Gavin Esler - How Britain Ends

In conversation with Stewart Collins

Gavin Esler - How Britain Ends

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Thursday 4 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

5.00pm - 6.00pm

Adults £12 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5


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The well-known journalist and television presenter Gavin Esler has produced a thoughtful and important book about the rise of English nationalism and what he sees as the impending breakup of the United Kingdom. How Britain Ends is a book about history, but also about the strange, complicated identity of Britishness. In the past, it was possible to live with delightful confusion: one could be English, or British, Scottish or Irish and a citizen/subject of the United Kingdom (or Great Britain). For years that state has been what Gavin Esler calls a ‘secret federation’, but without the explicit federal arrangements that allow Germany or the USA to survive. With major stresses and strains having shown themselves in recent years, Esler asks what constitutional or federal arrangements might prevent the disintegration of the British state, which has survived in its present form for 400 years?

Gavin Esler is journalist, television presenter and author. He was a main presenter of the BBC current affairs show Newsnight for 12 years until 2014. Since 2014 he has been a public speaker, a political commentator and journalist, and the Chancellor of the University of Kent.

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