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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

    Pricey PCR tests and 'Remainer Publishers'

    Pricey PCR tests and 'Remainer Publishers'

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP joins Chris on the podcast this week urging listeners to still book holidays, as long as you have insurance, discuss why he doesn't think expensive on return PCR tests should have their price capped, and assures Chris that one day he'll make train seats more comfortable...

    He also shamelessly blames his elderly dog for his current lack of travel plans (#JusticeForMrCrumble).

    Plus, ERG Chair Mark Francois MP returns to The Red Lion pub to announce an early Christmas present for the Brexiteer in your life, his new book revealing the inside story of Brexit from the side that won, and the battle he went through trying to get it published.




    Spartan Victory: The Inside Story for of the battle of Brexit, by Mark Francois: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spartan-Victory-inside-Battle-Brexit-ebook/dp/B09MVCJCZW/|




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    • 40 min
    Sadiq Khan on face masks, culture wars and why he loves the Northern line

    Sadiq Khan on face masks, culture wars and why he loves the Northern line

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joins Christopher Hope for his first Chopper's Politics. He tells listeners why he's trying to persuade the government to have police officers enforce mask wearing on the tube once again, why he's not sold on a wealth tax in London and whether Christmas could be cancelled once again in the capital.

    Plus - in the reveal you've all been waiting for, the Mayor discloses his favourite fast food chicken joint.




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    • 37 min
    Chopper's Festive Book Club

    Chopper's Festive Book Club

    This week Christopher Hope brings you three books to bestow upon the political nerd in your life this Christmas. And we've even given Chopper's listeners enough time to order them, regardless of potential supply issues! Don't say we don't treat you. 

    Legendary broadcaster Michael Cockerell joins Chris to talk about 'Unmasking our Leaders: Confessions of a political documentary maker', which charts his infamous interviews with 12 Prime Ministers, and a few party leaders for good measure. Find out why he calls his guests "subjects, not victims, Chris!", which interviewee was the grumpiest, and how he managed to get Boris Johnson to admit he'd like to be PM before anyone else. 

    Also on the podcast, journalist Steve Richards on 'The Prime Ministers We Never Had', his book looking at major figures on politics that didn't quite make the leap to the top. Listen to Steve's justification for including Jeremy Corbyn, and pitch for the film no one needs on the Miliband brothers. Plus leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope, on being the longest serving party leader in British history, and how the Beatles wouldn't exist without him (yes, really).




    Unmasking Our Leaders: Confessions of a Political Documentary-Maker, by Michael Cockerell: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/unmasking-our-leaders

    The Prime Ministers We Never Had: Success and Failure from Butler to Corbyn, by Steve Richards: https://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/the-prime-ministers-we-never-had/

    The Great White Hope: The Life and Times of Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope, by Alan Hope: https://www.amazon.co.uk/GREAT-WHITE-HOPE-Times-Howling-ebook/dp/B087QN7468




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    • 38 min
    Boris's beef with business

    Boris's beef with business

    Stuart Rose, Conservative peer and former head of M&S, Argos, the Arcadia group, and pretty much every other big retail business you can think of, joins Christopher Hope to lay the path towards patching the rift between the Tory party and business. He tells us why he thinks Brexit has left a bad smell between the business leaders and government, but why everyone just needs to move on.

    Also on the podcast, Care Minister Gillian Keegan on this week's "jabs for jobs" announcement for care workers and why she doesn't want to pull the "easy lever" of immigration to solve staffing shortages in the sector.

    Plus the Telegraph's Environment editor Emma Gatten helps us wade through the greenwashing from COP26 announcements.




    Read more from Emma Gatten: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/e/ek-eo/emma-gatten/ |

    Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m0011hfd/inside-the-care-crisis-with-ed-balls |

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    • 36 min
    Matt Hancock on trolls, Tony Blair and 'Tory scum'

    Matt Hancock on trolls, Tony Blair and 'Tory scum'

    In his first interview since he quit the post, former Health secretary Matt Hancock and Labour backbencher Rupa Huq join Christopher Hope to explain why they are joining forces to escalate the conversation about the online abuse of MPs. Ms Huq weighs up whether more needs to be done about anonymous social media accounts, while Mr Hancock reveals which surprising well-known figure has been giving him advice on avoiding the trolls.

    Also on the podcast, the Telegraph's Camilla Tominey gives us the low down the lobbying row that's causing fireworks in Westminster this week, plus comedian and commentator Matt Forde and reveals his dream interviewee for political patter (and frankly, we're shocked the answer isn't Chopper).




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    • 47 min
    Hey Big Spender

    Hey Big Spender

    The morning after the Chancellor laid out his mass spending spree for the post-Covid era, the Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor Lucy Fisher keeps the microphone warm for a holidaying Chopper. She's joined by The Telegraph's Whitehall Editor Harry Yorke and columnist Juliet Samuel to discuss the ins and outs of the Autumn Budget.

    Who fares the best from the announcements, is it as bold as Sunak would like us to believe, and is it easy to be green when you're holding the purse strings? All discussed within.




    Read more from Lucy Fisher: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/l/lu-lz/lucy-fisher/ |

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Irishman2021 ,

Podcast 18.6.2021

Absolute joke. That lunatic Kate Hoey unchallenged with regard to Vacine roll out in Ireland. Quote ‘UK is great but the Republic of IRL is a disaster’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts are that Ireland and many other EU Countries are way ahead of the UK right now. Additionally the world is not jealous of the UK Roll Out Program, yet this has been repeated constantly in the UK. It’s tiresome.

BoJo The Clown ,

Reality bites

Recent ‘Irish dispatch’ confirmed that Brexiteers have no alternative to the backstop, and no plan to protect the peace process. Instead of discussing this fundamental flaw in the Johnson Brexit project, the host decided to have Rees-Mogg read some ‘amusing’ poems. Says it all about the state of journalism from the Telegraph (and others), and why the Brexit liars can continue to lie with impunity.

Trojan1024 ,

Director’s commentary on the breakup of the UK

The jazzy themetune and breezy interview style make the jaw-dropping, Brexity views expressed by some interviewees sound all the more sinister. Think you’re ready to hear the lies, xenophobia and mendacity the Brexiteers peddle as they tear their country apart? Then tune in to this. Think of it as the director’s commentary on the breakup of the United Kingdom.

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