Hay Festival 2021 – PM300

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Event 59

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Anthony Seldon talks to Jim Naughtie

The Impossible Office: The History of the British PM

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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No.10's honorary historian tells the story of the post of the British PM and why it has endured longer than any other democratic political office in world history. What makes for a successful premiership? Has the job become impossible and can it be improved? Marking the third centenary of the office of Prime Minister, the book explores the lives and careers, loves and scandals, successes and failures of our Prime Ministers. From Robert Walpole and William Pitt the Younger, to Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher, Seldon discusses which of our Prime Ministers have been most effective and why, and how the increasing power of the PM coincided with the steadily falling influence of the Monarchy. He talks to broadcaster James Naughtie, author of On the Road: Adventures from Nixon to Trump.

Part of the Festival’s PM300 series marking 300 years since the UK’s first Prime Minister, with conversations on leadership and the future of democracy.

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Event 93

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Vince Cable talks to Grace Blakeley

Money and Power

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Through economics, our politicians have the power to transform people's lives for better or worse. Deng Xiaoping lifted millions out of poverty by opening up China, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal helped the USA break free from the Great Depression, and Peron and his successors in Argentina brought the country to the brink of ruin. The economist and politician examines the legacy of 16 world leaders who transformed their countries' economic fortunes, and also challenged convention. From Thatcher to Trump, Lenin to Bismarck, this book offers a new perspective on the science of government over the past 300 years. He talks to Grace Blakeley, political and economic commentator and author of The Corona Crash: How the Pandemic will Change Capitalism.

Part of the Festival’s PM300 series marking 300 years since the UK’s first Prime Minister with conversations on leadership and the future of democracy.

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Event 97

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Tony Blair talks to Alastair Campbell

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007 - the only Labour leader in the party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections.

He helped secure the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 bringing peace to Northern Ireland and was a passionate advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, tripling the UK’s foreign aid to Africa, and introducing legislation to tackle climate change.

Since leaving office his work has focused on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism through the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

On this 300th anniversary of the British PM, he reflects on his time in office, the role of the PM and the challenges facing leaders across the world. He talks to Alastair Campbell, best known for his role as Director of Communications and Strategy throughout his tenure.



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Event 104

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Carole Walker and Steve Richards talk to Guto Harri

The Secret World of Westminster

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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At the forefront of British political coverage for more than 30 years as correspondents and broadcasters, Carole Walker and Steve Richards know Westminster inside out. Walker's Lobby Life exposes the battles at Downing Street to control the news agenda, in past and recent. Richards' The Prime Ministers vividly brings to life ten inhabitants of No.10 over the past 50 years, outlining their successes and failures – and what made each of them special.

Guto Harri is the former Chief Political Correspondent with the BBC and Communications Director for Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

Part of the Festival’s PM300 series marking 300 years since the UK’s first Prime Minister with conversations on leadership and the future of democracy.

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