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Peter-oborne
Peter Oborne
Thomas-simpson
Thomas Simpson
Alice-sherwood
Alice Sherwood
Stephenlaw
Stephen Law

Oxford Debate. Trust, Corruption, and Politicians

Peter Oborne, Thomas Simpson and Alice Sherwood Chaired by Stephen Law

Saturday, 1 April 2023

4:00pm

1 hour 15 minutes

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Author and journalist Peter Oborne, public policy expert Professor Thomas Simpson and former BBC producer Alice Sherwood debate the declining reputation of our politicians and ask whether it is corroding our democracy.

Recent polling suggests that 63% believe our politicians are mainly in it for themselves. Only one in 20 think politicians are in it for their country’s best interests. The Tory Party has been immersed in accusations of sleaze and corruption, with huge sums of public money being awarded in contracts to friends and supporters. The Labour leader has broken all ten of the pledges he made to the membership to get himself elected. Could the reputation of our politicians as untrustworthy corrode the foundations of our democracy?

Oborne is a leading British author and journalist. Formerly chief political commentator for The Daily Telegraph, he is the author of The Rise of Political Lying and The Assault on Truth . His latest book is The Fate of Abraham. Simpson is associate professor of philosophy and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and a senior research fellow at Wadham College. He works on trust and issues at the intersection of technology and security. Sherwood is senior visiting research fellow at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. She has worked in business, in television documentary production, and as an education and multimedia producer at the BBC. Authenticity: Reclaiming Reality in a Counterfeit Culture is Sherwood’s first book.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and the festival’s major projects director.

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Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Royal Academy of Arts Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Pasture to Plate