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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.

    Not a silver bullet, but a green one

    Not a silver bullet, but a green one

    Allegra Stratton, the PM's spokesperson for the COP26 climate summit, caused a stir this week by suggesting we shouldn't pre-wash our dishes in order to help the environment. She joins Christopher Hope to discuss other steps we can all be taking to be more green and why in this time of extreme weather events that is so important. Plus she discusses her job that never was as Boris Johnson's Press Secretary, and answers what would have been Chris' killer first question: would you ever lie for the Prime Minister?

    Also on the show, Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie on why the Tories seem to be shying away from Thatcherism, and the Telegraph's own Science Editor Sarah Knapton on whether we really will be out of the pandemic by October.




    Read: 'What happened to Thatcher’s market reforms?' by Tim Montgomerie here: https://reaction.life/what-happened-to-thatchers-market-reforms/

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    Cummings' curtain call?

    Cummings' curtain call?

    Leaks. Journalists love them, the Prime Minister hates them and Dominic Cummings can’t stop sending them to the BBC. On this week’s podcast, ally of the PM, Conor Burns MP, tells Christopher Hope why the government’s inner workings have improved “dramatically” since the former SpAd’s departure, why Boris Johnson’s leaked WhatsApp messages only tell half the story and why attempting to rationalise Mr Cummings’ actions is a futile exercise.

    Also on the show: Conservative peer and co-founder of Women2Win Baroness Jenkin of Kennington tells Chris why listening to last week’s Chopper’s Politics made her realise it was time to speak out about her own political journey in the transgender debate, and why she no longer agrees with self-identification.




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    • 43 min
    The war on woke

    The war on woke

    Legendary US pollster Frank Lutz joins Christopher Hope to try to bring nuance to the culture wars debate. He tells listeners why he admires man of the moment, Gareth Southgate and claims America is a harbinger of what's to come if Britain let's "woke" take over.

    Also on the podcast: MP for Guildford Angela Richardson makes her case for an A3 tunnel under Guildford and why it signifies the importance of not robbing the Tory heartlands to pay for the Red Wall. 

    Plus Stephen Kinnock, chair of the latest Labour pressure group, Renaissance, on the importance of reconnecting with rural voters, and soft patriotism. 




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    • 45 min
    The pitfalls of professional politicians

    The pitfalls of professional politicians

    Former welfare minister Lord David Freud joins Christopher Hope to discuss the benefits of having business leaders in government roles and the pitfalls of professional politicians. 

    Plus International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena insists that British farmers won't be hard done by the upcoming deal with Australia, and hints at the importance of thinking green when it comes to trade. 

    And are you still loyal to imperial units? Chris dives into the tale of the metric martyrs, the 5 market traders prosecuted for refusing to switch to kilograms. 




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    The Battle for Batley

    The Battle for Batley

    Labour clutch victory from the jaws of defeat by holding Batley and Spen. But what does this mean for both Labour and the Conservatives going forward? Christopher Hope is joined by Telegraph colleagues Camilla Tominey and Tony Diver to weigh up whether the Matt Hancock incident saved Sir Keir Starmer's job, and why the Prime Minister isn't "inoculated from electoral defeat", despite the success of the vaccine rollout. 

    Plus Tory party Co-chair Amanda Milling on why she thinks the by-election wasn't a true Labour win, and why she thinks school "bubbles" need to be banished as soon as possible to stop children from unnecessarily missing days in the classroom. 

    Finally, ERG chairman Mark Francois doesn't mince his words over the so-called "sausage wars" around the Northern Ireland protocol, and reveals why the Northern Ireland Secretary isn't in his good books.




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    • 42 min
    Independence, the high seas and rebellion

    Independence, the high seas and rebellion

    To indyref2 or not to indyref2: that is the question Telegraph Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith posed to Michael Gove this week. Ben joins Christopher Hope to discuss how his interview has caused ripples across Scotland, and why he wouldn’t hold his breath over Scottish independence as long as Boris Johnson remains Prime Minister. 

    Plus author of the official history of the Royal Yacht Britannia Richard Johnstone-Bryden presents his passionate defence of launching a replacement flagship, comparing it to AirForce1, and William Wragg MP on having the dubious honour of being the Tories' most rebellious MP, and why he hopes it rules him out of a cabinet position. 




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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
700 Ratings

700 Ratings

Itisnotpossible ,

Brave

Just listened to Chopper’s interview with Baroness Jenkin. She was terribly erudite and humble on the issue of transgenderism. It’s good to make sure that all sides of the issue are represented. Taking off one star because I wouldn’t mind if it moved a bit faster.

SJDime ,

Very one sided

Don’t come here looking for balance or thoughtful exchanges between the host and the guests - incredibly one-sided, in which the host allows guests freedom to speak without any attempt to challenge, correct or explore their view.

Doc1313 ,

Why did sleaze not stick?

Well the main reason is the media:
For 20 months all parts of the media have attacked Boris
For the last year Boris is increasingly blamed for thousands of deaths.
For the last year at every presser Boris asked by Laura K to apologise Ribgy will you apologise etc etc etc.
People can see the attacks for what they are
Media silent on ONS report saying tens of thousands of deaths should not have been attributed to Covid.
Media silent on the love in with Germany who are now having an appalling pandemic
Media silent on Italy who are about to overtake UK deaths
France well over 100k dead but media silent
Media silent on facts such as Uk now 15th worst death rate in Europe (deaths per million pop)

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