A ROUND-UP AND REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S BIGGEST NEWS STORIES
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by writer and producer Simon Fellowes; the Evening Standard’s deputy political editor, David Bond; economist and business consultant, Vicky Pryce; and journalist and broadcaster Caroline Frost.
The conversation begins with discussing allegations of Christmas parties being held by Downing Street staff last year, while millions abided by coronavirus restrictions. The panel debate whether this is a “full blown crisis” for the government, and how these investigations may impact Boris Johnson’s authority as a leader.
The discussion then moves on to fresh questions around the revamp of the prime minister’s flat, following reports of WhatsApp messages which cast doubt on his claim that he knew nothing about payments. The panel chew over whether these stories are “chipping away” at public trust, and if conversations around change could be taking place within the Conservative party.
Guests also discuss the government’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis, the introduction of Plan B covid restrictions, and whether the North Shropshire by-election could be much tighter than many expect.
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