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The Bigger Picture: The European Elections are now definite

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The Bigger Picture: The European Elections are now definite
With European elections in the UK now definite, political commentator Mike Indian, author of the Groucho Tendency blog, looks at what might happen. Will turnout be higher than usual, will the just-formed Brexit Party dominate as the polls are suggesting and what will the election mean for politics in the UK? Forecasting a UK General Election by the autumn, Mike assesses the state of the two main parties and looks at the runners and riders in the - eventual - contest for leadership of the Conservative Party.
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The Bigger Picture: A longevity boost, digital law enforcement and the deep state and Brexit

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The Bigger Picture: A longevity boost, digital law enforcement and the deep state and Brexit
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the staggering economic and actuarial implications of curative medicine which appears to be on the point of extending life expectancy significantly and reducing diseases associated with old age. He looks at an app which helps to report possible car wash slaves which demonstrates the creeping digital privatisation of law enforcement. Lastly he examines the role of the "deep state" in the Brexit process.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: How Brexit could be influenced by poor plumbing

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The Bigger Picture: How Brexit could be influenced by poor plumbing
Political commentator Mike Indian tries to make sense of the political shenanigans of the past few days, full of amendments and indicative votes, with deadlock in the Cabinet and Commons and Theresa May entering discussions with Jeremy Corbyn. But with the House of Commons' business disrupted by a water leak, Mike explains how important that mishap could yet be.
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The Bigger Picture: Cold War fake news, Israel & Gulf States and Lexit

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The Bigger Picture: Cold War fake news, Israel & Gulf States and Lexit
In the wake of Robert Mueller's report on Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia, Professor Tim Evans looks at Britain's Cold War "fake news" department, the Information Research Department. He also looks at the conversations taking place between Israel and the Gulf States, unified in their concerns about Iran as well as how and when Labour under Jeremy Corbyn will openly pivot away from the EU and become a hardline Lexit party.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: Who is to blame for the Brexit mess?

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The Bigger Picture: Who is to blame for the Brexit mess?
With just a week to go until Britain COULD leave the EU, political commentator Mike Indian asks who's to blame for the Brexit mess. While asking for an extension to the leaving date, Theresa May has put up the hackles of many MPs with her latest address. He also looks at what's happened to collective responsibility, the Speaker's ability to pick and choose which precedents he invokes and why Jeremy Corbyn walked out of a meeting with the PM because Chuka Umunna was present.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: The Chancellor; Taxes, Tariffs & Debt; the Chernobyl cover-up

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The Bigger Picture: The Chancellor; Taxes, Tariffs & Debt; the Chernobyl cover-up
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the state of the UK economy in the wake of the Spring Statement. He looks at taxes, tariffs and debt, pointing out that despite the perceptions of many, the UK is a high-tax economy. He explains why the Conservatives are reluctant to get rid of the deficit entirely. And, as a new book is published, he looks at Chernobyl and the way in which - it now appears - the Soviet Union minimised and covered up the extraordinary extent of the disaster.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: Brexit's ticking clock, Grayling & racism in both main parties

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The Bigger Picture: Brexit's ticking clock, Grayling & racism in both main parties
Political commentator Mike Indian, author of The Groucho Tendency blog, gives us a snapshot of where we are with Brexit in the wake of Geoffrey Cox's return from Brussels and with the Government all but certain to lost Tuesday's second meaningful vote. He also looks at the record of Chris Grayling in the wake of the Eurotunnel settlement and examines the issue of racism in both main political parties.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: Tom Watson challenges Corbyn, Evangelicals in Latin America, Zimbabwe & Russia

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The Bigger Picture: Tom Watson challenges Corbyn, Evangelicals in Latin America, Zimbabwe & Russia
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the challenge to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson establishes a group of moderate MPs within the party. What might happen to the Labour Party? He also looks to Latin America and the effect the rise of Evangelicalism is having. And he looks at why Zimbabwe is cosying up to Russia.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: The Independent Group and what it might mean for British politics

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The Bigger Picture: The Independent Group and what it might mean for British politics
Political commentator Mike Indian, author of The Groucho Tendency blog, looks at the formation of The Independent Group, with 8 ex-Labour and 3 ex-Conservative MPs to date. What do they stand for? And against? Will there be more defections? Could they change the face of British politics or is it too early to say? What might their arrival on the scene mean for the Brexit process, with the clock ticking down and even Jean-Claude Juncker confessing to "Brexit fatigue"?
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: Self-censorship, the Bank of England's reputation and the race to Hell

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The Bigger Picture: Self-censorship, the Bank of England's reputation and the race to Hell
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers the new world of ideas, communications and self-censorship and how we will cope with the unintended consequences of "many to many" conversations. He also wonders whether Governor Mark Carney is damaging the Bank of England's reputation and, in the EU debate, in the wake of Donald Tusk's comments, who will win the race to Hell?
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