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Decoding the ‘Russia Report’
The long-awaited ‘Russia report’ has finally landed — but after all the hype is it a damp squib? Why did the Intelligence and Security Committee’s inquiry take so long to make its way into the public domain? What, if anything, does it tell us about the 2016 Brexit vote and 2014’s Scottish referendum? Do the UK’s intelligence agencies need to up their game to combat the threat from Moscow? And is the Government taking any of it on board?
PolHome’s Matt Honeycombe-Foster talks to our chief reporter Alain Tolhurst and The House magazine’s policy editor Georgina Bailey about the probe — and digest its findings so you don’t have to.
Policy focus: Immigration minister Kevin Foster on the UK’s post-Brexit shake-up
In this one-off policy special, we speak to Home Office minister Kevin Foster about the UK’s big post-Brexit immigration shake-up. It’s the biggest change to the system in a generation — but what will it mean for the UK’s social care workforce, and will the new set-up be ready in time? || This episode is supported by Leidos, and we speak to Leidos UK’s chief technology officer Simon Daykin about the practical challenges of new technology at the border. https://www.politicshome.com/members/profile/leidos
Mini-pod: Treasury minister Steve Barclay quizzed on Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus jobs plan
In a mini-podcast on the back of the Summer Economic Statement, PolHome chief reporter Alain Tolhurst grabs some time with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay. He asks what message Chancellor Rishi Sunak wants to send to Brits, whether there’s more help to come — and how the government plans to pay for it all.
BORIS’S WHITEHALL REVOLUTION - with Cath Haddon, Dave Penman and Richard Johnstone
Dominic Cummings has promised that a “hard rain” is about to fall on the civil service in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what exactly does Number 10 have planned for Whitehall? PolHome’s Matt Honeycombe-Foster speaks to three people who know their stuff: Cath Haddon of the Institute for Government, Richard Johnstone of Civil Service World and Dave Penman, boss of the FDA trade union. Find out what all the fuss is about as Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill calls it quits — and what the appointment of Brexit negotiator David Frost to a top national security job really means.
CUMMINGS & GOINGS - WITH WES STREETING, ED DAVEY AND TIM MONTGOMERIE
Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings finds himself at the centre of another political storm - and our reporter John Johnston is on hand for snap analysis of his emotional Rose Garden statement on that controversial lockdown journey to Durham with his family. Then Matt talks to Labour shadow minister Wes Streeting, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey - and conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie to weigh up the political impact of Johnson’s decision to stand by his man.
LOCKDOWN POD#3 - Boris’s big speech, Baroness Smith, Ipsos MORI’s Ben Page
On this week’s PolHome podcast, chief reporter Alain Tolhurst gives us his snap verdict on Boris Johnson’s big lockdown speech; Georgina Bailey of the House magazine chats to Baroness Angela Smith about the new virtual upper chamber and Keir Starmer’s performance in the top job; PLUS PolHome acting editor Matt Honeycombe-Foster talks to Ben Page, chief executive of IPSOS to find out what the public really thinks about the Government’s handling of the crisis. If you’ve got a question for our next episode, you can send us a voicemail at this link: https://anchor.fm/polhome/message
Customer ReviewsSee All
Good summary but....
Good summary of the political week with in-depth discussion on key points. However it is becoming more and more infrequent to the point PH is falling off the radar.
Engaging, but the audio is bad
This podcast is an engagingly conversational summary of the week’s political events, but it sounds as though it’s recorded in a bathroom. It sounds tinny and mono such that it’s a little strident regardless of how I set the volume.
More. More. More!
Only complaint is that since losing their Editor, and the dominance of C-19, there have been fewer podcasts!
Congrats to acting editor Matt H.F. and the rest of the team for keeping us updated.