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Ed Balls and George Osborne take us behind closed doors into the rooms where decisions are made. Having battled it out across the despatch box, the former Chancellor and shadow chancellor now meet in the studio to discuss the decisions that affect the nation’s pockets. Our frenemies have the knowledge and experience to explain how good politics follows the economics - and expose how the powerful become powerless when faced with market forces and political currents they can’t control. Join us every Thursday. Send your messages or voice notes to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk Find us on social media @polcurrency Political Currency is a Persephonica production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Ed Balls and George Osborne take us behind closed doors into the rooms where decisions are made. Having battled it out across the despatch box, the former Chancellor and shadow chancellor now meet in the studio to discuss the decisions that affect the nation’s pockets. Our frenemies have the knowledge and experience to explain how good politics follows the economics - and expose how the powerful become powerless when faced with market forces and political currents they can’t control. Join us every Thursday. Send your messages or voice notes to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk Find us on social media @polcurrency Political Currency is a Persephonica production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Episodes

Islamophobia, Truss conspiracies and budget friction

2/29/2024
George reveals it was Sajid Javid who told Rishi Sunak to strip Lee Anderson of the whip, after comments that have been slammed as Islamophobic and hate speech. But on the broadcast rounds, the Conservative party line is to stop short, saying the “words were wrong” – over and over and over again. How would George and Ed tackle the furore, and why do they think Rishi Sunak should take a hard line and not “leave junior ministers out to dry”? All the while, next week’s budget is causing friction between No. 10 and No. 11 – will Downing Street get the tax cuts they’re hoping for? And how will Jeremy Hunt be preparing for what could be his last budget as chancellor? And, is the real issue that the country simply isn’t growing? Prof. Ed Balls is back to explain to George why the government needs to take a regional approach if it wants the economy to boom. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Producers: Rosie Stopher Production support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford With thanks to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:01

EMQS: Boris' book, private planes and positive discrimination

2/26/2024
Is Boris Johnson's forthcoming book going to cause Rishi Sunak another headache? Is it acceptable for political leaders to take private planes? And does positive discrimination ever work in politics? Ed Balls and George Osborne answer these questions and more in our latest instalment of EMQs. Send your questions for future episodes to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan Copelin Production support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:31:00

Chaos in the Commons

2/22/2024
Chaos reigns supreme in Parliament this week after a tabled Labour amendment led to calls for Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle to resign. Is it really as big a deal as has been made out? Or is it a huge mess for the Speaker to overcome? Why isn’t the economy front and centre in this election year? It is on Political Currency! This week Ed Balls and George Osborne focus on housing policy. Will election battles be won on the greenbelt? And on Cameron-watch George’s mate David has been at the G20 summit, via the Falklands - the first UK politician to visit the islands since 2016. Does the foreign secretary have political motivation, or - as George suspects - is it just a bit of good old-fashioned political tourism to a place that holds curiosity for centrist dads everywhere? Follow us on social media: @polcurrency and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Producers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan Copelin Production support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:01:45

EMQs: Private school fees and public sackings

2/19/2024
Ed Balls and George Osborne answer more of your Ex-Minister’s Questions. Speaking of ex-ministers, Nick Boles, wants to know if there’s still an opportunity for anyone except Trump and Biden in the race for POTUS... And what about Labour’s proposed VAT on private school fees - will it cause a state school influx? Is the left a bit ‘male’ as George alleges? Ed isn’t convinced. Plus, they both revisit their experience of very publicly losing their jobs. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan Copelin Production support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:36:33

'Rishession' and Starmer’s anti-semitism problem

2/15/2024
The United Kingdom has fallen into recession… technically. It couldn’t be worse timing for the Sunak government, which will now have this gloomy economic news - already dubbed ‘Rishession’ - hanging over its head for the next three months. What would Ed and George do next? Meanwhile, Labour has been battling a crisis of its own, as it’s embroiled in another row over anti-semitism in the party. Has Keir Starmer done enough to address concerns over Rochdale candidate Azhar Ali? Ed and George agree it’s an embarrassing mess for Starmer and the worst week of his leadership so far. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan Copelin Production support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:53:52

EMQs: Our next female PM & tea with Dr Dre

2/12/2024
Ed Balls and George Osborne are back with more of your questions. Is the minimum wage making life harder for businesses? Which party will our next female Prime Minister hail from? Does Keir Starmer have enough charisma to maintain his leadership? Ed and George also reveal their best ever celebrity meetings - although George’s turns out to be a little too hip for Ed. And if you’ve ever wondered if Ed considered dropping the ‘Balls’ - well, it emerges it could have been worse. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:35:10

What do Sunak and Starmer actually stand for?

