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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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    Freeze A Jolly Good Furlough

    Freeze A Jolly Good Furlough

    As the COVID outlook worsens dramatically, can Boris Johnson make another six months of restrictions stick? Is Rishi Sunak’s new Job Support Scheme just the old furlough in disguise, and will it hold back a tide of autumn job losses? And how prepared are public services for an extended crisis? Special guest Sir David Lidington, former de facto Deputy Prime Minister, explains the consequences of a new near-lockdown for consumer confidence, public health and the Government’s stability. 
    “If you don’t get the tax receipts coming in from the economy then you’ll have some very difficult decisions about public spending.” – David Lidington
    “The Government needs to be seen to reach out… Metro mayors and local authorities need to be partners not adversaries.” – David Lidington
    “MPs who brief the papers about how unhappy they are generally do not speak for the majority of the Parliamentary party” – David Lidington

    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon, Nick Davies and Gemma Tetlow. Audio production by Alex Rees


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    • 42 min
    Test Botch Special

    Test Botch Special

    What has gone so wrong with the Government’s “world-beating” COVID response? After a summer of confusion, can the “moonshot” get the Government’s pandemic policy back on course, or is it just more spin? And can its audacious Internal Market Bill make it through the Commons and Lords without being amended out of all recognition? Special guest Anoosh Chakelian of the New Statesman joins us to discuss Boris Johnson’s two biggest headaches.  

    “From the start this Government has been putting spin and rhetoric before levelling with the public.” – Anoosh Chakelian“If Boris Johnson is having deep conversations with MPs in the tea room, you know they’re spooked.” – Anoosh Chakelian
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Jess Sargeant, Tom Pope and Alex Thomas. Audio production by Alex Rees

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    • 39 min
    Specific and Limited Chaos

    Specific and Limited Chaos

    As Boris Johnson attempts to feed the Withdrawal Bill into a shredder marked “Internal Market Bill”, what does it mean for the rule of law, civil servants and the devolved nations when a government tries to abrogate international law? And as a new IfG report shows the Government’s plans to reach zero carbon by 2050 are way off track, what does it need to do to meet this ambitious target – and what will it cost?  
    “I can’t see any way this gets through the Lords in its current form.” – Alex Thomas 
    “The nature of the law is, you don’t get to choose when to follow it – because it’s the law.” – Raphael Hogarth
    “Some of the rationale for this is reasonable and some of it is Mad Max chaos and destruction.” – Alex Thomas
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Maddy Thimont-Jack, Alex Thomas and Raphael Hogarth. Audio production by Alex Rees


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    • 40 min
    Simon’s on the Case

    Simon’s on the Case

    It’s all change at the top of the Civil Service as the youngest Cabinet Secretary in over a century begins his job next week. But who is Simon Case? Why has he got the job? And what are the big tasks lining his in-tray?
    Plus - despite everyone around him taking the fall, Gavin Williamson still remains in post at the Department for Education, but what does this say about the accountability of ministers? And as schools reopen and people are urged to return to the office, we’ll look back at Government decision making in the first phase of the pandemic.

    “The key is having the Prime Minister’s confidence in your own authority” - Cath Haddon“The real issue in terms of ministerial responsibility is that other people have gone” - Cath Haddon“The Dept for Education made grade inflation their issue, which is why we ended up where we did” - Chris Wilkins“At DfE you fix the last battle and another one comes onto the horizon” - Alex Thomas“How much sympathy do you give the Government for a lack of information?” - Cath Haddon
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon, Alex Thomas and Sarah Nickson. Audio production by Alex Rees.

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    • 34 min
    Return to Brexit Island

    Return to Brexit Island

    Brexit may be Done but it’s about to rise from the grave as we get closer to Dec 31. The IfG’s Brexit Team convene to look ahead to a tumultuous autumn. Are the EU:UK negotiations really going as badly as it seems? What’s the very last moment when a deal could be struck? Are cash-strapped, COVID-battered businesses in any shape to deal with a new customs regime, let alone No Deal? And what’s actually going to change for UK citizens on Jan 1, 2021? 

    “Businesses are faced with one big difficulty which is, what exactly are the preparing for?” – Joe Marshall“The EU always wanted a deal with the UK but they were never prepared to offer Britain a better deal than, say, South Korea.” – Georgina Wright
    Presented by Hannah White with Georgina Wright, Joe Marshall and Maddy Thimont-Jack. Audio production by Alex Rees

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    • 32 min
    Slave To The ’Rithm – Exams crisis fallout

    Slave To The ’Rithm – Exams crisis fallout

    The A-Levels fiasco could damage more than pupils’ futures and the career of Gavin Williamson. What will it mean for any potentially beneficial future use of algorithms in welfare, criminal justice, tax and social care? Does abolishing Public Health England make any sense except as a headline – and do panic reorganisations ever work? And can our political classes survive September without warm white wine at an in-person party conference? Special guest Sonia Sodha, chief leader writer at The Observer, joins us to explore the least silly Silly Season on record.  

    “The algorithm gave us workable average results, but children are not averages. They are individuals.” – Nick Timmins“The most selective institutions are now oversubscribed while middle and lower-tier universities are threatened with empty places and financial disaster.” – Sonia Sodha“Replacing Public Health England is extraordinary. It’s rebuilding the plane in mid-flight.” – Nick Timmins
    Presented by Hannah White with Gavin Freeguard and Nick Timmins. Audio production by Robin Leeburn

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    • 29 min

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