INSIDE BRIEFING with Institute for Government
Sunset Clause is coming to town: Inside the Corona Bill
Season 1, Ep. 30
That “draconian” Corona Bill: exactly how swingeing are the powers it bestows? And will the Government give them up as fast as they assumed them? Special guest Paul Waugh of Huffington Post on what it’s like to be present in one of Johnson’s emergency press conferences. Jeremy Corbyn’s last stand. And has the BBC’s temporary reprieve from Government attention bought it a whole new set of headaches for the future?“Labour are now thinking that if Johnson is going be Churchill in this crisis, can their next leader be Attlee?” –Paul Waugh“It was pretty extraordinary that Johnson made that announcement to 27 million people, and the next day he didn’t put himself forward for questions… Johnson likes the cut and thrust of questions. But those around him aren’t so keen.” – Paul WaughPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Hannah White and Joe Marshall. Audio production by Alex Rees.
Coronanomics – “An enormous moral decision”
Season 1, Ep. 29
“Change your life. Do everything differently.” Is Government rising to the Corona crisis? How can it ensure that state aid helps employees and businesses and doesn’t go straight into owners’ pockets? Have we fallen for a dangerous form of British exceptionalism in our approach? Will some form of Universal Basic Income prove to be inevitable to get us through this? And does Boris Johnson need to do a bit more than just listen to the experts?Special guests Matthew Parris of The Times and IfG fellow Jill Rutter join Bronwen Maddox and Cath Haddon to discuss the economic and legal backdrop to the most serious crisis in modern British history.“Governments have made an enormous moral choice in sacrificing the economic well-being of younger people simply to keep the older generation alive. I’m not sure they’ve made the right choice.” - Matthew Parris“Even though I was in government for a long time, I never encountered an emergency like this.” –Jill Rutter“It’s all very well saying this is temporary, but tell that to your bank manager.” –Matthew ParrisPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon and special guests Matthew Parris and Jill Rutter. Audio production by Alex Rees.
How to handle a national emergency – a special podcast
Season 1, Ep. 28
COVID-19 is developing into the biggest threat to public health in a generation. How does government move through the gears when a crisis of this magnitude strikes? What is it like to sit in COBRA? How crucial is clear motivational communication? Three experienced firefighters – former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, advisor to Gordon Brown Lord Stewart Wood and ex-DEFRA communications director Steve Morris –join the IfG’s Bronwen Maddox and Cath Haddon for a riveting explanation what it’s like to handle a true crisis up close.“If you announce a bail-out at 6pm it’s panic. If you announce it at 7am it’s strategy.” –Steve Morris“It’s extraordinary how few leaders, Macron excepted maybe, have made international coordination part of the Corona response. The ‘your country first’ approach is being replicated and that’s really regrettable.” –Stewart Wood“Late one Friday Gordon Brown grabbed me and said ‘There’s a serious chance the police will be on the streets on Monday to stop people taking money out of the banks. Oh and probably the army as well. Have a nice weekend.’” –Steve MorrisPresented by Bronwen Maddox. Audio production by Alex Rees.
IfG INTERVIEWS: Julia Gillard, former Australian PM, on women in politics
Season 1, Ep. 27
For International Women’s Day on 8 March, Australia’s first –and so far only –female Prime Minister JULIA GILLARD sat down with the IfG’s Director Bronwen Maddox to discuss the long march to female political power. How can female leaders navigate male networks of power? Has #MeToo really made a difference to women in politics and beyond? And why are Australians at the cutting edge of modern political strategy?“A lot of young women look at the experience of women politicians and ask ‘Is it all worth it?’ I always answer yes, it’s definitely worth it. But I don’t insult anyone’s intelligence by saying there won’t be gendered moments.” – Julia Gillard
Let’s get fiscal: Can Sunak bury Corona in cash?
Season 1, Ep. 26
Hey, big spender: was this the Corona budget or the End of Austerity budget? Is Rishi Sunak doing the right thing for businesses that can’t handle the unprecedented pressures of the Coronavirus? Has he bottled Net Zero on carbon? The perils of badly-drawn business interventions. Why this government is now running on Labour’s fiscal rules from 2010 — the ones they said would bankrupt the country. And can you regenerate a whole country from a highly controlling centre?“This kind of support can be addictive to businesses. When the next crisis arrives, will the chancellor be able to tell them ‘no’?” – Giles WilkesPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Gemma Tetlow, Alex Thomas and Giles Wilkes. Audio production by Robin Leeburn.
IfG INTERVIEWS: David Gauke, former Treasury Secretary and one-man “Gaukward Squad”
Season 1, Ep. 25
In the latest of our occasional interviews, former Conservative MP and Treasury Secretary DAVID GAUKE talks to the IfG’s Cath Haddon about what the last Parliament can teach us about the future of this one. How is Boris Johnson faring so far? Are the trade talks with the EU likely to collapse? Will Dominic Cummings see the end of this Parliament? And what is it really like to write a budget?“Number Ten will be very effective in blaming EU intransigence for any collapse in the talk, regardless of how reasonable those talks might have been.” – David Gauke
A matter of life and debt
Season 1, Ep. 24
Beyond Brexit, the government begins the colossal task of sorting out UK-EU commerce, a US-UK trade deal…and maybe trade within the UK itself. Former DExEU permanent secretaryPhilip Rycroftsets out the scale of the job.Universal Credit: is it too late to stop now? Senior IfG Fellow and author ofThe Five Giants: A Biography Of The Welfare StateNicholas Timminsspells out what’s needed to save Iain Duncan Smith’s unloved legacy policy, including the brutal business of recovering £10bn social security debt from people who don’t know they owe it. And the Lib Dems’Norman Lambgives us some lessons learned during the party’s bruising experience into coalition.“Talking about a free trade deal is a bit of a misnomer. It’s about having less free trade than we have and mitigating the effects” –Philip RycroftPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Joe Owen and Alex Thomas. Audio production by Alex Rees.
EXTRA: Rutnam vs Patel lays Civil Service/Govt turmoil bare
Season 1, Ep. 23
The seismic, very public resignation of Home Secretary Priti Patel’s permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam has blown the state of relations between the Government and its Civil Service wide open. What does it mean? Will Rutnam’s constructive dismissal case make it to court? Do we need a formal process for civil servants to blow the whistle on ministers? And will this extraordinary stand-off permanently reset the relationship between senior civil servants and the politicians they work for?This special edition of INSIDE BRIEFING is hosted by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon and Alex Thomas. Audio production by Alex Rees.
Breaking Spad: is something rotten in the state of Johnson?
Season 1, Ep. 22
This week on the podcast that dispels the mysteries of government: Backroom squabbles, bullying and powergrabs — is the Johnson administration already tearing itself apart from within? We discover why Government should learn to love its Perm Secs and Spads.Plus Tony Blair’s former political secretary turned strategy guru JOHN McTERNAN reveals untold tales of how to grease the wheels of government … and explains why Bernie Saunders will be the next US President. Ex-Business Secretary GREG CLARK on the future of British science and the government’s Coronavirus plans. And what’s in the newly-discovered Commons catacombs?“You can’t make hundreds of thousands of people march in one direction by shouting at one of them.” JOHNHosted by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon, Tim Durrant and Gavin Freeguard. Audio production by Alex Rees.