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The Number 10 Podcast
81 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ireland: 100 years on from Partition (with Ivan Gibbons)
In this episode, released on the 100 year anniversary of Irish partition, we talk with Ivan Gibbons about the statesmen involved in the decision and whether it was a success. We talk about the implications of partition that are still being felt to this day. Throughout the twentieth century, partition would become the most contested and fought-over issue in Irish politics. But the history of how Ireland came to be divided and why at the time it was seen as the only workable solution, at least by the British, is much less understood. Our view is now clouded by the complex history and struggles of the century that followed, but Partition takes us back to the first decades of the 1900s. Gibbons tells us how the idea of dividing Ireland came about, how it gained acceptance and popular support, about its complex and controversial implementation, and the turmoil of the years that followed. IVAN GIBBONS is a lecturer in Modern Irish and British history specialising in the relationship between the British Labour Party and Ireland. He was lecturer and MA and BA Programme Director in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University. Book link: https://www.hauspublishing.com/history-and-biography/partition-how-and-why-ireland-was-divided-by-ivan-gibbons/ Want to learn more about partition before we reach it? The Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre has released a number of great lectures that you can watch here: https://irishculturalcentre.co.uk/digital-lecture-series-2021/ Image: (Original Caption) 5/11/1916 – Dublin, Ireland: Easter Rebellion – Photo shows British troops armed with machine guns and rifles behind a moveable barricade composed of household furniture and which could easily be pushed foreward, in a street in the central section of Dublin. (Bettmann/Getty Images)
74 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Europe, Brexit and the Future (with James Elles)
In this episode we speak with James Elles (former British MEP) about the changing relationship between Britain and Europe, as well as the steps that led to Brexit in a really fascinating conversation with a politician who has been involved in European and International politics since the 1970s. JAMES ELLES was a British Conservative Member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 2014. He is the Co-founder of the European Internet Forum; the Founder and Chairman of the Transatlantic Policy Network; and the Honorary President of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System. Apologies as there are some sound quality issues; I’ve tried to scrub as many out as possible. James’s book: https://www.hauspublishing.com/haus-curiosities/fiction-fact-and-future-by-james-elles/ Ideas Network 2030: http://ideasnetwork2030.com/ ESPAS: https://knowledge4policy.ec.europa.eu/organisation/espas-european-strategy-policy-analysis-system_en TPN: https://www.tpnonline.org/ European Internet Forum: https://www.internetforum.eu/
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Spotlight: John Locke
“Men being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.” A quote there from our spotlighted special episode on a very special philosopher, the father of Liberalism, John Locke. He is arguably one of the most important modern philosophers influencing modern psychology, liberal ideology, British constitutional monarchy and even the United States Declaration of Independence. Image is a painting by Godfrey Kneller, titled Portrait of John Locke (currently in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersberg, Russia).
76 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Would you want to be Prime Minister? (with Mark Garnett)
This week we talk to Mark Garnett, senior lecturer at Lancaster University in Politics, about the changing role of the Prime Minister and his new book “The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval”. We talk about the motivations of individuals (duty and public service or ego and money?), the role of devolution and what the role of PM will look like in the future. In this timely book, Mark Garnett provides a bracing reassessment of the role of the British Prime Minister, from Margaret Thatcher’s controversial tenure to Boris Johnson’s attempt to confront a pandemic with a ministerial team created to face the very different challenge of Brexit. Taking a thematic approach, Garnett explores the impact of major political developments and personalities on key aspects of prime ministerial functions as party leader, Cabinet-maker, chief diplomat and electoral talisman. Much of the controversy over the position of Prime Minister, he concludes, arises from a confusion between the occupant’s inescapable political prominence and his or her – often limited – ability to achieve positive policy outcomes. With both David Cameron and Theresa May forced to resign since 2016, the book questions whether the nature of the job has become a deterrent for politicians who are motivated by a desire to serve the British public, opening the way for individuals with much less laudable motivations. Available in all good book stores that are only a brick or a click away. Link to buy here: https://www.wiley.com/en-gb/The+British+Prime+Minister+in+an+Age+of+Upheaval-p-9781509539352 .
