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    Identity Wars: lessons from the Dreyfus Affair and Brexit Britain

    Identity Wars: lessons from the Dreyfus Affair and Brexit Britain

    The episode "tore society apart, divided families, and split the country into two enemy camps, which then attacked each other …”
     
    A description by some future historian looking back at Britain after Brexit? No - it is how the late French President Jacques Chirac described the so-called “Dreyfus Affair”, which shook France from top to bottom a century ago.
     
    Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish army officer who was convicted on false charges of passing military secrets to the Germans. He spent several years in prison on Devil's Island, and was only released and exonerated after a long campaign led by eminent figures such Emile Zola.
     
    Although the circumstances of the Dreyfus affair are very different to those surrounding Brexit, there are certain parallels – for example, the way that people came to identify themselves as either Dreyfusards or anti-Dreyfusards.
     
    The Dreyfus affair and its aftermath convulsed France for decades, with French society split down the middle about whether Dreyfus was guilty or innocent.
     
    How important are societal divides like these?  Should they be allowed to run their natural course - or should steps be taken to encourage “healing”, as Boris Johnson recently urged?
     
    In this edition of Analysis, Professor Anand Menon, Director of the UK in a Changing Europe, looks back at the Dreyfus affair, and asks what lessons we can learn - and whether they can help us better understand what is happening in Britain as the country faces up to the reality of Brexit, and the coronavirus crisis.
     
    Contributors:
    Alastair Campbell, former Downing Street press secretary to Tony Blair
    Ruth Harris, Professor of Modern European History, University of Oxford
    Margaret MacMillan, emeritus Professor of International History, University of Oxford
    Philippe Oriol, historian and author of “The False Friend of Captain Dreyfus”
    Paula Surridge, Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at Bristol University
    Nick Timothy, former joint chief of staff at 10 Downing Street
    Anthony Wells, Head of Research, YouGov

    Translation of extract from “J’Accuse…!” by Emile Zola, by Shelley Temchin and Jean-Max Guieu, Georgetown University.

    Presenter: Professor Anand Menon
    Producer: Neil Koenig
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    Command and Control?

    Command and Control?

    When Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer in February rather than accept Boris Johnson's reported demand that he dismiss his own team of special advisers and accept a new one drawn up in 10 Downing Street, many saw the episode as a crude attempt by the Prime Minister to wrest control of economic policy from the Treasury. But would such a reform necessarily be a bad thing?

    Edward Stourton considers the case for economic policy being driven from the very top of government. If decision-making, in arguably the most important government department, took place on the prime minister's terms rather than having to be negotiated with a powerful colleague leading a vast bureaucracy, would that make for quicker and more streamlined decision-making that gave clearer direction to the government overall? And has in any case the time come to clip the wings of the Treasury which too often determines policy on narrowly financial grounds rather than properly allowing for the potential benefits of government spending - and which has recently signed off such alarmingly over-budget projects as HS2 and London's Crossrail?

    In seeking answers to those questions, Edward speaks to the former Chancellors, Alistair Darling and Norman Lamont; to former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair in Downing Street, Jonathan Powell; to former Treasury minister, David Gauke; and and to ex-officials, including former top Treasury civil servant, Nic Macpherson.

    Producer Simon Coates

    • 28 min
    The Roots of 'Woke' Culture

    The Roots of 'Woke' Culture

    Barack Obama condemned it. Black American activists championed it. Meghan Markle brought it to the Royal Family. “Wokeness” has become a shorthand for one side of the culture wars, popularising concepts like “white privilege” and “trigger warnings” - and the idea that “language is violence”.

    Journalist Helen Lewis is on a mission to uncover the roots of this social phenomenon. On her way she meets three authors who in 2017 hoaxed a series of academic journals with fake papers on dog rape, fat bodybuilding and feminist astrology. They claimed to have exposed the jargon-loving, post-modern absurdity of politically correct university departments - whose theories drive “woke” online political movements.

    But is there really a link between the contemporary language of social justice warriors and the continental philosophy of the 1960s and 70s? And are critics of wokeness just reactionaries, left uneasy by a changing world?

    Producer Craig Templeton Smith
    Editor Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    Unequal England

    Unequal England

    Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies explores what the world of work can tells us about inequality and why some towns and cities feel left behind. He finds England is one of the most regionally unequal economies in the developed world.

    He looks at the differences in wages and opportunities across the county and seeks to understand why this has created areas where people struggle to find well paid work.

    This edition of the programme includes interviews with:
    Professor Steve Machin - The Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
    Helen Barnard - Joseph Rowntree Foundation
    Tom Forth - Open Data Institute Leeds
    Henry Overman - Director, The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
    James Bloodworth - Author "Hired - Six months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain"
    Richard Hagan - MD, Crystal Doors
    Tony Lloyd MP for Rochdale
    Jade & Billy - workers


    Producer - Smita Patel
    Editor - Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    China's Captured "Princess"

    China's Captured "Princess"

    If you want to understand the global reach of a rising China, visit Vancouver. Canada has been sucked in to an intractable dispute between the US and China after the arrest on an American warrant of Meng Wanzhou, an executive with the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Beijing’s furious response caught Canada off guard. Two Canadians have been detained in China – seemingly in response, precipitating an acute foreign policy crisis. Canadian journalist Neal Razzell examines what could be the first of many tests both for Canada and other nations, forced to choose between old allies like America and the new Asian economic giant.

    • 28 min
    It's Not Easy Being Green

    It's Not Easy Being Green

    If the future of politics must include tackling climate change, it holds that the future should be bright for the Greens. In parts of Europe, their influence is growing. In Germany the Green Party is enjoying unprecedented support. But in the UK there’s only ever been one Green MP and the party won just 2.7 per cent of the vote in last year's election. In this edition of Analysis, Rosie Campbell, Professor of Politics and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College London, goes in search of the Green vote. Who are they? If the Parliamentary path is blocked due to the voting system, how do they make an impact? And can they persuade more people not only to vote Green but also to become “Greener”?

    Producer: Jim Frank
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min

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