William first joined the SDP in 1982. A former District Councillor & Parliamentary Candidate, he presently serves on Corbridge Parish Council in Northumberland. William became leader of the Social Democrats in early 2018 and was re-elected in March 2020. William holds first and Masters degrees in Urban Planning and Property Management respectively and read Philosophy at Durham University at Postgraduate level.
The family as a social unit should be considered the bastion of mutual support, and the place where we discover and develop our moral instincts. When these social ties are well practised, the strong will naturally help the weak.
John and William discuss the damage done to Britain by the decline in its manufacturing sector, the failure of the post-1979 economic order in maintaining growth and prosperity, and what can be done to help Britain reindustrialise.
Patrick and William discuss the American political scene, the problems of big tech and crony capitalism, the folly of recent foreign military interventions, and the hope that communitarian politics brings for the future.
Those of us who lament the loss of the common life are often accused of wanting a better yesterday. This is untrue. We want a better tomorrow and believe it depends - almost entirely - on what we can still do together.
Tim and William discuss political divides in Britain and the US, how poorly the main parties are aligned with their heartlands, and how well social conservatism sits with a purist stance on free trade.
William and Claire discuss the nature of the free speech crisis in British public life, the prognosis for identity politics as a part of our political debate, and what Brexit may mean and look like from an economically left-leaning perspective.