say! are personal and should not be taken to be the official view of the NLP itself.

Our latest debate asks one simple question. In the wake of the terrible Manchester bombing, what should our response be?

To share your views, simply look out for this article on the National Liberals facebook site and have your say in the comments section.

• THIS ARTICLE should be read in conjunction with the following:

President Trump, The Death Penalty, The EU Referendum & International Women’s Day – What Do They All Have In Common?

National Liberal Debate 21 – Running Scared Of Religious ‘Child Abusers’

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