Welcome...

The Gladstone Club is a forum which welcomes all those who wish to engage in political discussion and question the ideas and policies of the day. We are radical in the sense that we wish to penetrate the ‘roots’ of issues without the ties of party loyalty and political correctness. Members are drawn from across the political spectrum and are of all ages.

 
Forthcoming events...
Date:

3rd October 2016

Subject:

The American Presidential Election

Speaker: Andrew Samtoy
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details:
Two nations divided by a common language?  It goes beyond language - think cricket and baseball, soccer and superbowl, parliamentary and constitutional democracy.

If you're confused by what is going on in the American election, you're not alone - and not just how a complete political novice got the Republican nomination.  The entire system of nominating candidates and then electing them is foreign to Britain and confusing even for many Americans.  Why does each state hold ‘primary’ elections months before the national one?  What happened at the conventions?  How can Republicans oppose Trump but still hope to win their local elections?  How is the Senate different from the House of Representatives?  What is the Electoral College, why does it exist and how it works?  How the big economically critical states of Texas, California and New York may not matter - while Franklin County and Cuyahoga in Ohio could determine the election?

We have an American to help.  Andrew Samtoy has worked in politics, law, and media over the last twenty years, including a stint for Bill and Hillary Clinton's top advisor and pollster, Mark Penn.  He will explain what we will see on November 8th including how to tally votes, why you should pay attention to Florida and Colorado but not Massachusetts or the Carolinas and how America works. Or doesn't!
   
 
 
Recent events...
Date:

16th May 2016

Subject:

The EU Debate

Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details: No thinking person can be undivided. Accordingly we propose an open forum discussion in which, knowing you a little, we can expect a diverse, informed and full expression of views.

We look forward to seeing you and in the meantime will be pondering some questions:
Would leaving be Roussovian emancipation or adolescent strop?
Is it a red pill blue pill sort or question?
Or more strudel versus cheesecake?
Is it more political or economic? If so, in whose interest?
Is it self evidently better to embrace a larger unity?
Even if that unit excludes an even larger one? (eg. 30% tariff barrier on wine imports from outside)
Can a thing be right if it is not right for everyone? (eg. free movement)
To begin to see what you are do you have to come out of what you are not?
Is it ever right to walk out on your friends?
Is Brexit like Jenga?
 
 
Date:

15th February 2016

Subject:

Housing crisis? Immigration? Deficit? There is an answer.

Speaker: Andrew Purves
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm
Details: How could a small island absorb mass immigration, maintain high levels of public services, housing and investment, low taxes, sustained growth and a budget surplus?

Entrepreneur, developer and economist, Andrew Purves has studied the economic and public revenue system of his native Hong Kong. Most HK residents do not appreciate the merits of a system that achieves all the goals of an advanced economy without a windfall of oil natural resource wealth.

For details about Andrew’s book, ‘NO DEBT, HIGH GROWTH, LOW TAX: Hong Kong’s Economic Miracle Explained’ please see link: http://www.shepheard-walwyn.co.uk/authors/andrew-purves/
 
 
Date:

23rd November 2015

Subject:

Refugees and the Movement of Labour

Speaker: Clare Short
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Details: Labour is in the spotlight on Syria. Milliband blocked strikes in 2013 - cynical politicking according to Nick Clegg at the time - but Blair’s 2003 Iraq invasion is now regarded as having spawned Isis. Both his ministers with foreign portfolios resigned, Robin Cook from the Foreign Office and Clare Short from International Development. Corbyn wants out of Nato but is not a pacifist, says Maria Eagle, shadow Defence Secretary.

Clare Short resigned the whip in 2006 after 23 years as a Labour MP calling the leadership “error-prone”. Which way for Labour now? Her verdict tonight.
 
 
Date:

5th October 2015

Subject:

Political Leadership

Speaker: Dr Anthony Seldon
Venue: National Liberal Club
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Details: All parties will enter the next election under new leaders – with the possible exception of UKIP! The summer saw Mr Corbyn’s election signal a major realignment of the political landscape and Mr Farron’s speech on Wednesday won wide plaudits for his emerging leadership qualities. Eminent political biographer Sir Anthony Seldon will consider the subject of political leadership and the challenges ahead. Dr Seldon’s biographies of Prime Ministers from Callaghan to Cameron are regarded as the authoritative first draft of recent history and we are delighted to have access to his extraordinary command of political history and penetrating psychological insights.
 
 
 
 
Reports
A Peelite Coalition?
Balanced budgets, employment & growth
Barack Obama
Breakdown of the Family
Drugs, the Underclass
Electoral reform. AV Referendum
France & Britain: Our Culture
Freedom Under the Common Law
International Aid and the 2004 Tsunami
Land Values
Left/Right Politics
Lords Reform
Money as Debt
People Power Across the Arab World
Political Correctness
Public Revenue & Taxation
Renegade Economics
Talking to Terrorists
The 2010’s a mid-term review: Sir Anthony Seldon
The Battle of the Economists
Too many laws
Vince Cable & the Economic Crisis
Words Words Words
 
Links
National Liberal Club
Tim Farron Speech at Gladstone Club Transcript
 
Gladstone Club on R4

Michael Crick interviews the Gladstone Club. Click play below to listen online.

 
PODCAST: Liberal Democrat Voice

AV referendum debate at Gladstone Club. Listen now.

 
 

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