Politics Weekly UK

Politics Weekly UK

By The Guardian

Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts

Episodes

Andy Burnham on the infected blood scandal - Politics Weekly UK

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal finally got some of the justice they have been seeking this week when Sir Brian Langstaff published the final report of his inquiry. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, who has campaigned for those affected by the disaster and was the health secretary from 2009-10. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/05/2434m 51s

UK general election called – Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak has announced a general election for Thursday 4 July. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey to ask why now. And, what happens next …. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/05/2436m 26s

Politics Weekly Westminster: Infected blood inquiry final report

The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss the infected blood scandal as the final report is published on Monday. Plus: could inflation figures released on Wednesday give the Conservatives a desperately needed boost?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
20/05/2426m 23s

Keir Starmer: new deal, new drama? Politics Weekly UK

The Labour leader has managed to stem a potential showdown with trade union leaders this week over wording on a workers’ rights deal. If this is a dress rehearsal for Labour in government, how has Keir Starmer and his party fared? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Polly Toynbee and Marc Stears, a former Labour party speechwriter and UCL Policy Lab director. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/05/2433m 34s

Politics Weekly Westminster: Rishi Sunak’s big security pitch

The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey talk about Rishi Sunak’s big speech on security and how he hopes to draw a dividing line between the Conservatives and Labour. And Keir Starmer will meet union bosses on Tuesday but anger is brewing over Natalie Elphicke and rumours about Labour’s plan to water down pledges on workers’ rights. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/05/2424m 44s

Tory defections, economic challenges and council winners – Politics Weekly UK

The Conservatives have been left bloodied after a devastating set of local election results. This week, John Harris speaks to councillors about what’s really going on for them in their area. Plus, he speaks to the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff about another Tory defection to Labour, and the Labour party’s attempt to take the crown for economic responsibility. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/05/2434m 47s

Politics Weekly Westminster: Election special – podcast

In the first of our Politics Weekly Westminster episodes, the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey go over the big wins and losses from the local and mayoral elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/05/2429m 39s

Coming 5 May: Politics Weekly Westminster – an extra podcast episode to get your political fix

The Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the political correspondent Kiran Stacey help you kick off your week with the stories you need to know from inside Westminster Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/05/2444s

Local elections road trip: Thurrock – Politics Weekly UK

In the run-up to the local elections this week, the Guardian columnist John Harris is in Thurrock where the council has amassed more than £1.5bn in debt since 2022. He speaks to people facing swingeing cuts and asks whether the vote on Thursday will make any difference to their lives. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/05/2430m 32s

Sicknote culture wars and Angela Rayner – Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak has said it is his ‘moral mission’ to end Britain’s sicknote culture. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the disability campaigner Hannah Deakin and the New Economics Foundation’s head of social policy, Tom Pollard, about why the current system is failing people. Plus, the political correspondent Kiran Stacey runs us through the latest from Westminster. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/04/2437m 9s

Cameron and Truss: former PMs stage their comebacks – Politics Weekly UK

How much should Britain get involved in the conflict in the Middle East? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Gaby Hinsliff and former national security adviser Peter Ricketts to talk about the fallout from Iran’s attack on Israel at the weekend. Plus, John talks to Gaby about smoking bans, NatCon and Liz Truss’s new book. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/04/2436m 1s

David Cameron, Donald Trump and UK Arms Sales – Politics Weekly UK podcast

David Cameron made a surprise visit to Mar-a-Largo this week to visit Donald Trump. John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, to get the latest on the meeting. And as international pressure continues to build on Israel, John speaks to a former Israeli peace negotiator, Daniel Levy, on whether there is a pathway to end the war. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/04/2436m 42s

Port Talbot and the future of British steel – Politics Weekly UK

Thousands of jobs are due to be cut this year at Tata Steel in Port Talbot, putting the future of British steel under serious threat. The Guardian political correspondent Kiran Stacey hears from workers at the plant and people in the town, as well as shadow Wales secretary Jo Stevens, about what this could mean for the area and beyond. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/04/2421m 7s

Is China a major threat to British democracy? – Politics Weekly UK

Despite pressure from some Conservative MPs, the government stopped short of defining China as an official threat this week. How deep does Chinese interference in the UK go? John Harris speaks to the Guardian’s foreign leader writer Tania Branigan and deputy political editor, Peter Walker. As MPs break for Easter, they also discuss the state of the Conservative and Labour parties. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/03/2435m 2s

When will Rishi Sunak’s zombie parliament end? Politics Weekly UK

Jeremy Hunt has implied the election will be in October, but even with a boost from falling inflation figures, can Rishi Sunak really hold this zombie government together for the next seven months? And what does Rachel Reeves’s Mais lecture tell us about Labour’s economic vision in these grim times? John Harris is joined by former No 10 director of communications Sir Craig Oliver and Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/03/2433m 45s

Frank Hester, the Tory party and racism – Politics Weekly UK

The Conservative party faces yet another crisis week as a major donor is accused of racism in a Guardian investigation and the MP for the red wall seat of Ashfield, Lee Anderson, announces his defection to Reform UK. The Guardian’s John Harris asks columnist Gaby Hinsliff and political correspondent Kiran Stacey why Rishi Sunak can’t seem to get his house in order. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/03/2434m 34s

The Spring Budget: more cuts to come? – Politics Weekly UK

The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the former Conservative chief secretary to the Treasury David Gauke and the economist and Labour candidate Miatta Fahnbulleh to go through today’s budget announcements. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
06/03/2434m 2s

The Guardian’s new podcast series about AI: Black Box – prologue

We wanted to bring you this episode from our new series, Black Box. In it, Michael Safi explores seven stories and the thread that ties them together: artificial intelligence. In this prologue, Hannah (not her real name) has met Noah and he has changed her life for the better. So why does she have concerns about him? If you like what you hear, make sure to search and subscribe to Black Box, with new episodes every Monday and Thursday.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/03/2414m 36s

Lee Anderson and Tory Islamophobia – Politics Weekly UK

Anderson, a former deputy chair of the Conservative party, has refused to apologise for his comments about the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. But with the Tories refusing to call his remarks Islamophobic, how deep does the problem go? The Guardian’s John Harris talks to the Conservative peer Gavin Barwell and Miqdaad Versi from the Muslim Council of Britain. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/02/2435m 26s

Westminster’s Gaza disgrace – Politics Weekly UK

House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle made a dramatic apology today for his handling of a Gaza ceasefire vote that sent the commons into chaos. The Guardian’s John Harris spent the day in Westminster speaking to protestors, Labour MP Rachael Maskell, and the Guardian’ political correspondent Kiran Stacey.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/02/2430m 52s

Antisemitism row engulfs Labour – Politics Weekly UK

Two prospective Labour candidates have been embroiled in an antisemitism row this week with Keir Starmer facing sharp criticism for his leadership of the party. The Guardian’s Kiran Stacey speaks to our political correspondent Eleni Courea about the fallout. Plus, Kiran is joined by the Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, to find out what inflation means for our pockets and if we are heading into a recession. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/02/2426m 51s

Wellingborough: where faith in politics is fading – Politics Weekly UK

Politics Weekly UK is in Wellingborough in the run-up to the byelection to replace the Conservative MP Peter Bone. John Harris speaks to local groups helping to deal with knife crime and the closure of youth centres, and meets Ben Habib, the co-deputy leader of Reform UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/02/2433m 42s

Stormont returns? And Tory plotters strike again – Politics Weekly UK

After nearly two years without a government, could power sharing in Northern Ireland finally be back? And, another week, another Tory faction plotting to overthrow the prime minister. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by our political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the Spectator’s Katy Balls, to ask how much longer Rishi Sunak can stay afloat. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/02/2432m 53s

Why are councils going bankrupt? – Politics Weekly UK

The government has an announced an extra £500million to help local councils in England. After years of squeezed budgets, many are facing bankruptcy. What can be done to prevent more from tipping over? The Guardian’s John Harris hears from Bill Revans, the leader of Somerset council, the Guardian’s social policy editor, Patrick Butler, and the Labour candidate for Peckham, Miatta Fahnbulleh. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/01/2433m 26s

Middle East conflicts and the Rwanda bill – Politics Weekly UK podcast

As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, this week John Harris speaks to Niku Jafarnia of Human Rights Watch about the regional conflicts. The Rwanda bill passed its third reading and Pippa Crerar, the Guardian’s political editor, reveals what happened behind the scenes. And the former No 10 adviser Gavin Barwell talks about the increasingly vicious struggles within the Conservative party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/01/2440m 17s

The Post Office scandal – Politics Weekly UK

The government has announced it will introduce legislation to exonerate the many hundreds of postal workers affected by the Post Office Horizon software scandal. So is the only way to turn the government’s head to an issue to make a TV drama about it? The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to former postal worker Chris Head about the impact it had on him, and columnist Gaby Hinsliff about what this tells us about our creaking institutions. Plus, columnist Rafael Behr joins John to look at the year ahead. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/01/2436m 48s

Revisited… Keir Starmer’s Labour: hope or despair? – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Politics Weekly UK is taking a break. So this week John Harris revisits a conversation with the Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and political reporter Aletha Adu about what a Labour government would look like and why it feels like Keir Starmer has a lot of convincing to do. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/01/2437m 44s

Review of the year: looking back at 2023 – Politics Weekly UK

It’s been another year of political high drama, division and chaos. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and columnist Gaby Hinsliff to look back at the last 12 months and predict what might be coming in 2024. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
20/12/231h 8m

The Rwanda bill: what next for Rishi Sunak? – Politics Weekly UK

The government’s landmark Rwanda bill was voted through on Tuesday night. With the issue threatening to tear the Conservatives apart, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political correspondent Kiran Stacey and columnist Sonia Sodha to discuss the challenges facing the prime minister. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/12/2332m 54s

Rwanda bill and Boris at the Covid inquiry – Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak attempted to quash critics of his Rwanda plan with a surprise press conference today. Will it be enough to save him from his own party and electoral wipeout? And as Boris Johnson finishes two days of questioning at the Covid inquiry, did we learn anything? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Rafael Behr and Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/12/2339m 35s

Good COP, Bad COP? – Politics Weekly UK

Cop28 starts today in Dubai and its already shrouded in controversy. So what can leaders agree that will make a change to the planet? And in the UK how far away are we from a greener economy? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Green MP Caroline Lucas and former Conservative energy minister Chris Skidmore. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30/11/2330m 19s

