Anthony Barnett

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Anthony Barnett is a writer and campaigner for democratic reform in Britain, who was awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths in 2019.

Writer, campaigner and organiser, Anthony Barnett co-founded the global website openDemocracy in 2001.

He was the site’s Editor-in-Chief until 2007 and the co-director of The Convention on Modern Liberty until 2009. Previous to this, he was the first director of Charter 88, the influential campaign for human rights and constitutional reform, in 1988 to 1995.

Anthony is the author or co-author of nine books, and countless articles on topics ranging from Cambodia to Henry Moore, though he is best known for his writing on problems faced by the British state.

He argues that his long-standing call for Britain to become a European democracy or risk our basic liberties has been vindicated
by the Brexit crisis.