DetailsEquality of opportunity unites everyone from New Labour to Michael Howard's Tories. But what does it really mean? Is a level playing field possible in real life? And how to measure the costs of attempting it? Do equality before the law and universal human rights automatically imply equality of opportunity in other fields: education, work, politics, or love? If not, where does equality give way? And how far should equality of opportunity be a guiding principle of government policy? Speakers: Clive Crook, deputy editor at The Economist; David Laws, Liberal Democrat MP and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Matt Cavanagh, govt. advisor and author of Against Equality of Opportunity; and Mary Riddell, Observer columnist. Ted Wragg, professor of education, Exeter University, will be in the chair.