Friday 22nd May, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough
Ray Sutton will introduce the discussion with a survey of what is being talked about in the newspapers.
Can the Labour Party reinvent itself? Will the Lib Dems arise from the ashes? Has electoral reform come back on the agenda?
Can there ever be an alliance of progressive that could stand together in the face of the sort of relentless scaremongering campaign we have just fallen victim of?
Themes that have come up before in the Friday Room are still relevant:
Reframing the issues, for example, “The 99% versus the 1%” where “the 1% rule for the benefit of the 1%” and “Economic rules are controlled by the 1% to be in their favour”. This may be more acceptable for many because the words are simple and carry no baggage.
The 99% are developing a voice in the shape of the social media and online campaigns, such as 38 degrees. So far this voice is ephemeral and sometimes childish. Can this voice evolve to the point that it can challenge the 1%?
There are also economic developments like Crowd sourcing and peer to peer lending that enables economic action without depending on the 1%. This continues a rich history of the mutual societies and cooperatives.
Consumerism is an ideology that is counter to the values of compassion and respect, central to any vision of a better society and a foundation of all the great faiths. It is also addictive.