News Roundtable   Mar 25, 2022

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Brexit rhetoric & the spring statement

With David Henig, Christina Patterson & Neil Mackay


In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins David Henig, UK Director at ECIPE, who leads thinking on future UK trade policy; Christina Patterson, journalist, writer, and broadcaster; and Neil Mackay, author, filmmaker, and broadcaster.

The episode begins by discussing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker who was arrested and detained in Tehran in 2016. They delve into the abuse she faced online, and why critics branded her “ungrateful” for the frustration she expressed with the UK government for taking six years to secure her release.

The conversation moves on to chew over the prime minister’s speech at the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, which compared the resistance of the Ukrainian people to Russia’s invasion to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. 

Staying on the topic of Boris Johnson, the guests debate a new whistleblower’s claims that he gave orders to evacuate Pen Farthing’s animals from Afghanistan. Boris Johnson, a liar? 

Together they also discuss the latest updates from Ukraine and react to the Spring Statement 2022 – cuts to fuel duty, National Insurance hikes softened, and an income tax rabbit in the hat.

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Episode published: Mar 25, 2022

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