Episode five of Conversations on Character's second series welcomes former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for both the Departments of Work and Pensions and Education, the Rt. Hon Lord David Blunkett of Brightside and Hillsborough. Still one of the UK most prominent parliamentarians, Lord Blunkett is now a Life Peer, President of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, and a Patron of National Citizens Service (NCS) among many other roles. With host Dr. Tom Harrison, he discusses his time in politics over the last four decades, the meaning of character in public life, his reflections on how to inspire young people into social action and who for him best personifies the virtue of courage.
Weekly: Guest DAVID BLUNKETT on Johnson’s unlocking gamble and Starmer’s “nightmare job”
As the Roadmap to Unlocking is unveiled, are Johnson’s plans over-cautious, reckless, unrealistic or maybe… reasonable? Special guest former Home Secretary David Blunkett joins us to explain what it’s like to make decisions in a crisis, what he thinks of Keir Starmer’s performance so far, and whether he rates Priti Patel. Plus, do we need a deradicalisation programme for angry white males? “If opposition leaders are constantly calling for people to resign and then they don’t, it tends to make them look a bit weak.” – Ayesha Hazarika “If Governments want to show how tough they are, they should choose opponents their own size – and maybe not misguided young women.” – David Blunkett on the Shamima Begum case “One type of extremism breeds another. You can’t counter one extreme group by creating another.” – Ayesha Hazarika “On 9/11 there wasn’t a single person in Cabinet that panicked. I was amazed.” – David Blunkett “Starmer’s got a nightmare job because Labour can’t get a hearing… and because the Government are being forced to enact a social democratic programme.” – David Blunkett Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ayesha Hazarika and Arthur Snell. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Wootton Drivetime | Should Boris come back from holiday, Olivia Utley & Richard Power Sayeed and Lord David Blunkett
The Dan Wootton Show
As Labour call for Boris Johnson to return from holiday and deal with Gavin Williamson, Dan asks if he should be allowed a break given the year he's had. The Prime Minister's cabinet competence is debated with Deputy Lead Writer at The Sun Olivia Utley and former Labour adviser Richard Power Sayeed and Lord David Blunkett tells us why he has sympathy for the Education Secretary but this government has proven itself incompetent. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
David Blunkett takes Clare Balding for a walk across Beeley Edge in the Peak District. Joining them are his wife, Margaret, and his guide dog, Barley. Despite being blind from birth, Lord Blunkett has always been a keen rambler and is President of his local Ramblers group. En route they encounter half a dozen cattle, which have to be navigated carefully as David once had three ribs broken by a cow which, he recalls, came towards him with a 'primeval bellow' and knocked him over. They also pass the lakes that supply the extraordinary gardens at Chatsworth House, including the Emperor Fountain built to impress a visiting Russian Czar... who didn't turn up.Scroll down to 'related links' for information about the local area.Location Producer: Tom BonnettProducer: Karen Gregor
David Blunkett served as Education Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under Tony Blair. One of the most talented and prominent members of the new Labour government, his achievements are even more remarkable given the challenges he had to overcome. David talks warmly and openly about politics then, politics now and how being blind at football matches is a lot better than it used to be. Oh and listen out for a timely intervention from his dog, Barley... Matt is now on tour with his show 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' on the following dates: 1 Feb: Camberley 2 Feb: Gloucester 3 Feb: Salford 9 Feb: Maidstone 15 Feb: Leicester 18 Feb: Northallerton 19 Feb: Darlington 20 Feb: Barnard Castle 21 Feb: Hexham 7 March: London - Southbank Centre 8 March: Stafford 12 March: London - Southbank Centre 14 March: Cambridge 15 March: Corby 19 March: London - The Other Palace 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh 13 May: Glasgow 14 May: Newcastle 18 May: Chorley Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Matthew Parris hears why David Blunkett has chosen Louis Braille, the 18th century French boy who blinded himself in his father's workshop, as his great life - with the help of guest expert the RNIB's Kevin Carey. Producer: Maggie AyreFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2015.
Active citizenship equals a healthy democracy: a healthy democracy equals the health of the nation. Speaker: Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, Former Home Secretary, Member of Parliament for Sheffield, Brightside. Recorded 23 March 2010.