Two leading contemporary thinkers on our contemporary values
Britain privileges economic growth, productivity and profit over care, kindness and empathy. Here two leading contemporary thinkers – Madeleine Bunting, author of Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care and David Goodhart, author of Head Hand Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century – will debate how our values have got so badly out of kilter, from education through to social care, and how to put it right.
Chaired by writer and campaigner Melissa Benn.
David Goodhart is the founding editor of Prospect magazine and one of the most distinctive voices on politics today. His The Road to Somewhere was a Sunday Times bestseller and lauded as the book ‘likely to inform what a post-Brexit Britain might look like’ (Economist). He is currently head of the Demography Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and was previously director of the centre-left think tank Demos.
Madeleine Bunting was for many years a columnist for the Guardian, which she joined in 1990. Bunting read History at Cambridge and Politics at Harvard. She is the author of many non-fiction books, including The Plot: A Biography of My Father’s English Acre, which won the Portico Prize, and Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey, which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize and the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year. She has also written a novel, Island Song. She lives in London
Melissa Benn is a journalist, novelist and campaigner. She has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman, Public Finance, Cosmopolitan and the London Review of Books, among many others. Her writing on education includes School Wars: the Battle for Britain’s Education and A Comprehensive Future: Quality and Equality for All Our Children, written with Fiona Millar. In spring 2012 she won the Fred and Anne Jarvis award in recognition of her outstanding individual contribution for a fairer education system. She is also the author of What Shall We Tell Our Daughters? and the novel One of Us.