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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
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4.6 stars from 1,315 ratings
The Smack of Firm Leadership
John Kampfner's review was very insightful. The response of leaders (populists and others) to the current situation varies in unexpected ways. The programme does a good job of probing these. I listened to it twice.Read full review »
TrapezeArtist via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/10/20
Normally balanced (for the BBC)
The episode on leadership was disappointing. The lazy characterisation of ‘populists’ and the conflation of Johnson with Trump and Bolsonaro belies the political sympathies of the author in a way that undermines the subsequent program.
Captain Dilbert via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/09/20
The Smack of Firm Leadership
What a shame that this episode just looked at the leaders it wanted to come to the conclusions it had pre-determined. How can you look at the failure of Strong Men but ignore Benjamin Netanyahu’s success in dealing with the pandemic in Israel? Too big an oversight to ignore. Shame because...Read full review »
Lee N1981 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/09/20
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