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Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.

    Will Nicola Sturgeon get her way?

    Will Nicola Sturgeon get her way?

    Isabel Hardman speaks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about Nicola Sturgeon’s latest plans to hold a referendum on Scottish independence on 19th October 2023, and whether they will even get off the ground.

    • 10 min
    Has Tory sleaze hit a new low?

    Has Tory sleaze hit a new low?

    Last night Chris Pincher resigned from his role in the government - after 'drinking far too much' and 'embarrassing himself'. Witnesses reportedly saw the deputy chief whip 'groping' men at the Carlton Club in London. 

    Also on the podcast, today is the 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China. Can the government keep its promise to protect Hong Kong?

    Cindy Yu is joined by Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. 

    • 15 min
    Is the privileges committee a kangaroo court?

    Is the privileges committee a kangaroo court?

    After an eight-day world tour, Boris Johnson is back on British soil to come face-to-face with Tory MPs for the first time since the hammering by-election defeat. Meanwhile, the privileges committee begins with Harriet Harman as its chair. 




    Critics have suggested this inquiry into whether The Prime Minister misled parliament over partygate risks becoming a 'kangaroo court'. Will this give Downing Street the chance to disregard the outcome of the inquiry?

    Also on the podcast, food tariffs might be cut in order to curb the cost of living crisis. But difference will this make?

    'You'll have to eat an awful lot of olives for this to make a difference' - James Forsyth.

    Cindy Yu is joined by James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

    Produced by Natasha Feroze.

    • 10 min
    Does Nicola Sturgeon really want an independence referendum?

    Does Nicola Sturgeon really want an independence referendum?

    The campaign for a second independence referendum is well and truly on, as Nicola Sturgeon tours the airwaves this week. But can the SNP will Indyref2 into existence, given Boris Johnson is very unlikely to allow it? Natasha Feroze speaks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth on the podcast, in which James suggests that, perhaps, Sturgeon doesn't even want an independence referendum right now.

    • 13 min
    Why did Tory rebels abstain from the NI Protocol Bill?

    Why did Tory rebels abstain from the NI Protocol Bill?

    The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill passed its second reading last night with a majority of 74 votes. A number of Tory rebels voiced their opposition to the bill including former Prime Minister, Theresa May, Simon Hoare and Andrew Mitchell. However, despite vocal opposition, not one Tory MP voted against the bill – opting to abstain instead. Did the Whips office play a part in this?

    Also on the podcast, Nicola Sturgeon unveils her plans to have a second independence referendum, with or without Boris Johnson’s consent. What chance has she got?

    Katy Balls is joined by Isabel Hardman and James Forysth.

    • 9 min
    Is Boris being too bullish?

    Is Boris being too bullish?

    After a bruising few days, Boris Johnson remains bullish suggesting his intentions to stay in Downing Street for a third term. Is this rattling Tory MPs?

    Also on the podcast, a Cabinet reshuffle may be approaching. Who is under threat and why? 

    Isabel Hardman is joined by Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

    Produced by Natasha Feroze.

    • 11 min

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citizen politico ,

Citizen politico

Good to hear the other side! Forsyth is by far the best commentator and analyst

GuyChGe ,

Groundhog Day

There really is nothing new to discuss. Boris Johnson departure is imminent…2+ years. Nicola Sturgeon sets out a roadmap for independence 5+ years….The EU are waiting for the next PM to negotiate changes to the Brexit agreement 3+ years. Is it the politicians or the political media who are stuck? If Parliament took recess for a full year would we notice?

dogwalkingpodcastlistener ,

Great stuff

But James Forsyth PLEASE learn to say ‘th’. Your lazy habit of saying ‘v’ instead of ‘th’ is super annoying.

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