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The Common Good: What does it mean for government

Date: Tuesday 16th November 2021

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Church of St Mary Putney, London SW15 1SN

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The Benedict XVI Centre at St Mary's University, with Together for the Common Good, The Centre for Social Justice and Caritas Social Action Network, invites you to an evening discussion on ‘The Common Good: What does it mean for government?’ with Lord Maurice Glasman, Danny Kruger MP, Caroline Slocock, and chaired by Ruth Kelly.

Politicians regularly say that they want to act for the common good. This is not surprising. After all, who could disagree? But, what does the term mean? And is it an agenda just for politicians?

The appropriate role for government is contested - some argue for a strong, centralised state that guides the economy and explicitly supports civil society and the family. Meanwhile, others make the case for a decentralised model, rooted in the renewal of place, and in the revitalising of local and regional institutions. Others believe that only a more hands-off approach will allow civil society and the family the room, freedom and resources to flourish.

This event addresses the role of government for the common good. With the Levelling Up agenda and the pressing need for civic renewal, this will be a highly relevant conversation. Held at the church of St Mary's Putney, home of the historic 1647 Putney Debates, our discussion will be opened up by a distinguished panel of active and influential speakers. 

About the Common Good series

This is the fourth event in the four-part series. For the recordings of the previous events, please see:

The series is jointly organised and held by Together for the Common Good, the Centre for Social Justice, Caritas Social Action Network and the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary’s University.

These conversations are supported by our longstanding partner, CCLA, one of the UK’s largest ethical fund managers, home of the new Catholic Investment Fund. CCLA is generously providing a drinks reception after the event.

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