Event 36

Friday 10th November 2023 | 6.30 pm

Event 36 | Steve Richards | Turning Points


Steve Richards – Turning Points – Crisis and Change in Modern Britain From 1945 to Truss

Every few weeks in British politics, a columnist will reach for the word ‘unprecedented’ as a cabinet minister resigns or yet another enquiry is called. We have become so accustomed to turmoil that it impossible to see where we are headed. Steve Richards puts the recent chaos into context and takes a step back to explore ten critical events that have shaped modern Britain. From the Suez Crisis of 1956 to the Covid-19 pandemic, from 1945 to Thatcher, Richards argues that it is only with distance that we can perceive the tectonic plates shifting – and events that may seem earth-shattering might be a passing tremor with the perspective of history. With his trademark insight, Richards is one of the UK’s top political commentators.


Introduced by Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, Festival Director

When: Friday 10th November 2023 @ 6.30 pm
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Buffy Sacher


Steve Richards is a political columnist, journalist, author and presenter. He regularly presents The Week in Westminster on BBC Radio 4 and has presented BBC series on Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. He is the author of The Prime Ministers and The Prime Ministers We Never Had, the latter of which was named a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Guardian and The Times.  He writes for several national newspapers including The Guardian, the Independent and the Financial Times. He also presents a popular political one- man show each year at the Edinburgh Festival and across the UK. 


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