PPE: Politics, Philosophy, Enjoyment
We always meet on the third Tuesday of the month at The Swan, Crimble (Slaithwaite), starting at about 8.00pm.
The Free University of Slawit is an informal pub discussion group, with an emphasis on politics and philosophy. It happens on the third Tuesday of each month, starting 20.00 in The Shoulder of Mutton pub, Slaithwaite.
There is no ‘expert’ speaker – the discussion is friendly and informal. And it is ‘free’ – apart from having to buy the excellent beer.
Previous sessions have included discussions on the future of the NHS, the royal family, democracy and voting systems, and freedom (whether we are or not) and ‘should we have an English parliament?’. Our biggest turn-out was in February when over 40 came along to talk about the Luddites. We decided they were probably right after all.
We organised a day out to the People’s History Museum in Manchester last year, on Tuesday August 16th (anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre). The day went really well, with lots of time to look round both the People’s History Museum and Chetham’s Library, a real treat! Here’s a picture of us about to set off from Slawit International Parkway Hub.
On Saturday October 26th 2013 we had a very successful event called ‘Power to the People’ which discussed forms of community governance for Slaithwaite and the Colne Valley. Speakers from National Association of Local Councils, Bradford Trident Council, Newsome Community Forum, Meltham Town Council as well as Angela Espinosa (Bogota and Slawit) and John Walker (Slawit and Bogota).