Philosopher, statesman, and founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke is both the greatest and most under-rated political thinker of the past three hundred years. Born in Ireland in 1729, and deeply affected by its bigotry and extremes, his career constituted a lifelong struggle against the abuse of power. He warned of the effects of British rule in Ireland and the loss of the American colonies, and most famously, foresaw the disastrous consequences of revolution in France. In 1774, he also was elected member of parliament for Bristol, then England’s second city.
Come along to hear Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford, talk about the life of one of his political heroes and address Burke’s great relevance in today’s “Big Society”