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The Week Unwrapped: The VP, GPs and refugees

Why are Kamala Harris' approval ratings in freefall? Should the government be able to tell doctors where to work? And why have bananas got Syrian refugees in trouble in Turkey?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters.

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

The VP

Kamala Harris' approval rating reached a "historic" new low this week in a fresh poll which appeared to make her the least popular US vice-president at this stage of an administration in at least 50 years. Struggling with a complex brief and a lack of visibility, the wave of goodwill on which she was elected appears to be disappearing fast. So what went wrong for Biden's right-hand woman?

GPs

Ministers are said to be considering the recommendations of an independent think tank to stop GPs from applying to jobs in over-doctored areas. Such a plan could help remedy the “disease of disparity” in healthcare services between deprived and affluent areas. But how seriously the idea is being taken - and how effective it would prove in practice - remains to be seen.

Refugees

Videos of Syrian refugees in Turkey eating bananas have led to threats of deportation by government officials. Recorded in response to a viral video in which a Turkish woman complained refugees were to blame for the country's worsening economic situation, the videos were intended to poke fun at the suggestion Syrians in Turkey are living the good life. But what does the heavy-handed response say about the perception of those fleeing danger at home? 

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