Baroness Louise Casey is an eminent public servant who has worked relentlessly over decades to hold the mirror up to the societal woes besetting 21st century Britain, boldly calling our public institutions to action. Her review into the culture of the Metropolitan Police led to an existential response to how a modern police force should operate to keep their staff and the public safe.
She has now turned to considering wider societal issues in a five part BBC Radio 4 series called ‘Fixing Britain with Louise Casey.’
Her down to earth approach makes each episode accessible and her directness in communicating means that as you discover more as the episode unfolds, our consciences are painfully pricked as to why these social challenges still exist in modern Britain.
Yet at no time does the information provided, or stories shared dumb down what are highly complex issues with complicated histories.
The podcast’s strength lies in its ability to humanise the issues discussed and bring them to life colourfully, most vividly in the Hunger episode where we hear how an alliance between a famous novelist and her primary school has made some headway feeding the hidden hunger in an idyllic country village as well as the sad dependence of many who rely on foodbanks.
We hear how the inability to feed one’s family, corrodes the ability to extend and accept hospitality. This is just one example of how Casey’s deep examination uncovers insight for us the listener and brings a sense of how unjust these challenges are for those facing them head on. Casey’s interviews with individuals directly affected by societal problems add a poignant and personal dimension to the narrative.
‘Fixing Britain with Louise Casey’ serves as an important platform for discussions on social challenges which are relevant to all of us who work in the emergency services. While the podcast excels in shedding light on the complexities of the issues, continued exploration of potential solutions and positive examples would enhance its overall impact, and given the growth of uncertainty increasing social inequality, maybe another season could be commissioned?
Overall, it stands as a valuable resource for those seeking a nuanced perspective on the societal challenges facing Britain today. I would recommend everyone to listen to the whole series, you will find your eyes opened and consider what you could do to help address these challenges.