In this Bookshop Barnie, maverick former MP Douglas Carswell is challenged to justify his new book ‘Rebel: How to Overthrow the Emerging Oligarchy.’ Once a Tory then UKIP MP, he stood down at the 2017 election. Carswell’s radical manifesto offers a defence of liberal democracy and a critique of both capitalism and anti-capitalism. But just how revolutionary are his ideas? Did Carswell succeed in ‘saving Euroscepticism’ from anti-immigrant Farageism as he set out to? And is his credibility undermined by his promiscuous relationship to political parties?
This lively and thought-provoking discussion is chaired by Austin Williams, senior lecturer, Dept of Architecture, Kingston University, London.