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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.

    Selection headaches & tactical dilemmas

    Selection headaches & tactical dilemmas

    Matt Hancock has come home. Football might be coming home. But Rishi Sunak's problems on the home front are going nowhere. With the Conservative Party threatening rebellion on multiple fronts, what can the prime minister do to make progress on his legislative agenda? The IfG podcast team dissect the PM's parliamentary problems.
     
    Sunak also has a ministerial headache to contend with, as accusations about ministerial behaviour - with Dominic Raab still making awkward headlines - find their way into the press. So does the civil service need a new complaints process?
     
    Plus - Why is the civil service failing to recruit outside talent, and what does it mean if it lacks enough specialist skills?
     
    Emma Norris presents.
     
    With Alice Lilly, Alex Thomas, Cath Haddon and Jordan Urban.
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 38 min
    Rishi Sunak’s Growing Pains

    Rishi Sunak’s Growing Pains

    Liz Truss put economic growth front and centre of her premiership, but does Rishi Sunak even have a coherent growth policy? The Guardian’s City Editor Anna Isaac joins the IfG team to go in search of the prime minister’s plan.
     
    Could Sunak take a new approach towards Brexit? What exactly is a Swiss-style deal? And is the Conservative Party in the mood for compromise?
     
    Plus: What does the Supreme Court verdict mean for SNP’s plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence?
     
    And: Do Labour’s plans for reforming the House of Lords make sense?
     
    Hannah White presents.
     
    With Jill Rutter and Jess Sargeant

    • 42 min
    Autumn Statement of intent

    Autumn Statement of intent

    Jeremy Hunt has unveiled the government's economic plans, with the chancellor handing out giveaways now but setting out tax rises - and spending cuts - to come. So now what? The IfG podcast crunch the chancellor's numbers.
     
    The Dominic Raab claims are causing problems for the justice secretary, but do multiplying leaks about ministerial behaviour point to a wider breakdown of trust inside government?
     
    And a new joint paper for the Institute for Government and Cambridge University’s Bennett Institute explores 25 years of erratic government attempts to update and reform the British constitution. The paper's author, former DEXEU permanent secretary Peter Rycroft, drops into the studio.

    Presented by Hannah White, with Gemma Tetlow and Giles Wilkes 
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 44 min
    Gavin Williamson shuts up and goes away

    Gavin Williamson shuts up and goes away

    We didn't have to wait long for the first ministerial resignation of Rishi Sunak's premiership, and it's Gavin Williamson who is out of government - again. ConservativeHome's Henry Hill joins then podcast team to weigh up what Williamson's exit means for the PM and explore how Rishi Sunak can prove his commitment to integrity is genuine.

    The PM decided, in the end, to attend the COP27 summit - but does this government even have a credible net zero plan?

    Plus: Next week the government unveils its endlessly rescheduled, rebadged, and rewritten fiscal plan. The podcast team crunch the numbers and look ahead to next Friday's big event.

    Hannah White presents, with Cath Haddon and Tom Sasse
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 42 min
    Rumble in the Westminster Jungle

    Rumble in the Westminster Jungle

    While Matt Hancock’s bushtucker trials will be making all the headlines, Westminster is wondering how Rishi Sunak will manage his ongoing Suella Braverman challenges. The IfG podcast team are joined by John Stevens, the Daily Mirror’s new political editor, to reflect on a bruising week for the restored Home Secretary. Also: the rearranged fiscal statement is looming. With the Prime Minister dropping plans to axe 91,000 civil service jobs, a new IfG paper sets out how to cut budgets with care. And is Keir Starmer on course for election success or is Labour in danger of a Sunak bounce?
    Hannah White presents, with Jill Rutter and Rhys Clyne.
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 41 min
    Ready for Rishi?

    Ready for Rishi?

    Another podcast, another prime minister. Liz Truss is out after just 50 days in No.10. Rishi Sunak is in, with the former Chancellor avoiding a showdown with Conservative party membership after both Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the race. So what next for the UK’s 57th PM? The IfG podcast team, with guest Emilio Casalicchio of Politico, analyse Sunak’s first days in the job – and weigh up the tricky challenges coming down the track.
    Restoring the economy to rude health, or at least getting it out of intensive care, is top of Sunak’s in-tray. But where can he find the spending cuts needed to balance the books? A new IfG paper warns that a re-run of austerity will be more difficult – and damaging – than the 2010 era. The pod team crunch the numbers.
    Presented by Gemma Tetlow with Tom Pope and Cath Haddon. Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 43 min

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