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Ed Balls and George Osborne take us behind closed doors into the rooms where decisions are made. Having battled it out across the despatch box, the former Chancellor and shadow chancellor now meet in the studio to discuss the decisions that affect the nation’s pockets. Our frenemies have the knowledge and experience to explain how good politics follows the economics - and expose how the powerful become powerless when faced with market forces and political currents they can’t control. Join us every Thursday.
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Ed Balls and George Osborne take us behind closed doors into the rooms where decisions are made. Having battled it out across the despatch box, the former Chancellor and shadow chancellor now meet in the studio to discuss the decisions that affect the nation’s pockets. Our frenemies have the knowledge and experience to explain how good politics follows the economics - and expose how the powerful become powerless when faced with market forces and political currents they can’t control. Join us every Thursday.
Send your messages or voice notes to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk
Find us on social media @polcurrency
Political Currency is a Persephonica production.
Subscribe now on Patreon
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    EMQs: Political porkies and party people

    EMQs: Political porkies and party people

    Will shy Tories (or Reform UK-ers) deny Keir Starmer his landslide? If not, who should the Conservatives install as leader to provide stability – perhaps somebody with international and domestic credibility... say ... David Cameron?

    Plus, does your postal vote count if you die before the big day? And, who would you invite to your ultimate political party? Please make sure you’ve got your karaoke song at the ready.

    Thank you for being a valued member of the POLITICAL CURRENCY GOLD 🏅 Enjoy ad-free listening to all our episodes, receive early access to EMQs and to listen on Mondays to our brand new ELECTION EXTRAS.

    Remember to send us your questions to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk

    Producer: Ned Miles
    Technical Producer: Oliver Geraghty and Will Gibson Smith
    Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford

    Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network.

    Will Starmer be a one-term wonder?

    Will Starmer be a one-term wonder?

    Keir Starmer looks on track for a victory that could even surpass the landslide of ‘97. But how much is this a rejection of the Tories? George Osborne warns that unless the Labour leader can offer more, he may find himself turfed out after just one term. Ed suggests Starmer and Rachel Reeves should be thinking now about their first year in office, not just making it through the next fortnight.
    Plus, inflation has hit the Bank of England target of 2%. It should be good news for Rishi Sunak, so why do Ed and George think it proves he’s gotten his election strategy all wrong? 
    And, should the “two-child limit” be abolished? Labour are under increasing pressure to scrap the policy George implemented. George and Ed go head to head on what’s fair and right when it comes to kids, tax breaks and who gets them… 
    You could have been listening to this episode early and ad-free! Become a member of POLITICAL CURRENCY GOLD 🏅 to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening to all our episodes, receive early access to EMQs and to listen on Mondays to our brand new ELECTION EXTRAS. 
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    Production support: Miriam Hall
    Producer: Ned Miles
    Technical Producer: Will Gibson Smith and Oliver Geraghty 
    Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford

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    • 59 min
    ELECTION EXTRA: Should Sunak fight dirty?

    ELECTION EXTRA: Should Sunak fight dirty?

    Can Rishi Sunak do anything to rescue his flailing election campaign? Some advisors have suggested the answer may lie in ramping up negative attacks on Keir Starmer. Why does George Osborne think that approach would be a “disaster” for Sunak?
    And, have you noticed which MPs are missing from the airwaves? Ed Balls says it tells you more about the parties’ upcoming problems than you might first realise.
    Plus, Rachel Reeves has been working hard to court British businesses. But will her strategy pay off?
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    Executive Producer: Ellie Clifford
    Technical Producer: Will Gibson Smith
    Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network.
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    • 33 min
    EMQs: How an ex-PM leaves No. 10

    EMQs: How an ex-PM leaves No. 10

    What more can be done to tackle childhood obesity? George Osborne and Ed Balls answer a question from Jamie Oliver on whether a future government could further Wes Streeting’s commitment to banning energy drinks and tackle childhood obesity. Is a protest vote ever worthwhile? And, former Tory MP Margot James asks: where are all the women in the campaigns?  
    Plus, what is it like to be kicked out of Number 10 at speed? And perhaps more importantly, what are the political souvenirs that get left behind? Ed reveals a surprising artefact left behind by Tony Blair…
    You could have gotten this episode early and ad-free by subscribing to POLITICAL CURRENCY GOLD 🏅 Enjoy ad-free listening to all our episodes, receive early access to EMQs and to listen on Mondays to our brand new ELECTION EXTRAS.  
    Remember to send us your questions to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk
    Producer: Rosie Stopher
    Technical Producer: Oliver Geraghty
    Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford
    Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network. 
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    • 31 min
    Labour’s Straitjacket Manifesto

    Labour’s Straitjacket Manifesto

    After a rocky moment over his support of Jeremy Corbyn, Keir Starmer was determined to get his campaign back on track with the launch of his manifesto. George Osborne asks what it tells us about a potential incoming Labour government and Ed Balls warns it could be a financial straitjacket, making life for the party ‘very difficult’. 
    Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak suffered a series of embarrassing media gaffes this week. Has bad polling sealed his fate or can he do anything to turn things around now?
    And in America, President Biden’s son Hunter is facing prison after being found guilty on criminal gun charges. What does it mean in the race for the White House?
    You could have been listening to this episode of EMQs early and ad-free!
    Become a member of POLITICAL CURRENCY GOLD 🏅 to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening to all our episodes, receive early access to EMQs and to listen on Mondays to our brand new ELECTION EXTRAS. 
    Subscribe now: patreon.com/politicalcurrency or on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/politicalcurrency
    Remember to send us your questions to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk
    Producer: Rosie Stopher
    Technical Producer: Oliver Geraghty 
    Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford
    Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network.
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    • 57 min
    Labour’s Straitjacket Manifesto

    Labour’s Straitjacket Manifesto

    After a rocky moment over his support of Jeremy Corbyn, Keir Starmer was determined to get his campaign back on track with the launch of his manifesto. George Osborne asks what it tells us about a potential incoming Labour government and Ed Balls warns it could be a financial straitjacket, making life for the party ‘very difficult’.

    Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak suffered a series of embarrassing media gaffes this week. Has bad polling sealed his fate or can he do anything to turn things around now?

    And in America, President Biden’s son Hunter is facing prison after being found guilty on criminal gun charges. What does it mean in the race for the White House?

    Remember to send us your questions to questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk

    Producer: Rosie Stopher
    Technical Producer: Oliver Geraghty
    Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford

    Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Gageueheuege hi geeheyeh ,

Poor man’s TRIP

A pod clearly established in response to the success of Rest is Politics. But it’s not as lonely or as fun. Ed Balls rarely challenges George Osborne who somehow seeks to justify the appalling record of the Conservatives over the last 14 years.

Jbr1111 ,

Far superior to The Rest is Politics

This is the premier division for British political podcast particularly compared to the The Rest is Politics. George and Ed have superior insight and humour.

'Cesca 1234 ,

Informative, Witty, and Entertaining!

As former opponents facing each other across the despatch boxes in Parliament, George and Ed, ex-Chancellor and ex-Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, are uniquely qualified to bring us the inside scoop of British Politics. And they do so, focusing on not only Ripped-Out-of-the-Headlines current affairs and their political-economic significance, but also on the daily workings (and non-workings) of Parliament.

Similarly, they regale listeners to their Podcast with fascinating anecdotes about ministers and governments present-and-past as well as the parts they themselves played respectively (including the hot water both occasionally landed in).

Always informative, George and Ed work together with an easy-going, good-humoured rapport that they share with members of the public who call in on EMQs, Ex-Minister's Questions, a separate half-hour weekly podcast.

I cannot recommend Political Currency strongly enough!

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