2/8/2024
It’s been a week of missteps for Rishi Sunak - an uncomfortable bet struck with Piers Morgan over Rwanda and a jibe gone wrong at PMQs - plus Liz Truss and her PopCon launch can’t have helped. Is this a precursor to the next leadership contest - or just misguided lessons in popularity with one of the least popular PMs of all time? In Labour land, the party’s £28 billion on green spending U-turn is finally coming to fruition, weeks after Ed predicted it would. Is it screeching to a stop enough for people to notice - and what will come in its place? Ed and George debate how effective the rollback is. And as Buckingham Palace announces King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, Ed and George reflect on how a modern monarchy communicates with the public. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:47:54

What do Sunak and Starmer actually stand for?

2/8/2024
It’s been a week of missteps for Rishi Sunak - an uncomfortable bet struck with Piers Morgan over Rwanda and a jibe gone wrong at PMQs - plus Liz Truss and her PopCon launch can’t have helped. Is this a precursor to the next leadership contest - or just misguided lessons in popularity with one of the least popular PMs of all time? In Labour land, the party’s £28 billion on green spending U-turn is finally coming to fruition, weeks after Ed predicted it would. Is it screeching to a stop enough for people to notice - and what will come in its place? Ed and George debate how effective the rollback is. And as Buckingham Palace announces King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, Ed and George reflect on how a modern monarchy communicates with the public. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:47:49

EMQs: Social media screw-ups and has Matt Hancock been misunderstood?

2/5/2024
On this week's Ex-minister’s Questions, a listeners asks if Matt Hancock has simply been misunderstood? No guesses for which way Ed and George fall on that one. They’re also tackling social care policy, Sunday opening hours, and the real meaning of 'Chatham House rules'. Speaking of which, we've had correspondence from an anonymous source with a revelation about Rishi Sunak and a disappearing video he filmed for social media's most successful foodie account; TOPJAW. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:26:11

EMQs: Social media screw-ups and has Matt Hancock been misunderstood?

2/5/2024
On this week's Ex-minister’s Questions, a listeners asks if Matt Hancock has simply been misunderstood? No guesses for which way Ed and George fall on that one. They’re also tackling social care policy, Sunday opening hours, and the real meaning of 'Chatham House rules'. Speaking of which, we've had correspondence from an anonymous source with a revelation about Rishi Sunak and a disappearing video he filmed for social media's most successful foodie account; TOPJAW. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:26:11

EMQs: Social media screw-ups and has Matt Hancock been misunderstood?

2/5/2024
On this week's Ex-minister’s Questions, a listeners asks if Matt Hancock has simply been misunderstood? No guesses for which way Ed and George fall on that one. They’re also tackling social care policy, Sunday opening hours, and the real meaning of 'Chatham House rules'. Speaking of which, we've had correspondence from an anonymous source with a revelation about Rishi Sunak and a disappearing video he filmed for social media's most successful foodie account; TOPJAW. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:26:11

Brexit Means Bankers' Bonuses!

2/1/2024
Wednesday marked the four-year anniversary of Brexit. Passed you by? Don’t worry, George admits he deleted the celebratory email from Tory HQ in protest. One old legacy of EU regulation is the bankers’ bonus cap, which Rachel Reeves revealed Labour would not reinstate if it won the election. Ed thinks she might be boxing herself in. He and George debate whether Britain has capitalised on its freedom from ‘red tape’ or if it’s all been a bit of a flop. Rishi Sunak has announced a ban on disposable vapes. Sensible public health decision or the nanny state in action? Ed and George discuss whether the vaping ban ties in with Sunak’s clean living, fasting, tech bro image and whether it marks a break with the ultra-libertarian faction of the party. Should we just let Sunak be Sunak? And zut alors! Ed crossed the Channel this week and made two important discoveries: a fantastic brasserie, and the oncoming depression in French political circles. As farmers blockade the streets of Paris, Ed and George ask what challenges President Macron faces and whether his successor could be a member of the far-right. Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:46:10

