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Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard. Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times.

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    Can Liz Truss recover from humiliating tax U-turn?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 13:24


    The “disbelief” at the Chancellor's tax U-turn. Does the public respect Kwasi Kwarteng for ‘listening' to them? Is Liz Truss lacking support within the Tory party? Our Political Editor Nicholas Cecil discusses the government's controversial U-turn on plans to scrap the 45% top tax rate. Plus Julia Davies from Patriotic Millionaires UK explains why the wealthy should be taxed even more. In this episode:The Conservative Conference reacts to the U-turnWas pressure from Michael Gove and Grant Shapps too much?Could we now see more policy U-turns?Have the PM and Chancellor lost their credibility?Why it isn't a ‘complete U-turn'Should the wealthy be taxed more to pay for the cost of living crisis?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus content: Gousto CEO Timo Boldt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 13:09


    Timo Boldt founded Gousto when few knew what a meal kit delivery subscription was, now he's running a company valued at $1.75 billion.This is a cut-down version taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To listen to the full thing click here.In this episode we talk about: Why he left the Dragon's Den with no money, but Duncan Bannantyne became one of their first customersAdvice on how to make an investor pitch How to promote your product and networkingHow he sent food boxes to venture capitalistsHow the philosophy of Rocky Balboa got him through the hard timesThe Christmas card that got him dinner with Al GoreThe nation's PE teacher Joe Wicks and his recipes - plus his investment into a startupPlus more!Find us on Twitter #HowToBeACEO #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Could Liz Truss OBR talks be a turning point?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 10:56


    Could Liz Truss OBR talks be a turning point?They may have lasted less than an hour, but were the OBR crisis talks significant? And could they push PM Liz Truss to alter her mini-budget? Our Economic Expert Stephen King explains what the talks were all about, what the OBR's statement about them might mean, and what our Prime Minister might be thinking after a tough week. In this episode:What was the purpose of these crisis talks?“Highly unusual” for the PM to take partWhy was the Office for Budget Responsibility's statement so short?Is it a good or bad sign that the talks were so short?Who is optimistic about Liz Truss's economic plans?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Can Liz Truss reinstate confidence?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 12:54


    Liz Truss's local radio performance reviewed: doubling-down on mini budget, investors continue to sell gilts, and are Conservative MPs frustrated behind the scenes? Can the PM reinstate some confidence ahead of the Tory Party conference? Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses the PM's performance on local radio this morning, and explores what options she has on the table to secure support and confidence in her plans for the economy. In this episode:How Liz Truss managed the grilling on local radioDid she underestimate the questioning from local presenters?What can she do now to boost confidence?Could the PM do a U-turn on the mini-budget?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    The Bank of England's emergency action explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 18:38


    The Bank of England's emergency action to stabilise markets. How the bank is effectively ‘creating money from nothing'. Could Keir Starmer's energy plan save us? Our economic expert Stephen King explains the Bank of England's decision in layman's terms, plus energy expert Dr Aidan O'Sullivan from UCL discusses the feasibility of Keir Starmer's Great British Energy Company. In this episode:The Bank of England's emergency action explainedHow the bank is effectively printing money How the economic crisis impacts the publicIs Keir Starmer's energy proposal a good idea?How feasible is the concept?Is his target for 100% clean energy by 2030 achievable?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    UK mortgages: Could we see 6% rates in 2023?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 16:50


    Why have some lenders withdrawn mortgages? Will interest rates hit 6%? What to do if you're a first-time buyer. Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses why some mortgage deals have been pulled, and why Labour are calling this latest development the 'tip of the iceberg' for the economy. And Sam Richardson, Deputy Editor of Which? shares tips for worried first-time buyers and home-owners. In this episode:Why have Virgin, Skipton Building Society and Halifax withdrawn mortgages?How could interest rates reach 6% next year?Would the government support homeowners who can't pay their mortgage?Should you look at cheaper properties in prep for interest rate rises?Is overpaying now a good idea?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    The pound drops, but will it sink or swim?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 15:41


