This storming debate filmed at the Institute of Ideas’ Battle for Politics Pre-election summit asks us to reconsider what voting means. Professor Frank Furedi explains that politics historically meant refusing to bow to fate and taking control of our own destiny. Today, he argues, if everything is considered politics, from sexual behaviour to eating habits to personal health, then politics has been degraded and rendered meaningless. Panel speakers also include Wes Streeting, President of the National Union of Students, Pam Giddy, Director Power 2010 and David Seymour, leader writer for the Daily Mail and co-author of Why vote – a guide for those who can’t be bothered.
- Frank Furedi’s latest book: Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating
- Article by Stuart Wilks-Heeg and David Ellis, Open Democracy: The state of an ambivalent nation
- Article by Pam Giddy: If we are to trust our politicians they must give power to the people