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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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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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    Northern Uproar and Overloading the Lords

    Northern Uproar and Overloading the Lords

    The Government’s emergency lockdown of Greater Manchester took the public by surprise and left them confused and resentful. Special guest Jennifer Williams of the Manchester Evening News describes the disarray and what Government needs to fix, fast.
    Plus: How fit were public services for coronavirus? Not very, says a new IfG report. What needs to happen, and why didn’t the Government act on the learnings from Operation Cygnus? And as Boris Johnson loads up on Lords, is the Upper Chamber becoming the Crony Express?

    “People can’t follow the logic. If you can’t sit in a friend’s garden but you can meet them in a beer garden, it’s little wonder people are confused.” – Jennifer Williams“Boris Johnson’s honours list touches all the bases of cronyism.” – Hannah White“The Government went for private contracts because they could scale up fast – but whether that leads to effective track and trace is another matter.” – Jennifer Williams“Lords reform needs something a bit more fundamental than moving some Lords to York.” – Jennifer Williams
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with the IfG’s Hannah White and Nick Davies. Audio production by Alex Rees

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    • 41 min
    The Pain In Spain

    The Pain In Spain

    The Government’s emergency Spanish quarantine: decisive action, poor planning or a failure to understand what working life is really like? With the inevitable Public Inquiry into Coronavirus now confirmed, special guest Sir Lawrence Freedman – emeritus professor of War Studies at Kings College London and a former member of the Iraq War inquiry – tells us how to run an effective inquiry. And is No.10’s proposed US-style spokesperson designed to help Boris Johnson dodge real scrutiny?

    “The Government is desperate to be seen to react quickly to combat the perception that in the early days of COVID they were slow off the mark.” – Alex Thomas“Any inquiry shouldn’t just ask why we reacted slowly but why we had outbreaks across the country, not just in one epicentre.” – Lawrence Freedman“We won’t get conclusions from a COVID inquiry in time for a second wave. The learning has to happen right now.” – Emma Norris
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with the IfG’s Alex Thomas, Jill Rutter and Emma Norris. Audio production by Alex Rees

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    • 39 min
    Civil Service: Is a Hard Rain really gonna fall?

    Civil Service: Is a Hard Rain really gonna fall?

    Reforming the Civil Service is the biggest of Big Asks. Can Dominic Cummings pull off his radical plans in the middle of a once-in-a-century health crisis? And do we need fewer “fixers” who change jobs a lot, and more long-term experts? Plus, the Russia Report: what went wrong in protecting the integrity of our elections? Who should feel most embarrassed: Government, security services or civil servants? And what should be done next? 

    “Framing Civil Service reform as ‘us against them’ is not going to encourage civil servants to give their best advice.” – Alex Thomas“Civil Service reform is quite nerdy so it’s unusual for politicians to give it such attention.” – Cath Haddon
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with the IfG’s Alex Thomas, Cath Haddon and Emma Norris. Audio production by Alex Rees

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    • 41 min
    Huawei, Lewis And The News

    Huawei, Lewis And The News

    Britain’s decision to rip out Huawei kit from our mobile network by 2027 has set the Government on a collision course with China. Who forced this decision: Washington, the security establishment or the Government’s own backbenchers? And what does this change of posture towards a powerful trading nation mean for Brexit? The BBC’s Security Correspondent Gordon Corera joins us to discuss the tension between London and Beijing plus the detail Britain’s Integrated Security and Defence Review. And how does Russia fit in to a new Tech Cold War?

    “You can have the best decision-making architecture in the world – but it doesn’t mean you’ll make good decisions.” – Alex Thomas“Putin sees the end of the Soviet Union as a humiliation and he sees weakening the West as a goal.” – Gordon Corera“We’re in a world where the UK is being forced to choose between geopolitical alliances.” – Alex Thomas
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with the IfG’s Alex Thomas, Cath Haddon and Alex Nice. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. 

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    • 36 min
    Rishi’s Groupon Gamble

    Rishi’s Groupon Gamble

    Is Rishi Sunak’s colossal £30bn package of jobs stimulus, training subsidy, VAT cuts and stamp duty changes be enough to stave off a COVID crash? And will his Mega Meal Deal make a difference to the comatose cafe and restaurant industry? Special guest Rupert Harrison, a portfolio manager at Blackrock and previously Chief of Staff to former chancellor George Osborne, joins us to unpick the Chancellor’s summer statement. 
    “Sunak has given notice that he’s turning off the spraygun of business support.” – Rupert HarrisonPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Gemma Tetlow and Giles Wilkes. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. 

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    • 41 min
    SIR BERNARD JENKIN on the Civil Service’s turbulent week

    SIR BERNARD JENKIN on the Civil Service’s turbulent week

    Sir Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons Liaison Committee, discusses a turbulent week for the Civil Service, Mark Sedwill’s departure as cabinet secretary, and the government's plans for reforming the way that government works, with Alex Thomas, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Halfmanhalftractor ,

Outstanding

Excellent podcast involving highly informed contributors with discussions superbly chaired by Bronwyn Maddox. Never slips into the self preening partizanship of certain other productions. 5 stars

# alone at xmas ,

Let’s go outside

So it happened in one week humans in England were let out , as predicted selective amnesia occurred, as they stepped out and did what they wanted I looked and saw that humans , not all ate utterly selfish.
They gathered at the bee he’s in there thousands. They had street parties, they chased away the police, they stabbed each other, they were feral .
Then the global ripples showed what was indeed happing as they unlocked , it exposed the poor working conditions of migrants who are infected, and how numbers of infected began to spread the 🦠
So for some unknown reason humans think they are safe but they ain’t this virus has grown stronger it is likely mutating , you cannot think that it’s gone It hasn’t.
So meanwhile in 🇬🇧 what does it show the world that we have learnt nothing Sone 43700 have died from this virus and there are hundred of thousand of people carrying this virus .
This Government had failed to contain at the beginning, during the middle and now at undoing of lock down. The chronology of failed moves of lies in this has exposed the migrating weakness of unskilled team .
To play fast and lose when your in charge is the most dangerous of moves to make, all you exposed is how incompetent you are .

Deconstructing systems is not going to create super team what it will do is reinforce what everyone has been nervous to say namely you fake . No amount of centralised control will make a difference. This is not a smash and grab situation, this shift will be another nail in your coffin as you and your boyfriend Cummings and your crew buckle

I simple don’t trust you and I cannot believe you care for the many You can’t side track from this it is Your now in perfect storm of your own creation , the foundation are so unsafe with covid , economy and brexit and so many mistakes, to curl up to. What a mistake to have such fools in charge of country . Twitter ain’t going to help you either E democracy is a battle that won’t give you lifeline It’s a bit late For that

a dutch outsider ,

A real insider’s tip

Bloody hell, this podcast is such an asset with everything that already is there, because it’s really inside

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