    The biggest drop in the pound since 1971, rumours of hedge funds shorting the currency, and claims Tory MPs are not happy about it. But is it time to worry? The Evening Standard's Political Editor Nicholas Cecil explains what has happened, and the impact a drop in the pound could have. Plus Matthew Lesh from the Institute of Economic Affairs explains why some good could come from the fall in Sterling. In this episode:The pound's record drop explainedHow could the Bank of England boost the pound?Unrest among some backbench Conservative MPsCould the drop be a temporary blip?How a crash in the 80s was a turning point for SterlingWhy it's a case of ‘wait and see'Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus content: Formula E's founder Alejandro Agag

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 10:30


    Recorded during the 2022 Formula E season How to be a CEO met with the founder, Alejandro Agag.From an idea on the back of a napkin in 2011 to one of the fastest growing sports in the world, the Formula E story is one of risk-taking, set backs and extraordinary success. We speak to its founder Alejandro about: How Formula E's innovating commercial electric vehiclesGigamine and battery recycling How the end of the combustion engine will promote electric racingTo hear the full episode click here.For the best business news, analysis and interviews, go to standard.co.uk/business or pick up the Evening Standard newspaper. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    UK Government's mini-budget explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 16:56


    Will tax cuts help us get through the winter? Is more borrowing the answer? How effective will the government's mini-budget be? Should we still be addicted to growth? We speak with Fran Boaite, Executive Director of research and campaign group Positive Money. In this episode:Does trickle-down economics work?Will tax cuts boost the economy as we head into a recession?Why hasn't the government opted for another windfall tax on energy firms?Do we need to rethink our obsession with GDP growth?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    ‘We may already be in recession'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 10:57


    Brace yourselves, the Bank of England says we may already be in recession. It comes following the announcement of a hike in interest rates - for the 7th consecutive time - to 2.25%. It's up by half a percentage point and takes borrowing costs to their highest levels since 2008. But, what exactly does this all mean for us? The Evening Standard's Business Editor, Jonathan Prynn, explains. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Putin: Russia's threats explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 10:31


    In a speech to the nation, the Russian President said reservists would be called up to fight in Ukraine. He went on to claim that the West has been “engaging in nuclear blackmail'' and Russia has “lots of weapons to reply”.So, just how concerned should we be about Vladimir Putin's threats? The Evening Standard's Home Affairs Editor, Martin Bentham, explains. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Liz Truss gets back to business

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 10:01


    Now the official mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II has ended, it's time for our new Prime Minister to get to work. She's got a packed week ahead of her; foreign trips, big statements and a fiscal package to set into motion. As Robbie Smith, the Evening Standard's Comment Editor, explains. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus Episode: Slidercuts CEO Mark Maciver

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 11:21


    SliderCuts, sometimes known as Mark Maciver, is a globally recognised barber and one of the UK's leading black entrepreneurs. He's cut the hair of international superstars like Lebron James and Anthony Joshua, building up a business from his shop in East London. Listen to the full episode here. In this episode we talk about: How to get financing when banks won't talk to youThe importance of valuing your business properlyWhen to say no to investorsHow to diversify your brandAnd how to deal with rat infestation on launch day For the best business news, interviews and analysis, go to standard.co.uk/business or read the Evening Standard newspaper Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Queen Elizabeth's funeral explained: Our final goodbye

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 11:39


    On Thursday 8th September 2022, we lost our Queen. As the Elizabethan era ends and the Carolean period begins, we look at how the nation prepared for this historic day. Experts Robert Hazell, Professor of Government & the Constitution at University College London, and the Evening Standard's Royal Editor, Robert Jobson, walk us through the protocol, events that followed and ultimately how we said our final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Queen Elizabeth II's most notable achievements

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 14:12


    Credited with the most famous face in the world, Queen Elizabeth will long be remembered as the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was the first monarch to appear on television, and also sent one of the first ever emails. Sarah Richardson, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Warwick describes some of her top achievements as our monarch, and why she's so dearly loved by the British public. In this episode:Her role as a female leaderWhy she pushed to join the military effort at WWIIHow she embraced new technologyHer impact on the CommonwealthChoosing Prime MinistersWhy the British public love herFollow us on Twitter #The LeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    King Charles: When will Royal symbols change?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 13:26


