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Join Matt Chorley as he guides you through what really matters in British politics. Formerly the Red Box podcast, he brings together the best interviews, smartest analysis and funniest panel discussions from his Times Radio show, Politics Without The Boring Bits.
Listen live on DAB, smart speaker or app 10am-1pm Monday to Friday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

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Join Matt Chorley as he guides you through what really matters in British politics. Formerly the Red Box podcast, he brings together the best interviews, smartest analysis and funniest panel discussions from his Times Radio show, Politics Without The Boring Bits.
Listen live on DAB, smart speaker or app 10am-1pm Monday to Friday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    Inside The Downing St Handover

    Inside The Downing St Handover

    What really goes on behind the famous black door after an election, as one government makes way for another? Matt hears about recently-released documents lifting the lid on the transfer of power in 1997, and speaks to some of the people who were there.
    Plus: Columnists India Knight, James Marriott and Patrick Maguire discuss the return of George Galloway to public life, influencers releasing books, and whether we should introduce a value-for-money star rating for theatres.
    Columnists (02:48)
    Inside The Downing St Handover (22:41)


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    • 47 min
    If Richard Coles Ruled The World

    If Richard Coles Ruled The World

    Reverend Richard Coles, pop star turned vicar and now 'borderline national trinket', tells Matt what he would do if he ruled the world - including shortening wifi passwords on pain of death.

    Plus: Times Red Box Editor Lara Spirit has been back in the Times archive for her A-Z of Parliament - this week looking at architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who rebuilt the House of Commons Chamber after WW2.

    Focus Group: Time For Reform?

    Focus Group: Time For Reform?

    Three out of 10 Tory voters now say they're leaning toward Reform UK. Is there anything Rishi Sunak can do to bring them back? Pollster James Johnson of J.L. Partners joins Matt for the monthly Times Radio Focus Group.
    Plus: Columnists Manveen Rana and Matthew Syed discuss whether Rishi Sunak is right about mob rule in the UK, the culture of policing, and whether it's right for theatres to exclude non-black people.
    Columnists (02:45)
    The Big Thing (22:37)

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    • 48 min
    PMQs: Tin-Foil Hat Brigade

    PMQs: Tin-Foil Hat Brigade

    Keir Starmer claims the Tories have become the 'political wing of the flat-earth society' for promoting conspiracies; Sunak says Starmer is just sniping from the sidelines. Matt Chorley, Tim Shipman, Ed Vaizey and Lara Spirit pause and unpack all the action from Westminster.
    Plus: Columnists Alice Thomson and Robert Crampton discuss where protests should be permitted, life lessons for Gen Z, and whether or not they'd have any 'tweakments'. 
    Columnists: (04:00)
    PMQs: (23:40) 

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    50 Years Of Labour Victories, But Mostly Defeats

    50 Years Of Labour Victories, But Mostly Defeats

    This week in 1974 Britain went to the polls in an election that saw the Conservatives lose, but Labour fail to drum up enough enthusiasm to win a majority. Matt asks whether the next election could produce a similar result by speaking to Ann Taylor, who fought her first campaign that year, and whose career mirrors the ups and downs of the Labour Party itself.
    Plus:  A taster of the latest episode of How to Win an Election, where political masterminds Peter Mandelson, Polly Mackenzie and Daniel Finkelstein discuss how to win deal with Liz Truss.

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    • 34 min
    The Exit Interviews: Nickie Aiken

    The Exit Interviews: Nickie Aiken

    Matt Chorley sits down with MPs leaving Parliament at the next election to find out about their highs and lows, their best and worst bosses, and the lessons they've learned from politics.
    Conservative MP Nickie Aitken explains why she's standing down after five years, how much Liz Truss added to her mortgage, and what it's like being the MP for MPs.
    Plus: Columnists Rachel Sylvester and Tom McTague discuss Lee Anderson, how Nick Clegg became 'The Foreign Secretary of Facebook', and why Rishi Sunak has revived Gordon Brown's regional cabinet meetings.
    Columnists (04:30)
    The Exit Interviews (23:00)

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

HamishWindsor ,

Great podcast

A must listen every week especially the focus group episodes. Hate the new show picture though - sorry!

Jo Lee'N ,

New comedy format

Eek. The columnists are good, and some of the more serious political thing, but the “light-hearted” comedy stuff is pretty woeful. Used to be a much listen, but now I generally just listen to columnists bit abs the odd interview. And I don’t automatically download any more. Still, things change, and plenty of people like new format.

UPDATE: If we wanted to listen to the other podcast, we would be doing so, you really don’t need to give it us on this one on a weekly basis. Very much miss Finkelstein as a columnist, or any political columnists on Tuesday. Can’t Patrick M have a regular slot with Lara or something?

sj 001 ,

Avid listener

Can we not get anything in the middle on Gaza ? Either we have this Ali chap and his extreme views or the chap you had on today who was effectively saying about the IDF - “nothing to see here”

Disappointed

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