David Runciman’s weekly political chat, produced in partnership with the LRB.
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David Runciman talks to David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, about the science of forecasting. Who or what are the superforecasters? How can they help governments make better decisions? And will intelligent machines ever be able to outdo the humans at seeing into the future? From Cummings to coronavirus, a conversation about the knowns, unknowns and what lies beyond that.
A special live edition recorded on the morning after Super Tuesday: David is joined by Helen Thompson and Gary Gerstle and guests try to make sense of where the Democratic race now stands.
David and Helen catch up on the state of British politics, from Blair’s advice to the Labour party on its 120th birthday to growing divisions in Johnson’s Tory party. Is there really a liberal progressive coalition in Britain? Can Brexit deliver both free trade and levelling up? And what does Cummings really want?
David and guests talk about Labour's future after Corbyn. How can the party move the argument beyond Brexit? Does the voting system help or hinder Labour's chances of returning to power? And what to do about Scotland?