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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope. Every Friday.

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope. Every Friday.

    Public service broadcaster or "self-serving broadcaster"?

    Public service broadcaster or "self-serving broadcaster"?

    Auntie has tightened the purse strings as this weekend millions of over 75s will have to start paying for their license fee. Former Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey tells the Telegraph's Christopher Hope why she feels the BBC are out of touch to bring in the move during a pandemic, and also why she's wary of telling people "on yer bike!" as part of the government move to tackle obesity. 

    Also on the podcast, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, peer and Paralympic legend, on why she feels farmers and landowners should be open to making rivers and streams more accessible for swimmers, and Lord Matt Ridley on his 5 reasons to be cautiously optimistic about where we are in the pandemic. 




    England's 20 best wild swimming spots, from rivers and waterfalls to tidal pools: 

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/best-wild-swimming-waterfalls-rivers-tidal-pools-outdoor-lakes/




    Matt Ridley - 5 reasons why the coronavirus nightmare may soon be over:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/07/25/5-reasons-coronavirus-nightmare-may-soon/




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    • 35 min
    Boris Johnson’s big Scottish problem

    Boris Johnson’s big Scottish problem

    One year on from his election as Tory leader, the Prime Minister’s making a visit north of the border. But according to commentator, Alan Cochrane, he’s not popular in Scotland - and he knows it. He tells Christopher Hope why his “brashness” and “Brexit” mean he doesn’t cut the mustard amongst Scottish voters.

    Also on the podcast: Tory MP, member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity and self-confessed chocoholic, Jo Gideon tells listeners why government interventions on obesity don’t make for a “nanny state”, and Kevan Jones, Labour MP and member of the Intelligence and Security Committee pulls back the curtain on his long delayed report into Russian interference in UK democracy.

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    • 34 min
    "A monstrous imposition"

    "A monstrous imposition"

    To mask or not to mask? Tory MP Desmond Swayne sits firmly in the latter camp. He joins Christopher Hope to discuss why he believes mandatory face covering in shops is a "monstrous imposition", and a measure not "guided by the science" at all. Plus, he tells us why the reaction to a historic photo of him in blackface is overblown...

    Plus former Trade Secretary Liam Fox on why critics are wrong to say that being a Brexiteer could halt his bid to become the head of the World Trade Organisation. And Tory MP and member of the DCMS select committee, Giles Watling on the BBC’s decision to strip the licence fee from 2 million over-75s, and why he’s hopeful theatres can weather the coronavirus storm.

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    • 36 min
    Eating out, helping out and speaking out

    Eating out, helping out and speaking out

    Steve Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, joins Christopher Hope to discuss the Chancellor's mini-Budget, how Britons will be weaned off the "public sector money teat" and why he's keeping schtum on which restaurant he'll visit first to Eat Out to Help Out. 

    Plus Paul Harrison, former press secretary to Theresa May when she was in Number 10, on how televised daily press briefings could mean more scrutiny for politicians and journalists alike, and why he'd mourn the loss of the irreverent question. And Lord Howell, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, on why he believes the Queen "fully understood" what Prince Harry meant in Commonwealth "uncomfortable history" row.

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    • 37 min
    The Civic Duty to Back Businesses

    The Civic Duty to Back Businesses

    Lord Norman Tebbit, former chairman of the Conservative party and prominent cabinet minister during the Thatcher era joins Christopher Hope to discuss if we're in a Cummings government or a Johnson one, what we think we can learn from the 1980s about the unemployment crisis to come, and the department our Prime Minister would have run in Thatcher's government (spoiler: it's none of them). 

    Plus Mark Francois, the chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, on why he's become pen pals with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, tells us it's our civic duty to support local businesses as the lockdown eases. 

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    • 34 min
    A postcard from New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters

    A postcard from New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters

    Isolated from the rest of the world, all signs point to New Zealand avoiding anything near the scale of the coronavirus crisis seen in Europe. But is the battle over yet? Christopher Hope gives Winston Peters, the country's Deputy Prime Minister a call to discuss what the country got right, the difficulties of easing their lockdown why he saw Brexit coming. Plus, a special appearance from the parliamentary voting bell! 

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    • 24 min

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