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National Identity with Maajid Nawaz and Sir Christopher Meyer.

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 02 July 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to Maajid Nawaz about his journey from Islamist extremist to a champion of democracy. Growing up in Britain in the 1980s Nawaz found his sense of identity in political Islam. National identity and the state of the nation is at the heart of Robert Chesshyre's book in which he argues that the roots of many of today's problems, especially the increase in inequality, were planted under Margaret Thatcher's leadership. But one of the new intake of Conservative MPs, dubbed the 'New Radicals', Elizabeth Truss, looks to an alternative future where "decline is not inevitable." And the former ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, turns his attention to the rich and powerful across the world, to see how different power networks operate.


    Maajid Nawaz is Co-Founder and Chairman of Quilliam.

    'Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening' is published by WH Allen.

    Maajid Nawaz

    Robert Chesshyre is a writer and journalist.

    'When the Iron Lady Ruled Britain' has just been reissued and is published by Alma Books.

    Robert Chesshyre

    Elizabeth Truss is the Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk.

    'Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity', co-authored by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September.

    Elizabeth Truss

    Sir Christopher Meyer is a former British Ambassador to the United States.

    His six-part television series, 'Networks of Power', will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic HD and begins on Tuesday 10 July at 9.00pm.

    Sir Christopher Meyer


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