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.
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: