Wed, Oct 23, 2019 · 18:30

How did we get here? A stable democracy which is now absurdly unstable, routinely compared to a banana republic or a failed state. A country with robust institutions, where self-described conservatives attack every organisation and judge who dares disagree with them. A place where Scotland had agreed to stay inside the union, only for English nationalism to rise in reply and rewrite the rules of Britishness. The Union is in greater jeopardy than ever and our unwritten constitution is being stretched to the very limit. What went wrong?

Chair: Chris Cook, Editor and Partner, Tortoise and former Policy Editor, Newsnight

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