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A new podcast dissecting British politics -- two more voices join the chorus of commentators, but hopefully reasonably insightful and occasionally even entertaining ones.

A new podcast dissecting British politics -- two more voices join the chorus of commentators, but hopefully reasonably insightful and occasionally even entertaining ones.
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London, United Kingdom

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A new podcast dissecting British politics -- two more voices join the chorus of commentators, but hopefully reasonably insightful and occasionally even entertaining ones.

Language:

English


Episodes

91: A Spoonful of sugar

6/18/2018
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The NHS is getting a present for its 70th birthday. It’s the money it’s been starved of for years. Apparently this is a “Brexit bonus.” Except ministers have already accepted there’s no such thing, so how is it going to be paid for? Prepare for a tax hike. Theresa May’s hoping for positive news to end a dreadful week, where she’s been trying to keep every side of her party happy on Brexit — admittedly a close to impossible task. We explore the double-dealing that’s landed her in even more...

Duration:00:23:28

EXTRA: Theresa May's nightmare election - one year on

6/8/2018
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A dig into the podcast archives, as we look back at last year’s snap election, exactly a year after the somewhat surprising result. While we can’t claim to have predicted the result (let’s be honest, we can’t claim to have predicted the result of any significant vote in the last three years), we did talk during the campaign about Theresa May’s stilted, robot-like performance, and Jeremy Corbyn’s seeming liberation on the campaign trail. So, a year on from the election nobody expected and...

Duration:00:20:07

90: Snap out of it

5/30/2018
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Remember Brenda from Bristol? The woman who reacted to the 2017 snap election by crying “I can’t stand this.” We channel her in the latest podcast, as speculation mounts of yet another snap poll before the end of this year. It’s all tied into rumours of a coup against Theresa May. But who would take over? Some Tories are pinning their hopes on Ruth Davidson — but does she even want the job? As if that’s not enough the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum’s given Theresa May another...

Duration:00:24:31

89: You're (not) fired

5/17/2018
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Has any senior minister ever been so openly defiant of their boss, and not been sacked? We ask how Boris Johnson’s managed to cling on as Foreign Secretary, and wonder when Theresa May will bow to the inevitable and fire him. Meanwhile, the Tories try to engage with the young folk on instagram, with varying levels of success. We assess their tech-savvy, and wonder who on earth ever talks about a “doggo”. Plus another Labour MP departs the Commons, as the party’s big outdoor festival...

Duration:00:24:02

88: Dead Heat

5/4/2018
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The breathless excitement of the local elections. Millions of votes, thousands of candidates, almost no changes. We analyse the results, and ask if Labour’s showing any signs of being close to winning power. Will the Lib Dems build from this year’s gains? And why did a leading UKIP figure compare the party to the plague? Plus the continuing fall-out from Amber Rudd’s resignation — we ask if voters are partly to blame for politicians’ struggle with immigration.

Duration:00:24:02

87: I want to be elected

4/26/2018
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A special podcast looking ahead to next week’s local elections. London is the focus, with Labour hoping to make big gains there. We report from one Labour target — the Tory flagship of Wandsworth. Journalist Martin Hoscik explains why he thinks the Conservatives are struggling so much in London, and Robert Meakin joins Paul Osbourne to discuss the races to keep an eye on. Plus we head to Cheltenham to find out why anyone would even want to be a local councillor. Victoria Atherstone has...

Duration:00:24:03

86: Westminster's Useless Idiot

4/12/2018
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With a military response to the apparent chemical attack in Syria looking increasingly inevitable, we consider the role of Britain’s chief diplomat — Boris Johnson. Having blundered over Salisbury, how will he cope with this international crisis? Jeremy Corbyn’s bad month continues, as Tony Blair returns to Belfast with Bill Clinton, 20 years after sealing the Good Friday Agreement. We look at the prospects for a new centrist party (spoiler: not great), and find out which party’s chosen...

Duration:00:25:22

85: Wilfully Blind

3/29/2018
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Jeremy Corbyn manages to blunder into yet another anti-Semitism row. We explore why the Labour leader seems incapable of confronting this toxic issue. He found it far easier to deal with Owen Smith, but with three-quarters of Labour members apparently backing a second EU referendum, was sacking him the right move? With a year left until Brexit, is it finally time for its most fervent opponents to admit the referendum result can't be undone? And we find out about the political party that...

Duration:00:24:13

84: Spies, lies and copper coins

3/14/2018
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Britain talks tough with Russia after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. In the latest podcast, Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin assess Theresa May’s response, and Jeremy Corbyn’s curious reluctance to “poke the Russian bear”. Is John Bercow a bully? As the Commons Speaker faces new allegations, we look at what needs to happen to make Parliament a better place to work. Plus we hear from one of the founders of new political party Renew, set up on a promise to stop Brexit at all costs —...

Duration:00:24:59

83: Big speeches, big questions

3/1/2018
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It’s the week of the Big Brexit Speeches. But as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn set out rival visions of life outside the EU, neither appears to have any answer to the question of the Irish border. Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin pick holes in both plans, and try to identify the single most stupid thing anyone’s said about Brexit this week. Plus a new poll suggests a Labour landslide in London’s local elections later this year, as Mr Corbyn luxuriates in the warm glow of a grovelling...

Duration:00:25:46

82: Lost on the Road to Brexit

2/15/2018
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We’re firmly on the Road to Brexit. You thought we already were? Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin certainly did — but this week apparently marked the start of the Government’s “big vision” on post-Brexit Britain. We might be on the Brexit bus — but it’s not at all clear which direction we’re going in. Could that spell the end for Theresa May’s leadership? If it did, it would trigger another leadership contest, and make rank-and-file Conservative Party members enormously important. This...

Duration:00:26:25