With so much happening in politics at the moment we discussed what's important to everyone and why we should be talking about it.
At our December meeting new members were in the majority. We took the opportunity for share what motivated us to come out on a December evening to talk politics (and have a drink). It was a diverse bunch and it was no surprise the discussion covered a lot of ground and we plan to go back to look a little deeper into the topics raised. What we have in common is a belief the current politics isn’t working for the individual or society and that this country deserves better. There is a strong feeling that change will only happen from the ground up and that respect for diverse ideas is what matters.
The theme for the January meeting is ‘Authority’ which may well divert into localism and personal autonomy. The plan is for an hour or so of discussion as a single group with members then breaking up into informal groups to continue the discussion for the second half. At the end we will agree the topic for the February meeting.
We are growing!
We are expanding our activities via regional Politics in Pubs groups and have created a map where you can search for a group near you. If you live near Salisbury or Northampton we have members who wants to start new groups in those towns, so please let us know if this of interest.
Don’t worry if you can’t find anything nearby as you can start your own group. If you would like to be put in touch with other people interested in talking about politics, please reply to this email letting us know your location and we’ll help to get the conversation started.
We have also started to grow our network with other free speech groups who have a similar interest in open discussion and debate. If you have such a group and want to appear on our map please get in touch.