LBC presenter Iain Dale and former Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith untangle the world of politics and media. Expect plenty of jokey banter and informed speculation.
293. Masking Up Again
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith discuss the Select committee report on Covid, Covid cases and restrictions, Hancock’s new job (or not), Boilers, the death of Colin Powell and much else besides. Smut quota: Middling.
292. Remembering Sir David Amess
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith discuss the horrific assassination of Sir David Amess MP and its consequences for politics and MPs. They pay tribute to him and his dedication to his constituents. It’s a very emotional episode of the podcast and at the end Iain reads out tributes to Sir David and the positive work MPs do from For the Many listeners.
291. A Face Like a Slapped Arse
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith review the week’s news including the Tory conference, the energy crisis, the death of James Brokenshire, MPs’ pay, the
Facebook outage, Flu, essays for money to be illegal, the Newcastle United takeover and much else besides. Smut quota: Middling
290. Chased by Boars
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith discuss the sentencing of Wayne Couzens, the position of Cressida Dick, the Labour conference, the fuel crisis, the new Green Party leaders, the German election result, James Bond, Jacqui’s new job, Iain’s Michel Barnier interview and much more besides. Smut quota: Unacceptably high.
289. Testing Negative
Iain Dale conducts a lateral flow test live on the podcast – it’s negative, by the way. He and Jacqui Smith discuss the petrol queues, the Labour conference, German elections, the murder of Sabina Nessa, Boris Johnson’s trip to America, Paloma Faith and Andrew Neil. And there’s a very good nun joke too! Smut quota: Middling
288. Shuffling the Pack
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith discuss the week’s events including the government reshuffle, Jacqui’s appearance on Pointless Celebrities, Aukus, their nun joke going viral, the M25 protests, Shamima Begum, speaking at party fundraisers, weight & measures, Andrew Neil leaving GB News and the triumph of Emma Raducanu. Smut Quota: Middling.
Easy listening Iain and Jacqui really spark off each other
Really enjoy this podcast. Easy to listen to whilst also being informative. The presenters cons from opposite political standpoints but clearly like and respect each other which leads to measured and respectful debate. They can also be quite light hearted at times which can be very funny. My go to podcast to get a summary of the week in British politics
Conversational politics for non-fanatics.
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith’s weekly musing on current affairs with a smattering of 1970s smut is the antidote to the nasty politics of total destruction we see elsewhere. He leans Tory, she’s Labour, but both start from a point where you can disagree with someone politically without assuming they are a bad person. Politics for rational people. Informative, funny, gossipy, occasionally mucky, and possibly the best UK political podcast going.