Trinity Hall Spotlights: Politics

2024 looks set to be an extraordinary political year, with a general election in the UK and a presidential election in the US.

Trinity Hall Spotlights: Politics will endeavour to throw some light on what’s ahead.

As a former journalist I know both how frustrating politics can be but also how important - in the end it’s the way we govern ourselves in a democracy. The past few years have felt particularly tumultuous in the UK and the US so I feel it’s a good time to reflect and explore how we could shape a better politics for the future.

— Mary Hockaday, Master

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How to Make Politics Better

How can we engage constructively with politics, while simultaneously holding our leaders to account? How do we respond to populism and distrust in elites as an academic institution, and as politically engaged individuals? How do we approach social media and disinformation, in the context of impartiality and free speech?

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Hustings 2024

A good-natured and good-humoured debate about the forthcoming UK general election, chaired by the Master of Trinity Hall, promised to be an enlightening exploration of the current political climate and the choice on offer. We consider what the main parties are offering voters and also hear what being a politician is really like; the joys and challenges of campaigning and what motivated our panellists to follow a path of public and political service.

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Understanding Putin's Russia

This event was organised following the arrest of the prominent Russian opposition figure and Trinity Hall alumnus Vladimir Kara-Murza, which has reminded us once again of the nature of the Putin regime. Kara-Murza is merely the latest example of an escalating pattern of repression in Russia as the war in Ukraine continues, and the government seeks to ensure total conformity at home. In this context, Trinity Hall and the Centre for Geopolitics convened this panel discussion with experts and policy-makers to explain how this situation has come about and explore what might lie ahead for Russia and beyond.