Has the West gone bust - economically, politically and socially? Or is there another way?
We in the West appear to be at a year zero, with the seeming end of the relative peace and prosperity we took for granted. For years our politicians have said they were going for growth and would ensure that those with least would benefit disproportionately from the proceeds of that growth. They've failed. Growth has vanished. The poorest are desperately struggling to heat their homes and to eat. Confidence in our fundamental institutions has been undermined by leaders who have an uncomfortable relationship with the truth and by an economy that has mainly served the richest.
In their new book Bust?, award-winning journalist, ITV political editor Robert Peston and co-author Kishan Koria ask: if the chaos of the last few years marks the end of the old order as we knew it, what will and should follow, to rebuild prosperity, and restore a sense of national pride and solidarity of purpose? The time for pessimism and fatalism is over, they argue – now we need urgently to look for answers.
Join Robert and Kishan at the RSA to begin the debate about what could go right for our economy, politics and society – and how we might hope again.
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