“The unifying purpose of the UK’s national security and international policy is to ensure that the things that define us as a nation – our open society and economy founded on democratic values – remain sources of strength and comparative advantage, driving prosperity and improving the well-being of people across the Union.”
“Tensions between democratic and authoritarian states are highly likely to become more pronounced, as authoritarian states seek to export their domestic models, undermine open societies and economies, and shape global governance in line with their values.” (The Cabinet Office, Global Britain in a Competitive Age, 16 March 2021)
Join our virtual Policy Forum for a roundtable discussion on 'Our Relationship with the State'. The discussion will begin at 6pm. The discussion paper can be downloaded from here. This event is free for Conservative Party Members but we would be most grateful for any donations.
The Chair of the Meeting will provide a summary of points discussed to the Central Party.
Questions for discussion
1. What do the enduring core values of Conservatism mean in practice for policy-making and policy-makers today?
2. Post-Brexit, what sort of state do we want to be? What do we do with control, now that we’ve taken it back?
3. Post-COVID, has the social contract and people’s expectations of government fundamentally changed? If so, how? If not, why not?
4. Does “levelling-up”—and the more significant government intervention in the economy that it implies—change our relationship with the state? If so, how? If not, why not?
5. How has the digital revolution transformed our willingness to share data and interact with government online? Do we want symmetry in our relationship with the state
online/offline or are we willing to concede certain things in different domains?
6. In an age of identity politics, what more might government do to promote social cohesion?
Details about how to join this virtual event will be shared with attendees on the day.
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