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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.

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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.

    Inflation hits double digits: what next?

    Inflation hits double digits: what next?

    The UK inflation rate is now at 10.1 per cent according to the Office for National Statistics. Is there much that the government can do to relieve its effects?

    Also on the podcast, the leadership contenders are in Belfast for the next hustings: how will the audience respond to the candidate's position on The Northern Ireland Protocol?

    Katy Balls is joined by Kate Andrews and Isabel Hardman.

    Produced by Natasha Feroze and Oscar Edmondson.

    • 11 min
    When will the inflation rate fall?

    When will the inflation rate fall?

    New figures released this week show that wages have fallen significantly behind the rising cost of living. Are we yet to see the extent of the impacts of inflation? Should we brace ourselves for more disruption in the public sector?

    Also on the podcast, as Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss attend hustings in Scotland: which candidate is favoured the most north of the border?

    Katy Balls is joined by Kate Andrews and Isabel Hardman.

    Produced by Max Jeffery and Oscar Edmondson.

    • 13 min
    Would Starmer's energy plan work?

    Would Starmer's energy plan work?

    Keir Starmer has unveiled a £29 billion plan to freeze energy bills for six months. Under his proposals, the Labour leader said Brits would not face the enormous price hikes anticipated in October and January. 

    But is his idea a serious one? Where would the money come from? And how have the Tories responded? Isabel Hardman speaks to Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

    Produced by Max Jeffery.

    • 15 min
    Is Labour missing in action?

    Is Labour missing in action?

    Katy Balls speaks to Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth about why Sir Keir Starmer and his frontbench have been seemingly missing in action during the Tory leadership race and the ongoing cost of living crisis. 

    • 10 min
    Could Truss reverse the windfall tax?

    Could Truss reverse the windfall tax?

    'Profit is not a dirty word', Liz Truss said at last night's leadership hustings. The Foreign Secretary has made clear that she would prefer to cut taxes than take money from energy firms and give it directly to struggling Brits. But, if Truss makes it into No. 10, could she really reverse the windfall tax?

    Isabel Hardman speaks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

    Produced by Max Jeffery.

    • 13 min
    Has the NHS winter crisis already arrived?

    Has the NHS winter crisis already arrived?

    Thirty thousand people waited 12 hours or more in A&E, new figures showed today – the highest number on record. The NHS usually runs into trouble during the cold winter weather, but it looks like the annual crisis has already arrived. Is there any solution? Max Jeffery speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.

    Produced by Max Jeffery. 

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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1.7K Ratings

ij2903eer ,

Disappointing

Usually I love the podcast but I’m very disappointed at Fraser Nelson critique of Penny Mordaunt in the C4 debate on trans. Though saying it was a highlight of the debate you didn’t play any of her actual answer on the issues which clarified her position. In the other highlight you played the clip of truss and Sunak arguing. Feels very biased

Heebygeeby62 ,

Good but ….

Good podcast but getting fed up with James Forsyth continually reminding listeners how well he knows Rishi Sunak.

Leaf2004 ,

Not the best UK daily news podcast

Tried this podcast for the commentary but couldn’t bare the production after a few episodes. As a new listener, I wish the guests were given more intro, even a sentence, so I know *why* I should listen to them and give my time. Some speakers aren’t very coherent because they lose their chain of thought or there’s many uhms and urrs. I think it’s okay to make them more edited to make guests easier to listen to. Finally I don’t get much structure from the conversation, making it hard to follow. I listen to a number (maybe too many) daily news podcasts and this one is at the bottom of my list to come back to. Sorry!

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