Let’s face it, the French are more clear-headed on certain issues than the English. On marriage, for a start. It’s not that they have anything against it – on the contrary, their discretion when taking a lover is intended to preserve the institution’s many virtues. But restrict all one’s sexual energies to just one person? Sacre bleu! “Si vous cherchez la fidelité, achetez un chien.” Or so our cousins across the Channel like to have it. But are they fooling themselves? Is it possible truly to love your wife on Sunday, if on Monday you’re sleeping with your mistress? Come and hear the arguments from the Canadian owner of a dating agency for married people, a best-selling Australian author, a Benedictine monk and comic talents from Iran and Britain as they debate just who is fooling whom. Be there (or, if you’re shy, stay at home with your spouse and watch the debate online.)
Tuesday June 14th, 2011
Doors open at 6pm. The debate starts at 6.45pm and finishes at 8.30pm.
VENUE: The Royal Geographical Society
Speakers for the motion
Canadian owner of Ashley Madison, an online dating agency for married people. Motto: “Life is short. Have an affair”.
Comedian and author whose writing credits include The Fast Show, Smack the Pony, Brass Eye, and South Park. Author of the comic memoir The Worst Date Ever.
Bestselling author of 10 novels including Mad Cows, How to Kill your Husband (and other Handy Household Hints), and To Love, Honour and Betray
Speakers against the motion
Iranian-American comedian and actor, and member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.
Columnist, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph
Dom Antony Sutch
Benedictine monk and former headmaster of Downside School