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James-bloodworth
James Bloodworth
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Claire Fox
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The Oxford Debates: Our Fractured Society

James Bloodworth and Claire Fox Chaired by Stephen Law

Saturday, 24 March 2018

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Journalist and author James Bloodworth and director of the Institute of Ideas Claire Fox discuss how we should go about healing our increasingly divided society.

Many argue that the Brexit vote revealed widespread anger and frustration with politicians and the political and media elites, who have been accused of cultural condescension towards ordinary people who do not share their views. Many feel a sense of detachment from the political machinery and a sense of there being no point in voting. People lower down the socio-economic ladder are finding themselves ever-more tightly squeezed, vulnerable, and indebted, while a few cash in.

Bloodworth is a columnist for the International Business Times and the former editor of the political blog Left Foot Forward. He has written for The Times, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, the New Statesman and other publications. He is a regular commentator on the BBC and Sky News.  His new book is Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low Wage Britain.

Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas, a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers. She is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, a columnist for Times Education Supplement and Municipal Journal and author of a recent book on free speech, I Find That Offensive.

Discussions are chaired by philosopher and author Stephen Law.

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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