Join us for a conversation on “The Common Good and Government”

The series of events run by the Benedict XVI Centre, Together for the Common Good, Caritas Social Action Network and the Centre for Social Justice is coming to an end with an in-person event on November 16th.

This will be an evening discussion on ‘The Common Good: What does it mean for government?’ with Lord Maurice Glasman, Danny Kruger MP, Caroline Slocock 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? These questions have been discussed in the earlier events on the meaning of the common good, the family and society which you can watch at:

The fourth event starts from the premise that 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.

Attendance at this event is free, but all attendees must register in advance:

For those not able to attend, the event will be filmed and made available on the online a few days afterwards.

These conversations are supported by 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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Author: Philip Booth

Published: 5th November 2021

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