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In this week’s News Roundtable episode, Chris joins journalist Nicole Lampert, writer and Diplomatic Scholar at Oxford University, Dr Jennifer Cassidy, and campaigns and public policy professional Emma Burnell. The episode begins with the panellists sharing their reactions to the Downing Street investigation into lockdown parties that has come to a close, with 126 fines confirmed to have been issued by the Met police. They explore how the headlines around Partygate have impacted Boris Johnson’s leadership bid and question the values of those in power following shocking reports of criminal behaviour and sexual abuse scandals. How can we improve the vetting process for prospective MPs and those representing us?The conversation moves on to unpack why Britain wants to change the Northern Ireland protocol, following demands from Liz Truss for the treaty to be rewritten. Together they chew over how this will impact the Good Friday Agreement, whether this is breaking international law, and if this could lead to the EU and UK facing a trade war. They consider if the government is being “held hostage by DUP” and debate whether the Conservatives have become overly focused on campaigns rather than consequences.The guests then give their takes on the libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, which has enthralled the nation. What do the details of this trial tell us about celebrity culture? Chris and the guests highlight how this high profile trial and the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp court case are being viewed as entertainment.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail. fm
In this week’s Deep Dive episode, host Chris Wright joins Bill Roedy, former chairman and chief executive of MTV Networks International. Bill and his team built a global operation comprising 200 channels and 20 brands in 200 countries. Before joining MTV, he spent ten years at HBO as their vice president and was part of the United States Army, a veteran of the Vietnam war, and commander of three Nuclear Missile bases as part of NATO during the Cold War. Bill was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star), and Meritorious Service Medal for his distinguished military service. Bill is also a former senior adviser to the U.S State Department.In this episode, Bill and Chris discuss Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine and their struggle to take territory in the Donbas region amid fierce resistance. They delve into why Russia has reduced its efforts on Eastern and Southern Ukraine after failing to take the capital and whether Putin is preparing for a prolonged conflict. Are his threats of nuclear action evidence that he’s lost touch with reality?Together, Bill and Chris chew over Russia’s propaganda machine to consider whether the messaging is so powerful that citizens may not realise they’re in a disinformation bubble. They highlight the impact of Putin’s actions on Europe, the West, and a global scale, from fuelling inflation to a provoking a hunger crisis after blockading Black Sea ports. Bill describes the impact of Finland and Sweden moving closer to Nato membership and shares how this conflict is ‘unsustainable’ from a military viewpoint.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Isabelle Oakeshott, political journalist and commentator; Peter Cardwell, TalkRadio presenter and political editor; and Matthew Stadlen, presenter and political commentator.The episode begins with the panel sharing their reactions to the local election results so far to discuss how the Conservatives suffered significant losses in Wandsworth, Barnet and Westminister and why the Labour Party are lacking in considerable gains outside of London.The guests chew over Keir Starmer’s popularity and whether the prime minister is “out of touch” with the British public. With the cost of living crisis, the ongoing fallout from Partygate and a divided government, should the opposition not be making historic gains?Is Keir Starmer keeping his powder dry? Will Boris Johnson survive the election aftermath? Should we care about Beergate? And what would success look like for Starmer and Johnson? All this and more debated on this week’s Wright on the Nail.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail. fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Joe Mayes, UK Politics reporter for Bloomberg; Alex Haege, economist and a regular contributor to The Australian; Marina Purkiss, political commentator, and Dawn-Maria France, broadcaster and Editor-in-chief of Yorkshire Women's Life.The episode begins by discussing the unravelling care home scandal following the High Court’s ruling that the government’s mass-discharge policy was ‘unlawful’ during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Has the Government got away with this failing too easily considering the amounts of lives that were lost during this time?The conversation then moves on to consider the Mail on Sunday’s much-criticised article about Angela Rayner, and reports of an MP watching pornography in parliament. They debate whether these scandals and the aftermath of Partygate are smoke and mirrors to distract the public from serious issues that Britain is facing, such as the cost of living crisis. The panel chew over the news that electoral commissions are set to be brought to the control of Government ministers, and delve into the potential impact that this could have on democracy. The panel also share their views on No 10 backing Jacob Rees-Mogg over his drive to get civil servants to stop working from home, and analyse China’s plans to build a military base on Solomon Island.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Caroline Frost, journalist and broadcaster; Richard Vaughan, chief political correspondent at the i Newspaper; Chris Curtis, head of political polling at Opinium Research; and Liz Webster, chair of Save British Food.The episode begins by discussing Boris Johnson’s official visit to India against the partygate backdrop, to debate whether he misled MPs about lockdown parties and the government’s attempt to delay a decision over a fresh investigation. How is this scandal impacting the polls ahead of May’s General Election?The conversation then moves on to talk about the government's plan to send asylum seekers illegally entering the UK to Rwanda. They delve into the outrage this has caused for many, and whether the government is running out of strategies for managing the immigration crisis. The panel explores the rising risk of a worldwide food crisis and how this has worsened by a lack of agricultural workers in the UK. They consider the impact of Brexit and how the war in Ukraine poses a looming threat to the global food supply.Finally, the guests review the recent news that Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year due to the invasion of Ukraine. They question if this is the right decision or whether the sport should be used to unite rather than divide. Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s  ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins political correspondent at PA Media Geri Scott, former Sunday Mirror editor and director of communications at UK music Vincent Moss, and economist Vicky Pryce.The episode begins by discussing the lorry queues and chaos in Dover to debate whether this is a sign that Brexit is expensive and damaging to the economy. They consider whether the gridlock was mainly due to the suspension of sailings by P&O ferries, and how this issue may intensify with travel during the Easter bank holiday weekend.  The conversation then moves to chew over Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson’s decision to reject calls for their resignation after receiving lockdown fines. Will Johnson survive the return of partygate? And how will this affect Rishi Sunak’s leadership, following the emergence of a tax row involving his wife?Together, the panel explores the government’s crackdown on unauthorised migrants with plans for people seeking asylum in the UK to be flown 4,500 miles to Rwanda. The panel explores whether this initiative, described by Labour as “unworkable and unethical”, is a distraction from Boris Johnson’s recent law-breaking.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Kevin Schofield, political editor of HuffPost UK, and Arieh Kovler, writer, political analyst and communications consultant.The episode begins by discussing the Russian army's recent atrocities committed in Bucha, Ukraine, and the extreme reporting within the Russian media. They delve into the impact that fake news and disinformation could have on the citizens of Russia and the long-lasting effects of seeing the war through Putin’s eyes. Could Putin be prosecuted for war crimes in Ukraine?The conversation then moves to the privatisation of Channel 4, which has sparked a backlash from across the political spectrum. Is this an attempt to get political revenge over Channel 4’s coverage of Brexit?The conversation then moves on to chew over the ‘sex and drugs scandal’ tied to David Warburton, MP for Somerton, which parliamentary officials are investigating. The guests debate whether these scandals have a knock-on effect on the government in general or if they will get swept under the carpet.Together they also discuss Rishi Sunak’s £100,000 donation to his old private school, Winchester College, and consider whether his wealth and background could raise issues for him, in his bid to become the next prime minister.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Will Jennings, professor of political science and public policy at the University of Southampton; Richard Taylor, political commentator, and broadcaster; and Angela Epstein, journalist, broadcaster, and commentator.The episode begins by discussing “partygate” and the Met's announcement that they will be issuing 20 fixed-penalty notices over Downing Street parties. The panel considers how this will impact the government if the prime minister receives a fine for breaching covid regulations and whether Johnson’s luck of escaping the scandal is running out. The conversation touches on the government’s mishandling of PPE contracts during the pandemic and whether Michelle Mone made a profit of as much as £76 million selling to the NHS.The conversation moves on to chew over the way that P&O Ferries sacked 800 members of staff to replace them with overseas agency staff. The panel argues whether there is a need for laws to prevent these situations from arising in the future and if the government has turned a blind eye to widespread pay abuses.  Together they also discuss the Royal tour of the Caribbean and the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh. Are the Royals out of tune with the rest of the country? And finally, the conversation ends with guests delving into the Oscars and whether Will Smith should be stripped of his award after “the slap.”Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins David Henig, UK Director at ECIPE, who leads thinking on future UK trade policy; Christina Patterson, journalist, writer, and broadcaster; and Neil Mackay, author, filmmaker, and broadcaster.The episode begins by discussing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker who was arrested and detained in Tehran in 2016. They delve into the abuse she faced online, and why critics branded her “ungrateful” for the frustration she expressed with the UK government for taking six years to secure her release.The conversation moves on to chew over the prime minister’s speech at the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, which compared the resistance of the Ukrainian people to Russia’s invasion to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Staying on the topic of Boris Johnson, the guests debate a new whistleblower's claims that he gave orders to evacuate Pen Farthing’s animals from Afghanistan. Boris Johnson, a liar? Together they also discuss the latest updates from Ukraine and react to the Spring Statement 2022 - cuts to fuel duty, National Insurance hikes softened, and an income tax rabbit in the hat. Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘Deep Dive’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Bill Roedy, former chairman and chief executive of MTV Networks International. Bill and his team built a global operation comprising 200 channels and 20 brands, in 200 countries. Prior to joining MTV, he spent 10 years at HBO as their vice president, and before this, was part of the United States Army, a veteran of the Vietnam war and commander of three Nuclear Missile bases as part of NATO during the Cold War. For his distinguished military service, Bill was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star) and Meritorious Service Medal. Bill is also a former senior adviser to the U.S State Department.In this episode, Bill joins Chris to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the worsening humanitarian crisis. They consider the effectiveness of a no-fly zone, and whether the situation could escalate to the use of chemical weapons. Together they describe the impact of sanctions on Russia and whether China could be a good force for Ukraine, both economically and politically.Chris and Bill discuss what would be different if Trump was still president, and whether NATO is “stronger than ever,” following Putin’s invasion. Describing the devastating and deliberate targeting of civilians, Bill shares how Russia underestimated Ukraine’s resilience, and what could be the catalyst for a peace deal, to finally put an end to the war.