    Could it take over a year for King Charles III to appear on our money? And do Australians really want Steve Irwin on their dollar notes? Looking at King Charles's accession process, Lucy Hume from Debrett's explains what happens now, and how the King might wield his power as monard. Plus Dominic Chorney, a coin expert from Baldwin's explains how our currency will change, and what other commonwealth countries might do with their money. In this episode:What does the accession process look like?Will King Charles dabble in politics?How long will it take for stamps, money and royal signage to change?When will money featuring Queen Elizabeth go out of circulation?What will the new King's portrait look like?Is Steve Irwin a contender to feature on Australian Dollars?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Queen's Funeral: How to navigate ‘full' London

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 14:33


    London could become ‘full' for the first time, as up to one million people are expected to visit for the Queen's coffin procession. Some people are already camping out to get ahead of the queue, and some train services into London have already sold out. The Evening Standard's John Dunne explains how unprecedented the occasion will be for the capital. And Ross Lydall, our Travel Editor explains how travel will be impacted, and how best to get around the city.In this episode:How TfL and train services are helping commutersThe best ways to get around LondonCould London really become ‘full' of people?Mourners could face 20-hour queuesWill businesses benefit from the flock of visitors?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    What now for the Queen's Corgis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 11:03


    What now for the Queen's Corgis? And will the dog breed maintain its legacy as a Royal pet? We speak with the Evening Standard's Ethan Croft about the Queen's history with Corgis, and where the two she's left will live now. Plus ex-chairman of the Welsh Corgi League Diana King explains how the Queen boosted the breed's popularity.In this episode:How Queen Elizabeth fell in love with CorgisThe one that photobombed the England rugby squadHow the dogs joined James Bond's 2012 Olympics opening ceremonyWhy demand is so high for Corgis todayWhy you should contact the Welsh Corgi League if you want to buy a puppyFor more information on rescue Corgis, head to the Corgi Rescue website.Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Nation mourns Queen and King arrives

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 16:31


    The United Kingdom woke on Friday to absorb news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, after the 96-year-old monarch died peacefully at Balmoral.Mourners from around the world, in their thousands, are gathering at Buckingham Palace, Windsor and Sandringham House in an outpouring of public emotion.The nation is due to be addressed by the new head of state, King Charles III.The King and Camilla, who is now the Queen Consort, stayed at Balmoral on Thursday night before returning on Friday to Buckingham Palace, where the couple were greeted by the crowds.The Leader's joined for analysis and reflection by Evening Standard royal editor Robert Jobson, Sarah Richardson, professor British history at the University of Warwick, and Dr Jonathan Spangler, a senior lecturer in history at Manchester Metropolitan University. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    The Queen dies aged 96

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 10:23


    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died.The 96-year-old monarch had been ill for some time and under medical supervision, with her family gathering by her bedside at Balmoral.Elizabeth II was the nation's longest-reigning monarch, serving as head of state for more than 70 years.In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”Prince Charles will be titled King Charles III, Clarence House confirms.The Leader's joined by royal historian Dr Ed Owens and Evening Standard associate editor Jonathan Prynn. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    London's underground book club

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 11:59


    Books sales are booming, as commuters take a break from doomscrolling to get immersed in paper and digital pages - with the notifications all turned off to concentrate.Crime novels, sci-fi and romantic fiction have boosted sales to their highest in a decade.The Leader's joined by Lucy Starbuck Braidley, senior programme manager for libraries at the National Literacy Trust, to discover the enduring lure of the novel, why adult role models are crucial for child literacy and how 10 minutes reading a day helps mental health. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Liz Truss energy bills and tax blitz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 10:25


    Boris Johnson has left Number 10 and Liz Truss is now Conservative Prime Minister after meeting the Queen at Balmoral.As the new PM prepares an expected freeze on fuel bills and Russia tightens the screw on gas supply, what other economic challenges are on the horizon and what's Johnson's financial legacy?The Leader's joined by Evening Standard political editor Nic Cecil from Parliament and Jonny Marshall, a senior economist at London's Resolution Foundation. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Will Liz Truss fix the economic crisis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 13:25


