How Politics & the Media Crashed Our Democracy : Ctrl Alt Delete – Tom Baldwin

Thursday 6th June 5pm

Something has gone badly wrong: people loathe politicians, distrust the press and increasingly fear each other. Ctrl Alt Delete is a brutally honest and sometimes funny account of how our democracy was crashed — and whether we can still re-boot it. Interviewing everyone from Tony Blair to Michael Gove, top journalists to Russian bloggers, and tech giant execs to online activists, Tom Baldwin will describe a vicious battle for control of the news agenda, at the expense of public trust and the value of truth. He will also share how technological change has hollowed out space for virulent new populist alternatives, including the so-called ‘alt-right’ and ‘alt-left’. And will also warn that not only extremists, but also the progressive centre, may now decide to press ‘delete’ on liberal democracy altogether.


Tom Baldwin has spent the best part of three decades at the centre of politics and the media. He has been communications director for the Labour Party, political editor of The Sunday Telegraph, assistant editor of The Times, and The Times’ Washington bureau chief.

‘Written with characteristic gusto and insight, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of the democratic and civic crisis we face today.’ — Tristram Hunt