News Roundtable   Feb 3, 2023

Bullying, Boris, and Brexit

With Samantha Smith, Freddie Bailey, Rosie Wright, and John O’Brennan


In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by political commentator and Spectator columnist, Samantha Smith, Labour Councillor in Preston, Freddie Bailey, political commentator and Times Radio presenter, Rosie Wright, and Professor of European Politics, John O’Brennan.

The conversation kicks off with the panel discussing Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab’s bullying investigation after eight formal complaints were made against him. They compare this to Nadhim Zahawi’s recent scandal, questioning how Rishi Sunak must handle this. They debate whether there is an effort to create doubt surrounding his premiership and if the government is crumbling. 

Together, they analyse Boris Johnson’s behaviour during his recent trips to Kyiv and the USA, noting how it is unusual for a backbench MP to make diplomatic trips abroad. They speculate as to why Rishi Sunak has not stepped in to stop Boris’ antics. Does his charisma allow him to bend the rules in ways that no other former Prime Minister has?

With the third anniversary of Brexit, the panel explores the current state of the UK economy and highlights whether the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or Brexit have caused the country’s economic issues. Together they dive into the different avenues the Conservative government could take to make the most out of Brexit – do they need to confront the truth?

All this and much more debated on this week’s episode!




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Episode published: Feb 3, 2023

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