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Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Saturday morning.

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Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Saturday morning.

    Lockdown continues, a shock in the Chilterns

    Lockdown continues, a shock in the Chilterns

    Boris Johnson reluctantly delayed the easing of England’s lockdown for another month due to the spread of the Delta strain of coronavirus. Will the July 19 easing go ahead? Plus, we discuss the Liberal Democrats’ surprise victory in the Chesham and Amersham by-election and what it means for the government’s planning reforms. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.


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    G7 special from Cornwall

    G7 special from Cornwall

    The leaders of the west descended on Carbis Bay, along with podcasters, for this year's G7 summit. Boris Johnson and Joe Biden appeared to develop a bromance - despite their split on Northern Ireland. We discuss the key themes of the summit and whether Brexit overshadowed the prime minister's efforts to forward his Global Britain agenda. Plus we look at why the June 21 easing of lockdown restrictions is unlikely to go ahead. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and Peter Foster. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: News pool, BBC, European Union.
    Further reading:
    EU leaders to pressure Boris Johnson over Northern Ireland at G7
    Johnson and Biden seek to smooth over Northern Ireland differences
    G7 to pledge 1bn Covid vaccine doses for poorer countries
    UK’s lockdown easing should be slowed
    Why ‘sausage wars’ illustrate how both sides are now on a collision course over Northern Ireland
    How serious is Delta Covid variant for UK and do vaccines stop it?
    Fragile US-led G7 tax compromise threatened by search for exemptions
    Realism from all sides is needed over Northern Ireland
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    British holidays at home

    British holidays at home

    The hopes of international travel this summer were dashed as Portugal was taken off the UK's green list for travel amid a rise in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus. But will the June 21 easing still go ahead? Plus, we discuss the battle between education secretary Gavin Williamson and chancellor Rishi Sunak over funding for post-lockdown schooling and whether the Treasury will eventually put forward more cash. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and Bethan Staton. produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: Sky News, BBC News, BBC Today, Channel 4.
     
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    Dominic Cummings versus the world

    Dominic Cummings versus the world

    Boris Johnson's former chief adviser made an epic seven-hour appearance at a parliamentary hearing this week, claiming the prime minister was unfit for the job and the health secretary a liar. We explore his bombastic claims and the political impact for Johnson. Plus, we examine the impact of the cuts to foreign aid on the ground and whether the budget will rise again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and special guest Andrew Mitchell MP. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: Parliament TV
    Further reading:
    Cummings exposes dangers of a lightweight leader and a dysfunctional system
    Hancock admits some patients with Covid were moved into care homes
    Relations between Johnson and cabinet secretary fray over Cummings ties
    Cummings’ testimony reveals fatal flaws of the British state
    Cummings launches stinging attack on Johnson and handling of Covid crisis
    Lessons of Dominic Cummings’ testimony are still to be learnt
    UK aid cuts ‘directly hamper’ fight against HIV, warn politicians and Aids groups
    Cutting aid undermines the vision of Global Britain
    Africa feels the brunt of UK foreign aid cuts
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    Tackling the Indian coronavirus variant

    Tackling the Indian coronavirus variant

    The UK's easing out of lockdown was put under threat by a new strain of coronavirus that originated in India. Can the race between inoculations and infections be won? Will the June 21 easing go ahead? Plus we discuss the biggest shake-up in British rail travel for 25 years and whether passengers will benefit from the new era of Great British Railways. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Jim Pickard and special guest Christian Wolmar. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament TV, Sky News.
    Further reading
    -We will be lost if we panic at every Covid mutation
    -UK races to tackle coronavirus variant through rapid vaccination
    -English town of Bolton pins hopes on jabs to avoid another lockdown
    -UK’s new model railway is likely to serve the public poorly
    -A rational new model for Britain’s railways
    -UK rail looks to private sector in biggest shake-up since 1990s
     
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    Labour goes to war (again)

    Labour goes to war (again)

    The opposition Labour party was consumed by infighting this week after Sir Keir Starmer botched a shadow cabinet reshuffle, leading to questions about whether he can survive as leader. Did Starmer overreact and is Labour facing a civil war? Plus, we discuss this year's Queen's Speech and whether the Johnson government's legislative agenda is bold or packed with filler. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Sarah Neville. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: UK news pool, BBC, Parliament TV
    Further reading:
    -Labour’s problem is that Keir Starmer is no Tony Blair
    -Reeves promotion underlines Labour shift to centre ground under Starmer
    -Starmer must listen to voters, not Labour factions
    -Starmer warned of prospect of leadership challenge over summer
    -Queen’s Speech: The key bills in Johnson’s post-Covid agenda
    -Putting flesh on the bones of the levelling up agenda
    -Boris Johnson’s levelling-up agenda takes toll on southern Tories
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