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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1 Storey's Gate, Westminster. SW1H 9NH London, London, United Kingdom

Cath Brown Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 13/05/2017 10:23
This has been very poorly marketed

Cath Brown Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 13/05/2017 10:23
Wish I'd bloody known about this sooner!

Jackie Ballard Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 13/05/2017 08:36
Is there live feed today?

Richard Anthony Cope Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/05/2017 16:38
Was there collusion/conspiracy between the various leave groups to get around spending limits? By divvying out the black arts bills between them?

Robert Ojah-Maharaj Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/05/2017 17:38
Am not affiliated to any party but the only way to stop this 'May Madness' is for All Young People who had NO say in Brexit to vote Liberal or Labour (carrying around a 'grudge' on tuition fees is 'backward thinking' we need to deal with the FUTURE now!
Chani Sanger
-- 11/05/2017 17:38
Trouble is a lot of us feel like it's pointless. We aren't taught about politics so when at 18 you're expected to vote it's either try to navigate the endless confusion of the party manifestos, do what your parents/grandparents say or just don't vote. We need to change the way we approach politics, we need to make it more engaging, more accessible and more enjoyable. That way we can appeal to the people who aren't voting, particularly the young.
Nasir Malik
-- 11/05/2017 17:38
Netherlands has spoken, France has spoke, Italy is coming back in the fold, no other EU member country is talking about leaving the EU. United we are strong within the EU or at least staying in or securing one market or be mad to go with mad May. Has any one listened to the latest News about growing German economy compare that with our BOE forecast, inflation going up deficit growing big, NHS on the brink of burst. The list is getting bigger by the day. Vote who ever you will but kick May out or we will all be out.

The Convention Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 08/05/2017 07:17
Join us at The Convention this Friday and Saturday to see a host of speakers- including Gina Miller; Nick Clegg, Ian McEwan, Alastair Campbell and many many more. £15 discount with code OBSERVERDISCOUNT www.theconvention.co.uk
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Alexandre Meder
-- 08/05/2017 07:17
See you there? Who is planing to go?
Alexandre Meder
-- 08/05/2017 07:17
However a second referendum from knowing what the consequences of Brexit actually would be very democratic dear.
Alexandre Meder
-- 08/05/2017 07:17
So we won't see you there then 😉
Alexandre Meder
-- 08/05/2017 07:17
One, as long as it is not based on lies and disinformation. For some reasons, English Politicians seems to find this quite challenging especially if their own interests are at stake. If you choose not to see this, that is also your right to do so but maybe there is a majority in England who might think differently and I guess time will tell.

Steve Fordham Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/05/2017 13:44
Is it licensed ?
The Convention
-- 05/05/2017 13:44
No, as it's in a Methodist Hall, there isn't an alcohol license.

Alastair Fraser Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 04/05/2017 14:24
I don't recognise all of those names. But it looks like this could be set up as part of Tony Blair's thing. Have you invited anyone from the Invoke Democracy group? Or the authors of The Current Moment blog? Or indeed Vote Leave or Labour Leave? If you want some breadth of debate, it strikes me you need to reach across the aisle.
Alastair Fraser
-- 04/05/2017 14:24
OK, I see Carswell and Gove are on the list. Not sure there are any non-right wing leavers, so still looks like a bit of a set-up to me, but I'll go I think. Anyone fancy it?
Charlie Farmer
-- 04/05/2017 14:24
LOL - I'm down.
Alastair Fraser
-- 04/05/2017 14:24
I've got a ticket for the Saturday - did you see the Observer discount code?
Charlie Farmer
-- 04/05/2017 14:24
whaaat - I have to pay for this?
Amannda Wilsonium
-- 04/05/2017 14:24
A Labour Leave business guy, John Mills was on a panel about the post brexit economic outlook

Tamara Dragadze Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 01/05/2017 10:45
Thinking about it...

