We are honoured to welcome Tariq Ali in the haus, to launch his biography of Winston Churchill, ‘a coruscating portrait of Britain’s greatest imperialist’. This launch will be hosted by Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Festival of Ideas.
The Churchill cult is completely out of control. In its present form, explains Tariq Ali, it was created during the Thatcher period, marked by the Falkland/Malvinas war and further embellished during the more recent conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. The cult today overshadows everything that existed during Churchill’s lifetime and the Second World War. Then, he was seen by many as an indomitable class warrior at home and abroad.
Throughout his life, Churchill never bothered to conceal his White supremacist views or his passionate defence of the British Empire. Tariq Ali challenges Churchill’s vaulted record. Throughout his long career as journalist, adventurer, MP, military leader, imperialist statesman, and historian, Churchill’s nationalist self belief influenced his every step, with catastrophic effects. Tariq Ali’s indictment will go some way in correcting the imbalance.
We are grateful to Bristol Festival of Ideas for their collaboration.
Ticket includes a glass of wine/soft drink and £2 off the book.