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The Bigger Picture: Looking at the year through 3 politicans: Merkel, Johnson & Biden

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The Bigger Picture: Looking at the year through 3 politicans: Merkel, Johnson & Biden
Political commentator Mike Indian channels his inner Marley to look at politicians past, present & future. He assesses the void that will be left by the departing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, perhaps the most impactful world leader of modern times. He asks if the goodwill shown towards Boris Johnson is running out and ponders what his legacy will be. And he wonders if Joe Biden can use his remaining time to bring about the considerable reforms that are necessary in the United States.
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Mike Indian


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Egalitarian Capitalism and Is Boris Johnson still a lucky General?

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The Bigger Picture: Egalitarian Capitalism and Is Boris Johnson still a lucky General?
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses with Simon Rose the ideas behind Egalitarian Capitalism as espoused by Gavin Oldham OBE, amongst other things the founder of Share Radio. He's keen to see a world with inter-generational rebalancing, where everyone has a disintermediated stake in capitalism (for more, see tinyurl.com/mrhzcb27). Tim also asks if Boris Johnson is still a lucky general or are his days numbered?
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Professor Tim Evans


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Partygate & the PM, new Covid rules and the case for compulsory vaccination

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The Bigger Picture: Partygate & the PM, new Covid rules and the case for compulsory vaccination
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at "Partygate" and the resignation of Allegra Stratton, as well as the fine over the refurbishment of the PM's Downing Street flat. With polls indicating a hung Parliament if there was a snap election, he asks what it would take for the PM to go. He considers the latest Covid rules and discusses how heavy they might get - could Christmas be cancelled again? And he puts the case for mandatory vaccination as an alternative to recurring shutdowns of society.
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Mike Indian


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Redefining poverty, the Farage-Trump interview & the politics of abortion

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The Bigger Picture: Redefining poverty, the Farage-Trump interview & the politics of abortion
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses a paper from John Penrose MP which could galvanise the debate on poverty, tackling the underlying causes, rather than treating its symptoms. He reflects on Nigel Farage's interview with Donald Trump on GB News, wishing Trump had faced a rather less friendly interviewer. And, confessing his own bias, he looks at the timeless and messy issue of the politics surrounding abortion, explaining why it is so divisive.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Can Boris Johnson last, Migrant deaths in the Channel & Article 16 - again

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The Bigger Picture: Can Boris Johnson last, Migrant deaths in the Channel & Article 16 - again
In the wake of a shambolic speech to the CBI, political commentator Mike Indian looks at the political future of Boris Johnson and asks if we are seeing the beginning of his end as PM. After the tragedy with a migrant boat in the English Channel, he suggests a possible solution. And he turns again to the Northern Ireland protocol and Article 16 and wonders whether, if there is a majority in favour in Northern Ireland, a United Ireland is a possible outcome.
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Mike Indian


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Tensions in Europe, the roots and reality of UK sleaze & inside the care crisis

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture: Tensions in Europe, the roots and reality of UK sleaze & inside the care crisis
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the mounting tensions in Central and Eastern Europe and asks what's going on and explains why Germany is so beholden to Putin's Russia. Delving into the roots and reality of sleaze in British politics, he wonders if we should have amateur or professional politicians. And he admires a TV programme in which Ed Balls looks at the care system, in a crisis towards which the country seems to be in denial.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: MPs' second jobs and lobbying, Lord Frost and article 16 & COP26

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture: MPs' second jobs and lobbying, Lord Frost and article 16 & COP26
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the issue of MPs having second jobs and how to prevent paid lobbying. Are the rules fit for purpose? He looks at the issue of Northern Ireland, Lord Frost, whether Article 16 might be triggered and what the consequences could be. And he reflects upon COP26 and expresses optimism that the UK can use technology to show the rest of the world how to achieve a zero-carbon future.
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Mike Indian


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Gavin Oldham

The Bigger Picture: Trussell Trust, helping UK food banks rise to the challenge

Gavin Oldham
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The Bigger Picture: Trussell Trust, helping UK food banks rise to the challenge
Food banks are providing a vital role to help people this winter, and the Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 throughout the United Kingdom. In this special episode of The Bigger Picture, their Chief Executive Emma Revie briefs supporters about their progress, and their plans for the future. If you would like to support the extraordinary work undertaken by this charity, please visit https://trusselltrust.org
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Emma Revie


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Culture Wars move into science arena, NHS and private hospitals & Frank Field

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The Bigger Picture: Culture Wars move into science arena, NHS and private hospitals & Frank Field
With Cop26 underway, Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses the way that the culture wars are moving into the realm of science. He also contrasts how the UK public's behaviour has changed in a generation with the polarised politics of the USA. He examines why the NHS has failed to use private hospitals to clear its backlog despite a £10 billion deal. And he pays tribute to Lord Frank Field, looking at his ideas – way ahead of their time – on the provision of unemployment benefit.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: A reminder of the the Paris Climate Deal 2015

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture: A reminder of the the Paris Climate Deal 2015
In December 2015, the then US President Barack Obama gave his reaction to the climate change deal brokered in Paris. Among the headline-making initiatives was the promise to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius, yet for some green activists that deal was hardly a resounding success. Countries were legally bound to have their emission reduction levels checked but there was flexibility on how they went about hitting their targets - and they haven't. In this episode recorded in February 2016, Juliette Foster is joined by the author Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation and by Share Radio's then regular economics commentator, Professor John Weeks. They also discussed the 2016 perspective on the economics of climate change, and ask whether Paris made the link between excess human consumption and the impact on economies dependent on fossil fuels. As the Glasgow COP 26 conference gets underway, it's helpful to re-visit these plans made 5 years ago, and consider how far we still have to travel.
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Andrew Simms, John Weeks


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