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Weeping Britannia: Emotional Politicians Past and Present

23 October 2015

To mark the publication of Dr Thomas Dixon’s new book ‘Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears’, the Mile End Institute hosted a discussion about the way emotions have shaped the country's leading politicians.

Time: 6:30am
Venue: Old Navy Boardroom, Somerset House

Touchy-feely politics did not begin with Tony Blair - both Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher were both known for outbursts of emotion and in their own ways opened the door to today’s more personal style of politics.

Now it is common for politicians to talk about how they were 'moved to tears' by events - and as the current migrant crisis demonstrates, these emotional responses translate into their policy decisions.

Dr Thomas Dixon was joined by a panel of QMUL experts to discuss the role of emotions in politics:

  • Dr Patrick Diamond, Former Labour adviser and Lecturer in Public Policy at QMUL
  • Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith, Theatre director, researcher at QMUL and author of “The Book of Human Emotions: An Encyclopaedia of Feeling from Anger to Wanderlust”
  • Dr Lily Jampol, Lecturer in Marketing at QMUL


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