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Podcast: Britain’s masculinity crisis and Osborne’s Foreign Secretary aspirations

1 May 2014

9:32 AM

1 May 2014

9:32 AM

Is the British male in serious trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott discusses the topic of this week’s Spectator cover feature with Isabel Hardman. Why are boys written off more frequently than girls? Are males in trouble because females are doing better? And is it now more difficult to grow up as a young boy or girl?

James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman also discuss why George Osborne wants to take William Hague’s job and be the next Foreign Secretary. Does he risk lowering his profile and getting entangled in the sticky business of renegotiating our relationship with Europe? Or does the Chancellor simply love being where the action is?

Plus, Freddy Gray and Fraser Nelson debate whether Beyoncé is a champion of conservative, family values. Does she demonstrate, through her music and public persona, that fun begins (not ends) with marriage? Or is it all just an illusion to sell records?

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