Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.
Should we delay 21 June?
On Monday, the Prime Minister will announce whether the 21 June unlocking is to go ahead. Because of the increased transmissibility of the Indian Covid variant, cases in the UK are continuing to rise. Does it make sense to wait for data to confirm that the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths has been broken, or should we confidently reopen? Fraser Nelson, Katy Balls, Kate Andrews and Cindy Yu discuss.
Can the G7 beat Russia and China's vaccine diplomacy?
As the G7 rolls on and the world leaders learn where their peers stand on certain issues post Covid, the wealthy western nations need to decide how best to help vaccinate the world's poorer countries without risking their own rollouts at home. Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
Could Brexit scupper the G7?
The long-anticipated G7 meeting in Cornwall has got off to a rocky start today, as it transpired that the US had lodged a 'demarché' - a diplomatic ultimatum - with David Frost, earlier in the week, over the UK's position on the Northern Ireland Protocol. Could tensions spill over? Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
Are Brexit talks back to the bad old days?
Today, talks between David Frost and the EU's negotiator Maroš Šefčovič ended with little agreement about how to move forward on the Northern Ireland Protocol. Isabel Hardman talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about what this means, and what Joe Biden might say when he lands in the UK later this week.
Is the foreign aid row a sign of things to come?
Though the amendment on foreign aid was not selected by the Speaker yesterday, the row over the budget cut is not over yet. Today MPs will have an emergency debate about the policy, and Lindsey Hoyle has advised that the government should bring the matter in front of the House in the future. This is just one of a number of things bothering Tory MPs at the moment - is there a pattern here of rebellion, and how much more resistance will the Treasury meet as it tries to tighten the pursestrings? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
How much trouble is the government in over foreign aid?
After the government cut the UK's foreign aid budget a group of rebellious Tory MPs bound together to try and reverse the decision, will it come to a head this week? And has the culture war spread to cricket after the suspension of Ollie Robinson for decade old racist remarks? And with Portugal moving to the amber list, just how limited will the options be for our summer holidays? Cindy Yu talks with James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
I have been a regular listener for a few years now. If you are interested in UK Politics and short on time, this is the one for you.
As a subscriber to the magazine, often some of the analysis is foreshadowed here, which saves you reading some of the articles. Whether that’s good or bad is up to you.
Yes, sometimes the audio goes awry, but nothing nearly as bad the diet of Teams calls we have been prescribed.
Like all good podcasts, it’s the presenters that make it. This cohort, with their strengths and endearing foibles, do.
From Katy’s two points often being “A” and “2” to James’ “Ah, well”s when making two sides of an argument.
Much enjoyed. Keep up the good work.
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Great podcast. Really thoughtful insight
Please can someone give James some crackers. His mouth is so wet. How can you not hear all the sloppy sounds and think its ok?! Arghhhh. My ears!