Gina Miller, Rise – Tuesday 9 October
We welcomed Gina Miller to Off the Shelf on Tuesday 9 October. Interviewed by broadcaster and writer, Paul Allen, Gina talked through key messages from her book Rise which sparked engagement and debate amongst the audience during a Q&A.
Gina Miller came to prominence when she brought one of the most significant constitutional cases ever to be heard in the British Supreme Court. Gina successfully challenged the UK government’s authority to trigger Article 50 - the formal notification to leave the European Union - without parliamentary approval. For standing up for what she believed in, Gina Miller became the target of not just racist and sexist verbal abuse, but physical threats to herself and her family.
During the talk, Gina Miller was repeatedly asked how she found it possible to keep going at the cost of pain and aggravation. To her, the answer was obvious; she’d been doing it all her life.
In Rise, Gina Miller draws on a lifetime of fighting injustice and looks at the moments that made her; the trauma, failures and successes that gave her the confidence in her voice, the ability to know how to use it and the strength to not let others diminish it, even when it came at incredible cost. To those who say one person cannot make a difference, this memoir demonstrates irrefutably how you can.
Gina was keen to highlight that the question isn't about whether you support leave or remain but it's about talking to each other about the type of country we want to live in.