October Focus Group
39 min

Matt Chorley and former Number 10 Pollster James Johnson dissect the latest Times Radio focus group, featuring voters from London, Birmingham and Liverpool talking about the new Coronavirus restrictions, and whether they'll follow the rules.


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The Bunker
The Bunker
Daily: FUTURE IRELANDS – Northern Ireland special edition
Will Brexit really lead to Ireland reunifying and leaving the Union, in a final irony for English nationalism? In a special edition on the future of the island of Ireland we talk to Neale Richmond (Fine Gael TD for Dublin Rathdown), Ulster Unionist Party MLA and former leader Mike Nesbitt, and Claire Hanna (SDLP MP for Belfast South). Is the rancour finally leaching out of Northern Irish politics? Will a European identity trump a British one?Is a border poll really coming? And what do people in the Irish Republic really think of Boris Johnson?  “Sinn Fein are the greatest force against a united Ireland.” – Neale Richmond * “I am an Ulsterman, but I’m also Irish, British, and European…if you were to deny me any part of that mixture, you will diminish who I am.” – Mike Nesbitt * “It’s not the territory that’s divided, it’s the people.” – Claire Hanna * “The UK leaving the EU means the greatest vehicle for co-operation on the island of Ireland is ending.” – Neale Richmond * “The government in Westminster wants to possess Northern Ireland like a toddler wants to possess a toy.” – Claire Hanna * “Sinn Fein are the greatest force against a united Ireland.” – Neale Richmond * “We need to get away from the idea that we're pure Brit or pure Gael, because very few of us are.” – Mike Nesbitt  Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 min
IfG LIVE – Discussions with the Institute for Government
IfG LIVE – Discussions with the Institute for Government
Institute for Government
What next for Scotland?
This is an audio recording of an IfG Live Event   Support for Scottish independence is rising, with opinion polls showing a clear majority of Scots wanting Scotland to leave the UK. However, Boris Johnson’s government is committed to holding the union together and does not want to agree to a second independence referendum, although the SNP will try to use the results of the 2021 Scottish parliamentary election to ramp up pressure. What are the reasons for the growing support for Scottish independence? What would need to happen for a legal, fair and decisive referendum to take place? And what can the UK government do to keep the UK together? On our panel to discuss these issues were: * Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University and Senior Research Fellow at NatCen * Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Anniversary Chair in Law at Queen Mary University of London and Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University; and former special legal adviser for the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee * Andrew Wilson, former Member of the Scottish Parliament and Chair of the Sustainable Growth Commission * Jess Sargeant, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government The event was chaired by Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government. #IfGDevo. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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