A Rebel Alliance – A New Hope?

Progressive Alliance

Progressive Alliance

Friday 6th January, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

This Friday Room open meeting will discuss the idea of the Progressive Alliance, which is supported by the Green Party Leadership, the Labour leaning pressure group, Compass, and many Liberal Democrats and SNP politicians, but not by any means all senior or grass roots activists from those parties.

Is a progressive alliance a good idea? What do its proponents hope to achieve; why are detractors so vocal in their opposition? And what should progressive activists in the constituencies do?

Is there hope for a progressive majority at the 2020 (or sooner) general election?  Or do we need a new hope?





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200 years of stuggle: a History of the British Left. Talks by Ray Sutton

200 yrs of struggle
The establishment

History of Art

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Meetings in 2017

We plan to have a discussion meetings on the first Friday of the month:

6th Jan: “Towards a Progressive Alliance”

3rd Feb: Discussion of 2016 Reith lectures “Mistaken Identities”

3rd Mar: TBA

The rest of the year TBA.

These meetings will held in Unity House at 7:30pm

There is closed facebook group: “Friday Room progressive discussion group Loughborough” where there is some discussion of topics of interest. It is easy to join if you do facebook, just ask at one of our discussions.

Otherwise we do occasionally meet informally to discuss plans, which is usually announced here.

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The Limits To Growth. What has happened since 1972?

Limits to Growth coverFriday 2nd December, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Discussion to be introduced by Amanda Ure
The Club Of Rome produced its report ‘The Limits To Growth’ in 1972. What
conclusions can be drawn concerning its content and methods in the light of
developments over the intervening four decades?

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What’s next?

There will not be a meeting this Friday Nov 4th.

The next meeting is planned for Dec 2nd on the topic of Limits to Growth.

The process of planning Friday Room meetings has gone a bit wonky but there is a newly formed Friday Room progressive discussion group loughborough Facebook group.

I am hoping that Friday Room participants will sieze ownership and control from its current (rather fallable) dictatorship.

It is a closed group so you will need an ok from any of the 37 current members.

There is a view that meetings should be organised for the first Friday of the month.

I think it would also be a good idea to have intermediate informal meetings in the Swan to have a bit of chat and to include the technological refusniks in the planning process.

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‘A Very British Coup’?

A very british coupFriday 7th October, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Discussion to be introduced by Liz Gray from Leicester, a Labour Party member, Quaker and Corbyn supporter

It’s 2020.  Jeremy Corbyn has swept to power as Prime Minister heading a Labour government committed to a radical socialist programme.  What obstacles might he face from the establishment and how might he and his supporters overcome them?

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Sonja’s event at the New Walks Museum

On  8th October, Sonja Grossner is featuring at New Walk museum, Leicester as part of Everybody’s Reading festival.

Sonja writes: “…. with the play and poems about my book as well as other things, music, workshops, poems. Lots happening.  The play is about the first part of my book, ‘ The Troubles to Greet Beauty’. For me will be quite emotional. Hope you can come. Play is on at 11, 12, 2.30 and 3.30. I have a slot at 11.15 right after the play and will most probably be playing my violin, gypsy tunes and Bartok duets.

Everybody’s Reading is a festival of all things reading, taking place across Leicester city in schools, libraries and venues, ranging from bars, cafes, pubs, and coffee shops.

Everybody’s Reading is dedicated to encouraging every person in Leicester to hear spoken word artists, poets, authors and community writers in their local community venues and offers funding to help make this happen. With a large variety of genres catered to, it is guaranteed there is something for everyone to enjoy from anywhere in the city.

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