Political Fix

Political Fix

By Financial Times

The Financial Times takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of FT correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Friday.

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Episodes

Bring it on! Election 2024 kicks off

Rishi Sunak shocked Westminster with the decision to hold a snap general election on July 4. As the parties launch their campaigns, Lucy Fisher assembles the Political Fix team to look ahead to the next six weeks. The FT’s Robert Shrimsley, political editor George Parker, columnist Stephen Bush and Political Fix regular Miranda Green have the inside track on how the race to Number 10 might unfold.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherWant more? Free links:Key moments ahead in the UK election campaignSunak suffers a series of setbacks on the first day of UK election campaignHow Rishi Sunak shocked Westminster with a snap general electionImproving UK economy does little to lift Tory hopes of victory in July election Tories scout for post-election jobs as UK parties dial up campaign mode TV debates can change election campaigns. Leaders should choose wiselySign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Quinn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/05/2441m 4s

Election battle lines drawn up

Sir Keir Starmer has unveiled his party’s six core pledges ahead of the general election – in the same week that Rishi Sunak claimed the country would be less safe under a Labour government. As both parties kick off their election campaigns, the FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by Jim Pickard and Miranda Green to examine the battle lines being drawn up. Plus, the FT’s public policy editor Peter Foster outlines the dangers facing the UK’s university sector if the government decides to axe the graduate visa route that allows foreign students to stay on after graduation.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda @greenmiranda, Jim @PickardJE, Peter @pmdfosterWant more? Free links:Keir Starmer unveils 6 election ‘first steps’ for a Labour governmentSunak claims UK will be less safe under Labour in pre-election speech The think-tank laying the groundwork for a Labour governmentUnion leader urges backing for Keir Starmer over diluted worker rightsSketchy Politics: Sunak’s sinking feelingEngland’s universities face ‘closure’ risk after student numbers diveThe State of BritainSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Quinn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/05/2442m 25s

Live special: Who will win the UK general election?

As politicians and commentators digest the disastrous Tory local election results, FT experts answer subscribers’ questions about what this might mean for the forthcoming general election – and beyond. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Stephen Bush, George Parker and Camilla Cavendish for their take on the upcoming general election and the government that will take shape after it. The team tackle your toughest questions during a special FT Political Fix Inside Politics subscriber webinar.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherWant more? Free links:Are Labour and the Conservatives adopting ‘Heevesian’ economics?Labour defends decision to admit ex-Tory MP Natalie ElphickeWhat we learn from Andy Street’s narrow loss in the West MidlandsRishi Sunak told to show some vision as local polls leave Tories in a hole We’ve made this subscribers-only FT webinar free to everyone and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/zp0UXwc7DTs?si=E3w2xBAEYfug00U6Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Andrew Georgiadis and Rod Fitzgerald were the studio engineers. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/2448m 28s

Election special — local poll results roll in

The Tories suffered sobering losses in local elections across England in the last big electoral test before a general election.Labour also trounced the Tories in the parliamentary by-election in Blackpool South - with Reform running a close third in that seat. The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green to comb through the results.Plus, the team is joined by James Kanagasooriam, chief research officer at polling firm Focaldata to dive into the details.Join Lucy and colleagues for an FT subscriber webinar on May 8 to discuss what the local election results tell us about who will win the UK general election. Get your pass now at ft.com/ukwebinarFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, Miranda @greenmiranda, James @JamesKanagWant more? Free links:Rishi Sunak on rack as Tory election losses mountThe big messages from the local elections Is Rishi Sunak in trouble after the local elections?Political gravity catches up with the SNPSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Quinn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer.Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/05/2436m 7s

Chinese spying claims in the UK – and beyond

‘In a world that is the most dangerous it has been since the end of the cold war, we cannot be complacent,’ Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said at a news briefing alongside Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg during a visit to Poland this week. The PM mentioned the threat from Russia but also from China and pledged to boost defence spending by £75bn over the next six years. Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues George Parker and Jim Pickard to discuss whether this pledge will lead to deep spending cuts to unprotected government departments and James Kynge, the FT’s China editor, drops in to talk about allegations of Chinese espionage in the UK and beyond. Plus, will Labour’s plan to fully renationalise the UK’s passenger rail network if it wins the next general election translate into better train services for customers?Join Lucy and colleagues for an FT subscriber webinar on May 8 to discuss what the local election results tell us about who will win the UK general election. Get your pass now at ft.com/ukwebinarFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, George @GeorgeWParker, Jim @PickardJE, James @JKyngeWant more? Free links:Labour plans to retain key private sector role in nationalised railwaysSunak pledge to boost defence spending raises prospect of cuts elsewhereFormer UK parliamentary aide charged with spying for ChinaSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer with production help from Leah Quinn. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/04/2434m 43s

Prime ministers’ legacies: Sunak, Truss and Brown

Rishi Sunak has had an eye on his legacy this week with his flagship smoking ban clearing another hurdle in the Commons – though not without a Tory backlash. Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars Miranda Green and Stephen Bush to discuss what Sunak will leave behind if he loses the election. The group also turns its attention to two very different former PMs, as the FT publishes major interviews with both Liz Truss and Gordon Brown this week. Political editor George Parker reveals what he learned during a Norfolk pub lunch with Truss, while the FT’s chief features writer Henry Mance talks about his impressions of Brown during a day in Fife.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda @greenmiranda, George @GeorgeWParker, Stephen @stephenkb, Henry @henrymanceRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/04/2440m 37s

The great stink of England’s sewage crisis

The raw sewage being pumped into rivers and seas in England has become a seismic election issue. The musician turned environmentalist Feargal Sharkey joins the FT’s Lucy Fisher, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley to assess how we got here, while the FT’s infrastructure correspondent Gill Plimmer analyses Thames Water’s woes. Plus, the team looks at scandals in Westminster and considers how much William Wragg’s honeytrap debacle and allegations that Angela Rayner failed to pay the right tax on a former house sale – which she denies – might damage their parties’ chances in this election year.Since recording, Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into allegations that Angela Rayner potentially broke electoral law by failing to properly disclose her main residence in official documents.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, George @GeorgeWParker, Gill @gillplimmer1, Feargal @Feargal_Sharkey,Want more? Free links:The great stink of Thames WaterRaw sewage discharges in England and Wales hit record levels UK seeks to quell public anger on sewage with £11mn restoration fund Senior MP quits Tory parliamentary party amid sexting scandalLabour’s Angela Rayner refuses to publish tax records as police probe house saleSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/2431m 35s

Tory ‘red wall’ seats under threat

Many ‘red wall’ constituencies across northern England, the Midlands and north Wales switched from Labour to the Conservatives in the 2019 general election partly thanks to then prime minister Boris Johnson’s energetic pledge to revitalise struggling communities outside the south-east. It was a seismic shock to Britain’s political landscape but can the Tories hold on to these seats in May’s local and mayoral elections and in an upcoming general election? Host Lucy Fisher, the FT’s Whitehall editor, discusses with colleagues Jim Pickard and Stephen Bush, and is joined by Luke Tryl, the UK director of More in Common, a strategy and communications consultancy focused on explaining public opinion to policymakers.Want more? Free links:Will the ‘red wall’ reshape British politics again?UK’s electoral landscape swings into volatilityOnly 10% of UK levelling up funds spent, say MPsSketchy Politics: can anything save Sunak?Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/2433m 59s

Britain’s China conundrum

The government is preparing a crackdown on Chinese entities operating in the UK, following malicious cyber campaigns linked to Beijing. But there are tensions among ministers over how to protect the UK’s national interests without heavily damaging trade with China. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green to discuss the government’s tricky balancing act. Plus, as the political term draws to a close, it’s time to mark Rishi Sunak’s report card.Want more? Free links:Rishi Sunak promises ‘careful’ crackdown in wake of China cyber attacksUS and UK accuse China of cyber attacks on politicians and companiesRishi Sunak’s attempt to boost Tory morale hit after two ministers resignMPs clock off early as length of Commons work day hits record lowThe frightening chill on free speechFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, Miranda @greenmiranda, George @GeorgeWParkerSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/03/2434m 26s

Will the economy save Sunak?

The prime minister is urging his MPs to unite or face electoral defeat. Rishi Sunak has rallied backbenchers to hold their nerve, as he cleaves to the prospect of an improving economy rescuing the Tory party’s fortunes. But in a week where the government’s flagship Rwanda policy faced more hold-ups, will rumours of plots against Sunak die down? The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by FT colleagues Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Anna Gross to discuss the week’s events in parliament. Plus, a look at what Labour is promising to deliver for the NHS.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda @greenmiranda, Jim @PickardJE, Anna @AnnaSophieGrossWant more? Free links:Rishi Sunak urges Tories to unite as he bets on an improving UK economyRachel Reeves pledges to borrow only to invest under Labour fiscal rulesUK’s electoral landscape swings into volatilityUK civil service boss and spy chief quit male-only Garrick ClubSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/2434m 54s

Who’s an extremist in the UK?

The UK government is redefining extremism. But there are warnings that the new guidance could curb free speech and ensnare legitimate organisations. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush to discuss the pushback from multiple Tory factions and Labour. They also dissect the row over racist comments allegedly made by the Conservatives’ biggest donor, and how it has prompted questions about Rishi Sunak’s leadership. Plus, Hannah White from the Institute for Government joins the panel, outlining a new plan designed to make it easier for future prime ministers to get things done.Clip: BBCFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, Stephen Bush @stephenkbWant more? Free links:The delicate balance in policing extremismConservatives’ biggest donor embroiled in alleged racism disputeWhy Sunak’s latest blunder troubles MPsHow Labour would roll back the frontiers of Brexit Former UK prime ministers call for reform of the ‘centre’ of governmentPower with purpose: Final report of the Commission on the Centre of GovernmentSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/03/2437m 7s

Jeremy Hunt: tax-cutting wizard or fiscal drag queen?

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s overriding message in his big pre-election Budget was that hard economic choices were paying off in the form of tumbling inflation, improved growth and the promise of more cuts to personal taxes. But his Budget also promises a brutal fiscal reckoning for whoever wins the general election expected later this year. Lucy Fisher discusses the Budget’s implications with FT economics columnist Soumaya Keynes and Political Fix regulars George Parker and Stephen Bush.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherWant more? Free links:Chancellor’s modest Budget giveaways set up fiscal pain for after electionLabour claims chancellor will create a £46bn fiscal hole with pledge to scrap NIThe 2024 Budget in briefSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Manuela Saragosa with Leah Quinn. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/2426m 59s

Labour’s worst nightmare?

Veteran agitator George Galloway is returning to parliament after storming a divisive by-election in Rochdale. He claims his victory puts “scores” of other Labour seats at risk. Lucy Fisher is joined by FT colleagues George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard to analyse the by-election result and examine the division and sectarianism stalking British politics. Plus the team looks ahead to what the government has in line for next week’s Budget. Free Links:George Galloway wins divisive Rochdale by-electionGalloway victory points to frustration with UK political establishmentThe price of not policing the Tories’ paranoid frontierJeremy Hunt urged not to put ‘politics ahead of economics’ as he eyes Labour policiesConservative party suspends Lee Anderson over Sadiq Khan commentsClips: Real America’s VoiceBBCFollow Lucy @LOS_Fisher, George @GeorgeWParker, Robert @robertshrimsley, Jim @PickardJESign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's award-winning Inside Politics newsletter.Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/2429m 18s

Why would anyone want to become an MP?

The chaos in parliament over the vote on a Gaza ceasefire motion has segued into a debate on the threats facing MPs – and the lengths deemed appropriate to safeguard against them. A tumultuous week in politics leaves the fate of the Commons Speaker hanging in the balance. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Miranda Green and Stephen Bush to discuss how we got here and why it matters. Plus veteran broadcaster Michael Crick, the brains behind the ‘Tomorrow’s MPs’ initiative, shares his analysis of who the Tories and Labour are selecting to stand as new candidates at the upcoming general election. Free LinksBacking for wider police powers to protect MPs amid fears of political violenceGaza vote highlights security fears in parliamentParliament finds itself in a dangerous position after the Speaker’s interventionWhy are MPs angry with the Commons speaker?Follow Lucy @LOS_Fisher, Stephen @stephenkb, Miranda @greenmiranda, Michael Crick @MichaelLCrickSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's award-winning Inside Politics newsletter.Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/2438m 53s

Tories reel from by-election blows

The Conservatives suffer a double blow, losing two safe seats to Labour, amid growing signs that Rishi Sunak’s party is losing votes to the populist Reform UK party. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by political editor George Parker and the FT’s Rafe Uddin to discuss the by-election results in detail, along with elections guru Professor Sir John Curtice. Plus, Lucy sits down with the FT’s foreign editor Alec Russell in a week when foreign secretary David Cameron faced sharp criticism from right-wing US politicians for intervening in the row in Congress over aid for Ukraine. Free links:Tories reel as Labour wins two by-elections and Reform UK gains more than 10% of the voteReform UK voter support highlights threat to Rishi Sunak’s right flankKeir Starmer and big business, a love storyUK’s ‘technical’ recession is politically toxic for Rishi SunakKeir Starmer under growing pressure to overhaul vetting of potential Labour MPsWhy Nato members are sounding the alarm on Russia’s aggressive postureSketchy Politics: the rules of the electoral raceFollow Lucy @LOS_Fisher, George @GeorgeWParker, Rafe @rafeuddinClip: Sky NewsSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's award-winning Inside Politics newsletter.Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/02/2433m 39s

Will Labour’s green U-turn weaken Starmer?

Keir Starmer dismantles Labour’s flagship pledge, shredding the party’s £28bn green investment plan. The FT’s Jim Pickard joins Miranda Green and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley to assess the damage to Labour after weeks of confusion over the policy. And in the week when Liz Truss launched the latest Tory ginger group, the team dissects the Tory party’s threats on the right - including from Reform UK. Plus, FT Ireland correspondent Jude Webber discusses whether a Northern Ireland executive led by a Sinn Féin first minister now moves Ireland closer to reunification. Free links:Labour’s green U-turn: how Starmer dropped £28bn ‘albatross’Mandates are overrated - Keir Starmer just needs the winSunak urges Northern Irish executive to focus on ‘day-to-day matters’ Northern Ireland revisits the success of ‘constructive ambiguity’Liz Truss takes aim at Tories for failing to tackle ‘leftwing extremists’Follow, Miranda on @greenmiranda, Jim @PickardJE, Robert @robertshrimsley, Jude @jude_webberSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's award-winning Inside Politics newsletter.Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/2431m 17s

Introducing: Swamp Notes from The FT News Briefing

If you have questions about this year's US presidential election, we have answers.Swamp Notes is a new podcast from the FT News Briefing. Listen every Saturday morning as our journalists analyse and discuss the latest happenings in US politics. We’ll go beyond the horse race for the White House and offer a global perspective on the election.  You can subscribe to Swamp Notes here or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/241m 11s

Who still votes Conservative?

The Conservatives are languishing in the polls, while Labour is riding high – but beneath the headline figures, how does the voter appeal of the main parties break down by sex, age and other factors? The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars Stephen Bush and Miranda Green to hear from chief data reporter John Burn-Murdoch. John also delves into the glaring ideological gap that has opened up between men and women under 30 and the team considers what his findings mean for the general election.Free links:A new global gender divide is emergingTories remain restless for excitement as the nation loses trust in their deliveryRishi Sunak’s ‘Italian Job’ moment How to heal the great education divide in UK politics The housing crisis is still being underplayed MPs pass legislation aimed at reviving Northern Ireland executive Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda Green @greenmiranda, Stephen Bush @stephenkb, John Burn-Murdoch @jburnmurdochSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's award winning Inside Politics newsletter.Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/2436m 42s

Who’s behind the Tory plots?

The FT’s Whitehall Editor Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s George Parker and Robert Shrimsley to lift the veil on the Tory party plots against the prime minister. As rightwingers prepare to launch the new Popular Conservatives (PopCons) group and the demand for a new direction for the party grows, the trio delve into the choices the government faces. Plus, the FT’s William Wallis joins to paint a picture of the crisis in local authority funding.Free links:Rishi Sunak braced for further rightwing rebellion after resignation callTories must oust Rishi Sunak to avoid ‘extinction’, says ex-ministerCash-strapped English councils to get extra £600mnNext UK government faces historic challenge to curb debt, report findsFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, George @GeorgeWParker, William Wallis @WWFTUKSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's award winning Inside Politics newsletter.Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/01/2431m 6s

Introducing Untold: The Retreat

Introducing Untold, a new podcast from the special investigations team at the Financial Times. In its first series, The Retreat, host Madison Marriage examines the world of the Goenka network, which promotes a type of intensive meditation known as Vipassana. Thousands of people go on Goenka retreats every year. People rave about them. But some people go to these meditation retreats, and they suffer. They might feel a deep sense of terror, or a break with reality. And on the other side, they’re not themselves anymore. Untold: The Retreat launches Jan. 24.Subscribe and listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/241m 57s

Destination Rwanda?

