26th November 2010
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UPDATE: Result of debate – The Nays have it, BIG overall. The 21% undecideds went more for Hitch. Actually 52% of them went for Hitchens, and 48% for Blair. (see here):
PRO: 22% CON:57%
PRO: 32% CON: 68%
MUNK DEBATE – HITCHENS Vs BLAIR
If you reckon it’s worth C$5/GBP3 – go here and sign up to the Munk Debate website. But don’t hang about. It starts in less than an hour’s time. (Tonight, Friday 26th November, 7pm EST, midnight GMT.)
Or just tweet the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to watch Twitter stream of the Religion debate.
The Toronto Star has this picture and report on Tony Blair & Christopher Hitchens –
‘In a brief interview later, Hitchens told The Canadian Press that he is honoured to get the rare chance to debate Blair, who left office in 2007. But the prominent atheist wouldn’t reveal how he plans to argue his case this evening.
“Unless he comes up with a new argument for faith, in which case, that’s what everyone will remember … I doubt he’s going to be able to invent any,” Hitchens said.
Blair and Hitchens will debate in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,600 people and thousands more around the world who will watch online.’
There are more pictures below, courtesy of DayLife
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair peaks[sic] around a curtain before a photo call with author Christopher Hitchens pose ahead of their debate on religion set up by “Munk Debates” in Toronto, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA)
In the image below taken from video Sept. 7, 2010, author and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens speaks during an appearance in Birmingham, Ala. Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and he says his health won’t be affected by people praying either for his healing or his death. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Nice to see DayLife has two references to this blog here as I write, 23:15, 26th November.
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“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”
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