Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.
How did Dominic do at PMQs?
With Boris Johnson still on his American trip, it was up to the deputies to cross swords in PMQs today. Dominic Rabb, the newly-minted deputy prime minister went up against Labour's Angela Rayner, but who came out on top? Also on the podcast, Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the Boris and Biden meeting and how Kier Starmer is fairing with the unions?
What do Boris and Biden want?
The Prime Minister is in America to meet Joe Biden and discuss COP26 and the new Aukus security pact. But what do the two leaders hope to achieve? Also, the Labour party conference is this weekend. can Keir Starmer get the left of his party to heel or will his leadership be brought even more into question? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
Why does the gas crisis matter so much?
With many smaller energy companies folding because of a steep rise in the cost of gas, how long will it take before the bigger firms turn to the government for help, and will continuously rising wages help soften the blow?
Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.
Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 19/09/21
Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Alok Sharma, Sir Ed Davey, Caroline Lucas and Gerard Araud.
Can Gove remake conservatism?
Michael Gove has been tasked with transforming levelling up from a soundbite to an agenda. What will this look like? And what Michael Gove will we get, the liberal reformer or big state lockdown supporter? Katy Balls is joined by Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth to discuss.
Boris chairs the new Cabinet - what's next?
As Boris Johnson today chairs the first meeting of his new cabinet, he's focused on delivering on his levelling up agenda. What's the plan? To discuss this, the ongoing junior ministerial appointments and the Liberal Democrat conference this weekend, Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
What a podcast...
James Forsyth must be the best political commentator in the country. He always brings original, intelligent analysis. Katy and Isabel are brilliant. Fraser a pleasure to listen to. Such a great team and it’s a fantastic show.
It’s one thing to take an editorial line on an issue but in the last 3-4 months Spectator has lost all objectivity on Brexit and this podcast has become a mouthpiece for Boris Johnson and his inner circle’s agenda. Any intellectual rigour challenging these views seems lost. It’s hardly journalism if there no more skepticism than reading the PMs Twitter feed. And it’s barely a scoop when you’re the unofficial propaganda arm...
Unfortunately, your drop off in quality and interest seems to coincide with the rise of Boris, of whom you all seem fully paid up members of the cult of personality, if not like starry-eyed teenagers in love. I know he used to be your boss, but really guys? You’re supposed to be at the smarter end of the spectrum. You used to be better than this. Even if I didn’t always agree with you, at least you seemed to take positions based on facts and intellect. Not so much at the moment.
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I really look forward to this podcast each day - an informative and entertaining update on the latest events in (mostly) British politics. It makes my evening commute more enjoyable. It’s been particularly good during the latest Brexit twists and turns, sometimes having more than one episode per day when events in parliament have been especially febrile. Well done to the main presenters Fraser Nelson, Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
Another quality podcast from the Spectator stable.