38 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
E11- Elections in the 1700s
This week we look at elections and how they were conducted in the 1700s and pretty much all the way up to the Great Reform Act in 1832 (as well as other subsequent legislation). We talk about pocket boroughs, rotten boroughs, pot wallopers and all your favourite 17th century electoral slang, as we deep dive into what you would have needed in order to gain the vote or more importantly, be elected to Parliament. Image credit to the wonderful William Hogarth, who painted “The Polling” and it is from “The Humours of an Election” series of 1755.
54 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
E10- Tackers, Jacobites & Sacheverell
We continue today talking about Queen Anne, after talking in great detail about the Act of Union of 1707 that created the kingdom of Great Britain. We move back a little bit to talk about some other important areas of Anne’s life and rule. Note: I realize after recording that I’ve pronounced Sacheverell’s name wrong; personally I think I’ve added flair, but I’ll let you decide. Featured image: Portrait of Henry Sacheverell by Thomas Gibson. Link to the picture mentioned at the end: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1868-0808-3439
44 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
Bonus: The Treaty of Union
A little treat today, as we read the entirety of the Treaty of Union that bonded Scotland and England together in 1707, off the back of various financial issues that Scotland had suffered (namely the Great Famine and the Darien Scheme failure) . There were 25 articles in total, many covering import and export duties, and others dealing with currencies, flags and ship rights. A brief breakdown of each articles topic: Merging of the two kingdoms, their flags, banners and land.Securing the Protestant line of Succession.Creating on one united Parliament.Joint trade rights for both kingdoms.Ship and vessel rights and registration process.Unifying personal rights to both English and Scottish citizens.Import and Export duties and excise for “exciseable liquor”.Import and Export duties and excise for salt.Tax raising and collection details.Import and export duties and excise for “Stampt paper, Vellom and Parchment”.Import and export duties and excise for windows and lights.Import and export duties and excise for “Coals, Culm and Cinders”. Import and export duties and excise for malt. General import and export duties and excise details.Details on trade equality and financial bailing out of the African and Indian Company of Scotland (responsible for the Darien scheme failure).Unification of currency and details on minting facilities.Standardisation of weights and measures.Details on trade and civil liberties in Scotland that will remain unchanged.Preservation of the Scottish court system and process of appointing members. Also details on naval jurisdiction in Scotland.Preservation of inherited offices, land and jurisdictions.Preservation of the Royal Burghs.Details on Scottish representation in the British Parliament- 16 Lords and 45 MPs, as well as the oath of allegiance to be taken. Standardisation of the rights of Scottish lords and MPs to that of their English counterparts.Unification of the great seal, and preservation of the Scottish and English seal until the new one is created.Cancellation of all laws that conflict with the Treaty of Union. Enjoy! Featured image by Châtelain and Gueudeville – Atlas Historique, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26423389
38 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
E9- Queen Anne & The Making of Great Britain
Today we’re starting our look at Queen Anne after the death of William and the rise of the Tories under Godolphin and Marlborough. We then turn to looking at why Scotland, despite hugely against a union with the English, ended up jumping into it with both feet.
42 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
UK General Election 2019: The facts, history, policies and predictions
On the eve of the UK general election 2019, we explore everything you need to know about the general election, as well as a bit of the history and interesting facts surrounding the whole process. We’ll run through the top policies for each of the UK parties across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, before finishing with a look at the latest polls and predictions for the election. Enjoy, and happy voting!
82 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War (with The Freaking Hambone Podcast)
An episode from our swapcast, where I spoke to Dave over at the Freaking Hambone Show (@hb_show) earlier this week. We talk about Neville Chamberlain, the road to WW2, the lesser talked about side of Winston Churchill and the upcoming UK general election. As I mentioned in the episode, there are a few sound issues in the episode- nothing massively offensive, but definitely noticeable. I usually record my side as well, but forgot this time. It was such a good chat, I couldn’t bring myself to not share it!
