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Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts

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    • 4.2 • 71 Ratings

Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts

    The big byelection road trip – Politics Weekly podcast

    The big byelection road trip – Politics Weekly podcast

    There are two important byelections this week: one in Tiverton and Honiton, the other in Wakefield. The Guardian’s John Harris has been to both places, speaking to people about how they will vote and getting a sense of whether the Conservative government is in line for a shocking defeat. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    • 45 min
    Grounded: Priti Patel’s broken asylum policy

    Grounded: Priti Patel’s broken asylum policy

    The government’s latest refugee policy collided with reality this week as the first deportation flight to Rwanda was halted at the last minute after a ruling by the European court of human rights. Meanwhile, the UK continued to pick a fight with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. Guardian journalist John Harris is joined by the columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s chief leader writer, Sonia Sodha. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    • 35 min
    Johnson: ‘Nothing and no one’ will stop me

    Johnson: ‘Nothing and no one’ will stop me

    Boris Johnson has survived a vote of no confidence this week and wants to draw a line under the rebellion. But what does he really have to offer instead? Reviving Margaret Thatcher’s right to buy? Tax cuts? Ripping up the Brexit agreement? Guardian journalist John Harris is joined by former Conservative cabinet minister David Gauke and the Guardian’s deputy political editor, Rowena Mason, to ask if this is enough to save the party.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    • 34 min
    A Tory identity crisis

    A Tory identity crisis

    The drip drip of letters to the 1922 Committee has now become a steady stream. Could Boris Johnson be facing a vote of no confidence as soon as next week? Gaby Hinsliff is joined by Guardian political reporter Peter Walker and Gavin Barwell, the former Conservative MP and chief of staff to Theresa May, to figure out if the Tory party has any policy plans for the future, or are they stuck in the past?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    • 36 min
    Humbled…?

    Humbled…?

    The Sue Gray report has finally been published. Boris Johnson made a statement to parliament and took questions at a press conference. He said he was ‘humbled’ by what was in the report, but is that enough? John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to discuss what the report said and Johnson’s future. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    • 38 min
    Inflation rockets and still no Tory plan

    Inflation rockets and still no Tory plan

    Inflation has jumped to 9% putting renewed pressure on the government to take action on the cost of living crisis. John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff and the Guardian political correspondent Peter Walker to talk about what the government might do, finally. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

KICan123 ,

Good analysis - if a bit biased sometimes

This is generally a fantastic podcast with excellent guests and intelligent commentary. Few other podcasts keep me as up to date with British politics.

There is one gripe I have, which is that almost any negative inference against the Tories will be drawn without seriously exploring an alternative explanation. This is sometimes justified, but not always. The podcast also sometimes sounds like we all assume the Labour Party should be in government and that is the goal of guests, listeners and perhaps even the country. That can skew what questions are asked and the way they are asked.

gajoh ,

Byelections 23 June

An excellent program which gave the listener real insight into the issues and the problems people in Wakefield and Tiverton face .

Rel C ,

Window into UK politics

This podcast is a comprehensive regular review of UK politics
It does a great job of keeping in touch with UK politics from AUS

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