Enemies of the people! Who rules in a democracy?
Of the six speakers at this event, two have direct links to an informal group of right wing libertarians based at the on line magazine ‘Spiked’. A third, Alex Deane, is a contributor to Spiked and Battle of Ideas as well as linked to right wing ‘think tanks’ and libertarian and pro tobacco lobby groups.
Jon Holbrook is a barrister and is associated with the libertarian anti-environmental LM network, through being a shareholder of Spiked Ltd. and having written for Spiked.
Tessa Mayes (born 13/09/1965) is a journalist, author and filmmaker and is associated with the libertarian anti-environmental LM network. She has written for Living Marxism, Culture Wars and Spiked, been a director of the London International Research Exchange and contributed to the Battle of Ideas.
Alex Deane has written for Spiked and appeared previously in Battle of ideas debates. He is the managing director of public affairs at FTI Consulting in London. He is a former head of public affairs team at Weber Shandwick, director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, a former chief of staff to David Cameron in opposition, and the founding director of Big Brother Watch. He is linked to a number of right wing libertarian lobby groups and was also on the council of the notorious Young Britons’ Foundation (YBF). This organisation became known for its far right ideas, boorish bullying behaviour and the suicide of one of its members.
“Being more active in our wards, stiffening the spine [of the City] on Europe and standing up for bankers and high earners,” says the YBF’s Alex Deane.
So that’s three right wing libertarians on the same panel.
You can see details of the debate and speakers here:
Question: Is the ‘Spiked on Line’ involvement with the ‘Battle of Ideas’ as transparent as it should be?
Here is some analysis of a previous ‘Battle of Ideas’:
‘Battle of Ideas 2012’ and ‘Spiked On Line’:
Who Are They?
Jenny Turner reports from the Battle of Ideas:
Revolutionary Communist Party (UK):
What’s a nice Trot doing in a place like this?