Award-winning novelist and journalist James Meek visits the RSA to explain how Britain’s common wealth became private, and the impact it has had on us all: from the growing shortage of housing to spiralling energy bills.
Are we too blasé about the ramifications of privatisation? When we sell essential services to the highest bidder, are we creating a form of indirect taxation that hits the poor the hardest?
In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy – rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal housing – have been sold to remote, unaccountable private owners, often from overseas.
James Meek visits the RSA to explain how Britain’s common wealth became private, and the impact it has had on us all.
Speaker: James Meek, novelist and journalist
Chair: Rowan Conway, director, RSA Connected Communities