2010 Programme: The Battle for Politics

Saturday 20 March 2010, 09.30 AM until 6.00 PM, Goodenough College

A one day satellite conference of the Battle of Ideas festival: a pre-election public summit. Organised by the Institute of Ideas.

Venue: Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB.

Produced by: Dolan Cummings, convenor of the Battle for Politics and Claire Fox, director of the Institute of Ideas.

With: Dave Bowden, Joel Cohen, Timandra Harkness, Craig Fairnington, Patrick Hayes, Luke Gittos, Kevin Rooney, Geoff Kidder, Robin Walsh and Kirk Leech.

Tickets: Standard £20 waged/£15 concession; IoI members £15 waged/£10 concession; Goodenough College students/alumni £10. Tickets are available here…

Bookshop: A range of books on the themes of the conference and by speakers will be available thanks to Newham Bookshop.

Sessions: View sessions listing.

Party politics no longer seems to be about clear ideological differences, or indeed any kind of substantial debate reflecting competing visions for a better society. Nonetheless, many pressing issues remain unresolved. So though it might be tempting to write off mainstream politics as irrelevant, and to take a ‘none of the above’ position in the coming election, this can only feed the pervasive cynicism about the possibility of social change and progress. History has not gone on standby, but continues to throw up new challenges.

The institute of Ideas wants to take the opportunity of this election to re-enfranchise the electorate and put each candidate on the spot by asking them to declare where they stand on a range of key questions.  The summit will launch the IoI’s POLITICAL PLEDGE CARD and ask candidates in the 2010 UK general election if they are prepared to argue and campaign around issues of:

Saturday 20 March 2010
10.00am to 11.30am The Great Hall
Saturday 20 March 2010
11.45am to 12.45pm Churchill Room
Saturday 20 March 2010
11.45am to 12.45pm The Great Hall
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Saturday 20 March 2010
1.45pm to 3.00pm The Great Hall
Saturday 20 March 2010
3.15pm to 4.15pm Churchill Room
Saturday 20 March 2010
3.15pm to 4.15pm The Great Hall
Saturday 20 March 2010
4.30pm to 6.00pm The Great Hall

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Institute of Ideas