31 episodes

POLITICO’s weekly political series hosted by Jack Blanchard lifts the curtain on how Westminster really works, offering in-depth insight into the political issues which typically only get broad-brush treatment in the wider media.

POLITICO's Westminster Insider Jack Blanchard

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POLITICO’s weekly political series hosted by Jack Blanchard lifts the curtain on how Westminster really works, offering in-depth insight into the political issues which typically only get broad-brush treatment in the wider media.

    The next pandemic

    The next pandemic

    Westminster — like much of the world — was caught napping by the deadly new coronavirus which emerged from China in 2019. This week Jack Blanchard speaks to experts from around the world to consider what we can do now to better prepare for the next pandemic, and avoid a similar catastrophe next time round.

    • 51 min
    How British towns got left behind

    How British towns got left behind

    This week Jack explores whether Britain's provincial towns — like the town he grew up in and many places he has lived since — have been "left behind" as the economy has evolved over recent years.

    • 44 min
    The government vs the BBC: A Hundred Year War

    The government vs the BBC: A Hundred Year War

    This week Jack picks through the long and turbulent relationship between the government and the BBC, and asks why these two great pillars of British public life can't seem to get along.

    • 47 min
    The history of climate change — from the Great Ice Age to COP26 and beyond

    The history of climate change — from the Great Ice Age to COP26 and beyond

    As the COP26 summit continues in Glasgow, Jack Blanchard looks back at the history of climate change, from the dramatic shifts at the end of the Ice Age to the political rows of the modern era.

    • 47 min
    How do you write a great political speech?

    How do you write a great political speech?

    As Britain's political parties finish their annual conferences, Jack Blanchard invites a selection of top speechwriters from both sides of the Atlantic to consider what makes a great political speech.

    • 46 min
    Meet Lee Cain: Three chaotic years as Boris Johnson's closest aide

    Meet Lee Cain: Three chaotic years as Boris Johnson's closest aide

    This week Jack Blanchard sits down with Lee Cain, who spent three years at Boris Johnson's side as his spin doctor and closest aide.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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