News Roundtable   Apr 2, 2021

David Cameron’s lobbying scandal, personality politics and holding politicians’ to account

With John Rentoul, Marie Le Conte, Simon Fellowes & Marcus Ball

A round-up and review of the week’s biggest news stories

This week is our ‘News Roundtable’ format, where host Chris Wright discusses the week’s biggest stories with journalists and decision-makers. In this episode, Chris is joined by John Rentoul, chief political commentator at The Independent; Marie Le Conte, features writer and who focuses on British politics; Simon Fellowes, musician, writer and director; and Marcus Ball, private prosecutor and founder of ‘Stop Lying in Politics.’

The discussion begins with reactions to the investigation surrounding Whitehall department access being granted to financier Lex Greensill, claimed to be a ‘senior advisor’ to David Cameron.

The conversation then moves to whether Boris Johnson’s reputation will be damaged following US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri’s allegations of a four-year affair, and if this will be forgotten in the midst of the vaccination rollout success. Lastly, the panel discusses what the future holds for the Labour party, and if Keir Starmer will be the right person to land them a majority.  

Together, the guests debate if politicians are being held to account – if there really is equality under the law in the UK, or whether we as the public have given up caring in the wake of a trying year.

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Episode published: Apr 2, 2021

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