News Roundtable   Mar 16, 2023

Banks, Budgets, BBC, and Taiwan

With Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Vicky Pryce, James Chater, and Edward Hardy


In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, economist Vicky Pryce, political commentator Edward Hardy and Taiwan-based journalist James Chater.

The conversation dives straight into the new UK budget statement and the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. The panel speculates on whether we are on the brink of a banking crisis and what can be done to avoid potential economic consequences.

The panel discusses the aftermath of Gary Lineker’s suspension, debating whether the BBC yielded to political pressure from the Tories and the right-wing media and whether the public broadcaster can still be considered impartial. Yasmin shares her thoughts on the uproar against Fiona Bruce due to how she handled her assertion that Stanley Johnson was a wife-beater on Question Time.

Finally, the discussion moves to across the pond, exploring the global dangers for world stability of having ‘Mini-Trump’ Ron DeSantis vying for the US presidency. They also touch upon the possibility of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Given its significance as a semiconductor manufacturer, James explains the ramifications of an invasion on the island.



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Episode published: Mar 16, 2023

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