12-Oct-19 Clovelly Lectures: ‘Smart people have too much power’ by David Goodhart

Date(s) - Sat 12-Oct-19
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Clovelly Visitor Centre


David Goodhart | Clovelly Lectures | Business Action | independent North Devon-based business magazine | North Devon business news

In the latest of Clovelly Lectures’ series of topical discussions, David Goodhart will speak on the topic of

Smart People have too much Power
Democracy in Crisis – Understanding Political Disaffection in the West.

As an influential journalist and head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, Goodhart will lead the discussion, which will provide the opportunity for the audience to ask questions directly on some of the most important issues of the current time.

Event tickets

The event includes reception, lecture, debate and dinner.

Reception, Lecture & Debate – 6.00pm to 8.20pm  – £27 per person

Reception, Lecture, Debate & Dinner – 6.00pm to 10.30pm – £50 per person
(FOR DINNER – Black Tie, Suits & Bow Ties, Ethnic Dress)

Book places

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01237 431200
  • Download booking form.

David Goodhart

David Goodhart is a journalist and founded Prospect, a British current affairs magazine, in 1995 and was the editor until 2010, when he became editor-at-large. In December 2011, he was appointed director of the London-based think tank Demos. In 2017, he became head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange. He was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years and for part of this period he was based in Germany. He has written for The Times, The Independent and The Guardian and has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme on immigration and on Blue Labour. He has written of the influence on his thinking of people such as Maurice Glasman, who coined the term ‘Blue Labour’.

His publications include:

  • The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (2017). Goodhart identifies the value divisions in British society that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.
  • The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration (2013). Runner’up for the Orwell book prize.

Goodhart is one of seven children born to Valerie Forbes Winant (the niece of John Gilbert Winant) and Conservative MP Sir Philip Goodhart. He is a great-great-grandson of Mayer Lehman, co-founder of Lehman Brothers. He was educated at Eton College, and the University of York, where he gained a degree in History and Politics. He has written of being an “old Etonian Marxist’ in his late teens and early twenties.

Clovelly Lectures

Clovelly Lectures is a lecture forum on world affairs held in the idyllic village of Clovelly, North Devon, where a soft backdrop of picturesque England welcomes tough discussions. The purpose of this forum is to provide information on policy directions for making informed choices.

Do you ever feel that, despite the information overload from 24-hour rolling news and social media, you are disconnected from the people in power whose decisions affect the way we live? The purpose of this lecture forum is to bring influential people out of the corridors of power and into a more relaxed setting where people can meet them and hear what they have to say.

See details at clovellylectures.com.