The government’s plan to send undocumented migrants to Rwanda has overcome a series of hurdles in the House of Commons, but how will it fare in the Lords? FT columnists Miranda Green and Stephen Bush are with Lucy Fisher to debate what could happen next. And the FT’s public policy editor Peter Foster joins them round the table to tell us more about the FT’s scoop on the dire state of finances in UK universities. Free links:Rwanda bill rebellion takes heavy toll on Rishi SunakRishi Sunak secures Commons approval for Rwanda bill as rebel MPs back downUK universities risk falling into deficit as foreign student numbers fallThe UK’s political class needs to learn to love the economy it actually hasBiden, Attal, Pitt the Younger - what is the right age for a politician?Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda: @greenmiranda, Stephen: @stephenkb and Peter: @pmdfosterPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/2432m 40s

The Post Office scandal: who foots the bill?

Who should foot the bill – both financial and political – for the Post Office scandal? Hundreds of sub-postmasters who were wrongly convicted of theft and false accounting on the basis of faulty data now face pay-outs and exoneration. Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s Rafe Uddin, who has been reporting from the Post Office inquiry, to ask who should pay the compensation bill, and who should shoulder the blame for the biggest miscarriage of justice in modern British history. Plus, Political Fix regulars Robert Shrimsley and George Parker dissect Keir Starmer’s new plan for supervised toothbrushing in schools and a crackdown on junk food, to consider whether Labour will run a ‘nanny state’.Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Free links: Fujitsu could face ‘financial sanctions’ over Post Office scandalFujitsu won contracts on Sunak’s watch despite Post Office scandalThe bitter technological lesson of the Post Office scandal Why Starmer will not tread lightly on voters’ livesKeir Starmer rejects claim Labour seeking to create ‘nanny state’ on child healthFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert on @robertshrimsley, George on @GeorgeWParker, Rafe on@rafeuddin_Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/01/2427m 44s

2024: a testing year for democracy

The next 12 months will be an epic year for democracy. Half the world’s population will have the chance to vote. Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s editor Roula Khalaf and chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman to give a global perspective, while Political Fix regular Robert Shrimsley offers sharp analysis on how Britain’s political parties are shaping their offerings to the public at the start of an election year in the UK.Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Free links: Can democracy survive 2024?Rishi Sunak seeks to harvest political advantage with autumn poll strategyUK economy will enter ‘grey gloom’ until polling day, economists say The optimistic case for the British economyNarendra Modi responds to assassination claimsFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Roula on @khalafroula, Gideon on @gideonrachman and Robert on @robertshrimsley.Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix by Simon Panayi. Broadcast engineer: Andrew Georgiadis. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/2436m 18s

Political Fix presents: How to survive the office Christmas party

While Lucy Fisher and the Political Fix team take a break over the Christmas period, we’re sharing an episode of Working It, the FT’s workplace podcast hosted by Isabel Berwick. Here’s what it’s about: It's the work Christmas party season: you're out of the office, and the alcohol is flowing. How can you make sure you don't embarrass yourself (or derail your career)? And how can you bounce back if you do go wrong? Isabel Berwick speaks to FT columnist and veteran party-goer Stephen Bush, author and comedian Viv Groskop and party-shy FT columnist Emma Jacobs to find out. Warning: contains drunken secret Santas, dancefloor embarrassment and toe-curling apologies.You can raise money for the FT's charity, the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign, by bidding to have lunch with Political Fix regulars Miranda Green, Stephen Bush, George Parker or one of their colleagues at top restaurants that are donating meals for an excellent cause.Want more? Free links:Workers and bosses opt for Christmas payments over partiesThe office grinch may have a point — it’s not fun if it’s forcedRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/2319m 46s

‘Stop doing stupid things’: Martin Wolf on the UK

As the year draws to a close, Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars George Parker and Stephen Bush to consider where British politics goes next. What challenges await Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer in January, and what ammunition are the Tories and Labour stockpiling to fire at each other in the election campaign? Plus, the FT’s chief economics commentator Martin Wolf sits down for an end of year chat with Lucy to dissect the big economic problems facing the government - and what fixes are available.You can raise money for the FT's charity, the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign, by bidding to have lunch with Martin Wolf or with Political Fix regulars Miranda Green, Stephen Bush, George Parker or one of their colleagues at top restaurants that are donating meals for an excellent cause. Go to ft.com/appeal to see what's on offer.Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Free links: Britain desperately needs a growth strategyBritain won’t rejoin the EU for decades - if ever Rishi Sunak rapped over claim that UK debt is fallingSunak’s ‘five pledges’ strategy doesn’t cut the mustard. What next?Does Sunak’s maths revival add up?Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Martin on: @martinwolf_, George on: @GeorgeWParker, Stephen on: @stephenkb,Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline and Mischa Frankl-Duval. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. Broadcast engineer is Rod Fitzgerald. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/2343m 23s

Tory turmoil: Sunak stumbles towards end of year

As politicians and political hacks limp towards the end of a long year in Westminster, Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green to assess the turmoil engulfing Sunak’s Tory party. The PM has won an important battle, but faces more strife in the new year. Also, the FT’s climate reporter Kenza Bryan has been in Dubai and sums up what, if anything, the COP28 mega-gathering really achieved and appraises the UK’s performance at the summit. You can raise money for the FT's charity, the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign, by bidding to have lunch with Political Fix regulars Miranda Green, Stephen Bush, George Parker or one of their colleagues, at top restaurants that are donating meals for an excellent cause. Go to ft.com/appeal to see what's on offer.Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Free links: Sunak’s Rwanda fight is really a battle for control of the ConservativesRwanda vote exposes Tory divisions despite Rishi Sunak’s winCountries reach ‘historic’ COP28 deal to transition from fossil fuelsEx-Tory MP faces 35-day suspension for giving impression he was ‘for sale’Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda on: @greenmiranda, Robert on: @robertshrimsley, Kenza on: @KenzaBryanPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. Broadcast engineer is Rod Fitzgerald. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/12/2327m 33s

Rwanda plan reignites Tory civil war

Infighting has erupted once again within the Tory ranks over Rishi Sunak’s last-minute treaty with Kigali and emergency legislation to save his Rwanda removals plan. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Miranda Green and Jim Pickard to explain what’s happened and discuss the latest drama, including the shock resignation of the PM’s one-time ally, immigration minister Robert Jenrick. Plus, the FT’s Laura Hughes assesses Boris Johnson’s performance at the Covid inquiry.Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda on: @greenmiranda, Jim on: @PickardJEFree links:UK court battles still lie ahead over revamped Rwanda removal schemeTory leadership contest would be ‘insanity’, warns party chair Boris Johnson denies considering ‘let it rip’ Covid strategyPublic inquiries are one of Britain’s only growth industriesSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/2329m 20s

Rishi Sunak’s big fat Greek row

Was it a huge fit of pique or a genuine desire to protect the Elgin Marbles that prompted Rishi Sunak to cancel his date with the Greek prime minister? Lucy Fisher unpicks the row with the help of the FT’s Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush. They also consider, in the wake of record legal net migration figures, whether immigration is tearing the Tories apart. The FT’s Delphine Strauss weighs in to explain the particular plight faced by some migrant workers in the care sector. Plus, the group reflects on the legacy of Alistair Darling. Follow Lucy on X, formerly Twitter : @LOS_FisherFree links:Long hours and large debts: care workers stranded by UK’s migration policySketchy politics: Sunak sets out his stall for the electionSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/2329m 31s

Autumn Statement Reaction

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt put a £20bn tax giveaway at the heart of his Autumn Statement. But will it be enough to win back disenchanted Tory voters? Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s consumer editor Claer Barrett and economics commentator Chris Giles to analyse the package on offer. Plus, Political Fix regular George Parker gives his take on whether voters will be wooed by personal tax cuts.Free links:Jeremy Hunt cuts national insurance but taxes head to postwar highWould Aussie rules boost UK pensions?Jeremy Hunt makes early move on tax as Tory poll slump continuesFollow Lucy on X on @LOS_Fisher, George @GeorgeWParker, Claer @ClaerB and Chris @ChrisGilesSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/11/2325m 13s

Rebellions, reshuffles and Cameron’s return

What a turbulent week in politics: home secretary Suella Braverman sacked, the government’s flagship Rwanda policy deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court and a major Labour rebellion. Not to mention the return of David Cameron. Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s George Parker and Stephen Bush to chew over events. And the FT’s William Wallis goes through the government’s options for revitalising its plan to remove asylum seekers to Rwanda. Free links:Why the UK Supreme Court ruled against Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda policy Sunak reshuffle shows a government running on emptyStarmer suffers major rebellion over Israel-Hamas war How David Cameron tried to make his fortune with cash from ChinaFollow Lucy, Stephen and George on X @LOS_Fisher, @stephenkb and @GeorgeWParkerSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/11/2330m 17s

What’s Suella Braverman’s game plan?

Suella Braverman’s tirade against the Metropolitan Police’s handling of pro-Palestinan marches has divided opinion among her Tory colleagues. Lucy Fisher is joined by FT columnists Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley to discuss the fallout from the home secretary’s article in The Times. Plus, did the King’s Speech reveal a government running out of steam? And the FT’s Camilla Cavendish tells Lucy about the desperation some parents and children feel in England’s unreformed family courts.  Free links:Suella Braverman pushes to restrict tents for rough sleepers The strategic confusion at the heart of Rishi Sunak’s final push Sketchy Politics: mapping the next election Law and disorder in the family courts Follow Lucy, Miranda and Robert on X @LOS_Fisher @greenmiranda @robertshrimsleySign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/2332m 11s

The Rishi Sunak and Elon Musk show

Rishi Sunak played the part of chat show host with tech leader Elon Musk this week, after hosting an AI summit at Bletchley Park. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by Stephen Bush and Anna Gross, who was reporting from the conference, to ask what it achieved. Plus, the FT’s Camilla Cavendish examines what the Covid-19 inquiry has revealed to date about the shortcomings of the British state.Clip: X @RishiSunakFollow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherWant more?  Elon Musk tells Rishi Sunak AI will render all jobs obsoleteMatt Hancock wanted to decide “who should live” if the NHS overwhelmed, Covid inquiry toldLabour dissent on Israel-Gaza grows as latest shadow minister calls for ceasefireSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/2328m 37s

Labour’s week of woes

As Rishi Sunak celebrates his first year in office, the FT’s Lucy Fisher asks whether he has succeeded in steadying the Tory ship, while the FT’s Miranda Green and George Parker mark his scorecard. The Political Fix team also examines the tough choices facing Keir Starmer as he braces himself for potential frontbench resignations over his approach to the Israel-Hamas war. Plus, economics columnist Soumaya Keynes joins to outline how she spotted apparent plagiarism in Labour shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves’s newly published book, The Women Who Made Modern Economics.You can find Lucy, Miranda and George on X, formerly Twitter, @LOS_Fisher and @greenmiranda and @GeorgeWParkerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Rishi Sunak faces intractable problems on first anniversary as prime ministerMuslim Labour MPs urge Keir Starmer to back Gaza ceasefireThe Women Who Made Modern Economics by Rachel Reeves - credit where it’s due?How Claudia Goldin transformed our understanding of women and work Clip: BBCSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/2332m 28s

Labour’s historic by-election wins

The UK's Labour party has pulled off two stunning by-election victories. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Stephen Bush to discuss whether Keir Starmer’s party is now on track for a 1997-style landslide, and what the Tories’ dismal results mean for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Plus, the group examines the PM’s tour of the Middle East as fears grow that the Israel-Hamas war could escalate. What are the repercussions for UK politics as the conflict deepens?Clips: BBCWant more? Free links:Labour seizes Tamworth and Mid Beds from Conservatives in UK by-electionsHistoric by-elections and the curious case of TamworthLabour’s twin victories suggest it may be too late to save Tory baconKeir Starmer faces growing mutiny from within Labour over Israel-Hamas stance Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/2332m 12s

Israel-Hamas war overshadows Labour conference

Keir Starmer eschewed flashy policy vows at Labour’s annual conference, but did his promise of stability and certainty cut through? The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by columnist Stephen Bush and deputy political editor Jim Pickard to reflect on the opposition party’s gathering in Liverpool, where events were overshadowed by the Hamas attack on Israel. The FT’s chief foreign affairs columnist, Gideon Rachman, joins with his analysis of how the Israel-Hamas conflict could unfold and its repercussions for the UK and the wider world.Want more? Free links:‘Change is coming’: Labour bullish about return to powerA bitter blame game will follow Israel’s wartime unityLabour cuts back £28bn green investment pledge againForget the glitter - Starmer offers hope as a mechanic, not a magicianFollow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/2335m 23s

Rishi Sunak’s ‘questionable radicalism’

Rishi Sunak is pitching himself as the change candidate at the next election with a raft of policy shake-ups - but does the substance match the rhetoric? The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by columnist Robert Shrimsley and political editor George Parker to discuss what we learned from the Conservatives’ conference about the election campaign the party will run. The trio also look ahead to Labour’s gathering in Liverpool. Plus, the FT’s Jen Williams reviews whether voters in the north and Midlands feel the Tories have lived up to their 2019 pledge to “level up” the country.Want more?  Can Rishi Sunak win the next election as the ‘change’ candidate?The HS2 rail line: what has been cut and what will replace it?Sunak’s strategy makes Starmer the real election issueSign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Follow Lucy on X @LOS_FisherClip: BBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/2331m 52s

Sunak and Starmer flip-flop on policies

As the Tories waver over major elements of HS2 and Labour is forced to clarify its policy on private schools, Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s Stephen Bush and Miranda Green to assess the political damage. And with the party conference season under way, the FT’s Anna Gross gives her impressions of her “weird” first visit to the Liberal Democrats’ gathering. Plus: what was Suella Braverman seeking to achieve this week with her most hard-nosed rhetoric to date on refugees?Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Liberal Democrats vow to knock down Tory ‘blue wall’ in the south of EnglandWhy the Lib Dem’s Ed Davy doesn’t use the B-wordGreater Manchester mayor proposes compromise on HS2 rail lineSuella Braverman questions UN treaty’s definition of refugee persecutionClips from BBCSign up for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music by Breen Turner. Mix by Jake Fielding. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/09/2336m 54s

Is Rishi Sunak’s net zero U-turn a vote-winner?

Rishi Sunak sparked a fierce backlash from eco-minded Tories, as well as fury from industry, over his rowback on net zero policies. But will his gamble pay off with voters? Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s Robert Shrimsley and George Parker to discuss how it plays in electoral terms. The FT’s Jim Pickard meanwhile delves into the details of the impact on electric vehicles and the auto sector. Plus, the gang examines Keir Starmer’s major intervention on relations with the EU.Follow Lucy on X, formerly Twitter : @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  What Sunak’s net zero pivot means for UK climate goals and the next electionCarmakers in UK to face EV sales targets despite delay to petrol vehicle banKeir Starmer pledges to seek major rewrite of Brexit deal Clip from: BBCSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/2332m 7s

Keir Starmer's small boats gamble

The Labour leader Keir Starmer is attempting to seize the initiative on dealing with clandestine immigration. Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s Stephen Bush and Miranda Green to examine his plan to strike a returns deal with the EU. Plus, political editor George Parker joins the pod to chew over his recent interview with Tony Blair, and the fallout from allegations of Chinese espionage in Westminster.Follow Lucy on X, formerly Twitter: @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Tories hit out at Labour plan for migration deal with the EURishi Sunak launched China reset despite alleged spy arrestLabour cannot fix UK through tax and spend, says Tony BlairSketchy Politics: Are all the pieces in place for Starmer?Get the FT’s award-winning Inside Politics newsletter free for 90 days here  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/09/2327m 56s

The weight of the UK’s concrete crisis

As hundreds of schoolchildren are forced out of their classrooms by unsafe buildings, the FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and columnist Stephen Bush to discuss the government’s handling of the crumbling concrete crisis. Plus, the FT’s William Wallis is in Birmingham to assess the damage to the city’s services as the country’s biggest local authority declares itself bankrupt, and Lucy, Stephen and Robert consider the winners and losers in Keir Starmer’s reshuffle.Want more?  Rishi Sunak defends record over crumbling concrete in England’s schoolsSunak’s problem is that Britain has stopped listening to the ToriesLocal government audit is a serious messFollow Lucy on X, formerly known as Twitter: @LOS_FisherGet the FT’s award-winning Inside Politics newsletter free for 90 days here Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/2327m 20s

Political Fix special: Live at the FT Weekend Festival

FT Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher hosts a panel of Michael Gove, secretary of state for levelling up, FT deputy opinion editor Miranda Green and Stephen Bush, FT columnist and writer of the Inside Politics newsletter. They discuss government policy on education, housing, the environment and next year’s electoral prospects. Want more? Get the FT’s award-winning Inside Politics newsletter free for 90 days here Follow Lucy on X, formerly known as Twitter, @LOS_FisherPresented by Lucy Fisher. Executive producer, Manuela Saragosa. Sound design and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/09/2346m 12s

PM rewards loyalists in mini-shuffle

Rishi Sunak has prepared for the new political term with a mini-shuffle, promoting his closest political ally Claire Coutinho to energy secretary and Grant Shapps to defence secretary. What do the limited changes say about the PM’s grip on his party? The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by columnist Stephen Bush and political correspondent Anna Gross to analyse the shake-up. Plus, what, if anything, did James Cleverly’s visit to China achieve? And Lucy is also joined by the FT’s public policy editor Peter Foster to examine how the UK government is coping with post-Brexit rule changes.Follow Lucy on Twitter: @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  ‘Safe pair of hands’ Grant Shapps appointed UK defence secretaryUK foreign secretary hits back at Tory critics of China policy UK government announces fifth delay to post-Brexit border controls on foodClips from: BBCSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/09/2327m 22s

Could a reshuffle revitalise Sunak’s government?

