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

Coffee House Shots The Spectator

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    • 4.4 • 135 Ratings

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

    Who is the real opposition to Labour?

    Who is the real opposition to Labour?

    Nigel Farage tried to claim at the start of Thursday’s TV debate that Reform was the real threat to Keir Starmer, given it has just passed the Conservatives in the polls (more on that here). Are they the new party of opposition? And what sort of tactics will the Tories use to try and claw back voters they are haemorrhaging to Reform? 

    Katy Balls speaks to Isabel Hardman and Chris Hopkins, director of Savanta. 

    • 14 min
    What wasn't included in Labour's manifesto

    What wasn't included in Labour's manifesto

    Keir Starmer launched Labour's manifesto today, but how much did we actually learn about their plans for government? And with no rabbits pulled out of the proverbial hat, how do they plan to achieve growth? Kate Andrews and Starmer's biographer Tom Baldwin joined Katy Balls to discuss. Tom also provided some insight into Angela Rayner's election bus, including a surprising admission about a lettuce...

    Produced by Patrick Gibbons.

    Join the Coffee House Shots team for a post-election live recording and debrief on Thursday 11 July. Get tickets at spectator.co.uk/live

    • 12 min
    Sunak vs Starmer – who came out on top?

    Sunak vs Starmer – who came out on top?

    Katy Balls and Kate Andrews speak to Natasha Feroze after the Battle for No.10 leadership interviews. The two leaders gave their pitch to a live audience and viewers at home. But who came out on top?

    • 14 min
    Why are Tories talking about a Labour Super Majority?

    Why are Tories talking about a Labour Super Majority?

    Grant Shapps has been speaking to media this morning and warning that a Labour landslide would be 'very bad news' for the country. Is the acknowledgement that Labour could seriously damage the Tories a slip of the tongue, or a new strategy for the Tories?

    Elsewhere, the interview that Rishi Sunak left D Day commemorations for is airing tonight. In a controversial moment, when asked what he had to go without as a child, he says Sky TV... 

    Megan McElroy speaks to Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

    Join the Coffee House Shots team for a live recording on Thursday 11 July. Get tickets at spectator.co.uk/live.

    • 11 min
    Is Sunak's cautious manifesto a mistake?

    Is Sunak's cautious manifesto a mistake?

    Conservatives hoping to turn their fortunes around with the publication of the party's manifesto have been disappointed. The document contained little by way of surprises or rabbits, and despite Sunak's pledge that the Conservatives are the party of tax cutting, the new costings show that the tax burden will continue to rise. Katy Balls talks to James Heale and Kate Andrews.

    Join the Coffee House Shots team for a live recording on Thursday 11 July. Get tickets at spectator.co.uk/live.

    Produced by Cindy Yu.

    • 12 min
    Why has Douglas Ross resigned as Scottish Tory leader?

    Why has Douglas Ross resigned as Scottish Tory leader?

    Just when you thought this election campaign couldn’t get any more tumultuous, Douglas Ross has announced he will resign as Scottish Conservative leader. He had lost the support of his colleagues – particularly those in Holyrood – following his decision to effectively take over a Westminster colleague’s constituency when that MP was seriously ill in hospital. Why now? 

    Michael Simmons speaks to Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls.

    The Spectator will be hosting a special Live edition of Coffee House Shots in the aftermath of the election. Taking place on Thursday the 11th July - a week after the election - at 7pm here in Westminster, you can join Fraser Nelson, Katy Balls and Kate Andrews as they try to dissect the election results, a new government, and what comes next. 

    Tickets are £35, or £25 for subscribers. If you’re interested, you can book online at spectator.co.uk/shotslive   

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Visigoth1066 ,

Volume modulation?

Like the show but where is the producer? Volumes range all over the place. Sounds like some are close to their mikes and others are miles away. Irritating.

qwwwwwwtfuifer ,

Lawfare? Come on..

Had just discovered this podcast and have enjoyed the right leaning but even handed thoughtful analysis for the past few weeks. Today's episode on kier starmer handling trump, however, adopted the language of the American right and kept referring to independent US state court proceedings as “lawfare.” And then claimed that starmer is an expert in “lawfare.” It's a nonsense. You either believe in the rule of law and respect the process even when it's politically inconvenient or not. If the judcilliciary is fundamentally flawed on both sides of the pond, that should be the lead story! But its not flawed, it's just politically inconvenient for the right.

I expected the UK analysis to be more even handed but to hear adoption of the vocabulary that undermines key social institutions is problematic.

Domic57 ,

Short and sweet.

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

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