EMQs: Political nicknames, a radical NHS & snorting in Parliament

1/29/2024
Ed and George tackle more Ex-Ministers’ Questions. What are the best nicknames they’ve heard in politics? Is it time to radically rethink the NHS? How can the Israel-Palestine conflict be talked about in a way that’s respectful to both sides? And George reveals one of the strangest rules in the House of Commons... may contain references to snorting - you have been warned! To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to receive your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:33:40

How (not) to take down a prime minister

1/25/2024
Has Rishi Sunak survived his first attempted coup? It might look like Simon Clarke’s amounted to nothing but Ed and George think it might be too soon to tell whether he’s failed yet. They have plenty of insights into plots past, and the many ways they can fizzle, burn, or downright engulf a prime minister. Elsewhere in politics, the UK tax burden has been drifting up to a rate not seen since the 1960s. Can any chancellor - current or future - do anything about it? And in Europe, a beleaguered German coalition faces economic problems of their own, plus the looming rise of the far-right. Is the most stable country in Europe headed towards ‘Dexit’? Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:49:49

EMQs: Preparing for PMQs, crisis management & setting the royal budget

1/22/2024
Ed and George are back to answer more of your Ex-Ministers' Questions. Who would lead a crisis during coalition negotiations? How do you prepare for PMQs? George and Ed discuss how they changed how the monarchy is financed. George reveals his double-life as leader of the Labour party. And Ed is grilled about kicking Susanna Reid in the head on live TV… To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to get your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:31:28

EMQs: Preparing for PMQs, crisis management & setting the royal budget

1/22/2024
Ed and George are back to answer more of your Ex-Ministers' Questions. Who would lead a crisis during coalition negotiations? How do you prepare for PMQs? George and Ed discuss how they changed how the monarchy is financed. George reveals his double-life as leader of the Labour party. And Ed is grilled about kicking Susanna Reid in the head on live TV… To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to get your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:31:33

Rishi Sunak's next nightmare

1/18/2024
Rishi Sunak survived Tory mutiny over the Rwanda policy, but he’s not out of the woods just yet. Ed and George explain why his road to election 2024 still faces huge problems. Meanwhile, George has been in Davos this week. He reveals his celebrity spots - including Sting - as well as the global mood on the economy. But is this more than just a glitzy who’s who? Ed thinks it's a prime opportunity for opposition parties to show they mean business. And, in America, Donald Trump has claimed victory in the Iowa caucus. It could mean a return to the White House in 2025. Can foreign leaders come back from their scathing attacks and form a new relationship, and should they? Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:50:00

Rishi Sunak's next nightmare

1/18/2024
Rishi Sunak survived Tory mutiny over the Rwanda policy, but he’s not out of the woods just yet. Ed and George explain why his road to election 2024 still faces huge problems. Meanwhile, George has been in Davos this week. He reveals his celebrity spots - including Sting - as well as the global mood on the economy. But is this more than just a glitzy who’s who? Ed thinks it's a prime opportunity for opposition parties to show they mean business. And, in America, Donald Trump has claimed victory in the Iowa caucus. It could mean a return to the White House in 2025. Can foreign leaders come back from their scathing attacks and form a new relationship, and should they? Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:50:13

EMQs: Special Advisers, tuition fees and is the Barnett formula fair?

1/15/2024
Welcome to our first edition of EMQs - Ex-Ministers' Questions... see what we did there?. Every Monday, our ex-ministers will take your questions. Ed Balls and George Osborne will also hear from some influential and famous voices. In our first episode: did the Lib Dems agree to ditch their pledge on tuition fees during the coalition talks? What is the Barnett formula and is it fair? And why are Special Advisers such as Dominic Cummings so influential? To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to get your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:31:13

EMQs: Special Advisers, tuition fees and is the Barnett formula fair?

1/15/2024
Welcome to our first edition of EMQs - Ex-Ministers' Questions... see what we did there?. Every Monday, our ex-ministers will take your questions. Ed Balls and George Osborne will also hear from some influential and famous voices. In our first episode: did the Lib Dems agree to ditch their pledge on tuition fees during the coalition talks? What is the Barnett formula and is it fair? And why are Special Advisers such as Dominic Cummings so influential? To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to get your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:31:13