For our March TNG we welcome the Viscount, author and all-round optimist Matt Ridley, who will speak on the historical and economic importance of free trade agreements like TTIP.
Some circles allege that TTIP will usher in an era of corporatism and secret courts, destroying the NHS and decimating small businesses with the cruel force of globalization. Luckily, reality is far more benevolent — and Matt Ridley will explain exactly how free trade agreements like TTIP will make all involved significantly better off.
As a speaker Viscount Ridley needs little introduction. He has written a number of books on science, the environment and economics, including ‘The Red Queen’ and ‘The Rational Optimist’, which have sold over a million copies, been translated into thirty languages, and have won several awards. His TED conference talk ‘When Ideas Have Sex’ has over 2 million views online. He continues to write regularly, and was elected as hereditary peer in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party in 2013.