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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.

    Around the World in 8 days

    Around the World in 8 days

    Three big international summits have kept Boris Johnson thousands of miles away from by-election defeats, a Cabinet resignation and growing disquiet at home, but what did the prime minister actually achieve on his foreign adventures? The Telegraph’s Camilla Turner, who travelled with the PM to Rwanda, joins the podcast team to reflect on Johnson’s travels.
     
    While the prime minister was away the cabinet secretary endured a gruelling questioning by a parliamentary select committee, but the IfG team were unimpressed with Simon Case’s performance.
     
    And from transactional to transformational, how do ministers approach the art of leadership in different ways? That’s the subject of new IfG report. We take a closer look on the podcast.
     
    Bronwen Maddox presents. With Alex Thomas and Jill Rutter
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 42 min
    Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    After two bruising by-election defeats and a Cabinet resignation, is Boris Johnson fighting to hold on to his job? Pollster James Johnson joins the podcast team to crunch the numbers and work out how the tectonic plates of British politics might shift in the weeks and months ahead.
    And should more powers be given to England’s mayors? That’s what a new IfG report argues, and its author – fresh from a visit to Manchester to interview Andy Burnham – drops in to explain why.
    Bronwen Maddox presents. With Hannah White, Giles Wilkes, Akash Paun. Produced by Candice McKenzie.

    • 45 min
    The Only Way is Ethics

    The Only Way is Ethics

    The Inside Briefing team assemble minutes after Lord Geidt’s explosive resignation letter was published. So just how careless is it of the Prime Minister to lose his second independent adviser on ministerial interests?
    In a week where government policy has collided with legal opinions and rulings, Jonathan Jones, the former head of the Government Legal Department, joins the podcast to discuss the problems with the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill and Priti Patel’s plan to fly migrants to Rwanda.
    And what exactly can the Government do to intervene in next week’s planned rail strikes?
    Bronwen Maddox presents, with Alex Thomas, Jess Sargeant, Matthew Gill and guest Jonathan Jones. Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 42 min
    1922 and all that: Johnson’s crisis of confidence

    1922 and all that: Johnson’s crisis of confidence

    Technically, Boris Johnson is safe for another year. But is he really? Deputy Political Editor of the Spectator Katy Balls joins the IFG to discuss the policy challenges ahead for the Prime Minister, as he attempts to unite his party following a devastating confidence vote. Plus, IFG senior researcher Jess Sargeant has the rundown on the government's proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.


    “Boris Johnson has been very clear that he’d have to be dragged kicking and screaming from Downing Street.” - Katy Balls



    “In Wakefield, Labour are 20 points ahead of the Tories. Hammering that result home will be the most important moment of Keir Starmer’s leadership so far.” - Emma Norris



    “We’ve seen already the EU warning quite strongly about changing the Northern Ireland protocol. The UK’s been hoping that they may get some sympathy from countries like Poland - but that doesn’t look to be happening.” - Jess Sargeant



    “Hunt has had a fairly good pandemic. He’s kept his profile high while getting hard work done. But it’s hard to see someone like him coming out the other side of this as leader.” - Tim Durrant



    “What does ‘Benefits to Bricks’ really mean? It sounds like another grand, ill-defined vision that doesn’t end up amounting to much.” - Emma Norris



    “The Tories won’t change the rules of the 1922 Committee just because they don’t like the by-election results. If they really want rid of them, they’ll find a way to oust him.” - Katy Balls


    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Jess Sargeant, Emma Norris and Tim Durrant. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG.

    • 34 min
    VONC Special: Boris On The Brink?

    VONC Special: Boris On The Brink?

    With 148 votes against him, was Boris Johnson’s vote of confidence victory a Pyrrhic one? The IfG team convene to look at the unfolding civil war in the Conservative Party and Big Dog’s prospects for survival. Does Johnson’s fate really rest in the hands of just 30 waverers? Can his more controversial policies such as privatising Channel 4 survive in a new, “listening” No.10? And what can we expect from the by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton? 


    “What pulled Margaret Thatcher was her Cabinet telling her the game was up. For now it looks like Johnson’s Cabinet is sticking by him.” – Cath Haddon

    “They know there are 148 rebels. They just don’t know who they are yet.” – Alice Lilly

    “Whenever Johnson has come out as humble and contrite, things have tended to go wrong for him.” – Alex Thomas



    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Alice Lilly, Alex Thomas and Cath Haddon.  Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

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    • 20 min
    Beyond the Beehive: lessons on government reform from New Zealand

    Beyond the Beehive: lessons on government reform from New Zealand

    New Zealand is often seen as a poster child for government reform. In this special edition of Inside Briefing Professor Rodney Scott, the chief policy advisor to the New Zealand Public Service Commission, joins Alex Thomas, Emma Norris and Rhys Clyne to discuss the history of government reform in New Zealand, explore similarities and differences with the UK and explain what difference reform has made in New Zealand.
     
    From the new public management of the 1980s to the 2020 public service reforms, this conversation covers a range of topics including: cross-government co-ordination, long-term policy making and ‘stewardship’, and accountability in government.
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

the greek. ,

Nice change

Really good to get a sensible debate without woke rubbish distorting the subjects. Nik

lovealways# ,

2021 and our Governments performance

When you have children leading you have chaos and here we go again once again the PM lies and his chancellor Utter disgrace Never have I had so many negative feelings towards them When does this clown 🤡 get sacked ? Society will take this as it’s okay to lie to public both are using distracting tactics to avoid there failures May the voters show you their contempt as your both to stupid emotionally to leave and your party will regret not sorting this mess out

Ddoethineb ,

Excellent

Excellent analysis and essential listening for anyone with an interest in any aspect of U.K. government.

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