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The 4 Days That Changed Britain

May 8 • 36:02
Between the 12th March and the 16th March, the government advice to the public about Coronavirus changed swiftly and dramatically.
What happened during those 4 days to prompt that change?

This week, Tom speaks to Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of war studies at Kings College London, who has been looking at the minutes of the government advisory groups d...

What is the United Nations responsibility during the Coronavirus crisis?

Apr 30 • 41:00
The divide in responses to and the extent of the damage wrought by covid 19 is becoming much starker.
As we know, direct country to country comparisons do not take into account demography, geography or the original scale of the outbreak.
One thing though that is clear is that it is the nation state, not many global multilateral fora that are deciding responses.

Arguably, coro...

How did Taiwan get their Covid-19 response so right?

Apr 24 • 22:02
Can the UK find solutions by looking abroad? Was Britain too slow compared to how others responded to the developing Coronavirus crisis?

Much of the world is now looking at one small island, Taiwan, with a population of 24 million, they have only had 427 cases so far, and 6 deaths due to Covid-19. They acted very early to the developing crisis.

This week, Tom speaks to Tai...

The conspiracy theory gaining momentum

Apr 17 • 30:26
If the facts around coronavirus and the way it’s affecting all of us were bad enough... wait to you hear the conspiracy theory nonsense.
Over the past few weeks, misinformation and conspiracy has gained traction in the mainstream, with real-world consequences.

This week, Tom speaks to Professor Karen Douglas, Professor of social psychology at the university of Kent who studi...

Is this a China crisis?

Apr 10 • 24:59
Polling shows attitudes towards China are hardening, the Japanese are shifting production out of China, and the US are flirting with cutting funding to the World Health Organisation. Equipment sent from China for testing has been sent back as faulty. Is the relationship between nations breaking down?

Was Britain prepared? Were we prepared in the right way? How do we make...

How do you bring everyone home?

Apr 3 • 36:15
The Foreign Office launches the biggest repatriation of Brits in peacetime.

3/4s of a million stranded and told to get home.

What’s it like trying to coordinate an effort like that inside Govenrment and is the foreign office, the longest arm of the British state, up to the job?

Joining Tom this week is Alistair Burt, former foreign office minister responsible for the Middle E...

Has Coronavirus changed Britain forever?

Mar 25 • 30:18
We are living through a generation-defining event - a moment of national emergency.
How Britain responds to the coronavirus is critical to its future: economic, political, social, well-being.
But this outbreak isn’t the first pandemic, and won’t be the last.

What seems clear from the history of pandemics, is that nowhere is the same again after one of these. Economies, socie...

Global Pandemic: the impact on the UK of coronavirus

Mar 13 • 56:02
Join LBC's Tom Swarbrick as he interviews leading experts, politicians and industry influencers to gather a weekly round up of the most important world news and hidden topics that you won't have heard about.

Find out just what goes on behind closed doors and how today's decisions will affect Britain's future.

Subscribe on Global player or wherever you get your podcasts, now!

The new 'Migrant crisis' heading towards Europe

Mar 6 • 49:07
As tens of thousands of displaced people make their way to the Greek border, is Europe experiencing the beginnings of the “Migrant Crisis” 2.0? Erdogan and Putin meet in an attempt to resolve the seemingly intractable problems in Syria which have resulted in the mass movement of at least a million people from Idlib Province. Tom also discusses the Afghanistan Peace deal wh...

China's decade: Is the emerging-superpower a force for good, or a World menace?

Feb 28 • 36:30
As the Coronavirus outbreak spreads throughout the world and causes stock market panic, Tom discusses the implications for the country at the epicentre of it, China.

The rise of China presents opportunities and threats to the existing world order and asks huge questions of the U.K. about our strategic aims.

In the week that the terms of the Government’s foreign policy and d...

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