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Polly Toynbee and David Walker: The end of austerity?

Guardian Live

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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Join Polly Toynbee and David Walker as they talk to Guardian social policy editor, Patrick Butler, about their new book, The Lost Decade

The ten years from 2010 have been devastating. A decade of austerity and paralysis nurtured contempt for leaders, institutions and fellow citizens and fertilised the ground for a rebellious Brexit. It has been a decade characterised by national tragedies from Grenfell to Windrush, and food banks to the property crisis. New divisions have emerged, Labour has lost ground in its historical strongholds, and even the future of the Union is in question. After the 2019 election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pronounced the end of austerity, and pledged to “level up” the UK economy. But are new spending pledges enough to make up for what has been lost?  

In The Lost Decade, Toynbee and Walker offer the definitive survey of this most tumultuous of periods in British history. What lies ahead? What must be done to repair the damage to our public services and communities? Do bright spots like the rise of renewable energy, lower crimes rates and legalisation of same-sex marriage give us hope for a brighter future? 

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)


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