On 10 November 2008, the British Academy hosted a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Peter Hennessy FBA, to consider whether public trust in our major public institutions has fallen as much as is widely suggested. The panellists were Baroness Onora O’Neill (President of the British Academy), Richard Wilson (former Cabinet Secretary, now Lord Wilson of Dinton), and Mark Thompson (Director-General of the BBC). In this extract from the occasion, Richard Wilson considers public trust in government and politicians.
• Richard Wilson
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