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Join Matt Chorley as he guides you through what really matters in British politics. Formerly the Red Box podcast, he brings together the best interviews, smartest analysis and funniest panel discussions from his Times Radio show, Politics Without The Boring Bits.
Listen live on DAB, smart speaker or app 10am-1pm Monday to Friday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

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Join Matt Chorley as he guides you through what really matters in British politics. Formerly the Red Box podcast, he brings together the best interviews, smartest analysis and funniest panel discussions from his Times Radio show, Politics Without The Boring Bits.
Listen live on DAB, smart speaker or app 10am-1pm Monday to Friday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    If Pete Doherty Ruled The World

    If Pete Doherty Ruled The World

    Libertines front-man Pete Doherty tells Matt what he would do if he ruled the world, and says he'd nationalise "everything"

    Plus: Times Red Box Editor Lara Spirit is back in the Times archive for her A-Z of Parliament - this week looking at "L" for Leader of the House

    How Parties Waste Money In Elections

    How Parties Waste Money In Elections

    How much do parties spend on "big data", and how much do they still rely on old-fashioned leaflets through the door?
    Matt finds out how they're planning to spend record amounts this election year, and why some past campaign expenses included 'pest control' and 'emergency chair removal'.
    Plus: Columnists India Knight and James Marriott discuss Reform UK's woes, teenagers using social media, and supermarket orchids.
    What We Learned This Week (00:58)
    Columnists (03:15)
    How Parties Spend (21:26)

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    • 45 min
    When Were The Good Old Days?

    When Were The Good Old Days?

    Politicians always tell us the future looks bright, but a new YouGov survey shows that most people are wistful for the good old days. Exactly when you think that was depends on your age. Matt speaks to guests including Historian Dan Snow, who feels nostalgic for the 1990s.
    Plus: Columnists Manveen Rana and Matt Charlton discuss Rishi Sunak's five pledges, whether artists should be asked to help promote social initiatives, and whether it's ethical for journalists to wait outside politicians' homes. 
    Columnists (02:05)
    When Were The Good Old Days? (21:56)

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    • 47 min
    Classic PMQs Unpacked: He Was The Future Once

    Classic PMQs Unpacked: He Was The Future Once

    Matt Chorley, Patrick Maguire and Andrew Gimson give the "Unpacked" treatment to a classic PMQs, with Tony Blair and David Cameron going head-to-head in December 2005 for Cameron's debut as Conservative leader. 
    Plus: Columnists Alice Thomson and Robert Crampton discuss whether children are being failed by gender care in the UK, if athletes should be awarded prize money at the Olympics, and pothole fishing.
    Columnists: (04:24)
    Classic PMQs Unpacked: (23:23)

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    • 48 min
    Why Politics Isn't A Family Affair

    Why Politics Isn't A Family Affair

    Is it possible to have a happy family life and be a Member of Parliament? Matt speaks to MPs and their family members to find out about the pressures of life at Westminster, and whether more needs to be done to modernise.
    Plus: A taster of the latest episode of How to Win an Election, where political masterminds Peter Mandelson, Polly Mackenzie and Daniel Finkelstein discuss how to prepare for a TV debate. 
    How To Win An Election (03:50)
    Why Politics Isn't A Family Affair (16:20)

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    • 41 min
    The Exit Interviews: Paul Scully

    The Exit Interviews: Paul Scully

    Matt sits down with MPs leaving Parliament at the next election to find out about their highs and lows, their best and worst bosses, and the lessons they've learned from politics.
    Conservative MP and former minister Paul Scully explains why he's sick of the Westminster 'psychodrama', his proudest moment working for victims of the Post Office scandal, and discusses the impact that politics can have on family life.
    Plus: Columnists Libby Purves and Rachel Sylvester discuss the persistent questions over Angela Rayner's tax affairs, the Westminster 'honey trap' sexting scandal, and why Keir Starmer could end up with the same share of the vote as Jeremy Corbyn.
    The Columnists (03:50)
    The Exit Interviews (26:00)

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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RED BOX POLITICS

Love this podcast matt is incisive and hilarious!!!

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Best daily summary of British politics

Matt is outstanding and so are his columnists and guests. I love PMQs in particular. Keen listener from Uruguay

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British politics explained

Love the show especially the guest columnists. After Brexit I became obsessed with British politics and this show is a gem.

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