119 episodios

How can we make government work more effectively? What are Brexit and the current political tumult doing to our institutions? Is Britain's Constitution able to withstand the strains of 21st Century social, political and technical change? What needs to change in our system of government – and how can we change it?
Find out in the weekly podcast from Britain’s leading governmental think tank, where we analyse the latest events in politics and explain what they mean. Every week on INSIDE BRIEFING, IfG Director Bronwen Maddox welcomes experts, analysts and special guests for a free-ranging conversation on what makes government work – and how to fix it when it doesn’t.

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How can we make government work more effectively? What are Brexit and the current political tumult doing to our institutions? Is Britain's Constitution able to withstand the strains of 21st Century social, political and technical change? What needs to change in our system of government – and how can we change it?
Find out in the weekly podcast from Britain’s leading governmental think tank, where we analyse the latest events in politics and explain what they mean. Every week on INSIDE BRIEFING, IfG Director Bronwen Maddox welcomes experts, analysts and special guests for a free-ranging conversation on what makes government work – and how to fix it when it doesn’t.

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    Boris’s End Of Term Report

    Boris’s End Of Term Report

    As Parliament breaks up, how will the Government look back on this unique and turbulent term? As Boris Johnson tries to reset his leadership after some missteps and missed opportunities, what are the post-pandemic problems he needs to fix? Two years in, his policy platform has still to take shape, so how long has the Prime Minister got? An IfG panel gets out its red pen to give marks to Johnson: Year Two.
    “Looking back, it’s quite hard to remember how grim January and February were.” – Joe Marshall“The excuse that ‘we just need to get on and deal with the virus’ just isn’t there anymore.” – Hannah White“Politics is going to unfreeze in the autumn, and a lot of difficult debates are going to re-emerge.” – Alex ThomasPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Hannah White, Alex Thomas, Tom Pope and Joe Marshall. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG.


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    • 31 min
    Where The Wild Pings Are

    Where The Wild Pings Are

    Freedom Week, a Pingdemic Party, or just a temporary holiday from restrictions that will inevitably come back in autumn? Does the Government really know what it’s doing on unlocking? Plus, who did Dominic Cummings’s latest drive-by really damage: Boris Johnson or Cummings himself? And as the rise of NEDs or Non-Executive Directors is made public by the unfortunate Gina Coladangelo, do they really add value to Government, or just more cronyism?  

    “People watching Cummings just think, We elected the Prime Minister, not you, mate.” – Jill Rutter “Being cautious at the same time as celebrating Freedom Day just doesn’t stack up.” – Alex Thomas“There's a huge difference between what you're advised to do, and what you're required to do.” – Jill Rutter
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Jill Rutter, Alex Thomas. Matthew Gill and Tom Sasse. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 
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    • 35 min
    Levelling Up or Spreading the Jam?

    Levelling Up or Spreading the Jam?

    Boris Johnson finally tells us what “levelling up” means – or does he? Is it about fixing up towns, enhancing job prospects or just more Boris boosterism? We look inside the PM’s big Levelling Up launch with special guest Ben Chu, Economics Editor of BBC Newsnight. Plus the Government narrowly wins its widely-denounced bid to cut the International Aid Budget. Will voters care that Johnson has broken a key manifesto promise? And a new report the Commission For Smart Government says government must reform urgently or fail. Is it right?
    “Even after this speech we’re still not quite clear what levelling up means.” – Gemma Tetlow“If your levelling up has a redistributive element then it’s got to be paid for. Whatever Johnson says, that means the more prosperous parts of the country.” – Ben Chu“Johnson did seem to address his appeal for ideas from local leaders only to Conservative authorities, not Labour areas…” – Alex ThomasPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Alex Thomas and Gemma Tetlow. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG.

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    • 35 min
    COVID: They think it’s all over

    COVID: They think it’s all over

    The Government’s rationale for unlocking aggressively is that the vaccine has broken the link between COVID infections and deaths. Is it a gamble, a sensible move or just a victory for the Cabinet’s Economic hawks? We ask special guest John Rentoul, chief political commentator of the Independent. Plus, how much substance is there to the Government’s ‘Green Recovery’ programme? And with England in the Euro 2020 final, does sporting success really give Governments a bounce?  
    “The ‘irreversible’ aspect doesn’t matter. People are quite used to Boris Johnson reversing on anything and everything.” – John Rentoul“We’re now experiencing a major outbreak of infections. The question is how is the Government going to ride the exit wave?” – Tom Sasse “Footballers used to be of interest only for their wives and girlfriends. Now they’re sympathetic tribunes of the people. It’s extraordinary.” – John RentoulPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Alex Thomas, Tom Sasse and Rosa Hodgkin. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

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    • 37 min
    Hancock: Tryst Issues

    Hancock: Tryst Issues

    What have we learned from the Hancock Affair and the messy defenestration of the former Health Secretary? In a murky world of ‘non-executive directors like Gina Coladangelo, what on earth is “NED-washing”? And the much-battered Ministerial Code is back in focus. We hear from special guest Paul Harrison, former No.10 spokesman and former Health Dept advisor. Plus, what’s in new Health Sec Sajid Javid’s in-tray?
    “If you’re appointing your mates then you’re probably not bringing in the best people.” – Alex Thomas “The system of regulation ministerial conduct is kind of mad and medieval… The PM decides if you’ve broken the Code, and that’s often subjective.” – Paul Harrison “It sounds like Gina Coladangelo’s role was to advise Matt Hancock personally – which is not what a non-executive director is supposed to do.” – Cath Haddon “The extent of the outcry on Hancock is actually quite encouraging, because it shows how little corruption actually happens.” – Paul Harrison Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon, Alex Thomas and Graham Atkins. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

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    • 42 min
    Travel: The Costa Complacency

    Travel: The Costa Complacency

    Who’s going on the green list? The Cabinet is split on changes to travel rules. Who will win out between unlocking hawk Rishi Sunak and Captain Caution Matt Hancock – and do other countries actually want our travellers while the Delta Variant is still rife? Plus, on the fifth anniversary of the EU Referendum, we hear what the Brexit experience was like in the lobby from special guest is Carole Walker, Times Radio presenter, ex-BBC political correspondent and author of new book Lobby Life.
    “It seems bizarre that we can have 60,000 fans at Wembley without seeing how the extended restrictions have played out.” – Carole Walker“The ERG’s success in turning the Conservatives from soft Remain into a hard Brexit party gave the green light to MPs who want to transform their parties.” – Jill Rutter“The media’s task of explaining the complexity of Brexit wasn’t helped by Boris Johnson saying, Oh no of course there won’t be border controls, it’ll all be fine.” – Carole WalkerPresented by Hannah White with Jill Rutter and Rosa Hodgkin. Audio production by RAlex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 


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    • 45 min

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