Season 1

Not Ready For Government - Should We Train Politicians?
June 20, 2024x
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Not Ready For Government - Should We Train Politicians?

With Labour almost certain to take the reins of power on July 5th, almost none of the incoming ministers have ever run anything bigger than a church fete. Right away they will have to take over billion-pound budgets and huge departments. Is it ridiculous to put gifted but untrained amateurs in charg...

Getting Through - Connecting with voters in 2024
June 13, 2024x
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Getting Through - Connecting with voters in 2024

TV debates, TikTok stunts, falling off a paddleboard - does any of it influence how people vote? What works in an election campaign? Does ANYONE read a manifesto? How can politicians connect effectively with the public? Or has everyone already made up their minds? Dr Matt Walsh, head of the School o...

There’s No Money Left - What The New Chancellor Might Find
June 06, 2024x
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There’s No Money Left - What The New Chancellor Might Find

Promises galore - more doctors’ surgeries, pension triple-lock plus, free social care, a boost in the size of the army - but how much of any of this can we afford, whoever gets into Number 10 on July 5th? The huge public debt, lack of investment and productivity, and politicians refusal to countenan...

International Justice?
May 30, 2024x
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International Justice?

Are leaders ever held to account for starting wars or killing civilians. The International Criminal Court has already issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin, and one is in prospect for Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. Is it right to try to prosecute the leader of a democracy with a ...

Ukraine - On The Brink Of Defeat?
May 23, 2024x
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Ukraine - On The Brink Of Defeat?

The new Russian offensive towards Kharkiv suggests Moscow has seized the initiative in the two-year conflict. With not enough ammunition or soldiers, can Kyiv hold the line? Is the support from the EU, NATO and the US going to last — especially if Donald Trump returns to the White House in January? ...

Social Media For Young People - Moral Menace Or Moral Panic?
May 16, 2024x
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Social Media For Young People - Moral Menace Or Moral Panic?

With almost everyone under 30 on TikTok or Instagram, and claims of rampant bullying, sexploitation and pornography - is there any way to protect young people from the harmful effects? The social media giants wring their hands but do nothing. Governments launch inquiries and claim they’re doing some...

Small Boats Leading To Small Votes? - UK Politics In 2024
May 09, 2024x
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Small Boats Leading To Small Votes? - UK Politics In 2024

As the smoke clears from the low-turnout council elections, what have we learnt about the prospects for the upcoming general election? Are the Tories heading for oblivion, or (as Rishi believes) a hung parliament? Is Labour damaged by the Gaza war, or by its own overcautious attitude? Can Reform be ...

Migration - What's Driving The Small Boat Journey?
May 02, 2024x
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Migration - What's Driving The Small Boat Journey?

Why do they do it - people willing to crowd into small boats, put their lives at risk and pay thousands of pounds to cross the Channel? There's no sign threats of deportation to Rwanda will make any difference to their efforts to reach the UK. Phil and Roger have been speaking to some...

Danger Zone - The Middle East Crisis
April 25, 2024x
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Danger Zone - The Middle East Crisis

On the edge of global conflict - the world held its breath as Israel and Iran attacked each other directly for the first time. But have we really stepped back from the brink? There’s no end in sight to the bloodshed in Gaza, and anger is building globally over the lack of progress in bringing in aid...

A Growing Problem - Can We Keep Expanding The Economy?
April 18, 2024x
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A Growing Problem - Can We Keep Expanding The Economy?

Growth in our economy - that’s what politicians tell us we need. But do we? And what sort of growth? And won’t that just hurt the planet even further? Is expanding GDP the only way to keep us all happy and comfortable? Daniel Susskind, Professor of Economics at King’s College, London, gives Phil and...