From Trump in America, to Orbán in Hungary and Modi in India, the rise of populist and, to many, right-wing politics is growing. The recent election in France saw the far right gain its largest percentage share in the runoff for President and here in the UK murmurings of discontent on policies around race and migration have pointed to a very un-British lurch into the politics of nationalism and the far right.

Jared Shurin, Head of Strategy at M&C Saatchi World Services, chairs a panel that will discuss why we are seeing a rise in right of centre and far-right politics from social media to government policy. Joining him will be Baroness Claire Fox, the founder of the Institute of Ideas, Sebastian Payne, the Whitehall editor for the Financial Times and presenter of Payne’s Politics podcast, Matthew Feldman, the director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, and Zahed Amanullah a resident senior fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

About The Chair

Jared Shurin

Jared Shurin is the editor of The Outcast Hours, The Djinn Falls in Love, The Lowest Heaven and many other books, including the annual Best of British Fantasy series.

About The Academic

Headshot of Baroness Claire Fox

Baroness Claire Fox

Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, which she established in 2000 to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and initiated the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers. In September 2020, Claire became a member of the House of Lords as Baroness Fox of Buckley having previously been elected as an MEP for the North West England constituency in the 2019 European Parliament elections. She is also a visiting professor in professional practice at the University of Buckingham and author of a book on free speech, I STILL Find That Offensive! (Biteback, 2018)

About The Journalist

Sebastian Payne

About The Speaker

Jacob Davey