It’s almost time to wave goodbye to the summer, but is Rishi Sunak also poised to bid farewell to some of his ministers? The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by columnist Stephen Bush and political editor George Parker to discuss a cabinet shake up. Plus, the FT’s US political correspondent Lauren Fedor beams in from Washington to analyse the status of Donald Trump’s political campaign and legal cases, considering the implications for the UK of the result of next year’s race for the White House. Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Jeremy Hunt urged to cut UK taxes after better than expected borrowing dataThe real problem of Rubbish RishiUK-India trade talks intensify in bid to remove ‘significant’ barriersRepublican candidates split over Donald Trump, abortion and Ukraine at debateSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://ft.com/insidepoliticsofferPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music by Breen Turner. Mix by Simon Panayi. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Clips: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/08/2335m 52s

Britain’s intergenerational unfairness: reality or myth?

It’s been a week of results: economic data that lays the path for a steep rise in the state pension, followed by A-Level results that saw tens of thousands of pupils miss out on top grades. Is it a good time to be old and a tough time to be young? The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by columnists Miranda Green and Stephen Bush to consider the question. Plus, the FT’s Ireland correspondent Jude Webber analyses the deepening crisis caused by the data breach at the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherWant more? Free links here:UK exam boards make sharp cuts to top A-level gradesWhy Rishi Sunak’s silly inflation target mattersBritish neglect risks Northern Ireland’s futureRecord UK wage growth fuels inflation concernsHealth leaders welcome new UK cancer targets but warn more ‘resources’ neededGet the FT’s award-winning Inside Politics newsletter free for 90 days here Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich. Executive producer, Manuela Saragosa. Sound design and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/2336m 37s

The Tories’ battle over asylum seekers

After months of delay and safety concerns, the first asylum seekers were marched up the gangplank of the Bibby Stockholm barge this week. If they don’t like the vessel, they can ‘f*** off back to France’, was the eyebrow-raising verdict of Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson. The senior Tory MP made a second startling statement: a public admission the government has ‘failed’ on migration. Lucy Fisher is joined by FT columnists Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green to rake through the facts. They also consider the pitfalls of too much caution in politics. Plus, James Kynge, the FT’s global China editor, offers his take on claims the UK has been ‘weak’ over giving in to US pressure to cut back on dealings with Beijing. Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherWant more? Free links here:Starmer won’t give the Tories an opportunity – that’s their opportunity The great ‘Brexit’ and ‘coalition’ taboos are holding the Lib Dems backBibby Stockholm and the battle over asylum Rishi Sunak weighs following Biden on curbing tech investment in ChinaGet the FT’s award-winning Inside Politics newsletter free for 90 days here Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich and Lulu Smyth with Andrew Georgiades. Executive producer, Manuela Saragosa. Mix by Simon Panayi. Original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/08/2332m 18s

Rishi Sunak’s dash for oil and gas

Rishi Sunak calculates that by portraying himself as “on the side” of motorists and adopting a “pragmatic and proportionate” approach to climate change, he’s aligning himself with the views of middle Britain. Is he right? The FT’s Lucy Fisher weighs up the question with columnists Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush. They also consider the Labour party’s chances in a key autumn by-election in its former stronghold of Scotland. Plus, Lucy and political editor George Parker unpick what it will take to reform the House of Lords.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more? Free links here:Rishi Sunak downplays green policies to court middle EnglandLabour faces test of by-election appeal in Scotland after ex-SNP MP oustedIndustry calls on UK to accelerate carbon capture as new projects approvedHouse of Lords speaker calls for better vetting of prospective peersArcane, hereditary, all-male – and at the heart of British democracyFor a free 90-day offer of Stephen Bush's award-winning 'Inside Politics' newsletter, click herePresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Lulu Smyth and Manuela Saragosa with Andrew Georgiades. Mix by Simon Panayi. Original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/08/2335m 20s

The end of the green consensus?

Rishi Sunak has signalled he plans to soften his eco policies to avoid heaping extra “hassle” and expense on the British public. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by columnist Robert Shrimsley and deputy political editor Jim Pickard to examine the government’s shifting approach to net zero. They also dissect Nigel Farage’s battle with Coutts bank, while public policy editor Peter Foster discusses the graduates suing UK universities for damages over Covid disruption.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  NatWest chair says he will stay as he appoints lawyers to probe Farage rowEveryone loses if net zero becomes the new partisan divideThe Conservative war on Big EverythingStudents are suing UK universities over Covid disruption. Do they have a case?Sign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://ft.com/insidepoliticsofferPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Clips: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/07/2333m 25s

By-elections special: Tories face double blow, but avoid 3-0 drubbing

The Conservatives faced a rout in both Selby and Somerton, but is their narrow win in Uxbridge enough to lift the party’s mood? Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s political editor George Parker and columnists Miranda Green and Stephen Bush to fillet the results of this week’s hat trick of by-elections. Plus, since it’s the end of term, the panel offers its political report cards.Want more? Read for free:UK Conservatives lose two seats after big by-election swings to Labour and Lib DemsTories look for lessons from parliamentary by-election lossesRelying on wedge issues like Ulez won’t save Tories from wipeoutSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politicsFollow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and sound engineering by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/07/2325m 34s

Are the Tories stuck in a 'doom loop'?

Miranda Green is joined by FT columnists Stephen Bush and Robert Shrimsley to ask whether there’s any way out of the economic and political "doom loop" afflicting Rishi Sunak’s government. Plus, the FT’s political editor George Parker discusses UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s plans to boost growth. And with three by-elections coming up, the FT’s Anna Gross reports on the mood in Somerset, where the Liberal Democrats hope to win. Follow Miranda on Twitter @greenmirandaRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?Hunt looks to City of London to bolster UK growthWe are on for a massive defeat: can the Tories prevent the inevitable?The Conservative crisis of capitalismLib Dems look to deepen Tory gloom with west country by-election winClip from: Sky News Beethoven’s "Emperor" symphony: Paul Lewis, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek. Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos BBC / harmonia mundi.Sign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. View our accessibility guide  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/2331m 30s

Keir Starmer’s bid to smash the class ceiling

As Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sketches out his vision for education, the FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by columnists Stephen Bush and Robert Shrimsley to discuss how to boost vocational training. Plus, the NHS reaches 75 - but is there much to celebrate? The FT’s global health editor Sarah Neville gives the service a health check. And will Threads overtake Twitter as the premier social network for political chat? Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherWant more?  Badly run Britain needs lessons in managementTory MP Chris Pincher should be suspended for eight weeks, report findsNHS doctors’ 35% pay demand ‘not set in stone’, BMA union chief saysClips: BBC Sign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music by Breen Turner, with audio mix by Simon Panayi. The FT’s Global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/2327m 39s

The crisis facing the UK water industry

Pressure is growing on the UK’s water sector, as swelling debt threatens to overwhelm Thames Water and other companies. What is the remedy for the country’s sewage and water woes? Lucy Fisher discusses the options with the FT’s infrastructure correspondent Gill Plimmer. Plus the FT’s Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green discuss the Court of Appeal ruling against the government’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. And with by-elections approaching, Lucy visits Boris Johnson’s former constituency to hear voters’ views on the ground.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Why Thames Water is under growing strainMinisters seek to overturn ruling against UK migration plan Britain is being primed for a ‘hopeless’ electionSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://ft.com/insidepoliticsofferPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. View our accessibility guide  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/2331m 18s

Inflation pain: who will UK voters blame?

Soaring interest rates are alarming mortgage holders and could derail the UK government’s strategy for re-election. This week Lucy Fisher is joined by regular FT panellists Stephen Bush and George Parker to assess the political fallout from the latest rate rise. Plus the FT’s economics editor Chris Giles considers whether the Bank of England deserves criticism, while consumer editor Claer Barrett assesses the damage to Britons’ finances.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Central banks’ battle with inflation enters new phase of ‘pain’Ever tougher for Tories and Bank of England to avoid public blame in meme ageThe Bank of England’s credibility is still on the lineSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://ft.com/insidepoliticsofferListen to Claer Barrett’s Money Clinic podcast, out on June 27:Money Clinic with Claer Barrett | Financial TimesClaer Barrett’s book: What they don’t teach you about moneyPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. View our accessibility guide  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/06/2327m 6s

The damning verdict on Boris Johnson

The blistering report into Boris Johnson’s behaviour by the House of Commons privileges committee casts doubt over his political future. The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by FT columnists Stephen Bush and Miranda Green to discuss the committee’s brutal conclusions — and where the former prime minister goes next. Plus, the FT’s Scotland correspondent Lukanyo Mnyanda joins Lucy from Edinburgh for an update on the turmoil engulfing the ruling Scottish National Party.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more?  Has Rishi Sunak seen the back of Boris Johnson?Johnsonism will haunt the Conservative partyHumza Yousaf rejects calls to suspend Nicola Sturgeon from SNPSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award:  https://ft.com/insidepoliticsofferPresented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. View our accessibility guide Clips: Jacob Rees-Mogg:BBC, Angela Rayner:Sky News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/06/2330m 47s

Rishi Sunak and the 'real good' special relationship

Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden have agreed a new ‘Atlantic declaration’ to improve UK trade ties with the US. What does it tell us about the bilateral relationship now? Lucy Fisher is joined by FT columnist Miranda Green and UK chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley to weigh up the prime minister’s Washington trip. Plus, the FT’s political editor George Parker drops in from DC and Lucy is joined by chief political correspondent, Jim Pickard, to discuss the way Keir Starmer has reshaped the Labour party.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherWant more?  Keir Starmer’s ruthless remaking of the Labour PartyJoe Biden and Rishi Sunak agree ‘Atlantic declaration’The Invention of Essex - developed but not tamedClips from BBC, Guardian NewsSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/06/2330m 50s

The Boris Johnson WhatsApp psychodrama

Rishi Sunak’s government is heading to court to challenge the Covid inquiry’s right to demand ministers’ unredacted messages, following a row over Boris Johnson’s WhatsApp messages. The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by columnist Miranda Green and UK chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley to discuss the saga. Plus, the FT’s global health editor Sarah Neville tells Lucy why more staff alone won’t solve the NHS’s problems. And the panel members reveal their musical tastes - with cultural recommendations for your own downtime. Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comWant more? UK government takes legal action over Boris Johnson’s Covid messagesNHS productivity lags as recruitment fails to keep pace with demandHow the Thatcherites lost their Brexit dream and their partyThe great ‘Brexit’ and ‘coalition’ taboos are holding the Lib Dems back Clips from Sky News, BBC.”Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan. Written by Bob Dylan.  SME, TuneCore (on behalf of Columbia); UMPG Publishing, CMRRA, LatinAutorPerf, LatinAutor - SonyATV, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA - UBEM, SOLAR Music Rights ManagementSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/06/2332m 2s

Rishi Sunak’s immigration conundrum

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said net migration is too high following data showing that it hit a record last year, but he insists it’s not out of control. The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher digs into the political debate over immigration with columnist Stephen Bush and chief political commentator Rober Shrimsley. Also, what to make of the Cabinet Office referring Boris Johnson to the police over further potential breaches of coronavirus regulations? Plus, Northern England correspondent Jennifer Williams gives an update on her scoop about the government’s flagship regeneration scheme - now under scrutiny amid allegations of cronyism and waste.Follow Lucy on Twitter @LOS_FisherWant more?  UK net immigration hits record high of 606,000The old cycle of British immigration policy is unwindingYes, Suella Braverman should go, but not for the reason you thinkSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Mix by Jake Fielding and Breen Turner. Original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/05/2332m 26s

Does Rishi Sunak have an industrial strategy?

Critics claim the Tories lack an industrial strategy and three former business secretaries have said that this fails to prepare Britain for the future. George Parker, the FT’s political editor, hears from Greg Clark, one of those former ministers, and industry correspondent Sylvia Pfeiffer. Plus, Labour leader Keir Starmer’s recent speeches reveal much about the conservatism of the country - an issue that will be key in the general election expected next year. Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and the FT’s new Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher discuss.Sign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 Best Newsletter award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Follow @GeorgeWParker on Twitter Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/05/2327m 24s

Inflation and migration: Sunak’s problematic pledges

Cutting inflation and stopping small-boat migration are two of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s five core priorities, but there's no let-up in inflation or unhappiness with the government's policy on asylum seekers. George Parker, the FT’s political editor, discusses with economics correspondent Delphine Strauss and economics editor Chris Giles how far off target the government is. Plus, the UK’s stretched public finances are braced for a hit of up to £10bn in compensation claims for those affected by a decades-long NHS contaminated blood scandal. How did it happen? George hears from global health editor Sarah Neville and Barry Flynn, one of the victims who has severe haemophilia A and was infected with hepatitis C.Want more?UK faces bill of up to £10bn to cover blood scandal compensationInflation and NHS waiting lists threaten Rishi Sunak’s five-pledge strategyUK borrowing costs increase to their highest level in almost 15 yearsUK plans curbs on visas for overseas students’ family membersSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Follow @GeorgeWParker on Twitter Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/2329m 47s

Local elections: How bad was it for the Conservatives?

For Prime Minister Rishi Sunak the results were ‘disappointing’, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer claimed his party was heading for power and Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey wore a ‘Cheshire cat’ grin. What do this week’s local elections in England show about the likely direction of the next general election? Host George Parker discusses with columnist Stephen Bush, Northern England correspondent Jennifer Williams and the FT’s new Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher.Presented by George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh Gabert-Doyon. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl BrumleyNews clips: Sky, BBC, GB NewsSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Follow @GeorgeWParker on Twitter Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/05/2324m 6s

Wooing business: will it work?

Rishi Sunak has launched a charm offensive to win back the support of business while Labour wines and dines the financial community. Are their efforts to connect with corporate Britain convincing? Host George Parker discusses with the FT’s markets editor Katie Martin and deputy political editor, Jim Pickard. Plus, we look ahead to next week’s local elections. George and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe compare notes on the mood they found on the doorsteps around the country and columnist Robert Shrimsley provides his analysis.Want more?Why the Tories worry about Labour’s charm offensive with businessJeremy Hunt admits UK business taxes too high as government pressed on strategySunak aims to woo Britain’s business leaders in corporate resetSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Presented by George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh Gabert-Doyon. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Jan Sigsworth and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Follow @GeorgeWParker on Twitter Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/04/2325m 2s

Is a Labour win over the Conservatives inevitable in 2024?

This week we’re bringing you an extended edition of the podcast recorded during a webinar from the FT Live events team. Host Miranda Green is joined by FT columnist Stephen Bush, the FT’s public policy editor Peter Foster and Jane Green, professor of political science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, to answer subscribers’ questions on factors that will shape the outcome of 2024’s UK general election. How much will Brexit matter, who will be more convincing on law and order and immigration, and how will the generation divide play out? Presented by Stephen Bush. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Follow @greenmiranda on Twitter Sign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com View our accessibility guide Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/04/2349m 35s

Biden in Belfast: did the US president snub Sunak?

Joe Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland was designed to mark the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. But it was brief compared with his stay in the Republic of Ireland. Did the US president's presence help or hinder the prime minister’s efforts to restart power-sharing self-government in the Northern Ireland Assembly? Host Miranda Green discusses US-UK relations with Ireland correspondent Jude Webber and the FT’s chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley. Plus, sewage again and everywhere: it's in the UK’s rivers and seas. Is there a risk it could sweep away Conservative councillors and MPs? Columnist Stephen Bush and Gill Plimmer, the FT's expert on the privatised utilities, are on hand to discuss.Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.News clip: BBCWant more?Joe Biden’s long Good Friday Joe Biden in Ireland: ‘Your feet will bring you where your heart is’ Biden’s ‘homecoming’ Ireland visit mired in post-Brexit politicsOfwat has fined just one water company over 1994 sewage spill rulesTwo water groups blamed for 40% of England’s sewage spills in 2022Join a panel led by award-winning columnists Miranda Green and Stephen Bush, who writes the daily Inside Politics newsletter, for an FT subscriber webinar on the factors that will shape the outcome of next year's general election hereFollow @greenmiranda on TwitterSign up for 90 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politicsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/04/2326m 18s

Is ‘Fortress UK' a vote-winner?

