News Roundtable   Apr 30, 2021

The Post Office scandal, a social media boycott & India’s Covid-19 catastrophe

With Janet Boyle, Charles Arthur & Otto English

A round-up and review of the week’s biggest news stories

In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’, host Chris Wright and guests discuss ongoing issues at No.10, including Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment row; India’s Covid crisis; the Post Office scandal; and the recent social media boycott.

In this episode, Chris is joined by Janet Boyle, journalist at The Sunday Post; Charles Arthur, journalist, speaker, and author of ‘Social Warming: The Dangerous and Polarising Effects of Social Media’; and Andrew Scott, playwright, author and journalist, known by his pen name ‘Otto English’.

The conversation begins by questioning how, amidst a deadly pandemic, the “price of a sofa in the Prime Minister’s living room”, has been dominating the front pages, and why, if Boris Johnson and the government have nothing to hide, they don’t simply come out and tell us the facts? 

The discussion then moves to the Covid crisis in India, considering whether this could happen in the UK, if the government should be doing more, and whether there is a correlation between the percentage of deaths, and countries under populist governments.

Guests also delve into how British sport is taking action against online abuse with a four-day social media boycott, and whether ultimately, the medium does more harm than good in polarising society…

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Episode published: Apr 30, 2021

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