The Future of British Politics with David Goodhart and Rachel Reeves MP
Wednesday 22nd March 19:30 at London - Piccadilly
Greater economic and cultural openness in the West has not worked for all citizens. Among those who’ve benefitted least, a populist politics of culture and identity has risen to challenge the traditional politics of left and right, creating a new division: between the mobile ‘achieved’ identity of the people from Anywhere, and the more marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This value divide helps to account for the Brexit vote in Britain, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe.
David Goodhart's framework for understanding contemporary politics shows how the ‘Somewhere’ backlash is a democratic response to the dominance of ‘Anywhere’ interests in everything from mass higher education to mass immigration and the EU.
The Road to Somewhere is a robust and timely investigation into the political and moral intuitions that are sharply dividing Brexit Britain, and a compelling proposal for a new political settlement.
David Goodhart is the founding editor of Prospect magazine and one of the most distinctive voices on British politics today. He is currently head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and was previously director of the centre-left think tank Demos. His last book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration (2013) was runner-up for the Orwell Prize in 2014 and was a finalist for ‘Political Book of the Year’ in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards.
Rachel Reeves has been the Labour MP for Leeds West since 2010. She currently sits on the Treasury Select Committee, and was previously Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. She is co-chair of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, and author of Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon, which was published by IB Tauris in December 2016. Before entering Parliament, Rachel worked as an economist for the Bank of England, the British Embassy in Washington DC, and HBOS.
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