Blind since birth, the Rt Hon David Blunkett was elected to the House of Commons as Member for Sheffield Brightside in 1987. A former Cabinet minister in governments led by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, he was central to the economic and social policies of New Labour. More recently, he has undertaken work on anti-poverty and affordable credit, social mobility and a review of the future role of the community and voluntary sector. On Tuesday 10 November 2009, David Blunkett offered his unique perspective to The Sydney Institute on the global financial crisis and the changing nature of democracy. The speech below has been adapted from a transcript of David Blunkett’s talk.
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