Getting out of the UK - and indeed getting in - is becoming more difficult. Host Miranda Green unpicks home secretary Suella Braverman’s tough talk on British borders with FT columnist Stephen Bush and Rhys Clyne, the Institute for Government’s home affairs expert. Plus: this week marked the death of Nigel Lawson, one of the most consequential and longest-serving British chancellors of the 20th century. Miranda discusses his highs and lows with FT economics editor Chris Giles and Patience Wheatcroft, veteran business journalist.Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Persis Love. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer is Breen Turner.News clips: Sky, BBCWant more?Dorset residents unite against plan to moor asylum seekers in port UK passport delays hit ‘unacceptable level’ in 2022, says report Nigel Lawson, chancellor and journalist, 1932-2023Brexit gives us a chance to finish the Thatcher revolution - by Nigel Lawson, September 2016 Follow @greenmirandaSign up for a free 90 days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/inside-politics Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/2328m 3s

Have the UK’s green plans hit a red light?

The UK government unveiled a new net zero plan this week after the High Court ruled last year that existing plans were not enough for the UK to reach net zero targets. So is the new plan up to scratch? Host George Parker discusses with the deputy political editor Jim Pickard and climate reporter Camilla Hodgson. Plus, campaigning has kicked off for the May local elections. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been out on the road but where were the Conservatives? Deputy opinion editor Miranda Green and columnist Stephen Bush look ahead to a vital test of public opinion.Presented by George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen TurnerNews clips: BBC-Follow @GeorgeWParker -Sign up for Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter - free for 90 days -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guide Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/2326m 11s

Rishi Sunak and the rout of Tory Eurosceptics

Boris Johnson testified for his political life this week but was it enough to save his political career? George Parker discusses the former prime minister's future with the FT’s political commentator Stephen Bush and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Plus, while the Tory Eurosceptics may have been crushed after Rishi Sunak won a vote on a new post-Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist party is still saying it won’t return to power-sharing in Stormont. The FT’s Ireland correspondent Jude Webber and public policy editor Peter Foster give their analysis.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen Turner  -Follow @GeorgeWParker -Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guide  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/03/2324m 20s

Are Jeremy Hunt’s plans really a ‘Budget for growth’?

Why was the chancellor buoyed by forecasts that the UK would avoid a technical recession when the economy is still set to shrink? We dissect the economic and political implications of  Jeremy Hunt’s Budget, including his giveaway on pension limits - set to benefit the country’s richest - which Labour seized on as helping the wrong people. Presented by George Parker, with economics editor Chris Giles, political columnist Stephen Bush, consumer editor Claer Barrett and special guest Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragossa. The sound engineer was Breen Turner Claer Barrett’s new book is What They Don’t Teach You About Money: Habits to get you unstuck and on the road to financial freedom  Order the book here-Follow @GeorgeParker @StephenBush @ClaerB-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guide   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/03/2329m 2s

Rishi Sunak tackles the small-boat crossings

Even the Home Secretary Suella Braverman admitted there were questions over the legality of the tough new legislation introduced in the House of Commons this week. Others criticised it for being inhumane. We discuss the language and strategy of the policy and ask, is it workable? Plus, the UK-France summit in Paris shines a spotlight on the warmth between Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron and the two countries’ post-Brexit relationship.Presented by George Parker, with deputy opinion editor Miranda Green, political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Paris bureau chief Leila Aboud and special guest former UK ambassador to France Lord Peter Ricketts. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Persis Love. The sound engineer was Breen Turner  -Follow @GeorgeParker -Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guide  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/2325m 0s

Has Rishi Sunak’s NI deal silenced Tory Eurosceptics?

Boris Johnson may have criticised the prime minister’s deal on post-Brexit trading in Northern Ireland but a number of formerly staunch Eurosceptic rebels — including Northern Ireland minister Steve Baker — have enthused about Sunak’s success. How is the PM going to manage dissent within his own ranks, or is Eurosceptic opposition crumbling? Plus, what the deal on the new-look protocol - aka the Windsor framework - means in practice for business.Presented by George Parker, with political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Ireland correspondent Jude Webber, Brussels correspondent Andy Bounds and special guest former Tory cabinet minister and New Statesman columnist David Gauke.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen TurnerNews clips: BBC, GB News, Sky-Follow @GeorgeParker -Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guide Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/03/2326m 16s

Northern Ireland: Rishi Sunak’s big test

A deal to resolve the bitter dispute over post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland was due this week but the UK prime minister appears to have a fight on his hands to stop it unravelling as he faces opposition from Tory Eurosceptics and the Democratic Unionist party. Is Sunak facing a moment of truth on his authority? Plus, a new report revealed the dire state of Britain’s public services and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer laid out his five “missions” to sort out the country.Presented by George Parker, with deputy political editor Jim Pickard, columnist Robert Shrimsley, Ireland correspondent Jude Webber and special guest Hannah White, director of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @GeorgeParker @RobertShrimsley and @GreenMiranda -Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guideRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/02/2323m 18s

What Nicola Sturgeon’s exit means for UK politics

Scotland’s first minister announced this week that she was stepping down after eight years in office. What does her resignation mean for the Scottish National party and Scotland’s independence campaign? We discuss the country’s future. Plus, presenter George Parker talks to Douglas Alexander, former Labour cabinet minister, about his Scottish Labour comeback and his party’s prospects.With Scottish correspondent Lukanyo Mnyanda and special guest constitutional expert Professor Nicola McEwen. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen Turner We'd like to hear from you. What do you like (or not)? Please help us by filling in our listener survey at ft.com/politicssurvey It will take you around 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort earbuds! -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @GeorgeParker -Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter -Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com -View our accessibility guideRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/02/2324m 9s

Sunak and the backseat former PMs

Liz Truss and Boris Johnson have both been intervening this week. Could they challenge Rishi Sunak? We discuss how much of a threat to him they are. Plus, we delve into the cabinet and Whitehall shake-ups. An industrial strategy was dropped while areas like energy security and technology became priorities. Is this more than a change of labels?Presented by George Parker, with deputy opinion editor Miranda Green, columnist Robert Shrimsley and special guests Conservative MP Greg Clark and Hannah White, director of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen TurnerWe'd like to hear from you. What do you like (or not)? Please help us by filling in our listener survey at ft.com/politicssurvey It will take you around 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds!-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @GeorgeParker and @RobertShrimsley @GreenMiranda-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletterRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/2324m 25s

Rishi Sunak’s first 100 days

After a week that’s seen mass strikes and a growing number of bullying allegations against his deputy Dominic Raab, we discuss how Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has fared during his first 100 days in office. Plus, we delve into the government’s approach to net zero and the pressure Sunak is under to ditch the ‘green crap’.Presented by George Parker, with deputy political editor Jim Pickard, deputy opinion editor Miranda Green and columnists Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen TurnerCredits: Channel 4/BBCWe'd like to hear from you. What do you like (or not)? Please help us by filling in our listener survey at ft.com/politicssurvey It will take you around 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds!-Follow @GeorgeParker @RobertShrimsley -Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/02/2328m 36s

Zahawi £5mn tax scandal tests Sunak

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer attacked Rishi Sunak as ‘weak’ as calls escalated for the Tory party chair Nadhim Zahawi to be sacked over his £5mn settlement with Inland Revenue. How much is the row damaging the PM’s credibility and his vows to clean up parliamentary standards? Plus, as Sunak and his cabinet met for an awayday at Chequers to map out strategy, we discuss the challenge of his rocky ‘narrow path’ to election victory.Presented by George Parker, with deputy political editor Jim Pickard, political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and columnists Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen TurnerWe'd like to hear from you. What do you like (or not)? Please help us by filling in our listener survey at  ft.com/politicssurvey  It will take you around 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds!-Follow @GeorgeParker @RobertShrimsley-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comView our accessibility guide Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/01/2325m 55s

What Keir Starmer did at Davos

Sir Keir Starmer and shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves gave a pre-Davos interview to the FT before setting off to woo the global elite in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum in a remarkable turnround in Labour sentiment. Why were they going, with what message, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak chose to go to Morecambe instead? And what do the financial titans make of the UK’s prospects? Plus, we discuss the UK’s controversial plans for a bonfire of more than 4,000 EU rules that would put huge power in ministers’ hands, unleash regulatory uncertainty and is causing dismay among businesses.     Presented by George Parker, with deputy political editor Jim Pickard, markets editor Katie Martin, public policy editor Peter Foster and special guest Professor Catherine Barnard of UK in a Changing Europe. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen Turner -Read the FT interview with Sir Keir Starmer -Follow @GeorgeParker-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletterRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/01/2324m 7s

A rumbustious start to 2023

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer clash at PMQs as they set out their plans for a year that could shape the outcome of the general election. The prime minister faces industrial unrest, demands to solve the Northern Ireland standoff and the ever-present threat of a resurgent Boris Johnson, and can the Labour leader show he has any answers? Plus, we look at the outlook for business and the economy.Presented by George Parker, with columnists Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush, chief UK business correspondent Daniel Thomas and special guest Syma Cullasy-Aldridge of the CBI. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineer was Breen Turner-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @GeorgeParker and @RobertShrimsley-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletterRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/01/2326m 49s

2022 year in review

In our final episode of 2022, we look back on an especially turbulent year in Westminster - from partygate to Chris Pincher, Ukraine to market meltdown, Boris Johnson to Rishi Sunak, Kwasi Kwarteng and Jeremy Hunt. We reflect on the most significant events, what we got right and wrong at the time, and what British politics will bring in 2023. This marks Sebastian Payne's last episode presenting the podcast, but we will be back in the new year with a new host. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with political editor George Parker, chief political correspondent Jim Pickard, chief UK political columnists Robert Shrimsley and deputy opinion editor Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / Sky / ITVRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/12/221h 9m

Sunak versus the strikes

Rishi Sunak confronted a growing wave of industrial unrest facing the UK with tough new proposals for anti-strike laws, but will they work? We explore how the prime minister is handling the challenges of the winter ahead and whether we’re any closer to a “Sunakism”. Plus, we discuss the Edinburgh Reforms of financial services and whether they will boost growth and help the City of London flourish after Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with chief UK political columnist Robert Shrimsley, deputy opinion editor Miranda Green, political editor George Parker and business editor Dan Thomas. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / SkyRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/2235m 57s

Winter of discontent

Britain is seeing a swelling wave of industrial action this winter, from nurses to rail workers. Is the country facing a de facto general strike and is there an economic landing zone for the government and workers? We discuss what the different unions want. Plus, we examine Sir Keir Starmer's strategy for attacking Rishi Sunak - does it amount to class war, or just expose the prime minister's weaknesses? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with chief political correspondent Jim Pickard, economic correspondent Delphine Strauss, associate editor and columnist Stephen Bush and special guest political strategist John McTernan. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Howie Shannon and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / SkyRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/12/2233m 23s

Sunak’s short honeymoon

Rishi Sunak's authority with Tory MPs is waning and he is now facing policy battles on almost every front. We analyse which fights the new prime minister can win and which aren’t worth engaging in, and whether the Conservative party is serious about the next election. Plus, we look at the Tory and Labour wooing of business at this week’s CBI conference and if Sir Keir Starmer is doing enough on immigration to win enterprise over. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with columnist and associate editor Stephen Bush, deputy opinion editor Miranda Green, chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and chief business correspondent Dan Thomas. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers are Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / SkyRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/11/2234m 42s

Jeremy Hunt’s sombre Autumn Statement

The chancellor unveiled a £55bn plan for fiscal tightening this week, with the biggest drop in living standards for 70 years. We unpack all of the fiscal forecasts, tax rises, spending cuts and how Rishi Sunak can navigate the tricky politics. Plus, we also examine whether Hunt has shot Labour’s fox and what alternatives the party might put forward. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Jim Pickard and special guest Carys Roberts of the IPPR think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @SebastianEPayne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/11/2239m 24s

Farewell Sir Gavin, for the third time

Rishi Sunak forced Sir Gavin Williamson out from his government this week, the third time the former cabinet minister has been made to quit. Why did Sunak hire the controversial former chief whip in the first place? And what does his departure say about the prime minister's judgment?Plus, we look ahead to next week's Autumn Statement and where the Treasury's tax and spend axe will fall.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with chief UK political commentator Robert Shrimsley, deputy opinion editor Miranda Green, chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and special guest Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Persis Love and Jan Sigswoth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky News / BBC / The BunkerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/2232m 52s

Pressure grows on the home secretary?

We ask whether the home secretary Suella Braverman can survive in her post with attacks on multiple fronts. Does she have a plan for dealing with backlogged asylum claims? Can she be trusted with national security? And does she have the confidence of prime minister Rishi Sunak?Plus, the curious and hilarious case of Matt Hancock, the former health secretary who has decided to make good use of his constituents' time by going on the reality show 'I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!'Is it ever a good idea for politicians to diddle off from Westminster when parliament is sitting?Presented by Sebastian Payne with chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley, political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and deputy opinion editor Miranda Green.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Persis Love, Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky News / BBC / ITVRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/2235m 0s

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

After another turbulent week and the potential return of Boris Johnson. Rishi Sunak became Britain's latest prime minister - its first non-white leader and the youngest in modern history. We discuss how he triumphed in the leadership contest, how Johnson failed to gain momentum, the make-up of Sunak's first cabinet and the options for filling the fiscal blackhole left by “Trussonomics”.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with political editor George Parker, chief political correspondent Robert Shrimsley, economics editor Chris Giles and special guest former Treasury official Jill Rutter.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky News / BBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/10/2240m 3s

How the stopwatch began on Truss’ time in Downing Street

We look back on what can only be described as a total bonkers week in Westminster: how Liz Truss became the shortest and one of the worst prime ministers in British history, the very sticky end, and crucially what happens next - including the question on everyone’s lips: will Boris Johnson return? Our political editor George Parker and associate editor Camilla Cavendish will be unpacking it all with special guest Paul Goodman, editor of the Conservative Home website.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @Seb PayneSubscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky News / BBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/10/2237m 42s

A new chancellor and another U-turn for Truss

A tumultuous week and a dramatic Friday as Liz Truss was forced to reverse on tax cuts again and sacked Kwasi Kwarteng. Doubts are growing over whether she can survive as prime minister.Presented by Sebastian Payne with political editor George Parker, economics editor Chris Giles and associate editor Camilla Cavendish. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky News / BBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/10/2233m 12s

Truss vs the ‘anti-growth’ coalition

Liz Truss endured one of the most traumatic Conservative party conferences in living memory, with open revolt from her cabinet and MPs. Can the new prime minister survive and where does her economic reform agenda go next? Plus we discuss whether business is moving its opinions sharply towards Labour with the potential of the party's return to government in sight. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with political editor George Parker, associate editor Stephen Bush, chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and business columnist Cat Rutter Pooley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Persis Love and Jan Sigsworth.Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @Seb PayneSubscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky NewsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/10/2237m 32s

Kwasi Kwarteng’s market meltdown

Markets showed their dismay and the pound crashed to its lowest levels ever as Prime Minister Liz Truss and chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng struggled to defend their economic strategy. Where does the crisis go next? Political editor George Parker and economics editor Chris Giles make sense of it all. We also look back on the Labour party conference in Liverpool and discuss whether Sir Keir Starmer’s party is preparing to return to power. Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and northern correspondent Jennifer Williams take us into the corridors of the convention centre.Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/2239m 13s

The gamble for growth

Kwasi Kwarteng delivered his first Budget in all but name this week, with the biggest overhaul in taxes in half a century. We unpack all the major tax cuts and examine whether the Truss government's huge bet on growth will pay off, and what happens if it doesn't. Plus, we look at the ABCD plan to see the health service through the winter and whether the UK is losing its focus on science. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Sarah Neville and Clive Cookson. Produced by Howie Shannon. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: House of Commons / BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/09/2237m 59s

King Charles III begins his reign

The UK has experienced an unprecedented week of constitutional upheaval with new national and political leadership. We discuss the death and mourning of Queen Elizabeth II, the arrival of King Charles III and what it all means for the new prime minister Liz Truss. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Peter Foster, George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Hannah White. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: House of Commons / BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/09/2237m 53s

In memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II - who died on September 8 2022 at the age of 96 - we are in tribute republishing this platinum jubilee episode, in which we looked back on Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and Sarah O'Connor. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/09/2229m 44s

Truss’s glide path to Number 10

The Tory leadership race finished this week, with foreign secretary Liz Truss widely expected to triumph. We discuss the final campaign developments, Truss’ pledges on tax, and what Boris Johnson might do next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: LBC / BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/09/2226m 4s

Struggling with the energy crisis

With energy bills set to soar from October, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak faced mounting questions about how they would help struggling families, yet neither of the candidates to be the new prime minister has set out detailed plans. We examine the foreign secretary's tax proposals, whether they will address the economic turbulence ahead and if Whitehall needs a new ethics adviser.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with chief political correspondent Jim Pickard, political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and special guest economist Gerard Lyons.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Carlos San Juan. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/08/2228m 27s

Liz Truss pulls even further ahead

Two new opinion polls put Liz Truss 32 points ahead of her rival Rishi Sunak in the race to be the next Tory leader and prime minister. We analyse whether the contest is over, and the latest clashes between the two contenders on the union and economy. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and special guest Paul Goodman of ConservativeHome.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC + Sky Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/08/2226m 48s

