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My debate on Obama at the Cambridge Union

    Last night I took part in a Cambridge Union debate on the motion ‘This house would re-elect Obama’. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the crowd was highly in favour of the incumbent President. The motion passed by something like 320 to 50-odd (I can’t really remember the exact number). But given that even amongst UK “conservatives” President Obama polls circa 86%, it’s perhaps not as bad a result as it looks. *spin alert*

    I chose to focus on Obama’s economic record and his lack of leadership in this area, though unfortunately I didn’t have time to go into the crony capitalist aspects (see GM, green energy etc).

    Anyway, here’s the full video of [our team's self-flagellation] the debate (my speech starts at around 13 minutes until 24 minutes in, and then I make other points at 27 mins, 53 mins and 1hr 3mins): 

    Ryan joined the Centre for Policy Studies in January 2011, having previously worked for a year at the economic consultancy firm Frontier Economics.

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