    Liz Truss is the UK's new Prime Minister, securing 81,326 votes from Conservative party members, compared to Rishi Sunak's 60,399, to become only Britain's third female prime minister.This was a leadership race closer than predicted.So, after her coronation, what's Truss's plan to heal the UK's pandemic-ravaged economy, how does she plan to sort those sky-high energy bills, or is she just a one-percenter, tax-cutting PM? We're joined by the Evening Standard's deputy political editor, David Bond, to unpick the latest developments and examine Truss's priorities. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus content: eBay's UK Boss, Murray Lambell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 11:13


    We're with eBay's UK Boss Murray Lambell. How to be a CEO caught up with Murray in the final week of ITV's Love Island and found out how they support sustainability, SMEs, and what it's like to be an internet pioneer.Also on the show:Why Gen Z's powering sales of used items How they support businesses and customersWhy they matched with Love IslandKeeping your style and still being kind to the environmentDoes eBay have a competitor?To hear the full in-depth interview click here.For all the latest business news go to standard.co.uk/business Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Who is our new Prime Minister?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 12:52


    Who is replacing Boris Johnson at Number 10 Downing Street? Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have battled it out hard in the leadership race for the role of the UK's new Prime Minister.The pair have made their final pitches to Conservative members at leadership hustings, with the rising cost of living dominating the debate. What challenges lie ahead and what are their economic strategies? To analyse we're joined by Dr Jeevun Sandher, an economist and political scientist at King's College London and the Evening Standard's political editor Nicolas Cecil.Find us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcastFor all the latest news visit standard.co.uk/news Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Should you try 'quiet quitting'?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 11:02


    No, it's not just leaving your office one day hoping no one will notice and never returning again. It's a trend that's gone viral on TikTok, where many look to redefine their boundaries by only doing what's required of their job and nothing more. Putting more of a focus on what they do outside of work.Anthony Klotz, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour from UCL, explains the concept and whether or not it's a good thing for our workplace culture. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    How Diana's legacy continues to change the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 11:15


    It's been 25 years since we lost the People's Princess, Diana. We're joined by Paul McCann from the HALO Trust. One of her greatest achievements in her lifetime was her charity work. Her ability to harness her juggernaut fame, use it for the greater good and focus the world's gaze on important issues… was second to none. In fact, her legacy in this area is so enduring that it's still at work to this very day, as Paul McCann explains. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Why are British pubs in danger?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 11:18


    Pubs and brewers across the UK say they are at risk of closure within months due to price hikes upwards of 300%. This comes after years of the pandemic having a crippling effect on the hospitality sector as a whole. Molly Davis from the British Institute of Innkeeping explains what can be done to save them. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus content: Louise Hill from GoHenry

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 10:02


    Inspired after a child bought a real truck instead of a toy online with their mums card, GoHenry, the debit card for kids, now has more than two million users in the UK and US. They doubled revenues during the pandemic to $42 million and recently acquired French firm Pixpay.In this bonus episode taken from our How to be a CEO podcast, we speak to GoHenry's co-founder, Louise Hill. To hear the full episode click the link here: https://pod.fo/e/133758Find us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast or #HowToBeACEOFor more business news, interviews and analysis go to standard.co.uk/business. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Can we fix the energy crisis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 17:55


    As the energy cap is rising by 80% in October, could it reach £7,200 next year? And why are Brits paying more for energy than people elsewhere? Tessa Khan from Uplift explains why bills are so high, and Mike Childs from Friends of the Earth tells us why renewables are the best way forward.In this episode:Why are energy bills in the UK so high?What can the Government do to fix the problem?How renewables could solve the energy crisisThe roadblocks to wind and solar in the UKFollow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast and for more news visit the Evening Standard website. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Notting Hill Carnival: Europe's biggest street party!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 14:13


    Notting Hill Carnival is back. Europe's biggest street party is expected to bring around 2 million people into London. The event has just been on a three-year hiatus because of Covid. We speak with carnival veteran Clary Salandy who's been designing costumes for the event since the 1980s.Plus we hear from Tamsin Salfrais from Colours Carnival,a Mas Band for the Carnival parade, and the Evening Standard's Culture Commissioning Editor Jochan Embley.In this episode:Why this year will be ‘bigger and better than ever'How significant is Notting Hill Carnival for London?What is new this yearHow culturally important is the festival?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast and for more news go to the Evening Standard website. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Speaking to Ukraine on Independence Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 12:18


