Polly Toynbee & David Walker
The Lost Decade and Beyond

Acclaimed journalists Toynbee and Walker survey the last ten years and find a scene of devastation: austerity, political paralysis and disharmony sowed the ground for a rebellious Brexit, while institutions crumbled, and national tragedies such as Grenfell, a housing crisis, and the rise of food banks contributed to our sense of a country in dangerous decline. How do we recover, and build on hopeful change such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the rise of renewable energy and the power of the creative industries, to face forward? Join them to find out.

In conversation with Jackie Ashley, journalist and broadcaster

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