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I am travelling most of today and so no standard blog post. For a fair part of the day I also will not be able to moderate comments so there might be some delay. But thanks to the great work by Christian Reilly and Patricia Pino at the – MMT Podcast – my talk at the Brighton Labour Party Fringe Event with British Labour MP, Chris Williamson, was captured for all to hear. It means the event will survive the moment. To give context to the audio that the MMT Podcast has made available, I offer some commentary in this blog post. The comments and the audio should keep people busy until I am able to get back to normal writing. Now in New York City and looking forward to meeting the gang at the – MMT Conference – which runs this week.
Podcast of Brighton Event with Chris Williamson
Christian did a great job of quickly editing this audio and having it available within 24 hours.
The event was more of a Town Hall meeting rather than my usual presentations. But that didn’t make it any the less challenging or fun.
The context is that earlier in the day (14:00) the – GIMMs Team – had arranged a Labour Party Fringe Event with myself and Chris (who is a Labour Party MP in the House of Commons) as the speakers.
The topic was to be MMT and the Green New Deal.
As a result of Chris’s suspension from the Labour Party for spurious claims he made anti-Semitic comments, some characters (unknown – not enough courage to reveal themselves) threatened the venue where our event was to take place.
The venue then cancelled the booking (and hence the event – given the difficulty of getting an alternative venue) and indicated that if Chris was not speaking then the booking could continue.
GIMMS was put in a difficult situation which was resolved by Chris and I agreeing to find an alternative venue and hold a separate event after the GIMMS event.
The GIMMS event thus went ahead, was well attended, and there will be video coverage of that available soon thanks to the hard work of the GIMMS volunteers (Claire, Sara and Prue). I spoke about the Green New Deal from an MMT perspective.
Fortunately, after much searching Chris’s team found a venue that was able to rise above the petty bullying of those seeking to silence Chris no matter what.
The owner of the Rialto Theatre in Brighton made the venue available at the last minute – we only confirmed the event would take place in the last few days leading up to it. Thanks to Greg Hadfield for getting that organised.
And so it was.
The theatre was packed for our event with committed Labour Party members who want to change the direction of the Party. It was boisterous. Chris went from 0 to 11 (as they say in guitar-speak) from the outset and that set the tone.
The audience was engaged and the Q&A interaction advanced the discussion.
There were no slide shows, prepared speeches, just off the top of our heads stuff.
Here is the audio thanks to Christian Reilly.
My regular blog post will resume on Monday after the Weekend Quiz plays out.
That is enough for today!
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