Tory leadership race: And the heat goes on

As much of the country wilts in a heatwave, the focus in the Tory leadership contest this week has been on colder times to come. The two rivals for UK prime minister have disagreed publicly on how to help the most vulnerable cope with rising energy costs in the autumn. Rishi Sunak is promising direct help, while Liz Truss has criticised what she calls “handouts”, favouring tax cuts instead. But in the face of dire warnings that energy bills could reach more than £4,000 a year, is Truss softening her stance?The FT’s political editor George Parker is joined by economics editor Chris Giles and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. The producer was Philippa Goodrich and the sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @SebastianEPayne Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/08/2221m 38s

Liz Truss targets the Treasury

The voting process in the contest for a new Tory leader and prime minister was delayed over security concerns, but the campaign continued with Liz Truss looking all but certain to win. We discuss her lines of attack and her proliferation of new ideas, and delve into why Rishi Sunak is struggling to present himself as the grown-up. Will the delay to voting help him gain ground?Presented by political editor George Parker, with Robert Shrimsley, chief political commentator, and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / Sky Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/08/2219m 20s

Truss pulls ahead

The race to be the next UK prime minister rolled on this week, as foreign secretary Liz Truss firmed up her campaign lead and former chancellor Rishi Sunak struggled to make headway. We delve into the trio of debates, policy clashes on China and taxes, and ask whether the race is all but over. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with political editor George Parker, chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / Talk TV Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/07/2227m 34s

Head-to-head - Sunak and Truss fight it out to be Tory leader and PM

In this week’s episode, we delve into the positions and policies of the two final candidates in the contest to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and UK prime minister.Who is likely to win the votes of the Tory party membership over the next six weeks?Political editor George Parker and associate editor Stephen Bush analyse Rishi Sunak while economic editor Chris Giles and special guest Katy Balls, deputy political editor of the Spectator, look at Liz Truss.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / ITV / C4 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/2233m 37s

The race for next Tory leader and PM

In this week’s episode, we’ll delve into the two classes of contenders to be the next UK prime minister: the frontrunners and the outsiders. Political editor George Parker and associate editor Stephen Bush will discuss former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is in pole position, and the surprise surge of Penny Mordaunt. Plus, chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and columnist Camilla Cavendish will look at the three other remaining candidates, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Edwin Lane and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / LBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/07/2237m 35s

The fall of Boris Johnson

In this week’s bumper episode, we’ll be taking you behind the scenes on a week that brought Boris Johnson’s time as prime minister to a rather bitter close. We’ll take you through his handling of the Chris Pincher affair, the dramatic Cabinet resignations and the moments the prime minister knew the game was finally over.And we’ll be looking at another Conservative party leadership contest, the candidates already out of the blocks and how the process is going to work.On the panel: political editor George Parker, chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and special guest Hannah White from the Institute for Government think-tank.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / Sky / ITV Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/07/2241m 20s

Boris Johnson lands back to earth

We discuss whether Boris Johnson's Global Britain ambitions were achieved during his recent overseas trip and the fallout from the resignation of deputy chief whip Chris Pincher. Plus, we explore Nicola Sturgeon's plans for a second Scottish independence referendum and whether the next general election will decide the future of the United Kingdom. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with political editor George Parker, political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, UK chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and Scotland correspondent Lukanyo Mnyanda. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/07/2236m 5s

Introducing: Hot Money

The FT just launched a new podcast on porn, power and profit. When FT reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, she and her editor, Alex Barker, reveal who is behind it and much more. This eight-part investigative podcast reveals the secret history of the adult business and the billionaires and financial institutions who shape it. Brought to you by the Financial Times and Pushkin. To listen to new episodes, search ‘Hot Money’ wherever you listen. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/2232m 34s

Boris Johnson’s double by-election defeat

The Conservatives lost two crucial by-elections this week in Yorkshire and Devon, putting UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s leadership under scrutiny. Host Sebastian Payne, the FT’s Whitehall editor, discusses these results — and the resignation of Tory party chair Oliver Dowden — with political editor George Parker and UK chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley. Sebastian is also joined by economics correspondent Delphine Strauss and transport correspondent Philip Georgiadis to talk about the UK rail strikes and what deals ministers might make on public sector pay.  Want more?For the latest from the FT on UK politics: https://www.ft.com/world/uk/politicsFollow @SebastianEPayne @GeorgeWParker and @RobertShrimsleyClips: BBC / Sky News Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Philippa Goodrich. The sound engineers are Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/06/2235m 15s

Boris Johnson’s Northern Ireland plan - is it just a bluff?

We examine the situation with the Northern Ireland protocol, whether the government’s plans break international law and how the EU might respond. Public policy editor Peter Foster digs into the details with our Ireland correspondent Jude Webber. Plus, the resignation of Lord Christopher Geidt, the prime minister’s independent adviser on ministerial ethics. Why did he quit after a turbulent year? Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley will chat through with special guest Hannah White from the Institute for Government think-tank.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / Sky News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/2232m 57s

Boris survives, but for how long?

The prime minister had a close shave with his MPs this week when 41 per cent of the Conservative parliamentary party voted to oust him. We discuss how and whether Johnson can renew his leadership and whether he will face another vote of no confidence in the near future. Plus, we look at the government's latest proposals to address the housing crisis - do they go far enough?Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and special guest Vicky Spratt. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / LBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/06/2233m 40s

The Queen's jubilee: How Britain has changed since 1952

The Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee this weekend. To mark 70 years since she took to the throne, we look back on how the country has changed politically, economically and societally since 1952. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and Sarah O'Connor. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Singsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Movietone News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/06/2229m 31s

It’s definitely not a windfall tax!

We start with that huge bailout package for struggling families announced by the chancellor and the controversial taxes he raised to fund it - a £5bn windfall tax on energy companies with more to come.The FT’s economics correspondent Delphine Strauss and special guest Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation think-tank, discuss.Next and Sue Gray’s long-awaited report into the Covid parties scandal in Downing Street landed on Wednesday and the prime minister is still there. We’ll be sifting through the debris to assess the damage sustained by the PM after months of scrutiny of his conduct and probity. Jim Pickard and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe consider whether Boris Johnson really is in the clear or whether this is the start of a long farewell.Presented this week by George Parker.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Joshua Gabert-Doyon and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/05/2227m 52s

Behind the Money is back!

Behind the Money is back with all-new episodes! From hostile takeovers to C-suite intrigue, Behind the Money takes you inside the business and financial stories of the moment with reporting from Financial Times journalists around the world. The podcast returns May 25. You can follow the show now! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/221m 21s

Examining the fallout from the end of the police investigation

Should the prime minister now fear the fallout from the full investigation by Whitehall official Sue Gray? Or is he safe for now? Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley will discuss with special guest Paul Goodman from Conservative Home.And then we dig into the economics of the UK’s cost of living crisis. Inflation hit 9% this week and pressure is growing on the government to do more, something, anything, to help those struggling to make ends meet. But what exactly could that mean? Economics editor Chris Giles and consumer editor and host of the FT’s Money Clinic podcast Clear Barrett will explore.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/2239m 32s

Double crisis: cost of living and Northern Ireland

This year’s Queen Speech was Boris Johnson’s attempt to reset his government’s policy agenda but it did little to tackle the growing cost of living crisis. We look at what the government might do, plus whether the EU and UK are about to enter a trade war over the Northern Ireland protocol. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, George Parker and Jude Webber. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/2235m 6s

Voters cast their opinions on the state of politics

The Conservative party lost hundreds of councillors across the county in this year's local elections, with the Labour party making significant gains in the capital. We analyse the results in London, the red wall, blue wall and beyond, plus what they mean for Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Jennifer Williams, Jim Pickard and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Note: this edition was recorded at 12.00 BST on Friday 6th May.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky / BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/05/2239m 55s

Too many rising prices, too much sleaze

In this week’s episode we’ll be looking at why the government is anxious to find ways to fix rising fuel and food prices. Why is the Treasury not doing more? And how does this play into next week’s local elections? Political editor George Parker will provide analysis with chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley. Plus, we discuss the return of “Pestminster”. Why does Westminster have such a problem with sexism and is enough being done to call out bad behaviour? Political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe will discuss with special guest Ayesha Hazarika, political commentator and a former Labour party adviser.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @Seb Payne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: Sky / ITV Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/04/2234m 50s

Boris Johnson says sorry, sorry, sorry

The prime minister came to the House of Commons to apologise for misleading MPs over the partygate scandal, but now faces a third probe into his conduct. We discuss whether support for Boris Johnson is draining away and what might happen next. Plus we dive into the PM's trip to India, what it says about the government's Global Britain ambitions and whether relations with the EU are about to become problematic once again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, George Parker, Peter Foster and special guest Hannah White.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: LBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/04/2233m 9s

Can Johnson and Sunak survive Partygate fines?

No10 and No11 Downing Street were thrown into chaos when the Met Police issued fines to the prime minister and chancellor. We discuss the seriousness of the lawbreaking, whether Tory MPs are minded to move against Boris Johnson, the public mood and whether the new migration strategy involving Rwanda is a distraction. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Josh Gabert-Doyon and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC / Sky Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/2231m 38s

Sunak's non-dom saga

We delve into two messes the government has got itself into, over the tax affairs of Rishi Sunak’s wife and the long-awaited energy white security paper. Will the chancellor’s spouse be forced to give up her non-dom status? And why did Boris Johnson shy away from tough new targets for onshore wind farms? Associate editor and columnist Stephen Bush and energy correspondent Nathalie Thomas will dissect these along with our.Plus, we look at the decision to privatise Channel 4 — which culture secretary Nadine Dorries wrongly claimed receives public sector money.We’ll be exploring what it tells us about the government’s so-called culture wars and whether it is about ideology or pragmatism. Media editor Alex Barker will discuss with our assistant editor Janine Gibson.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: BBC, Sky Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/04/2233m 35s

Partygate returns, but no energy strategy

London's Metropolitan Police issued the first fines over the Partygate scandal this week. British prime minister Boris Johnson has yet to be fined, but does the scandal still pose a threat to his leadership? We also explore how this will shape the local elections, the internal Tory debate on trans rights and why the government is struggling to publish its new strategy on energy security. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Laura Hughes, Jim Pickard, Nathalie Thomas and special guest Paul Goodman. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: LBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/04/2238m 39s

Spring Statement: Sunak misfires

Rishi Sunak delivered a mini-Budget this week that slashed taxes and attempted to tackle the cost of living crisis and deal with inflation. But the UK chancellor was widely criticised for failing to help the poorest and was told that his measures did not go far enough. We delve into the Spring Statement, including what it means for businesses, the wider economy and workers. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and special guests Frances O'Grady and Tony Danker.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Persis Love and Jan Sigsworth.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersAudio: LBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/2239m 40s

Nazanin returns and Spring Statement preview

The UK celebrated the return of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after six years of imprisonment in Iran. We discuss how she was released and what it says about other parts of foreign policy. Plus we discuss Boris Johnson’s failed visit to Saudi Arabia, the latest sanctions against Russian oligarchs and preview Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement next week. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Rupert Harrison. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: Sky / BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/03/2235m 24s

The war in Ukraine: is the UK doing enough?

The UK has been criticised for failing both to fulfil its rhetoric on sanctions and on opening the door to refugees fleeing Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. Is it due to Whitehall incompetence, political leadership or domestic politics? We also discuss how the economic isolation of Russia will worsen the cost of living crisis in Britain and what options the Treasury has to ease the pain.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Joshua Gabert-Doyon and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: Sky-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/03/2230m 35s

Ukraine latest and tackling 'Londongrad'

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine became more brutal this week, with urban bombardment of civilians. We discuss what is likely to happen next and the west’s response. Plus, we explore whether the UK is doing enough to tackle dodgy Russian money in London and what further sanctions should be introduced. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Gideon Rachman, Laura Hughes, Tom Burgis and special guest Tom Tugendhat. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/03/2234m 39s

Johnson sees blood on Putin's hands

After weeks of warnings from the west, Russia invaded Ukraine this week, prompting what some say could be the continent's worst conflict since the second world war. We explore why President Vladimir Putin decided to invade, his histrionic explanation, the situation on the ground and how the conflict will pan out. Plus, we examine the response from western nations, whether sanctions will work and what the effect on Britain would be.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Max Seddon, Ben Hall, George Parker and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/02/2229m 49s

Why it is not new for progressive parties of the centre-left to work together

Parliament may have been in recess this week but the political action hasn't stopped. We discuss our significant story about the next election featuring Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Not since the days of Paddy Ashdown's ultimately unproductive courtship of Tony Blair in the 1990s have relations between the two opposition parties looked so promising.Plus, we look at the Ukraine crisis and the way Boris Johnson's government is handling it, as Germany hosts a very tense Munich Security Conference this weekend. Presented in Sebastian Payne's absence by George Parker with Gideon Rachman, Laura Hughes and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe of the FT and Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/2227m 33s

Resetting the Boris Johnson government

We examine the abrupt departure of Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick, what it means for the police investigation into the “partygate” scandal and how it plays into Boris Johnson’s hopes of resetting his government. We also look at the mini Cabinet reshuffle and the new No10 team. Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley discuss.Plus, the government signals an end to all Covid restrictions in England by the end of February. Is it too hasty or a welcome return to normality? Is the decision driven by science or politics? Health editor Sarah Neville and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe explore.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/2235m 37s

The net tightens for Boris Johnson

We ask whether the prime minister can survive the latest scandal engulfing his government. Is the departure of his closest and longstanding aide Munira Mirza the beginning of the end? Or the start of a reset? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard will discuss with chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley.Plus, we look into the long-awaited levelling up white paper and ask if it delivers on the high promises to rebalance the UK - and will those pro-Brexit first-time Tory voters feel it is delivering for them. Special guests Rachel Wolf, who penned the 2019 Tory manifesto will discuss with the Manchester Evening News’s Jennifer Williams.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: Sky News / Channel 5-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/2234m 17s

The Met vs Sue Gray on ‘partygate’

The official investigation into lockdown Downing Street gatherings was due to be concluded this week, but a criminal probe by the police has thrown Whitehall’s Sue Gray off course. When will the inquiry be released? Plus, we discuss the UK’s involvement in the worsening situation in Ukraine and what it says about post-Brexit foreign policy. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shirmsley, Laura Hughes and Gideon Rachman. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: Sky News-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/2233m 46s

The hole Boris Johnson digs for himself gets bigger

The latest twists and turns in the ‘partygate’ drama this week as Conservative MPs threatened a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We explore the progress of Sue Gray’s inquiry into the partygate row, how Johnson will respond and whether he can survive. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Camilla Cavendish. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth.Audio: Sky News-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/2230m 5s

The row over Number 10 parties during the 2020 lockdown

This week we’re devoting the episode to the “partygate” row which has blown up in Westminster. After the prime minister revealed he attended a party, calls for his resignation grew in and outside of the Tory party. Can he survive? Does his fate lie in the hands of a senior civil servant? Will Rishi Sunak walk out of the cabinet? And where does the story go next?We’ll be unpacking all the news and drama with a top line-up of guests: political editor George Parker, chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and special guest Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government think-tank.Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrityAudio: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/01/2235m 9s

The cost of living crisis - a defining political theme of 2022

We look at the trouble ahead for Boris Johnson, starting with the crisis in the energy market. What can the government do to stop bills doubling in the coming months? Along with sleaze investigations, how much of a threat is this to the PM? Political editor George Parker will discuss, together with chief political correspondent Jim Pickard.And we look at the latest with the spread of Omicron over the festive season and whether the new variant is putting too much pressure on the health service. What will that mean for the NHS? Health editor Sarah Neville and health and science reporter Oliver Barnes will explain.Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/01/2233m 55s

In conversation with Michael Cockerell

Michael Cockerell has made some of the best political documentaries about UK politics, covering prime ministers from Harold Macmillan to Boris Johnson. His new book, “Unmasking Our Leaders”, takes us into a career of political journalism and interviews regarding not just politicians and MPs and ministers but also the secret world of Whitehall.Cockerell looks back on the leaders he has met and what he learnt from them.Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @Seb Payne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/01/2227m 28s

In conversation with Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell went through many of the UK's most established institutions, from public school to the army to the City of London and parliament, the Whips Office and the cabinet. His new book, “Beyond A Fringe”, refers not only to his distinctive hairstyle but also his insider’s view of Britain. We explore his journey into politics, life in government and where he sees Tory politics going next. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @Seb Payne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/12/2130m 22s

A remarkable by-election outcome

We analyse the remarkable by-election outcome. On top of the two biggest parliamentary defeats of his career as prime minister, we’ll look at just how much trouble Boris Johnson is in and whether he’s about to face a leadership challenge. Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley discuss.And we look at the coronavirus situation following a huge rise in case numbers and whether the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed this winter. Will plan B work or will plan C be required? What would that look like? And with the Bank of England raising rates for the first time in years, how will the economy cope? Health editor Sarah Neville and economics editor Chris Giles discuss.Audio: Sky News + BBC Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne @georgewparker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/12/2134m 59s

Boris Johnson encounters turbulent times

This week we analyse the new measures abruptly imposed in England in response to the alarming rise in Omicron coronavirus cases. What spooked the government?  Science reporter Oliver Barnes and special guest science commentator Anjana Ahuja explain.Plus, the prime minister faces a Tory rebellion not only over the new Covid rules, but whether parties were held at No 10 last Christmas that broke lockdown rules, and who paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Political editor George Parker and political correspondent Laura Hughes look at the scale of the trouble Johnson is in. Audio: Sky News Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne @georgewparker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/2134m 50s

Fears about the Omicron coronavirus variant

This week we dissect how much we know about the rising new variant and ask how worried we should be. Will we see much tighter restrictions imposed as Christmas approaches? Health editor Sarah Neville analyses the situation with science editor Clive Cookson.Plus, the Conservatives held the seat in the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election but with a reduced majority as Labour and the Liberal Democrats collaborated in opposition - and there's another by-election due in two weeks. Political editor George Parker and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe discuss the threat to the Tories. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne @georgewparker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/2137m 11s

Tragedy in the English Channel

Twenty-seven asylum seekers drowned trying to reach Britain, highlighting the growing crisis of small boats. How can the issue be resolved and what does it say about Anglo-French relations? Plus, we discuss another chaotic week for Boris Johnson and whether a new operation at No 10 would improve the prime minister’s standing.  Presented by Sebastian Payne, with the FT’s Laura Hughes, Anna Gross, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Paul Goodman of Conservative Home. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/2135m 16s

Is Boris Johnson on the right track?

