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‘Wake Up, Politicians – The People are Revolting!’

Wake Up, Politicians – The People are Revolting!

Tuesday 2nd July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

The Conservative leadership election is now underway, against the background of declining popularity for both the UK’s main parties at the polls. In the European Parliamentary elections, voters gave them a drubbing and put the Brexit Party, portrayed by many commentators as a populist party, in the top slot. Is the problem one the established parties can tackle, or are their days numbered?

Politeia’s special event on Tuesday 2nd July will consider the concept of populism, its implications for democratic systems, and whether its message should or can be embraced by democratic parties. The panel will consider such questions as:

  • Populism – does it have only a pejorative sense?
  • Is there a failing in contemporary democratic political systems? If so how should it be addressed?
  • What does the pattern of changing political allegiances in the UK and the US imply for the future shape of democratic government?

Speaking will be:

  • The Rt Hon John Redwood, MP, Author, We Don’t Believe You – Why Populists Reject the Establishment.
  • Robert Tombs,Emeritus Professor of French History, University of Cambridge; Co-editor, Briefings for Brexit; Author, The English and Their History and co-author for Politeia, Triggering Article 50 – Courts, Government and Parliament.
  • Sarah Elliott, Chair, Republicans Overseas UK.
  • Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics, University of Kent; Co-author, National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy.

The event will take place on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 (12.30pm – 1.30pm) (preceded by a drinks reception). If you would like to attend, please respond to this e-mail by writing to with your name, position, phone number and organisation, and we shall put you on the list. If you would like to bring a guest, please let us have the name and contact details.