The Next Leeds Salon:

Rise of the Busybody State

Date & Time: Wednesday 12 April, 7pm start to 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Room 1

Speaker: Josie Appleton (Manifesto Club)

Respondents: Adam Crawford (University of Leeds) & Paul Wetherly (Leeds Beckett University)

In recent years, there has been a widely recognised rise of ‘busybodies’ in public spaces: private security guards or council officials who approach somebody busking or skateboarding and ask them to move on. There has also been a growth of ‘pointless rules’, from outdoor smoking bans to mandatory reporting of innocuous playground incidents. In a new book, Officious: Rise of the Busybody State, Josie Appleton argues that the new officials and regulations represent a new logic of state organisation and a change in the relationship between citizens and state. The target of this officiousness is spontaneous public life, in which state regulations represent the restriction of freedom as an end in itself - and defined against the citizenry as a problem to be managed. So how do we explain the rise of the ‘busybody state’?

Josie will introduce her book followed by questions and comments from our critical panel, before discussion is opened up to the audience. Read more...


Forthcoming Salons:

Thursday 11 May we will be asking: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Thursday 15 June, BPAS Chief Executive, Ann Furedi, on the 'Moral Case for Abortion'.


Other Leeds Salon News:

Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition

In January and February we held the three qualifying rounds for the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 School Debating Competition 2017, now in its fourth year. Abbey Grange Academy, Allerton High School and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High have made it through the final, to be held at the HEART centre on Wednesday 22 March, where they will be joined by Mount St Mary’s Catholic High, the winners of The Tetley competition for south and central Leeds schools. For details…

This year's competition is sponsored by leading law firm Switalskis Solicitors. Our Prize Sponsors are 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...


Jordans Wakefield Sixth Form Debating Competition 2016

Outwood Grange AcademyCongratulations to Outwood Grange Academy for winning the the final of the sixth, annual Jordans Wakefield Sixth Form Debating Competition.

Jordans Solicitors, for the second year running, invited Leeds Salon to help them run and develop their sixth form debaitng competition for schools in the Wakefield area.

Two qualifying rounds were held on on 17th and 20th of October, and two schools from each round went through to the final on Tuesday 6 December at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Edward DunbavinThis year, Jordans Final was also the Wakefield Qualifying Roud of the national Debating Matters competition, and Outwood Grange not only win Jordans trophy, but a place in the Yorkshire Regional Final of Debating Matters to be held in the spring.

Congratulations also to Edward Dunbavin
of Outwood Grange Academy for being nominated 'Best Individual' by the judges for both his perfomance as a panellist and asking lots fo good questions from the floor.




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