It was the spirit of the UK’s finest hour, the emblem of our post-war greatness, and it was one of the boldest schemes this country has ever produced: it was the Welfare State. In The Nanny State Made Me, Stuart Maconie tells Britain’s Welfare State story through his own story of growing up as a northern working class boy. What was so bad about properly funded hospitals, decent working conditions and affordable houses? And what was so wrong about student grants, free eye tests and council houses? In the book and in this ThinkIn, Stuart looks toward Britain’s future and makes an emotional case for believing in more than profit and loss, and championing a just, fairer society.
Chair: Merope Mills, Editor and Partner, Tortoise