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Based on his live one-man show Rock & Roll Politics, the broadcaster and author Steve Richards takes a twice-weekly behind the scenes tour of UK politics and the media that shapes the way we view the epic political dramas. The future is ridiculously unpredictable and the past is so easy to misread. Subscribe to your weekly guide through seismic times.

Rock & Roll Politics with Steve Richards Rock & Roll Politics

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Based on his live one-man show Rock & Roll Politics, the broadcaster and author Steve Richards takes a twice-weekly behind the scenes tour of UK politics and the media that shapes the way we view the epic political dramas. The future is ridiculously unpredictable and the past is so easy to misread. Subscribe to your weekly guide through seismic times.

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    Can Keir Starmer stop the boats?

    Can Keir Starmer stop the boats?

    What a silly question. We all know the answer to that one. And yet that was what was asked of Starmer at a point of unusual distinctiveness. He reiterated his unqualified opposition to the Rwanda populism, but did so at that moment of ambiguity. Plus, the defection of Natalie Elphicke: there are many lessons, not least for the media asking the silly question.
    Rock & Roll Politics is live at Kings Place on July 10th. Tickets here.
    I’m live at the Edinburgh Festival with a different show each day. Tickets here.
    Back Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon and get early, ad-free episodes, live Zooms, merchandise and much more.
    Image: Keir Starmer takes a boat trip on the River Tees during a visit to PD Ports on April 18, 2024 in Teesside, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
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    • 42 min
    Do the Tory Right know what they want?

    Do the Tory Right know what they want?

    After the elections, Sunak’s right wing dissenters called off their planned coup even though the results were disastrous for the Tories, while outlining their agenda for the future… which is similar to the one Sunak is pursuing. Do they know what they are doing?
    Plus, the dangers of Keir Starmer walking into traps in his attempt to avoid others, and brilliant questions from the Rock & Roll Politics Co-operative. 

    Rock & Roll Politics – The Pre-Election Special is live at Kings Place on July 10th. Tickets here. 
    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival from Sat Aug 11th. A different show every day. Tickets here.
    Support the podcast on Patreon for early, ad-free episodes, merchandise, special events and more. 
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    • 55 min
    SUBSCRIBER EXTRA: Audio from Steve’s 2024 local elections postmortem, Fri 3 May

    SUBSCRIBER EXTRA: Audio from Steve’s 2024 local elections postmortem, Fri 3 May

    Here’s the audio from Steve’s post-local elections Zoom for everyone who wants to experience it on the go rather than sitting at a screen. Thanks to everyone who joined in and asked questions. Keep an eye out for our next live Zoom coming soon-ish…

    Has the SNP become impossible to lead?

    Has the SNP become impossible to lead?

    A First Minister and SNP leader falls after a short tenure. Like the Tory party’s problems in Westminster, does the SNP leadership crisis raise thorny questions well beyond the flaws of one leader? And with what implications?
    Rock & Roll Politics: The Pre-Election Special is live at Kings Place on July 10th. Tickets here
    Back Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon here to get exclusive live events, bonus podcasts, free entry to Steve’s local elections post-mortem, and much more.
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    • 44 min
    Who is Winning The Battle of Ideas?

    Who is Winning The Battle of Ideas?

    Nigel Lawson once noted that the party that wins the battle of ideas wins elections. He was right. Ideas matter and yet play little part in the contest between Sunak and Starmer. But the Right remain ideologically confident. Will a Labour government be able to counter the anti-state onslaught that is bound to happen? Plus exciting notices and brilliant questions from the Rock & Roll Politics co-operative.

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at King’s Place, London, on Wed 10 July for a pre-election special. Get tickets here. 

    Back Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon and get FREE access to Steve’s 2024 Local Elections Post-Mortem live on Zoom, 5pm on Friday 3 May. Analysis, projections and your questions – all free to Patreon people. 

    Written and presented by Steve Richards
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    • 52 min
    Subscriber Special: Preparing for Power – Robin Cook

    Subscriber Special: Preparing for Power – Robin Cook

    In this episode I look back at an interview with Labour’s Robin Cook in September 1996, with less than a year to go before the 1997 election. Cook was shadow Foreign Secretary and although he held one of the most senior posts in the shadow cabinet he was not part of the New Labour inner court. In this interview Cook seeks to navigate a line between enthusiasm about a Labour government while retaining his distinctive voice which was to the left of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

    See Rock & Roll Politics live at King's Place on the 10th of July.

    https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics-the-pre-election-special/

    Written and presented by Steve Richards

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

britsteve1382 ,

Rock and Roll politics

The best political analyst show regarding uk politics. Steve Richards goes in depth to the policies of the various parties in the uk, while always having a little fun and certainly knows his history.

Never dry, just enough humour and irony to make the point.

Used to watch him whenever on BBC with Dateline London. Best political discussion on BBC, which of course they dropped at the height of its popularity. Typical.

yourrock ,

Boring propaganda

Apologist for modern history’s worst politicians. Hilarious title

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