22 October 2015: Reconnecting politics with people
An evening of conversation about politics, power and faith between two of our most original thinkers, Arnie Graf and Danny Kruger, moderated by Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor of The Spectator, and co-hosted with the Centre for English Identity and Politics.
Arnie Graf is well known for his role mentoring a young Barack Obama while both were involved in church-based community action. In 2011 Ed Miliband appointed him to his team of advisors, with a brief to conduct a root-and-branch review of the Labour Party in order to reconnect it with voters.
Danny Kruger is the Chief Executive of criminal justice charity Only Connect, which helps prisoners, former criminals and yound people at risk of reoffending. He is also a former chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph. A former special advisor to David Cameron, Kruger was a leding advocate of the Big Society, 'compassionate Conservatism' and the need for the party to embrace social justice.
One question addressed by these two commentators was: does modern politics really connect with people and could it do so more effectively? With the growth in influence of smaller parties, contrasting results for the SNP and Lib Dems at the last election and the looming referendum on Europe added into the mix, the evening yielded a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion.
“With compassionate conservatism back on the agenda after Prime Minister David Cameron's speech at the Conservative party conference, as well as a change of leadership in the Labour party, there could hardly be a better time to be hosting a conversation about politics, power and faith”, said Andrew Bradstock, TRiPL Convener and Visiting Professor in Theology, Religion and Philosophy.