The Free Society and the Institute of Economic Affairs present: The battle against Big Government – join the debate!
The emergence of a Conservative-Liberal coalition government might now provide the opportunity for a politics based around individual freedom and responsibility, rather than government diktat. The new Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister use the language of liberty, but will they have the guts and determination to actually put Big Government into reverse gear?
The case for freedom was often ignored by the previous administration. This series of debates is an important contribution to ensuring that the new government listens rather more closely.
The Conservatives say they are going to tackle Big Government while the deputy prime minister, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, says he wants to ‘transform our politics so the state has far less control over you, and you have far more control over the state’. The Queen's Speech even contains plans a Freedom (Great Repeal) Bill designed to roll back years of unnecessary state interference.
This first debate will provide an opportunity to ask the question – what laws would YOU like to see reformed, amended or completely repealed? Come and join the debate.
Chaired by Mark Littlewood (director-general, Institute of Economic Affairs), speakers include Professor Philip Booth (Institute of Economic Affairs), Guy Herbert (general secretary, NO2ID), Shane Frith (director, classical liberal think tank Progressive Vision), author and historian Chris Snowdon, and Simon Clark (director, smokers' lobby group Forest).
The event will start at 6.00pm, with the debate taking place from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.
RSVP (acceptances only) to The Free Society or phone 01223 370156.
The reception is supported by Boisdale of Belgravia.