DISTINGUISHED academic Danny Dorling, who has written extensively on the subject of inequality, will be paying a visit to Shetland to deliver two talks early next month.
The Oxford University professor will be giving a public talk entitled Brexit: do we need our sovereignty back? at Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick on the evening of Thursday 12 March.
He will also be giving a talk at trade union Unison’s local branch AGM earlier that day entitled Boris, Bravado, Inequality and the 1%.
Dorling has published more than a book a year on average for the past decade, most recently co-authoring Rule Britannia: Brexit and the end of Empire with Sally Tomlinson, and 2018’s Inequality and the 1%.
The evening’s talk will take a deeper look into why Brexit happened “(or sort of)”, through to why the Conservatives won the December 2019 general election.
The talk will shed light on the aftermath and whether contemporary Britain could become a fairer, more equal society, and whether such an objective would be easier to advance within the EU rather than outside or on the edge of it.
“We have been told we have left the EU, but so far we have simply lost our Members of the European Parliament (MEPs),” Dorlings said.
“This did have the fortuitous advantage of removing the largest national block of MEPs to the right of the large Conservative bloc from that parliament. Poland now holds that pole far-right MEP position in the EU27.
“The year 2020 will be spent bluffing and bargaining about trade deals.
“Many people will stop listening, assuming Brexit has been done. But who will really be sovereign in future and where will power lie?”
Dorling’s visit is being arranged by local community group Ragged Wood in conjunction with Unison, which has agreed to meet some of the costs of the visit.
Tickets to hear Dorling’s talk at the Shetland museum’s auditorium, which starts at 7pm, are available online through The Little Box Office. Advance purchase is recommended.
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