News Roundtable   Jan 14, 2022

Djokovic’s visa saga, PM’s party apology & Sir Tony Blair

With Tim Bale, Jamie Jenkins, Alain Tolhurst & Dawn-Maria France


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.

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Episode published: Jan 14, 2022

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