“Would That Work Here?” – Wednesday Debate with Claire Bolderson


In a series of thought-provoking debates, Claire Bolderson looks at something another country does well, or differently, and asks if it could work in the UK.


      1. Estonian E-Democracy - Would That Work Here 02 April 2014 - Claire Bolderson - BBC Radio 4

Wednesday Debate – Would That Work Here? Episode 1 – Estonian E-Democracy. Should the UK follow Estonia’s example and create a new relationship between government and citizen online? Would that help improve political participation?



      2. New Zealand's Faultless Fix - Would That Work Here - 09 April 2014 - Claire Bolderson - BBC Radio 4

Wednesday Debate – Would That Work Here? Episode 2 – New Zealand’s Faultless Fix. Claire looked at Britain’s “compensation culture” and asked whether New Zealand’s unique “no fault” accident compensation scheme would stop ambulance chasing lawyers and the increasing amounts being spent on litigation in the UK.



      3. Norway's Prison Regime - Claire Bolderson - BBC Radio 4

Wednesday Debate – Would That Work Here? Episode 3 – Norway’s Prison Regime. Should the UK follow the Norwegian example and pay more attention to how criminals spend their time, and how they’re treated while in prison? Would better training of prison officers help reduce re-offending rates?



      4. Japan: Cashless Care for the Elderly - Claire Bolderson - BBC Radio 4

Wednesday Debate- Would That Work Here? Episode 4 – Claire Bolderson concludes the series of debates with a look at Japan, a country that has the highest proportion of elderly citizens in the world. She asks if their system of time-banking, in which people donate time to looking after the elderly to earn credits to `cash in’ later in life for their own care, could work in the UK.