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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

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £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.

This event was originally scheduled for Thursday 22 March at 4pm but has been moved because it clashed with an important work assignment for the speaker. Tickets purchased for the original date remain valid. Refunds are available if the new date is not suitable for ticketholders. To secure a refund, email: tickets@oxfordliteraryfestival.org

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer