Thursday, February 26, 2009
How Committed is the Right to Civil Liberties?
On Saturday the Convention on Modern Liberty is taking place, not just in London but all over the country. Anthony Barnett, Henry Porter and their colleagues have done an amazing job. When Anthony first phoned me about it in mid 2008 I must admit I wondered whether it would work, but with more than 1,000 people attending, it promises to be a landmark conference.
I hope that those of you who are attending will come to the session I am chairing at 11.45 to 1pm. The theme of the session is "The Conservatives & Civil Liberties". The speakers are...
Edward Garnier QC MP
We've asked the speakers to talk about why the right seems to have adopted the civil liberties agenda with an enthusiasm which would have been unthinkable ten years ago, and to look forward to a Conservative government and ask how civil liberties can be protected and enhanced under a government with a centre/right agenda. We'll also be asking how serious the Tory commitment is, now that David Davis has left the Shadow Cabinet and questioning whether his successor will adopt a different agenda.
I'm told this is one of the most popular of the morning sessions, so do get there in good time to reserve your seat!