FT Weekend Stage

The FT Weekend Stage will have a range of debates and panels on the wrenching issues of our age, from Brexit and the rise of robots to Lucy Kellaway’s new career in teaching. This stage is hosted by Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend

Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend

Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend

Sessions include: 

11.00am – 11.45am | Fake news, Facebook and the post post-truth era
The editors’ debate - FT editor, Lionel Barber, the editor of UK Buzzfeed, Janine Gibson and the BBC’s Newsnight presenter Evan Davis

12.00pm – 12.55pm | Strong and Stable: can Britain ever be this again? 
Vince Cable, Daniel Hannan, Janan Ganesh and Mehreen Khan debate with Robert Shrimsley the future of the Brexit talks and what happens next in the cauldron of British politics

Plus a special reading
Ben Okri recites his FT exclusive poem 'Grenfell Tower'

1.00pm – 1.45pm | What we get wrong about technology
Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist, and award-winning broadcaster and author, tells you why not to worry about humanoid robots and radical technologies that could change our lives

2.00pm  – 2.45pm | Global exclusive: the FT's first live leader debate
For the first time since the FT was founded, the FT's editor will debate in public the newspaper’s stance for its next editorials. Lionel Barber will be in discussion with senior FT writers Martin WolfRoula Khalaf, Brooke Masters and Rob Armstrong. At least one debate will be on Brexit and the UK economy. The arguments will be for the leaders to be published the following week. Prepare for fireworks!

3.00pm – 3.50pm | Ten years on from the credit crunch, have we learned anything? 
Launch of the FT Weekend's Punk Economics animated film of what went wrong. Gillian Tett discusses with Martin Wolf, Merryn, Somerset WebbDavid McWilliams and Patrick Jenkins the lessons of the crisis and what the City has to do to avoid a repeat

4.00pm – 4.45pm | Why I gave up the nicest job in the world to be a maths teacher
Lucy Kellaway, the FT’s inimitable columnist, famed for her satire on modern corporate life, discusses with Gideon Rachman why she has left the newspaper after more than 30 years to teach maths in a challenging London secondary school

5.00pm – 5.45pm | Reimagining London for the 21st Century
Architect Richard Rogers discusses visions of post-Brexit London and how to design a great global city, in conversation with Simon Kuper

6.00pm – 6.45pm | Jeremy Paxman in the firing line
The art of the interview in the post-truth age, the highs and the lows of a career grilling politicians and lessons on writing a frank memoir. The FT Weekend editor Alec Russell takes on Britain’s legendary political inquisitor


It was a fantastic and memorable day - extremely civilised, inspiring and uplifting, all the speakers I listened to were terrific... I could continue for some time with my enthusiasm for the event!

Tyler Brule and Lucy Kellaway were wonderfully fun, while the panel with Martin Wolf, Merryn Somerset-Webb, Gideon Rachman
and Robert Shrimsley was fantastic.

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