The Crisis of Trust in Institutions

The idea of trust, and worries about its decline, have become a major preoccupation across all sectors of society. Politicians are worried that the public no longer trusts them, businesses are concerned their consumers distrust them, journalists fret that readers trust ‘fake news’ more than their reporting. This very engaging panel filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival consider what’s going on. Supposed remedies such as transparency, we learn, are making things worse.

The speakers are: Dr Tim Black books and essays editor, spiked Miranda Green journalist; commentator; deputy editor of opinion pages, Financial Times; former Liberal Democrat advisor Professor Sir Simon Wessely Regius chair of psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London; president, Royal Society of Medicine Linda Woodhead distinguished professor of religion and society, Lancaster University; author, That Was the Church That Was: how the Church of England lost the English people John Waters writer and playwright; author, Give Us Back the Bad Roads and Was It For This? Why Ireland Lost the Plot The chair is Jacob Reynolds partnerships manager, Academy of Ideas; co-convenor, Living Freedom and The Academy, boi charity