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Date : 17/05/2023 | Time : 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Location : Brasserie Blanc, South Bank

Our guest speaker is Adrian Wooldridge on the topic  “Can we save Liberalism in an Age of Populism”

Liberalism is under threat both at home and abroad. Abroad, anti-democratic forces are on the march, with China challenging the US for global leadership. At home, liberalism is the hollowed out creed of a brittle elite. This talk will look at the ways in which liberalism can reinvent itself for a new age, as it did in the early 20th century, after the Second World War and in the 1980s. What do we need to preserve as essential to the cause? And what do we need to change to address the problems of corporate power and omnipresent surveillance?

Adrian (HF 1984/85) is an author and columnist. He is the Global Business Columnist at Bloomberg Opinion.   Adrian worked at the Economist for more than 30 years until September 2021; his roles there included Washington Bureau chief, political editor, and stints as the “Lexington”, ”Schumpeter” and “Bagehot” columnist.

You can book for the talk and dinner here. The cost is £50 per head. The location is Brasserie Blanc in London’s South Bank.  There is good public transport and parking in the nearby National Theatre.

The talk will start at 6.30 and dinner will follow at about 7.20.  You will be asked to select your meal choices in advance.  To keep the price down we have included just one drink in the price, but will organise wine sharing purchases in advance.

If you find that you need to cancel your tickets for any reason, refunds will not be offered for cancellations made after Wednesday 3 May.

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