Friday, 16 April 2010

ID vs The Oxford Union. And Edinburgh

And so..... the Instigate Debate General Election POLITICAL CIRCUS ROLLS INTO THE ACADEMIES OF POWER.

Tuesday 27th April

Instigate Debate VS The Oxford Union

A panel of Carl Barat (The Libertines), Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Mark Donne, Drew McConnell (Babyshambles) and emerging singer songwriter Kieran Leonard will go head to head with members of the world famous Oxford Union - known as the training ground of global politicians and heads of state.

The motion debated will be "Is the Party Over" following an ID survey of young voters. Musical anarchy will follow.

Next on the general election jousting outings:

Friday 30th April.


Teviot Row House Debating Hall


Host: John O'Sullivan

Iain Gray MSP (Leader of the Scottish Labour Party)

Gail Porter (Broadcaster and Presenter)

Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Deputy Leader of the Scottish Parliament and SNP)

Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)

MUSIC: The View
Kieran Leonard

Thursday, 25 March 2010


1st Instigate general election event announced: PANEL: Dame Vivienne Westwood, Harriet Harman, Peter Tatchell, Simon Hughes, Jeremy Hunt.
COMEDY: The Amazing Tommy and the Weeks
MUSIC: The Magic Numbers, Rose Elinor Dougall, SHLOMO (Beatbox Artist)
We also need people to submit a 100 word argument on why (or why not) 'the party is over' - on why political parties and the present political arena cannot provide the positive changes the electorate seek, or 100 words outlining why a party political system is essential. Submit your 100 word entry to the comments section of the link below and the best two arguments will be submitted as motions on the night, and whichever motion wins the vote, free gig time:

Friday, 19 March 2010

Announcement and Tickets

The Instigate event, held with The Independent on 26th April at the Union Chapel, London on 26th April, will be an extraordinary affair.

Tickets will be availiable here next week ( 25th March) with a full line up for the debate itself and the artists performing either side of it.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

General Election and Corporal Turnout

ID will be hosting 3 debates - jointly with The Independent newspaper - the week before the big day.

Announcement here shortly.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

stars/wisemen in ye living room

Deadline for posts is Monday 14th Dec.We have already received a couple of belters. Get a post. Get the mulled wine infused with absinthe over the hearth. We will be hosting a festive knees up in the living room of the best postee.Wicked line up. Imagine band aid without the highlights and pony tails. x

Thursday, 29 October 2009

You Said .... Our Survey said ......

Hello. Please take 3 mins to complete this non-scientific, indicative survey. Maybe copy and paste with your answers and send to as our IT dept were crewman on the Marie Celeste. Thank you.

1. Indicate gender with an M or F:

2. Indicate how nascent or ancient you might be with an A, B OR C:
A (16-25) B (25-35) C (35 or over – hey, it’s ok. It’s good.)


1. Will you vote at the next election; Y or N?

2. If you answered no, why – please try and only select the option that means most to you:

A = I do not trust politicians
B = I do not trust media coverage of events in the UK and wider world
C = I see no differences between the main parties
D = I do not feel the electoral system is representative

3. Who or what do you consider has most influence on our governments:

A = Large corporations (excluding media)
B = The electorate
C = The media
D = Foreign governments or leaders
E = The personal convictions of the political leaders themselves

4. Who or what do you consider to be the most negative effect on life in the UK:

A = Large corporations (excluding media)
B = The Media
C = Politicians
D = Immigration
E = The banking system
F = Crime

Which of the following huge generalisations best describes your view on the state of the UK cultural media agenda:

A = Diverse, vibrant and risk taking.
B = Independent, but narrow in focus
C = Short of imagination and lacking substance
D = dominated by advertising power, product placement and product promotion
E = Sexist and dull.

How active are you personally on the issues that you care about:

A = Very
B = As much as I can
C = A bit, but I want to do more
D = On reflection, I actually do nothing.

Do please send. Gracias. ID.x

Friday, 2 October 2009

Our media.

Media magnates – often foreign nationals and UK tax exiles – have huge power to hold politicians to ransom. But should they have that power? Could we be creeping towards a Fox News culture?

If you agree that any one individual or corporation should not be allowed to own more than 2 UK news outlets, please consider signing this:

If you disagree and think the media works well as it is, also drop us a line at