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Podcast: Islam’s 30 year war, Westminster’s wandering hands and the Tories’ NHS legacy

23 January 2014

9:00 AM

23 January 2014

9:00 AM

Is the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East making a new great war ever more likely? On this week’s podcast, Douglas Murray discusses the battle involving Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arbia with Tom Tugendhat, a former solider and advisor to General David Richards. Why has the West failed to control the region? Can anything be done to save the situation? And how likely is it that the Sunni-Shia battle will end in a nuclear standoff?

Do the men of Westminster also suffer unwelcome advances? Former Lib Dem advisor Miranda Green and Guido Fawkes’ Alex Wickham discuss the culture of Westminster’s wandering hands. How endemic is the problem for both men and women? Do journalists ever abuse the situation to develop contacts and get stories? And how will the Lib Dems resolve the stand off between Lord Rennard and the party leadership?

Plus, Conserative MP Charlotte Leslie and James Forsyth discuss the government’s legacy on the NHS. Will Jeremy Hunt’s transparency agenda restore public trust in the government’s ability to reform the service? Was Mid Staffs a turning point for the party and for public perceptions on making the NHS work better?

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