Christopher Hitchens v Tony Blair: the video

Watch the atheist writer and the former prime minister clash over religion in Toronto.

The full debate between Christopher Hitchens (whom I interviewed iin summer this year) and Tony Blair is now available to watch online. The pair debated whether religion was a force for good in the world.

In a vote after the debate, 68 per cent of the audience sided with Hitchens and 32 per cent with Blair. Now you've got a chance to make your own mind up.

Christopher Hitchens: opening statement

Tony Blair: opening statement

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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