Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Préparation agrégation anglais civilisation britannique 35

Le Royaume-Uni à l'épreuve de la crise 1970-1979

Two ministers debate whether Britain should stay in the European Economic Community.

Let us stay with the question of the EEC for the moment, because it was a very important question in the 1970s, and the recent referendum in 2016 has brought the question into debate again.

In this video you have the extraordinary sight of two ministers in the same government arguing on different sides in the referendum campaign. Left-winger Tony Benn argues that the EEC is not good for ordinary people and for democracy. Labour right-winger Roy Jenkins (who will leave th Labour party in the early 1980s to form the short-lived Social Democratic Party) argues that modernity and international trade demand tighter European integration

Here is the video


See if you can list the arguments used by each side. Note that in the 1970s debate, unlike the 2016 one, imigration did not take centre stage.

If you convert the youtube video into an MP3 file with some online tool, you can listen to it while painting your bathroom or sweeping away the Autumn leaves in the courtyard.

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