Vorderman + Braverman: Free Speech and Speaking Freely

Nov 11, 2023

New Thinking Wright on the Nail podcast

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Chris Wright

Founder of Chrysalis Records, media and sports entrepreneur, campaigner

“That’s the dangerous thing about the language Suella Braverman uses, portraying the protesters as desecrating our war dead, you just need a handful of riled-up people who could cause absolute carnage at an event like this.” – Edward Hardy

In this week’s News Roundtable episode, Chris Wright is joined by political commentators, Marina Purkiss, Edward Hardy, and political commentator and Communications Officer for the Institute of Economic Affairs Reem Ibrahim.

This week’s debate kicks off and remains with the issues surrounding Home Secretary Suella Braverman. She has yet again been called out for the use of toxic language in the public sphere, criticising the Metropolitan Police claiming they have a left-wing bias regarding their treatment of protesters, and calling the pro-Palestinian demonstrations ‘hate marches’. The panel analyses and discusses the significance of language in politics.

In a similar vein, the panel discuss and disagree deeply over Carol Vorderman having to step down from the BBC and her radio show. The non-political radio host has been forced out due to her influential online presence as a rather left-wing political voice. The panel get to the bottom of the hypocrisy of this development, similar to that of Gary Lineker’s situation some months ago.

The panel reflect on the King’s Speech and the very British constitution that continues this tradition. Is the world laughing at us?

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This episode was produced by Tom Platts

In this episode we discuss:
  • Suella Braverman, was she trying to get sacked with her rogue police-bashing article.
  • The pro-Palestine protest on Remembrance Day and why the language around it is so important.
  • Carol Vorderman forced to leave the BBC because of her political activism outside of her radio show. Is there a Conservative bias in the BBC, and is this cancel culture at play?
  • Did King Charles enjoy reading out Rishi Sunak’s policies in the State Opening of Parliament? And how the world is laughing at Britain’s anachronistic traditions.

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