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Wright on the Nail

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‘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.

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
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35 mins
News Roundtable: Starmer vs Johnson, Local Elections & Cost of Living CrisisNews 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
28-04-2022
46 mins
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
21-04-2022
43 mins
News Roundtable: Partygate fines, Rishi Sunak’s apology & UK asylum seekers sent to Rwanda?News Roundtable: War crimes, Rishi Sunak’s hopes of becoming PM & privatising Channel 4
07-04-2022
38 mins
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
31-03-2022
39 mins
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Brexit rhetoric & Spring Statement 2022Deep 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
18-03-2022
50 mins
News Roundtable: The UK’s response to Ukraine’s refugee crisisNews Roundtable: Russian invasion of UkraineDeep Dive: The Gambling Act Review - Are all bets off?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
18-02-2022
48 mins
Deep Dive: Biden vs Trump round two? Let the battle commence!News Roundtable: Boris’ bad behaviour & the future of the Conservative partyNews Roundtable: Sue Gray report, Ukraine crisis & Brexit checks at DoverDeepening ‘partygate’ scandal & scrapping BBC license feeDjokovic’s visa saga, PM’s party apology & Sir Tony BlairWillie Carson: From “stable lad” to five-times Champion Jockey - a journey to stardom
This week is our ‘Special Guest’ episode, where host Chris Wright brings you intimate one-to-one interviews with key people in media, business, politics and beyond. In this episode, Chris is joined by Willie Carson, one of the most successful jockeys in Britain's history. In his 34-year riding career, he was crowned Champion Jockey five times, riding 3,828 winners, which included 17 British Classics, 11 Irish Classics, and four Derby Stakes. Following a distinguished career on the racecourse, Willie became a successful TV broadcaster and commentator, a reality television star and chairman of Swindon Town Football Club.In this conversation, he reflects on his childhood and how years of perseverance enabled him to climb the ladder - from an apprentice at the Captain Gerald Armstrong stables in North Yorkshire, to a champion. He describes riding his first Classic winner on ‘High Top’ in the 1972 2000 Guineas, as well as being the only jockey in Britain to win a Classic on a horse that he bred himself. The discussion moves on to a “day to remember,” as Willie recalls winning the Oaks on the Queen’s filly in the year of her Silver Jubilee. He shares how his relationship with the monarch developed as an owner, and emphasizes her unwavering passion for thoroughbred breeding and racing.Together they also discuss some of the downtimes and life-threatening injuries that Willie has faced over the years, and exchange views on a variety of other topics including weighing room etiquette, boosting prize money and taking part in the ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ TV show.Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.comSign up to receive updates by email when a new episode drops at: www.wrightonthenail.fm
05-01-2022
49 mins
Wright on the Nail 2021: British and International Icon Award