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The view from Beijing and a reappraisal of Peter Shore (E326)

The whole world now believes that the coronavirus originated in China, in a wet market, in a bat. But now the hunt is on for patient zero. As Beijing begins to return to something resembling normality, we get a firsthand report from Tom McGregor, an American living and working in China. He joined us in the Sputnik studio via satellite to discuss, amongst other things, how the virus emerged, if the current anti-China propaganda could have repercussions down the line, and whether the current spike in divorces is really attributable to the coronavirus lockdown.

It is said that, had Harold Wilson been run over by a bus in the morning, any one of his cabinet could have replaced him as prime minister by the afternoon – such was the quality of parliamentarians in the 1960s. One of those cabinet members was Peter Shore. A dazzling orator and outstanding statesman, he was also the original Eurosceptic. A new book by Kevin Hickson, a senior lecturer in British politics at Liverpool University, reappraises the life and times of this political giant; he came into the studio to tell us more.

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