Politics, Greed and Authenticity

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Politics often leads to insincerity and at the worst corruption. We have prided ourselves in the UK that we have one of the least corrupt and more sincere political systems in the world. But are we fooling ourselves?

Recent years has undermined our faith in the formal political system. We see politicians as people wearing a mask rather than as authentic individuals and then of course there was the expenses scandal raising questions over what really motivates many politicians.

The expenses scandal is over but has anything really changed after the initial storm?

Is it possible to have a political system where authenticity is valued and where politicians are motivated by ideals rather than power or greed? To help us on this discussion we have two really great speakers who have been in the centre of this debate.

Henry Gewanter is a Public relations consultant who helped pass on details of MPs' expenses to the Daily Telegraph and has said it was done for the public good

Henry told the BBC's Newsnight he was "extremely proud" of his actions.he says,

‘I am an American. I was brought up there and I believe that a free Press is the most important and the only defense of our personal freedoms, our liberty and democracy. ‘This Government has been systematically cutting back on our freedoms, our liberty and democracy for some years. That is why I have done it. Also speaking is

Charlie Beckett is director of Polis, in the department of media and communications at the London School of Economics. He has 20 years of experience with LWT, BBC and ITN’s Channel 4 News. He broadcasts and writes regularly on media and political affairs and is the author of SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World (Blackwell, 2008). He teaches at the LSE and LCC. He tweets at @charliebeckett. He publishes a blog and you can read his article - “Political communication in the age of austerity: Unless you can claim genuine authenticity – like UKIP’s Nigel Farage – then you will struggle to convince.”

You can read it here

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  • Derek G.

    Very good !

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Henry G.

    I enjoyed it - although not sure what the audience thought!

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Andria

      I am of a generation that were made to feel that it is our duty to vote, and that has kept me taking the short trip to the Polling booth no matter what, but even I have now begun to wonder what the point is: Very Sad. There are long and in depth discussions amongst OCCUPYers and allies about whether we vote at all, and what the point is. Ultimately, I think while we have the right to vote, personally I think we really need to use it...That is not to say that i truly believe that any party can separate itself truly from big business, the corporatocracy and so on BUT maybe, we just need to continue to make those corps more socially conscious.. I often feel we need outright revolution but where would I find a ten month long babysitter!?

      1 · July 26, 2013

    • Mika

      Hi Andria,

      July 27, 2013

  • Elena

    Some really interesting insights. Thank you very much.

    2 · July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentations and meeting.

    2 · July 25, 2013

  • Derek G.

    Very good !

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting and challenging coverage of the subject matter albeit rather quietly at times. We chaired to keep Q&A on track. More territory to still to cover. Thanks Francis.

    July 24, 2013

  • Johan D.

    Apologies, I will not attend today.

    July 24, 2013

  • Paul W.

    Sorry, something else has come up and will not now be able to attend. Apologies.

    July 24, 2013

  • Ian M.

    Sorry but must cancel

    July 24, 2013

  • Ruby

    Sadly, unable to make it this evening. Sounds like it will be a fascinating discussion! Apologies :-(

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A thousand pardons, the dubious charms of Kuwait are still holding :)

    July 23, 2013

  • Henry G.

    @Andria: bring Millie along if you need to and sit in the front row - I'll try to perform a coin trick for her while I'm speaking! :-)
    Kind regards,
    Henry

    July 23, 2013

  • Andria

    Trying to find babysitter. I could bring Millie but she is five and I think she will get bored:-(

    July 22, 2013

  • Eugene

    Apologies, but I have to cancel.

    July 22, 2013

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