March 31 / Bookmarks, London – Chris Harvie will be in conversation with Andy Beckett about the Last Days of Gordon Brown, chaired by Jonathan Derbyshire, culture editor of the New Statesman. Andy Beckett writes for the Guardian and his latest book, When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies, is now available in paperback.
April 6 / David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City
April 7 / Housmans Bookshop, London
April 8 / 4.30pm, The Scottish Question in the British Election: a discourse at the Institute of Historical Research
The historians Professor Tom Gallagher (Bradford) and Prof Christopher Harvie (Tuebingen, and an SNP MSP) authors respectively of ‘The Illusion of Freedom’ and ‘Broonland’ debate the interplay of history, personality and policy in the Scottish dimension of the coming election.
April 8 / 7pm, Socialist History Society: “The last days of Gordon Brown?” at Conway Hall (Bertrand Russell Room), London
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Broonland is a scathing and witty indictment of the architect of New Labour, Gordon Brown. Chris Harvie shows how Gordon Brown came to preside over a bankrupt country on the brink of economic and political breakdown. Taking us on a tour of Britain over the last decade, he explores the ever-widening disparity between rich and poor, and how manufacturing was replaced by ‘retail, entertainment and recreation’ – otherwise known as shopping, gambling and drinking. Looking at how a deregulated, casino economy veered wildly out of control, and how Britain’s public utilities and industries were privatized and sold off to the highest bidder, Broonland is both an essential anatomy of New Labour’s bankrupt policies and a caustic portrait of a decade that went from boom to bust.