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The crisis of British democracy: who is taking control? The crisis of British democracy: who is taking control? – Tortoise

Tortoise ThinkIn – The crisis of British democracy: who is taking control?

Monday 9 September 2019

Duration: 6:30PM – 7:30PM

16-19 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DY

Status: Completed

In 2016, the Leave campaign won the EU referendum with the slogan: ‘Take Back Control’. But who’s in the driving seat now? Is it Boris Johnson, driving a coach and horses through constitutional convention in order to get his way? Has Jeremy Corbyn defied the odds to play a long game that is about to pay off? Or is true power really to be found in Parliament – or in the offices of shadowy advisers pulling the strings of the party leaders? 




Our special guests include:


Vernon Bogdanor, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Oxford and one of Britain’s foremost constitutional experts 


Fiona Hill, British political adviser and former joint Downing Street Chief of Staff to Theresa May 


Torsten Bell, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation 


Tabitha Morton, CEO, More United


Rafael Behr, Guardian columnist who was named Political Commentator of the Year in the 2014 Editorial Intelligence comment awards


Chair: Matt d’Ancona, Editor and Partner, Tortoise




What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?


A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. Modelled on what we call a ‘leader conference’ in the UK (or an editorial board in the US), it is a place where everyone has a seat at the table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It’s where, together, we sift through what we know to come to a clear, concise point of view. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.


Drinks from 6.00pm, starts promptly at 6.30pm. If you are late to a ThinkIn you can ‘SlinkIn’!


If you would like to contribute to this ThinkIn, let us know by emailing thinkin@tortoisemedia.com


We film our Thinkins so we can watch them back, edit the best bits and share them with members who weren’t there in person.


Members can find their ThinkIn booking code in My Tortoise, under My Membership.