John Bercow's Absolute Power

Deborah Frances-White quizzes former speaker John Bercow about how British democracy really works.The instruments of power in the UK are often arcane, confusing and bizarre – but understanding how they operate is key to wielding them effectively – and as citizens, we need to be aware of what those in power can and can’t do. With a governing party which is using those instruments more ruthlessly than any government in recent memory, it’s more important than ever to appreciate how we got here and what we can do about it.Former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow is an ideal guide through this dense thicket of tradition, legislation, convention and constitution. But rather than giving a lecture, we will present this guide in the form of a conversation between him and Deborah Frances-White.Familiar from her hit podcast The Guilty Feminist as well as her award-winning BBC Radio 4 show Rolls the Dice and countless other TV and radio appearances, Deborah has a keen interest in human rights and how governments use and abuse their power...

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 36m. Bisher sind 16 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 8 hours 33 minutes

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Bonus episode - Brexit


In the process of making the series, we found one thing came up again and again. BREXIT. In the interest in keeping each episode focussed we realised quickly there wasn’t time to keep all the Brexit related content in but realised that a large behind the scenes chunk of the story was being told. We’ve collected the clips and present them here.

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 2022-03-02  48m
 
 

episode 10: 1.10 How to Become an MP


We get to the most important question of all, How does one Become an MP? Is it backstabbing and elbowing? Or is it just stomaching some poorly cooked dinners?

This is the last recording of this series, but next week there will be a bonus outtakes episode touching on one of the most contentious events in modern British history - Brexit.

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 2022-02-23  36m
 
 

episode 9: 1.09 The House of Lords


John and Deborah tread through the secret corridors to get to one of the strangest and most misunderstood elements of the British Political system, The House of Lords! What do they do? How are they allowed to still be doing it? Are they worth it, or just born with it?

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 2022-02-16  41m
 
 

episode 8: 1.08 Statutory Instruments


Statutory Instruments. What are they and can we trust Priti Patel to weild them on our behalf?

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 2022-02-09  35m
 
 

episode 7: 1.07 Backbenchers


John Bercow and Deborah Frances-White go all the way to the back bench to discover how Parliamentary our system really is. What’s the point in staying in the shadows? Why does getting close to the PM’s family not always work out? What do the Backbench hold over the PM?

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 2022-02-02  35m
 
 

episode 6: 1.06 The Treasury and the Chancellor


Deborah Frances-White and John Bercow try to determine who does the adding up at the Exchequer and whether the power of the Chancellor lies in expertise in economics or skill at making friends.

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 2022-01-26  35m
 
 

episode 5: 1.5 Private Members Bills


Deborah Frances-White and John Bercow consider the issue of Private Members Bills - what are they, do they ever become laws and what has Chris Chope got against them?

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 2022-01-19  37m
 
 

episode 3: Bonus episode - John responds to bullying allegations


Join John Bercow and Deborah Frances-White as John responds to allegations that during his time as Speaker of the House he bullied people he worked with.

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 2022-01-17  48m
 
 

episode 2: Bonus episode - Partygate


Join John Bercow and Deborah Frances-White as they consider the Prime Minister's position following the revelations surrounding Partygate

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 2022-01-15  28m
 
 

episode 4: 1.4 SPADs and Spin Doctors


Deborah Frances-White and John Bercow get in to the thick of it by exploring the misunderstood and often undemocratic role of Special Advisers (SPADs) and Spin Doctors. Do they wield Malcolm Tucker-esque power or are they merely convenient scapegoats? Find out on Absolute Power.

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 2022-01-12  38m
 
 
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