Thursday, 18 October 2012

PQ Event: ‘Is politics doomed?’ and ‘Why are politicians so hated and what can be done about it?’ November 10, Birkbeck

The Political Quarterly are delighted to be taking part in Birkbeck’s Department of Politics’ 40th anniversary celebrations from November 5th to November 10th at Birkbeck.

The event ‘In Defence of Politics’ is on Saturday 10 November at Birkbeck and you can register here

The event will comprise two discussions:

(14:00-15:30) Is politics doomed?

Chair:    Professor Deborah Mabbett (Birkbeck)
Panel:   Dr Jason Edwards (Birkbeck)
Professor Tony Wright (Birkbeck)
Professor Gerry Stoker (University of Southampton)
Professor Michael Kenny (Queen Mary, University of London)

(16:00-17:30) Why are politicians so hated and what can be done about it?
Chair:    Professor Tony Wright (Birkbeck)
Panel:   Frank Dobson MP (Holborn and St Pancras)
Helen Goodman MP (Bishop Auckland and Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport)
Tulip Siddiq (Councillor, Camden)
Ben Wright (BBC)
We will also be launching Defending Politics, a collection of Bernard Crick’s writings for PQ over almost fifty years, edited by Stephen Ball.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Heaven's Talent Scout: The Prime Minister, Patronage and the next Archbishop of Canterbury by Matthew Flinders

Who will succeed Rowan Williams?

The current selection process for who will succeed Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury seems to be descending into chaos with the Crown Appointments Commission locked in deadlock, the charismatic Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, apparently snubbed, other leading candidates openly admitting that they are praying that they do not get the job and increasing discussion about whether the Prime Minister might be forced to step-in to make a decision. The problem is that ecclesiastical appointments, and particularly the role of the Prime Minister, have traditionally been clouded in mystery and secrecy. You can read Matthew Flinders' PQ article here

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Maurice Glasman and Jesse Norman in Conversation: The Big Society in Question

PQ's latest book Retrieving the Big Society edited by Jason Edwards is being launched next Tuesday, 16 October at the Institute for Government (see below for event details). As a preview to the launch, you can download the chapter of Maurice Glasman and Jesse Norman in conversation here and hear them debate the issues.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Eric Hobsbawm 1917 - 2012

As a tribute to the late Eric Hobsbawm, PQ have republished his 1954 article "The British Communist Party" here .

Eric Hobsbawm outlived his short twentieth century (1917-1991) by more than twenty years. And right to the end he was still the object of scandal for having been far too long a communist. ‘You see’, he might have said, (‘you see’ was one of his habitual linguistic tics) ‘there have been many communists among major historians, but they left. Some stayed on the left (E.P. Thompson), some moved right (Annie Kriegel, Fran├žois Furet). I stayed until the end, the bitter end.’ You can read the rest of PQ literary editor Donald Sassoon's obituary here.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Retrieving the Big Society Book Launch and Drinks Reception

Tuesday 16 October 6 8 p.m, at the Institute for Government

To mark the launch of the Political Quarterly’s latest book Retrieving the Big Society, edited by Jason Edwards, a panel made up of contributors will discuss the Big Society project, its intellectual provenance, and assess its impact on the present and future of British politics.

The panel and debate will take place at 6 – 7 p.m. with a drinks reception until 8 p.m. at the Institute for Government

Speakers at the launch will be:

  • Louise Bamfield
  • Jason Edwards (Chair)
  • Jeremy Jennings
  • Richard Kelly
  • Adam Leeder

The book will also be available at a special launch price. To reserve a place, contact Emma Anderson. You can read more about the book here.