    Six months since Putin's invasion of Ukraine began, today also marks Ukraine's independence day. Boris Johnson has made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky, as there is optimism Ukraine can win the war. Denys Ganzha, a Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the UN in Kyiv, tells us how the country is coping and why there is a sense of optimism the war will end.In this episode:Mixed emotions for people on the Independence Day of UkraineWhat has given Ukraine such optimism?What more support does the country need?How people can continue to help UkraineFollow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast and for more news head to the Evening Standard Website. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    London's mental health crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 17:26


    68% of Londoners have struggled with mental health this year, but will plans for GPs to prescribe exercise help? CEO of crisis charity Hestia discusses their mental health survey, mental health charity Mind about the benefits of exercise, and the man behind Climb Free: free indoor climbing sessions for people struggling.In this episode:-Why are the numbers of people struggling so high?-How does exercise improve our mental health?-The benefits of group exercise versus solo workouts-How climbing specifically benefits those with anxiety and depressionFollow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast , or head to the Evening Standard Website.For mental health support visit Hestia or the charity Mind. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Why are lawyers striking?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 14:18


    Barristers have voted for strikes. The courts face a backlog of almost 60,000 cases. Will people start avoiding jobs in law? Evening Standard Courts Correspondent Tristan Kirk explains what the strikes are all about, and what they might lead to.In this episode:-What is the strike action all about?-The backlog of almost 60,000 cases-Why has the CJS suffered from a lack of funding?-Are newly qualified lawyers likely to avoid legal aid work?Follow us on Twitter for more news, or head to the Evening Standard website. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus Content: 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 10:05


    Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of 23andme is a pioneer in the biotech industry, has a well-earned spot on the Forbes ‘Power Women' list and according to reports, is a billionaire - on paper at least. Anne is nothing if not accomplished. In this episode:How they came up with the idea for 23andme Getting the company off the groundWorking and thriving in a male-dominated fieldInstant feedback & the value of a great work environment Advice for those hoping to become a CEOFor all the latest business news head to standard.co.uk/business Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Future transport revolution and London's robot cars

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 16:07


    As London buckles under another 72 hours of Tube and rail strikes - are there other, better ways to get from A to B? How will future generations of Londoners navigate their daily commutes? The Leader speaks with Paul Campion, chief executive of TRL, formerly the Transport Research Laboratory, whose futuristic projects include London's flagship driverless car trials, investigating smart materials and examining the behavioural science behind urban travel.We discuss the challenges of blending futures transport modes together, whether car AI could end road rage, and those jet packs. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Rail unions ‘dug in' for future strikes - how to prepare

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 13:10


    Thousands of railway workers have walked out on strike, leaving a fifth of services running and half of lines closed. It's the sixth bout of such industrial action this year as members of the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions working for Network Rail and 14 rail operators take to the picket lines in a dispute over pay and working conditions. There's also another Tube strike on Friday, followed by more rail industrial action on Saturday, Evening Standard transport editor Ross Lydall has the latest on what the future holds for the capital's commuters and if there's political will to reach a compromise. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Home energy-saving tips and future power

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 12:35


    With winter approaching and those rocketing electricity and gas bills - what are the best measures to save pounds on our electricity and gas without breaking the bank? Is the government doing enough, how are London families coping and what about future power supply? The Leader's speaks with Jack Wilkinson-Dix, policy officer for the Energy Saving Trust, and David Wilson, chief executive of Energy Exemplar, a tech future-modelling company helping National Grid shape its next gen power transition. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Millions of workers suffer ‘biggest pay cut since 1977'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 13:07


    Office for National Statistics data reveals wages plunged by 4.1 per cent in the last quarter, with pay now dropping fastest since 2001 when the latest records began. But historical analysis shows we're actually suffering the biggest pay squeeze since Jim Callaghan was PM.The Leader's joined by Dr Grace Lordan, labour economist at the London School of Economics and Hannah Slaughter, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation.Find us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Snakes on the Thames! Exotic pets wild in London

