Live tonight – How British politics lost its way


Tonight at the Frontline Club we’ll be talking with journalist, author and broadcaster Peter Hitchens about how British politics lost its way. A subject Peter dissects in his most recent book, The Broken Compass How British Politics. We start at 7pm GMT/11am GMT. As usual, if you can’t join us in person at the Club, please come and watch live on the Club Events page or on the Frontline Club live channel. John Kampfner, editor of the New Statesman until 2008 now Chief Executive of Index on Censorship will chair the discussion,

Peter Hitchens talks about the need for a new political compass in a world where traditional boundaries between the Left and Right no longer exist. Left-wingers backed the invasion of Iraq and Tories campaign for civil liberties yet conventional wisdom insists on operating as if the age-old divisions between political parties still apply, argues journalist, author and broadcaster Peter Hitchens.

In his new book The Broken Compass How British Politics lost its way, Peter Hitchens, who writes for the Mail on Sunday, argues that the real divide is between politicians and the electorate and is both a threat to Parliament and to society. Peter Hitchens takes on the “conformist media” for continuing to adhere to such obsolete notions of Left and Right and calls for the re-establishment of proper adversarial politics based on principle.

Peter Hitchens is a journalist, author and broadcaster who worked on the Daily Express for most of his career. He resigned on principle in protest at the takeover by Richard Desmond and now writes for the Mail on Sunday. link