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CapX editor John Ashmore interviews the most interesting people in politics

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CapX editor John Ashmore interviews the most interesting people in politics

    The Future of Capitalism with Sir Paul Collier

    The Future of Capitalism with Sir Paul Collier

    Deep rifts are tearing societies apart and shredding old political allegiances: across the Western world, regions are rebelling against cities, the working class against the elites and the young against the old. For far too many, contemporary capitalism simply isn't delivering the goods.
     
    For Sir Paul Collier, one of the world's leading development economists, the response to this profound crisis is as much ethical as technical. His proposals for a capitalism based on both prosperity and morality have appeal beyond the traditional left-right divide – and he has a pragmatic plan to put them into action. He joined CapX and an online audience for a fascinating conversation that ranged from 19th century Bradford, to his own experiences growing up in post-war Sheffield to the morality of modern media influencers.
     
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    Meet the '109ers'

    Meet the '109ers'

    Right now All the Government’s efforts are focussed on coronavirus, but what about the fundamental mandate it was elected on?


    As the vaccine roll-out continues apace, backbench MPs could be forgiven for raising their eyes to the horizon and starting to think about their prospects for re-election in 2024. By far the biggest Conservative cohort in parliament is the so-called 109 group of MPs newly elected in 2019.


    These guys are the cavalry, who stormed the red wall with promises of delivering Brexit and levelling up those parts of the country that had been overlooked by Labour for generations. They’re fiercely loyal to Boris Johnson while recognising that their jobs depend on sticking up for their voters – many of whom aren’t traditional Tories.


    CapX spoke to four of them – Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, James Sunderland, MP for Bracknell, Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Môn and Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother valley – to find out how they feel about the future now that Britain has left the EU with a trade deal and the pandemic has derailed the economy.
     
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    The heroes and villains of 2020

    The heroes and villains of 2020

    For our final CapX Pocast of the year, it’s time to take a look back at this absolute car-crash of a year.


    Rather than the usual tête-à-tête, we decided to make this a bit more of a panel show format, with each of our guests choosing their hero, villain, moment, policy and idea of the year, before rounding off with some reflections on what’s ahead in 2021.
     
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    Extreme economies with Richard Davies

    Extreme economies with Richard Davies

    Not many economists have trekked through lawless jungles, visited shops and restaurants world’s most entrepreneurial refugee camp or hung out with inmates in a Louisiana mega jail.


    For his book, Extreme Economies, Richard Davies went to some of the most desperate places on the planet, but found incredible stories of human resilience. People with nothing had created businesses and currencies from scratch - proving that even in dire circumstances, the free market finds a way.


    In this episode of the podcast we discuss what a world ravaged by the global pandemic can learn from disaster zones, displaced societies and failed states.


    Visit www.extremeeconomies.com/signed and enter the code CapX to get a signed copy of Richard's book for the special price of £7.
     
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    • 42 min
    Free Exchange: Lockdown vs liberty with Jonathan Sumption

    Free Exchange: Lockdown vs liberty with Jonathan Sumption

    Few have opposed the Government’s handling of the pandemic with as much eloquence and authority as Lord Sumption. The former supreme court judge, medieval historian and Reith lecturer doesn’t just dispute the scientific evidence, he questions the legal and constitutional justification for these restrictions on our liberty.


    He’s claimed that the Government has a habit of deliberately avoiding parliamentary scrutiny and is using fear as an instrument of coercion. That, he says, is how democracy dies.


    As England was put back under stay-at-home-orders he spoke to CapX about the ethics and efficacy of lockdown.
     
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    Free Exchange: Matt Forde's impressions of politics

    Free Exchange: Matt Forde's impressions of politics

    Our guest this week is Matt Forde - one of Britain's foremost stand-ups, satirists and impressionists. He's a highly successful stage comedian, the voice of Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer and Donald Trump on the revamped version of Spitting Image and, as of a few weeks ago the author of a new memoir, Politically Homeless,. It covers his youth in a working class area of Nottingham, teen years of hard left activism and a long, often thankless stint working for the Labour Party - including dressing up as a fluffy chicken to harangue a prominent Lib Dem on the campaign trail.


    As you'd expect from a comedian, this was great fun to record, but Matt can certainly do the serious stuff too, and his insights on working in a party machine are well worth tuning in for, even if you really tuned in to hear his eerily accurate impressions of Boris and Donald Trump.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

GriefWell ,

Lacks polish, but has potential

Good guests and smart, interesting conversations.

Like a lot of podcasts in their early days, it lacks polish. Sound quality needs improving. Host needs to be clearer in introducing his guests and stating what will be discussed. It feels like he's sitting down with his chums for a chat and glass of wine, but given that the conversations are of a very good standard, that's okay.

Rather than starting and finishing the conversation so abruptly, I'd like it if they began and ended with clear introductions and conclusions. Give it a sense of purpose and direction.

Given that the quality of guests seems like it will be strong for those interested in politics, I'd suggest subscribing despite these teething issues.

MrGareth ,

Cracking content

Time and again content that isn’t just following the popular crowd, CapX are producing some absolute corkers and I’m really enjoying it.

Rusty Loon ,

Good but...

...a bit low fi for starters. Volume quite low often – hard to hear when listening on headphones on busy roads. Wiseman is bright but not a great speaker – a lot of ums, ahs and ‘sort of’s. But some good thought provoking content nonetheless.

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