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.
Local Elections 2021
Adam Boulton and guests look ahead to the May elections in England, Scotland and Wales on what will be the first electoral test since the coronavirus outbreak and the UK's departure from the European Union.
They assess the key issues in the run up to 6th May and explore whether the current system of local governance works.
Joining Adam this week are the Visiting Professor in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics - Tony Travers, Deputy Director of UK in a Changing Europe Paula Surridge and Sky's deputy political editor Sam Coates.
Adam Boulton and guests discuss the row between the EU and the UK over so called vaccine nationalism as the Prime Minister warns against blockades.
They also debate the issues around protests sparked by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and they weigh up the arguments on the 'papers for the pub' proposals too.
Joining Adam on the podcast this week are the Europe correspondent for The Irish Times, Naomi O'Leary, The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Britain on the Global Stage
This week Boris Johnson outlined his security and defence strategy for the post-Brexit world.
It included a plan to lift the number of nuclear warheads the UK is prepared to stockpile, a proposal to strengthen trade links with China and an ambition to make Britain a science and tech superpower.
Adam Boulton is joined by Patricia Lewis, who leads in the International Security Programme at Chatham House; Sir Lawrence Freedman, the Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig to discuss what it means for Global Britain.
Politics, Royalty and freedom of speech
This week, politics and royalty collide as Adam Boulton and guests discuss the fallout from the interview given by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey.
They discus the rise of opinion-led broadcasting and they touch on the controversial issue of nurses pay.
Joining Adam this week are the columnist Tim Walker, The Economist's senior editor Anne McElvoy and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
What next for Scotland?
Adam Boulton and guests focus on the complicated row at the heart of politics in Scotland where - in the past week - Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have given lengthy evidence to a Holyrood inquiry investigating the handling of harassment complaints against Mr Salmond.
What's been happening in the Scottish Parliament and where does it leave the First Minister, the SNP and the future of the independence movement?
Joining Adam this week are the editor and publisher of Reaction Iain Martin, journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch and Sky's Scotland correspondent James Matthews.
Covid roadmaps and the Budget tax debate
Adam Boulton and guests discuss the different approaches to easing lockdown in England and Scotland and whether power should come from the centre or be fairly dispersed in Edinburgh and London.
Also this week, have the old left versus right battles over tax now disappeared as we prepare for the Chancellor's Budget next week?
Joining Adam for political discussion and analysis are Professor of Political Science at the University of Southampton - and Sky News election analyst - Dr Will Jennings; Columnist at The National Shona Craven and Sky's deputy political editor Sam Coates
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Mr Boulton only pushes back when a guest says something he disagrees with like he did with the horrendous lefty Toynbee. However he said nothing to the Irish woman who did nothing but slag off UK politicians and indeed the UK population. She as usual is a raving Europhile like the majority of guests on this pod.
The EU have exported nothing because they own nothing. Its private companies who made the vaccine and sold the vaccine they are contracted to make to countries who bought it. The UK paid massive amounts if cash and set up logistics and production lines. We paid £1.53 per jab but the EU would only pay £1.34 per jab. Our contract stated all Uk production would be for UK and our contract had to be serviced before anything else. The EU arrogance is a problem for anyone who deals with them now
Too much covid
Too much covid discussion - few counter views esp on the damage being done to the economy and non covid healthcare and education - the lack of a holistic and balanced advisory into government- come on start being journalists rather than government propagandists!!!!