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Wright on the Nail

Chris Wright

‘Wright on the Nail’ is a podcast hosted by music industry entrepreneur Chris Wright. Each week, he is joined by those in-the-know to discuss politics, media, business and lots more. Our episodes alternate between a ‘deep dive’ which gathers experts on a particular topic, and a ‘news roundtable’ where we chew over the biggest issues of the week with big-name journalists and decision-makers.

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Deep Dive: Brexit: 6 Years On
6d ago
Deep Dive: Brexit: 6 Years On
In this week's Brexit ‘Deep Dive’ special, Chris is joined by economist Julian Jessop; political commentator Marina Purkiss; and political commentator Lee Harris to debate the impact leaving the EU has had, on the six-year anniversary of the referendum.The conversation begins with guests discussing the upsides that we have achieved and how Brexit is making our everyday lives better. Beginning with the example of the vaccination programme, and debating how the UK was able to move faster than other European countries, thanks to being independent of the EU.Guests delve into the state of the post-Brexit UK economy, and the forecasts for 2023, debating whether there is evidence that Brexit is responsible for pushing up the rate of inflation. They chew over the problems the country has faced since the vote to leave, and question the correlation between this and the economy. They also discuss current labour shortages, travel chaos, trade deals, and supply chain issues, questioning whether this is a result of leaving the EU or in fact, a current global problem, and how much COVID-19 has played a role in these problems. Finally, they reflect on the overall position the country is in 6 years after the referendum, and look into the future at what further opportunities or consequences Brexit presents.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
Deep Dive: Brexit: 6 Years On
6d ago
Deep Dive: Brexit: 6 Years On
In this week's Brexit ‘Deep Dive’ special, Chris is joined by economist Julian Jessop; political commentator Marina Purkiss; and political commentator Lee Harris to debate the impact leaving the EU has had, on the six-year anniversary of the referendum.The conversation begins with guests discussing the upsides that we have achieved and how Brexit is making our everyday lives better. Beginning with the example of the vaccination programme, and debating how the UK was able to move faster than other European countries, thanks to being independent of the EU.Guests delve into the state of the post-Brexit UK economy, and the forecasts for 2023, debating whether there is evidence that Brexit is responsible for pushing up the rate of inflation. They chew over the problems the country has faced since the vote to leave, and question the correlation between this and the economy. They also discuss current labour shortages, travel chaos, trade deals, and supply chain issues, questioning whether this is a result of leaving the EU or in fact, a current global problem, and how much COVID-19 has played a role in these problems. Finally, they reflect on the overall position the country is in 6 years after the referendum, and look into the future at what further opportunities or consequences Brexit presents.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
Deep Dive: Afghanistan 10 months after the 2021 Taliban Offensive
Jun 16 2022
Deep Dive: Afghanistan 10 months after the 2021 Taliban Offensive
In this week's ‘Deep Dive’ episode, Chris is joined by Chris Kinder, chairman of Afghanaid, and Kitty Chevallier, programme development officer of Afghanaid.The conversation begins with guests discussing what has changed in Afghanistan since the 2021 Taliban offensive- some of the positive changes include an increase in security and a decrease in corruption. They chew over how the sanctions put in place by the Western world have caused the economy to shrink and show no sign of abating. Kitty shares her experience as a Western woman in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and expresses that she feels safer in the capital than she did before the Taliban takeover due to the increase in security.Guests debate if the Western world should start to recognise the Taliban as a government and stop their sanctions. They argue that there should be a level of engagement between the Taliban and the West to resume development aid but there are still changes to be made before the Taliban can have full recognition. Finally, they discuss what the West can do to help support people in Afghanistan over the long term.If you would like to get involved in Afghanaid's upcoming campaign, you can find out more on their website: www.afghanaid.org.uk/Event/by-her-side-exhibition. The launch event is free to attend and will be a celebration of the stories and strengths of the Afghan women they work with, including a series of portraits, taken by photographers Lynzy Billing and Kobra Akbari.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
News Roundtable:  No-Confidence Vote & The Future of the Conservative Party
Jun 9 2022
News Roundtable: No-Confidence Vote & The Future of the Conservative Party
