Society faces a set of issues that can seem intractable. ‘The Too Difficult Box' is a series convened in PSI by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke and Professor Hussein Kassim, in which experienced policy-makers look at the obstacles that make solutions to these issues difficult to achieve, consider how well-conducted politics might address those difficulties and explore possible political solutions.
The first series included Anthony Giddens (climate change), Stephen Wall (Britain and Europe), John Hutton (public sector pensions), and Shirley Williams (multilateral disarmament). The second featured David Lipsey (social care), Gillian Shephard (on the illusion of power), Patricia Hewitt (gender discrimination), Charles Clarke on immigration, and Richard Dannatt (defending the UK) and the third David Hunt (regulating the media) and David Baulcombe (Food Security).
The Spring 2013 Too Difficult Box series takes place on Thursdays, 6:30pm, during January & February, in the Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre (except 21 Februrary, which will be held in the Elizabeth Fry Lecture Theatre, 01.08),
- 31 January Tim Loughton 'Child Protection'
- 7 February David Blunkett 'Welfare Reform'
- 21 February Trevor Phillips 'Equality' - Elizabth Fry Lecture Theatre 01.08
- 28 February Margaret Hodge 'Stopping Waste in Public Spending'
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The Autumn 2012 Too Difficult Box ended on the 29 November 2012. Catch up with recordings from this series in our Video Archive