159 episodes

Based on his live one-man show Rock & Roll Politics, the broadcaster and author Steve Richards takes a weekly behind the scenes tour of UK politics and the media that shapes the way we view the epic political dramas. The future is ridiculously unpredictable and the past is so easy to misread. Subscribe to your weekly guide through seismic times.

Rock & Roll Politics with Steve Richards Rock & Roll Politics

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Based on his live one-man show Rock & Roll Politics, the broadcaster and author Steve Richards takes a weekly behind the scenes tour of UK politics and the media that shapes the way we view the epic political dramas. The future is ridiculously unpredictable and the past is so easy to misread. Subscribe to your weekly guide through seismic times.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    UK Economy Hurtling Towards the Cliff's Edge

    UK Economy Hurtling Towards the Cliff's Edge

    While the Tory leadership candidates row over tax cuts, there are bigger questions: what to do about Brexit labour shortages, and how will the war in Ukraine end?
    Plus brilliant questions from the importance of a leader's chosen confidant and adviser to the essence of 'authenticity'.
    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival from Mon Aug 15th. Tickets here:
    https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics
    Rock & Roll Politics: 'The Liz Truss Era' is live at Kings Place on Sept 19th. Tickets here: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/rock-n-roll-politics-6/
    Patreon backers get exclusive access to episodes early, plus bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics
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    • 57 min
    UK Economy Hurtling Towards the Cliff's Edge

    UK Economy Hurtling Towards the Cliff's Edge

    While the Tory leadership candidates row over tax cuts, there are bigger questions: what to do about Brexit labour shortages, and how will the war in Ukraine end?

    Plus brilliant questions from the importance of a leader's chosen confidant and adviser to the essence of 'authenticity'.

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival from Mon Aug 15th. Tickets here:

    https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics

    Rock & Roll Politics: 'The Liz Truss Era' is live at Kings Place on Sept 19th. Tickets here: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/rock-n-roll-politics-6/

    Patreon backers get exclusive access to episodes early, plus bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics

    Prime Ministers and their Special Advisers, Episode 3 - David Cameron and Steve Hilton

    Prime Ministers and their Special Advisers, Episode 3 - David Cameron and Steve Hilton

    Episode 3 of our Special Advisors series, exclusively for backers...

    Steve Hilton was a driving force behind David Cameron’s Big Society, a plan which was dropped in government.
    He wore shorts and a t-shirt, so the media assumed he was a ‘progressive,’ and yet ended up on Fox News backing Trump without changing a single view.
    He and Cameron were close friends but no longer speak to each other... So what really happened?

    Lessons for Keir Starmer in The Rise Of Liz Truss

    Lessons for Keir Starmer in The Rise Of Liz Truss

    Liz Truss presents herself as the change maker in a time of turmoil. Keir Starmer must do the same, even if the focus groups and the influence of mid-’90s New Labour point to an alternative, risky route of extreme caution… 

    Plus brilliant listener questions.

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival every day from Mon Aug 15th. Tickets here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics

    Join Patreon for early access to episodes, bonus content and more: https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Can Boris Johnson Make A Comeback?

    Can Boris Johnson Make A Comeback?

    Some Conservative members want their next Prime Minister to be... Boris Johnson. A man who shares this view is... Boris Johnson himself, who anticipates a return to Number 10 despite the current race to replace him.
    Plus the undeserved elevation of Margaret Thatcher to god-like levels, even among non-Conservatives, and brilliant audience questions.
    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival from Aug 15. Tickets here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics
    Patreon here for bonus podcasts and much more: https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics
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    • 49 min
    The Tory Leadership Contest

    The Tory Leadership Contest

    To my surprise we are learning a lot from the contest even though the candidates are saying very little. The biggest lesson so far: Get ready of political storms this autumn when the winner seeks to implement their economic policies. Also this week, more of your brilliant questions.
    Rock N Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival from Monday August 15th. Tickets here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics
    Back us on Patreon for early, ad-free episodes, exclusive merchandise and more: https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
529 Ratings

529 Ratings

Kirsty Potts ,

Kirsty Potts - Illuminating & entertaining

Detailed and in-depth but also easy to listen to and follow. I really enjoy Steve’s relaxed and informative approach backed up by his far reaching knowledge. And it’s made all the more entertaining by his interment but hilarious impersonations of all the political characters he’s discussing. Gives Mike Yarwood a bit of a run for his money. Highly recommended.

Lexie 77 ,

Thank You Steve

Really enjoy your Dateline London contributions and your podcasts are my essential listen. Insightful explanations broaden my outlook no end. Is it true Dateline London is to be axed?

PMcFlegal ,

Paul McF

The most insightful political podcast around. Each week Steve combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of post war UK political history with wit an humour to take listeners through the latest twist and turns of UK politics. He also actively seeks to have a debate with listeners on issues and is not afraid to be challenged on his view e.g. proportional representation. I would definitely recommend it to anyone genuinely interested in UK politics, whatever your political persuasion.

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