Polly Toynbee and David Walker The Lost Decade: 2010–2020, and What Lies Ahead for Britain

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All Saints Church, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE

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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.

But, as Adam Smith said, 'there's a great deal of ruin in a nation'. No truthful portrait of an era can be monochrome. Bright spots included the rise of renewable energy, lower crime rates, legalisation of same-sex marriage and the creative industries continuing to punch well above their weight in spite of cuts.

In this talk, Polly Toynbee and David Walker offer the definitive survey of this most tumultuous of periods in British history and look to what lies ahead for us. This is the anatomy of a dark decade, bringing hope for better to come.

 

Polly Toynbee has been a key columnist for the Guardian since 1998. David Walker is a contributing editor to the Guardian Public and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

 

A Q & A Session will follow.

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker The Lost Decade: 2010–2020, and What Lies Ahead for Britain (22 Jan 2022)
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