News Roundtable   Apr 21, 2022

Partygate inquiry, Wimbledon’s ban on Russian players & a global food crisis

With Caroline Frost, Richard Vaughan, Chris Curtis & Liz Webster


In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Caroline Frost, journalist and broadcaster; Richard Vaughan, chief political correspondent at the i Newspaper; Chris Curtis, head of political polling at Opinium Research; and Liz Webster, chair of Save British Food.

The episode begins by discussing Boris Johnson’s official visit to India against the partygate backdrop, to debate whether he misled MPs about lockdown parties and the government’s attempt to delay a decision over a fresh investigation. How is this scandal impacting the polls ahead of May’s General Election?

The conversation then moves on to talk about the government’s plan to send asylum seekers illegally entering the UK to Rwanda. They delve into the outrage this has caused for many, and whether the government is running out of strategies for managing the immigration crisis. 

The panel explores the rising risk of a worldwide food crisis and how this has worsened by a lack of agricultural workers in the UK. They consider the impact of Brexit and how the war in Ukraine poses a looming threat to the global food supply.

Finally, the guests review the recent news that Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year due to the invasion of Ukraine. They question if this is the right decision or whether the sport should be used to unite rather than divide.

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Episode published: Apr 21, 2022

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