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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.

    Gloves off for Truss v Starmer

    Gloves off for Truss v Starmer

    Liz Truss has been to New York, Keir Starmer is on his way to Liverpool, and the IfG podcast team assemble in the studio to discuss a week where politics began to return to normal – albeit against the unpleasant backdrop of Vladimir Putin’s threat of nuclear war.
     
    Guest Ayesha Hazarika dials in to discuss the new prime minister’s first steps on the world stage, some big government policy announcements at home, and what to look out for at Labour’s annual party conference.
     
    Plus: If Liz Truss is all about delivery, then how can she make government departments deliver? The team discuss a new IfG report which recommends the step she should – and shouldn’t – take.
     
    Hannah White presents. With Alex Thomas and Rhys Clyne.
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 36 min
    The Queen, the King and the Constitution

    The Queen, the King and the Constitution

    The FT’s Stephen Bush joins the IfG team in the podcast studio, just a few hundred metres away from Buckingham Palace, to make sense of an extraordinary moment in British history. What does the death of Queen Elizabeth II, after a record-breaking 70-year reign, mean for the Royal Family? How will King Charles III approach the role of monarch? And what questions will now be asked about the role of the monarch in the constitution, how the King interacts with politics and how ministers engage with the King?
     
    Presented by Hannah White with Catherine Haddon and Maddy Thimont-Jack.
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 45 min
    In Liz we Truss?

    In Liz we Truss?

    The epic Conservative Party leadership contest is finally over, and Liz Truss is the new prime minister. After a flight to Balmoral to meet the Queen, and a drive through London in lashing rain, Truss stepped straight from the prime ministerial car to the podium outside No10 and set out her vision for the country
     
    So, what happens next and what should we expect from this country’s 56th prime minister? Former special adviser Salma Shah joins the podcast team to weigh up Truss’s Downing Street speech, her Cabinet appointments, and how she might handle a daunting in-tray.
     
    Hannah White presents.
     
    With Giles Wilkes and Catherine Haddon.
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 40 min
    Truss triumph or Sunak surprise?

    Truss triumph or Sunak surprise?

     The long, hot summer of endless Conservative leadership contest hustings is over, and next week the winner will be announced. The FT’s Seb Payne joins the podcast crew to discuss the battle to become Prime
    Minister. Will Liz Truss emerge victorious as all the polls predict? Can Rishi Sunak spring a surprise? And just how daunting is the next prime minister’s in-tray?
     
    And as Boris Johnson’s premiership comes to an end, how should we look back on a dramatic - and sometimes controversial - stint in No10?
     
    With Hannah White, Jill Rutter and Alex Thomas
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 40 min
    WHAT IS THE POINT OF PARTY CONFERENCES?

    WHAT IS THE POINT OF PARTY CONFERENCES?

    Every autumn the UK’s political parties decamp from Westminster for the annual party conference season. From Brighton to Blackpool, Manchester to Birmingham, Liverpool to Glasgow, Britain’s cities take turns to host politicians, activists, party members, journalists, and lobbyists for long days (and nights) of keynote speeches, breakfast fringe meetings, endless schmoozing, too much warm white wine and endless political intrigue. Is this where key decisions are taken and political history is made? Or i it just a gossip-soaked get together which serves no value?
     
    Michael Crick, a veteran of decades of conferences, joins political journalist Marie Le Conte, former special adviser Peter Cardwell, and the IfG’s Jill Rutter to reminisce about conferences past and weigh up whether party conferences deserve a future.
     
    Presented by Alex Thomas
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 44 min
    THE SECRET MAP OF WHITEHALL

    THE SECRET MAP OF WHITEHALL

    Centuries of British political history has played out across Whitehall, with key decisions taken in the many government buildings that line the streets around the Palace of Westminster. But what secrets are contained within their walls and behind their doors? How have the buildings changed over the years? And what secret tunnels lie beneath the basements of Whitehall?
     
    Special guest Gus O'Donnell joins the IfG’s Cath Haddon and Alex Thomas to reveal the secret map of Whitehall.
     
    Presented by Hannah White
     
    Produced by Candice McKenzie

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

kevingan52 ,

Really smart!

Some of the more lively, well-informed, and engaging talk on politics I’ve heard—mostly British, of course, but with broad implications everywhere: influence peddling and conflicts of interest, nations splitting apart...listen up, Americans!

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