The Guardian's political editor, Heather Stewart, and deputy political editor, Jessica Elgot, are joined by commentators, experts and politicians to unpack the week's biggest stories in politics. In Politics Weekly Extra on Fridays, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland invites guests to help analyse the latest in US politics
Westminster mourns the death of David Amess: Politics Weekly podcast
Following the death of the MP for Southend West, the second killing of an MP in five years, Jessica Elgot and Dan Sabbagh look at the security measures in place for public figures and what more could be done to keep them safe. Plus, Rupa Huq MP tells Aubrey Allegretti about the value, and risks, of constituency surgeries. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Why Virginia holds the key to the 2022 US midterms: Politics Weekly Extra podcast
This week Jonathan Freedland speaks to Jessica Taylor, of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. The pair discuss what the off-year gubernatorial elections coming up in a few weeks might tell us about Democrat and Republican chances in next year’s midterm elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Crises continue as Johnson holidays in Spain: Politics Weekly podcast
Heather Stewart and Gaby Hinsliff dissect a cross-party report that found the government’s response to Covid-19 contributed to ‘one of the UK’s worst ever public health failures’. Plus, as the UK and EU enter the latest negotiations over the Northern Ireland protocol, Lisa O’Carroll tells Rowena Mason why the UK could be heading for a trade war. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
McConnell hands Democrats surprising win: US Politics Weekly Extra
The US Senate has reached a deal to extend the debt ceiling until early December, which narrowly averted an ‘economic catastrophe’. But is this the end? Or will the crisis just re-emerge a few weeks from now? And can the Democrats finally agree on two separate major spending bills? Jonathan Freedland discusses this with Joan E Greve. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Johnson full of poems, puns, but not policy: Politics Weekly podcast
Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart dissect the prime minister’s speech at the Conservative party conference. Plus, Aubrey Allegretti looks at why some Tory MPs are warning the party over its plans to level up the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Why is Trump still making headlines? Politics Weekly Extra podcast
This week a rush of new stories and allegations came out about Donald Trump with the publication of two new books. Jonathan Freedland talks to Richard Wolffe about why it’s important to keep talking about the former president. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Quality of contributors is too mixed
Generally a good weekly analysis of what is going on, though the contributors vary widely in terms of quality. Polly Toynbee is the worst. Full of opinions presented as facts combined with shallow analysis e.g. ERG = crazy fanatics. Owen Jones and Will Tanner much higher quality.
I like this podcast a lot. And always listen. But I was disappointed by Heather Stewart’s take on the PM and his ministerial entourage in the US this week. I am sure it’s hard to keep your distance when you are so close to ‘power’ during these visitbut please guard against being propinqued by propinquity. Its not cool and undermines your credibility. Which is normally high.
Often the headline asks a question which the programme itself doesn’t actually address.