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The Bigger Picture: Has China killed Hong Kong, Labour's new direction and companies going woke

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The Bigger Picture: Has China killed Hong Kong, Labour's new direction and companies going woke
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University says that China has killed Hong Kong but that, in the long run, it might have caused itself serious problems. He looks at the change of direction of the Labour Party under Sir Keir Starmer. And he explains why the corporate world going woke is not necessarily all bad news for capitalism.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: Relaxing lockdown, UK councils face bankruptcy & Sunak's due stimulus statement

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The Bigger Picture: Relaxing lockdown, UK councils face bankruptcy &  Sunak's due stimulus statement
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the latest relaxation of the lockdown rule and changes to social distancing. He discusses how toxic the allegations about Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick could be, how UK councils could face bankruptcy over Covid-19 and looks ahead to what we might expect from Rishi Sunak's next stimulus statement.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: DfID, Nick Clegg and Facebook & the importance of "new" to the UK economy

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The Bigger Picture: DfID, Nick Clegg and Facebook & the importance of "new" to the UK economy
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with the Department for International Development (DfID) and the reactions from across the political spectrum. He discusses Nick Clegg's work to fix Facebook and boost voter turnout in elections. And he explains why he believes that the word "new" is of such importance post Wave One of Covid-19 in this nation of shopkeepers.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: The BLM protests and problems emerging from lockdown

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The Bigger Picture: The BLM protests and problems emerging from lockdown
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the response to the Black Lives Matter protests and what it means for the study of history and our attitudes towards contentious figures of the past. He examines the latest government moves to ease lockdown, with schools being delayed returning until September, calls to cut social distancing below two metres and the delays to testing and the track & trace app. He also looks at the furore over minister Robert Jenrick.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: Sunak's balancing act, Hong Kong's freedom and the Army and MeToo

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The Bigger Picture: Sunak's balancing act, Hong Kong's freedom and the Army and MeToo
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses the delicate balancing act being undertaken by Rishi Sunak. He looks at the battle to keep Hong Kong free under the rule of law and how important Hong Kong's special status is to China. And he explains why the British Army needs its own MeToo moment.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: The Cummings' Affair and possible lockdown changes

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The Bigger Picture: The Cummings' Affair and possible lockdown changes
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the Dominic Cummings' affair, the Government's response to what's happened and what it could mean for the public attitude to lockdown. He discusses the re-rollout of the track and trace scheme, at possible changes to the lockdown rules and at the economic cost of Covid-19.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: The lessons we can learn from past pandemics

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The Bigger Picture: The lessons we can learn from past pandemics
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the lessons we can draw from past pandemics, remarking how similar attitudes are in the modern world to those of our ancestors. He discusses how the NHS must turbo-charge innovation if it is cope with the legacy of Covid-19. And he looks at the a little-reported decision of German's constitutional court that may have massive ramifications for the Euro and the EU.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: The beginning of the end of lockdown?

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The Bigger Picture: The beginning of the end of lockdown?
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the Prime Minister's massively-watched announcement and the government's new messaging on Covid-19. He looks at the extension of the Job Retention Scheme, the lack of use of the NHS during the crisis, the approval of the new antibody test and disagreements in the United States over lifting pandemic restrictions.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: How will the UK be ranked in its response to the pandemic?

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The Bigger Picture: How will the UK be ranked in its response to the pandemic?
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the UK's response to the Coronavirus and asks how it will be ranked, pointing out just how ignorant we still are about Covid-19. He considers how the NHS will manage to catch up with the colossal backlog of patients, hoping that some of the lockdown contingency practices might become more permanent. And he discusses what it is actually like to work in the UK's university sector.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Bigger Picture: What difference will Boris's return make?

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The Bigger Picture: What difference will Boris's return make?
Political commentator Mike Indian considers what difference it will make to control of the crisis having Boris Johnson back in harness. He considers the wisdom of Matt Hancock's testing target, where blame lies with the shortages of PPE, asks whether NHS bureaucracy will be cut back after the pandemic and marvels in how well the virtual Parliament has been working.
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Mike Indian


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