What is Cleggism?
- 23rd September 2012, 08:00PM
- Surrey room 1, Hilton Metropole, Brighton
This event will coincide with the launch of a new Demos essay by Richard Reeves, former Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, which argues that Cleggism is, in essence, liberalism.
- Jeremy Browne MP - Minister of State, Home Office
- Richard Reeves - former Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP
- David Howarth - academic and former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge
- Phil Collins, columnist, The Times and Demos Chair of Trustees
- Jenni Russell, broadcaster and journalist (chair)
The panel will discuss Cleggism as proposed as a modernised version of the classical liberalism that inspired the creation of the party and informed its actions in government.
Reeves will argue that the Clegg creed is animated by a vision of powerful individuals with the capabilities and opportunities to lead good lives of their own design. When power, wealth, opportunity or knowledge are hoarded, freedom is curtailed for ordinary citizens. When barriers to advancement are put up, social mobility stalls. Cleggism is radical because it seeks to smash these power-hoards, and it is liberal because it does so onbehalf of individual men and women. It is fiercely liberal on social issues, and robustly liberal on the value of markets in the economy.
Cleggism represents an attempt to reinvent classical liberalism for the 21st century, and to return liberalism from the seminar rooms of academia to the corridors of government.
This event will be held on Sunday 23 September from 20:00-21:00 in Surrey Room 1, Hilton Metropole, Brighton.
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This event is held in partnership with CentreForum.