Angus Hanton – Vassal State: How America Runs Britain

Tickets £10.50/£8.50



Britain’s leaders have long boasted how they share cultural, diplomatic and political interests with the US, but in Vassal State business economist Angus Hanton charges them with total ignorance of the profound economic consequences of the ‘special relationship’.  He reveals how much of the UK economy is US-owned, laying bare the extent of US corporate control over pay, conditions, what you buy, and how you buy it. Vassal State shows how policymakers, from Whitehall mandarins to NHS chiefs, are shaping their choices to fit the needs of the 1,000-plus US multinationals which have the whip hand over the daily lives of the Brits.

Chaired by Gerry Foley


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‘Meticulous and calm, Angus Hanton peels away the corporate layers of ‘British’ capitalism to show how we’ve allowed a kind of reverse colonisation sucking billions of pounds daily to Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and New York.’ – Polly Toynbee


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Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


27 Apr 2024


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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