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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

101: The Sticking Plaster Budget

10/31/2018
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Philip Hammond unveils what’s almost certainly his last Budget, and manages to find that tattered old tax cut rabbit in his hat. We look at how he’s accidentally managed to get Labour to endorse a tax cut for the richest, and covered up the fact he’s got almost nothing to announce. In fact, the Budget highlighted just how much Labour is now setting the agenda, despite being in opposition. We search for the big Tory vision of post-Brexit Britain, and frankly we can’t find it. Plus, as the...

Duration:00:23:56

100: The Long(er) Goodbye

10/18/2018
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In the week the UK and EU were meant to agree a Brexit deal, we reach our own milestone. Even if Europe’s finest minds failed, we at least hit the deadline for our 100th episode. This week, we discuss another ridiculous week on the Brexit express, as we hurtle ever faster towards the buffers. Plus, as it appears ever more likely the Saudis murdered and dismembered a journalist, will that be enough for the UK to actually stand up to them? A report throws the spotlight back on bullying and...

Duration:00:26:29

99: Road to Nowhere

10/4/2018
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If Theresa May's time in Downing Street is coming to an end, she could always sign up for Strictly. We analyse what could be the Dancing Queen's best speech since becoming Prime Minister, and explain why it won't save her. The Tories finally had some new policies to announce -- mostly stolen from Labour -- but the conference was dominated by Brexit and leadership rumours. And that's where Boris Johnson comes in -- we explain how the former Foreign Secretary is like an arsonist who sets...

Duration:00:24:23

98: Brexit’s going awfully well, isn’t it?

9/27/2018
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Jeremy Corbyn gets the rapturous reception you’d expect from a hall filled with Labour Party activists, but this year’s conference was dominated by Brexit — and Labour’s position seems no clearer now than it was a week ago. This week Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin explore how the Labour leaders who promised to listen to ordinary members decided that didn’t apply if the members were saying something they didn’t like. Which is a similar strategy to the one Theresa May took with EU leaders....

Duration:00:25:27

97: Rolling Thunder

9/13/2018
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The Brexiteers promised a month of mounting pressure on Theresa May to abandon her Chequers plan -- then within days started talking about a leadership coup. So how do you ramp up the pressure after that? We look at how likely a challenge really is, and whether anybody's actually come up with an alternative plan for Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn decides to sit quietly as Labour party activists work through a list of "disloyal" MPs, threatening deselection. Guess what issue they have in...

Duration:00:24:32

96: Back to School

9/2/2018
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MPs return to Westminster after a summer of intrigue and infighting, and we return to look ahead to what could be an explosive couple of months. Brexiteer Conservatives again ponder forcing out Theresa May in pursuit of the hardest possible exit from the EU — but might she beat them to it, and announce a plan to step down? Will Frank Field’s decision to quit the Labour whip tempt other critics of Jeremy Corbyn to join him? And will the party change its position on Brexit to back a second...

Duration:00:26:16

95: The Extremism Edition

8/12/2018
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With Jeremy Corbyn still failing to act on Labour’s anti-semitism crisis, now Boris Johnson creates his own chaos for the Conservatives. But did the former Foreign Secretary know what he was doing when he made his incendiary remarks about women who wear the burka? We assess how Britain’s two main parties have ended up struggling to contain extremist rhetoric, and ask what it suggests about our national debate. How did we end up in a world where British politicians are defending American...

Duration:00:26:17

94: Hanging by a thread

7/19/2018
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At the end of a dreadful week for Theresa May, the Prime Minister tries — and fails — to start her summer holiday early, just to stop her own MPs plotting against her. Meanwhile, she stumbles through a series of knife-edge votes on Brexit, triggers all-out war in her party, and endures the humiliation of a Donald Trump visit. We assess the implications of another dramatic week at Westminster, as well as asking why the leader of the anti-Brexit Lib Dems couldn’t make it to key Brexit votes,...

Duration:00:25:28

93: It's the Trump-pocalypse

7/12/2018
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Donald Trump arrives in Britain after a decidedly tumultuous week, just to give Theresa May another headache. We catch up on the latest Brexit madness as the White Paper is published, and ask if Boris Johnson was the worst ever Foreign Secretary. And as the tiny-handed orange terror arrives in Britain, journalist Malcolm Brown tells us what America wants from the trip, while Mohammed Ateek from the Stop Trump Coalition tells us why he’s so keen to protest against the President’s visit.

Duration:00:26:42

EXTRA: Yes, it's chaos (again)

7/9/2018
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A special extra podcast after a somewhat dramatic day at Westminster. David Davis resigns, followed 15 hours later by Boris Johnson, as the Cabinet consensus over the Chequers Brexit plan collapses. So what happens next? How many more resignations can Theresa May withstand? And what will the Brexiteers do, given no amount of changes at the top will alter the parliamentary arithmetic? More to come in our next full podcast, with you by the end of the week.

Duration:00:16:04

92 Brave Boris Ran Away

6/28/2018
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The Foreign Secretary, who promised to lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop a third runway being built at Heathrow, instead runs away to the comfort of war-torn Afghanistan, rather than be in Parliament for the crucial vote. But Boris Johnson still managed to offend the business community, and half his Cabinet colleagues through his interventions on Brexit, as well as admitting to a growing admiration for “child catcher” Donald Trump. We explore the continuing collapse of discipline...

Duration:00:25:51

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 heads...

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 bit...

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 a...

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 — but...

Duration:00:24:59