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Two men who’ve been at the heart of the political world - former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and cabinet minister Rory Stewart - join forces from across the political divide. The Rest Is Politics lifts the lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably.

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The Rest Is Politics The Rest Is Politics

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    • 4.7 • 7.6K Ratings

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Two men who’ve been at the heart of the political world - former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and cabinet minister Rory Stewart - join forces from across the political divide. The Rest Is Politics lifts the lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably.

October Election Tour - buy tickets:
www.aegpresents.co.uk/event/the-rest-is-politics

Twitter:
@RestIsPolitics

Instagram:
@restispolitics

Email:
restispolitics@gmail.com

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Question Time: Banning phones in schools and parliament, citizens' assemblies, and American isolationism

    Question Time: Banning phones in schools and parliament, citizens' assemblies, and American isolationism

    Should mobiles be banned from schools and the House of Commons? What is Labour's grand plan for citizens' assemblies really about? Is there growing Russian influence in Britain?

    Join Rory and Alastair as they answer all this and more in today's episode of The Rest Is Politics: Question Time.

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    Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
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    • 35 min
    The Killing of Alexei Navalny

    The Killing of Alexei Navalny

    What happened at the Munich Security Conference? Will Putin ever be held accountable? How will Trump fund his legal problems and a presidential campaign?

    Join Rory and Alastair as they answer all these questions and more on today's episode of The Rest Is Politics.

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    • 52 min
    Sunak's by-election disaster, Reform UK gains momentum, and political crisis in Rochdale

    Sunak's by-election disaster, Reform UK gains momentum, and political crisis in Rochdale

    Will the rise of Reform UK be the downfall of the Conservatives? How consequential are Labour's by-election victories? Who will win in Rochdale?

    Join Rory and Alastair for an impromptu Friday episode of The Rest Is Politics as they answer all these questions and more.

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    • 31 min
    Question Time: Vladimir Putin’s strategy, Labour’s selection headache, and VAT on private schools

    Question Time: Vladimir Putin’s strategy, Labour’s selection headache, and VAT on private schools

    Will Azhar Ali still stand as a Labour candidate in the Rochdale by-election? How revealing was Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin? Why do politicians seem to see apologising as a sign of weakness?

    Join Rory and Alastair as they answer all these questions and more in this week's Question Time.

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    Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
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    • 45 min
    Could the Democrats replace Joe Biden? What’s next for Imran Khan? Why are young people deserting British conservatism?

    Could the Democrats replace Joe Biden? What’s next for Imran Khan? Why are young people deserting British conservatism?

    What do Trump’s Nato threats mean for Europe? Could Pakistan’s military have the final say in the election? Why are young people turning against the Conservatives in Britain?

    Join Rory and Alastair as they answer all these questions and more on today's episode of The Rest Is Politics.

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    • 59 min
    Question Time: How to cover Israel-Gaza, Labour’s £28bn green investment, and Taylor Swift vs Donald Trump

    Question Time: How to cover Israel-Gaza, Labour’s £28bn green investment, and Taylor Swift vs Donald Trump

    Why is Labour rolling back its pledge on green investment? What does Biden’s sanction against Israeli settlers mean in reality? Who is our one listener in Tuvalu?

    Rory and Alastair answer all these questions and more in this week's Question Time.

    Instagram:
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    Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.6K Ratings

7.6K Ratings

Mimi Luke ,

Just brilliant

Such an informative discussion, tackling the challenging issues of the day in an enjoyable and insightful debate. They also get fascinating guests on their show. PS I love Rory’s book and may even give Alistair’s book a listen now too. Thanks chaps, keep it up :)

TomWG1990 ,

Regular listen

Smug, irritating, a bit of an echo chamber. A real insight into a single point of view, shared by both presenters.

I listen every week.

celbalrai ,

Some blind spots

I agree that the podcast is well presented and informative but I think both presenters are underegging their privilege and connections. In today’s episode, Alastair says that he doesn’t feel like he’s connected to the political elite - but he reviews speeches for Keir Starmer and worked for Tony Blair?! Total lack of understanding the difference between people like me who do not / will never have connections with those kinds of people, and those who see it as so ordinary that they can’t accept they have power in this country.

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