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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.

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.

    A year of lockdowns — How the pandemic changed Westminster

    A year of lockdowns — How the pandemic changed Westminster

    Jack Blanchard heads back to Westminster on the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown to hear how the pandemic has changed British politics for good.

    • 38 min
    Meet: Chancellor Rishi Sunak — beyond the Budget

    Meet: Chancellor Rishi Sunak — beyond the Budget

    Jack Blanchard sits down with Rishi Sunak to discuss his whirlwind first year as U.K. Chancellor, and hear more about his Hindu faith, his fears for the future and his love of computer games.

    • 37 min
    Cabinet secretaries ... and why Sir Humphrey always wins

    Cabinet secretaries ... and why Sir Humphrey always wins

    As Britain's most powerful civil servant, Simon Case, marks his six-month anniversary in the job, Jack Blanchard takes a closer look at the role of the Cabinet secretary — and asks if 'Sir Humphrey,' the fictitious character from "Yes Minister," really does always win.

    • 38 min
    When Budgets go wrong

    When Budgets go wrong

    As Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, finalizes his speech ahead of next week's Budget, Jack Blanchard looks back at the pitfalls and disasters which have plagued Chancellors in years gone by.

    • 38 min
    MPs’ postbags: The hidden costs of lockdown

    MPs’ postbags: The hidden costs of lockdown

    Jack Blanchard abandons Westminster for a week and explores the hidden costs of lockdown, by delving into the postbags of two MPs in different parts of the U.K.

    • 37 min
    Meet: Prof Neil Ferguson — life after the coronavirus pandemic

    Meet: Prof Neil Ferguson — life after the coronavirus pandemic

    Jack sits down with Britain's top epidemiologist, Professor Neil Ferguson, to discuss how the next few months of the coronavirus pandemic are likely to pan out — and why things went so badly wrong last year.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

MancInVanc ,

Insightful look at Westminster, but with a different focus to the norm

If you were a fan of Jack’s newsletters, or missed them entirely, you’re likely to enjoy his foray into the world of podcasting.

The pilot forayed from Ancient Rome to Renaissance Marseille, while S1E1 was very much on home territory, but each left the listener with a better understanding of the political landscape and 21st century journalism, as well as some fascinating tidbits - like the etymology of the word ‘quarantine’ - all aided and abetted by top-tier guests.

I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

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