Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. It’s the last episode of the year and we’re looking back on the biggest financial stories we’ve seen in 2016- the year of the unexpected. In June in a poll defying result Britain voted by 52% to leave the EU. Since then Brexit has been a nearly constant presence in the headlines being blamed for everything from disappearing marmite to an abandoned sequel to the Mrs Brown’s Boys film. The surprises didn’t stop with Brexit though. Across the pond billionaire TV personality Donald Trump beat the odds to win the US Presidential Election. Looking back on the year Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Also on the agenda they look at the ongoing woes of Britain’s housing market, the never ending story of the new plastic fiver and the third big surprise of 2016, Leicester City winning the Premier League.
Josh Lowe, Reporter at Newsweek, joined Share Radio for his weekly take on politics. He talked Europe-wide manhunt for Berlin suspect and the implications for Chancellor Merkel, the news that one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most persistent critics quit as a Labour MP to take a job in the nuclear industry, and the recently published letters sent by Donald Trump to then-Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, part of an intense lobbying campaign against plans for an offshore wind project near Mr Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort.
All of Tuesday mornings newspapers lead with pictures from the scene in Berlin after the fatal incident, which killed at least 12 people and wounded around 50. Just hours before the Berlin lorry crash, Russia's top diplomat in Turkey was shot dead by an off-duty policeman at an art gallery in Ankara. To offer more on these stories, and to look at the political implications, Josh Lowe of Newsweek joined Share Radio Breakfast.
The Russian Ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed by an off-duty police officer, as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday. It came on the same day of the deadly attacks at a Christmas market in Berlin. For more on the incidents and its potential impact on political and economic relations, Professor Tim Evans, Professor of Business and Political Economy at Middlesex University London, joined Share Radio Breakfast.
As Donald Trump prepares for his presidency he has been naming officials and speaking out against the Central Intelligence Agency. It comes after FBI director James B. Comey and the director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. agreed with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House. Share Radio's Colin Bloom discovered what the president elect's latest moves might mean, by speaking with Ross Anderson of the University of Cambridge.
Dan Hodges, Political commentator at the Mail on Sunday, joined Share Radio Breakfast to give his weekly politics round-up. He looked over the situation in Syria and gave his take on the ASLEF and RMT union strike affecting Southern rail services. Finally, we discussed the latest that the News industry is worth £5.3 billion to the economy.
The Taiwanese government had the diplomatic spotlights turned on it when Donald Trump accepted a phone call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen upon his ascension to President-Elect of the US - the first conversation between the two nations at this level in decades. But others were less pleased - namely the Chinese Government. Alongside other anti-China sentiments expressed by Trump, this conversation with President Ing-wen marks a new faux-pas. Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Dr Steve Tsang, Director of the SOAS China Institute, and expert in governance, foreign, and security policies of China and Taiwan.
Jack Sommers of The Huffington Post joined Share Radio Breakfast to give his weekly politics round-up. Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for transitional arrangements to “smooth” Britain’s exit from the EU. What did Jack make of this, and is there the possibility of a cabinet split? Jack also discusses the political implications of the Southern Rail strikes, and gives his take on the events in Aleppo.
Protesters led by Peter Tatchell have disrupted a speech by Jeremy Corbyn, calling on the Labour leader to demand action to end the conflict in Syria.
Corbyn halted his speech while several protesters held up banners with slogans including: “Step up and demand action in Syria” and “End the suffering in Aleppo”.
Tatchell, a human rights campaigner who has previously supported the Labour party, shouted over the party leader to demand he do more to condemn the actions of Russia in the Syrian conflict. He told Share Radio's Colin Bloom why he felt drastic action was needed.
Every year, TIME editors select the individual or idea that has most influenced the news and the world. The winner this year is President-elect Donald Trump, who beat ten other finalists, including his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He has described being named Time magazine's Person of the Year as a "great honour". Trump will be President of the United States in just over 6 weeks time, but what are his priorities for the US economy? Share Radio's James Brydges has been hearing from Dr Pippa Malmgren, former economic adviser to George W Bush.