MP Focus Webinar - Andy Love

  • January 21, 2014 · 2:30 PM
  • Online Meeting

GlobalNet21 is planning to hold regular monthly webinars with decision makers - MPs, MEPs, and we hope Assemblymen and women, congressmen and senators from different countries. The topic of these webinars will be the state of democracy globally and what we need to do to recreate democracy to make it work for us all.

Andy Love MP has agreed to pilot the first of these webinars where he will be interviewed on the state of democracy in the UK and how it needs to change to reflect both local and global demands.

Those attending the webinar will be able to ask questions by text and even start a debate by text.

We hope that these webinars will become a regular feature where we engage politicians of many countries about what democracy means in the 21st century and how politicians can connect with people and communities in a more effective way.

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  • John W.

    I agree with these comments - I suppose an open forum will attract the disgruntled!

    January 23, 2014

  • Michael F.

    There were a number of insulting comments during the webinar. We can ignore them, but still they steal concentration and space. Maybe a moderator-assistant could filter insulting comments before they are displayed.
    This assistant could also sort related questions in groups (like on a pin board). This would make it easier for the attendees, the interviewer and the MP's to keep orientated among all the questions and comments. I do not know, if the system provides such a function. In case it doesn't we could suggest it.

    January 22, 2014

    • Francis S.

      And the insults were annoying. They seem to come from one person mainly. What was funny was that after about five minutes he said it was a waste of time, politicians were a load of whatever and said he was off as it was wasting his time! But he did not go. He staid grunting and groaning to the end.

      January 22, 2014

    • Peter F.

      It comes with the territory, alas. There are some whose default position is anti-anything, unable to take any different stance. Ignore.
      On the other hand, identifying themselves like that makes it easier to ignore them..

      January 22, 2014

  • Joe T.

    It was very encouraging indeed for a first-up. Imagine what it might develop into.

    2 · January 21, 2014

  • Francis S.

    This just went up on the Christ Church University politics blog. After a restful Christmas it’s right back in the action here at Canterbury. Thanks to Francis Sealey at GlobalNet21 NGO a Webinar was organised on 21st January with Andy Love MP for Edmonton North London. Canterbury politics students tweeted their questions to Andy through Francis and via a videolink he answered them.

    The topic of the Webinar was ostensibly about political parties in 21st century Britain but after a discussion on this the conversation quickly turned to how parties can engage with young people and make politics relevant to them.

    For a first attempt at a Webinar it was a great success and the students are keen to participate in future events with politicians through social media.

    January 21, 2014

  • John W.

    A lot of questions raised by us were not addressed at all! A narrower focus needed. But thanks to Andy Love for being first!

    January 21, 2014

    • Francis S.

      Yes agreed we will need to address the focus issue. However if these webinars become popular then we will not be able to address many of the questions asked. Together with the students there were 45 people attending the webinar. It was difficult enough to address all questions. Think what it will be like if we have 100 and several universities. It will be impossible. How we handle this has to be part of the evaluation of the pilot. Any comments on this would be useful.

      January 21, 2014

  • Josh K.

    I enjoyed the webinar. I wish I had time to follow up all the links and book recommendations etc. I have a feeling that a narrower topic kept, as was this one, in focus by Francis might prove more satisfying. I thought the technical stuff worked well.

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Christina W.

    Excellent pilot. Thank you Andy Love for taking the hot seat today. Looking forward to MP focus becoming regular events!.

    4 · January 21, 2014

  • Michael F.

    You can now find a collection of videos related to this webinar on

    Watch videos from the UK, Canada and the United States - uncovering the weakness of two-party-systems and the power of bureaucracy, follow George Washington’s fundamental critics on parties, watch a report of a debate in India about transparency and privacy of party activities, attend a presentation by Noam Chomsky on "Democracy's Endgame?", followed by a conversation among him , Arundhati Roy, and Amy Goodman, or refresh you historical knowledge and philosophical background with an introduction into John Locke's political theory.

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Francis S.

    Just to remind you our MP Focus Webinar on Tuesday January 21st " with Andy Love is almost upon us.
    It will commence at 2.30pm

    You can log on by click on the link at –

    - And this should take you right to the webinar platform. Try to get there about five minutes early so you can familiarise yourself with the system and of course you can check it out any time from now on.

    January 20, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    This is a great idea. Sorry I'm not free to join this one - but I hope I'll catch up with the recording, and be able to join others in future

    January 17, 2014

  • Mike P.

    I'm new to GlobalNet 21. I'm interested in whether people participating in this event regard it as an opportunity for an intellectual conversation or an extension of practical involvement in the underlying issues.

    January 16, 2014

    • Andria

      I think U will probably find BOTH is the answer Mike P. Speaking for myself, I am almost always over-committed already. I'm an OCCUPYer and full-time pretty-much-lone Mum....

      2 · January 16, 2014

  • Joe T.

    Very true Andria. For those not familiar with Peter Mair's book, 'Ruling The Void', which is about how crucial 'Political Parties' are to 'Democracy' and how democracy has been hollowed out by the demise of political parties, may I suggest you read through quotes from that book here before we being this debate with Andy.

    January 14, 2014

  • Andria

    Francis; hanks for invite
    Until we deal with the huge power that the corporations and banks have in society, we will never have true democracy.. Putting a piece of paper in a box ever few months/yrs means very little, when U have a govt in right now for example who certainly did not have a) a mandate to do most of what it is doing or b) even a majority from electorate.
    Yes, I know that the right to vote had to be fought for and TG for the people who got us that level of democracy but I see that it means little when many
    MPs, Corporations and Banks are in each others pockets. One good example of this was yesterday a Politicians saying that FRACKING the earth (to get energy/gas) out would be good for the planet when the evidence is absolutely against this, BUT people believe Fallon as he has power...
    The good news is that millions of people are slowly waking up and resisting all this

    2 · January 14, 2014

  • Peter F.

    Andy Love has always been open-handed at our previous meetings with him. Open-minded even, as he promised to look into a suggestion made by one of our participants.

    I'm looking forward to this event, - and indeed, the whole series.

    January 10, 2014

  • ANA R.

    Hopefully this time I will be able to attend this webinar, unfortunately I always book your great sessions and cant attend afterwards. Cross my fingers this time, sounds amazing initiative

    January 10, 2014

  • Shana T

    Great idea! Thanks for arranging. How about thinking about ways to address issues such as this horrific reality?

    December 19, 2013

  • Joe T.

    This is a great idea - our MP's often interface with constituents on personal matters only and get little or no chance to talk policy. This format will change that, for the better of both parties concerned.

    2 · December 19, 2013

  • terence f.

    Sadly otherwise engaged.

    December 19, 2013

  • Josh K.

    This seems like a great idea.

    1 · December 19, 2013

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