What’s Next for British Politics? w/ Phil Tinline

22 Oct 2022 – 17:30 - 18:30 BST
Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival
The Crown Hotel
Crown Place

Over the past decade, it’s almost been a full-time job trying to keep up with the latest happenings in British Politics. From snap elections to Brexit negotiations, navigating a global pandemic to seemingly endless political scandals emerging from behind Parliament doors, you can be forgiven for falling behind. So instead of focusing on the past, we’re looking forward to ask what might be next for British Politics?

BBC political correspondent Carole Walker lifts the lid on the secretive world of the parliamentary Lobby, from its conception to the present day, revealing what really happens behind the closed doors of power. Phil Tinline, BBC Radio 4 producer and journalist, guides us through the last century of British politics, as its lurched from crisis to crisis, and what this means for our current age of upheaval.

About The Death of Consensus

Over Britain’s first century of mass democracy, politics has lurched from crisis to crisis. How does this history of political agony illuminate our current age of upheaval?

To find out, journalist Phil Tinline takes us back to two past eras when the ruling consensus broke down, and the future filled with ominous possibilities – until, finally, a new settlement was born. How did the Great Depression’s spectres of fascism, bombing and mass unemployment force politicians to think the unthinkable, and pave the way to post-war Britain? How was Thatcher’s road to victory made possible by a decade of nightmares: of hyperinflation, military coups and communist dictatorship? And why, since the Crash in 2008, have new political threats and divisions forced us to change course once again?

Tinline brings to life those times, past and present, when the great compromise holding democracy together has come apart; when the political class has been forced to make a choice of nightmares. This lively, original account of panic and chaos reveals how apparent catastrophes can clear the path to a new era. The Death of Consensus will make you see British democracy differently.

Phil Tinline discusses The Death of Consensus with Hugo Rifkind, exploring the highs and lows of British politics over the past century:

About the author

Phil Tinline works for BBC Radio; he has made and presented many acclaimed documentaries about how political history shapes our lives. Formerly executive producer of Radio 4’s award-winning investigative history series, Document, he has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, BBC History Magazine and the New Statesman.

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