JS Mill Society

The JS Mill Society was formed in 2001 by Head of Economics, Mark Wallace, with one clear objective – to encourage open debate on the social, political, economic and cultural issues facing Britain today.

In 1859 our Society’s namesake, philosopher John Stuart Mill, wrote his seminal work ‘On Liberty’ in which he staunchly defended the freedom of speech. More than 150 years on, Latymer’s JS Mill Society aims to uphold this belief by inviting high profile speakers from the word of politics, media, academia and business to give candid and insightful talks to our School community. Speeches are followed by a lively question and answer session.

In between debates led by invited speakers, our staff take the stand to discuss topics as diverse as Marxism, Machiavelli, Scottish independence, the future of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, Thatcherism, the role of the Trade Unions and the strengths and weaknesses of New Labour - to name but a few.

JS Mill Society key speakers have included:

Current/former Politicians:

Iain Duncan Smith

Theresa May

Vince Cable

Ben Bradshaw

Greg Hands

David Willets

Damian Green

Michael Gove

Ann Widdecombe

David Laws

Andrew Mitchell

Michael Meacher

Eric Forth

Graham Brady

Zac Goldsmith

Nigel Farage

George Galloway

Baroness Tonge

Lord Archer

Stephen Pound

Lord Falconer

Writers/Academics/Journalists:

Bill Emmott

Hugo Dixon

John Plender

Andrew Marr

Stephanie Flanders

Emily Maitlis

Anthony Giddens

Prof Danny Dorling

Prof Pritchard

Prof Willem Buiter

Misha Glenny 

Kate Andrews

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