In this week’s News Roundtable episode, Chris Wright joins Isabel Oakeshott, political journalist and commentator, Richard Taylor, political commentator and broadcaster, and Marina Purkiss, political commentator.The episode begins with the panellists discussing the results of Boris Johnson’s  no-confidence vote, and sharing their opinions on whether Boris has lost his credibility and trust with the Conservative party. They question if Boris is putting the party in a negative light since he and Bob Seely were met with boos from the crowd at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The conversation then moves on to debate over Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments of the no-confidence vote being a “remainer plot” to remove Boris as prime minister and lose Brexit. They chew over the success of Boris Johnson’s Brexit policies and whether he has actually delivered what the pro-Brexit voters wanted. They elaborate on what he can do to appeal to all who hold different views of the Conservative party.Together, Chris and the panellists share their predictions for the upcoming by-elections and the Liaison Committee meeting. They question if the Committee finds that Boris has misled the parliament and whether it will mean the end of his premiership. They also discuss potential successors for Boris and debate why there are no people in the Cabinet who could fulfil the role of Prime Minister. Finally, they touch upon the events of the Platinum Jubilee weekend and how they brought people together. Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail. fm
News Roundtable: Royal Platinum Jubilee, Boris Johnson’s Premiership & Travel Chaos
Jun 1 2022
News Roundtable: Royal Platinum Jubilee, Boris Johnson’s Premiership & Travel Chaos
In this week’s News Roundtable episode, Chris Wright joins Nadira Tudor, news anchor, broadcast journalist & presenter; Poppy Wood, senior reporter for the i newspaper; and Cat Neilan, senior UK political editor at Insider.The episode begins with the panellists discussing the upcoming royal Platinum Jubilee. They give their thoughts on whether we are as committed to the monarchy as we’ve always been despite the recent scandals. They also debate about what the future of the monarchy will look like after the Queen’s reign - will it be the end of an era? The conversation then moves on to discuss Boris Johnson’s premiership and if the jubilee will act as a distraction to the ongoing scandals. They also share their predictions for the upcoming by-elections; could the Conservatives be on track to lose both seats? They question if Boris could survive the vote of no-confidence and if it will come before the by-elections.Together, Chris and the panellists also give their takes on the current chaos as travellers have been met with cancelled flights and long queues at airports. They delve into the knock-on effects caused by changes in immigration policies, issues caused during the pandemic and Brexit, and how we are now feeling the repercussions.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail. FM
News Roundtable: Northern Ireland Protocol, Wagatha Christie trial & Partygate fines
May 20 2022
News Roundtable: Northern Ireland Protocol, Wagatha Christie trial & Partygate fines
In this week’s News Roundtable episode, Chris joins journalist Nicole Lampert, writer and Diplomatic Scholar at Oxford University, Dr Jennifer Cassidy, and campaigns and public policy professional Emma Burnell. The episode begins with the panellists sharing their reactions to the Downing Street investigation into lockdown parties that has come to a close, with 126 fines confirmed to have been issued by the Met police. They explore how the headlines around Partygate have impacted Boris Johnson’s leadership bid and question the values of those in power following shocking reports of criminal behaviour and sexual abuse scandals. How can we improve the vetting process for prospective MPs and those representing us?The conversation moves on to unpack why Britain wants to change the Northern Ireland protocol, following demands from Liz Truss for the treaty to be rewritten. Together they chew over how this will impact the Good Friday Agreement, whether this is breaking international law, and if this could lead to the EU and UK facing a trade war. They consider if the government is being “held hostage by DUP” and debate whether the Conservatives have become overly focused on campaigns rather than consequences.The guests then give their takes on the libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, which has enthralled the nation. What do the details of this trial tell us about celebrity culture? Chris and the guests highlight how this high profile trial and the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp court case are being viewed as entertainment.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail. fm
Deep Dive: Russia’s offensive in the Donbas region - the make-or-break effort for Vladimir Putin
May 16 2022
Deep Dive: Russia’s offensive in the Donbas region - the make-or-break effort for Vladimir Putin
