18  Without Fear or Favour (Part 2)


Remind students about the meaning of the term ‘without fear or favour’: encouraging those with power and/or influence to behave with fairness as their top priority.

Remind them also about the ideas they discussed about ‘nepotism’, where people deliberately give their friends and relations an unfair advantage in gaining job opportunities or promotions.


Engage students in a role-playing activity, called, ‘Without fear or favour’.

Explain the scenario:

All the students are to play the part of people who have been working abroad for a few years and have not had access to news from home. They have now suddenly been recalled to Britain to help the effort to re-establish the nation as one of the great powers of the world. When they return they discover that the government has been taken over by a group known as the Nazbrits. They came to power in a military coup which resulted in the execution or imprisonment of most of the previously democratically elected government. Only members of the Nazbrit group are allowed to have positions of power or authority, so many ordinary people have joined them. To join, people only have to swear allegiance to the Supreme Leader of the Nazbrits, promise to pay their taxes and join in the annual celebration of ‘Liberation Day’ which commemorates the day the Nazbrits took control of parliament.

The Nazbrits blame the members of the old political parties in Britain for the downturn in Britain’s fortunes and for allowing too many immigrants into the country. They have begun to execute or imprison prominent members of those parties, and forbidden people to start up any opposition parties. They have taken control of the media and also begun a series of enforced ‘repatriations’ of immigrants, sending thousands of people ‘back where they came from’. In addition, public expressions of religion have been outlawed and religious buildings are being turned into museums, shops, factories or new housing estates.

Divide the students into teams and explain that, as newly returned citizens of the UK, with no easy way back out, they have to decide what to do. Encourage them to respond to such questions as:

After some discussion time, get some feedback from the groups and encourage an exchange of views and ideas.

Ask them to imagine that the Nazbrits are planning to ‘recapture’ the ancient British territories in France as a first step in reestablishing British power in the world.


Get some feedback on their ideas and plans and ask them to reflect on whether their ideas are consistent with the encouragement to act ‘without fear or favour’.

A printable (pdf) version of this session can be found here

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