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Analysis, discussion and features on British politics.


Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal: what’s in it, how it was struck and will it pass parliament
Oct 18 • 31 min
After a week of intense diplomacy with the EU, Boris Johnson brokered a new withdrawal agreement - without the troublesome Irish border backstop but with a contentious customs border in the Irish Sea. He lost support from the DUP, but does it have a…
The Supreme Court’s historic decision on prorogation, Labour and Tory conferences
Oct 14 • 33 min
The highest court in Britain ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down parliament was unlawful, with parliament unexpectedly returning this week. What are the constitutional implications of this landmark decision? What is the Commons planning to do…
The big Brexit breakthrough? And is Downing Street dysfunctional?
Oct 14 • 28 min
After months of stalemate, a Brexit deal suddenly became increasingly possible after an unlikely breakthrough between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar on the Wirral this week. What sort of new deal is being cooked up? Can it pass parliament? And will it be…
Boris’ big Brexit proposal and are the Tories ready for an election?
Oct 5 • 30 min
As the Conservative’s annual conference came to a close in Manchester, Boris Johnson made his bold play on Brexit - proposing the long-awaited ideas to replace the infamous Irish border backstop. Does it have any hope of gaining favour with the EU? And is…
Boris Johnson v the Supreme Court and Lib Dems v Labour
Sep 22 • 30 min
Brexit returned to the Supreme Court this week as judges and lawyers debated whether Boris Johnson legally prorogued parliament earlier this month. We discuss what arguments were made and what will happen if the government loses. Plus, we look back at the…
Can Boris Johnson pull a Brexit deal out of the hat, and what excitement will the party conferences bring?
Sep 14 • 30 min
The government is accused of not doing enough preparation to rescue a deal but there are rumours of movement on the Northern Ireland backstop. Plus, as the conference season opens, we discuss who might emerge stronger or weaker - Boris Johnson, Jeremy…
Boris loses control, what happens next and Labour’s plans for government
Sep 7 • 37 min
The prime minister lost control of his Brexit strategy this week, as parliament forced no deal off the table, 21 Tory MPs rebelled and were ejected from the party. Will Johnson be successful in forcing a snap election? Plus we discuss Labour’s plans for…
Boris Johnson prorogues parliament, what happens next?
Aug 31 • 33 min
The prime minister announced plans to shut down parliament for five weeks this autumn to thwart efforts to stymie his Brexit strategy. Was it wrong, clever or unconstitutional? And what does it mean for legislative efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit?…
Boris Johnson meets EU leaders, and the latest no-deal warnings
Aug 24 • 25 min
The prime minister set off on his first visit to world leaders, meeting Angela Merkel in Germany and Emmanuel Macron in France. What was his Brexit message - and has anything changed? Plus, we discuss the leak of the Operation Yellowhammer document.…
Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn’s caretaker government?
Aug 17 • 22 min
The Labour leader announced plans this week to form a temporary government to avoid a no-deal Brexit, appealing to other opposition MPs to back his efforts. But he was soon rebuffed by the Liberal Democrats and independents who don’t trust him in office.…
Will Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit plan work, and is Labour backing the end of the UK?
Aug 10 • 27 min
The prime minister and his aides have made it known they’re ready to force through leaving the EU with or without a deal, even if MPs collapse his government. Is this a bluff, and will it work? Plus, we discuss Labour’s position on forming a caretaker…
The Boris bounce: the polls look good for PM Johnson, but what about the pound, the threat to the Union and defeat in Brecon?
Aug 3 • 20 min
We look back at a mixed first full week in the job for Boris Johnson, as he toured Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland against a backdrop of a slump in sterling and Bank of England warnings about economic trouble ahead. In Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast,…
What to expect from Boris Johnson, and how the opposition is reacting to the new prime minister
Jul 27 • 24 min
The key appointments by Britain’s new Conservative prime minister and what we’re learning about his priorities and strategy, especially - of course - on Brexit. Plus, we discuss the jostling for position among the other political parties, and Nigel…
Out goes May, Johnson and the kipper and Brexit and the new EU top team
Jul 20 • 25 min
Theresa May’s last days in No 10 - is she going with a bang or a whimper? And who will be the next prime minister, and what do we know about him? Plus, the new top team in Brussels, the balance of power in Europe and what it will mean for Brexit.…
The ousting of Kim Darroch and Corbyn’s latest travails on anti-Semitism and Brexit
Jul 13 • 32 min
The resignation of the UK’s ambassador to the US this week caused a huge stir in Westminster, thanks to a leak of confidential diplomatic cables. Why did Kim Darroch decide to go? Was Boris Johnson to blame? And what does it tell us about the state of the…
Tory leadership voting starts, and the prospect of an early election
Jul 6 • 30 min
The ballot papers have gone out to Conservative members for the leadership election and voting has begun. Boris Johnson is leading in the polls, Jeremy Hunt is still fighting - but is it game over for him? We also discuss the prospect and wisdom of an…
Boris vs Hunt gets personal, plus the fiscal and immigration plans of the next PM
Jun 29 • 36 min
The skirmishes between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt became more personal, with clashes over character and scrutiny. Is the foreign secretary gaining momentum? And has the frontrunner recovered from his difficult weekend? We also discuss the prospect of…
It’s Boris vs Hunt and Labour gently shifts towards Remain
Jun 22 • 37 min
Four candidates were knocked out of the Conservative party leadership race this week: Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart and Dominic Raab. Does the foreign secretary have any hope of beating the frontrunner? Plus we discuss whether Jeremy Corbyn is…
Out goes Matt Hancock (and three others), and can parliament stop ‘no deal’?
Jun 15 • 31 min
In the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest, Boris Johnson confirmed his place as the clear frontrunner. Matt Hancock, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper have all exited. Who will win the battle for second place? Plus, we…
Labour triumphs in Peterborough, Tory leadership race officially begins
Jun 8 • 33 min
The Brexit party came close but failed to win its first seat in Westminster. What lessons are there for Labour and the Tories? Plus, we discuss the latest from the Tory leadership race and who will bag second place alongside Boris Johnson. Presented by…
Boris vs Gove round two, and Trump comes to Britain
Jun 1 • 34 min
Jeremy Hunt lost momentum in the Tory leadership contest this week, suggesting that the final race might end up being Boris Johnson versus Michael Gove - just like the 2016 contest. Plus, we discuss Donald Trump’s first state visit to the UK next week and…
Theresa May resigns
May 24 • 37 min
The prime minister announced her intention to resign on Friday, following a dramatic week in Westminster where a final Brexit speech misfired and brought an end to May’s time in office. We discuss how events unfolded, what her legacy will be, the…
Theresa May’s succession, and Labour’s opportunities
May 18 • 38 min
Theresa May has finally agreed to step down, clearing the way for a leadership contest this summer, against the background of the European Parliament elections. Might we have three prime ministers this year? And what does this all mean for Labour?…
How long will Theresa May last, and will Labour back UBI?
May 10 • 28 min
Anger is growing in the Conservative party against Theresa May, but MPs have failed to move against her. Will next week be a decisive moment for the prime minister? Plus, we discuss whether a universal basic income would help or hinder inequality, and…
Gavin Williamson is sacked, and the yellow bird takes flight
May 3 • 35 min
Defence secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily sacked by Theresa May, following a leak inquiry on the National Security Council. Can we be sure he was responsible? Who are the new entrants to the end cabinet? Plus, we discuss England’s local election…
Investigating the Huawei leak, Change UK launches its Euro campaign
Apr 27 • 33 min
An unprecedented leak from the National Security Council this week about the UK’s 5G network has prompted much angst and a leak inquiry at the top of government. What was the row about and what does it say about the state of May’s government? Plus we…
Euro election campaign begins, Sajid Javid makes his leadership pitch
Apr 20 • 33 min
Westminster is in recess, but campaigning has begun for the unexpected European Parliament elections on May 23. Will the Brexit party and TIGs surpass the two main established parties? Why have the Remain parties failed to co-ordinate? And will turnout be…
May delays Brexit again - but how long can she hang on?
Apr 13 • 40 min
The UK did not leave the EU (again) this week. Instead, exit day has been pushed back until the end of October. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the process moving any closer to a resolution? Plus, we discuss how the Conservative party can broaden its…
May’s offer to work with Corbyn and Brexit is delayed again
Apr 6 • 38 min
The prime minister concluded a long cabinet debate this week by deciding to work with the Labour party, thus annoying many Tories. Will they broker a cross-party deal? Or is it all politics? Plus, we discuss Theresa May’s latest request to delay Brexit,…
Third defeat for Theresa May’s deal, the PM vows to bow out
Mar 30 • 39 min
Theresa May brought her Brexit deal for a third vote this week. Once again it failed to get through. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the UK heading for a permanent customs union with the EU? Will MPs direct the process from here? And has Mrs May fired…
Brexit is officially delayed, May changes her tune and no-deal chances rise
Mar 23 • 40 min
After a tumultuous week in Westminster, Britain’s departure from the EU has been delayed until at least April 12, while Theresa May tried to pin the blame on parliament for all the chaos in an extraordinary speech. So where is Brexit heading? And is the…
Theresa May’s Brexit deal fails again, total chaos ensues
Mar 16 • 37 min
The prime minister brokered legal tweaks to her Brexit deal and brought it back for MPs to vote on. It failed to pass once again. We discuss all the Commons votes against a no-deal exit, in favour of an extension to delay leaving the EU and the prospect…
Back to Brexit stalemate and tackling knife crime
Mar 8 • 35 min
Geoffrey Cox spent much of this week in Brussels but failed to negotiate any kind of Brexit breakthrough. With another meaningful vote due next week, does the prime minister have any hope of breaking the deadlock? Plus, we discuss the recent rise in…
Theresa May offers Brexit delay, Labour battles over second referendum and anti-Semitism
Mar 2 • 35 min
Theresa May survived another week of crucial Brexit votes, but only by pledging to delay leaving the EU to avoid a crash exit. What will happen over the next fortnight? And is the UK making any progress in talks with Brussels? Plus, we discuss the Labour…
The Independent Group emerges
Feb 22 • 23 min
It was a huge week in Westminster as eight Labour MPs broke away to form the Independent Group of MPs along with three Conservatives. Where might the group go next? Will it become a party? And will they work with the Liberal Democrats? Presented by…
Humiliation again for Theresa May, a new centrist party begins to emerge
Feb 16 • 36 min
The prime minister was defeated in another meaningless vote in the House of Commons this week, where does this leave her talks with the EU? We also discuss the rumoured plans for Labour MPs to break away and whether a new political party can succeed.…
May enters Brexit hell and Labour finally budges
Feb 8 • 34 min
The prime minister returned to Brussels this week, only to be told once again that the Brexit withdrawal agreement would not happen. When/if might a breakthrough emerge? Plus, Labour shifts its Brexit stance to make life more difficult for the Tories.…
Amendment success and back to Brussels for Theresa May
Feb 2 • 31 min
The prime minister staved off defeat in the House of Commons this week, but now faces the daunting challenge of finding compromise changes to the Irish border backstop that work for both the EU and her party. What will happen next? Presented by Sebastian…
The end of no-deal Brexit and Labour’s shifting stance
Jan 26 • 35 min
MPs are likely to demand an end to a no-deal Brexit next week, what does this mean for Theresa May’s deal and the Brexit debate? The consequences in Westminster will be huge. Plus is the Labour party shifting towards a second referendum? Or is a general…
May’s Brexit deal dies, but the prime minister survives
Jan 18 • 33 min
Brexit was finally put to a meaningful vote in the House of Commons this week and MPs gave a resounding no to Theresa May’s deal. But her government survived a confidence motion so the stalemate has turned, We discuss what lies ahead for Brexit, the prime…
2018 in review special
Dec 21, 2018 • 66 min
We look back on a traumatic year in British politics for Brexit and the Conservative and Labour parties. Will the UK leave the EU in March? Does Theresa May’s deal have any hope of surviving? Does she? Will Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister? Plus, we…
Theresa May’s worst week in politics - what happens next?
Dec 15, 2018 • 30 min
Theresa May endured one of the most difficult weeks of her leadership: delaying the meaningful vote on her Brexit strategy, facing and winning a confidence vote in her leadership and rebuffed by Brussels for trying to improve her deal. Where does this…
Brexit finally arrives in the Commons, legal advice is given
Dec 8, 2018 • 30 min
MPs began debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons this week and there was little sign of a breakthrough for the prime minister. The government’s legal advice on the deal was also made public - but has it set a bad precedent? Presented by…
Labour edges towards a second referendum and can ‘Norway Plus’ fly?
Dec 1, 2018 • 34 min
John McDonnell tipped the Labour party towards supporting a second Brexit referendum this week. Does this make it any more likely to happen? And we dig into the “Norway Plus” model and discuss whether it is the Brexit plan B Westminster is hunting for.…
Theresa May struggles to sell her deal and what happens next
Nov 24, 2018 • 33 min
The UK prime minister has survived a failed coup, but her Brexit deal is going nowhere. Can she sell it to the nation above the heads of MPs? Plus we discuss what might happen if the House of Commons rejects her plan next month and whether it could pass…
May’s deal lands, Raab resigns and chaos ensues
Nov 16, 2018 • 37 min
Theresa May finally struck a Brexit deal this week, but it did not please much of her Conservative party with two cabinet ministers resigning. Will Mrs May survive? Will she be challenged? Does her deal have any chance of making it through the House of…
A Brexit deal slowly emerges and Arron Bank’s troubles
Nov 9, 2018 • 32 min
Westminster is awaiting a Brexit deal but Theresa May is still facing great challenges. Will she strike a deal that is acceptable to her cabinet as well as the House of Commons? Plus we discuss the troubles of Arron Banks and the investigations into the…
Philip Hammond’s giveaway Budget
Nov 3, 2018 • 18 min
Emboldened by an OBR windfall, Britain’s chancellor tossed largesse to potential Brexit problem groups and declared austerity was coming to an end. But was he fiscally reckless? Presented by George Parker, with Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and…
Brexit ‘hell week’ and more universal credit mishaps
Oct 29, 2018 • 26 min
Negotiations between the UK and the EU are hotting up. A deal might be in sight, but can Theresa May sell it to her sceptical cabinet and party? Plus we examine why the universal credit welfare reforms should be paused and given more money. Presented by…
NDAs, Sir Philip Green and parliamentary privilege
Oct 27, 2018 • 32 min
The allegations against Sir Philip Green were thrown into the public thanks to Lord Hain’s use of parliamentary privilege. Was the businessman wrong to try and gag the press? Plus we discuss whether Theresa May is likely to be challenged in the near…
Another failed Brexit summit and bullying in the House of Commons
Oct 20, 2018 • 31 min
Theresa May did not achieve a breakthrough in this week’s Brussels summit of EU leaders. So where do the Brexit talks now stand? Plus a new report has unveiled the extent of bullying and sexual harassment in Parliament. Does John Bercow need to resign?…
Tory conference reviewed and a tricky fortnight for Brexit
Oct 6, 2018 • 31 min
The Conservative party gathered in Birmingham this week for a broadly successful if uneventful conference. But is Theresa May safe as leader for the duration? Plus we discuss whether there is a compromise in the offing for the Irish border to seal a…
Labour conference reviewed as the Tories head to Birmingham
Sep 28, 2018 • 33 min
The opposition party’s conference was a success, with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell delivering speeches that continued the party in its radical direction. We also look forward to the Conservative party’s annual conference and whether it can ride…
Troubling times in Salzburg and previewing Labour conference
Sep 22, 2018 • 30 min
The British prime minister’s hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at a summit this week were dealt a heavy blow. Where does this leave negotiations with the EU and the prospects for a deal this autumn? Plus, we look ahead at what is likely to happen at the…
Leadership plots, Tory wars and John McDonnell’s plans for workers
Sep 15, 2018 • 31 min
Chatter about a leadership challenge against Theresa May has abounded this week, but is it all talk and no trousers? Plus we discuss John McDonnell’s speech to the TUC’s annual conference and his plans to significantly beef up workers’ rights. Presented…
Labour moves on anti-Semitism and Brexit deadlock continues
Sep 8, 2018 • 33 min
Westminster returned from from its summer break this week and we discuss the two main stories that still dominate the headlines: Labour’s travails with anti-Semitism and the government’s lack of progress on Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex…
Summer interview special: Peter Mandelson
Aug 31, 2018 • 37 min
Sebastian Payne speaks to the former New Labour minister about his efforts to halt Brexit through another referendum, Theresa May’s efforts to strike a withdrawal deal with the EU, his views on Jeremy Corbyn, the state of the party’s leadership and how to…
Summer interview special: Nick Boles
Aug 24, 2018 • 32 min
In our fourth summer special, we speak to the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire about why, as a former Remainer, he is happy to get on with Brexit, how the House of Commons will prevent a ‘no deal’ Brexit and whether the Tories are…
Summer interview special: Lisa Nandy
Aug 18, 2018 • 34 min
In our third episode, we visit the town of Wigan in the north-west of England to speak to its Labour MP. We discuss what should be done to help boost Britain’s provincial towns, why the party is falling out of touch with its heartland supporters and…
Summer interview special: Jacob Rees-Mogg
Aug 11, 2018 • 34 min
In the second of this series, the Financial Times speaks to the Conservative MP for North East Somerset and ardent Brexit supporter. We discuss whether a ‘no-deal’ exit from the EU could be a good outcome, why passing any exit deal with opposition votes…
Summer interview specials: Liz Truss
Aug 4, 2018 • 31 min
Westminster is in recess, so this summer we are interviewing interesting MPs who will be setting the political agenda for the rest of the year. First up is Liz Truss, Conservative MP for south-west Norfolk and chief secretary to the Treasury. We discuss…
What a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would mean and taking-out-the-trash week
Jul 28, 2018 • 29 min
Talk of a crash Brexit has ramped up this week, but how likely is it actually to happen? And how bad would it be for the UK and the EU? Plus we discuss the final week of the political season and where Theresa May and her Brexit plan stand as her MPs head…
The Brexit votes and Labour’s antisemitism problem
Jul 21, 2018 • 25 min
The amendment votes in the House of Commons, the likely fate of Theresa May’s Brexit plan and the Labour Party’s problem with antisemitism. With Miranda Green, James Blitz and Robert Shrimsley of the FT. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Molly…
Johnson and Davis say goodbye, Trump says hello
Jul 14, 2018 • 29 min
The dual departures of two cabinet ministers this week has challenged Theresa May’s authority. Where do her Brexit plans stand now? Plus, we discuss Donald Trump’s brief visit to the UK and the health of the special relationship. Presented by Sebastian…
Cabinet chaos special
Jul 10, 2018 • 17 min
The resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis have shook both Theresa May and the government. Sebastian Payne discusses what it means and what happens next with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. For information…
The joys of English football and the pains of Brexit
Jul 7, 2018 • 22 min
We’re gearing up for Saturday’s World Cup match against Sweden and the announcements coming out of Theresa May’s Cabinet meeting at Chequers. Will Britain be able to find its identity, now and after Brexit? Presented by Miranda Green. With the Financial…
Cabinet ruptures and further Brexit stalemate
Jun 30, 2018 • 30 min
Collective responsibility has collapsed within Theresa May’s government, so can ministers now do and say whatever they like? Plus, two columnists debate whether a second Brexit referendum is a good idea. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker,…
A big birthday gift for the NHS and a new Brexit destination emerges
Jun 23, 2018 • 30 min
Theresa May is giving the NHS an extra £20bn a year for its 70th birthday. Will it help the suffering health service and is it money well spent? Plus, is Britain on course to stay in the EU single market for goods trade? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With…
Withdrawal bill woes and uncovering sexual harassment in Westminster
Jun 16, 2018 • 27 min
Tight votes and compromises dominate this week as Theresa May’s government puts Brexit into law. But has any actual progress been made? Plus, what can be done to tackle bullying and sexual harassment in Westminster? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With…
Two Brexit tantrums and one year on from the botched election
Jun 9, 2018 • 32 min
David Davis and Boris Johnson found themselves falling out with Theresa May this week over her Brexit strategy. But neither resigned and the prime minister faced down their complaints. Plus, we discuss what has, and has not, changed since Britain went to…
Northern Ireland’s abortion quandary, and how to fund the NHS
Jun 2, 2018 • 31 min
The Irish Republic’s vote ​to end the ban on abortion has raised questions about whether their northern​ neighbours are n​ext. Will Theresa May, once again, be blown off course by events? Plus, a new report has said the health service needs at least 3% a…
Renewal in office and where Brexit is likely to land
May 26, 2018 • 31 min
The Conservative party’s efforts to renew themselves while in government are ramping up. But how big is the challenge they face? And with tensions increasing between Eurosceptics and the EU , what kind of Brexit deal will Theresa May be able to broker?…
East Coast rail nationalisation and another Brexit fudge
May 18, 2018 • 30 min
The government’s decision to bring the East Coast railway back into public ownership has fuelled the debate on nationalisation. Will this be the last franchise to leave the private sector? Plus, Theresa May has convinced her Brexit-supporting colleagues…
Brexit stalemate and tackling intergenerational unfairness
May 12, 2018 • 32 min
Another week, another round of infighting about the customs union with no conclusion. How long can the Cabinet remain divided? Plus, we discuss whether millennials need a £10,000 bond to make their lives fairer. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Chris…
Stalemate in England’s local elections, and the customs union debate
May 4, 2018 • 36 min
Neither Conservatives nor Labour made big gains in this week’s local elections. Is there any impetuous for the parties to change course? Plus, Theresa May failed to sell her new customs partnership to the Cabinet on Wednesday - including to the new home…
Customs union conundrums and the upcoming local elections
Apr 27, 2018 • 32 min
The May government has yet to fully decide if it will have a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Does it need one and will parliament force her hand? Plus, is Labour set to make big gains in the local elections next Thursday? Presented by Sebastian…
The Windrush fiasco and the troubles with a 2nd Brexit referendum
Apr 20, 2018 • 33 min
Theresa May’s government has suffered from one of its worst weeks since the general election, thanks to the uncertainty about the “Windrush generation”. What does it say about immigration policy in the future? Plus, lots of Remain-supporters think a…
Should the UK bomb Syria, and 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement
Apr 14, 2018 • 30 min
The latest chemical weapons attack in Syria has shocked the world. Can Theresa May join Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in bombing the nation without asking parliament’s permission? And two decades on from the Belfast Agreement, how can peaceful politics…
Russia’s propaganda battle and knife crime in London
Apr 7, 2018 • 28 min
The war of information over the events in Salisbury has become increasingly tense. Is the UK engaging a hopeless propaganda battle with Russia? Plus, why is London witnessing a spike in knife crime? And what can be done to address it? Presented by…
Corbyn’s anti-Semitism woes and Sheffield’s battle with trees
Mar 30, 2018 • 28 min
It has been a difficult week for the Labour leader, who has struggled to stem criticisms of his stance on racial hatred. Plus the row in Sheffield about trees, and what it tells us about public-private partnerships and taking back control. Presented by…
The use and abuse of data in politics - plus May’s Brexit breakthrough
Mar 23, 2018 • 28 min
The scandal around Cambridge Analytica has raised questions about whether data is being misused in politics. Will the revelations about the British firm’s Facebook strategy undermine the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump? Plus, has Theresa May secured a…
Corbyn’s Russia troubles and the first Spring Statement
Mar 16, 2018 • 29 min
Jeremy Corbyn has taken a firm line on Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack, much to the annoyance of his colleagues. Has civil war broken out in the Labour party again? Plus, Philip Hammond delivered an upbeat fiscal event. Was he right to be so…
Salisbury under attack and Hammond’s offer on financial services
Mar 9, 2018 • 26 min
The attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy in Salisbury has shocked the country. If there are links to the Russian state, what will happen to its relations with the UK? Plus, we dissect Philip Hammond’s speech on financial services after Brexit. Presented…
Theresa May’s third Brexit speech and profiling John McDonnell
Mar 3, 2018 • 29 min
The prime minister delivered her vision of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, did it strike the right note? And will it be well received in Brussels? Plus, are Britain and Labour ready for John McDonnell to be the next chancellor? With George…
Brexit chess at Chequers and Corbyn vs the media
Feb 24, 2018 • 34 min
The May government has finally decided what it wants from Brexit. But will it fly in Brussels? Plus, did Jeremy Corbyn receive an unfair hearing from the media over the Czech spy scandal? With George Parker, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard of the Financial…
Boris blunders on Brexit and talks collapse in Belfast
Feb 17, 2018 • 23 min
Boris Johnson delivered his “road to Brexit” speech this week but did not say anything new. Was it his fault or the Cabinet? Plus, power sharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein fall apart. What’s next for Northern Ireland? Presented by Sebastian…
Trading blows over Brexit and women in politics 100 years on
Feb 10, 2018 • 26 min
The UK cabinet spent hours locked in debate over what to ask for in the Brexit negotiations, but little has emerged with any clarity. In Brussels, they call for a clear lead from London. Meanwhile, moves to crack down on online abuse of women in public…
May’s travails and the end of the Anglo-Chinese golden era
Feb 2, 2018 • 28 min
The prime minister went to China this week on a mission to make the case for “Global Britain”. At home the colleagues Theresa May left behind argued about Brexit, appeared to undermine the civil service and trashed their own economic forecasts. With the…
Boris on manoeuvres and the case for the customs union
Jan 26, 2018 • 27 min
Is the foreign secretary lining up for a leadership bid? Or just frustrated at Theresa May’s leadership? Plus, is there a case for staying in the EU customs union? With Laura Hughes and Alan Beattie of the Financial Times, plus ConservativeHome’s Andrew…
Carillion goes into liquidation and Macron comes to Britain
Jan 19, 2018 • 24 min
Was the government responsible for the financial troubles at the construction giant? Is this the end of PFI and outsourcing? Plus, did Macron strike the right tone in his first presidential visit to Britain? With George Parker, Gideon Rachman Jim Pickard…
Theresa May’s botched reshuffle, and why the Tories are going green again
Jan 12, 2018 • 22 min
The prime minister tried to make some decisive moves in her government this week - and failed. Where does this leave her now? Plus, is the Conservative party taking up environmentalism for the right reasons? With George Parker, Philip Stephens and Laura…
Health, membership, rail and reshuffle conundrums for May
Jan 6, 2018 • 29 min
2018 has brought a slew of domestic challenges for Theresa May, can she tackle them while keeping her government on the tracks? Plus, what do the state of the respective memberships say about their parties? With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green…
Farewell Damian Green and 2017 political roundup
Dec 22, 2017 • 38 min
Was Theresa May’s de facto deputy right to resign? And who will replace him? Plus. a review of the political year for the Conservatives, Labour, Brexit and the British economy. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley. Chris Giles and Gemma Tetlow of the…
Phase One is complete, and can the Tory party reinvent itself?
Dec 15, 2017 • 26 min
Now that the UK has a divorce settlement with the EU, how difficult is phase two going to be? Plus, can the Conservative party find a way to reinvent itself while guiding the country through Brexit? With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial…
May’s Brexit breakthrough
Dec 8, 2017 • 20 min
How did Theresa May unlock the stalled negotiations with the EU? What is in the divorce settlement? And what does it mean for the next stage of talks? With Alex Barker and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think…
Settling the Brexit bill and Corbyn vs. bankers
Dec 1, 2017 • 28 min
Has the UK agreed a financial settlement with the EU? What does this mean for making progress with Brexit? Plus, what motivated Jeremy Corbyn’s attack on Morgan Stanley and bankers generally? With George Parker, Alex Barker, Martin Wolf and Miranda Green…
Hammond’s Budget success and the Irish border conundrum
Nov 24, 2017 • 26 min
This week’s budget went without a hitch for the May government, but what does the future hold for the economy? And why was Labour’s response so poor? Plus, can cooler heads prevail over brokering a new relationship between Northern Ireland and the Irish…
Budget 2017 special: Fiscal Phil’s housing gamble
Nov 22, 2017 • 18 min
Philip Hammond delivered his autumn Budget on Wednesday - was it enough to placate his Conservative critics? What do the dire growth forecasts suggest for the years ahead? And is the UK ready for Brexit? With Rupert Harrison of BlackRock and Torsten Bell…
The Brexit mutineers and how the City of London will survive
Nov 18, 2017 • 29 min
EU legislation was back in the House of Commons this week and not all Conservative MPs were willing to back the government. Plus, how will Europe’s financial centre survive Brexit and what kind of relationship will it have with the bloc? With George…
Farewell Priti hello Penny, and solving the Northern Ireland conundrum
Nov 10, 2017 • 26 min
Has Theresa May’s government been fatally weakened by the forced departure of Priti Patel? And is any progress being made in addressing the Northern Ireland border problem after Brexit? With George Parker and Alex Barker of the Financial Times, plus Henry…
Westminster in crisis and a raise in rates
Nov 3, 2017 • 28 min
British politics is engulfed in a tide of sexual harassment allegations, where will it go next? Is it time for a cultural shift in the Palace of Westminster? And what does the Bank of England’s interest rate rise say about the state of the UK economy?…
Unpicking the Universal Credit crisis and Brexit wars, continued
Oct 27, 2017 • 26 min
Is the government’s welfare programme about to come off the rails, or can tweaks be made to ensure the poorest in society receive the support they need? Plus, will parliament have a chance to vote on the final Brexit deal and why did a Conservative whip…
Theresa May’s dish of disappointment in Brussels
Oct 20, 2017 • 32 min
The UK prime minister did not get the result she was hoping for at this week’s EU summit, so what comes next for Brexit? And what was Jeremy Corbyn up to in Brussels too? With Peter Mandelson, Alex Barker, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green of the Financial…
An eventful week for Brexit
Oct 13, 2017 • 22 min
The ball is bounced back across the court in the negotiations, business worries over lack of urgency on transition, talk of a leadership challenge has subsided but Theresa May is tripped up in an interview and “no deal” becomes a big deal. With Sarah…
Theresa May’s terrible week
Oct 6, 2017 • 30 min
The Conservative party conference was supposed to be the prime minister’s big moment, yet her keynote speech was a disaster and the overall mood was flat. So where does the party go now, and how does it find some fresh policies to beat Jeremy Corbyn? With…
Labour’s galvanising conference in Brighton
Sep 30, 2017 • 32 min
The UK opposition party gathered for their annual conference this week and it was a success for leader Jeremy Corbyn. But how united is the party behind the scenes? And what can we expect to hear from the Conservatives next week? With Jim Pickard, Miranda…
Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Florence
Sep 23, 2017 • 25 min
The UK prime minister delivered a landmark speech in Italy on Friday with the aim of unlocking the stalled Brexit negotiations. Did she say enough to bring the EU and the UK closer together? With Alex Barker and James Blitz of the Financial Times, plus…
Theresa May heads to Florence, and unfreezing the pay cap
Sep 15, 2017 • 27 min
The UK prime minister is set to give a big Brexit speech in Florence next week - what might she say and how important is it? And has the government made the right decision to lift the public sector pay cap? With George Parker, Sarah O’Connor, James Blitz…
The repeal bill, and Labour’s Brexit repositioning
Sep 8, 2017 • 30 min
As parliament debates the legislation for Britain’s EU exit, we discuss the dangers of the Henry VIII powers and Keir Starmer’s new line on customs union. With George Parker, Jim Packard, Miranda Green and David Allen Green. Presented by Jonathan…
Brexit talks round three and will Theresa May cling on?
Sep 1, 2017 • 27 min
The political news season has kicked off again with David Davis going head-to-head with Michel Barnier in Brussels - have the talks stalled already? And does Theresa May have any chance of leading her party into the next election? With Alex Barker and…
Summer special: immigration
Aug 25, 2017 • 29 min
Will the UK ever manage to reduce migration levels to the “tens of thousands?” Should it? And how will immigration change after the UK has left the EU? With Helen Warrell of the Financial Times, plus Owen Tudor from the Trades Union Congress and Steve…
Summer special: the education debate
Aug 18, 2017 • 34 min
Who should pay for expanding undergraduate degrees, the shake-up of state school funding and apprenticeships. With Claer Barrett and Sarah O’Connor of the FT and Nigel Keohane of the Social Market Foundation. Presented by Miranda Green. For information…
Summer special: fixing Britain’s housing crisis
Aug 12, 2017 • 28 min
Why is the UK not building enough new homes when there is a consensus that more are desperately needed? And is social housing receiving the attention it deserves? With Judith Evans and John Gapper of the Financial Times, plus Sam Bowman from the Adam…
Summer special: the devolution revolution
Aug 5, 2017 • 28 min
Britain has been promised that political power will flow from Whitehall to local government to help rebalance the economy - but how successful has it been? With Brian Groom of the Financial Times, plus author Julian Glover and Andrew Adonis, chair of the…
Summer special: Brexit one year in
Jul 28, 2017 • 27 min
In the first of our summer policy specials, the Financial Times examines the state of Brexit one year after the historic vote to leave the EU - what progress has been made, the triumphs and failures to date, and what lies ahead. With Alex Barker and Sarah…
Brexit reset and a summer of plotting
Jul 22, 2017 • 25 min
How did the second batch of talks between Britain and Brussels go? And will the Conservative leadership plots to overthrow Theresa May grow over the summer break? With George Parker and Philip Stephens of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.…
Brexit at home and abroad
Jul 15, 2017 • 28 min
As the UK prepares to enter the next round of negotiations with the EU, we discuss how much progress has been made, whether Brussels and Britain are on the same page and what will happen next week. With George Parker, Alex Barker and Daniel Dombey of the…
Theresa May listens to business and Labour deselections
Jul 8, 2017 • 27 min
With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus commentators Paul Mason and John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A good week for Theresa May, a bad one for Jeremy Corbyn
Jun 30, 2017 • 34 min
The Queen’s Speech is passed through the Commons, the DUP deal is sealed and Labour’s splits on Brexit are exposed. With George Parker, James Blitz and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For…
One year on since the referendum and the Queen’s Speech
Jun 23, 2017 • 25 min
Plus, why the Conservatives have failed to negotiate a deal with the DUP. With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Vincent Boland of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Theresa May’s future, the Grenfell fire and the end of austerity
Jun 17, 2017 • 25 min
With Martin Wolf, Chris Giles, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Election wrap-up, and how long will Theresa May last?
Jun 9, 2017 • 24 min
With Janan Ganesh, Miranda Green and Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
General election: Theresa May loses her gamble
Jun 9, 2017 • 13 min
With George Parker and Matthew Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Final week of the general election, and what Theresa May said to the FT
Jun 2, 2017 • 28 min
With Roula Khalaf, George Parker, Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and Matt Singh of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne Read the full interview with Theresa May on ft.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The aftermath of the Manchester terror attack
May 26, 2017 • 26 min
A week in which Britain was shaken. And how Labour and Ukip will tackle terrorism. With George Parker, Sam Jones, Matt Singh and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Week 4 of the general election and Mayism takes shape
May 19, 2017 • 27 min
With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Matt Singh of the Financial Times and Julian Glover, writer and former No 10 adviser. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Week of 3 general election and Labour’s leaked manifesto
May 13, 2017 • 29 min
How Theresa May is trying to soften her image, Ukip’s decision to stand aside in many seats for the Tories and why Labour’s draft manifesto was leaked. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Matt Singh of the Financial Times. Presented by…
Local elections: a blue wave hits Britain
May 5, 2017 • 19 min
The Conservatives have made great gains in England and Scotland in the local and mayoral elections this week - what lies ahead for Labour? And what hints are there for June’s general election? With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times,…
Week 2 of the 2017 general election and the revival of the Scottish Tories
Apr 28, 2017 • 25 min
The pros and cons of tactical voting, Ukip’s campaign launch, Labour’s decline in the Wales and taxing issues for the Tories. With Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus commentator David Torrance and pollster Matt Singh. Presented by…
Week 1 of 2017 general election
Apr 21, 2017 • 27 min
With George Parker, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus pollster Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Special: Theresa May calls a snap general election
Apr 18, 2017 • 17 min
With Janan Ganesh, George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Boris’ blunders and grammar schools for ‘ordinary people’
Apr 14, 2017 • 22 min
With Roula Khalaf, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US air strikes in Syria and May’s Brexit repositioning
Apr 7, 2017 • 24 min
With Roula Khalaf, Janan Ganesh, David Gardner and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Article 50 is triggered and the Great Repeal Bill arrives
Mar 31, 2017 • 28 min
With George Parker, James Blitz and Kate Allan. plus Henry Newman from Open Europe. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The attack on Westminster and Northern Ireland after Martin McGuinness
Mar 24, 2017 • 35 min
With Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard, Vincent Boland and Miranda Green, Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Scotland’s indyref2 and May vs. Hammond
Mar 17, 2017 • 27 min
With Chris Giles, James Blitz, Mure Dickie and Kate Allen. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Budget unravels and the break up of the UK
Mar 10, 2017 • 24 min
With the FT’s George Parker, Sarah O’Connor, Henry Mance and Vincent Boland. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Spring Budget 2017 special
Mar 8, 2017 • 16 min
With Martin Wolf of the FT, political commentator Miranda Green and Rupert Harrison of BlackRock, former chief of staff to George Osborne. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Anna Dedhar For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Lords get a little difficult, and Ukip’s civil war
Mar 3, 2017 • 30 min
With James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the FT, political commentator Miranda Green and John Denham, professor of English identity and politics. Presented by George Parker For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Stoke and Copeland by-elections and where they leave the parties now
Feb 24, 2017 • 36 min
With the FT’s George Parker, Jim Pickard, Andy Bounds and Miranda Green. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tony Blair’s speech and the scene in Stoke and Copeland
Feb 17, 2017 • 23 min
With Kate Allen and Andy Bounds of the FT and political commentator John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Article 50 moves forward and the coup attempt against John Bercow
Feb 10, 2017 • 27 min
With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A big week for Brexit and the Lib Dem fight-back
Feb 3, 2017 • 25 min
With George Parker, Philip Stephens, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Theresa May goes to Washington and Labour’s by-election challenges
Jan 27, 2017 • 26 min
With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman and Andrew Bounds from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh of Number Crunch Politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Supreme Court decision on Article 50
Jan 24, 2017 • 14 min
With the FT’s legal correspondent Jane Croft and legal commentator David Allen Green. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May’s big Brexit moment and Trump’s arrival on the world stage
Jan 20, 2017 • 29 min
With George Parker, Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and Brooke Masters of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
NHS trouble for May and Corbyn trips on immigration
Jan 13, 2017 • 30 min
With the FT’s Philip Stephens, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Kate Allen. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Goodbye Sir Ivan, hello Sir Tim
Jan 7, 2017 • 29 min
With Alex Barker, James Blitz and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2016 politics review
Dec 23, 2016 • 52 min
With Gillian Tett, Martin Wolf, George Parker and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mrs May goes to Brussels and the Southern rail strike
Dec 16, 2016 • 28 min
With George Parker, James Blitz and Robert Wright. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Brexit arrives in the Supreme Court and the Commons
Dec 9, 2016 • 28 min
With George Parker, Philip Stephens, David Allen Green and Jane Croft. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Lib Dems seize Richmond Park and the rise of Paul Nuttall
Dec 2, 2016 • 30 min
With George Parker, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green from the Financial Times, plus Marcus Roberts from YouGov. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Autumn Statement 2016 special
Nov 24, 2016 • 24 min
Discussion with George Parker, the FT political editor; Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for JP Morgan Asset Management, and Rupert Harrison, chief macro strategist for multi-asset at Blackrock and former chief of staff to George Osborne.…
A difficult week of Brexit and dealing with ‘fake news’
Nov 18, 2016 • 27 min
With Janan Ganesh, George Parker, Robert Shirmsley, David Bond and Renee Kaplan of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Trump effect on British foreign policy
Nov 11, 2016 • 21 min
With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Inside US election night
Nov 9, 2016 • 15 min
FT reporters discuss how the election night unfolded from the inside, what the pollsters missed, and how the markets moved. Plus a look at the way fiscal policy might develop under the new Trump administration. For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Article 50 ruling and Mark Carney stays in London
Nov 4, 2016 • 24 min
With George Parker, Martin Wolf, Chris Giles, David Allen Green and Jane Croft of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: The final push
Nov 3, 2016 • 16 min
As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump criss-cross the same few battleground states in the run up to election day on Tuesday, FT reporters discuss the picture emerging from the latest polls, early voting patterns and more. Visit FT.com/polls for the latest…
Britain’s economy after Brexit and Heathrow takes off
Oct 28, 2016 • 29 min
With Martin Wolf and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times, plus political adviser Julian Glover and Rupert Harrison of BlackRock. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: After the vote
Oct 27, 2016 • 14 min
As the presidential campaign draws to a close, the FT’s Courtney Weaver and Shawn Donnan discuss what to expect in the days after the election, from possible cabinet appointments to the future of the Republican party to the fate of Paul Ryan’s political…
100 days of May and the implosion of Ukip
Oct 21, 2016 • 22 min
With George Parker and Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times, plus Matthew Goodwin, senior fellow at Chatham House. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: The final debate
Oct 20, 2016 • 20 min
The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Sam Fleming break down the big moments of the final debate, from Putin’s puppets to “bad hombres”, and more. Sign up for the FT White House Countdown email at FT.com/NBE. Clips courtesy of Reuters and Patti Waldmeir. For…
Brexit: Has Theresa May given away too much or too little? Plus, Labour returns
Oct 15, 2016 • 24 min
With George Parker and James Blitz of the Financial Times, Marcus Roberts of YouGov and political commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Trump’s October surprise
Oct 13, 2016 • 13 min
How will voters and the rest of the Republican party respond to the latest scandals to hit Donald Trump’s campaign? The FT’s Sam Fleming and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more. Sign up for the FT’s White House Countdown email newsletter at FT.com/NBE.…
Theresa May targets the elite, and has business any clarity on Brexit?
Oct 7, 2016 • 23 min
With George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Sarah Gordon and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Veteran voters and Ohio
Oct 6, 2016 • 15 min
Can Donald Trump shore up the US veteran vote in spite of his rhetoric? Will the state of Ohio carry the weight it has in previous elections? The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo, Sam Fleming and Geoff Dyer discuss this and more. Sign up for the FT’s White House…
Theresa’s Tory conference challenges and Whitehall’s plan for Brexit
Sep 30, 2016 • 25 min
With George Parker, Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Theresa’s Tory conference challenges and Whitehall’s plan for Brexit
Sep 30, 2016 • 25 min
With George Parker, Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Apathy in North Carolina and the Florida ground game
Sep 29, 2016 • 17 min
Will apathy for Hillary Clinton among black voters in North Carolina help Donald Trump in the southern state? How are the Republican and Democratic ground games working in Florida to secure turnout on election day? The FT’s Courtney Weaver and Barney…
What next for Labour and whither George Osborne?
Sep 24, 2016 • 29 min
With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard of the FT and John McTernan, political strategist and former Tony Blair aide. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Terror and race come to the fore
Sep 22, 2016 • 15 min
Bombings in New York and New Jersey, and riots in North Carolina have thrust issues of national security, the use of force by police and race into the spotlight. FT reporters discuss how responses from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will impact the…
Green light for Hinkley and political exit for Cameron
Sep 16, 2016 • 21 min
With George Parker, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Medical watch and a tamed Trump
Sep 15, 2016 • 10 min
Has Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway successfully tamed the Republican candidate? Will Hillary Clinton’s comments on Trump’s “deplorable” supporters help or hinder her campaign? And why is the candidates’ health taking centre stage this cycle? The…
Tricky Brexit decisions and the return of grammar schools
Sep 10, 2016 • 26 min
With George Parker, Chris Giles, Miranda Green and Helen Warrell of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: A trip to the Mexican border
Sep 9, 2016 • 12 min
Why has immigration become such a sticking point in the presidential election at a time when fewer and fewer Mexicans are coming to the US? The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and other highlights from the campaign trail. Sign up…
Theresa May’s Brexit decisions and Ukip leadership race
Sep 1, 2016 • 22 min
With Henry Mance and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nigel Farage goes to America and Joseph Chamberlain’s legacy
Aug 26, 2016 • 23 min
With Gideon Rachman, Robert Shrimsley, Giles Wilkes and Alan Beattie of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s Olympic success and Labour’s new defence policies
Aug 19, 2016 • 24 min
With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman, Sam Jones, Roger Blitz and Peter Chapman from the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Problems with railways and the devolution revolution
Aug 12, 2016 • 22 min
With Robert Wright, Andrew Bounds and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus rail commentator Christian Wolmar. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Theresa May’s method, and diplomatic Brexit pitfalls
Aug 5, 2016 • 26 min
With the FT’s Sarah Gordon, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and Arthur Beesley. presented by Jonathan Derbyshire For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Brexit abroad and Hinkley Point
Jul 29, 2016 • 25 min
With the FT’s Janan Ganesh, Tony Barber, Kiran Stacey and Nick Butler. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Theresa May and Brexit, plus Jeremy Corbyn vs Owen Smith
Jul 22, 2016 • 25 min
With Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and James Blitz of the FT and Marcus Roberts, from the pollster YouGov. Presented by George Parker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Theresa May’s first days as prime minister, plus Labour’s leadership struggle
Jul 15, 2016 • 28 min
With Robert Shrimsley and Philip Stephens of the FT, John McTernan, former adviser to Tony Blair, and Emma Burnell, a commentator on the Labour party. Presented by James Blitz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Trump eyes his running mate
Jul 14, 2016 • 11 min
How will Donald Trump and his expected running mate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, reconcile their differences on immigration, abortion and trade on the campaign trail? What to expect from the Republican convention next week? The FT’s Demetri…
Theresa May, Brexit Britain’s prime minster
Jul 11, 2016 • 23 min
Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the Tory leadership contest on Monday, anointing Theresa May as the next prime minister — and overshadowing the launch of Angela Eagle’s bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the opposition. On another busy day in British…
Theresa May vs. Andrea Leadsom, plus the impact of Chilcot
Jul 8, 2016 • 26 min
With Martin Wolf, Philip Stephens, Roula Khalaf and James Blitz from the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Brexit Britain - the political storm
Jul 1, 2016 • 30 min
With Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard of the FT, Iain Martin, author and political commentator, and Marcus Roberts, former political Labour strategist and now a pollster at YouGov. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Brexit Britain - what happens next
Jun 24, 2016 • 25 min
With Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh, Chris Giles and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Trump attempts a presidential pivot
Jun 23, 2016 • 12 min
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed signs of a shift in campaign strategy this week, firing his embattled campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and delivering a striking but carefully crafted speech attacking Hillary Clinton. The FT’s…
Jo Cox MP - a tribute
Jun 17, 2016 • 19 min
With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz, plus Labour MP Alison McGovern. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: National security in the spotlight
Jun 16, 2016 • 13 min
The White House candidates each fought to promise greater safety for citizens, with pledges to defeat Isis and scale back access to weapons for those on the terror watch list, after the Orlando nightclub attack. FT reporters discuss Hillary Clinton’s and…
The day after Brexit
Jun 10, 2016 • 27 min
A special podcast on what will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU. With Chris Giles, George Parker, Peter Spiegel and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Sanders won’t back down
Jun 9, 2016 • 14 min
What is motivating Bernie Sanders to stay in an already decided primary race? How did Hillary clinch the Democratic nomination, eight years after conceding to Barack Obama? The FT’s Courtney Weaver and Aimee Keane discuss this and more. For information…
Momentum for Brexit and fixing migration in the U.K.
Jun 3, 2016 • 23 min
With Martin Wolf, Janan Ganesh and Lisa Pollack from the Financial Times - plus Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Immigration vs. economics
May 27, 2016 • 26 min
With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and John Burn-Murdoch from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh from Number Crunch Politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Emailgate returns, and Sanders continues to fight
May 26, 2016 • 11 min
Will another report criticising Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server haunt her presidential campaign? Why is Bernie Sanders sticking out the rest of the Democratic race? The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more…
The Queen’s Speech and Borismania
May 20, 2016 • 24 min
With George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Can Donald Trump get the female vote?
May 19, 2016 • 11 min
How will Donald Trump’s treatment of women affect his race to the White House? Will the Republican establishment come around on their candidate now that he has agreed to joint fundraising efforts with the Republican National Committee? How will financing…
Week two of the EU referendum campaign
May 14, 2016 • 23 min
With Sarah Gordon, Jonathan Ford and James Blitz from the Financial Times, plus political commentator Iain Martin. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Trump and the GOP attempt to make nice
May 12, 2016 • 11 min
What will it take for House speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment to fully endorse Donald Trump? How will Hillary Clinton tackle Mr Trump’s wavering policies in the general election? The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss.…
2016 local and regional elections special
May 6, 2016 • 26 min
With the FT’s George Parker, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard, plus Labour commentator John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Fast forward to the general race
May 6, 2016 • 15 min
How would Hillary Clinton have to change course to compete with Donald Trump in the general election? Who can Donald Trump pick as a running mate to endear his campaign to the Republican establishment? The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver…
Labour’s Jewish problem and Brexit economics
Apr 29, 2016 • 26 min
With Martin Wolf, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz from the Financial Times, plus Andrew Lilico from Economists for Britain. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
US election countdown: Trump and Clinton make their moves
Apr 29, 2016 • 13 min
Did Donald Trump pick up any votes with his foreign policy speech? Will Bernie Sanders drop out of the Democratic primary race? The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more in the first dispatch from the US campaign trail. Clips…
Barack Obama visits Britain and the march of academies
Apr 22, 2016 • 22 min
With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Gonzalo Vina and Isabel Berwick of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The EU referendum campaign begins
Apr 16, 2016 • 25 min
With Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Impact of the Panama Papers and how young voters could mean Brexit
Apr 8, 2016 • 24 min
With Jo Maugham QC, Suzanne Evans of Ukip and Marcus Roberts of YouGov, plus George Parker and Henry Mance of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The British steel crisis and the national living wage
Apr 1, 2016 • 26 min
Sir Vince Cable, the former business secretary, joins Kiran Stacey, Martin Wolf and Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times to discuss whether there is a future for the British steel industry and if the new national living wage will cost jobs. Presented by…
The political impact of Brussels and the return of the Tory wars
Mar 25, 2016 • 25 min
Roula Khalaf, Gideon Rachman, George Parker and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times discuss how the Brussels terrorist attacks will affect global politics, and why the Conservative party has entered into another civil war. Presented by Sebastian Payne.…
Budget 2016 special
Mar 17, 2016 • 22 min
Stephanie Flanders, former BBC economics editor and chief market strategist at JP Morgan, plus Rupert Harrison, former chief of staff to George Osborne and now a strategist at BlackRock, analyse the economic and political implications of this year’s…
Brexit royalty and Tony Blair’s shadow
Mar 11, 2016 • 24 min
George Parker and Sarah Gordon of the Financial Times, plus Marcus Roberts from YouGov, discuss whether the Queen is a Eurosceptic and why Tony Blair continues to cause headaches for Labour. Presented by Sebastian Payne For information regarding your data…
Ed Balls on global politics and fear in the Brexit campaign
Mar 4, 2016 • 27 min
Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, discuss whether political leaders are failing to tackle the global economic uncertainty and why the EU referendum campaign has already become…
British sovereignty and a lack of Labour
Feb 26, 2016 • 23 min
Philip Stephens of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika and Andrew Gimson, discuss whether the Eurosceptics or Europhiles are right about British sovereignty and why Labour has been mostly absent from the EU referendum debate. Presented by Sebastian…
EU referendum special: the deal, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove
Feb 22, 2016 • 20 min
George Parker, Philip Stephens and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times discuss the deal David Cameron brought back from Brussels on Britain’s membership of the EU and the new recruits to the ‘Leave’ campaign, most notably Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.…
Who’s right in the junior doctor’s strike and the EU referendum on Fleet Street
Feb 13, 2016 • 24 min
Robert Shrimsley, Henry Mance, Sarah Neville and Emily Cadman of the Financial Times discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including the junior doctor’s strike and what it says about the future of the NHS — plus, how the EU referendum…
Britain and Europe: Cameron’s deal, and are we better in or out?
Feb 5, 2016 • 20 min
Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Kate Allen of the Financial Times, plus Rob Oxley of Vote Leave and Lucy Thomas of Stronger In, discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including whether David Cameron has won Britain a good deal with…
The latest Google tax saga and how Jeremy Corbyn is helping Ukip
Jan 30, 2016 • 23 min
John Gapper, Vanessa Houlder and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika , discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including the political fallout of Google’s £130m tax bill: was it a big success or a giveaway? — and…
The highs and lows of Cameron’s EU negotiations and why Labour lost the election
Jan 23, 2016 • 22 min
George Parker, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh from Number Crunch Politics, discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including a post-mortem on why Labour lost the general election,…
The Tory EU wars begin and Scotland’s economic woes
Jan 16, 2016 • 21 min
George Parker, Kate Allan, Chris Giles and Kiran Stacey of the Financial Times discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including the Tories’ latest manoeuvres on the EU referendum and how Scotland and the SNP are coping with plummeting…
Will Europe sink the Tories and Corbyn’s first reshuffle
Jan 9, 2016 • 22 min
Janan Ganesh, John McTernan, George Parker and Jim Pickard discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including David Cameron’s decision to allow ministers a free vote in the EU referendum and whether Jeremy Corbyn’s position has been…
The UK election: What next for the winners and losers?
May 11, 2015 • 14 min
Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss the UK general election results, what happens next for the winners and losers, and why pollsters and pundits got it so wrong. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
UK Election Unspun: Education and job creation
May 6, 2015 • 6 min
How does OECD criticism of Sweden’s “free” schools system reflect on Britain’s education reforms and how does the employment recovery look in Liverpool? Sarah Neville talks to Helen Warrell and Sarah O’Connor about how the coalition has performed, what…
Coalition permutations and questions of legitimacy
May 6, 2015 • 11 min
With the campaign all but over and no late surge for the main parties, a hung parliament looks certain. Michael Stott, is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss likely government permutations and questions of legitimacy. For information…
Janan Ganesh: Coalition has missed an obvious solution
May 6, 2015 • 2 min
The coalition would be cruising to victory if it were on the ballot paper. The country wants David Cameron as prime minister but worries that his fiscal plans are too aggressive. Both parties have missed the obvious solution. For information regarding…
Janan Ganesh: Tactical voting may be more widespread than we think
May 5, 2015 • 2 min
Tactical voting by Tories looks likely to save the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam. But will tactical voting skew results elsewhere? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Quick guide to the UK general election
May 5, 2015 • 4 min
Michael Stott, the FT’s UK News Editor, offers a quick guide to the main things you need to know about the UK general election. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Janan Ganesh: Time to end election campaigns?
May 4, 2015 • 2 min
It now seems safe to conclude that nothing has worked: the manifestos, policy announcements and TV debates have had little impact on public sentiment. The money and effort spent on campaigning is simply not worth it. For information regarding your data…
Janan Ganesh: The first serious event of an unserious campaign
May 1, 2015 • 2 min
Last night’s BBC Question Time special, in which the party leaders faced interrogation by members of the public, was the first serious event of an otherwise unserious election campaign. But this last TV outing for the party leaders will not change much by…
Janan Ganesh: Post-election free-for-all could spell trouble
Apr 30, 2015 • 3 min
The tone of the campaign, with parties conjuring tax cuts and new rounds of spending as if the deficit were already taken care of, raises doubts about Britain’s determination to get its fiscal house in order. For information regarding your data privacy,…
UK Election Unspun: The NHS and immigration
Apr 29, 2015 • 8 min
Sarah Gordon is joined by Sarah Neville and Helen Warrell who give their verdicts on the parties’ pledges on funding the National Health Service and curbing immigration. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Janan Ganesh: Miliband’s celebrity interview looks ill-judged
Apr 29, 2015 • 3 min
When celebrities and politicians mix, both can end up diminished. To go ahead with a celebrity chinwag in a Shoreditch loft apartment suggests that the Labour campaign either has a lot of confidence or very little judgement. For information regarding your…
Janan Ganesh: Why poor growth data could help the Tories
Apr 28, 2015 • 2 min
Disappointing economic data may perversely help the Conservatives by making nervous voters question whether they can afford to base their vote on any subject other than the economy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
UK parties sharpen their appeal in final stretch
Apr 27, 2015 • 12 min
Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss Labour’s gambit on housing, Cameron’s new found passion, and the Lib Dem strategy for persuading voters that it’s the best coalition partner as the election stalemate continues. For information…
Janan Ganesh: Who will reform Britain’s farcical housing market?
Apr 27, 2015 • 3 min
Despite multiple election pledges, neither Labour nor the Conservatives are anywhere near becoming the undisputed party of housing. To do that they would have to reform Britain’s old-fashioned laws on planning an land use, the one structural rigidity that…
UK Election Unspun: Business concerns and productivity
Apr 23, 2015 • 6 min
Sarah Neville is joined by business editor Sarah Gordon and employment correspondent Sarah O’Connor who give their take on why businesses have serious concerns about elements of both Labour and the Conservative’s election pledges, and whether either party…
Janan Ganesh: Lack of clarity on public debt will prove costly
Apr 23, 2015 • 2 min
This has turned out to be an election campaign of big talk but craven ambiguity. Whoever wins will pay the price in even greater disillusion and anger when they end up making unpopular fiscal decisions for which they failed to prepare the public. For…
Janan Ganesh: Ukip votes could be decisive
Apr 22, 2015 • 3 min
Ukip has been upstaged by the SNP in recent weeks, but the party could still be the decisive variable in this election. Polls show its share of the vote holding up at about 13 per cent - putting the Conservatives in mortal danger, but if a quarter of…
Janan Ganesh: the Tories’ toxic image
Apr 21, 2015 • 3 min
The Conservative party has consistently underestimated the power of its reputation as the party of the rich to repel voters. A rebranded party would have had this election won long ago. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tories overplay the Scottish peril
Apr 20, 2015 • 11 min
Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss the SNP manifesto and Tory claims that a Labour-SNP coalition government would be “very frightening”. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Janan Ganesh: The Union is in more trouble than it thinks
Apr 20, 2015 • 3 min
In the three way tussle between Labour, the Tories and the Scottish National Party, the SNP is the only party that cannot lose. Whatever happens after May 7, demand for another independence referendum or at least a radical devolution of power is likely to…
The economists’ manifesto
Apr 17, 2015 • 22 min
Abolish national insurance? Give the Bank of England the power to mandate a fiscal stimulus? Rein in CEO pay? In the week that the UK parties launched their election manifestos, Tim Harford talks to Ferdinando Giugliano about seven top economists’ plans…
Janan Ganesh: Facing up to Britain’s economic reality
Apr 16, 2015 • 3 min
Britain’s parties are running a post-austerity election campaign at a time when there is plenty of austerity to come. Labour leader Ed Miliband should take a stand against the lack of realism even if it costs him some support. It will not be worth…
Janan Ganesh: Nick Clegg’s pitch to swing voters
Apr 15, 2015 • 3 min
The deputy prime minister’s message positions the Lib Dems in the middle of the political spectrum equidistant from labour and the Tories. It may help the party limit its losses in next month’s election, but it does not add up to a future. For information…
UK Election Unspun: Tory pledges on housing and tax for the low paid
Apr 14, 2015 • 5 min
Sarah Neville is joined by Emily Cadman and Sarah O’Connor, who give their verdicts on David Cameron’s pledges to extend the UK’s Right-to-Buy housing scheme and to exempt workers on the minimum wage from paying tax. For information regarding your data…
Janan Ganesh: Tory Right-to-Buy policy misses its mark
Apr 14, 2015 • 2 min
David Cameron’s latest Right-to-Buy policy does not assuage the concerns of swing voters who fear that a Conservative government given a second term in office would degrade the public services they rely on. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Labour manifesto and Tory concerns over Lord Ashcroft’s polling
Apr 13, 2015 • 13 min
Michael Stott is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss the Labour manifesto and Tory concerns that the party’s former treasurer Lord Ashcroft is “arming the enemy” amid signs that the polls may be beginning to shift in Labour’s favour. For…
Janan Ganesh: Labour seeks to score points on Tory ground
Apr 13, 2015 • 2 min
Labour’s manifesto commitment to fiscal discipline will please hawks within the party and perhaps some outside, but as long as the two main parties are arguing about the economy, the Tories will be happier. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Are markets underplaying UK political risk?
Apr 13, 2015 • 5 min
Would an inconclusive UK election next month result in market turmoil? Ralph Atkins, FT capital markets editor, looks at a recent warning from the world’s largest fund manager that markets may be underplaying UK political risk. For information regarding…
Janan Ganesh: The power of negative campaigning
Apr 10, 2015 • 2 min
Tories’ attacks on Ed Miliband have been strident but not obviously successful. A more subtle approach could help them gain the upper hand in the campaign, says Janan Ganesh. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Janan Ganesh: Trident debate is a means to an end
Apr 9, 2015 • 2 min
Scottish Nationalists know that the quickest route to independence is to make the English exasperated with the union. Seen in this light, the debate over Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent is a means to an end. For information regarding your data…
UK Election Unspun: Labour’s non-dom tax pledge
Apr 8, 2015 • 7 min
Sarah Neville is joined by Vanessa Houlder and Brooke Masters to discuss Labour’s campaign pledge to abolish non-domicile tax status. How radical is the proposal and would it be beneficial or harmful for the UK economy? For information regarding your data…
Janan Ganesh: The campaign’s first policy row
Apr 8, 2015 • 2 min
Ten days in, the UK election campaign has produced its first real policy argument over Labour’s pledge to abolish a tax loophole often used by rich foreigners. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Who emerged best from the first of the TV debates?
Apr 7, 2015 • 13 min
Michael Stott is joined by Tim Bale and Robert Shrimsley to discuss who emerged best from the first of the TV debates. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Janan Ganesh: Blair campaign could backfire
Apr 7, 2015 • 2 min
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is back, and his intervention in the upcoming general election may be the best Tory campaign strategy yet, says Janan Ganesh. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Janan Ganesh: Has political fragmentation peaked?
Apr 2, 2015 • 3 min
Opinion polls show Labour and the Conservatives have a combined vote share that is higher than in the past two general elections. Does this mean that voters are turning back to the established parties and that political fragmentation has peaked? For…
The Lib Dem fight for St Ives
Apr 2, 2015 • 5 min
The 2010 UK general election was a big success for Britain’s Liberal Democrats. Since going into coalition with the Conservatives, however, the party has collapsed in the polls. FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits St Ives to find out why the…
Janan Ganesh: Predictability does not win elections
Apr 1, 2015 • 3 min
The chances are that today’s letter from 100 business leaders arguing against the Labour party’s economic policies won’t help the Tories that much because it surprised no-one. The only way to shift public opinion is when parties do the opposite of what…
Janan Ganesh: Why the truth is hard to come by
Mar 31, 2015 • 3 min
Politicians won’t start telling the truth during election campaigns until the public and media stop punishing them for doing so, says Janan Ganesh. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Election strategies
Mar 30, 2015 • 12 min
Michael Stott is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss the state of the parties at the beginning of the campaign, how effective their opening strategies are, and why there appears so little movement in the polls. For information regarding…
Janan Ganesh: the personality test
Mar 30, 2015 • 3 min
If you’re tempted to take policy too seriously in the coming weeks, remember to focus on personality - the superficial thing that runs really deep, says Janan Ganesh For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Glasgow turns its back on Labour
Mar 30, 2015 • 5 min
Glasgow has long been a heartland of Labour support. The last time the party lost a seat in Scotland’s biggest city at a general election was in 1983. Recently, however, support for the Scottish National Party has surged. Kiran Stacey travels to Glasgow…
Budget 2015: A step back from Wigan Pier
Mar 18, 2015 • 4 min
FT editor Lionel Barber and Janan Ganesh discuss George Osborne’s pre-election Budget For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The UK’s federal future
Mar 11, 2015 • 5 min
Westminster politicians have no answer to the rising power of the Scottish Nationalist Party, which is only emboldened further by each round of devolution, says Janan Ganesh For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The battle for Birmingham Edgbaston
Mar 6, 2015 • 5 min
In every UK general election from 1979 to 2010, where Birmingham Edgbaston went, so did the country. FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits the constituency to see if long-time Labour MP Gisela Stuart can protect her seat from the Tories in May.…
The UKIP power base
Feb 20, 2015 • 6 min
In the first of a four-part series leading up to the UK general election, FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits Great Yarmouth to explore the rise of the UK Independence Party along England’s east coast. For information regarding your data…
George Osborne’s message to UK voters
Dec 4, 2014 • 13 min
In his final autumn statement before the general election next year, Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne offered a reform of the tax on house purchases and pledged to crack down further on corporate tax avoidance. However headlines have since focused on…