This week we delve into the plan for reshaping the UK’s railways. Is £100bn of investment the biggest change in a generation, or will it prove to be a massive disappointment? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard discusses this with a special guest: George Osborne, the former chancellor and chair of the Northern Powerhouse Project.Plus, it’s been a torrid week for Boris Johnson but does any of it matter? The Tories may be behind in the opinion polls but is the party hanging with him and for how long? Political editor George Parker analyses the situation with FT contributing editor Camilla Cavendish.Audio source: BBC / Sky / ITVProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker, @Jim Pickard-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/2139m 21s

‘I genuinely believe that the UK is not remotely a corrupt country’

This week we examine the row about outside interests for British MPs. Is it acceptable to be earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year on top of their parliamentary work? And do voters care? Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley will analyse the situation with political correspondent Laura Hughes.Plus, we look at the very odd case of the 92 hereditary peers in the House of Lords - the last vestiges of aristocracy in our politics. How do they still exist and will their time ever come to an end? Political editor George Parker will take us into this slightly mad world - along with special guest Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government think tank.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker, @Robert Shrimsley-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/2133m 45s

MPs distraught at being asked to offer support for change

This week we discuss the chaotic events surrounding the botched reform of the parliamentary standards committee. We look at why No 10 was so eager to save disgraced MP Owen Paterson and where the row goes next. Political editor George Parker, political commentator Robert Shrimsley and political correspondent Laura Hughes will explain all.And we look back at the first week of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where more than 120 world leaders gathered to make headway on climate change. Breakthroughs were made on cash and deforestation, but there was scant progress on coal. Our environment correspondent Leslie Hook and chief political correspondent Jim Pickard take us behind the scenes.Audio source: Sky NewsProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker, @Robert Shrimsley-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/11/2138m 34s

Delivering the autumn Budget

This week we examine the philosophy behind this year’s Budget and whether this is a marked change in how the Conservatives look at the economy. Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley discuss.And we look ahead to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where world leaders will, or won’t, step up on tackling climate change. Will Boris Johnson’s bold ambitions be met? Or will it turn out to be another missed opportunity? Climate reporter Camilla Hodgson and columnist Pilitia Clarke will explain.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker, @Robert Shrimsley-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/2133m 10s

Budget day special

Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Budget that pledged to increase spending, cut taxes and burrow away money for saving too. Is it all things to all people and will it help with the cost of living crisis? Political editor George Parker and economics editor Chris Giles will dissect. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Breen Turner.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @SebastianEPayne, @GeorgeWParker & @ChrisGiles_ on Twitter-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/2115m 39s

Will the NHS face pressure over the winter?

This week we discuss the return of Covid to the news agenda and ask whether the government will implement its so-called Plan B of measures as infections and hospital admissions rise rapidly. Political editor George Parker will give his analysis, along with health and science reporter Oliver Barnes.And we remember Sir David Amess, the veteran Conservative politician who was killed in his Essex constituency last Friday and examine what can be done to improve the security of MPs. Mark Francois, the Conservative MP and longstanding friend of Amess, will discuss along with Rosie Duffield, the Labour MP for Canterbury.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker, @Oliver Barnes-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/2131m 9s

A testy war of words breaks out in Whitehall

This edition of Payne’s Politics was recorded before the news of the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess who died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex on Friday.This week we discuss the latest with the UK’s shortages. Should the government be doing more and should the Treasury intervene? Political editor George Parker and chief political correspondent Jim Pickard will take us into the corridors of power.And later, we’ll be returning to Brexit and how to resolve the issue of the controversial Northern Ireland protocol. Can the UK and EU find a resolution that meets both of their red lines? And how bad are relations at the moment? Public policy editor Peter Foster will analyse, with special guest Georgina Wright from the Institut Montaigne.Audio source: BBC and Sky NewsProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Peter Foster, @George Parker, @Jim Pickard-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/2135m 53s

Why every day at Conservative conference is Johnson day

This week we analyse this year’s Conservative party conference. First, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech: how credible was it? Can low-skilled immigration be simply replaced without a big inflation risk? Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley analyse.And then, we look at the other main theme of this year’s conference: levelling up. Did we gain any extra insight from Johnson and Michael Gove on what it means, how it can be delivered and what success looks like? Two special guests will explore: Rachel Wolf of Public First and Paul Swinney from the Centre for Cities think-tank.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Robert Shrimsley, @George Parker-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/2136m 51s

Keir Starmer’s clear break with the Jeremy Corbyn era

This week, we’ll be analysing Labour’s annual jamboree and whether Sir Keir Starmer has met expectations. How did he take on the left and what was the core message of his keynote speech? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe will explore.Later on, we’ll turn our attention to the cost-of-living crunch approaching this winter. There are widespread fears across Whitehall that the situation could get worse, with inflation rising, fuel and food prices set to soar and even fears there might not be enough turkeys for Christmas. So what is causing all this disruption and is it about to get worse? George Parker and Chris Giles discuss the issues.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Jim Pickard, @George Parker-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/10/2138m 11s

Boris Johnson undertakes his first major overseas trip

This week, we analyse Boris Johnson’s trip to America, his address to the UN, his one-to-one with President Joe Biden and the health of the so-called special relationship. Joining to discuss are our political editor George Parker, and political and diplomatic correspondent Laura Hughes.Plus, we’ll be looking forward to the Labour party conference in Brighton next week. Keir Starmer has published a 14,000 word pamphlet setting out his vision for the country, but is anyone listening? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard will discuss along with special guest John McTernan, the former Labour advisor and sometimes FT writer.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Jim Pickard, @George Parker-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/09/2134m 13s

Looking in detail at the cabinet reshuffle

This week, we dissect prime minister Boris Johnson’s first major reshuffle of this parliament. We’ll be examining who went up, who went sideways, those who were sacked and what this all tells us about where the Johnson government is going next. Political editor George Parker and political correspondent Laura Hughes will take us through what happened.And we discuss a new book “Broken Heartlands: A Journey Through Labour’s Lost England”. Author Sebastian Payne has been pootling around England for the past year trying to find out whether the party can win back the parts of the country it lost. He’ll be chatting with our chief political correspondent Jim Pickard.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity.-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Jim Pickard, @George Parker-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/09/2133m 34s

Tearing up the Conservatives’ fiscal orthodoxy

This week we analyse prime minister Boris Johnson’s game on social care reform, what the plan involves and whether the Conservative party and its voters will swallow tax rises. Political editor George Parker and economics editor Chris Giles dissect the details.Plus we look at how the UK government hopes to try to avoid another coronavirus lockdown this winter through vaccine passports and booster jabs. With cases already running high, are hospitals about to be overwhelmed? Health editor Sarah Neville and science reporter Oliver Barnes will discuss.Audio source: Institute for GovernmentProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/2136m 13s

Britain’s diplomatic push over Afghanistan

This week we examine how the UK got its withdrawal from Afghanistan so badly wrong and the subsequent Whitehall briefing war against the Foreign Office. Robert Shrimsley, our chief political commentator, and Laura Hughes, political and diplomatic correspondent, will analyse the issues.We also look at Whitehall’s contingency planning for what will happen to the UK’s nuclear deterrent in the event of Scottish independence. Will the Trident programme move to England,  America, France or stay where it is? Our Scotland correspondent Mure Dickie will explore the possibilities, with special guest Chris Brannigan, the prime minister’s former defence aide and a senior fellow at Policy Exchange.Audio source: BBCProduced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/09/2131m 8s

Interview special: Liz Truss

In the fifth and final of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne meets Liz Truss, international trade secretary and minister for women and equalities.Truss is the most popular member of Boris Johnson’s government, and a keen advocate of a buccaneering policy of striking free trade deals with everyone and everywhere. We explore the economic worth of such agreements, what’s coming down the tracks and how her agenda may play into her own political future. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/08/2131m 37s

Interview special: Sir Malcolm Rifkind

In the fourth of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne meets Sir Malcolm Rifkind. In a week when the Taliban shocked the West with its rapid advance in Afghanistan, the former Conservative defence and foreign secretary examines where this leaves UK foreign policy. What does it mean for the UK’s so-called special relationship with the US and for the future of foreign interventions?Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/08/2129m 19s

Interview special: Steve Baker MP

In the third of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne speaks to Steve Baker, the Tory MP for Wycombe and one of the Conservative party's most formidable campaigners. Whether it's through the European Research Group, his work as a Brexit minister or simply his campaigning, Baker is one of the people Downing Street fears the most, because when he's taken on policy positions, it's very difficult to combat him.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/08/2132m 59s

Interview special: Professor Neil Ferguson

In the second of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne speaks to Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London. Nicknamed Professor Lockdown by some newspapers, the leading epidemiologist and government scientific adviser has emerged as one of the most prominent voices during the pandemic. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/08/2133m 40s

Interview special: Anas Sarwar

In our first summer special, Sebastian Payne speaks to the leader of the Scottish Labour party Anas Sarwar about countering Nicola Sturgeon, how he intends to revive his party’s prospects and leadership in lockdown. They also discuss whether Labour is truly a unionist party and if Sarwar will budge his stance against another independence referendum to win back lost voters. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/07/2127m 29s

Exemptions to isolation and the Northern Ireland protocol

In what should have been a big final week of term at Westminster, Boris Johnson had to abandon plans for a big announcement on social care reform. Instead, ministers tried to come up with a series of exemptions to the Covid isolation rules. Plus, how a new front has opened in the ongoing war of attrition with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol.Presented by George Parker, with Sarah Neville, Peter Foster, Jim Pickard and Lord Gavin Barwell. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. - Archive: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker, @Sarah Neville, @Jim Pickard and @Peter Foster-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/07/2126m 22s

Chaos and confusion over masks and levelling up

The UK is pressing ahead with the easing of all lockdown measures on July 19, despite coronavirus infections hitting 50,000 a day. How has Downing Street got itself into a mess over masks? Plus we discuss Boris Johnson’s major speech on ‘levelling up’ and ask whether anyone is wiser about what it’s all about. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley, Peter Foster and Jim Pickard. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Robert Shrimsley, @Sarah Neville and @Peter Foster and @Jim Pickard-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/07/2133m 37s

Freedom day too soon and English patriotism

Boris Johnson has announced that all remaining lockdown restrictions will end on July 19 in England, but is he acting too hastily with Covid-19 cases rising so quickly? Plus, we debate whether a new form of English patriotism is emerging through the Euro 2020 matches and what this means for Conservative culture warriors.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Robert Shrimsley and Gideon Rachman. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.-Read the latest on ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne, @Robert Shrimsley, @Gideon Rachman, @Sarah Neville and @Clive Cookson-Subscribe to ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/07/2132m 50s

Labour comes home in Batley and Spen

Sir Keir Starmer was given a reprieve after Labour clung on at the Batley and Spen by-election this week. What does it mean for his leadership? And was Matt Hancock's breaking of lockdown rules to blame for the Conservative party's failure to win? Plus, we discuss what kind of health secretary Sajid Javid might be and how his return to the cabinet will affect the coronavirus and social care debate. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Sarah Neville. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity.Review clips: BBC-Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne,  @Robert Shrimsley, @Jim Pickard, @Sarah Neville and  @George Parker-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/07/2133m 54s

Travel woes and Brexit five years on

The UK eased travel to several holiday destinations this week, but will they welcome British tourists? And when are vaccination passports being introduced? Plus we reflect on five years since the Brexit referendum and how it has reshaped the country, its economy and the political parties. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Anand Menon. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: News pool, BBC, Sky News -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @Seb Payne,  @Robert Shrimsley, @Jasmine Cameron Chileshe, @Anand Menon and  @George Parker-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/06/2129m 41s

Lockdown continues, a shock in the Chilterns

Boris Johnson reluctantly delayed the easing of England’s lockdown for another month due to the spread of the Delta strain of coronavirus. Will the July 19 easing go ahead? Plus, we discuss the Liberal Democrats’ surprise victory in the Chesham and Amersham by-election and what it means for the government’s planning reforms. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.Review clips: News poolRead the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @Seb Payne, @Robert Shrimsley, @Jasmine Cameron Chileshe, @Jim Pickard and @Sarah NevilleSubscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/06/2132m 10s

G7 special from Cornwall

The leaders of the west descended on Carbis Bay, along with podcasters, for this year's G7 summit. Boris Johnson and Joe Biden appeared to develop a bromance - despite their split on Northern Ireland. We discuss the key themes of the summit and whether Brexit overshadowed the prime minister's efforts to forward his Global Britain agenda. Plus we look at why the June 21 easing of lockdown restrictions is unlikely to go ahead. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and Peter Foster. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: News pool, BBC, European Union.Further reading:EU leaders to pressure Boris Johnson over Northern Ireland at G7Johnson and Biden seek to smooth over Northern Ireland differencesG7 to pledge 1bn Covid vaccine doses for poorer countriesUK’s lockdown easing should be slowedWhy ‘sausage wars’ illustrate how both sides are now on a collision course over Northern IrelandHow serious is Delta Covid variant for UK and do vaccines stop it?Fragile US-led G7 tax compromise threatened by search for exemptionsRealism from all sides is needed over Northern Ireland-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker and @Robert Shrimsley-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/06/2129m 13s

British holidays at home

The hopes of international travel this summer were dashed as Portugal was taken off the UK's green list for travel amid a rise in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus. But will the June 21 easing still go ahead? Plus, we discuss the battle between education secretary Gavin Williamson and chancellor Rishi Sunak over funding for post-lockdown schooling and whether the Treasury will eventually put forward more cash. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and Bethan Staton. produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: Sky News, BBC News, BBC Today, Channel 4. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/06/2127m 33s

Dominic Cummings versus the world

Boris Johnson's former chief adviser made an epic seven-hour appearance at a parliamentary hearing this week, claiming the prime minister was unfit for the job and the health secretary a liar. We explore his bombastic claims and the political impact for Johnson. Plus, we examine the impact of the cuts to foreign aid on the ground and whether the budget will rise again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and special guest Andrew Mitchell MP. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: Parliament TVFurther reading:Cummings exposes dangers of a lightweight leader and a dysfunctional systemHancock admits some patients with Covid were moved into care homesRelations between Johnson and cabinet secretary fray over Cummings tiesCummings’ testimony reveals fatal flaws of the British stateCummings launches stinging attack on Johnson and handling of Covid crisisLessons of Dominic Cummings’ testimony are still to be learntUK aid cuts ‘directly hamper’ fight against HIV, warn politicians and Aids groupsCutting aid undermines the vision of Global BritainAfrica feels the brunt of UK foreign aid cuts-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker and @Robert Shrimsley-Subscribe to FT UK politics newsletter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/05/2133m 31s

Tackling the Indian coronavirus variant

The UK's easing out of lockdown was put under threat by a new strain of coronavirus that originated in India. Can the race between inoculations and infections be won? Will the June 21 easing go ahead? Plus we discuss the biggest shake-up in British rail travel for 25 years and whether passengers will benefit from the new era of Great British Railways. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Jim Pickard and special guest Christian Wolmar. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament TV, Sky News.Further reading-We will be lost if we panic at every Covid mutation-UK races to tackle coronavirus variant through rapid vaccination-English town of Bolton pins hopes on jabs to avoid another lockdown-UK’s new model railway is likely to serve the public poorly-A rational new model for Britain’s railways-UK rail looks to private sector in biggest shake-up since 1990s Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/05/2130m 22s

Labour goes to war (again)

The opposition Labour party was consumed by infighting this week after Sir Keir Starmer botched a shadow cabinet reshuffle, leading to questions about whether he can survive as leader. Did Starmer overreact and is Labour facing a civil war? Plus, we discuss this year's Queen's Speech and whether the Johnson government's legislative agenda is bold or packed with filler. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Sarah Neville. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: UK news pool, BBC, Parliament TVFurther reading:-Labour’s problem is that Keir Starmer is no Tony Blair-Reeves promotion underlines Labour shift to centre ground under Starmer-Starmer must listen to voters, not Labour factions-Starmer warned of prospect of leadership challenge over summer-Queen’s Speech: The key bills in Johnson’s post-Covid agenda-Putting flesh on the bones of the levelling up agenda-Boris Johnson’s levelling-up agenda takes toll on southern Tories-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker and @Robert Shrimsley-Susbcribe to FT UK politics newsletter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/05/2131m 35s

The Tories conquer Hartlepool

Thursday's local elections resulted in gains for Boris Johnson's Conservatives, including a historic win in the Hartlepool by-election. What does this mean for Labour and Keir Starmer's leadership? Plus, we discuss clashes with the French over Jersey fishing this week and where UK-EU relations will go next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Peter Foster and special guest Georgina Wright of the Institut Montaigne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: News pool, BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/05/2130m 15s

Cash for curtains, curtains for Arlene Foster

Boris Johnson is facing three inquiries into the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Why hasn't the prime minister offered a clear explanation of what happened? Will he face sanctions and will it have an impact on the Conservatives in next week's local elections? Plus, we discuss the departure of Arlene Foster as Northern Ireland's first minister and who might replace her as DUP leader. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Noonan, plus special guest Sam McBride of Belfast News Letter. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.Review clips: Parliament, Downing Street, DUPRead more:-Team Johnson needs some levelling up-Westminster redecorating could tarnish Johnson’s carefree image-Boris Johnson commits to probe into ‘cash for curtains’ saga-Main players emerge in UK’s ‘cash for curtains’ saga-Poll tracker: how will the SNP fare in Scotland’s May elections?-Labour’s lost heartlands. Can it win them back?-Foster’s departure leaves Northern Ireland braced for more division-Arlene Foster to step down as Northern Ireland first minister-Brussels warns Britain on Northern Ireland as MEPs vote on trade deal-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker and @Robert Shrimsley Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/05/2131m 47s

'Favours for chums', and the football debacle

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the prime minister of sleaze after allegations that friends can text him seeking special treatment. Is lobbying worse today? Plus, we discuss the collapse of the plan by big football clubs to form a European Super League, and whether politicians should get more involved in the regulation of the game. Presented by George Parker, with Robert Shrimsley, Helen Thomas, Murad Ahmed and special guest Steve Parish, chair of Crystal Palace Football Club. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: Parliament TV, News pool, Arsenal press officeRead more on FT.com:-Boris Johnson is not the man to clean up British public life-Dyson texts seem low-level sleaze but still raise lobbying questions-Closing the ‘revolving door’ would weaken government further-Dyson moves residency back to UK as text dispute refuses to die down-‘It was utter chaos’: the inside story of football’s Super League own goal-Super League would break football’s essential promise-Super League: European politicians give US sports model a good kicking Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/04/2125m 30s

Greensill, Cameron and Whitehall's revolving door

The collapse of Greensill Capital and the involvement of former prime minister David Cameron have raised serious questions about the UK's lobbying regime. We discuss whether any rules were broken and which guidelines need to be reformed. Plus, we remember Prince Philip's contribution to public life and whether the British monarchy is set to undergo major changes. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, plus special guests Hannah White and Sir Max Hastings. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor was Liam Nolan. Review clips: UK Parliament, Reuters, UK news pool. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/04/2130m 55s

Britain's vaccine setback

Britain’s vaccination programme suffered a setback this week over the use of the AstraZeneca jab — the workhorse of the UK immunisation effort — among younger people. How will new guidance for under-30s affect the vaccine rollout and the bounce it has given Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the polls? Plus, what's behind Northern Ireland's most violent disturbances in recent years? Presented by George Parker with Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Clive Cookson and Peter Foster together with special guest Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's chief negotiator ahead of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Department of Health, UK news pool, BBC.Read more:-AstraZeneca vaccine guidance leaves UK facing challenges over supply and hesitancy-Experts back UK age limit for rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine-Pragmatism must triumph over politics in Northern Ireland-London and Dublin call for calm after fresh riots in Northern Ireland-Brexit ignites the debate about a united Ireland-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/04/2124m 38s

UK vs EU vaccine tussle

Relations between Britain and the rest of Europe thawed this week, after the EU had threatened an export ban on vaccines. Will the UK have enough jabs to complete its second round of doses? And what does it say about broader post-Brexit UK-EU relations? Plus, we discuss the row over Union Jacks and whether more overt signs of patriotism are becoming a new part of British culture. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Salma Shah. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan.Review clips: European Union, Parliament TV, BBC BreakfastRead more:-UK and EU move to calm tensions over access to jabs-Vaccine-friendly Britons puzzled by AstraZeneca jab’s EU troubles-Johnson lobbies EU leaders in bid to avert vaccine export blocks-Boris Johnson preys on Labour’s self-doubt in flag row-Labour’s difficult choices to regain its northern heartlands-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker and @Robert Shrimsley Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/03/2130m 44s

AstraZeneca vaccine tribulations

The UK encountered the first bumps in its vaccine roll out programme, as the government warned supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab would drop significantly in April. Why? How will this affect the lockdown easing? What caused this shortfall and how does it play into Europe's issues with the vaccine? Plus, we discuss whether policing in the UK requires fundamental reform, following the Met’s handling of a vigil in London’s Clapham Common last weekend. Do current laws offer enough protection for women? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Robert Shrimsley and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan.Review clips: 10 Downing Street, European Commission, UK ParliamentRead more:-EU threat to vaccine exports exposes mutual risks to global supply chain-Coronavirus tracker: the latest figures as countries fight the Covid-19 resurgence-Johnson urges EU to step back from coronavirus vaccine war-Retesting 1.7m vaccines and Indian delay blamed for UK shortage-NHS warns of ‘significant reduction’ in vaccine supplies-The police must learn to listen to women-Boris Johnson must make the security of women a national priority-Met faces its MeToo moment with anger over attitude of officers-Priti Patel insists new laws will protect women-Freeing women from the constant fear of violence-Fury at Everard murder spurs pledge to tackle violence against women-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne, @George Parker and @Robert Shrimsley Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/03/2131m 0s

Harry and Meghan, and the government

The explosive TV interview the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave this week raised major questions about the future of the monarchy, as well as tricky issues for Downing Street on how to handle the accusations of racism. We explore the constitutional relationship and how politics are divided. Plus, we look ahead to the Integrated Review next week into the UK's foreign and defence policy and what it will say about global Britain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, George Parker and special guest Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane.Review clips: CBS/Harpo Productions, BBC News, Downing Street Read more:-From fairy tale to culture war: Britain gripped by royal race row-Royal rift marks a tragic missed opportunity-Like all firms, the royal family must learn to listen on diversity-The ‘invisible’ pact binding the UK royals and their tabloid tormentors-Royals nearly drove me to suicide, Meghan Markle tells Oprah Winfrey-Britain’s royal family must downsize if it wants to survive-Johnson set to unnerve allies with ‘Global Britain’ defence review-UK’s policy towards China is riddled with contradictions-Boris Johnson takes passage to India to support ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’-Squandering trust is no route to a ‘Global Britain’-EU capitals weigh tougher response to UK’s Brexit ‘provocations’-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/03/2130m 10s

Sunak's spend now, tax later Budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his second Budget this week, tearing up Conservative economic orthodoxy with billions of pounds of spending and tax rises. What state are the UK's public finances in? And will he actually go ahead with planned spending cuts? Plus, we examine the 'levelling up' pledges and whether they go far enough to help rebalance the needs of the economy with those of the north of England. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Andy Bounds and special guest Diane Coyle. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: Parliament TV, Institute for Fiscal Studies.Read more on FT.com:-Relocating UK’s civil service is crucial to Johnson’s levelling-up agenda-Johnson under pressure to publish ‘levelling-up’ fund criteria-Rishi Sunak prepares the ground for Tory election strategy-Rishi Sunak’s un-Tory Budget confounds assumptions once again-The Budget, your money and how to prepare for what comes next-Sunak’s tax freezes are not as harmless as they seem-The UK’s ‘new Tory’ economics are different but insufficient-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/03/2132m 9s

UK Budget preview and Salmond vs Sturgeon

Rishi Sunak will deliver his second Budget next week, where the chancellor will set out a mission to put the UK's public finances on a sounder footing. Will he reveal rises in spending, tax or both? Plus, we discuss Alex Salmond's select committee appearance on Friday and whether the former Scottish first minister's testimony is a threat to his successor Nicola Sturgeon. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Mure Dickie, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Gemma Tetlow. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane.Review clips: Parliament TV, Scottish Parliament-After the pandemic: Sunak signals the UK’s return to fiscal conservatism-Levelling up tests Johnson’s ‘Heineken’ credentials-Salmond accuses Sturgeon of presiding over ‘failures of leadership’-SNP feud threatens its Scottish independence hopes-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/02/2130m 9s

Data, not dates, for easing lockdown

Boris Johnson made it clear this week that he will not rush into easing the nationwide lockdown - what will the UK prime minister set out in his road map next week? Will schools return and when will further measures be eased? Plus, we discuss the surprise appointment of Lord David Frost to Johnson's cabinet and what it says about relations with the EU and the next ministerial reshuffle. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan.Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament TVFurther reading:-Diplomats and business express caution over Frost cabinet role-The equivalence tussle is giving UK a lesson in Brexit power politics-Johnson puts final touches to cautious easing of English lockdown-Covid infections dropping fast across England, study shows-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/02/2129m 40s

Held in hotels and is Starmer stalling?

Hotel quarantine will finally be introduced to the UK next week, but can the logistics work? Will it stop new variants of the virus spreading - and are enough countries going to be included? Plus, we discuss whether Sir Keir Starmer is stalling as Labour leader and whether he is critical enough of the government's coronavirus policies. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Alice Hancock, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Sienna Rodgers, editor of LabourList. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Louise Burton and the editor Aimee Keane.Review clips: BBC Radio 4, Parliament TV, PA Media, Novara MediaFurther reading:-UK Covid border measures under increasing strain ahead of rollout-Travel bosses fear summer season at risk after UK warns on holidays-Britain wakes up to the power of border controls-Should Britons abandon hope of a summer holiday?-Labour’s Starmer has no quick fix; Johnson stole his story-Labour party looks to Biden for inspiration-Labour attacks £1bn cuts to flagship green homes scheme Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/2131m 3s

Vaccine triumphs and the lockdown question

This week the UK faced the prospect of the emergence of new coronavirus mutations while surging past 10m vaccinations. Will this progress speed up the relaxation of the lockdown? What timetable is the prime minister working to? Plus, we discuss how Brexit is affecting trade in Northern Ireland and whether the contentious trade protocol will be suspended or improved to ease tensions. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, George Parker and Peter Foster. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan.Review clips: 10 Downing Street, Parliament TV, BBC Radio UlsterFurther reading:UK coronavirus quarantine system to start on February 15Treasury economists work on plan for phased lifting of Covid restrictionsJohnson remains cautious on easing England’s lockdownCan the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol survive?Brussels pushes back on UK bid to rewrite Northern Ireland protocolJohnson threatens to use emergency powers to avoid barrier in Irish Sea Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/02/2129m 37s

A plan for exiting Covid lockdown

Boris Johnson set out how England will exit its nationwide lockdown this week, with schools set to reopen in early March but shops and other businesses due to come later. We speak to Mark Harper, chair of the Covid Recovery Group, about what Tory MPs want to hear from the prime minister. Plus, we examine the Scottish National party's latest push for independence and whether their plan B will run foul of UK law. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Mure Dickie and special guests Conservative MP Mark Harper and Nicola McEwan from Edinburgh University. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh da la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Cheryl Brumley.Review clips: UK pool, Scottish governmentFurther reading:A grim accounting of the UK’s virus mishandlingEngland lockdown starts to suppress Covid-19, study suggestsSchools in England to remain closed until at least early MarchTory activists hope for Covid ‘bounce’ if curbs are liftedIndependence vote ‘irrelevant’ to most Scots, says JohnsonThe battle is under way to save the UK unionThere is no cunning wheeze to stop Scottish independence Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/01/2130m 14s

Biden, Boris and Brexit

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the new US president this week - what does it mean for UK-US relations? Can Boris Johnson forge a rapport with him on shared policy areas? Plus, we examine how the UK-EU Brexit trade deal has bedded in and whether the supply disruption in Northern Ireland will be permanent. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Peter Foster and special guest Anna Jerzewska. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan.Review clips: US Congress, Sky News, Times Radio, BBCFurther reading:-EU hits back over UK downgrade of its ambassador’s status-First fishermen and now musicians cry ‘betrayal’ over Brexit deal-Labour party looks to Biden for inspiration-Boris Johnson on back foot as UK tries to reset relationship with US-Boris Johnson vows to business he will seize ‘opportunities of Brexit’-Democratic Unionists are now Irish reunification’s secret weapon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/01/2131m 5s

Enforcing lockdown as vaccines ramp up

The UK's battle against the new strain of Covid-19 has had mixed results this week – deaths continued to be high while infections started to fall. Are enough people following the rules? And is the vaccine rollout going to plan? Plus, we discuss the government's plans to move 22,000 civil servants out of Whitehall and whether it will help the prime minister's "levelling up" agenda. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Andy Bounds and special guest Jill Rutter of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament, BBCFurther reading:-Covid infection trends in England put scientists at odds-UK government pressed to extend free school meals scheme-UK set to step up coronavirus vaccinations-England’s Covid infection rates ease as restrictions are reinforced-Pledge to level-up UK questioned after northern transport budget cuts-‘Treasury North’ leads march of civil servants out of London Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/01/2130m 57s

Back to national lockdown

UK prime minister Boris Johnson put England into its third lockdown this week, as the new strain of coronavirus risked the health service being overwhelmed. How long will it last and why does everything now rely on vaccine roll out? Plus, we discuss Mr Johnson's political struggles with the latest restrictions, the chaos around schools reopening and closing again and whether the local elections in May will become a Covid referendum. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament, Sky News.Further reading:-Covid reached UK in three waves from southern Europe, study shows-MPs back England’s third coronavirus lockdown-Rightwing sceptics helped deepen the UK’s Covid crisis-Teacher assessments to replace GCSEs and A-levels in England-Boris Johnson’s abrupt lockdown shift driven by bleak Covid data-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/01/2132m 4s

Brexit has arrived

The UK has fully left the EU, ending 47 years of membership. In this Brexit special, we examine the last-minute trade deal that Prime Minister Boris Johnson brokered last week, the new checks and red tape that have been introduced, how Britain will use its regulatory freedoms and why the future of the United Kingdom will dominate politics in 2021. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Peter Foster and special guest Allie Renison of the Institute of Directors. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: Sky News, Parliament.Further reading:-How will Boris Johnson use Britain’s hard won ‘freedom’ from Brussels?-UK and EU agree one-year grace period on rules of origin forms-With Brexit ‘done’, Britain must rebuild trust in Europe-Ministers fear port disruption in January as formal ties with EU end-Exit from single market closes a chapter UK did so much to write-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/01/2130m 19s

Brexit: the moment of truth

Talks between the UK and the EU on a trade deal have reached their final days. Can a deal be agreed, or could an accidental no-deal still occur? Plus, we discuss the latest Covid-19 rules, progress on vaccine plans and whether the easing of restrictions during the Christmas period will lead to a third national lockdown in January. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Brunsden, Sarah Neville and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC/news pool, European Parliament, UK Parliament, Downing Street, BBC Radio Manchester.Further reading:-Michel Barnier warns EU-UK trade deal talks have reached ‘moment of truth’-Boris Johnson refuses to rule out third national lockdown in England-Brexit stockpiling triggers cross-Channel freight crunch-MPs prepare for pre-Christmas push to sign off Brexit trade deal-UK draws up plans to rival Singapore with post-Brexit shipping regime-Johnson defies calls to ‘cancel Christmas’, urging small gatherings-UK government expands strictest Covid restrictions in England-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/12/2030m 45s

Time running out for Brexit trade deal

With negotiations on a Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU stalled again, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of a no-deal outcome, can the process be salvaged? Plus, with the Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland resolved this week in a new protocol, has the threat of a new trade border in the Irish Sea really been removed? Presented by George Parker, with Jim Brunsden, Peter Foster, Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform and Jess Sergeant from the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Downing Street, European Union, Parliament.And why not join us this Tuesday 15 December, 2020 at 15:00 GMT for an unmissable opportunity to quiz FT Journalists on the plans to prevent short-term Brexit-related chaos and economic disruption. Be part of an interactive discussion on how borders, customs, trade and travel will change in 2021. Find out how supply chains are being impacted and the effect of the negotiations on food, farming and fishing. Join the conversation on the likely effects of the new rules on UK business – from major corporations to SMEs. Register free today hereFurther reading:-Standing on the edge of the Brexit precipice-Nine things you need to know about a no-deal Brexit-Boris Johnson warns Britain to prepare for no-deal Brexit-Brexit border plan leaves Northern Ireland business groups uneasy-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/2027m 42s

