Brexit: the Spark that Fired Populism?
Nick Cohen, Maurice Glasman, Gina Miller, Melanie Phillips
Chair: Harry Mount
Brexit is the most divisive issue in a generation; it unleashed a rise in populism, and exposed the fault lines of a nation divided by wealth, geography and class. Will Brexit send us hurtling towards disaster or will it set the nation’s spirit free? Are Britain’s Jews likely to fare better or worse outside the EU? Our expert panel, drawn from the pro- and anti-Brexit camps, attempted to bring light to this most heated of subjects.
In association with the Jewish Quarterly
Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer. He does occasional pieces for many other publications, including Standpoint and New Humanist. What’s Left? the story of how the liberal-Left of the 20th century ended up supporting the far Right of the 21st was published in 2007. His latest book, You Can’t Read This Book was published in 2013.
Maurice Glasman was born in Walthamstow in 1961 and went to Clapton Jewish Day School and JFS Comprehensive School. He is the author of Unnecessary Suffering and one of the founding members of Blue Labour, a movement equally inspired by the Bund and Catholic Social Thought. He is a Labour Peer and actively campaigned for Brexit on the basis that he didn’t quite fancy being ruled by the Germans again.
Gina Miller is the Co-Founder of SCM Direct, Transparency Campaigner and Philanthropist. Her expertise and areas of work cover investments, charities, democracy and political processes; as well as social justice. In 2012 Gina launched the True and Fair Campaign, calling for an end to rip offs and dubious practices in the UK investment and pension industry. Gina’s campaigning has resulted in contributions to three EU Directives – MiFID II, PRIPS and The Shareholder Directive. In 2016, Gina successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court in what is hailed as the most important British constitutional case for 200 years. Gina recently published her first book, Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way.
Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, broadcaster and author, best known for her column about political and social issues, which is currently appearing in The Times and her regular radio appearances on The Moral Maze. She also has a weekly radio show on Voice of Israel. A past recipient of the Orwell Prize for Journalism, she is the author of many works of nonfiction, the most recent of which is Guardian Angel: My Story, My Britain
Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie and the author of eight books. He was a leader writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph and is a former barrister.