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Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all

Polly Toynbee book cover

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6.30PM

Speaker: Polly Toynbee and David Walker, The Guardian

Yarburgh Lectures

Book review: "Polly Toynbee and David Walker have long prowled the world of modern, dysfunctional, unequal Britain and have, on the whole, painted a disagreeable picture of it. Dismembered, despite its reasonable tone, also paints a disagreeable picture. The onslaught on the state over the last 30 years – the privatisations, outsourcings and dotty business school theorising – has done immense damage to British society, and shows little sign of weakening ... Toynbee and Walker present much damning evidence as to what has happened in Britain ... however, optimism keeps breaking in. To write a book of persuasion you have to believe that people can be persuaded – to hope that if voters only understood why they need an active state they would come to support it. (Guardian)

Speaker biographies: Polly Toynbee and David Walker have co-authored Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time, Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Better or Worse: Did Labour Deliver? Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian. David Walker is a contributing editor to the Guardian Public and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

Location: Ron Cooke Hub auditorium, Campus East

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