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Alistair Darling at the RSA

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The Chancellor spoke to a packed Benjamin Franklin room here yesterday.

You can download the mp3 of his lecture, Peter Riddell's response and the Q&A (13 MB) from our lectures audio page.

Meanwhile, Benedict Brogan and Peter Riddell are (as always) worth reading. They both see it as a significant moment in Mr Darling's time at the Exchequer.

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  • The picture of a terrorist drawn in the lecture 16 Jan was of a person better educated and probably better off economically than the group which the potential terrorist deems to be disadvantaged and for whose benefit acts of terrorism are committed. The act of terror is a political act to attempt in some way to remedy the defect. The Red Brigade and South and Central American groups would fall into that category, Al Quaeda too, with a religous complication. On Tuesday Alistair Darling said that it was the disadvantage he had seen around him which spurred him on, it was said that the same applied to Dennis Healwey and it would too to Gordon Brown as it did to Keith Joseph and Harold Macmillan.
    Why did they all take the more civilised route, ballot box not bombs? In many places that option might not have been easy but that hardly explains Bader-Meinhof.

  • I was soooo pleased to hear Alistair Darling. Thank You, Matthew, for giving me a chance to voice my offer to contribute to 'cultural change' at the Exchequer by letting him have copies of the latest book by Dr. Yunus "Creating a World without Poverty - Social Business and the Future of Capitalism".

    See http://www.grameenfoundation.o...

    Since Dr. Yunus criticises our institutions for having failed us, I wonder whether this Chancellor will deliver his good intentions because he might mean what he said...

    In our view, it is necessary to go to the roots of the 'cash crunch' that has been happening for some 30 years. The 'credit crunch' is only the dot on the i.

    More about our view on the role of the Treasury in the 21st Century on

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