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Democracy In Crisis, with Peter Geoghegan, Neal Lawson & Klina Jordan

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Democracy in the UK only runs skin deep. The various crises that the UK has faced over the past few years has called into question the very functioning of how our society is governed. Does our democratic system give us the ability to be able to be governed fairly while being reactive to future crises?

This live stream will take aim at our democratic system itself, discussing how our democracy functions - and how it is funded. Featuring Peter Geoghegan, the award-winning investigative journalist from openDemocracy and author of Democracy for Sale, Neal Lawson, Director of think tank Compass, and a representative from Make Votes Matter, the cross-party campaign to introduce proportional representation.


Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer, broadcaster and investigations editor at the award-winning news website openDemocracy. He led openDemocracy‘s investigations into dark money in British politics that were nominated for a 2019 British Journalism award and the Paul Foot award. His most recent book, Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics, was published in August 2020 by Head of Zeus.


Neal Lawson is Chair of the pressure group Compass and has written many pamphlets for the organisation on the themes of democracy and equality. He is author of All Consuming and was co-editor of The Progressive Century.


Klina is a lifelong meliorist and Co-Chief Executive of Make Votes Matter. She has diverse expertise from a 20+ year career including events, marketing, business development, management and sustainable enterprise. Klina leads the Alliance, which includes seven parliamentary parties, many organisations and public figures. She is also the chairperson, primary speaker, and oversees much of the campaign, working to weave it into a coherent whole. Her passion is devising creative actions for equal votes and she loves dancing.

Klina focuses on electoral reform because she knows that without equal votes we can't take effective action on urgent environmental and social issues. She believes we can win real democracy soon if we collaborate, so she encourages people to take hope and action.

Part of our 2021 festival strand

Putting Citizens in the Lead