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A podcast from BBC Radio 4

The Reith Lectures

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284 Episodes • Released Weekly

284 Episodes • Released Weekly

A podcast from BBC Radio 4

The Reith Lectures

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284 Episodes • Released Weekly

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Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

Latest Episode

18 Jun 2019 • 42 mins

5/5. Shifting the Foundations

Jonathan Sumption argues against Britain adopting a written constitution as a response to political alienation. The former UK Supreme Court Justice has argued that politics is in decline partly, at least, because the courts and the law is increasingly doing what politicians used to do. This has indirectly contributed to the electorate’s increasing rejection of the political process. There is growing resentment against the political elite. So what can we do? Lord Sumption makes some suggestions to restore faith in democracy – starting by fixing the party system and changing the way we vote. The programme is recorded in front of an audience at Cardiff University.The Reith Lectures are presented and chaired by Anita Anand and produced by Jim Frank Editor: Hugh Levinson