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Dawn-Maria France, editor-in-chief at Yorkshire Women’s Life; Duncan Weldon, an economist and writer; and John Inverdale, a broadcaster who presented coverage of many major sporting events including the Olympic Games and Wimbledon.The episode begins by analysing the UK’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, to discuss whether the Home Office is failing Ukrainian refugees with the lack of forward planning, and the impact of a Nationality and Borders Bill on Ukrainians who are making their way into the UK.The conversation moves on to discuss whether the UK government has shown true leadership, and the British public's perception of the handling of the crisis, with polling showing huge support for the UK to grant visas to Ukrainian refugees.Together they also discuss the impact of sanctions on Russian oligarchs, and Roman Abramovich: What do the Russian owner's sanctions mean for Chelsea Football Club?Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Matthew Stadlen, radio and TV presenter; Marta Dzhumaha, PR specialist at BetterMe; Fredrik Erixon, economist and director of ECIPE; and Oz Katerji, freelance conflict journalist and filmmaker.Following the devastating attack which Russia launched on Ukraine, Chris opens the discussion by speaking with Marta Dzhumaha, a civilian in Ukraine, about the country’s united spirit, and growing fears for civilians caught in a conflict they did not start, or want. Oz Katerji joins the discussion speaking from Kyiv, to describe how the city’s defences are holding up since being invaded, and shares his experience covering the conflict on the ground.Together the panel then discuss the effectiveness of international sanctions, the resilience of President Zelensky, and the West’s responsibility to protect the people of Ukraine.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘Deep Dive’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Philip Davies, Conservative MP Shipley; Jon Bryan, poker player and gambling writer; and Emmet Kennedy, presenter and producer of ‘The Final Furlong Podcast’. The conversation begins by discussing the catalyst for changing the laws relating to gambling, one of mankind’s oldest activities, to consider how the growth of online gambling has impacted the sports betting industry.The conversation moves on to discuss anti-gambling campaigns and an increased media and public focus on problem gambling. The panel debated where tougher regulation is needed to tackle gambling-related harms, and highlight the risks of gambling addiction.Together the panel also discussed the impact of eliminating betting sponsorships from football shirts, and whether the infrastructure of the horse racing industry is sustainable without prize money or TV advertising exposure.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by journalist and author Otto English, journalist and broadcaster Jemma Forte, and writer, broadcaster and commentator, Jonathan Sacerdoti.The conversation begins by observing a quieter week in the news for Boris Johnson as Ukraine tensions otherwise heat up, to debate whether he will be able to draw a line under the partygate scandal. They discuss how the West has reacted to Putin’s pressure on Ukraine, and whether “anybody can get into the mind of this man”, and understand his motives.The discussion moves on to chew over Jacob Rees-Mogg’s new job role as ‘Minister for Brexit opportunities and Government efficiency’, to consider what the reshuffle says about the prime minister’s own image, as well as a raft of post-Brexit issues such as changes to alcohol duty.Together, the panel express their views on a report suggesting that Channel migrants should be deported to an overseas British territory, and discuss whether this more radical course of action is really the solution to the migrant crisis.Finally, the panel argue whether West Ham’s Kurt Zouma should be allowed to continue his job as a professional footballer following a ‘cat-kicking video’, and highlight the concerning news that 15 year-old elite Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for using performance-enhancing substances.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘Deep Dive’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Daniel Lippman, Politico reporter covering the White House and Washington; John T. Bennett, CQ Roll Call editor-at-large and former White House-Congress reporter; and Aaron Parnas, White collar attorney and Democratic strategist. The conversation begins by discussing Donald Trump's involvement in the January 6 Capitol riots, to chew over whether the election results would have been the same without the influence of the covid pandemic, and if he underestimated the anger and fear of his loyal supporters.The conversation then moves on to talk about President Joe Biden, to reflect on his first year in office; the frustration with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, as well as his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda. The panel debate how his popularity is faring, and whether Trump's ‘huge fundraising haul’ could give him an advantage if he decides to run in 2024.Together, the panel also discuss Ukraine tensions, RNC’s vote to censure Liz Cheney, and who could be the dark-horse candidate for the presidential election.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm 
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by writer and  producer Simon Fellowes; chief executive of ‘Best for Britain’ Naomi Smith; CapX editor John Ashmore; and writer and broadcaster Christina Patterson.The conversation begins by discussing Boris Johnson’s continuous battle to save himself, as more of his senior aides walk out of Downing Street’s doors - including Dan Rosenfield, Martin Reynolds and the surprising exit of Munira Mirza, with guests deliberating whether Boris will be the next to go.The discussion moves on to guests chewing over the recent opinion polls, with support for the Conversative’s falling behind Labour in light of a series of scandals; and guests delve into not just the short-term future of the Party, but what this means for its future more broadly.Together, the panel share their thoughts on government spending, particularly the £10 billion spent on PPE overseen by Rishi Sunak and written off by the government, and the impact this will have on the cost of living crisis.
