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Monday 13 July 2009

Andrew Marr discusses justice with Amartya Sen, and meaningful work in a recession with Richard Sennett. Plus Sally Muggeridge on mixing business with politics, and Anders Ostergaard on his Burma film.


    Amartya Sen is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and philosopher, well-known for his work on development. His latest book is a thesis on justice. In it he argues there is no such thing as perfect justice or ideal institutions, only manifest injustices which we should strive, in a universal manner, to eliminate.

    The Idea of Justice is published by Allen Lane.

    Amartya Sen

    Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, Richard Sennett is known for his studies of people and their relationship to culture, employment, environment and each other. His most recent thinking explores how from the ashes of current economic gloom, new, more sustainable and more meaningful social and economic structures are likely to emerge.

    Richard Sennett

    Sally Muggeridge is Chief Executive of the Industry and Parliament Trust, a charity that seeks to bridge the gap between Parliament and the worlds of business, industry and commerce. She argues that there is a lack of business experience amongst MPs at a time when this kind of experience is more important than ever, and that more needs to be done to encourage business leaders to stand as MPs.

    Industry and Parliament Trust

    When Danish film-maker Anders Østergaard teamed up with a local Burmese video journalist known as ‘Joshua’ in 2007, he had no idea that this was a country on the brink of a popular uprising. Using footage filmed by local journalists working undercover, Anders pieced together a chronology of the radical events that took place in Burma that summer. The protests provided the most serious threat to the country’s military regime in decades.

    Burma VJ, directed by Anders Østergaard, premiers in the UK on 14 July at BAFTA in London and 40 cinemas around the country.

    Burma VJ


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