Fiona Kumari Campbell Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/04/2017 13:26
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
The Convention
-- 29/04/2017 13:26
Fiona yes it is fully accessible - https://www.c-h-w.com/delegate/accessibility/

The Convention Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/04/2017 09:41
So pleased to announce that Akala and Jarvis Cocker will be joining us for a debate at the end of The Convention. Great to have them on board! If you haven't got your tickets yet, a £15 discount can be applied with code OBSERVERDISCOUNT at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-convention-tickets-32402527833 Join us for the Brexit event of the year! Convention Team
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Peter Cook
-- 28/04/2017 09:41
Strong and Stable https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/strong-stable-peter-cook

John Sullivan Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/04/2017 17:40
I am unable to be with at the convention in body, but I will be with you in spirit all the way . I am absolutely opposed to Brexit for a million reasons, and fear the behaviour of Theresa May, whose record of failures is plain for all to see. She left chaos in her wake in every service she touched as Home Secretary , don't believe me ask a policeman, prison , customs or immigration officer. I am 74 and unwell and Brexit will not affect me, so why was I given a vote, yet the 16 & 17 year olds whose whole lives will be affected by Brexit, were not given the right to vote.
Nasir Malik
-- 27/04/2017 17:40
Yes, I am 78, married to an Italian for over 54 years. My 3 daughters speak Italian and English mother-father tongue. My 4 grandchildren age 16, 14, 12, and 10 all triple linguists love Europe. If we leave EU they will be deprived of all the opportunities living and working all over and any where in Europe. They can not vote to decide for their future. We have no right to destroy their future and happiness. The olds should come to their senses and kick out Tories Brexiteers at the general election to safeguard the future of our young ones.
Patricia Jane Gerrie-Tompa
-- 27/04/2017 17:40
UK voters have been given a second opportunity! Vote them out at the General Election!

The Convention Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 25/04/2017 15:30
We are offering a £15 discount with code OBSERVERDISCOUNT available from this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-convention-tickets-32402527833 We hope to see you for 2 Days in May. The Convention Team
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The Convention
-- 25/04/2017 15:30
A full list of sessions is available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-convention-tickets-32402527833

Fiona McCormick Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 24/04/2017 19:11
I hope to go to this

Stuart D'Arch Smith Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 24/04/2017 15:06
Claire Marie Thomas will you be around?

Julia Peculiar Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 24/04/2017 10:26

The Activist's Calendar Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 23/04/2017 18:23
Hi I've added this to The Activist's Calendar. Please let us know about any future events and we'll share.

The Convention Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/04/2017 09:18
A full list of speakers for The Convention Event are now live. Who do you want to hear? http://www.theconvention.co.uk/speakers/ #brexit #thinkanew #debate
Sarah Jane Glass
-- 20/04/2017 09:18
All and any that will stand up against Brexit
Ines Held
-- 20/04/2017 09:18
May 12/13
Jane James
-- 20/04/2017 09:18
How about an unpaid carer, someone dependent on benefits, someone currently on a waiting list for NHS treatment...
The Convention
-- 20/04/2017 09:18
We are offering a £15 discount on tickets with code OBSERVERDISCOUNT available from our website.

The Convention Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/04/2017 09:46
We're offering a limited number of £5 tickets for unwaged/retired audience members, and £10 student tickets. Get them now before they sell out! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-convention-tickets-32402… Don't forget to keep up to date with our list of speakers at www.theconvention.co.uk The Convention Team
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Nick Hopkinson
-- 19/04/2017 09:46
Do try to participate in this event. See you there!
Catherine Reynolds
-- 19/04/2017 09:46
I would love to have gone to this but I am away in Greece

The Convention Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/03/2017 09:10
Our video announcing the Convention is up on our website and youtube- voiceover by Mariella Frostrup! Take a look and listen, and don't forget to buy your tickets before they sell out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2sT3PhUqdo https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-convention-tickets-32402527833 www.theconvention.co.uk

Sarah Gooda Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 26/03/2017 21:10
This looks interesting

Clare Mosley Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/02/2017 22:34
Definitely going. Will be v. Interesting.
The Convention
-- 28/02/2017 22:34
Limited tickets are available half price at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-convention-tickets-32402527833
Clare Mosley
-- 28/02/2017 22:34
Go it will be interesting
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