On this week’s podcast, we start with Charles Moore’s cover story on the failings of the National Trust. Why is the Trust getting involved in culture wars, and can it be fixed? Lara speaks to Charles, a Spectator columnist and former editor of the magazine, and Simon Jenkins, who was chair of the Trust between 2008 and 2014.
Simon says that it’s ‘very odd’ for the organisation to become embroiled in controversy over Britain’s colonial past and contested history. ‘The National Trust’s relationship with the British Empire, let alone with slavery, is pretty tenuous. I don’t take this accusation against the Trust terribly seriously. This is just currently what I regard as a sort of cult’, he adds.
We then turn to ‘fake meat’: is lab-grown food the future? Anthony Browne, a Conservative MP and chair of the Environment APPG makes the case in this week’s magazine, and is joined on the episode by Olivia Potts, The Spectator’s vintage chef and co-host of our Table Talk podcast.