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Roundtable Discussion: 'Democracy, Neo-Liberalism and Britain's Centralised State' Part II

Join us for a panel discussion on the challenge posed by the centralised British state and the ideology of market dominance that holds it together.

Thursday, 9 December 2021 - 7:00pm
Contact
Email: info@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 020 7253 1485

This round-table session continues the discussion on the issue of how we can challenge the centralised British state and the ideology of market dominance that holds it together. In particular we will consider the future of the currently unelected second chamber in the struggle to democratise Britain.  

We will explore whether the nations of Wales and Scotland are able to assert their sovereignty without independence. And now that English regions are beginning to find a political voice through elected mayors, does this further expose the extreme centralism of the UK Government? If so, how can this awareness be used to deepen democratic change.  If regions are to demand greater powers how can working class influence be expressed through new political structures?

Could an elected second chamber help address the asymmetrical nature of Britain’s political structures given that England makes up 85% of the population of Britain and what does this mean for class politics across the UK?

Speakers: Katy Clark, MSP West of Scotland, Seán Griffin, author of Remaking the British State, Kevan Nelson, NW Regional Secretary Unison, Beth Winter, MP for Cynon Valley. Chaired by Pauline Bryan, Labour Peer.

There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and to contribute their own views to the discussion.

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