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

    Is levelling up still viable in the age of Covid?

    Is levelling up still viable in the age of Covid?

    More than 50 Tory MPs have signed a letter organised by Jake Berry's Northern Research Group, urging the government to not forget its pledge to level up the North. But does Boris Johnson need to recalibrate his ambitions in the age of Covid? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and John Connolly.

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    • 10 min
    Is a free school meals U-turn inevitable?

    Is a free school meals U-turn inevitable?

    Boris Johnson said the government would 'do everything in our power' to ensure children wouldn't go hungry over Christmas, after backlash over their refusal to extend free school meals over the holiday. Tory MPs have criticised the position following a campaign by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, with Sir Bernard Jenkin saying the government had 'misunderstood the mood of the country'. Is a U-turn now inevitable? John Connolly speaks to James Forsyth and Cindy Yu.

    • 12 min
    Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 25/10/20

    Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 25/10/20

    Isabel Hardman brings you the best of Sunday's political shows, with Brandon Lewis, Bernard Jenkin, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Vaughan Gething and Dr Anthony Fauci. 

    • 13 min
    Will there be a 'special relationship' under a Biden presidency?

    Will there be a 'special relationship' under a Biden presidency?

    Many on this side of the pond and on the stateside believe that there is a natural affinity between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. So what will Anglo-American relations be like under a President Biden? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Sir Christopher Meyer, former Ambassador to Washington, about the opportunities and the pitfalls.

    • 19 min
    What will tier three do to the North?

    What will tier three do to the North?

    Tier three restrictions came into force in regions across the UK, including Greater Manchester, today. Blackpool Tower even lit up with an SOS message last night, as businesses warned they could not survive in the face of new measures. John Connolly discusses what the new restrictions will do to the North with Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

    • 10 min
    Has Rishi Sunak performed a U-turn?

    Has Rishi Sunak performed a U-turn?

    The Chancellor's new economic package was much more generous than his previous plans, and when asked, Sunak insisted he was just reacting to the changing coronavirus situation. But could these pandemic developments really not be foreseen? Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews and James Forsyth.

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