How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country

Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College
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17:15 - 19:00
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
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Lectures and seminars
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A compelling and sharply insightful talk that will examine the state of Britain today and look forward to the Britain of tomorrow, from the bestselling author of The State We’re In. Britain is beset by a crisis of purpose. For a generation we have been told the route to universal well-being is to abandon the expense of justice and equity and so allow the judgments of the market to go unobstructed. What has been created is not an innovative, productive economy but instead a capitalism that extracts value rather than creates it, massive inequality, shrinking opportunity and a society organised to benefit the top 1%. The capacity to create new jobs and start-ups should not disguise that in the main the new world is one of throwaway people working in throwaway companies. The British are at a loss. The warnings of The State We're In have been amply justified. Will Hutton observes that the trends that so disturbed him twenty years ago have become more marked. Rather than take refuge in nativism and virulent euro-scepticism, Britain must recognize that its problems are largely made at home - and act to change them.

Following a talk of about 40 minutes, Principal Hutton will engage in a conversation with the audience, chaired by Daniel Valentine. Will Hutton is principal of Hertford College, Oxford and columnist for the Observer, where he was editor, then editor-in-chief for four years. He began his career in journalism as economics correspondent for the BBC's Newsnight and for the Guardian.