The Lost Decade 2010-2020: What Lies Ahead?

Friday 21 May 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker survey one of the most tumultuous periods in British history, the ten years from 2010. They explore the disorganisation and confusion around Covid-19 and discuss what the future may hold for Britain.

This was a decade where austerity and paralysis nurtured contempt for leaders, institutions and fellow citizens fertilising the ground for a rebellious Brexit and it was characterised by national tragedies from Grenfell to Windrush, food banks and the property crisis. But no truthful portrait of an era can be all bad news. This event will also celebrate the highs of the decade, including the rise of renewable energy, lower crime rates, legalisation of same-sex marriage and the creative industries punching well above their weight, at least until spring 2020.

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Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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The Lost Decade 2010-2020: What Lies Ahead? by Polly Toynbee and David Walker


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