In this week’s Deep Dive episode, host Chris Wright joins Bill Roedy, former chairman and chief executive of MTV Networks International. Bill and his team built a global operation comprising 200 channels and 20 brands in 200 countries. Before joining MTV, he spent ten years at HBO as their vice president and was part of the United States Army, a veteran of the Vietnam war, and commander of three Nuclear Missile bases as part of NATO during the Cold War. Bill was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star), and Meritorious Service Medal for his distinguished military service. Bill is also a former senior adviser to the U.S State Department.In this episode, Bill and Chris discuss Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine and their struggle to take territory in the Donbas region amid fierce resistance. They delve into why Russia has reduced its efforts on Eastern and Southern Ukraine after failing to take the capital and whether Putin is preparing for a prolonged conflict. Are his threats of nuclear action evidence that he’s lost touch with reality?Together, Bill and Chris chew over Russia’s propaganda machine to consider whether the messaging is so powerful that citizens may not realise they’re in a disinformation bubble. They highlight the impact of Putin’s actions on Europe, the West, and a global scale, from fuelling inflation to a provoking a hunger crisis after blockading Black Sea ports. Bill describes the impact of Finland and Sweden moving closer to Nato membership and shares how this conflict is ‘unsustainable’ from a military viewpoint.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www. wrightonthenail.fm
News Roundtable: Care homes scandal, sexism row in parliament & Elections Bill
Apr 28 2022
News Roundtable: Care homes scandal, sexism row in parliament & Elections Bill
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Joe Mayes, UK Politics reporter for Bloomberg; Alex Haege, economist and a regular contributor to The Australian; Marina Purkiss, political commentator, and Dawn-Maria France, broadcaster and Editor-in-chief of Yorkshire Women's Life.The episode begins by discussing the unravelling care home scandal following the High Court’s ruling that the government’s mass-discharge policy was ‘unlawful’ during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Has the Government got away with this failing too easily considering the amounts of lives that were lost during this time?The conversation then moves on to consider the Mail on Sunday’s much-criticised article about Angela Rayner, and reports of an MP watching pornography in parliament. They debate whether these scandals and the aftermath of Partygate are smoke and mirrors to distract the public from serious issues that Britain is facing, such as the cost of living crisis. The panel chew over the news that electoral commissions are set to be brought to the control of Government ministers, and delve into the potential impact that this could have on democracy. The panel also share their views on No 10 backing Jacob Rees-Mogg over his drive to get civil servants to stop working from home, and analyse China’s plans to build a military base on Solomon Island.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
News Roundtable: Partygate inquiry, Wimbledon’s ban on Russian players & a global food crisis
Apr 21 2022
News Roundtable: Partygate inquiry, Wimbledon’s ban on Russian players & a global food crisis
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Caroline Frost, journalist and broadcaster; Richard Vaughan, chief political correspondent at the i Newspaper; Chris Curtis, head of political polling at Opinium Research; and Liz Webster, chair of Save British Food.The episode begins by discussing Boris Johnson’s official visit to India against the partygate backdrop, to debate whether he misled MPs about lockdown parties and the government’s attempt to delay a decision over a fresh investigation. How is this scandal impacting the polls ahead of May’s General Election?The conversation then moves on to talk about the government's plan to send asylum seekers illegally entering the UK to Rwanda. They delve into the outrage this has caused for many, and whether the government is running out of strategies for managing the immigration crisis. The panel explores the rising risk of a worldwide food crisis and how this has worsened by a lack of agricultural workers in the UK. They consider the impact of Brexit and how the war in Ukraine poses a looming threat to the global food supply.Finally, the guests review the recent news that Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year due to the invasion of Ukraine. They question if this is the right decision or whether the sport should be used to unite rather than divide. Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
News Roundtable: War crimes, Rishi Sunak’s hopes of becoming PM & privatising Channel 4
Apr 7 2022
News Roundtable: War crimes, Rishi Sunak’s hopes of becoming PM & privatising Channel 4
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Kevin Schofield, political editor of HuffPost UK, and Arieh Kovler, writer, political analyst and communications consultant.The episode begins by discussing the Russian army's recent atrocities committed in Bucha, Ukraine, and the extreme reporting within the Russian media. They delve into the impact that fake news and disinformation could have on the citizens of Russia and the long-lasting effects of seeing the war through Putin’s eyes. Could Putin be prosecuted for war crimes in Ukraine?The conversation then moves to the privatisation of Channel 4, which has sparked a backlash from across the political spectrum. Is this an attempt to get political revenge over Channel 4’s coverage of Brexit?The conversation then moves on to chew over the ‘sex and drugs scandal’ tied to David Warburton, MP for Somerton, which parliamentary officials are investigating. The guests debate whether these scandals have a knock-on effect on the government in general or if they will get swept under the carpet.Together they also discuss Rishi Sunak’s £100,000 donation to his old private school, Winchester College, and consider whether his wealth and background could raise issues for him, in his bid to become the next prime minister.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
