113 episodes

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.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

INSIDE BRIEFING with Institute for Government Institute for Government

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 132 Ratings

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.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Deal Down Under

    A Deal Down Under

    Britain signs its first entirely new post-Brexit trade deal, with Australia. What does it mean for British farmers? Will shoppers notice the savings of 70p per person per year? And will Brits really want to p-p-pick up a Tim-Tam? Will Grant Shapps’ new “Great British Railways” fix the mess of Britain’s trains? Plus, how does Michael Gove plan to transform government – and what is “accountability fudge”? 
    • “In Australia there’s a sense that the deal rights the historic wrong of the UK ‘abandoning’ Australia when it joined the EU.” – Sarah Nickson
    • “People will be relieved that the Australian deal is done – but it’s not earth-shattering.” – Matthew Gill
    • “The acid test of Great British Railways is, does it mean we’ll never have a timetabling fiasco again?” – Jill Rutter
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Jill Rutter, Matthew Gill, Sarah Nickson and James Kane. Audio production by Robin Leeburm. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 38 min
    G7: There's Summit About Boris

    G7: There's Summit About Boris

    As the G7 in Cornwall marks the first major summit of the post-COVID era, can Boris Johnson steer conversation away from the worsening Northern Ireland Protocol situation towards his preferred theme of Global Britain? We hear from Tom Newton Dunn, chief political commentator at Times Radio and political columnist at the Evening Standard. Plus, inside UK Government’s woeful record on ethics. ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 in jeopardy. And your guide to the upcoming Sausage War with the EU.
    • “The fact that this G7 is even happening is in itself an achievement.” – Tom Newton Dunn
    • “What does Boris Johnson want from the G7? He wants to be at the centre of global attention for vaccination and climate change.” – Alex Thomas
    • “Politics is a contact sport… the drought of social interaction will lend extra weight to this G7.” – Hannah White
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Hannah White and Alex Thomas. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 44 min
    EXTRA: Future Covid-19 scenarios: how can the world meet long-term threats?

    EXTRA: Future Covid-19 scenarios: how can the world meet long-term threats?

    Covid-19 will top the agenda at this month's G7 summit in Cornwall. As some countries lift restrictions and near the completion of vaccine rollouts, others face severe outbreaks or progress being derailed by new variants. No country will escape from the Covid crisis alone – a coordinated global plan which covers vaccination, surveillance and health infrastructure is essential.
    To discuss how world leaders can meet these challenges and put in place long-term plans for handling the threat of Covid-19, this Institute for Government event saw an expert panel draw on a series of roundtables organised by the IfG and Wellcome Trust.
    Our panel included:
    Tom Whipple, Science Editor, The TimesSir Suma Chakrabarti, former Permanent Secretary, DfID and the Ministry of Justice, and incoming chair of the Overseas Development Institute. President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 2012–20Dame Una O’Brien, former Permanent Secretary, UK Department of Health; Member of Council, London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineProfessor Gagandeep Kang, Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, India and Fellow of the Royal Society.The event was chaired by Alex Thomas, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.
    #IfGG7
    We would like to thank Wellcome Trust for kindly supporting this event.

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The PM: Why ‘unfitness for office’ doesn't matter

    The PM: Why ‘unfitness for office’ doesn't matter

    What divides the great Prime Ministers from the mediocre and the just plan bad? And how does Boris Johnson measure up in those stakes? Author of The Impossible Office? The History of the British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Seldon and former Government advisor Salma Shah take us on a deep dive into the harsh realities of the country’s most powerful office. Is Boris Johnson really as bad a PM as Dominic Cummings says he is? And is unfitness for office just a myth?
    • “Unfitness for office has never disqualified people as Prime Ministers. The question with Johnson is, was he unfit enough?” – Anthony Seldon 
    • “One of Prime Ministers’ strengths is a complete lack of self-awareness… Otherwise every day would be a duvet day.” – Salma Shah
    • “Every PM who’s been less successful has lacked that clear, ruthless vision. You must either have it – or history must throw it on your plate.” – Anthony Seldon
    • “Sajid Javid had a knack of making your believe any decision was yours and not his.” – Salma Shah
    • “So much of being a Prime Minister is a confidence trick. If confidence collapses, as it did for Theresa May, it’s all over.” – Anthony Seldon
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 
    https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk 


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 41 min
    Domolition Derby

    Domolition Derby

    What should we take from Dominic Cummings’ volcanic testimony before the Commons Heath, and Science and Technology committees, and his excoriation of Matt Hancock? Is Boris Johnson’s No.10 really so chaotic? And if the PM is “unfit for office”, how could Cummings work with him for so long? Special guest Sam Freedman, a former adviser at the Department for Education who has worked with Cummings, helps us sift the rubble from one of Westminster’s most cataclysmic days. 

    “This wasn’t so much a machine-gunning as a bombardment with shells.” – Bronwen Maddox“When you’re spending your time in No.10 managing the PM away from big issues then you have a serious problem.” – Jill Rutter“Johnson behaves like a toddler. All he does is make stupid jokes and try to get attention for himself. You can see how he would be a hindrance in COBRA.” – Sam Freedman“Cummings gave a picture of an incredibly centralised government, very focused on whiteboards in Downing Street and not the outside world.” – Alex Thomas“I’ve never seen Cummings as having any intellectual respect for Johnson. He saw Boris as a vehicle for his ideas.” – Sam Freedman“When you have a Prime Minister who thinks rules are for mugs, you don’t get good government.” – Jill Rutter
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Jill Rutter, Alex Thomas and Sam Freedman. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 40 min
    Travel: Are You An Amber Gambler?

    Travel: Are You An Amber Gambler?

    Will the Indian Variant push back the Great Unlocking of June 21 that Boris Johnson has pinned so many hopes on? Are we looking at the return to tiers or even national lockdowns, and will Conservative COVID hawks wear it? Meanwhile the Government’s advice on international travel continues to baffle. Is “go but don’t go” really good enough? And what can we expect from the COVID Inquiry, just confirmed by government?
    “It’s sobering that, if we accept the worst case scenarios, we could be back at the levels of cases that we saw in January and February.” – Giles Wilkes “Any chair who accepted these terms for the COVID enquiry would not be fit for the job.” – Marcus Shepheard“Did the Government delay ending travel from India because it wanted a deal with the Indian Government? Absolutely. I’ll be amazed if not.” – Giles WilkesPresented by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon, Giles Wilkes, Matthew Gill, Rosa Hodgkin and Marcus Shepheard. Audio production by Alex Rees. Inside Briefing is a Podmasters Production for the IfG. 

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

lansinjkh ,

Insightful and accessible

This is a really good podcast, the issues are discussed in a way which allows engagement for those who do not follow politics closely. The host Bronwyn Maddox is very clear.

phil2hoots! ,

Excellent coverage

The best podcast I’ve found to get behind the headlines for nuanced, thoughtful and practical comment as to what’s actually happening and the reasons behind it. All the politics without the politicians. Authoritative and refreshing!

greekship ,

One of my favourites

Impeccably chaired by Bronwynn Maddox, this program always has rational, expert opinion on the weeks events and more. I particularly like the way they have access to senior civil servants and that they cover the spectrum of the political left to right.

Top Podcasts In Government

Listeners Also Subscribed To