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Huw Edwards

Journalist, presenter and newsreader

What is the first news/historical event you can recall?

I remember being in my grandmother’s house in October 1966— I was five at the time—when the news of the Aberfan disaster came on the radio. A huge coal tip slid down the mountainside and buried the village school, killing 116 children and 28 adults. My grandmother lived in one of the neighbouring valleys of South Wales, where huge coal tips towered over the terraced streets as they did in Aberfan. It was an event which cast the darkest of shadows across Welsh life, and still haunts people to this day. The families were treated appallingly by the National Coal Board and the then-Labour government. I was proud to tell their story in a documentary last year for the 50th anniversary.

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In Prospect’s November issue: Joris Luyendijk and Stuart Ward try to uncover the way Britain is perceived by Europe and the rest of the world. Luyendijk—who lived in Britain for six years before recently moving back to his native Netherlands—explains that the Brexit vote has shown Europe that Britain needs time alone to find its identity again, while Ward—a native Australian—argues that its Britain’s imperial backstory that stops it from truly understanding what the world thinks of it. Elsewhere in the issue Jeffrey Lewis argues that US foreign policy has helped North Korea develop the nuclear bomb and we explore the effect that the Palestinian museum near Ramallah is having on the creation of a national identity. Also in this issue: Sameer Rahim profiles Armando Iannucci, Joseph Stiglitz on Britain’s tricky political situation.