I will be speaking on ‘Are political parties bankrupt? The economic emergency and the next election’. at the Orwell debate on Wednesday

To celebrate the announcement of our shortlists on 25th March, we will be holding a debate entitled ‘Are political parties bankrupt? The economic emergency and the next election’. What effect will the economic crisis have on party policy? What solutions are Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems putting forward? Do our political parties even have a solution?

Panellists will be Nick Cohen (shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2008 for What’s Left?, author of new book Waiting for the Etonians), David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden), Frank Field MP (Labour, Birkenhead) and Douglas Murray (author and commentator). Sean Maguire, Reuters’ Editor of Political and General News, will be chairing, and we’ll be confirming more speakers over the next few days.

The debate will be taking place at Reuters, Canary Wharf, London, 6.30pm for 7pm start. If you’d like to reserve a place, RSVP is essential. Please email

2 thoughts on “Events

  1. I wonder if they’ll pay you all with books from the longlist rather than with, er… what’s the name of that currency from prosperous times again?

  2. Hey Kimbo,Is the title of this post The Life of Palin a play on Sarah Palin + Michael Palin + the classic Monty Python film about the chap who is NOT the Messiah, just a very nauhtgy boy? (Which I note on Wikipedia, has been voted in Britain, on several occasions, the greatest comedy of all time.)P.S. You are so right about the need to de-personalise the reaction to Palin’s nomination. If the Democrats were stupid enough to take the Spiros/grace line of character attacks on Palin, for not going back home to bring up baby, like any good woman would do the Republicans could centre their campaign on how nasty and hypocritical their opponents are.It would be the greatest gift imaginable to McCain (short of a video showing Barack giving head to Osama Bin Laden).

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