The Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash

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Our new times require new thinking. The Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash is the first large-scale event to offer organisations and individuals the chance to take part in crucial debates about the United Kingdom’s future and the populist insurgencies that are sweeping western democracies.

Don’t miss this vital conversation. Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2p3OLba

Programme

Keynote speakers: Gina Miller, Akala, Ian McEwan, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Clegg, Caroline Criado-Perez, Michael Gove, Sindhu Vee and Raoul Martinez.

**Broken politics: Is UK politics in terminal decline, or is renewal now a serious possibility?**

With Anushka Asthana, Alastair Campbell, Kwasi Kwarteng, Anand Menon and Lisa Nandy. Chair: Jonathan Freedland.

**Will Europe make it? Between the French and German elections, Europe holds its
breath. Renewal and disintegration are both possible. What does each mean for the UK?**

With Richard Corbett, Charles Grant, Denisa Kostovicova, Frédéric Martel and Louise Rowntree. Chair: Will Hutton.

**The Populist surge in the West: Will liberal democracy successfully fight back?**

With Ian Dunt, Paul Mason and Harriet Sergeant. Chair: Afua Hirsch.

**The Economy: the debate that affects all our futures No subject is more hotly disputed than the British economy under a hard Brexit.**

With Alice Enders, Will Hutton, Ann Pettifor and John Mills. Chair: Anatole Kaletsky.

**Media in the post-truth world: How does the media hold governments to account in the
world of post-truth politics, where leaders Tweet their version of the facts direct to their supporters?**

With David Elstein, Alan Rusbridger, Sonia Sodha and Damian Tambini.

**Bully Britain: Hate crime has doubled since the referendum. Racist and sexist abuse are common online. What has happened to us?**

With Caroline Criado-Perez, Viv Groskop, Sunder Katwala, Poppy Noor. Chair: Mary Fitzgerald.

**Questions from the Convention audience**
Chaired by Andrew Rawnsley of the Observer, with Douglas Carswell, Stephen Dorrell, Rachel Johnson, Frances O’Grady, Eliza Manningham-Buller.

**The psychology of hope, resilience and defeat: The collision of politics and personality: in a polarised world many feel rejected and depressed. How do they learn hope
and resilience?**
With Anthony Barnett, Eric Kaufmann, Frances Stonor Saunders and Jay Watts.

** Food is political: Food is personal but should be political. Our current food
system is in crisis – it damages our health and our planet,but there is a dearth of leadership. Does Brexit create the moment to pass a much-needed Food Act?**
With Rosie Boycott, Kath Dalmeny and Anna Taylor.

**Without science there is only fiction: Science is one victim of the post-truth world. With politicians airily dismissing empirical evidence, scientists fight back.

With Mike Galsworthy.

**Break-up of the UK: a discussion**
With Jim Gallagher, Mary Lou McDonald, Vonny Moyes and Fintan O’Toole. Chair: Anthony Barnett.

**The Future of the NHS: The nation’s favourite institution is already in crisis. Will Brexit add to the NHS’s financial problems and staff shortages?**
With Denis Campbell, Rachel Clarke, Martin McKee and Joan Laplana.

**Citizenship and Immigration: What does the divide between the “somewheres” and the “anywheres” mean for British and European citizenship?**

With David Goodhart, Helena Kennedy, Philippe Legrain, Sashy Nathan and Sayeeda Warsi.

**English Nationalism: A discussion**

With Anthony Barnett, Suzanne Moore, Nick Pearce, Robert Toombs and Alex von Tunzelmann.

**How do we reconnect people with their politics?:If democracy is to flourish in the 21st century, an answer to this question must be found as a matter of urgency.**

With Mete Coban, Amina Gichinga, John Harris, Paul Hilder, Bess Mayhew and Eloise Todd.

**How do we reconnect people with their politics? If democracy is to flourish in the 21st century, an answer to this question must be found as a matter of urgency.**
With Mete Coban, Amina Gichinga, John Harris, Paul Hilder, Bess Mayhew and Eloise Todd.

Brexit means much more than finding new trading partners and taking back control of borders and Parliament; hate crime and intolerance have surged; millions of foreign workers feel unwanted and insecure; and, far from bringing about an expansive, outward looking nation, the country’s horizons and attitudes seem to have narrowed and hardened since the vote.

To hold the debate that the Government refuses to allow is good in itself, but to come together with one message and to reassert the open, progressive and democratic values in this new era is a higher goal.

We hope you will join us this week http://www.theconvention.co.uk/

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