Four Chancellors and a Funeral
with Russell Jones
in conversation with Rob Gifford
Wednesday 3 April, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Waterstones, Unit 72 Midsummer Place,
Central Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes MK9 3GA
Tickets: £10/£7 in person; £5 livestream
The sequel nobody wants. After a decade of the Tories, could it get any worse? Spoiler – it does.
Towards the end of 2021, Britain had been frogmarched into an escalating series of surreal calamities. Brexit was a disaster, the NHS was in crisis, the government was bathed head-to-toe in impropriety, senior Tories were still acting as though the public purse was their personal feed-trough, and the air crackled with anger about PartyGate. All of which led to an inglorious start to 2022: the year the UK saw two monarchs, three prime ministers and four chancellors.
From Boris Johnson, who trashed our international reputation and handed billions to his mates so they could ineptly fight a pandemic while he stayed at home, shagging and acting as a super-spreader; to Liz Truss, a drive-by prime minister who managed to kill off the queen and crash the economy in a single week. And now we’re led by Rishi Sunak, who doesn’t know how to use a credit card, drives a pretend car, and grinningly promises even more poverty.
Four Chancellors and a Funeral delivers more of Russell Jones’s signature scathing wit, combining a detailed historical record of 2021 and 2022, with acerbic commentary, all of it leavened by jokes at the seemingly endless maelstrom of failures, nincompoops and hypocrisies.
About Russell Jones
Russell Jones is the man behind the Sunday Times bestselling The Decade in Tory. He publishes #TheWeekInTory, a regular breakdown of the government’s regular breakdowns on social media, writing as @RussInCheshire. Four Chancellors and a Funeral is his second book.
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About Rob Gifford
Rob Gifford is a cultural activist based in Stony Stratford. He co-curates StonyWords, the annual community festival celebrating the word in all its formats which happens every year in January. He is also chair of Stony Stratford Theatre Society with whom he has acted for the last eight years, including Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and The Duke in Measure for Measure. With SSTC, he has adapted a number of Dickens stories for performance to raise money for MK Food Bank. He has been a member of the Labour Party since 1976, which means he has seen every permutation of it!
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