25 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
Who had the worst start as Prime Minister?
Today we looked back across history to pick out the Prime Ministers who had the worst start to their careers in Number 10. This is about what they did, what they didn’t do and also what they inherited limited to the first few months of their premiership. Sit back and relax as we talk about such PM’s as Viscount Goderich, Churchill, Thatcher, Heath and many more. We’ll even talk about Boris Johnson’s statistically terrible start to the current premiership.
24 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
E8- 1702: Around the World
To kick start this season, we’re going to be going around the world in the year 1702, setting the scene for the new century and giving some perspective as to the events that will affect the next 100 years and beyond.
106 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
The end of WW1 in London & Berlin (with Podcast on Germany)
In today’s episode, we discuss the events of Armistice Day, that happened 101 years ago today (11/11/1918). To really make it interesting, I teamed up with Jacob from Podcast On Germany, to give an interesting new angle to it- looking at the end of World War One from both the British and German side of the trenches. We discuss the Armistice signing, how the soldiers were told, the last deaths of the war and beyond that to look at how the war ended- and how that potentially laid the path for WW2. We finish by looking at how the end of WW1 is remembered today in both London and Berlin.
6 minutes | Oct 5, 2019
Season One Finale Thank You
A quick message from Chris to thank everyone, including our dear listeners for their support this season.
32 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
The British Constitution
In today’s episode we talk about the core constitutional sources of our uncodified constitution, as well as some letters from our fans. As it’s not something that’s written down in one single document like the USA, it can be difficult to navigate, so we’ll be going through the basics. We talk about statute law, common law, royal prerogatives, conventions, works of authority and EU law; as well as Private Member’s Bills, Donoghue vs Stevenson and AV Dicey.
114 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Boris Johnson v Jeremy Corbyn (Part Two)
The second and final episode of the chat forecasting the policies and styles of the two current leaders of the Labour and Conservative Parties in the UK. Thanks again to Ryan for coming on for this very fun and interesting episode!
54 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Boris Johnson v Jeremy Corbyn (Part One)
Today we talk with the international socialist of mystery, Ryan about the backgrounds of Boris Johnson, our current Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party. We’ll talk about where they’ve come from, controversies and how they’re being perceived outside of Westminster. Part one of the chat, we’ll be talking in the next part about their policy ideas and throwing a few our own thoughts in along the way. This episode was recorded in early August before all of the prorogation and no deal vote blocking, so if you’re wondering why it’s missing- that’s why!
35 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
E7- The Revolutionary Settlement
We talk today about the swathe of legislation through William and Mary’s reign that led to the start of our Parliamentary democracy, including the iconic Bill of Rights. We left off with England in a strange situation. James II, England’s King had escaped to France and William had arrived in London. Before he arrived and in the absence of James who was in the middle of his first escape attempt, there had been riots in London, where every single Catholic church in London was attacked and some completely demolished. City governors and nobility were forced to become self-appointed policemen, and struggled to bring the mobs under control.
79 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
The Hong Kong Crisis (Protester Interviews)
With the Hong Kong protests in full swing and escalating week on week- we talk to protesters on the front line and those who’ve fled Hong Kong when it became part of China in the 1990s. With many Hong Kong citizens fighting against a controversial extradition bill and a wider protest for universal suffrage, the protests have seen hundreds of arrest and thousands of injuries. All names of interviewees have been changed to protect their identity.
62 minutes | Aug 25, 2019
Inside Number 10 (with Jack Brown)
This week we’re delighted to be joined by historian Jack Brown for this episode discussing Number 10 Downing Street- the construction, renovations and of course, the occupants. We’ll also be talking about the strikes over tea breaks under Macmillan, Larry the Cat and Devolution; as well as Jack’s new book “No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street”. Buy it here: https://www.hauspublishing.com/non-fiction/no-10/ You can also find Jack on Twitter at @jackwbrown.
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