Oxford Think Festival - 'Heroes or Villains?' Jon Davis & John Rentoul

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'Heroes or Villains? The Blair Government Reconsidered' with Jon Davis & John Rentoul, as part of the Oxford Think Festival.

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Saturday 9th - Thursday 21st November

Oxford University Press is delighted to once again partner with Blackwell’s Oxford to host a weekend of talks and discussions and present the Oxford Think Festival.

Celebrating the quest for knowledge and seeking to stimulate discussion of some of the big issues and ideas of our time, the festival brings together some of our most inspiring and exciting minds. Join us for a full weekend of debates and discussion, a preview event with Jon Davis & John Rentoul on the legacy of the Blair government, and a special World Philosophy Day event with Richard Swinburne.

All events are free to attend, but registration is strongly recommended.

Saturday, 9th November, 1pm - 'Heroes or Villains? The Blair Government Reconsidered' with Jon Davis & John Rentoul

How will history assess Tony Blair's 10 years as prime minister? Will he be remembered for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, reviving public services and promoting equality; or for Iraq, and paving the way for Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit? Will he be praised for modernising the machinery of government, or condemned for degrading politics with spin?

Dr Jon Davis is Director of The Strand Group at The Policy Institute, King's College London, and author of Prime Ministers and Whitehall (2007). He is the lecturer and coordinator of several other teaching modules including 'The History of the Prime Minister since 1945—in partnership with No. 10 Downing St', and 'The Treasury and an Introduction to Economic History—in partnership with HM Treasury'. He worked as an investment banker before turning to an academic career, and also spent a year in the Cabinet Office's Modernising Government Secretariat.

John Rentoul is Chief Political Commentator for The Independent, Visiting Professor at King's College, London, and the author of an acclaimed biography of Tony Blair. He has previously been a political reporter at The Independent, the BBC, and the New Statesman. Together with his co-author Jon Davis, he ran the Blair Government course at Queen Mary, from 2008 to 2014.

All talks will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room, please note, this area is only accessibly via stairs. Limited seating is allocated on a first come first seated basis, we recommend to arrive early to ensure a seat. For all enquiries email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

For more information about the other events feature in the festival please click on the links below:

OUP Oxford Think Festival Saturday 16th November

OUP Oxford Think Festival Sunday 17th November

Thursday 21st November at 1pm - World Philosophy Day Event : Are We Bodies or Souls? with Richard Swinburne

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