60 episodes

Pod Save the UK is your weekly fix of political news, big ideas and a shot of inspiration. Each week hosts, comedian Nish Kumar and journalist Coco Khan are joined by politicians, experts, and famous friends to unpick the latest news, look for solutions, and inspire action. From Crooked Media – the creators of Pod Save America – in partnership with Reduced Listening, tune in to new episodes of Pod Save the UK every Thursday wherever you pod.

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    • 4.4 • 586 Ratings

Pod Save the UK is your weekly fix of political news, big ideas and a shot of inspiration. Each week hosts, comedian Nish Kumar and journalist Coco Khan are joined by politicians, experts, and famous friends to unpick the latest news, look for solutions, and inspire action. From Crooked Media – the creators of Pod Save America – in partnership with Reduced Listening, tune in to new episodes of Pod Save the UK every Thursday wherever you pod.

    Are these the last six weeks of Rishi Sunak and the Tories?

    Are these the last six weeks of Rishi Sunak and the Tories?

    Nish and Coco bring you a hot off-the-press special look at the announcement of a UK general election.

    On Wednesday 22nd May - Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the next general election will be on Thursday 4th July 2024. It appeared to be a sudden decision that surprised even his own Conservative MPs. But this announcement brings a whole host of questions with it. What key issues will this election be fought on? Is the timing helpful to any party in particular? How will Sunak fare under the microscope? To answer those and many more - friend of the show Liz Bates makes an eager return. Alongside Nish and Coco - Liz discusses what drove Sunak to this announcement and whether Keir Starmer got something of a headstart on his campaign.

    • 45 min
    The economy is growing, so why are we feeling poorer?

    The economy is growing, so why are we feeling poorer?

    The UK is officially out of recession - Rishi Sunak and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt have been banging the drum of the 0.6% GDP growth in the Jan-March quarter, but are things actually getting better?

    George Monbiot drops into the studio to demystify Neoliberalism - the invisible economic doctrine that has influenced UK politics and policy since the Thatcher years. George also brings some fresh ideas for how citizens can move away from being consumers and recapture our democracy.

    • 45 min
    Abortion rights & ending hunger with Aisling Bea

    Abortion rights & ending hunger with Aisling Bea

    “A hung Parliament” - it’s not quite admitting defeat, but the new media lines from Rishi Sunak and the Conservative Party suggest that even the Government knows its days are numbered. Nish and Coco unpack Sunak’s shock admission and some of the highlights from the local elections.

    Comedian, actor and activist (and old colleague of Nish) Aisling Bea drops in to talk about campaigning against food insecurity. The “Essentials Guarantee” campaign championed by the Trussell Trust asks that political parties prioritise all citizens having basic essentials as part of their election manifestos.

    Aisling also talks about the fight for abortion rights in her homeland of Ireland, while Coco reminds us that the abortion laws in England, Scotland and Wales are incredibly archaic. Abortion buffer zones, 150m no-protest areas around clinics have just hit their one-year anniversary of receiving royal ascent for England & Wales, however, the Home Office has yet to roll out the change to the law - leaving protestors free to approach women outside.

    • 49 min
    Are the Local Election results the beginning of total Tory annihilation?

    Are the Local Election results the beginning of total Tory annihilation?

    While the results from elections across England & Wales are still rolling in - the signs so far are pointing to a disastrous outcome for the Conservative party. So Nish & Coco have jumped on for this special bonus episode to pop the champagne - asking exactly what it means ahead of the General Election - whenever that will eventually be called!

    • 41 min
    Humza Yousaf's Shock Resignation: Are the Greens Seizing Power in Scotland?

    Humza Yousaf's Shock Resignation: Are the Greens Seizing Power in Scotland?

    The Westminster rumour mill went into overdrive last weekend peddling an ultimately incorrect rumour that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was due to call a summer election. With suggestions that this rumour was started by the Labour Party, Nish and Coco ask whether progressives might be starting to control the narrative.

    And might that change in power balance towards the Left also be coming to the fore in Scotland? Following the shock resignation of First Minister and SNP Leader Humza Yousaf, Politico’s reporter Andrew McDonald unpacks how the Green Party may have greater influence in Scottish politics moving forward.

    And what are the radical solutions we need to address the crisis in Britain’s care system for children? The collaborators of the new book Free Loaves on Friday poet Lemn Sissay and journalist Rebekah Pierre explain why hearing directly from care leavers is vital for addressing problems across the system.

    • 47 min
    Nish dismantles Sunak's attack on disabled people and Coco meets Caroline Lucas

    Nish dismantles Sunak's attack on disabled people and Coco meets Caroline Lucas

    Rishi Sunak finally ‘got Rwanda done’ after a long and dramatic night as his Safety of Rwanda Bill ping-ponged between the Common and the Lords. Our guest, the Green MP Caroline Lucas, tells Coco what it was like to be in Westminster that night and criticises Rishi Sunak for holding a drinks party while the Bill - which she describes as “a piece of performative cruelty” - was still being debated in the Lords. She also discusses her new book about why the left needs to speak up for ‘Englishness’, and explains why she’s training to become a death doula.

    Nish and Coco provide an indispensable guide to next week’s local elections, talking about why they’re important and analysing what they might mean for Tory and Labour prospects at a general election. They also discuss whether the new rules on voter ID are an attempt by the Conservative Party to suppress the vote.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
586 Ratings

586 Ratings

Slantyhouse ,

Pod Save the UK, or just England?

Love Coco (an absolute dolly) and Nish (so sharp) and glad they’re part of the Crooked family. Only critique is that majority of the news stories are England-centric but presented as if applies to whole UK. Appreciated the recent focus on NI and Scotland, more from around the UK please!

Astridoasis ,

A refreshing podcast

Really enjoy listening to Nish, Coco and their guests. I learn a lot and find their interviews and interviewees are so interesting and have something intelligent to save about the topic they are covering

Old Spliblob ,

Labour Bias Much?

I’ve been following PSUK since the first episode, where it stated its mission to discover solutions for saving uk politics. And so I was excited. I love learning and I love new ideas and objective discussion.

None of that here. It’s quickly panned out to be a Labour friendly discussion with Labour, about loving Labour.
Oh, and a ‘kiddy fiddler’ joke, I exaggerate not.
It’s gone too far for too long.
Am unfollowing.
One star as required to register, one star for Coco.

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