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A weekly politics podcast presented by Adam Boulton. The Sky News political team provides in-depth context and analysis around the big issues in politics in the UK and beyond.

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A weekly politics podcast presented by Adam Boulton. The Sky News political team provides in-depth context and analysis around the big issues in politics in the UK and beyond.

    Boris Johnson: What next?

    Boris Johnson: What next?

    Adam Boulton and guests deliver an end of term report as Boris Johnson marks two years as Prime Minister.
    The pledges made on the steps of Number Ten Downing Street in 2019 have been overshadowed somewhat by the coronavirus pandemic.
    But what about the future? How can he reset the agenda to achieve the goals he set out on that sunny day in Westminster two years ago.
    Joining Adam this week are the former Conservative Cabinet Minister David Gauke, the writer and journalist - and Boris Johnson biographer - Sonia Purnell and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.

    • 48 min
    Covid Gamble: Coherent or Confusing?

    Covid Gamble: Coherent or Confusing?

    Adam Boulton and guests assess the government's Covid gamble after the Prime Minister lifted all remaining restrictions in England against a backdrop of increasing infections and deaths.

    The vaccination programme is powering on but those IN power have had to change tack somewhat over the issue of self-isolation and so called 'vaccine passports' which will soon be required at nightclubs and other large events.

    The panel also discuss another potential u-turn with the suggestion that National Insurance contributions could increase to pay for social care reforms in England which goes against a Conservative manifesto pledge from 2019.

    Joining Adam this week are the Assistant Editor at The Spectator, Isabel Hardman, Deputy Online Editor at the New Statesman Rachel Cunliffe and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.

    • 38 min
    Politics and Race

    Politics and Race

    Adam Boulton and guests discuss politics and racism, two issues which have come together this week following the online abuse received by some of England's footballers after the defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.

    This in the week the Runnymede Trust published a report suggesting racism is still 'systemic' in England and that people from ethnically diverse backgrounds still face inequalities across health, criminal justice, education, employment, immigration and politics.

    Joining Adam this week are the writer and founding member of Don't Divide Us Now Dr Rakib Ehsan, the Labour councillor Shaista Aziz who started a petition calling for racists to be banned from football matches in England, the journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai Brown and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.

    • 38 min
    Football and Politics collide

    Football and Politics collide

    As England is gripped by football fever ahead of the Euro 2020 final, Adam Boulton and guests assess the impact on the political scene in the country.

    They discus English identity and so called 'gesture politics' as the debate over taking the knee and booing national anthems continues.

    Joining Adam this week are: The editor-in-chief of The New Statesman and author of 'Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England,' Jason Cowley, Political commentator Emma Webb and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.

    • 40 min
    Batley and Spen - Labour Hold...just

    Batley and Spen - Labour Hold...just

    Adam Boulton and guests assess the fallout from the Batley and Spen by election as Labour hold on with a slim majority. What does the result mean for Sir Keir Starmer and his party following the recent defeat in Hartlepool and the losses in the local elections?
    And what about the Conservatives who failed to add another blue brick to the red wall and follows the defeat in Amersham.
    The panel also discuss the political aftermath of Matt Hancock's departure as health secretary.
    Joining Adam this week are: The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester & Author of ‘Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics - Rob Ford and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.

    • 45 min
    Tax and Spend: Number 10 v Number 11

    Tax and Spend: Number 10 v Number 11

    Adam Boulton and guests assess the dynamic between numbers 10 and 11 Downing Street and the apparent tensions over the approach to tax and spend.

    Can the government keep its manifesto promise on the pensions triple lock and the pledge to sort out social care in England 'once and for all?'
    And what about the 200 million pound bill to pay for the successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

    It's all about the money this week and joining Adam to discuss whether Johnson/Sunak is the new Blair/Brown are the CEO of the New Economics Foundation Miatta Fahnbulleh, the Telegraph columnist and Parliamentary sketchwriter Madeline Grant
    and Sky's political correspondent Rob Powell.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

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Distortion

Emma Webb is inaccurate in claiming a player and a team, Zaha and Brentford, has signalled a move away from the overwhelming continued position in football about taking a knee.

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Boring panelists

In order to provide a balanced view, this podcast ends with a boring bunch of panelists. Even though it may appear different peoples every time, but they all talked very similarly.

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