News Roundtable: P&O ferries, Partygate fines & the Oscars slap
Mar 31 2022
News Roundtable: P&O ferries, Partygate fines & the Oscars slap
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Will Jennings, professor of political science and public policy at the University of Southampton; Richard Taylor, political commentator, and broadcaster; and Angela Epstein, journalist, broadcaster, and commentator.The episode begins by discussing “partygate” and the Met's announcement that they will be issuing 20 fixed-penalty notices over Downing Street parties. The panel considers how this will impact the government if the prime minister receives a fine for breaching covid regulations and whether Johnson’s luck of escaping the scandal is running out. The conversation touches on the government’s mishandling of PPE contracts during the pandemic and whether Michelle Mone made a profit of as much as £76 million selling to the NHS.The conversation moves on to chew over the way that P&O Ferries sacked 800 members of staff to replace them with overseas agency staff. The panel argues whether there is a need for laws to prevent these situations from arising in the future and if the government has turned a blind eye to widespread pay abuses.  Together they also discuss the Royal tour of the Caribbean and the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh. Are the Royals out of tune with the rest of the country? And finally, the conversation ends with guests delving into the Oscars and whether Will Smith should be stripped of his award after “the slap.”Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at www.wrightonthenail.fm
Deep Dive: What could a Russia-Ukraine peace deal look like?
Mar 18 2022
Deep Dive: What could a Russia-Ukraine peace deal look like?
In this week’s ‘Deep Dive’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by Bill Roedy, former chairman and chief executive of MTV Networks International. Bill and his team built a global operation comprising 200 channels and 20 brands, in 200 countries. Prior to joining MTV, he spent 10 years at HBO as their vice president, and before this, was part of the United States Army, a veteran of the Vietnam war and commander of three Nuclear Missile bases as part of NATO during the Cold War. For his distinguished military service, Bill was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star) and Meritorious Service Medal. Bill is also a former senior adviser to the U.S State Department.In this episode, Bill joins Chris to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the worsening humanitarian crisis. They consider the effectiveness of a no-fly zone, and whether the situation could escalate to the use of chemical weapons. Together they describe the impact of sanctions on Russia and whether China could be a good force for Ukraine, both economically and politically.Chris and Bill discuss what would be different if Trump was still president, and whether NATO is “stronger than ever,” following Putin’s invasion. Describing the devastating and deliberate targeting of civilians, Bill shares how Russia underestimated Ukraine’s resilience, and what could be the catalyst for a peace deal, to finally put an end to the war.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
News Roundtable: Putin’s pressure on Ukraine, “sunshine tax” & Rees-Mogg’s new job
Feb 18 2022
News Roundtable: Putin’s pressure on Ukraine, “sunshine tax” & Rees-Mogg’s new job
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright is joined by journalist and author Otto English, journalist and broadcaster Jemma Forte, and writer, broadcaster and commentator, Jonathan Sacerdoti.The conversation begins by observing a quieter week in the news for Boris Johnson as Ukraine tensions otherwise heat up, to debate whether he will be able to draw a line under the partygate scandal. They discuss how the West has reacted to Putin’s pressure on Ukraine, and whether “anybody can get into the mind of this man”, and understand his motives.The discussion moves on to chew over Jacob Rees-Mogg’s new job role as ‘Minister for Brexit opportunities and Government efficiency’, to consider what the reshuffle says about the prime minister’s own image, as well as a raft of post-Brexit issues such as changes to alcohol duty.Together, the panel express their views on a report suggesting that Channel migrants should be deported to an overseas British territory, and discuss whether this more radical course of action is really the solution to the migrant crisis.Finally, the panel argue whether West Ham’s Kurt Zouma should be allowed to continue his job as a professional footballer following a ‘cat-kicking video’, and highlight the concerning news that 15 year-old elite Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for using performance-enhancing substances.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm