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In the last episode of this series, Ed chats to the Mayor of Manchester about his well-publicised negotiations with the Government, the North-South Divide, the assignment of Covid Tiers in the North, devolution and why he got into politics all those years ago. Andy also reflects on entering politics and how working in Gordon Brown's Cabinet compare…
 
Ed and Will chat to Dr Martin Farr from Newcastle University about lecturing during Covid-19, Brexit, the Special Relationship and the breakup of the United Kingdom. Listen to hear Martin chat about why he went into academia and to hear his honest views on Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon, the Special Relationship, ageing and what he sees as the biggest thr…
 
In this episode Ed chats to Daisy Cooper, Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats. Daisy chats about her early experience of campaigning at a CND march and on issues such as school uniform and acid rain. Daisy also talks about some of the archaic rituals in Parliament including 'bobbing' and the hooks to hang your sword. …
 
Joining us on this very special edition of the podcast, to discuss the EHRC report into Labour's institutional antisemitism, Corbyn’s suspension, and where the Labour Party goes from here, we are privileged to be joined by Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, human rights barrister Adam Wagner, former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth and the New Statesman's…
 
In this episode, Ed Sawyer talks to Ann Widdecombe, former Conservative Party MP and prominent Brexiteer. Never afraid to say what she thinks, Ann proves a very interesting, if somewhat controversial, guest for Ed. Ann shares her views on everything from climate change to 'wokeness'. Though these may seem provocative to some listeners, this podcast…
 
The furlough scheme, introduced in response to Covid-19, has raised a question: should Britain’s social insurance be a bit more German? Germany has what’s known as an earnings-related contributory system – individuals pay quite a lot in, and if they lose their job, they receive quite a lot out - around 60% of their previous salary, for at least a y…
 
In the second episode of the new series, Ed Sawyer interviews ex Lib Dem MEP Caroline Voaden. Listen to hear Caroline talk about accidentally becoming an enemy of the Croatian state in the 1990s, working in the European Parliament, her views on the British Press, and why she got into politics.
 
In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher famously said that 'You can’t buck the markets' and Governments back then feared that, if they borrowed too much, they'd pay a terrible price in the markets in terms of higher borrowing costs. But now governments around the world are borrowing record amounts but paying record-low rates. In this programme Philip Cogga…
 
There were two narratives that emerged in the week before we locked down on 23rd March that could go some way to explaining why the UK was relatively slow to lockdown. One was the idea of “herd immunity” - that the virus was always going to spread throughout the population to some extent, and that should be allowed to happen to build up immunity. T…
 
What does the way in which rival political systems around the world have managed the Covid-19 pandemic tell us about the global political future?Writer and broadcaster, John Kampfner, considers what has made a "good leader" during the months of the outbreak and how that is likely to affect the vitality and long-term future of individual regimes. Ar…
 
The episode "tore society apart, divided families, and split the country into two enemy camps, which then attacked each other …” A description by some future historian looking back at Britain after Brexit? No - it is how the late French President Jacques Chirac described the so-called “Dreyfus Affair”, which shook France from top to bottom a centur…
 
Join Podcast Editor Mihir Joshi and Backbench General Editor Tom Westgarth for a look back at how their predictions they made in October have fared in what has been a tumultuous year. To help you navigate this mammoth podcast here are some timestamps: Tory engineering for the election : 2.40, the United Kingdom's future relationship with the Europe…
 
As Sir Kier Starmer began his leadership of the Labour Party, an explosive internal party dossier allegedly drafted in response to the EHRC investigation leaked online after news broke that Labour's own lawyers advised against submitting it. Joining us in Episode 12, our first episode of the Post-Corbyn era, to discuss the Labour Leak, the party’s …
 
Discussing foreign policy, anti-imperialism and who stands on ‘the right side of history’ we are joined by the chair of the Foreign Affairs committee, Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, and, also sitting on the select committee, the SNP’s Defence spokesperson, Stewart McDonald. For a Labour perspective, we are also privileged to be joined by former for…
 
With just over a week left to go of the Labour leadership election we are exploring life in Jeremy Corbyn’s office during his tenure. With us for Episode 10 to explore factionalism, Corbyn's response to the antisemitism crisis and Labour’s election results, we are privileged to be joined by a very special guest, James Mills, former special adviser …
 
Barack Obama condemned it. Black American activists championed it. Meghan Markle brought it to the Royal Family. “Wokeness” has become a shorthand for one side of the culture wars, popularising concepts like “white privilege” and “trigger warnings” - and the idea that “language is violence”. Journalist Helen Lewis is on a mission to uncover the roo…
 
The loss of Labour's traditional northern heartlands was one of the most devastating elements of the 2019 general election defeat. In Episode 9, we explore just how Labour's 'Red Wall' turned blue as we are joined by the former MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Ruth Smeeth. A full transcription of the episode can be found at our website. If you would li…
 
Corbyn swept aside all competitors for the Labour leadership contest by promising a radical rethink of the British economy and ending years of Tory austerity. But what are Corbyn’s economic principles, and were they really as popular with the electorate as Labour say? Here to explain those questions and more, Episode 8 of Corbynism: The Post-Mortem…
 
If you want to understand the global reach of a rising China, visit Vancouver. Canada has been sucked in to an intractable dispute between the US and China after the arrest on an American warrant of Meng Wanzhou, an executive with the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Beijing’s furious response caught Canada off guard. Two Canadians have been detained…
 
What exactly is Corbynism? That is the question we set out to answer on Episode 7 of Corbynism: The Post-Mortem, with our special panel of guests featuring the left wing academics behind the book Corbynism: A Critical Approach, Frederick Harry Pitts and Matt Bolton, and music journalist Taylor Parkes, author of one of the most prescient and damning…
 
If the future of politics must include tackling climate change, it holds that the future should be bright for the Greens. In parts of Europe, their influence is growing. In Germany the Green Party is enjoying unprecedented support. But in the UK there’s only ever been one Green MP and the party won just 2.7 per cent of the vote in last year's elect…
 
Episode 6 of Corbynism: The Post Mortem we are joined by the Labour Party's MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy to discuss antisemitism, Brexit, backbench dissent and the fight for the future soul of the Labour Party. A full transcription of the episode can be found on our website. If you would like to support the show, please consider subscribing to …
 
In a poll last year, two thirds of people suggested that Britain’s exit from the EU was negatively affecting the nation’s mental health. But is that really about customs unions and widget regulations, or is it a more a product of how we think about politics? James Tilley, a professor of politics at Oxford, finds out how our distorted ways of thinki…
 
In Episode 5 of Corbynism: The Post-Mortem, we take a look at what life was like under Corbyn's tenure for Jewish MPs and how tension grew between the leader's office and the Parliamentary Labour Party, featuring Labour's MP for Barking, Dame Margaret Hodge MP. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also makes a cameo appearance at the end of the show to share…
 
The government spends billions on free early years education. The theory goes that this is good for children, their parents and society as a whole. But does the evidence stack up? Despite the policy's lofty intentions, Professor Alison Wolf discovers that the results aren’t at all what anyone expected.Contributors include:Steven Barnett - National …
 
Episode 4 focuses on Labour’s crushing 2019 General Election defeat featuring the BBC’s election wizard Professor Sir John Curtice, the New Statesman’s political editor Stephen Bush, and Labour councillor and data analyst Christabel Cooper, who has recently just co-authored a report into the 2019 result for Europe For The Many. Christobel Cooper's …
 
The NHS has a unique resource - data. David Edmonds asks whether a combination of data and Artificial Intelligence will transform the future of the NHS. The programme features among others Sir John Bell, who leads the government’s life-sciences industrial strategy and Matthew Gould chief executive of NHSx, the unit set up to lead the NHS's digital …
 
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