Tuesday 9 February 2010

Think-Tank Clash

Its not quite a battle of the bands but one of the more unusual political events of the election year takes place in Think-Tank Clash at the South Bank Centre tonight.

Think tanks from across the political spectrum go head-to-head to debate key political issues at this opening event in our Election 10 series, hosted by Rory Bremner. Based on the model of a sound-system clash, the leading minds of the UK's think tanks compete to impress the audience with the power of their ideas.

So I'll be taking on Reform over universal services and public spending cuts for the Fabians, with Mary Riddell as our star advocate; Phillip Blond takes on Progress over Red Toryism; I think Policy Exchange have a fixture with ippr, while a head-to-head between Matthew Taylor of the RSA and Demos' Richard Reeves could be entertaining, though think-tank watchers are sceptical about whether they will have been able to find anything they disagree on.

The event is the brainchild of New Deal of the Mind, who tweet here.

The all-ticket event has sold out the Purcell room. Should we come out alive, Next Left may report back overnight.

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