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WTF: What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control?

Robert Peston Interviewed by Matthew Stadlen

Thursday, 22 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£15 - £20

Journalist and television presenter Robert Peston gives a personal and passionate account of what our rulers have got so badly wrong in the last few years and what we need to do to mend the fractures in our society that have led to so many political shocks.

Peston admits to his own shame at failing to notice from his cosy North London existence that millions of people felt alienated from a system that was benefiting the privileged few. He looks at what brought the likes of Corbyn, May and Trump to the fore, how to make a success of Brexit, the lessons of Grenfell Tower, immigration and identity, austerity and social mobility. And he calls for a revolution in education, changes to the balance between capital and labour and an overhaul of the way the Treasury and Bank of England use policy to rebalance the economy.

Peston is ITV political editor and presenter of Peston on Sunday. He is a former economics editor and business editor at the BBC where he rose to prominence for his insightful reporting of the financial crisis. He founded the education charity Speakers for Schools and is also author of How Do We Fix This Mess?, Who Runs Britain?, and Brown’s Britain.

Here he talks to journalist and LBC radio presenter Matthew Stadlen, a former BBC producer who is a regular interviewer for the Daily Telegraph and has interviewed for the BBC.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine