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    How is the government handling Omicron?

    How is the government handling Omicron?

    We are slowly learning more and more about this new Covid variant, but it could be weeks before we know just how contagious and harmful it could be. Wasting no time, over the weekend the government has banned travel from certain countries and tightened domestic Covid measures.

    'It's fair to say that ministers are anxious enough to bring back things that they have developed a personal resistance too.' - Isabel Hardman

    To discuss the ramifications of Omicron Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.

    Subscribe to The Spectator's Evening Blend email, from Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls, for analysis of the day's political news and a summary of the best pieces from our website. Go to www.spectator.co.uk/blend to sign up.

    • 9 min
    Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 28/11/21

    Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 28/11/21

    Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Guests today include Sajid Javid, Nicola Sturgeon and Lisa Nandy.

    • 13 min
    Is Macron weaponising the migrant crisis?

    Is Macron weaponising the migrant crisis?

    The migrants that tragically lost their lives in the English Channel has caused Anglo- French relations to further deteriorate. There is a theory however, that it suits Macron’s purpose to be in a perpetual war with the Brits. Could this be the case when migrants are still in the hands of the traffickers?

    'These people-smuggling gangs are becoming more sophisticated in their operations' - James Forsyth

    Meanwhile, sports shops such as Decathlon on the French coast have stopped selling dinghy boats in an attempt to try and curb the number of people crossing.



    Also on the podcast, is the term ‘migrant’ offensive? According to Priti Patel it is.




    All to be discussed as Isabel Hardman is joined by Jonathan Miller, a Spectator contributor and James Forsyth.

    Subscribe to The Spectator's Evening Blend email, from Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls, for analysis of the day's political news and a summary of the best pieces from our website. Go to www.spectator.co.uk/blend to sign up.

    • 14 min
    What is the Nu variant?

    What is the Nu variant?

    A new Covid variant dubbed 'Nu' has been discovered in South Africa and the UK has already put travel restrictions in place. Though early tests have shown that Nu is more transmissible, we don't know conclusively if it is any more deadly or can evade vaccines. 





    'We don't know yet, whether this variant is more severe or not.' - James Forsyth 




    With people already worrying if this, if handled poorly, could lead to another Christmas lockdown, Isabel Hardman talks with Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth about their Nu perspectives. 



    Subscribe to The Spectator's Evening Blend email, from Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls, for analysis of the day's political news and a summary of the best pieces from our website. Go to www.spectator.co.uk/blend to sign up.

    • 10 min
    Can Priti solve the migrant crisis?

    Can Priti solve the migrant crisis?

    The 27 migrants that tragically lost their lives whilst trying to cross the English Channel have sparked urgent appeals for Priti to resolve the migrant crisis. However, there is still no stopping some migrants attempting to flee their homes.





    ‘By 8.30 this morning, three more boats had arrived on the coast, even after the news had broken’ - James Forsyth




    How can this problem be solved within the confines of international law? And what are the migrants’ motivations for leaving their homes? Is it economic? Fear of persecution? 




    Also on the podcast, Katy and James reflect on The Spectator’s Parliamentarian Awards last night. Read more about the event and hear all of the acceptance speeches by MPs here.




    To discuss this and more, Cindy Yu is joined by James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

    Subscribe to The Spectator's Evening Blend email, from Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls, for analysis of the day's political news and a summary of the best pieces from our website. Go to www.spectator.co.uk/blend to sign up.

    • 15 min
    Did Starmer beat Boris?

    Did Starmer beat Boris?

    With multiple weeks of bad publicity and rumours of some Conservative MPs sending in letters of no confidence, today’s PMQs witnessed much more noise than last week’s. However, is the Prime Minster hitting back at critics, including a more confident Keir Starmer, effectively?





    ‘Today I thought Keir Starmer looked like he was actually really enjoying himself, and that is a sign of a shifted political mood.’ - James Forsyth




    Katy Balls discusses these topics with James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.

    Subscribe to The Spectator's Evening Blend email, from Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls, for analysis of the day's political news and a summary of the best pieces from our website. Go to www.spectator.co.uk/blend to sign up.

    • 9 min

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