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by PA Media  ​​political correspondent Patrick Daly; Scottish political editor at The Times Scotland Kieran Andrews; and senior lecturer in Law at St. Mary's University, Daniela Nadj.The conversation begins by discussing the delay in Sue Gray’s partygate report to consider what a police investigation means for Boris Johnson; accusations that he is using the Met as a “shield” to protect his position in No 10, and whether this scandal could ultimately cost him his job.The discussion moves on to chew over allegations that the Prime Minister intervened in helping Pen Farthing, founder of the animal charity Nowzad, secure safe evacuation of animals from Afghanistan as the Taliban overran Kabul. The panel debate whether there is any validity to the story despite Johnson calling it “total rhubarb”, and how the public would react if it’s found to be true.The panel also discuss foreign secretary Liz Truss’ flight by private jet to Australia, lorry queues in Dover, the Ukraine crisis and a return to Plan A covid restrictions. Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Nazir Afzal, former chief crown prosecutor; John Cotter, lecturer in law at Keele School of Law and Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor at the New Statesman.  The conversation begins by discussing fresh calls for Boris Johnson’s resignation, and his bid to cling onto power before the critical local elections. They contemplate how the numerous scandals from fast-track contracts to the No.10 Christmas party will influence so-called ‘Red Wall’ seats, and whether he is likely to fight a vote of no-confidence.The conversation moves on to debate the impact of the BBC licence fee being frozen and plans for it to be abolished by 2027, to discuss whether the plan is ideologically motivated, or perhaps a timely distraction from the ‘partygate’ scandal.Guests also chew over Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia and consider whether it is right to ban sportspeople who are unvaccinated from competing at the Olympics.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London; Jamie Jenkins, former head of health analysis at ONS (Office for National Statistics); Alain Tolhurst, chief reporter at PoliticsHome ; and Dawn-Maria France, editor-in-chief at Yorkshire Women's Life. The conversation begins by discussing Boris Johnson’s future as prime minister, reported to be on a “knife edge” following his apology for attending the No. 10 garden party in May 2020. Together they consider whether his acknowledgement is enough to be forgiven, the Tory MPs calling for his resignation, and who could be his potential successor.The conversation moves on to talk about a petition to rescind Tony Blair’s knighthood, which has collected over one million signatures. The panel discusses whether Blair’s involvement in the Iraq War should discredit him from the honour, and if the appeal will be sufficient in triggering the removal.Guests also chew over Novak Djokovic’s visa saga, and the government’s use of a “VIP lane” for PPE contracts during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
This week is our ‘Special Guest’ episode, where host Chris Wright brings you intimate one-to-one interviews with key people in media, business, politics and beyond. In this episode, Chris is joined by Willie Carson, one of the most successful jockeys in Britain's history. In his 34-year riding career, he was crowned Champion Jockey five times, riding 3,828 winners, which included 17 British Classics, 11 Irish Classics, and four Derby Stakes. Following a distinguished career on the racecourse, Willie became a successful TV broadcaster and commentator, a reality television star and chairman of Swindon Town Football Club.In this conversation, he reflects on his childhood and how years of perseverance enabled him to climb the ladder - from an apprentice at the Captain Gerald Armstrong stables in North Yorkshire, to a champion. He describes riding his first Classic winner on ‘High Top’ in the 1972 2000 Guineas, as well as being the only jockey in Britain to win a Classic on a horse that he bred himself. The discussion moves on to a “day to remember,” as Willie recalls winning the Oaks on the Queen’s filly in the year of her Silver Jubilee. He shares how his relationship with the monarch developed as an owner, and emphasizes her unwavering passion for thoroughbred breeding and racing.Together they also discuss some of the downtimes and life-threatening injuries that Willie has faced over the years, and exchange views on a variety of other topics including weighing room etiquette, boosting prize money and taking part in the ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ TV show.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
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