John Campbell Lecture 2017 - Charles the Rash

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In the seventh John Campbell lecture, we welcome Joan Smith to consider the looming constitutional crisis people are strangely loath to talk about​.

Joan Smith: Charles the Rash

The country is bitterly divided. The political class is in disarray. Things couldn't possibly get worse - or could they?

A new head of state, the most egregiously unqualified since Edward VIII, is waiting in the wings. Step forward Charles Windsor, a credulous fool and a man in a hurry.

We're about to get a lesson in what inherited privilege really looks like - and it's the biggest opportunity for British republicans for decades.

The lecture will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and a free wine reception. Doors open at 6:30 PM.


Down with the Royals

In Down with the Royals, Joan Smith argues that it has become nearly impossible to question the existence of the monarchy. Articulate republicans are drowned out while the supercharged PR and media machines ask only who designed Kate’s dresses.

Down with the Royals topples the arguments for having a monarchy, one by one. The royals don’t provide a boost for tourism, and their deliberately opaque accounting conceals the truth about the huge burden they place on the public purse.

Ultimately, Smith declares that the monarchy – undemocratic, unaccountable and shockingly expensive – has no place in modern Britain.

Get a copy of the book in November, choose the 'Ticket + Copy of Down with the Royals' option below — you'll have a chance to have your copy signed by Joan after the lecture.


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November 1, 2017 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
Mary Sumner House
24 Tufton Street
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Ticket £12.00
Ticket for members £10.00
Ticket + Copy of Down with the Royals £20.00
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