From sexual preference to diversity and criticism of racial prejudice, we see ourselves as more open and progressive than previous eras. Yet, many proudly refuse to be friends with people they disagree with. 17% of Americans admit they have cut off a family member who voted for Trump. 20% of British relationship counsellors cite Brexit as the top cause of relationship breakdown.

Are these understandable consequences of a deeply divided society? Are we right to be intolerant of views and political outlooks that we find repugnant? 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 and international news correspondent Myriam Francois debate the future of tolerance.

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