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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 6 February 7:00pm start

Tuesday 6th Feb: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

We'll discuss a couple of topical issues in the news

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Swearing in public

Incivility: are official rules the answer?

January 2018

Josie Appleton and others will open a discussion on the rise of the tick-box, tut, tut state and the threat it poses to civil society

The busybody state is a concept that begins from people’s everyday experience encountering the new official in public spaces. This everyday experience is embodied in a genre of YouTube videos in which cyclists, photographers or buskers are shown locked in a dispute with a badged official who is seeking to prevent them from continuing with their activity. The busybody’s intervention appears as unnecessary and unreasonable; the busker’s recalcitrant response as a defence of the essential legitimacy of free public action.



Some background readings

The Rise of Incivility and What To Do About It by Ray Williams, Psychology Today, 21 October 2016

You may call me a monster – but I'm glad that girl's lemonade stall got shut down, by Duncan Hothersall, New Statesman 21 July 2017


Venue and Time

Cross Street Chapel

In the main hall of Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL. If you're familiar with the area, it's diagonally opposite the Royal Exchange Stage Door.

Please arrive around 6:30pm for a prompt 6:45pm start - expected to finish before 8:30pm. Tickets are £5 (£4 concessions) payable in advance, and should be booked online via Eventbrite, by clicking on this  link or by Emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This discussion, including audience comments, will be filmed and made available online as a reference resource.

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