Autumn statement: the government hunts growth – Politics Weekly UK

Jeremy Hunt’s much anticipated autumn statement promised tax cuts and getting people back to work. John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the former Treasury minister David Gauke, to assess what we heard Autumn statement 2023: key points at a glance OBR warns government finances face major headwinds until 2028. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/11/2334m 41s

Is the Tories' Rwanda deal dead? Politics Weekly UK

The supreme court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s landmark Rwanda policy was unlawful. From Westminster, the Guardian’s Kiran Stacey and Patrick Wintour look at how consequential this could be for Rishi Sunak and his government. And our political correspondent Aletha Adu looks at how a Gaza ceasefire vote could divide the Labour party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/11/2325m 31s

Braverman sacked and Cameron is back! – Politics Weekly UK

The former prime minister David Cameron has been appointed to the role of foreign secretary in Rishi Sunak’s cabinet reshuffle. The shock move will have taken the steam out of the prime minister sacking his controversial home secretary, Suella Braverman. But what are the wider implications? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by the former No 10 chief of staff Gavin Barwell to talk it through. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/11/2319m 36s

The king’s speech, Suella Braverman and ‘hate marches’|Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak set out his priorities for the year ahead in the king’s speech on Tuesday. But his home secretary, Suella Braverman, continues to grab the headlines with comments about the homeless and an awkward stand-off with the Met police over pro-Palestine marches. The Guardian’s Kiran Stacey speaks to former Conservative adviser Salma Shah and Guardian political correspondent Aletha Adu. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/11/2325m 3s

The Covid inquiry | Politics Weekly UK

Besides the swearing, toxic workplace culture and misogyny, what have we learned from the Covid inquiry? Gaby Hinsliff talks to the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar. And our political correspondent Kiran Stacey tells us how significant the government’s first artificial intelligence summit will be. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/11/2330m 21s

Israel’s row with the UN – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Israel vowed to ‘teach the UN a lesson’ in reaction to a speech given by the UN’s secretary general, António Guterres. The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by the paper’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, to discuss what this could mean for the conflict, and Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty talks about the growing row in Labour over Keir Starmer’s stance on Israel’s military strategy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/10/2336m 57s

Gaza, Israel and the west’s response – Politics Weekly UK

With the world watching in horror as a hospital in Gaza was hit, is this a turning point for Israel and Palestine? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff hears from Médecins Sans Frontières, and talks to the Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and the former Middle East minister Alistair Burt. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/10/2338m 4s

Labour conference: is Keir Starmer’s offer enough? – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Keir Starmer has laid out his vision for a Labour party in power. The Guardian’s John Harris is at the conference in Liverpool, with the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and columnist Polly Toynbee UK politics live – latest updates. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/10/2330m 25s

Rishi Sunak’s conference speech – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Rishi Sunak has confirmed the Manchester leg of HS2 will be scrapped and replaced with transport projects in the Midlands and the north. But with the Conservative conference dominated this week by Priti Patel dancing with Nigel Farage, Liz Truss being treated like a rock star and endless tributes to GB News, has the Conservative party been taken over by rightwing populism? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnist Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/10/2338m 10s

Suella Braverman and HS2 – Politics Weekly UK

Suella Braverman has grabbed headlines yet again, this time with her speech saying the west faces an ‘existential threat’ from immigration. And after more than a decade could HS2 finally be running out of road? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by political correspondent Kiran Stacey and North of England editor Helen Pidd. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/09/2329m 22s

Rishi Sunak, net zero and Europe – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Rishi Sunak watered down some of his key green policies on Wednesday. Gaby Hinsliff discusses the changes with the Guardian’s political correspondent Aletha Adu. And as the Guardian launches its Europe digital edition, Gaby is joined by Europe correspondent Jon Henley to look at how politics is shifting, at home and on the continent. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/09/2326m 42s

Spies, China and dangerous dogs – Politics Weekly UK

The government has been rocked by allegations of a Chinese spy working in the heart of Westminster. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to political editor Pippa Crerar and defence and security editor Dan Sabbagh about what this reveals about both our relationship with China, and factions within the Conservative party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/09/2335m 4s

Raac, Rishi Sunak and a reshuffle at Labour – Politics Weekly UK podcast

What a first week back for Rishi Sunak: Gillian Keegan can’t stop making gaffes as schools continue to find out if they have unsafe concrete in their buildings. The Guardian’s John Harris and Gaby Hinsliff speak to a headteacher whose school is affected. Plus, the Guardian political reporter Aletha Adu discusses what’s going on behind the scenes with Labour’s reshuffle. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/09/2340m 53s

Politics Weekly UK is on holiday – Politics Weekly UK

Politics Weekly UK is taking a break for the summer. John Harris will be back on Thursday 7 September, and in the meantime you can listen to our previous episodes here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
31/08/2327s

Politics Weekly UK is on holiday – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Politics Weekly UK is taking a break for the summer. John Harris will be back on Thursday 7 September, and in the meantime you can listen to our previous episodes here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/08/2327s

Politics Weekly UK is on holiday – episode round-up podcast

Politics Weekly UK is taking a break for the summer. John Harris will be back on Thursday 7 September, and in the meantime you can listen to our previous episodes here.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/08/2327s

The best of 2023 (so far): Politics Weekly UK

Politics Weekly UK is on holiday for the next couple of weeks. But we’ve chosen some of our favourite interviews from this year for you to listen to. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/08/2334m 17s

Keir Starmer’s Labour: hope or despair? – Politics Weekly UK

Keir Starmer’s Labour party looks closer to power than at any point over the past 13 years, but where is the sense of optimism and vision for the future? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political reporter Aletha Adu and columnist Polly Toynbee. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/08/2338m 55s

Zac Goldsmith on the Tory green climbdown – Politics Weekly UK podcast

As images of wildfires, heatwaves and typhoons spread across the world, the UK government has hinted it could backtrack on its own green commitments. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the Conservative peer and former international climate minister Zac Goldsmith and the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar to discuss why the Conservatives and Labour struggle with climate policy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27/07/2337m 38s

Selby and Ainsty: is this where Rishi Sunak flops? – Politics Weekly UK

The Selby and Ainsty byelection holds the highest stakes for Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives. Can Labour overturn a 20,000-plus majority? The Guardian’s John Harris goes to the constituency to see what people think. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/07/2332m 29s

There’s no money left (again) – Politics Weekly UK podcast

UK wages have risen at a faster pace than expected but inflation is still worryingly high. The Conservatives seem to be edging back towards austerity and Labour doesn’t want to offer ‘false hope’ on the economy. Is the politics of hope dead? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by former Tory minister David Gauke and Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/07/2330m 27s

The NHS at 75: Unhappy Birthday? – Politics Weekly UK

The NHS turns 75 this week. But facing a staffing crisis, an ageing and unhealthy population, and increasingly poorer health outcomes for patients, what will be next for our beleaguered national health service? The Guardian’s John Harris discusses the possible treatment plans with Pat Cullen, the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, and Isabel Hardman, a political journalist and author of Fighting for Life, a new book on the NHS. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
06/07/2336m 0s

Uxbridge, Johnson and the end of the Tory dream – Politics Weekly UK

Politics Weekly UK is on the byelection trail again, this time in Boris Johnson’s old seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Rafael Behr to speak to residents, businesses and the MPs David Simmonds and Steve Reed about what the battle for the former prime minister’s seat tells us about the state of the nation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/06/2341m 48s

Frome’s byelection battle: head or heart?– Politics Weekly UK

This week, Politics Weekly UK is in Frome in the south-west of England before one of three confirmed byelections. Against a backdrop of high inflation, painful mortgage rates and more allegations of Tory sleaze, the Guardian’s John Harris speaks to people about whether they think anyone is able to bring them the change they need. And whether they are better off voting with their heads or their hearts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/06/2334m 13s

Peerages and posh boys – Politics Weekly UK podcast

The Conservative party is not far from all-out war, from Rishi Sunak’s public criticism of Boris Johnson to Nadine Dorries decrying ‘posh boys’ for blocking her peerage. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and the former Tory cabinet minister David Gauke to try to untangle the mess. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
15/06/2333m 35s

Starmer: hammering the left?– Politics Weekly UK podcast

Labour looks closer to power than it has been for the last decade, but as it nears the next election, some big tensions are starting to become clear. One is its plan for a green economy, another on the candidates being selected. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Rafael Behr and Gaby Hinsliff to look at what Keir Starmer will do next.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/06/2336m 15s

The Covid inquiry vs the Cabinet Office – Politics Weekly UK

The legal tug of war between the Covid inquiry and the Cabinet Office continues this week. Gaby Hinsliff sits in for John Harris, and talks to the former Downing Street chief of staff Gavin Barwell and the former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal about the possible reasons for the government’s position. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/06/2329m 19s

Boris, Braverman and borders – Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak is fighting fires this week as Boris Johnson and Suella Braverman steal the headlines. And as new net migration figures are released on Thursday, can the prime minister take back control of the narrative? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Rafael Behr and Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/05/2333m 12s

NatCon: The Tories tilt to the right – Politics Weekly UK

Some of the big figures on the political right, including two cabinet ministers, have been speaking this week at the National Conservatism conference in London. How much sway does this vocal group have over government? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the former Tory minister David Gauke and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to discuss. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/05/2336m 39s

Hung up on a hung parliament – Politics Weekly UK

Keir Starmer and Ed Davey have both refused to rule out forming a coalition between their parties at the next general election. Following disastrous results for the Conservatives in the local elections, what will this mean for Labour and the Liberal Democrats? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff, standing in for John Harris this week, asks political editor Pippa Crerar and former Conservative special advisor Salma Shah what a Labour/Lib Dem pact could look like. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/05/2328m 48s

NHS strikes: the women taking back control – Politics Weekly UK

More than a million NHS workers will get a 5% pay rise after health unions accepted a government offer. But the Royal College of Nursing has rejected the offer. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to Pat Cullen, the general secretary of the RCN and Frances O’Grady, a Labour peer and former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, about the future for public sector workers. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/05/2338m 48s

Sudan: what happens next? – Politics Weekly UK

The UK government has been criticised for its slowness in evacuating UK nationals from Sudan. But what could this mean for the millions of civilians left there in dire and dangerous circumstances? The Guardian’s John Harris asks Africa correspondent Jason Burke. Also, amid a fresh charge of antisemitism and ahead of a big electoral test, has Keir Starmer cleaned up the Labour party? Political editor Pippa Crerar and columnist Gaby Hinsliff join John to discuss the issue. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27/04/2334m 32s

‘Let them eat maths!’ – Politics Weekly UK

The UK needs to shift its ‘anti-maths mindset’, according to Rishi Sunak. But while the prime minister wants everyone to learn maths until the age of 18, do the sums add up against a recruitment crisis in teaching? The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to Gill Burbridge, headteacher of Leyton sixth form college, and Guardian columnists Rafael Behr and Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
20/04/2333m 22s

The Tories – seven years, five PMs. What’s next? Politics Weekly UK podcast

Boris Johnson won an 80-seat majority in 2019, redrawing the electoral map and threatening Labour with another decade in opposition. Less than four years later, the Conservatives are on their third leader in 12 months and are trailing in the polls. So how did the UK get here? The Guardian’s John Harris asks Prof Tim Bale, whose new book, The Conservative Party After Brexit, looks at what went wrong for the Tories. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/04/2335m 59s

Will Stevenage Woman make Starmer PM? – Politics Weekly UK

Who does Labour need to win over – or win back – to form a government at the next election? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnist Gaby Hinsliff, former Ed Miliband speechwriter Marc Stears and Josh Simons from Labour Together to discuss how the party can target these voters. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
06/04/2337m 37s

Can Humza Yousaf unite the SNP? – Politics Weekly UK

Humza Yousaf has become new leader of the SNP. But with Scotland’s path to independence looking further away than ever, can Nicola Sturgeon’s replacement reignite the party and the debate? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks, columnist Gaby Hinsliff and former Downing Street chief of staff Gavin Barwell. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30/03/2336m 38s

The Boris Inquisition – Politics Weekly UK

With the former prime minister having been questioned by MPs on the privileges select committee, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar to discuss Johnson’s fight to save his career, and speaks to those who worked on the frontline of the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
23/03/2347m 9s

Blair, power and public trust: the Iraq war 20 years on – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Next week marks 20 years since the UK joined US and coalition forces in the invasion of Iraq. The Guardian’s John Harris looks back on the war’s troubled legacy and its impact on politics today, with the journalist Audrey Gillan, who reported from Iraq, and the columnist Jonathan Freedland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/03/2349m 1s

The Budget: Hunting for growth? – Politics Weekly UK

Jeremy Hunt has set out his first budget as chancellor. With plans to boost childcare and help people get back to work, can it provide the much-needed growth the economy needs? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by former Conservative minister David Gauke and Miatta Fahnbulleh from the New Economics Foundation to discuss. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/03/2337m 20s

Small boats and big promises – Politics Weekly UK

Another plan has been announced to crack down on so-called small boats arriving illegally in the UK. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to immigration specialist Zoe Gardner and former Conservative special advisor Luke Tryl, and discusses the history of immigration rhetoric with Guardian political editor Pippa Crerar. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/03/2337m 21s

Is this the end of the Tories’ Brexit wars? Politics Weekly UK

After years of tensions, Rishi Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen this week unveiled their new Brexit deal to virtually universal praise. But is there a catch? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Brexit correspondent Lisa O’Carroll, columnist Rafael Behr and former No 10 chief of staff and Conservative peer Gavin Barwell to discuss. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/03/2337m 57s

How the war in Ukraine changed the world – Politics Weekly UK

This week marks one year since Russia sent its troops into Ukraine. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, and the Ukrainian MP, Kira Rudik, to look at how the war has changed world politics. And, what the future may look like for Ukraine and Russia.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
23/02/2337m 54s

‘I’m a human being’: Nicola Sturgeon resigns – Politics Weekly UK podcast

It’s the end of an era for two politicians: Nicola Sturgeon has announced she will quit as leader of the SNP and Jeremy Corbyn has been blocked from re-entering the Labour party by Keir Starmer. Gaby Hinsliff is in for John Harris and she speaks to Guardian deputy political editor Jessica Elgot and former Conservative cabinet minister David Gauke. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/02/2331m 9s

Will the reshuffle save Sunak? Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak has carried out a reshuffle of his ministers and departments in Whitehall. But will it be enough to save his party from electoral wipeout at the next election? To discuss is the Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff, standing in for John Harris, who is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and former Conservative special adviser Salma Shah. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/02/2334m 17s

Does Britain really regret Brexit? – Politics Weekly UK

It’s been three years since the UK officially left the EU. This week the IMF has predicted we will be the only major global economy to shrink this year. Plus opinion polls suggest people are regretting their vote. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnist Rafael Behr, Brexit correspondent Lisa O’Carroll and economics editor Larry Elliott to look at what Brexit has delivered. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/02/2338m 26s

Why can’t Sunak clean up the Conservatives? – Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak came into No 10 promising to earn our trust. But three months into the job he encounters an inquiry into his party chair, questions over Boris Johnson’s appointment for the BBC chair, and a police penalty for failing to wear his seatbelt. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Gaby Hinsliff and Rafael Behr to discuss why the prime minister can’t seem to rid his party of sleaze allegations. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/01/2335m 24s

The power of the union? Politics Weekly UK

John Harris joins nurses striking on the picket line to find out what life is really like for them. He speaks to Christina McAnea, the head of the union Unison, to find out what it is like negotiating with Conservative ministers. Plus, John is joined by the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and Scotland correspondent, Libby Brooks, to run through the ramifications of the UK government blocking Scotland’s gender recognition bill. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/01/2345m 54s

Why has the NHS collapsed? – Politics Weekly UK podcast

Health officials are reporting that the NHS is on its knees. John Harris talks to the Guardian’s health policy editor, Denis Campbell, about what he has seen. Plus, Conservative peer Gavin Barwell and Gaby Hinsliff talk about why NHS reform is such a tricky conversation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
12/01/2335m 46s

How will 2022 be remembered? – Politics Weekly UK podcast

In a year that saw three prime ministers, two monarchs and a whole lot of political and social unrest, how will 2022 be remembered? The Guardian’s John Harris looks back on the last 12 months, and asks what might happen in the next, with columnist Gaby Hinsliff and political editor Pippa Crerar. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/12/2247m 22s

How can Rishi Sunak hold the Tories together? – Politics Weekly UK

Faced with a country brought almost to a standstill by strikes, a cost of living crisis, and an increasingly desperate situation in the channel, just what should the Conservative Party be doing to get a grip on the situation? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the Conservative peer and former Downing Street chief of staff Gavin Barwell, and the political strategist Jo Tanner, to ask if, after 12 years in power, the Tories are running out of road.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
15/12/2234m 20s

What would a Labour government feel like? – Politics Weekly UK

Twenty points ahead in the polls, the Labour party looks closer to power now than it has done for more than a decade. But what do we really know about Keir Starmer’s vision for government? And how much has the UK’s political landscape changed since the 1997 Labour landslide? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnist Gaby Hinsliff and Stewart Wood, a Labour peer and former adviser to Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown, to discuss.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/12/2235m 35s

Strikes hit ‘strongman’ Sunak – Politics Weekly UK

Nurses, rail staff and royal mail workers are expected to strike this winter. Will Rishi Sunak’s ‘Operation Get Tough’ have any impact? And as protests continue to rage in China, the PM used the lavish Lord Mayor’s Banquet earlier this week to announce the ‘golden era’ of relations with China is over. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Rafael Behr and Zoe Williams, and will be speaking on China to the Guardian’s former China correspondent Tania Branigan. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/12/2235m 23s

Are public services beyond breaking point? – Politics Weekly UK

The Guardian’s John Harris is in the West Midlands to talk to teachers, librarians and the local council about how more than a decade’s worth of real terms cuts is taking its toll on services. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/11/2233m 45s

The autumn statement – Politics Weekly UK

The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has given details in his autumn statement of how the government will try to help struggling households, businesses and public services. But after 12 years in power and with the UK now in recession, can the Conservatives convince people they are the right party to turn the economy around? John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the columnist Rafael Behr to look at what the statement tells us about where we’re headed. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/11/2231m 50s

Autumn statement 2022 trailer – Politics Weekly UK

The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, is to deliver the autumn statement later on Thursday. The Guardian’s John Harris will be joined after by political editor Pippa Crerar and columnist Rafael Behr to unpick the government’s plan.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/11/2238s

Politicians or protesters: who can save the planet? – Politics Weekly UK

As global leaders are gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh for the Cop27 summit, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Labour’s minister for the climate and net zero, Ed Miliband, and columnist Gaby Hinsliff, to ask what will it take for politicians to finally take the climate emergency seriously? And, we hear from a Just Stop Oil activist on the action they’re taking. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/11/2234m 3s

Braverman, cuts, and the end of Sunak’s honeymoon? –Politics Weekly UK

Criticism of Suella Braverman is mounting, with the home secretary under fire over her handling of an immigration centre in Kent. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the former Conservative MP and justice secretary, David Gauke, and economist Miatta Fahnbulleh, to look at what this says about Rishi Sunak’s political judgment, and the Conservatives’ immigration policy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/11/2234m 53s

Ready for Rishi? Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak has promised to fix the mistakes made by his predecessor Liz Truss. But only a day into the job, the new PM is already facing criticism for his decision to reappoint Suella Braverman as home secretary. The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by the political strategist Jo Tanner and Will Tanner, the director of the centre-right thinktank Onward, to look at what bumps in the road lie ahead for Sunak. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27/10/2235m 13s

Rishi Sunak becomes Prime Minister – Politics Weekly UK

Rishi Sunak will be the UK’s next prime minister, the country’s third in as many months. The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by the former Downing Street chief of staff to Theresa May, Gavin Barwell, and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to discuss his win and the road ahead. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/10/2230m 38s

Liz Truss resigns – Politics Weekly UK

Liz Truss has resigned on her 45th day in office. Gaby Hinsliff speaks to the Guardian political editor, Pippa Crerar, about the dramatic events that led to this moment. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
20/10/2228m 1s

Can Liz Truss cling on? Politics Weekly UK

Liz Truss has apologised for the ‘mistakes’ she made in her mini-budget. But as her new chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, shreds her economic plan and warns of ‘eye-watering’ decisions ahead, will her party accept the tough choices they face? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff speaks to the former Conservative adviser Salma Shah and columnist Rafael Behr about the prime minister’s options. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/10/2233m 3s

Are Truss’s tax cuts dead? Politics Weekly UK

Under pressure from the markets, the IMF, and her own MPs, will Liz Truss have to reverse the tax cuts she outlined in her mini-budget? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff speaks to the political correspondent Peter Walker and the columnist Rafael Behr on what options the government is left with. And as Labour continues to sail high in the polls, what can Keir Starmer do to keep them there?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/10/2234m 7s

In Truss we trust? Politics Weekly UK

Liz Truss used her first conference speech as leader of the Conservative party to try to reassert herself. Did she manage it? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and Gavin Barwell, former chief of staff to Theresa May, to find out. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/10/2235m 35s

Can the Conservatives get a grip? Politics Weekly UK

It’s been a busy few days for the Conservative party. Rebel MPs pushed the chancellor into announcing a U-turn on abolishing the 45p top rate of income tax. Now it seems like another battle is looming over universal credit. The Guardian’s John Harris is at the party’s conference in Birmingham to ask: has Liz Truss lost control?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/10/2233m 0s

Is Labour ready for government? Politics Weekly UK

Keir Starmer has set out his alternative vision for the country at Labour’s annual conference. Against the backdrop of market turmoil and the government seemingly in freefall, Politics Weekly UK goes to the Labour conference in Liverpool, hearing from people in and outside the hall on how they’re being impacted by the cost of living. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to Ed Miliband, the shadow climate secretary, mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar on whether Labour’s offer is getting through to people. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/09/2239m 3s

Kwasi Kwarteng’s budget gamble – Politics Weekly UK

The mini-budget has landed and there was nothing mini about it. Big tax announcements such as abolishing the 45% additional rate of income tax as well as plans for growth were included. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Resolution Foundation chief executive Torsten Bell to talk through the details. John also speaks to columnists Gaby Hinsliff and Rafael Behr about how big a gamble the announcements are. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
23/09/2236m 7s

Liz Truss: making the rich richer? Politics Weekly UK

Scrapping the bankers’ bonus cap, slashing taxes and lifting the moratorium on fracking. Liz Truss says she is prepared to be ‘unpopular’ to boost the UK economy, but who really benefits? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by David Gauke, a former Conservative chief secretary to the Treasury, and Miatta Fahnbulleh, CEO of the New Economics Foundation, to discuss Truss’s vision for the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/09/2234m 47s

Pomp, protest and a closed down country – Politics Weekly UK podcast

It’s been a week of wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Meanwhile anti-monarchy protesters have been arrested, food banks closed and hospital appointments cancelled in her honour. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the Observer’s Sonia Sodha and Guardian columnist Rafael Behr to look at what this all tells us about the UK’s media, the monarchy and democracy.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
15/09/2234m 47s

The political legacy of Queen Elizabeth II – Politics Weekly UK

As Prince Charles becomes king, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Gaby Hinsliff and Gavin Barwell, an adviser to the former prime minister Theresa May and member of the privy council, to discuss the political legacy of the Queen. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/09/2235m 35s

From Today in Focus: the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. In this episode of Today in Focus, Polly Toynbee joins Nosheen Iqbal to look back on her life. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/09/2231m 31s

Truss’s first week - Politics Weekly UK

The wait is over: Liz Truss is our fourth Conservative prime minister in six years. And after appointing what some people have called one of the most right-wing cabinets of the last 100 years, John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar and columnist Gaby Hinsliff to find out what is in store for the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/09/2234m 21s

Inside a Tory hustings... and out in the real world - Politics Weekly UK

Britain will have a new prime minister on Monday. While Rishi Sunak’s chances seem to have faded away, it looks like Liz Truss will have the task of dealing with rising inflation, soaring energy bills, a probable recession and the real possibility of two-thirds of all UK households facing fuel poverty in January. Last week, the Guardian’s John Harris went to Birmingham to ask people there how they are preparing for winter and get a sense at a Tory hustings event of the UK’s immediate political future. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/09/2238m 6s

Running out of energy? Truss’s cost of living plan – Politics Weekly UK

With Liz Truss likely to be the next prime minister, former government advisers Sam Freedman and Salma Shah join the Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff to discuss what Truss’ premiership might actually do. And, after two years of disrupted GCSEs, what will Thursday’s results tell us about the impact of the pandemic on students?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/08/2230m 37s

Politics Weekly UK’s summer reading list

While politics might not be taking a summer holiday this year, Politics Weekly UK is snatching a quick break. So this week, the Guardian’s John Harris brings you his summer reading list: five books that shine a light on where the UK has ended up and the absurdity of everyday politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/08/228m 14s

Mick Lynch on strikes and Britain’s crisis – Politics Weekly UK

The Bank of England has predicted the country will hit a recession by the end of the year. To make matters worse, energy bills are soaring and parts of the country could be brought to a standstill over the next few weeks due to strikes. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by RMT general secretary Mick Lynch and Miatta Fahnbulleh, the chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, to talk about how to tackle this social emergency. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/08/2239m 21s

Britain’s not got political talent – Politics Weekly UK

The Conservative leadership race has been derailed by U-turns, highlighting the weaknesses of the candidates. But with Keir Starmer also seemingly unable to decide if Labour frontbenchers should or shouldn’t join picket lines, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by our chief political correspondent, Jessica Elgot, and Gavin Barwell the former chief of staff to Theresa May to ask why we don’t have any political leaders of substance any more. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/08/2234m 57s

Dover, debates and (rail) disruption – Politics Weekly UK

Another week of blue-on-blue infighting, as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak take chunks out of each other in a series of television debates. To assess the fallout, Rafael Behr sits in for John Harris and is joined by the Observer’s Sonia Sodha and Will Tanner from the centre-right thinktank Onward. And after Wednesday’s rail strikes, we look at how the public feel when it comes to nationalisation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/07/2235m 23s

Conservative Special: Misplaced Truss? – Politics Weekly UK

Either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss will be the next leader of the Conservative party and the country. As the UK recovers from a week of extreme weather, will the candidates prioritise this over tax cuts and the economy? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the former Tory minister David Gauke and the Spectator’s deputy political editor Katy Balls. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/07/2234m 9s

Marina Hyde on the Conservative leadership race – Politics Weekly UK

The Conservative leadership race is in full swing. It’s been a week of awkward campaign videos, dirty tricks and wild promises on taxation. The Guardian’s Marina Hyde joins John Harris and Rafael Behr to talk through the weird and wonderful in the contest so far. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/07/2238m 38s

The last days of Boris Johnson – Politics Weekly podcast

Boris Johnson is clinging on to his leadership by a thread as the number of resignations from his government continues to rise. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Gaby Hinsliff and Rafael Behr, to discuss the future for the PM. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/07/2236m 43s

Politics Weekly UK goes to Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival has a rich political history, from its roots in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to links to the climate crisis today. The Guardian’s John Harris was at Glastonbury to find out what is keeping political activism moving on the left and how far Labour has to go. He spoke to the shadow secretary for climate change and net zero, Ed Miliband, the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and the Labour MP Zarah Sultana. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30/06/2232m 14s

The big byelection road trip – Politics Weekly podcast

There are two important byelections this week: one in Tiverton and Honiton, the other in Wakefield. The Guardian’s John Harris has been to both places, speaking to people about how they will vote and getting a sense of whether the Conservative government is in line for a shocking defeat. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/06/2245m 43s

Grounded: Priti Patel’s broken asylum policy

The government’s latest refugee policy collided with reality this week as the first deportation flight to Rwanda was halted at the last minute after a ruling by the European court of human rights. Meanwhile, the UK continued to pick a fight with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. Guardian journalist John Harris is joined by the columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s chief leader writer, Sonia Sodha. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/06/2235m 46s

Johnson: ‘Nothing and no one’ will stop me

Boris Johnson has survived a vote of no confidence this week and wants to draw a line under the rebellion. But what does he really have to offer instead? Reviving Margaret Thatcher’s right to buy? Tax cuts? Ripping up the Brexit agreement? Guardian journalist John Harris is joined by former Conservative cabinet minister David Gauke and the Guardian’s deputy political editor, Rowena Mason, to ask if this is enough to save the party.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/06/2234m 32s

A Tory identity crisis

The drip drip of letters to the 1922 Committee has now become a steady stream. Could Boris Johnson be facing a vote of no confidence as soon as next week? Gaby Hinsliff is joined by Guardian political reporter Peter Walker and Gavin Barwell, the former Conservative MP and chief of staff to Theresa May, to figure out if the Tory party has any policy plans for the future, or are they stuck in the past?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/06/2236m 11s

Humbled…?

The Sue Gray report has finally been published. Boris Johnson made a statement to parliament and took questions at a press conference. He said he was ‘humbled’ by what was in the report, but is that enough? John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to discuss what the report said and Johnson’s future. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/05/2238m 58s

Inflation rockets and still no Tory plan

Inflation has jumped to 9% putting renewed pressure on the government to take action on the cost of living crisis. John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff and the Guardian political correspondent Peter Walker to talk about what the government might do, finally. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/05/2234m 59s

Brexit is back …

Rafael Behr stands in for John Harris this week and is joined by Gavin Barwell, the former Conservative MP and chief of staff to Theresa May, and Miatta Fahnbulleh, the chief executive of the New Economics Foundation. With tensions resurfacing over the Brexit arrangements across the Northern Ireland border, is the UK government capable of finding a solution with EU leaders? And Keir Starmer took a political gamble this week – will it pay off?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
12/05/2232m 56s

Partygate, beergate and porngate – what’s left of public trust?

It’s been a tough week for Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer as the public vote in local elections on Thursday. With the cloud of beergate hanging over Starmer, and sex scandals and the cost of living crisis affecting Johnson, John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to talk about how this all creates deep distrust between the public and politicians. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/05/2235m 7s

We went to Plymouth … to see if Boris is finished

With a week to go until the local elections, John Harris goes to Britain’s self-styled Ocean City, which is politically split 50:50 and voted for Brexit. How angry are people about Partygate? How bad is the cost of living crisis? And as the Tories flounder, are voters interested in what Labour has to offer?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/04/2234m 9s

Are we in the middle of a constitutional crisis? Politics Weekly podcast

This week Boris Johnson has apologised again for breaking his own Covid lockdown rules while his home secretary, Priti Patel, has been heavily criticised over the legality of her plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff stands in for John Harris, and asks what happens when ministers no longer seem afraid to push the boundaries of the law? Gaby is joined by Guardian parliamentary sketch writer John Crace and Dr Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government and author of Held in Contempt. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/04/2227m 30s

Partygate fines and a resignation … but not from the PM

On Tuesday Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were fined by the Metropolitan police for breaching lockdown rules. But neither have resigned. John Harris is joined by the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff and the former special adviser Salma Shah to talk about how damaging this is for the PM, his party and the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/04/2235m 36s

Will privilege and parties sink the Tories?

In a week when the Metropolitan police fined the former Cabinet Office’s director of ethics for attending a lockdown party, and Tory MP David Warburton faces allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use, John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s Zoe Williams, and Miatta Fahnbulleh from the New Economics Foundation to talk about the return of a perception of sleaze and excess in the party. Plus, as Rishi Sunak’s popularity plunges after the spring statement, Miatta, who knows him personally, gives insight into where he has gone wrong.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/04/2231m 45s

A sample of Politics Weekly America: Why are Republicans flirting with QAnon conspiracies?

To hear the full episode, be sure to search for and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. During the Senate confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s nomination for supreme court justice, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was repeatedly asked about an unfounded claim that originated in the QAnon community. Joan E Greve and Alex Kaplan of Media Matters look at why some in the GOP are turning to a far-right extremist group for attack lines. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/04/224m 58s

Partygate is back…

Boris Johnson is again defending himself against allegations he lied about lockdown parties in Downing Street. Guardian journalist John Harris speaks to columnist Gaby Hinsliff and political correspondent Peter Walker about how damaging this is for Boris Johnson within the Tory party and with the public, and asks why Labour doesn’t seem to be capitalising on the government being mired in scandal again. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
31/03/2233m 35s

Politics Weekly America podcast sample: Can Ron DeSantis out-Trump Trump?

To hear the full episode, be sure to search for and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. Florida’s governor seems to relish addressing whatever culture war is raging. He might have learned a thing or two from his former backer, Donald Trump. If the polls are right, the two might end up fighting against each other in the Republican primaries for the 2024 presidential election. So who is DeSantis, and what are his chances? Jonathan Freedland speaks to Ana Ceballos of the Miami Herald and Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics to learn more about him.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/03/224m 47s

Did Rishi Sunak deliver? (spoiler: no)

On the day of Rishi Sunak’s spring statement, Robin Burgess from the Hope Centre in Northampton tells Guardian political columnist John Harris just how desperate the cost of living situation is. John is also joined by Miatta Fahnbulleh, the chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, and David Gauke, former chief secretary to the Treasury, to discuss why the Tories seem resistant to helping those most in need. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/03/2236m 26s

The fourth episode of Politics Weekly America: why are Democrats fleeing before the midterms?

To continue listening to Jonathan Freedland’s analysis of what’s happening in Washington and beyond, be sure to like and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of Michigan, who has chosen to not to run again this November. She shares her thoughts on the war in Ukraine, why she chose to leave office, and who in the Republican party worries her the most for 2024.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/03/2223m 39s

‘Train harder, fight harder’: talking to Ukraine MP Kira Rudyk

The Ukrainian MP Kira Rudyk, in Kyiv, tells Guardian political columnist John Harris how she and her fellow MPs are running the country despite escalating Russian aggression. John is then joined by the Guardian’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, and Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, to discuss Nato and the Russian nuclear threat. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/03/2236m 38s

The third episode of Politics Weekly America: Can Western power beat Putin?

To continue listening to Jonathan Freedland’s analysis of what’s happening in Washington and beyond, be sure to like and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Dr Shadi Hamid about why Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spark thought for anti-imperialists who question American power.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/03/2230m 44s

Why can’t the government get their refugee policy right?

Guardian political columnist John Harris is joined by Guardian columnists Rafael Behr and Zoe Williams to discuss the growing refugee crisis – more than 2 million people have now fled Ukraine – and the government’s ban on Russian oil imports. What could this mean for net zero targets?To listen to Jonathan Freedland’s podcast Politics Weekly America, search ‘Politics Weekly America’ on Apple, Spotify, Acast or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/03/2235m 9s

The second episode of Politics Weekly America: Interview with Alexander Vindman

To continue listening to Jonathan Freedland’s analysis of what’s happening in Washington and beyond, be sure to like and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. Retired Lt Col Alexander Vindman testified in front of Congress that he heard Donald Trump ask President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens. Trump was later impeached, and Vindman vilified by Republicans. In a week that saw President Biden give his State of the Union address, and Russia continue its invasion of Ukraine, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Vindman about his thoughts on how this war is informing the actions of American lawmakers. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/03/2223m 29s

Nuclear threat, a refugee crisis and Britain’s dirty money problem

Guardian political columnist John Harris is joined by senior correspondent Luke Harding, in Lviv, Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff and Salma Shah, special adviser to Sajid Javid when he was home secretary, to discuss Ukraine and Britain’s response. To listen to Jonathan Freedland’s podcast Politics Weekly America, search ‘Politics Weekly America’ on Apple, Spotify, Acast or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/03/2235m 3s

The first episode of Politics Weekly America: Biden sanctions Russia

To continue listening to Jonathan Freedland’s analysis of what’s happening in Washington and beyond, be sure to like and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. This week, as Russia invades Ukraine, Jonathan speaks to the former US ambassador to Nato, Ivo Daalder. The pair discuss why sanctions imposed on Putin by the west are probably too late for Ukraine. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/02/2223m 8s

Russia invades Ukraine

John Harris is joined by Dan Sabbagh, the Guardian’s defence and security editor, and the Guardian columnist Zoe Williams to talk about Vladimir Putin’s shocking decision to invade Ukraine and its implications for British politics. To hear Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and former US ambassador to Nato Ivo Daalder talking about Joe Biden’s response, search ‘Politics Weekly America’ wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/02/2235m 6s

Coming 24 February: your new Politics Weekly UK podcast

The Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from across the country and political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/02/2230s

Will diplomacy win over war? Politics Weekly Extra

As scepticism continues over Russia’s claims it has withdrawn troops from the Ukrainian border, Joan E Greve speaks to congressman Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, who was in Ukraine a couple of weeks ago. He shares his thoughts on the Biden administration’s approach so far. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/02/2224m 43s

Russia, questionnaires and Covid testing: Politics Weekly podcast

In the final episode hosted by the Guardian’s lobby team, Jessica Elgot and Aubrey Allegretti look at how the government is responding to the Ukraine crisis, and a criminal investigation into Downing Street parties. Jess is then joined by Heather Stewart and John Crace to look back at a wild few years in UK politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/02/2248m 24s

Why Ohio is a state to watch in 2022: Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland speaks to local Ohioan politics reporter, Andrew Tobias, about why the Senate and gubernatorial midterm races are shaping up to be a litmus test for the influence of Trumpism in Republican success. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/02/2225m 11s

Boris Johnson hopes reshuffle will steady the ship: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Polly Toynbee question the prime minister’s ability to apologise after Keir Starmer is harassed by an angry mob. Plus, Giles Kenningham and Tim Durant examine the staff shake-up at Downing Street. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/02/2228m 30s

Weekend: episode one of a new podcast

Ease into the weekend with our brand new podcast, showcasing some of the best Guardian and Observer writing from the week, read by talented narrators. In our first episode, Marina Hyde reflects on another less than stellar week for Boris Johnson (1m38s), Edward Helmore charts the rise of Joe Rogan (9m46s), Laura Snapes goes deep with singer George Ezra (18m30s), and Alex Moshakis asks, “Are you a jerk at work?” (34m40s). If you like what you hear, subscribe to Weekend on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/02/2248m 45s

Biden’s supreme court nomination decision: Politics Weekly Extra

As Republicans take aim at Joe Biden’s supreme court nominee … before he has even picked it, Jonathan Freedland and Joan Greve discuss who might replace associate justice Stephen Breyer. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/02/2223m 31s

Government’s levelling-up plan falls flat: Politics Weekly podcast

As Michael Gove launches his 12 ‘levelling up’ missions, Rowena Mason and Peter Walker discuss why Keir Starmer has switched attack lines. Plus, Dan Sabbagh explains why Boris Johnson took a trip to Ukraine this week. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/02/2231m 55s

Can Biden prevent a war with Russia? Politics Weekly podcast

Jonathan Freedland and Julian Borger discuss Joe Biden’s strategy when it comes to potential war with Russia over Ukraine, as well as some potentially good news at home for the president as he gets the chance to nominate a liberal pick to the supreme court. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/01/2228m 55s

Johnson survives another day without Gray inquiry findings: Politics Weekly podcast

As we wait patiently for Sue Gray to wrap up her inquiry into various alleged lockdown parties at Downing Street, the Met police have launched their own investigation. Heather Stewart and Jonathan Freedland discuss the potential fallout from it all. Plus, Aamna Mohdin looks into alleged Islamophobia in the Conservative party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/01/2227m 50s

Senate Democrats fail to pass voting rights bill: Politics Weekly Extra

As Joe Biden marks his first year in the White House, Democrats will be reeling from their loss to Republicans in the Senate, after Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema chose to let an important voting rights bill fail over a technicality. The Freedom to Vote: John R Lewis Act would have helped bolster voting rights for many minorities who have felt disenfranchised by recent legislation.Jonathan Freedland speaks to Errin Haines of The 19th about how black voters – who were instrumental in getting Biden elected in 2020 – think the president has done in his first year.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/01/2225m 26s

Should he stay or should he go? Politics Weekly podcast

After a chaotic prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, rumours circulated about which Tories were sending in letters of no confidence about Boris Johnson, and which were taking them back. Jessica Elgot and Polly Toynbee look at what lies ahead for the PM. Plus, Stewart Wood and Sonia Khan on the working culture in No 10 Downing Street. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/01/2229m 41s

Is the United States heading for civil war? Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland speaks to Barbara Walter, a former CIA adviser, about her new book about how civil wars start, and what politicians and the public should be doing to prevent another one in the US. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/01/2223m 38s

Is Boris Johnson now a ‘dead man walking’?: Politics Weekly podcast

As the prime minister finally apologises (sort of) for a lockdown party at Downing Street, Heather Stewart and Gaby Hinsliff look what the future holds for Boris Johnson. Plus, Peter Walker, Larry Elliott and Miatta Fahnbulleh discuss the impending cost of living crisis.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
12/01/2228m 24s

Congressman Jamie Raskin on the day democracy almost crumbled in the US: Politics Weekly podcast

Jonathan Freedland speaks to the House Representative from Maryland about last January’s Capitol riots, leading an impeachment trial against Trump, investigating colleagues and how his own grief influenced his work in 2021. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/01/2226m 33s

Ministers struggle to combat Omicron: Politics Weekly podcast

Rowena Mason and Sonia Sodha look at the problems facing the NHS and schools, as the government lifts some restrictions. Plus, Peter Walker, Jon Henley and Severin Carrell look at how Westminster’s Covid-19 plan differs from the rest of the UK and Europe. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/01/2231m 42s

Happy new year: Politics Weekly Extra podcast

A note from Jonathan Freedland as we ring in the new year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
31/12/2147s

Happy new year from the lobby team: Politics Weekly podcast

A note from the Guardian’s chief political correspondent, Jessica Elgot, as we head into 2022. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/12/2137s

Happy Christmas: Politics Weekly Extra podcast

A holiday note from Jonathan Freedland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/12/2148s

Will Johnson survive as prime minister in 2022? Politics Weekly podcast

Scandals were rampant throughout the halls of parliament in 2021, with sleaze, affairs, party leadership tussles, and lockdown parties at No 10 Downing Street. So what should we expect from UK politics next year? Jessica Elgot, Heather Stewart and Rafael Behr make their predictions. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/12/2126m 4s

What should we expect from Washington in 2022? Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland and Joan Greve look back on a chaotic year in US politics and attempt to offer some predictions of might be coming down the tracks in 2022. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/12/2137m 29s

Boris Johnson’s most humiliating rebellion yet: Politics Weekly podcast

Rowena Mason and Peter Walker look at what’s behind the revolt within the prime minister’s own party and how damaging it could be to his leadership. Plus: Aubrey Allegretti and Patrick Wintour wonder if Liz Truss would be the one to succeed Johnson if there was a vacancy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
15/12/2127m 14s

Why Georgia is a battleground state to watch: Politics Weekly Extra

A week after Stacey Abrams announced she was running for Georgia governor again, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Oliver Laughland about why the southern state is shaping up to be one of the most interesting to pay attention to for the 2022 midterm elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/12/2127m 50s

Boris Johnson exposed in Christmas party scandal: Politics Weekly podcast

Rowena Mason and Zoe Williams look at the potential consequences of the bombshell video that has thrown doubt on Boris Johnson’s repeated denials that there was a Christmas party at No 10 last year. Plus: Aubrey Allegretti, Peter Walker and Jessica Elgot look at what the byelections tell us about the need for a progressive alliance. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/12/2131m 32s

Republicans accused of Islamophobia? Politics Weekly Extra

Rep Lauren Boebert was recently filmed saying she experienced a ‘Jihad squad’ moment with the Muslim Rep Ilhan Omar. The party leadership hasn’t rebuked her, and some colleagues are defending her words. This week Jonathan Freedland speaks to Dr Abdul El-Sayed about Islamophobia in American politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/12/2123m 52s

Boris Johnson’s battle to save Christmas: Politics Weekly podcast

As the PM contradicts his own scientists, Jessica Elgot and Gaby Hinsliff discuss the government’s response to the new Omicron Covid variant. Plus: is Keir Starmer’s new shadow cabinet an election-winning Labour team? Starmer’s former director of communications Ben Nunn gives us his take in an exclusive first interview since he resigned last summer. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/12/2127m 4s

Can the Republican party escape Trump? Politics Weekly Extra

This month, 13 House Republicans crossed party lines and voted in favour of Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill. This prompted anger from colleagues, voters and the former president Donald Trump. And the Republican leadership was slow to jump to their defence. Jonathan Freedland and Tara Setmayer discuss what this says about the direction for the party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/11/2122m 56s

Has Boris Johnson lost his grip? Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Polly Toynbee discuss the government’s narrowly approved social care plan and Boris Johnson’s bizarre CBI speech. Plus: can Priti Patel solve the issue of Channel crossings? Rowena Mason is joined by Rajeev Syal and Sunder Katwala. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/11/2124m 44s

Is Kamala Harris being shunned by the US president? Politics Weekly Extra

After reports came out suggesting the vice-president was being underused, the White House came to her defence at the weekend. Jonathan Freedland and Lauren Gambino discuss the various rumours shrouding Biden and Harris’ relationship. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/11/2123m 29s

‘A coward not a leader’: Politics Weekly podcast

As row over MPs’ second jobs escalates, the Conservative party’s sleaze scandal is not going away. Jessica Elgot and Rafael Behr assess how damaging this could get for the Tories. Plus: the Guardian’s sketch writer John Crace on writing satire during a year of chaos in Westminster. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/11/2126m 1s

What happens when Nancy Pelosi retires? Politics Weekly Extra

Known as one of the most powerful women in US politics, the speaker of the House of Representatives is due to retire in the next few years. Jonathan Freedland and Susan Page look back at the career of one of the longest-serving politicians on Capitol Hill, and what her eventual exit will mean for the Democratic party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
12/11/2124m 33s

When does sleaze become corruption? Politics Weekly podcast

As the Conservative party remains split on how to respond to allegations of sleaze, Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart bring us up to date on what is happening. Plus, Nesrine Malik and Daniel Bruce of Transparency International look at how political systems may become corrupt over time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/11/2128m 43s

Is this a presidency-defining week for Biden? Politics Weekly Extra

Voters handed Joe Biden a devastating blow by electing a Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, in Virginia. Jonathan Freedland talks to David Smith about how the president rallies his party ahead of next year’s midterms.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/11/2124m 42s

A victorious but cautious PM at Cop26: Politics Weekly podcast

Rowena Mason and Peter Walker assess the performance of world leaders at Cop26 in Glasgow. Has the summit been anything more than smoke and mirrors?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/11/2116m 27s

The man who sued Trump for incitement: Politics Weekly Extra

In the aftermath of the 6 January attack on the Capitol, Donald Trump was impeached and acquitted for a second time. Jonathan Freedland talks to Congressman Eric Swalwell who talks about what a special select committee is doing to hold those deemed responsible for inciting the mob accountable. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/10/2120m 48s

Taxes rise as Sunak pledges to spend: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart, Larry Elliott and Aditya Chakrabortty break down what the chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the Commons on Budget day 2021. Plus, as we gear up for Cop26, Fiona Harvey tells Peter Walker about the man who’s leading the summit - Alok Sharma.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27/10/2129m 0s

Manchin thwarts Biden’s climate plan: Politics Weekly Extra

As Joe Biden gears up for his trip to Glasgow for the Cop26 summit, Senator Joe Manchin continues to try to water down the reconciliation bill, which as it stands includes transformational provisions to stem the adverse affects of the climate crisis. Joan Greve and Oliver Milman look at the potential fallout for the world if Manchin gets his way. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/10/2122m 24s

Westminster mourns the death of David Amess: Politics Weekly podcast

Following the death of the MP for Southend West, the second killing of an MP in five years, Jessica Elgot and Dan Sabbagh look at the security measures in place for public figures and what more could be done to keep them safe. Plus, Rupa Huq MP tells Aubrey Allegretti about the value, and risks, of constituency surgeries. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
20/10/2122m 26s

Why Virginia holds the key to the 2022 US midterms: Politics Weekly Extra podcast

This week Jonathan Freedland speaks to Jessica Taylor, of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. The pair discuss what the off-year gubernatorial elections coming up in a few weeks might tell us about Democrat and Republican chances in next year’s midterm elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
15/10/2121m 51s

Crises continue as Johnson holidays in Spain: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Gaby Hinsliff dissect a cross-party report that found the government’s response to Covid-19 contributed to ‘one of the UK’s worst ever public health failures’. Plus, as the UK and EU enter the latest negotiations over the Northern Ireland protocol, Lisa O’Carroll tells Rowena Mason why the UK could be heading for a trade war. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/10/2124m 17s

McConnell hands Democrats surprising win: US Politics Weekly Extra

The US Senate has reached a deal to extend the debt ceiling until early December, which narrowly averted an ‘economic catastrophe’. But is this the end? Or will the crisis just re-emerge a few weeks from now? And can the Democrats finally agree on two separate major spending bills? Jonathan Freedland discusses this with Joan E Greve. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/10/2123m 52s

Johnson full of poems, puns, but not policy: Politics Weekly podcast

Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart dissect the prime minister’s speech at the Conservative party conference. Plus, Aubrey Allegretti looks at why some Tory MPs are warning the party over its plans to level up the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
06/10/2123m 30s

Why is Trump still making headlines? Politics Weekly Extra podcast

This week a rush of new stories and allegations came out about Donald Trump with the publication of two new books. Jonathan Freedland talks to Richard Wolffe about why it’s important to keep talking about the former president. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/10/2127m 43s

Starmer faces hecklers during conference speech: Politics Weekly podcast

In a 90-minute speech rounding off the Labour party conference, Keir Starmer promised a ‘strong plan for government’ and attacked his counterpart in Downing Street, calling him a ‘showman’. Jessica Elgot and the lobby team in Brighton bring us the highlights and lowlights of the event. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/09/2122m 3s

Does the world trust Joe Biden? Politics Weekly Extra

This week, Joe Biden spoke to the UN General Assembly for the first time as president. After watching him oversee a disastrous exit from Afghanistan and sign up to a controversial nuclear submarine deal with the UK and Australia, Jonathan Freedland and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri discuss how the world views Biden. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/09/2122m 32s

No US trade deal in sight for Johnson: Politics Weekly podcast

Rowena Mason is joined by Heather Stewart in the US to discuss the prime minister’s UN speech and meeting with Joe Biden in the White House. Plus Larry Elliott and Torsten Bell discuss the politics of an energy crisis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22/09/2127m 18s

Politics Weekly Extra: Hillary Clinton in conversation with Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland hosted a special Guardian Live event where he spoke to the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. As the US commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks last weekend, the pair talked about her memories of the day, given she was the senator for New York at the time; how US politics has changed since then; and whether or not retaliation by American forces has made the US and the world a safer or more dangerous place. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/09/2128m 49s

The aftermath of Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle: Politics Weekly podcast

There’s a new cabinet in town – or at least a different one than yesterday. Aubrey Allegretti and Rowena Mason look at the winners and losers of Boris Johnson’s reshuffle. Plus, Jessica Elgot and Rafael Behr analyse the government’s Covid winter plan. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
15/09/2128m 8s

Biden administration sues Texas over abortion law: Politics Weekly Extra

On Thursday night, the US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the US Justice Department would launch a federal lawsuit against Texas over the extreme abortion law that the state introduced last week. Jonathan Freedland speaks to Moira Donegan about what all of this means for Roe v Wade. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/09/2126m 5s

Manifesto pledges are broken to ‘fix’ social care: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Zoe Williams discuss the prime minister’s announcement of a £12bn healthcare levy to be introduced through a rise in national insurance contributions. Plus, Libby Brooks and Peter Walker look at the state of Green party politics in the UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
08/09/2128m 13s

A disastrous end to the Afghanistan war: Politics Weekly Extra

As the last of the US troops took off from Kabul on Tuesday, Jonathan Freedland spoke to Thomas Kean. Kean co-wrote the 9/11 commission report, detailing who was to blame for the events of September 11, and making recommendations to prevent a subsequent attack. He shares his thoughts on the end of America’s longest war. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/09/2128m 39s

Can David Frost actually make Brexit work? Politics Weekly podcast

In the last episode of our special summer series, Jessica Elgot asks her guests: Who is the elusive David Frost? When did he become such a Eurosceptic? And how will the continuous fallout from Brexit affect his legacy?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
01/09/2118m 19s

From the archive: Republicans and race – Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland revisits an enlightening conversation with Michael Steele, a former chair of the Republican national committee, who campaigned for a Joe Biden victory in last year’s US presidential election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27/08/2126m 42s

Drakeford’s secret for Welsh Labour success: Politics Weekly podcast

In the third episode of our special summer series, Rowena Mason asks her guests: who is the first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford? Is it his politics, or his character, that drives his success? And what would he like his legacy to be?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/08/2119m 48s

How did UK ministers fail to see the fall of Afghanistan: Politics Weekly podcast

Taking a break from our summer series, Jessica Elgot and Dan Sabbagh discuss what the UK government can do after the Taliban completed their takeover of Afghanistan much more quickly than many ministers were expecting. How do they plan to help thousands of stranded Afghans looking for asylum?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/08/2121m 19s

Are the Democrats doomed in 2022? Politics Weekly Extra

Analyst David Shor and Jonathan Freedland look at the data and the polls and discuss why the Democrats should be worried – and what they need to do to improve their chances of winning the next presidential election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/08/2125m 35s

Is Angela Rayner gunning to be Labour leader? Politics Weekly podcast

In the second episode of our special summer series, Rowena Mason asks her guests: is Angela Rayner the politician that can get Labour back to winning ways? How has her now well-known backstory informed her politics? And should the Tories be worried about where she goes next?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/08/2122m 53s

The Republicans confusing the vaccine effort: Politics Weekly Extra

Jessica Glenza and Jonathan Freedland discuss how party politics is playing a role in helping – and hindering – public health messaging. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
06/08/2124m 31s

Who is the real Sajid Javid? Politics Weekly podcast

In the first episode of our special summer series, Jessica Elgot asks her guests: who is the new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid? How did he rise to the top? What makes him tick? And is he as funny as some claim he is?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/08/2123m 24s

Biden’s battle to solve the climate crisis: Politics Weekly Extra

Last December, a month before his inauguration, Biden announced he was naming former secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever presidential envoy for climate as part of his plan to deal with the crisis. Joan E Greve talks to Oliver Milman about what Biden’s climate change plans are, what challenges he’s up against and if he and John Kerry can lead the way in solving the climate crisis.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30/07/2123m 20s

Police mock Johnson’s big crime plan: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Rafael Behr discuss ‘crime week’, as the government attempts to shift the narrative. Plus, Katy Hayward, Daniel Boffey and Jess Sargeant look at what’s behind the latest tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/07/2128m 8s

The GOP’s push for anti-trans laws: Politics Weekly Extra

Republican lawmakers have introduced the highest number of anti-trans bills to be filed in a single year in 2021. Joan E Greve speaks to Sam Levin about why some in the GOP are trying to ban transgender children from certain sports teams and limit their access to gender-affirming healthcare.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
23/07/2125m 37s

Government ‘all over the place’ as summer recess begins: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Polly Toynbee discuss a purge of so-called far-left factions from the Labour party. Plus, as Boris Johnson again delays the social care overhaul, Heather Stewart, David Gauke, Jill Rutter and Ryan Shorthouse look at the future for his premiership goals. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/07/2129m 33s

What is the state of US-China relations? Politics Weekly Extra

It’s been 50 years this month since Henry Kissinger, the then national security advisor, made a secret trip to the People’s Republic of China. Joan E Greve talks to the Guardian’s China affairs correspondent, Vincent Ni, to find out how the current diplomatic relationship compares with 1971. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/07/2124m 12s

Politicians wrestle with patriotism: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Martin Kettle discuss the government’s narrow win to slash foreign aid spending. Plus, Sienna Rodgers, Will Tanner and Sunder Katwala reflect on how politicians are waking up to a progressive patriotism. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/07/2128m 31s

Is Harris a good vice-president? Politics Weekly Extra

After a rocky few weeks for Kamala Harris, Joan E Greve speaks to Lawrence Haas, former communications director for Al Gore, about the ins and outs of being a successful second in command to the president. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/07/2124m 3s

Johnson’s gamble with Covid: Politics Weekly – podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Sonia Sodha to discuss the government’s announcement that most coronavirus restrictions in England will end on 19 July. Plus, after last week’s win in Batley and Spen, Labour feels emboldened. How does Keir Starmer use this victory to his advantage?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/07/2129m 51s

Trump’s true battle with coronavirus: Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland speaks to Yasmeen Abutaleb, author of a new book that details just how serious the president’s condition was when he contracted Covid-19 last October. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/07/2124m 25s

Javid brings confidence after scandal: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Rafael Behr discuss Matt Hancock’s departure and the issues facing the new health secretary, Sajid Javid. Plus, after one of the nastiest campaigns in UK politics in recent times, will the Batley and Spen byelection cause another electoral upset for Labour?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30/06/2130m 5s

Biden v US Catholic bishops: Politics Weekly Extra

Last week Catholic bishops in the US voted to move forward with plans that could result in Joe Biden being banned from receiving communion because of his stance on abortion. Jonathan Freedland speaks to former congressman Tom Perriello about the decision and its potential impact on voters. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25/06/2122m 55s

Did Brexit transform UK politics forever? Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Gaby Hinsliff look at the latest news out of Westminster. Plus: as we mark the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum, has it changed British politics irreversibly? Laura Parker, James Starkie and Anand Menon look back.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
23/06/2132m 45s

Joe Manchin and the filibuster: Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland and Prof Sarah Binder discuss why two Democratic senators are proving a thorn in Joe Biden’s side. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
18/06/2125m 37s

Johnson’s reluctant surrender to science: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Martin Kettle discuss the political fallout of the announced delay to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England. Plus: Peter Walker is joined by Sonia Sodha and Katy Balls to ask why MPs are so keen to get involved in the perennial culture wars. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/06/2128m 37s

How much trouble is Rudy Giuliani in? Politics Weekly Extra

As an investigation and lawsuit hang over the former New York mayor and lawyer to Donald Trump, Jonathan Freedland finds out about the man from biographer Andrew Kirtzman. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/06/2129m 39s

Domestic pressures ahead of hosting the G7: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Polly Toynbee discuss the Tory rebellion over foreign aid cuts in a week in which the government will host the G7 group of wealthy nations. Jessica Elgot is joined by Patrick Wintour and Sir Ivan Rogers to look ahead to the summit. Plus: Rory Carroll asks Dr Alan Renwick about the findings of the working group on unification referendums on the island of Ireland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/06/2143m 23s

Republicans grapple with Marjorie Taylor Greene: Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland and Joan E Greve look at what it might take for the Republican leadership to properly punish Marjorie Taylor Greene for the outrageous and offensive comments she continues to make. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
04/06/2124m 14s

Johnson’s latest lockdown dilemma: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Zoe Williams look at the arguments for and against lifting England’s last Covid restrictions on 21 June; Libby Brooks, Dani Garavelli and Kezia Dugdale discuss the newly elected Scottish parliament; plus Aubrey Allegretti talks to Sajjad Karim about the Tory Islamophobia report published last week. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/06/2143m 0s

Should Biden reform the supreme court? Politics Weekly Extra

Last week, the US supreme court agreed to hear a case that could significantly roll back abortion rights. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Christopher Kang, former deputy counsel to President Obama, about calls to restructure the highest federal court in the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/05/2128m 50s

Cummings throws government under the bus: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Sonia Sodha discuss the dramatic revelations from Dominic Cummings’ marathon evidence session before a Commons select committee. Daniel Trilling and David Blunkett talk about the problems in the Home Office. Plus, Peter Walker and Will Jennings look at the politics of levelling up. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/05/2145m 47s

The Guardian’s history in the US: Politics Weekly Extra

As celebrations marking the Guardian’s 200th year continue, Jonathan Freedland and David Smith explore the paper’s rocky road through covering the biggest stories in US political history. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/05/2128m 47s

India variant creates tension among Tories – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Rafael Behr look at domestic pressures over the India coronavirus variant as the UK continues to unlock. Plus, to celebrate the Guardian’s 200th birthday, Heather speaks with three former political editors about how the job, and its challenges, have changed. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/05/2142m 34s

What is Biden’s policy in the Middle East?: Politics Weekly Extra

As the world witnesses the worst violence in Israel and Gaza since the 2014 war, the US president, Joe Biden, has been criticised for his response. Jonathan Freedland speaks to the veteran negotiator Dennis Ross about the history of US policy in the Middle East. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/05/2129m 43s

Queen’s speech to the new Tory base: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Gaby Hinsliff dissect what was and was not mentioned in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday. Ailbhe Rea and Ellie Mae O’Hagan look at where the Labour party is headed after very mixed election results. Plus, Peter Walker speaks to Francis Elliot about how successive governments have tried and failed to tackle social care reform. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
12/05/2140m 43s

Tucker Carlson for president?: Politics Weekly Extra

As rumours swirl that Fox News’s primetime show host might run to be Republican nominee in 2024, Jonathan Freedland speaks to former GOP communications director Tara Setmayer about the danger this would pose to American democracy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/05/2126m 7s

Party leaders brace for Super Thursday: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Polly Toynbee assess party campaigns in the run-up to the regional and local elections on 6 May. Aubrey Allegretti asks the pollsters Emily Gray and Joe Twyman what to expect. Plus, 100 years after the partition of Ireland, Rory Carroll is joined by Prof Peter Shirlow and Patricia MacBride to look at the future of Northern Ireland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/05/2139m 57s

Biden’s ‘transformative’ 100 days in office: Politics Weekly Extra

Despite Joe Biden only being president for a little more than three months, some are calling his tenure ‘transformative’. Jonathan Freedland and Robert Reich dissect the US leader’s first 100 days in office. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30/04/2126m 23s

Tories scramble to defend Johnson: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot is joined by Zoe Williams and Sonia Sodha to make sense of the chaos at No 10 Downing Street. Peter Walker, Helena Smith and Jon Henley discuss the pressure European leaders are under to get people travelling again this summer. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28/04/2138m 26s

Does Biden’s cabinet ‘look like America’? Politics Weekly Extra

Joe Biden promised to build the most diverse administration in history. So how did he do? Jonathan Freedland talks to Paul Begala, the former adviser to Bill Clinton. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
23/04/2128m 40s

‘Stench of sleaze’ over Johnson’s government: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and John Crace discuss the prime minister’s texts to a billionaire businessman, as well as his attempt to save the beautiful game he doesn’t watch. Peter Walker looks into the dos and don’ts of lobbying in parliament. Plus Aubrey Allegretti speaks to Jayne Ozanne about why she resigned from the government’s LGBT advisory panel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/04/2141m 52s

Cuomo and the ‘macho’ problem in New York: Politics Weekly Extra

As the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, tries to cling on to power, Jonathan Freedland and Alexis Grenell discuss why the state with one of the most liberal cities in the world has failed to match its politics with modern society. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
16/04/2127m 0s

Tories grapple with Greensill scandal: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Martin Kettle run through the week’s biggest stories, including the growing Greensill scandal. Rory Carroll and Naomi Long discuss what’s happening in Northern Ireland. Plus, Aubrey Allegretti previews that all-important byelection in Hartlepool. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/04/2141m 19s

The hypocrisy of the Christian right: Politics Weekly Extra

Amidst allegations central to the Matt Gaetz scandal, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. They discuss the decades-old pattern of prominent Christian political leaders and commentators, who forgive allies for the same transgressions for which they harshly judge their opponents. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
09/04/2126m 33s

Labour’s reckoning at the ballot box: Politics Weekly podcast

It has been a year since Keir Starmer took over as Labour leader. Rafael Behr and Gaby Hinsliff look at how he should push the party forward after a frustrating year in opposition. Lisa O’Carroll speaks to the EU ambassador to the UK about violence in Northern Ireland and vaccine wars. Plus, Peter Walker looks at the Green party’s local campaign in the north of England. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/04/2138m 35s

The battle for DC statehood: Politics Weekly Extra

The Guardian’s Washington bureau chief, David Smith, speaks to the campaign director for 51 for 51, Stasha Rhodes, who is advocating for the US capital to become a state, giving more than 700,000 residents equal representation in Congress. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
02/04/2121m 20s

A sleazy week for Westminster: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Peter Walker look at the latest news from Westminster. Libby Brooks reports on the current state of Scottish politics. Plus, Katie Perrior and Paul Harrison dissect No 10’s communications strategy, including a new press briefing room. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
31/03/2137m 30s

The Republican party's problem with race: Politics Weekly Extra

This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Michael Steele, a former chair of the Republican national committee. The pair discuss why he chose to campaign for a Joe Biden victory, and how the Republicans are getting it wrong when it comes to Black and minority voters. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/03/2127m 3s

Regrets, Johnson has a few: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Rafael Behr discuss calls for a public inquiry into the UK government’s handling of coronavirus, as well as the ongoing vaccine battle with the EU. Plus, Jessica speaks to several key political figures in Westminster and beyond about their memories of when the prime minister announced the first national lockdown. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/03/2137m 56s

Why Medicare for All is a political headache: Politics Weekly Extra

The Guardian health reporter Jessica Glenza steps in for Jonathan Freedland this week. She speaks to Dr Abdul El-Sayed, co-author of a new book, Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide, about why the concept of providing healthcare coverage for all Americans is so politically vexing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/03/2123m 2s

A government fearful of protest: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Aubrey Allegretti discuss the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, and the integrated defence review. Peter Walker talks to Richard Adams and Justine Greening about government plans to help children who have missed out on vital schooling in the last year. Plus, Anand Menon updates us on the fraught relationship between the UK and the EU. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/03/2139m 57s

The fight for voting rights in the US: Politics Weekly Extra podcast

Disclaimer: While the NAACP LDF shares the same moniker as NAACP it is an entirely separate entity, having separated from the organisation in 1957. As Republicans continue to pass bills that would restrict voting rights for many, and as the Democrats try to fight back on the federal level, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund about the importance of the battle for minority voters across the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
12/03/2122m 57s

Johnson defensive over NHS pay: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Sonia Sodha run over a turbulent week in Westminster. Henry Hill and Laura Round discuss the difficulties for Conservatives in responding to the proposed overseas aid cut. Plus, Severin Carrell speaks to the new leader of the Scottish Labour party leader, Anas Sarwar. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/03/2140m 31s

Biden makes friends with 'the west': Politics Weekly Extra

This week, guest host Rafael Behr puts some epoch-defining questions to the former US ambassador to Nato Nicholas Burns. How does the president convince the Europeans that America is reliable? How does Washington begin to engage with Vladimir Putin’s Russia? Does ‘the west’ exist any more?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/03/2126m 36s

Sunak backs businesses but forgets NHS: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Richard Partington run through the main budget headlines. Andrew Gimson and Nicola McEwen discuss the state of the union. Plus, Steven Morris speaks to Peter Robertson about how the Welsh food and drink industry has coped since Brexit. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/03/2138m 3s

The conservatives shaking up the Republican party: Politics Weekly Extra

As Donald Trump prepares to address the crowds at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Evan McMullin, who is leading the charge to create an alternative option to the current Republican party for conservatives. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26/02/2125m 53s

Can Johnson stick to his roadmap? Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and Polly Toynbee discuss the government’s latest plans to exit lockdown. Richard Partington and Charlotte Alldritt look ahead to next week’s budget, and Larry Elliott and Katy Balls discuss the man behind the budget, Rishi Sunak.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24/02/2140m 42s

Biden tackles white supremacy in town hall: Politics Weekly Extra

As Joe Biden visited Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week, our guest presenter Kenya Evelyn spoke to the state representative David Bowen about the administration’s early obligations to the Black voters who swung the election in the Democrats’ favour, racial equity in pandemic and vaccine plans, and how the president should combat white supremacy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
19/02/2117m 42s

The government has cancel culture on its mind: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Gaby Hinsliff discuss vaccine passports and the government’s push for legislation to protect free speech in English universities. Aamna Modhin speaks to Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones about why the Conservative party needs to do better with black British voters. Plus, Peter Walker, Sarah Boseley and Rob Hutton try to get into the mind of Boris Johnson as he cautiously prepares to start lifting lockdown restrictions. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
17/02/2140m 33s

Democrats use emotion at Senate impeachment trial: Politics Weekly Extra – podcast

Jonathan Freedland is joined by Prof Sarah Binder of the Brookings Institution and George Washington University to look at what has happened in the Senate trial proceedings so far, and what may be yet to come. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
11/02/2126m 13s

Hotel quarantine – too little too late? Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and John Crace look at why the latest coronavirus travel restrictions might not work the way the government expects. Plus, Helen Davidson and Jon Henley on how the world sees the UK’s Covid response. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
10/02/2134m 40s

Biden to welcome more refugees: Politics Weekly Extra

This week Jonathan Freedland speaks to David Miliband. The former UK foreign secretary and current president of the International Rescue Committee explains why Joe Biden’s announcement on Thursday about resettling thousands of refugees in the US is important, following Donald Trump’s abandonment of the cause.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
05/02/2123m 23s

Vaccines cause for celebration and of concern: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Sonia Sodha talk about what’s happening in Westminster, Lisa O’Carroll reports from the border in Northern Ireland and Polly Mackenzie and Torsten Bell discuss the £20 uplift in universal credit.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
03/02/2142m 20s

Biden's pandemic problem: Politics Weekly Extra podcast

Jonathan Freedland speaks to the Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Laurie Garrett about what Joe Biden needs to do to get a grip on the Covid crisis in the US. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29/01/2124m 51s

Covid death toll raises questions for Johnson: Politics Weekly podcast

Recorded before Boris Johnson’s statement to parliament: Jessica Elgot and Michael Savage discuss the UK’s Covid response. Patrick Wintour and Bronwen Maddox look at how a Biden presidency might affect UK foreign policy. Plus, Rajeev Syal speaks to the new head of Unison, Christina McAnea, about the ‘day of reckoning’ coming for the government. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27/01/2138m 54s

Biden and Harris get to work: Politics Weekly Extra

It was a day that many had waited a long time for. Jonathan Freedland and Richard Wolffe break down what happened on inauguration day 2021, as Donald Trump fled to Florida, and Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, overturning much of the work of his predecessor. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21/01/2127m 6s

A return to 'nasty' politics: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Peter Walker discuss the latest on the vaccine rollout and universal credit. Severin Carrell examines the upcoming Scottish Labour leadership contest. Plus, Miatta Fahnbulleh and Will Tanner discuss ‘levelling up’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
20/01/2138m 20s

Trump impeached again – now what? Politics Weekly Extra podcast

Jonathan Freedland talks to Noah Feldman, who testified for the Democrats in the president’s first impeachment hearing. They discuss the various consequences for Trump after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him for the second time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
14/01/2128m 1s

Rashford takes on the government – again: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot is joined by Rafael Behr to talk about a week of confusion over lockdown rules and free school meals. Lisa O’Carroll updates us on how Brexit has affected UK trade with the EU so far. Plus, Stephen Bush and Rachel Shabi discuss the potential for 2021 to be ‘the year of Keir’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
13/01/2139m 55s

Riot at the Capitol as Georgia votes blue: Politics Weekly Extra

Jonathan Freedland and Kenya Evelyn discuss the chaotic scenes that took place in Washington DC on Wednesday. Plus, Sam Levine on how the Democrats flipped the Senate. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
07/01/2134m 17s
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