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Episode 5: Leading questions

Comedian and classicist Jon Harvey explores leadership. Is it a paradox that democracy needs good leaders? Compared to ancient Athens, how well do our leaders stack up?

Comedian and classicist Jon Harvey, explores modern British democracy through an ancient Athenian lens. If the one thing we can all agree on is that our state is in a state, could the world’s original democrats help us right the ship?

Democracy was born in ancient Athens and lasted for nearly 200 years. Not all Athenians were democrats - perhaps the most famously outspoken anti-democrat Socrates ended up sentenced to death, ironically by a vote of the people. But if an Athenian democrat time-travelled to 2019, what would he make of what's going on in Britain? Could he fix the chaos?

In this final episode, Jon explores leadership. Is it a paradox that democracy needs good leaders? Compared to ancient Athens, how well do our leaders stack up?

Jon is a politician of sorts, having recently challenged Boris Johnson at the general election as his alien alter-ego Count Binface.

Written and presented by Jon Harvey
Produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Executive Producer: Dixi Stewart

A Naked production for BBC Radio 4

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14 minutes

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Fri 3 Jan 2020 13:45