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.

News Roundtable: The Race for No.10: Sunak vs. Truss
22-07-2022
News Roundtable: The Race for No.10: Sunak vs. Truss
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Otto English,  journalist and author, and Esther Krakue, political commentator, broadcaster, and panelist on TalkTV.The episode begins with the panel sharing their thoughts on the final two Conservative Party candidates, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, who are both vying to be the next leader of their party and the country. They discuss the nature of today’s politicians who only worry about optics and make empty promises to win elections. With our panel covering different sides of the political spectrum, they take time to appreciate each other’s views and their ability to discuss their beliefs with an open mind in the hope of finding common ground.The discussion moves to recognize Liz Truss’s favorability to win over Rishi Sunak. They reflect on why Sunak is unpopular with Conservative voters and explore what a future government under Liz Truss would look like. Together, the panel makes predictions on who would defeat Keir Starmer at the next  General Election and discuss Boris Johnson's future endeavours.They wrap up the episode by discussing the record-breaking heatwave in the UK this week and recognizing the importance of addressing the climate crisis.All this and much more debated on this week’s Wright on the Nail!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: The Conservative Leadership Race - who will come out on top?
15-07-2022
News Roundtable: The Conservative Leadership Race - who will come out on top?
In this week's 'News Roundtable' episode, host Chris Wright joins Marina Purkiss, political commentator; Calvin Robinson, TV & radio presenter at GB News; and Vicky Pryce, economist & former Joint Head of the United Kingdom's Government Economic Service.The episode begins with the panel sharing their reactions to the results of the Conservative Leadership Race. They discuss why some big names, such as Jeremy Hunt and Priti Patel, never made it past the preliminary rounds. Is it a positive that some senior ministers never made it through? Together, they share their predictions for who could be in the final two and reveal who they are in favour of becoming the new Prime Minister. The discussion then moves on to the policies of the candidates and whether the tax cuts that they are promising are possible, and what they will mean for the economy. Is Rishi Sunak the only realist in the room? They debate whether the candidates are trying to appeal to the public, politicians or the Conservative Party members.Finally, they touched upon 'The Real Mo Farah' BBC documentary, where he shared that he was trafficked to the UK as a child. Even though the outcome has been positive, they question if it would have been different if he had not been a gold medalist.All this and much more debated on this week's Wright on the Nail!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: Boris Johnson’s Resignation & Can Keir Starmer “Make Brexit Work”?
07-07-2022
News Roundtable: Boris Johnson’s Resignation & Can Keir Starmer “Make Brexit Work”?
In this week's 'News Roundtable' episode, host Chris Wright joins Sophie Corcoran, broadcaster and political commentator; John O'Brennan, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Maynooth University; Christina Patterson, journalist, writer and broadcaster; and Freddie Bailey, Labour Councillor and Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building at Preston Council.The episode begins with the panel sharing their reaction to Boris Johnson's resignation and questioning if he is capable of staying on as a caretaker Prime Minister until September. They discuss the number of cabinet resignations from the Conservative Party. Will Boris be able to refill the Cabinet before his departure?The panel then debates Boris Johnson's legacy and if he was successful in "getting Brexit done" – they consider the media's influence on Brexit and Johnson's premiership. The discussion then moves on to Keir Starmer's Brexit redress, questioning his motives behind it. Is it a plot to win back northern "Red Wall voters"? Together, they look to the future and share their predictions on who could be the next Prime Minister, what could happen in the next general elections, and what a Labour coalition government could look like. All this and more debated on this week's Wright on the Nail.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: Boris Johnson, Transportation Strikes, & Roe v. Wade.
30-06-2022
News Roundtable: Boris Johnson, Transportation Strikes, & Roe v. Wade.
In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, host Chris Wright joins Jemma Forte, broadcast journalist and presenter, Dominique Samuels, political commentator, and Mike Galsworthy, co-founder of Scientists for EU and Healthier IN the EU. The episode begins by discussing the latest news surrounding Boris Johnson, dissecting reports of his plans for a £150,000 treehouse for his son Wilf at the Chequers residence, the toxicity of “brand Boris,” and the future of the Conservative party. The conversation moves to reflect on the country’s current state of the economy and rising rates of inflation in the United Kingdom. They dive into whether the Brexit referendum should be blamed for the current economic climate or whether it is the result of the global economic halt during the COVID-19 pandemic. With ongoing workforce strikes in the country, the panel then discusses the economy’s role in this movement and what is there to come in the future. Shifting to news on the other side of the pond, they discuss the United States reversal of Roe v. Wade and debate the legitimacy of the decision by the Supreme Court, as well as the role of gender in legislating and discussing women’s rights. The conversation wraps up by reflecting on Glastonbury Festival, debating the reported warnings surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the possibility of further lockdown regulations. 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
23-06-2022
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
16-06-2022
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
09-06-2022
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
01-06-2022
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
20-05-2022
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
16-05-2022
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
28-04-2022
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
21-04-2022
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
07-04-2022
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
31-03-2022
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