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 13:31


    Mudlarking is the historic pursuit of combing the Thames foreshore for, hopefully, some rare or valuable artefacts to give us a glimpse back into history of how Londoners used to live.Among the coins, bottles, occasional weapons and oddities like tiny Roman spoons for scooping out ear wax found nestling in the silt, mudlark Jason Sandy made a chilling discovery - what was apparently a giant boa constrictor skin that had been shed by its occupant.So, does this clue reveal a big snake on the loose near to Chiswick? Hopefully not, but it could join legions of exotic animals now wandering, slithering and swinging around the capital, which include terrapins, parakeets and even sightings of what's claimed to be a puma roaming south-east London.Many of the exotic non-native species found around London are believed to have been thrown out after their owners could not cope with responsibility, such as the terrapins flushed away after the 90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze. Last year, a project began in Black Park lake in Wexham in Buckinghamshire to relocate non-native terrapins over their threat to wildlife.So, what happens when these animals disappear into the London ecosystem?To discover what's lurking in the capital's waterways and undergrowth, we're joined by Dr Mark Jones.We discuss how shocking numbers of exotic pets in the UK now include monkeys and the legislation needed to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus Content: CFA Institute's Marg Franklin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 10:52


    If you work in the financial and investment sectors, you will know about the CFA - their exam is known to be “the world's toughest”.The mere mention of the gruelling test on Wall Street would probably leave some of the toughest finance veterans weeping.Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, we're joined by Marg Franklin the CEO of The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.In this episode, she explains how they've navigated through many eras of economic uncertainty, including the pandemic, and how Gen Z's societal and environmental ethics are transforming the workplace.You can listen to the full interview on our How To Be A CEO podcast here.For all the latest business news head to standard.co.uk/business Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Will TfL be nationalised?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 12:43


    Transport for London might be in trouble. Away from the strikes and behind the scenes TfL is in financial turmoil - and has been for a while.The Mayor of London's transport authority has been trying to come to a deal with the Government and it's all on a bit of a knife edge. As Londoners wait eagerly to see what happens next, it's got many concerned that if a deal isn't made, whether TfL could be nationalised... Ross Lydall, the Evening Standard's City Hall & Transport Editor explains. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Could London run dry?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 11:46


    As we all crack out the factor 30 to head outside and enjoy the sun for yet another heatwave… you can't help but notice that everywhere is looking very dry.We're experiencing another heatwave, our water sources are depleted, parks and green spaces are no longer… well, green. Plus, there's no signs of rain on the horizon.Hannah Cloke is a professor of hydrology, climate expert and natural hazards researcher at the University of Reading. She explains the severity of the situation, whether or not we're actually in a drought and what happens if the hosepipe bans don't work…Find us on Twitter at #TheLeaderPodcast and come back at 1pm tomorrow for our other podcast, Tech & Science Daily.For all the latest news visit www.standard.co.uk/news Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    What happens if you don't pay energy bills?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 11:12


    A growing campaign ‘Don't Pay UK' is aiming to get one million people to pledge not to pay their energy bills once the price cap goes up in October. Their argument is that if enough people do this, it will force energy companies to look at ways to ease financial pressures. Over 97,000 people have already ‘promised' to cancel their direct debits and the number is rising. But, what exactly happens if you don't pay your energy bills? Debt advisor, Sara Williams, behind the advice blog debtcamel.co.uk explains the risks.Find us on Twitter at #TheLeaderPodcast and come back at 1pm tomorrow for our other podcast, Tech & Science Daily.For all the latest news visit www.standard.co.uk/news Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Summer of strikes: All you need to know

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 11:26


    Get ready for a summer of discontent. It's the season for industrial action; TfL, train operators, bus drivers, airport & airline staff, ferries & sea container port staff… and even barristers are all getting in on it. Don't worry though, Katie Strick, commissioning editor and senior feature writer at the Evening Standard, is on hand to give you the ultimate guide on everything you need to know about the summer of strikes.Find us on Twitter at #TheLeaderPodcast and come back at 1pm tomorrow for our other podcast, Tech & Science Daily.For all the latest news visit www.standard.co.uk/news Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Are we prepared for more wildfires? 

