300 episodes

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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    • 4.4, 63 Ratings

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.

    Sajid Javid’s verdict on the Johnson government

    Sajid Javid’s verdict on the Johnson government

    In the latest from our summer interview series, former UK chancellor Sajid Javid joins Sebastian Payne for a discussion on whether the government has the right approach to getting the country's economy moving again and why he thinks the civil service could benefit from greater diversity.
     
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    • 33 min
    Lockdown tightens in the north

    Lockdown tightens in the north

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson put a brake on the reopening of parts of the UK, as cases of coronavirus began to surge again. Will these localised lockdowns work? Plus, we discuss the chaos over the introduction of quarantine restrictions on tourists returning from countries such as Spain, and whether the traditional “Red Wall” Labour heartlands are still supporting the Conservatives after changing sides in last year’s election. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and Andy Bounds. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. The editor is Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC, Sky and Parliament.
     
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    • 30 min
    Russian meddling and Scottish independence

    Russian meddling and Scottish independence

    The long-awaited report on Russian interference in British politics was finally released this week. Although it is no smoking gun, what should Westminster do about this real threat? We also discuss the future of the United Kingdom and why Boris Johnson is so worried about Scotland. Sebastian Payne is joined by guests George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. Clip sources: Parliament and Scottish government
     
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    • 32 min
    Amber Rudd on why PM is getting it wrong on equality and Brexit

    Amber Rudd on why PM is getting it wrong on equality and Brexit

    Former home secretary Amber Rudd finds the state of the Conservative party "devastating” and "embarrassing". In the second episode of a special interview series, she tells Sebastian Payne that Boris Johnson’s all-male cabal is promoting inequality, is high-handed with business and is heading for a hard Brexit without appearing to analyse different outcomes on trade.


    In response to Ms Rudd’s comments, Downing Street said the government was “focused on improving diversity throughout our ministerial ranks and crucially lining up the next generation of female talent”. 
     
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    • 31 min
    Downing Street vs the Conservative party

    Downing Street vs the Conservative party

    Number 10 found itself at odds with its own MPs this week, as its plan to install former minister Chris Grayling as chair of the intelligence committee backfired. With serious questions also raised about the investigation into home secretary Priti Patel, what does it tell us about Downing Street's state of mind and that of prime minister Boris Johnson? Plus we discuss the long-trailed decision to phase out Huawei from the UK’s 5G phone networks and whether the country risks mobile blackouts. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Helen Warrell and Nic Fildes. Produced by Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. 


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    • 31 min
    Sunak's snacks to save the economy

    Sunak's snacks to save the economy

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a £30bn plan to save British jobs this week, with a big boost for pubs and restaurants, but will it be enough to stem the tide of unemployment? We delve into his summer statement, its impact on public finances and why so much hope is pinned on the hospitality and retail sectors. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Alice Hancock and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. Clip sources: Parliament and Sky News
     
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Stauffhb ,

More diversity please!

Love the insight provided, would love more diverse guests (not just better gender balance, but more commentors from different cultural backgrounds)

Brolybius ,

Excellent rebrand, but some tweaks needed

First off, FT’s U.K. Politics has been fantastic, and the shift to Payne’s Politics seems to incorporate more relevant sound bites, a wider array of panelists/contributors, and - crucially - moves beyond just Whitehall to the wider U.K. landscape (including, hopefully, more N.I. and Scotland coverage). I do think the show would be even more bolstered to shake the usual panel contributors up even a bit more, and the previous intro/exit theme was amazing - please being it back (the jazz reminds me of Coffee House Shots)!

skinni275 ,

It’s like having a pint with your smart friends

An informed perspective on the main stories in UK politics, brought to you with opinion, healthy disagreement and splashes of humor. I’m fully in the room with them from start to end. The only thing that’s missing is the beer!

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