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?
Join author and BBC Radio producer Phil Tinline for an insightful talk exploring the highs and lows of British politics over the past century. Travel back in time to two past eras when the ruling consensus broke down, and the future filled with ominous possibilities - until, finally, a new settlement was born.
From the Great Depression to the current cost-of-living crisis, Phil presents us with a new perspective on the history of British democracy, revealing how politics is transformed through fear and how apparent catastrophes can clear the path to a new era.
Image credit: Phil Tinline portrait © Sarah-Jane Field
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About the speaker
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 BBC 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. His first book, The Death of Consensus, is published by Hurst.