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 11:36


    Wildfires might not have been something you would associate with London or the UK previously, but in 2022 times have changed.There have been reports of more wildfires across the capital and it seems like we're going to need to adapt, another heatwave is expected over the coming week and conditions are still very dry… So just how prepared are we? Andy Elliott, firefighter, wildfire researcher, wildfire instructor and national wildfire tactical advisor for the National Fire Chiefs Council explains.Find us on Twitter at #TheLeaderPodcast and come back at 1pm tomorrow for our other podcast, Tech & Science Daily.For all the latest news visit www.standard.co.uk/news Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Bonus content: Growing a brand with Diageo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 10:36


    This is taken from our business podcast How to be a CEO.As an SVP at Diageo Catharina von Franck sits on the company's UK board and is in charge of growing iconic brands like Guiness, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and others. Diageo has just moved to a new HQ in the heart of Soho, London's hospitality centre. In this episode she tells us: What's it like inside Diageo's new buildingWhy London's so important to the hospitality industryWhat Diageo did to help hospitality during and after the pandemic How to stay relevant but true to your brand's history The mistakes to avoid when marketing your brand To listen to the full episode click here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Hosepipe bans and UK droughts: what's the cause?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 13:59


    After experiencing the driest July since 1935 the first hosepipe ban of 2022 is in place in the UK.Residents in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are the first to face a ban, and will be followed by people in Kent and the South East from August 12th.To add to drought concerns, river experts have reported the source of the Thames has dried up for the first time on record.Some experts have criticised water companies for the way they've controlled our water supplies and dealt with leaks.We speak with meteorologist Dr Rob Thompson from the University of Reading about how we got into this situation. Plus Climate Lecturer John Grant from Sheffield Hallam University explains how we can change our water usage to deal with future droughts.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Interest rates rise as UK faces another recession

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 14:59


    The UK is once again facing a recession, as the Bank of England announced its predictions for the economy, alongside a 0.5% rise in interest rates.It's the highest for 27 years, and the Bank of England has also predicted energy bills will push inflation to 13% - up from an already 40-year-high of 9.4%.The Bank has predicted the UK will go into recession in the fourth quarter of this year, which could last into 2024.Alongside that, the energy regulator Ofgem warned that customers face a “very challenging winter ahead” as it now plans to update the energy price cap quarterly instead of every six months.We speak with Economist Lukasz Krebel from the New Economics Foundation about the significance of this latest forecast from the Bank of England.Plus we speak with Grace Blakeley, Economist and Columnist for The Tribune about the effectiveness of the interest rate rise.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TfL bailout latest: What's the future of London's transport?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 12:34


    As TfL passes the latest deadline in discussions over government funding and unions continue to threaten strike action, the future of transport in London hangs in the balance. On Wednesday afternoon Transport For London said discussions with the DfT were “ongoing” and repeated calls for £927million to get through the rest of the year, as well as a long-term funding deal.The company also accused unions of ‘undermining' its bailout deal negotiations with further threats of strike action, which are planned for later this month.The Evening Standard's Political Reporter Rachael Burford explains what could happen next as discussions continue. And CEO of Centre For London Nick Bowes discusses how the situation has become so dire for TfL, and gives his predictions for what might happen next.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BP's record profits and how consumers are fighting back

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 13:31


    The news that BP has reported record profits of almost £7billion has not gone down well with bill payers and campaign groups.The energy firm's highest profits in 14 years come as people in the UK are warned their annual energy bills could reach on average £3,300 a year by January.It led to campaign groups calling the situation a “Cost of greed crisis”, and the words “don't pay UK” trending on Twitter - a campaign encouraging people to cancel their energy direct debits in October.The Evening Standard's Business Editor Jonathan Prynn talks us through the situation, BP's announcement, and what might happen next.Plus we speak with Ruth London from campaign group Fuel Poverty Action, who are calling for a basic level of free energy for all, and are backing the ‘Don't Pay UK' campaign.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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