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Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All – Polly Toynbee & David Walker in conversation with Stewart Wood

The Politics Festival 2017
Spoken Word / Sunday, 25 June 2017 - 11:30am / Hall One
£29.50 – £14.50 | Savers £9.50*

Polly Toynbee and David Walker’s latest book is entitled Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all.

During this event, Polly Toynbee and David Walker will argue that there has been an ideological assault on the size and role of the state since 2010 by what they regard as a series of governments to the right of Margaret Thatcher.

Are they right to be so alarmed? Were the cuts ideological or a pragmatic response to a deficit crisis? What is their view on Labour and how Labour should oppose the current government? How have Brexit and the rise of populism played their part?

Big questions and there will be a chance for the audience to ask questions too.

This event is chaired by Stewart Wood.


Polly Toynbee was formerly BBC social affairs editor, columnist and associate editor of the Independent and a feature writer for the Observer. She is currently a columnist for the Guardian. 

David Walker is contributing editor to the Public Leaders Network and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

Stewart Martin Wood, Baron Wood of Anfield, is a British academic and Labour life peer in the House of Lords.A politics tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford University and a member of the Co-operative Party, Wood has served as an adviser to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and to the partys current leader Ed Miliband.

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker's latest book is

'Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all'