23 episodes

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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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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    Question Time: The Queen's toilet, Carole Cadwalladr, and climate crisis

    Question Time: The Queen's toilet, Carole Cadwalladr, and climate crisis

    Find out which historical world leaders Rory and Alastair would be like to work alongside, what they would say if they had the world's attention for 30 seconds, their thoughts on the 'Tory power stance' and body language coaching in politics.
    Instagram:
    @restispolitics
    Twitter:
    @RestIsPolitics
    Email:
    restispolitics@gmail.com
    Editor: James Hodgson
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

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    • 27 min
    By-elections, strikes, and populists

    By-elections, strikes, and populists

    Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss by-elections, how Alastair would run as a Tory, strikes, trade unions, Colombia, France, Henry Kissinger, Carrie Johnson's ghost story, Rory's visit to a kibbutz, Welsh Labour, ethics advisors and unrequited love!
    Reading list:
    Here’s what Labour should say on Brexit and immigration - Peter Kellner
    Henry Kissinger at 99: how to avoid another world war - Niall Ferguson
    Instagram:
    @restispolitics
    Twitter:
    @RestIsPolitics
    Email:
    restispolitics@gmail.com
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
    The New European Offer: theneweuropean.co.uk/trip

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    • 44 min
    Question Time: Ukraine, Tony Blair, and foreign languages

    Question Time: Ukraine, Tony Blair, and foreign languages

    Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart for the third edition of 'The Rest is Politics: Question Time', where they answer your questions on the situation in Ukraine, the role of former world leaders in politics, and their multilingual capabilities.
    Instagram:
    @restispolitics
    Twitter:
    @RestIsPolitics
    Email:
    restispolitics@gmail.com
    Editor: James Hodgson
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

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    • 26 min
    Keir Starmer, Northern Ireland, and disagreeing 'agreeably'

    Keir Starmer, Northern Ireland, and disagreeing 'agreeably'

    Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the performance and future of Keir Starmer, what they both think of Wes Streeting, Rory's appearance on BBC Question Time, austerity, what Labour needs to do to win, train strikes, Tony Blair, Northern Ireland, the ERG, Liz Truss, and disagreeing 'agreeably'.
    Reading list:
    Paul Krugman - The Austerity Delusion
    Anton Spisak - Fixing the Northern Ireland Protocol: A Way Forward
    Instagram:
    @restispolitics
    Twitter:
    @RestIsPolitics
    Email:
    restispolitics@gmail.com
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
    The New European Offer: theneweuropean.co.uk/trip

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    • 52 min
    Question Time: Austerity, diaries, and impostors

    Question Time: Austerity, diaries, and impostors

    Join Rory and Alastair as they answer your questions on Austerity, John Bercow, protest, schools, carbon footprints, imposter syndrome, cheese, interview techniques, political diaries, and the Duc de Saint-Simon.
    Instagram:
    @restispolitics
    Twitter:
    @RestIsPolitics
    Email:
    restispolitics@gmail.com
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

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    • 25 min
    Johnson wounded, monarchy, and the West Bank

    Johnson wounded, monarchy, and the West Bank

    Boris Johnson’s no-confidence vote, Tory backbench anger, the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen’s relationships with PMs, Rory’s defence of monarchy, Tony Blair’s royal faux pas, the West Bank, Bethlehem, Dundee, Northern Ireland, Colombia, and Xi Jinping. 
    Join Rory and Alastair for discussion of all of the above and much, much more.
    To listen to our sister podcast, The Rest Is History, and their special episode on ‘How Prime Ministers Fall’, simply go to Apple or Spotify:
    Apple: apple.co/3Nkvo8V
    Spotify: http://spoti.fi/3mj4O47
    Instagram:
    @restispolitics
    Twitter:
    @RestIsPolitics
    Email:
    restispolitics@gmail.com
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor & Jack Davenport
    The Week:
    theweek.co.uk/rest

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Tom the gunner ,

The boys

Excellent pod

Kildare Christopher ,

Podcast of 13 April

Listen to the podcast while on holiday in France. Enjoyed the slot devoted to the French election. Agree that Macron is a clever guy and hopefully he seals the deal on Sunday. Very few poster or visible canvassing going on.

matt from kerry ,

Review of todays podcast

Excellent podcast again today. It’s just like being in the pub with the two of you and listening in. Very interesting and informative. I also subscribed to your new sponsors and look forward to reading the New European online in future. Who says advertising doesn’t pay.

Matt Lyons in Kerry Ireland

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