17 October 2018

Free Exchange: ‘Global Britain’ with Jim O’Neill, Lucy Neville-Rolfe and Bob Seely


Free Exchange, the CapX podcast, is back with an exciting new series of interviews and conversations. We’ll be welcoming a fascinating line up of politicians, policymakers, authors, economists and journalists on to the show to talk about some of the biggest questions we face today.

We’re kicking things off with a live recording of a CapX event at Conservative Party Conference on what the term “global Britain” really means.

It’s a phrase ministers and Brexit supporters are fond of using when laying out their vision for Britain after it leaves the European Union. But is it anything more than a soundbite? And if so, what should it mean for government policy?

My three guests were all, in their own ways, well-placed to consider these issues. Jim O’Neill is the economist famous for coining the term Brics who went on to work with George Osborne on the Northern Powerhouse. He now sits as a crossbench peer in the house of lords and earlier this year was appointed Chair of Chatham House.

My second guest was Lucy Neville-Rolfe. Lucy is a former businesswomen who is now a Conservative member of the house of lords and who, like Jim has also been involved in economic policymaking, serving as commercial secretary to the treasury under Philip Hammond until last summer.

Last but not least was Bob Seely MP. Bob is the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight and a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He’s also a CapX contributor.

You can listen to the full episode here, or subscribe via iTunes or wherever it is you listen to podcasts.

Oliver Wiseman is Editor of CapX.