News Roundtable   Jan 21, 2022

Deepening ‘partygate’ scandal & scrapping BBC license fee

With Nazir Afzal, John Cotter & Anoosh Chakelian


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.

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Episode published: Jan 21, 2022

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