Guest Speaker

To produce a particular outcome from a Citizens’ Assembly, choose with care how you recruit to it, who you get to chair it, and who you allow to present their case to the members

‘The nation state is not the endpoint of history, nor is it even a basic fact of human history’

‘Since the referendum, the attitude of the Irish government to the result—contemptuous, disbelieving, disrespectful—has grated. Leo Varadkar, a conformist individual, was in office at just the time when a fixer was what was needed’

‘I’m reasonably satisfied that the increased hate crime widely reported from June 23, 2016, onwards and seized upon by the Remain camp was a classic example of moral panic, and that most of the reports were false’

‘Rights language gives less and less help in the resolution of conflicts’

“After only a few words, we were overcome by hilarity. Conversing in German seemed to us not only comical but also strangely liberating”

‘Charities operate in a world in which there are too few constraints and checks’

‘Pride of place in Emmanuel Macron’s presidential office goes to Le Rouge et le Noir. Does he recognise in himself the characteristics that enabled Julien Sorel to fly so close to the sun before he crashed and burned?’

‘In today’s courts, Cicero would prevail over Aquinas, who acquitted the Merchant of Rhodes for withholding information from customers’

‘The real breaking point after Brexit will lie between a Red Tory and Blue Labour movement against the Lib Dem and Blairite corporatists’