From sexual preference to diversity and criticism of racial prejudice, we see ourselves as more open and progressive than previous eras. Yet at the same time we are quicker to judge than ever. From a pronoun to a joke, a single breach of the currently accepted norm - on Twitter or in person - is enough to be ostracised. Leading politicians declare with pride their refusal to be friends with whom they disagree.

Is a decline in tolerance the correct response to views and political outlooks that are repugnant? Or alternatively the understandable consequence of a deeply divided society? Or is tolerance an essential and vital part of a civilised culture and something we have to retain at all costs?

Columnist and free schools advocate Toby Young, international news correspondent Myriam Francois, and political journalist David Aaronovitch debate the future of tolerance.

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