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No Longer A United Kingdom


Tue 15 Sep 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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No longer a United Kingdom: the history and politics of Britain’s identity crisis.

The general election of May 2015 revealed a country more divided about its national identity and destiny than at any time since the rise of Irish nationalism over a century earlier. Each of the four nations of the United Kingdom is dominated by a different party; the winners of the election, the Conservatives, have a significant presence only in England. They must resolve in short order two existential crises, the prospect of an independent Scotland and of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. By the next election in 2020 the ‘United Kingdom’ may be unrecognisable.

Sir Ivor Crewe is currently a governor of the European University Institute in Florence, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of the Arts London. He was elected Master of University College, Oxford in 2008.

Formerly the Vice-Chancellor and founding Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, as well as the Head of the Department of Government at the University of Essex, Sir Ivor's academic work focuses on British politics, and he has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK.

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