Economic Inequality is a Necessary Evil

The Debate Organisers with Jon Snow at Trinity College.

The Debate Organisers with Jon Snow at Trinity College.

“Economic inequality is a necessary evil” was the motion proposed for the 2015 Weidenfeld Debate.

Organised by a team of scholars led by Jessica Standish-White (MSc Economics for Development - Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld - South Africa)) and including Duja Michael (MSc Economics for Development - Weidenfeld-Hoffmann -Palestine), Shohini Sengupta (MSc Law & Finance - Louis Dreyfus Weidenfeld - India), Deepa Kurup (MSc Contemporary India - Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld - India) and Ida Githu (MSc Water Science Policy & Management - Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld - Kenya ) the debate attracted a capacity crowd of over eighty to Trinity College on 29 May.

Speaking for the motion was Josh Spero, editor of Spear’s Magazine, and high profile finance professional Andreas Wessemann; on the opposing side were economists Vicky Pryce and Alan Gray.

Journalist & broadcaster Jon Snow chaired what proved to be a highly stimulating debate, enlivened by excellent participation from the audience.

A vote at the close of the event revealed that those against the motion had won the day. After the debate, speakers and scholars continued to discuss the issues over a reception and dinner at Merton College.

Watch the debate highlights on the main Weidenfeld Debates page or on YouTube.