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‘Accidental Anarchist’ screening and Q&A with Carne Ross, chaired by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

The Politics Festival 2017
Spoken Word / Sunday, 25 June 2017 - 4:30pm / Hall Two
£14.50 | Savers £9.50*

One man’s remarkable journey: from diplomat to anarchist. British diplomat Carne Ross worked on Iraq and its WMD, and resigned from the government over its lies before the 2003 invasion.

His extraordinary personal and political odyssey culminates in a remarkable encounter with new forms of democracy in the midst of war – in Rojava, Syria.

A profound examination of the political and economic problems that confront the world.

Chaired by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.


Carne Ross is a former British diplomat who resigned after giving then-secret evidence to the Butler Inquiry about his work on Iraq’s disarmament and weapons inspections. The subsequent publication of his testimony fuelled calls for a full public inquiry, to which he also later testified: the Chilcot Inquiry. Carne is the subject of the forthcoming documentary film, Accidental Anarchist, which is about his life and ideas, including the relevance of anarchism for today.  He is the author of two books, most recently The Leaderless Revolution: how ordinary people will take power and change politics in the 21 century (Simon & Schuster). He regularly comments on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN and in publications including the New York Times, Guardian, Financial Times, The Nation and the Huffington PostAfter his resignation, Carne founded and now runs Independent Diplomat, a non-profit diplomatic advisory group.  

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a journalist, author and weekly columnist for the i newspaper and International Business Times. She is winner of the Orwell Prize in political journalism and won the National Press award for columnist of the year in 2017. Her last book Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation is a riposte to small Englanders. 

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