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Podcast: Islam’s 30 year war, Westminster’s wandering hands and the Tories’ NHS legacy

23 January 2014

Is the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East making a new great war ever more likely? On this week’s podcast, Douglas Murray discusses the battle involving Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arbia with Tom Tugendhat, a former solider and advisor to General David Richards. Why has the West failed to control the region? Can anything be done to save the situation? And how likely is it that the Sunni-Shia battle will end in a nuclear standoff?

Do the men of Westminster also suffer unwelcome advances? Former Lib Dem advisor Miranda Green and Guido Fawkes’ Alex Wickham discuss the culture of Westminster’s wandering hands. How endemic is the problem for both men and women? Do journalists ever abuse the situation to develop contacts and get stories? And how will the Lib Dems resolve the stand off between Lord Rennard and the party leadership?

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Plus, Conserative MP Charlotte Leslie and James Forsyth discuss the government’s legacy on the NHS. Will Jeremy Hunt’s transparency agenda restore public trust in the government’s ability to reform the service? Was Mid Staffs a turning point for the party and for public perceptions on making the NHS work better?

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  • Terry Field

    At some point these religious types will nuke each other.
    And maybe some of us as well.
    That’s life.
    It is shia madness not to maintain a sunni disposition.
    The bum has become accepted. Maybe the bomb soon will.
    Ban the bomb. Bomb the bum. All the same to a blind man.
    More Bollie anyone?

  • Mickey Kovars

    Once Iran and Saudi Arabia get the bomb, all bets are off. The great powers, particularly the US, had better intervene with threats of massive retaliation, or heaven knows what could happen. Unfortunately, Obama may not be up to it.

    • Alanz

      Would Saudi Arabia be
      making? Or be it “Buying one on the cheap”!

  • Jez


    Did the Turk directed Genocides of the mid and post Great War periods have anything to do with religion…….. like now in the Middle East?

  • monty61

    New-kew-ler? Spent too long in America, Sebastian (or watching GW Bush clips)? It’s new-clear, young man.

  • Jez

    This bit to start off with;

    “Why has the West failed to control the region?”

    Er, why hasn’t Russia…. or China…. even eventually India ‘controlling the region’?

    Control. The word has very deep geographical and cultural connotations. There is a legacy from our past that is such a massive negative due to our utter withdrawal from a strong position to a whimpering apology bucket.

    • Alexsandr

      we should leave them to get on with it. The Arabs done want us interfering in their region.
      And if the mid east is going to go into meltdown, we need to look at our own fuel supply strategy, and look to our domestic resources. i.e get fracking.

      • Jez

        I totally agree……… i was pointing out the writer’s unconscious and maybe subliminal ‘white mans burden-esque’ direction in how they look at this region.

        Is the West here to control regions of strategic importance- if so, who from?

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