Brexit, Boris and the future of Britain

September 10 in Brisbane
September 12 in Canberra

 

Join us to hear from Simon Heffer, a leading British columnist and historian, on the political crisis engulfing Westminster.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to go to the polls next month in order to execute Britain’s belated departure from the European Union. However, his bid has been blocked by opposition MPs and Tory remainers following a string of heavy parliamentary defeats. Britain is in uncharted territory.

Is Boris damaged goods? Are the Conservatives splintering irreparably? Is a Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn — a die-hard socialist — now likely? And will Brexit even happen?

Simon Heffer has been a high-profile British commentator for three decades, and he will try to explain what the Westminster crisis means for conservatism, Brexit and the future of Australian-British relations. He will also address the previously advertised subject of Western civilisation.

Given the University of Queensland’s recent decision to form a partnership with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, you’ll enjoy hearing a leading scholar in this field.

Simon Heffer, formerly with The Spectator and the Daily Mail, is a columnist with The Daily Telegraph in London. He is author of, among other influential books, High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britainand The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914.

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a former editor of the Spectator Australia.