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Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.

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Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.

    Are the Lib Dems too soggy?

    Are the Lib Dems too soggy?

    Katy Balls, Polly McKenzie and Matthew Parris discuss Parris's column on the future of the Liberal Democrats. 

    • 16 min
    Can the government appease disgruntled Tory MPs?

    Can the government appease disgruntled Tory MPs?

    The return to the tier system will be voted on in the Commons next week, but from the grumblings in the Conservative party, it sounds like the government may need Opposition votes in order to get the legislation through. That's never a comfortable position for a government, so on the podcast, Katy Balls discusses with James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson what the government needs to do in order to appease its backbenchers.

    • 14 min
    Will Tory MPs rebel over the Tier system?

    Will Tory MPs rebel over the Tier system?

    England's tier system returns today. With some areas in a stricter tier than they were before the lockdown, as well as a general mistrust amongst Tory lockdown sceptics for the government, many MPs are not happy. But is there anything they can do about it? Katy Balls and James Forsyth discuss.

    • 14 min
    Why is Rishi Sunak going back on a manifesto pledge?

    Why is Rishi Sunak going back on a manifesto pledge?

    Pandemic finances are different to normal finances, as seen by today's new figures from the OBR which show that the UK's economy will not be back to pre-pandemic levels until 2022. In today's spending review, the Chancellor broke a manifesto pledge by cutting the overseas aid budget. Is this a taste of things to come? Katy Balls speaks to Kate Andrews and James Forsyth.

    • 19 min
    Will there be a Tory revolt over Tier 3 restrictions?

    Will there be a Tory revolt over Tier 3 restrictions?

    The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the nationwide lockdown would come to an end on December 2. In the updated tier system, pubs and restaurants will be closed at the highest level of restrictions, but gyms and non-essential shops will remain open. Isabel Hardman speaks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about whether Conservative MPs will accept the changes.

    • 12 min
    Will Oxford's vaccine bring back normality?

    Will Oxford's vaccine bring back normality?

    Oxford University's vaccine could be up to 90 per cent effective, data from phase III trials shows today. With the UK government ordering 100 million doses of the jab, could it mean a return to normality is on the horizon? Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

MarcusBurgess ,

Great podcast but dubious sound!

I love these podcasts. They’re very insightful and are wonderfully knowledgeable.
The presenters are great. A news output who has some amazing female contributors, which is good.
However, the sound quality is sometimes distracting. Mouths are quite often too near the microphone creating a popping sound on ‘p’, ‘d’ and ‘b’ sounds.
Even the intro on this and every episode where a subscription to the magazine is offered, there is the popping sound.
Please listen on AirPods and see how loud and annoying this is!
James always speaks to closely to the mic. It drives me wild. It doesn’t need to me on your mouth. It’s a microphone. It’s designed to pick up sound from a small distance away! Seriously. It’s awful to listen to on AirPods.
Otherwise, keep up the great work!
Thanks!

Domic57 ,

Short and sweet.

And surprisingly even-handed to both political wings. Good job!

Robert Henry Holtz ,

Enjoy the short updates from across the pond 🇺🇸

Enjoy the short updates from across the pond🇺🇸

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