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Together’s Leeds Event: Debanking, Financial Surveillance & Social Credit Systems: How can we ensure a future free from financial control?

16 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST

£4.99 – £49.99

From the “debanking” of the protesting Canadian truckers to Nigel Farage to campaign groups like UsForThem and Free Speech Union to give just a few examples, financial control or exclusion for political reasons is arguably a new frontier in the fight for freedom. The Conservatives promised but – we recently discovered – neglected to actually change the law to prevent “debanking” for political reasons. In an increasingly cashless society, with the British Government pushing ahead with a Central Bank Digital Currency that would offer the state total surveillance possibilities combined with the potential for “programming” money to be used only in certain ways, this issue is only likely to become more urgent.

There are many interesting questions. Is it any business of a bank what our views are? Conversely, if a business wishes only to support customers with certain views, should it be free to do so? Can any financial institution truly be said to be “private” or “independent” from the state, given the powerful regulatory regimes that are part and parcel of how they operate? Some would argue we can see ahead to our own future dystopia in the shape of China’s “social credit system,” but how much does the reality of this match Western perception? Does the optimistic view of Bitcoin or cryptocurrency enthusiasts who argue we can choose a future of money completely separated from state, private and censor-proof, provide a realistic alternative?

Taking these often confusing and conflicting currents into account, how can we ensure our future is free from financial control? We can’t wait to see everyone in Leeds to discuss this vital topic, with speaker panel and audience contributions!

With fantastic panel speakers:

Timandra Harkness, radio presenter, ‘lapsed comedian’ (in her own words!), author Big Data: Does Size Matter? and her latest book Technology Is Not The Problem.

Dr David McGrogan – Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria Law School, David writes on topics including human rights law, cashless society, debanking and more, well known for his articles at the Daily Sceptic and his Substack, where you can read his latest article The Tyrannical Tendency

Reverend Richard Fothergill“debanked” last year by Yorkshire Building Society after 17 years, after replying to a request for feedback with a polite email objecting to ⁦the building society⁩’s promotion of transgender ideology. He received a reply telling him that his views were “not tolerable” and that his account would be closed.

Austin Williams – director, Future Cities Project, honorary research fellow, XJTLU, Suzhou, China and author, China’s Urban Revolution. Austin will be sharing insights about China’s social credit system: myth vs. reality.

Chaired by Together co-founder Alan Miller, this promises to be a fantastic event so please get your tickets below now!


16 July
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
£4.99 – £49.99


The Met Hotel
King Street
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 2HQ
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