The panel is a public roundtable and is intended to address democracy in modern Britain. The speakers will be Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party; Robin McAlpine, Director of Commonweal; Dr. John Rees, co-founder of the ‘Stop the War’ coalition and Bath for Europe’s Ian Bartle, PhD.The panel will be chaired by Professor Laura Stewart and is part of a wider conference at Bath Spa University. It will take place at BRLSI in Queen Square, Bath, from 18:45 – 20:15 on Wednesday the 6th June. Tickets are £5 – book here or on the door.The roundtable is intended to address the following topics:
- Can a referendum result meaningfully represent ‘the will of the people’?
- How do we make informed political choices?
- Can a referendum ever be ‘undemocratic’?
- Should referendum results bind elected governments?
- Do referendums mean ‘normal’ politics is failing?
- Would more participatory politics give us ‘weak and unstable government’?Each panellist will speak for 10 minutes. The moderator will then open up the floor for discussion.