Covid vaccine arrives, Douglas Ross on the future of the UK

Britain became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine this week. The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab will arrive soon, but is the UK ready to distribute it? Which groups will get it first and what impact will it have on the Covid-19 restrictions? Plus, we speak to Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, about his plans to save the United Kingdom, how he intends to take on Nicola Sturgeon and whether he finds Boris Johnson embarrassing. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville and Clive Cookson plus special guest Douglas Ross. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: Parliament, Downing Street, LBC Further reading:-Vaccine approval brings a ray of economic hope-UK set for Covid vaccinations ‘next week’ after regulatory approval-UK regulator defends rapid approval of vaccine after Fauci criticism-Sturgeon tells SNP conference Scots have right to determine their future-Scottish Tory leader issues ‘wake-up call’ to Westminster over union-France issues veto warning as Brexit trade deal talks drag on-Read the latest on UK politics-Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/2034m 17s

Rishi's spending review and fears for new tiers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his spending review this week amid the harsh economic effects of coronavirus and the UK's mounting debt pile. Why was foreign aid cut, should public sector workers have received a pay rise and have all the hard choices been delayed until next year? Plus, we discuss how England will exit its national lockdown next week, what happens at Christmas and why there is much unhappiness about the new system of regional tiers.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Jim Pickard, Chris Giles and George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC Radio 4, ParliamentFurther reading:-‘Economic emergency’ adds pressure for a rethink on fiscal rules-Sunak warns of ‘economic emergency’ as borrowing hits record £394bn-Boris Johnson picks former Treasury adviser as new chief of staff-Boris Johnson facing big backbench revolt over Covid tier system-London set to be spared toughest Covid curbs-UK economy tracker: the tough outlook for jobs-England hit with tough new regional Covid curbs-Someone forgot to tell Covid it’s Christmas-Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/2032m 20s

Why Johnson's splashing cash on climate and defence

In his bid to reset the UK government's image, Boris Johnson announced a 10-point plan for a 'green recovery' costing billions of pounds. Will it do enough to tackle climate change and does it risk alienating Johnson's 'Red Wall' supporters? The prime minister has also pledged the biggest investment in defence since the end of the cold war. But is there any strategy behind the spending, and can the UK afford it? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Pilita Clark, Jim Pickard, Helen Warrell and George Parker. Produced by Josh de la Mare and Anna Dedhar. The sound engineer was Louise Burton and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC Breakfast, Ed Miliband Twitter, Parliament TVFurther reading:-UK government deficit soars to record high on pandemic borrowing-Britain’s military still faces hard choices despite spending boost-Half a cheer for Boris Johnson’s green revolution-Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/11/2030m 42s

What Cummings' exit means for Downing Street

In a dramatic week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost two of his key aides, chief adviser Dominic Cummings and director of communications Lee Cain, both senior forces in the Vote Leave campaign. Will their departure mark a new beginning for Downing Street? Plus, Westminster welcomed the news of a coronavirus vaccine breakthrough from Pfizer, but how much will it allow the UK to relax social distancing rules? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Sarah Neville and Clive Cookson. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Sky News, BBC Radio 4, LBC Radio, Parliament TVFurther reading:-Inside the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine: how BioNTech made the breakthrough-Scientists defend controversial head of UK vaccine task force-Dominic Cummings to leave No 10 by new year-Video: Boris Johnson's battles with coronavirus, Brexit and himself-England’s deputy medical chief proposes ‘mum test’ for Covid vaccine Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/11/2029m 58s

What Biden means for Johnson

With Joe Biden on the cusp of becoming the 46th US president, how will Boris Johnson recalibrate and repair transatlantic relations? We discuss whether the two can overcome their differences on Brexit and how the election result will affect trade talks and diplomatic relations. Plus, we examine Rishi Sunak's latest economic stimulus package, why the chancellor had to extend furlough again and whether the Johnson government is struggling to see obvious policy threats ahead. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Gideon Rachman, George Parker, Mure Dickie and special guest Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Liam Nolan. Review clips: Sky News, Scottish Government, Policy ExchangeFurther reading:-Joe Biden win will reshape the special relationship:https://www.ft.com/content/77ed195c-303e-49cf-adb9-9aadb3f80ba2-Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory: https://www.ft.com/content/fbf9461c-9962-4c59-ba10-70911cd4de48- Rishi Sunak extends UK furlough scheme to end of March:https://www.ft.com/content/8f9371a7-e8e2-4a73-b1b6-d2330bb224a3-Three reasons for Rishi Sunak to keep furlough in place:https://www.ft.com/content/b6b16f19-4537-442e-ac26-bd1a1101ec5e-BoE and Sunak join forces to support UK’s Covid economy:https://www.ft.com/content/b9612f86-cf99-4c34-b448-d7b4a9587852 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/11/2032m 49s

Labour's day of reckoning

Keir Starmer made the dramatic move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour party this week, following an investigation into anti-Semitism. Is a new and bitter rift about to start within the opposition party? Plus, we speak to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham about his battles with Boris Johnson, why mayors need more powers and whether he will ever return to Westminster. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard and special guests Andy Burnham and Sienna Rogers. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Liam Nolan. Sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Original music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC, 10 Downing Street. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/2032m 28s

Boris vs Burnham

The prime minister found himself at odds with northern leaders this week, as disputes grew over localised coronavirus restrictions. Is Boris Johnson facing a governing crisis with mayors and devolved leaders? Plus, we discuss yet another economic stimulus package from Rishi Sunak to save jobs and whether the Treasury has given up on going for growth this year. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and special guest Gemma Tetlow. Produced by Anna Dedlar and Liam Nolan. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Aimee Keane.Original music by Metaphor Music. Clips: BBC Newsnight, Sky News, Parliament TV Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/10/2033m 52s

Gloves come off over coronavirus

Boris Johnson's coronavirus strategy was yet again tested to breaking point this week, as Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer and leaders of northern English cities tore into the government's new three-tier alert system. Where does this leave the prime minister's strategy for handling the pandemic? Meanwhile, Brexit talks are set to enter a tense couple of weeks. Following a European Council meeting on Friday, Mr Johnson said he was convinced the EU was not ready to offer the UK a "Canada-style" trade agreement. Will there be a deal by January 1st? Presented by George Parker, with Andy Bounds, Jim Pickard, Peter Foster and special guest Georgina Wright of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Parliament TV, Channel 4 News, European Commission Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/10/2026m 32s

Coronavirus clampdowns go regional

Tension over coronavirus rules pervaded local and national UK politics this week as the north of England faced further restrictions, and pubs and restaurants in central Scotland were closed. Will Westminster now take a more centralised approach to restrictions? Plus, we discuss Prime Minister Boris Johnson's virtual Conservative party conference speech and whether he has any hope of achieving his domestic agenda in the age of coronavirus. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Mure Dickie, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Louise Burton and the editor, Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music.Review clips: Manchester Evening News, Scottish government, Parliament Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/2031m 38s

Tories dream of Terra Australis

Home secretary Priti Patel's initiative to examine plans for an offshore immigration centre on Ascension Island — more than 4,000 miles from the UK — put the government's asylum policy under the spotlight this week and bore striking similarities with policies adopted by Australia's centre-right Liberal party. Why are the Tories so fond of Australia? Plus, a look at why Downing Street has not shied away from warning the public that tougher coronavirus restrictions may lie ahead this winter.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Sarah Neville and special guest, John McTernan. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC, Parliament TV. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/10/2029m 10s

Coronavirus returns as Chancellor Sunak walks a tightrope

Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced further restrictions to halt the spread of Covid-19 in the UK but faced a backlash from Conservative MPs. Chancellor Rishi Sunak's winter economic plan, however, received a much warmer reception. How much will it help the UK economy? We also discuss Keir Starmer's first conference speech as Labour leader and whether the party's grassroots are happy with the direction he is going. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Jim Pickard and special guest Ellie Mae O'Hagan. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music.Review clips: Parliament TV, Reuters, BBC Politics Live Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/09/2030m 52s

Tory tribes go back to war

Boris Johnson found himself in another parliamentary stand-off over Brexit legislation this week, and eventually found a compromise with rebellious Conservative MPs. Why is the prime minister struggling with his party and is he becoming a diminished figure in Westminster? Plus, with the takeover by US chipmaker Nvidia of British-based chip designer Arm, and Hitachi's decision to withdraw from a major nuclear power project in Wales, does the UK have a coherent industrial policy?Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Peggy Hollinger. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner. The editors were Liam Nolan and Aimee Keane. Music by Metaphor Music.Review clips: US government, UK Parliament, Sky News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/09/2030m 7s

Brexit deal or no deal?

Boris Johnson's government is bringing in a new law — the internal market bill — that threatens to undermine the UK's withdrawal agreement with the EU. Will this push negotiations for a trade deal between the UK and EU even closer to collapse? Plus, coronavirus is spreading rapidly once more in Britain and, in response, new measures to limit gatherings are to be introduced. But will they be enough to stop the UK heading towards a second national lockdown?Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Peter Foster, George Parker, Sarah Neville and Clive Cookson. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music.Review clips: Parliament, RTÉ News. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/09/2030m 18s

Bridget Phillipson on Labour's long-term strategy

In the latest from our special interview series, the FT's Sebastian Payne talks to Bridget Phillipson, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, about the government's economic recovery plan, and how Labour would approach it differently. Plus, how the party plans to regain support across the north of England and why it needs to move beyond the Brexit divide.  Produced by Fiona Symon and Liam Nolan, with research by George Steer. The sound engineer is Breen Turner. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clip: BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/09/2025m 15s

Sunak's tax dilemma

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned both the public and Conservative MPs that difficult decisions must be taken on tax and spending. How dire is the UK economy and will taxes rise? We also discuss the closure of the Department for International Development, which has been rolled into the all-new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Will this strengthen the UK's foreign policy, and at what cost to aid projects? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Robert Shrimsley and Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music.Review clips: Parliament, ITV News, LabourList, BBC Radio 4 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/09/2029m 38s

Government U-turns and the blame game

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made yet another abrupt policy change this week to get pupils in England back to school. Are the wrong people in government making these decisions, and how much is the civil service at fault? Plus, we discuss the election of Ed Davey as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats and whether the party can reclaim the centre ground of British politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Lib Dem MP Daisy Cooper. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music.Review clips: Parliament, Times Radio, BBC Newsnight Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/08/2029m 58s

Will Boris Johnson move from chairman to chief executive?

It has been an embarrassing week for the Johnson government, as education secretary Gavin Williamson was forced into a U-turn on exam results. Will the prime minister rethink his management style and does he face a leadership challenge? Plus, the UK and EU are still struggling to strike a trade deal in the latest Brexit negotiations. Will an agreement be reached in time for the end-of-year deadline? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Paul Goodman, editor of the ConservativeHome website, and the FT's Laura Hughes, Peter Foster and Sam Fleming. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC Scotland, Sky News, Reuters, European Union Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/08/2031m 9s

Ed Davey on the Lib Dem’s radical reform agenda

In the latest from our summer interview series, Sebastian Payne talks to Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, about why he thinks the party’s “radical reforming agenda” can win over voters at the next election. Produced by Fiona Symon. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/08/2028m 36s

Weighing the cost of a historic recession

The UK is in its deepest recession on record, official data showed this week. Not only does Britain have the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe, but the economy has been harder hit than any other G7 country. Is it Boris Johnson’s fault? Plus, we discuss the exams debacle and the anger at how grades have been awarded to students who couldn’t sit their exams because of Covid-19. Presented by George Parker, with Delphine Strauss, Alice Hancock, Mure Dickie and Bethan Staton. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC, Scottish Government. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/08/2024m 27s

Tracking the virus before schools return

Boris Johnson’s government has been warned by the opposition that it has less than a month to fix the test, track and trace system to get pupils back into schools, while avoiding another coronavirus outbreak. Can it be done? Plus, we delve into the biggest shake-up in England’s housing planning rules since the second world war and whether it will lead to beautiful new buildings or ugly eyesores.Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley and George Hammond. This episode was produced by Anna Dedhar. Our sound engineer is Breen Turner and our editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC and Parliament. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/08/2032m 21s

Sajid Javid’s verdict on the Johnson government

In the latest from our summer interview series, former UK chancellor Sajid Javid joins Sebastian Payne for a discussion on whether the government has the right approach to getting the country's economy moving again and why he thinks the civil service could benefit from greater diversity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/08/2033m 41s

Lockdown tightens in the north

Prime Minister Boris Johnson put a brake on the reopening of parts of the UK, as cases of coronavirus began to surge again. Will these localised lockdowns work? Plus, we discuss the chaos over the introduction of quarantine restrictions on tourists returning from countries such as Spain, and whether the traditional “Red Wall” Labour heartlands are still supporting the Conservatives after changing sides in last year’s election. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and Andy Bounds. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. The editor is Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC, Sky and Parliament. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/08/2030m 10s

Russian meddling and Scottish independence

The long-awaited report on Russian interference in British politics was finally released this week. Although it is no smoking gun, what should Westminster do about this real threat? We also discuss the future of the United Kingdom and why Boris Johnson is so worried about Scotland. Sebastian Payne is joined by guests George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. Clip sources: Parliament and Scottish government Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/07/2032m 34s

Amber Rudd on why PM is getting it wrong on equality and Brexit

Former home secretary Amber Rudd finds the state of the Conservative party "devastating” and "embarrassing". In the second episode of a special interview series, she tells Sebastian Payne that Boris Johnson’s all-male cabal is promoting inequality, is high-handed with business and is heading for a hard Brexit without appearing to analyse different outcomes on trade.In response to Ms Rudd’s comments, Downing Street said the government was “focused on improving diversity throughout our ministerial ranks and crucially lining up the next generation of female talent”.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/07/2031m 31s

Downing Street vs the Conservative party

Number 10 found itself at odds with its own MPs this week, as its plan to install former minister Chris Grayling as chair of the intelligence committee backfired. With serious questions also raised about the investigation into home secretary Priti Patel, what does it tell us about Downing Street's state of mind and that of prime minister Boris Johnson? Plus we discuss the long-trailed decision to phase out Huawei from the UK’s 5G phone networks and whether the country risks mobile blackouts. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Helen Warrell and Nic Fildes. Produced by Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. Review clips: BBC Newsnight, Parliament Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/07/2031m 33s

Sunak's snacks to save the economy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a £30bn plan to save British jobs this week, with a big boost for pubs and restaurants, but will it be enough to stem the tide of unemployment? We delve into his summer statement, its impact on public finances and why so much hope is pinned on the hospitality and retail sectors. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Alice Hancock and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. Clip sources: Parliament and Sky News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/07/2031m 47s

Jeremy Hunt on the lessons of Covid-19

In the first episode of a special summer interview series, Sebastian Payne talks to Jeremy Hunt, former health secretary and chair of the health select committee, about why the UK was not better prepared for the pandemic and what lessons need to be learnt from the government’s response so far. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/07/2028m 48s

Boris the builder and the UK’s offer to Hong Kong

The FT politics podcast has relaunched as 'Payne's Politics' and in this first episode presenter Sebastian Payne and his guests analyse Boris Johnson's plan to get his government back on track and radically reform Whitehall. Plus, they discuss the UK's generous offer to the people of Hong Kong facing the latest Chinese clampdown. Seb's guests this week are George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Gideon Rachman. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. Clip sources: Boris Johnson — Reuters and Getty; Theresa May — Parliament; Dominic Raab — Reuters; Lord Heseltine — Today, BBC Radio 4. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/07/2038m 44s

The great British unlocking, plus RLB and Sedwill are out

Boris Johnson announced this week that July 4 would be the UK’s Independence Day, when swaths of the economy would reopen. But is the prime minister moving too fast and going against scientific and medical advice? Plus, we discuss why Labour leader Keir Starmer sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow cabinet, and why Mark Sedwill and Robert Jenrick are both in trouble. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Robert Shrimsley, Sarah Neville, George Parker and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/06/2032m 49s

U-turns on free school meals and tracking app, No10 wades further into culture war

Boris Johnson caved in to Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide free school meals over the summer holidays, but why did it take so long? No 10 responded by defending the statue of Winston Churchill and engaging further in the ‘war on woke’. Plus, we discuss the merger of DFID and FCO and why the NHS contact-tracing app was binned to be replaced by Apple and Google’s alternative. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Sarah Neville. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/06/2032m 1s

Conservative anger grows over Covid crisis, and should statues be pulled down?

Tory ministers and MPs were furious this week at Downing Street’s refusal to ease the 2m social distancing rule to boost the ailing economy. Will Boris Johnson go against the advice of his scientists and relax it? And is the new track-and-trace programme working as planned? Plus, we discuss the Black Lives Matter protests, the defenestration of Edward Colston in Bristol and whether the UK is descending into a lively debate about its past, or a depressing culture war. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/06/2031m 43s

Quarantine fallout, queueing in parliament, chaos at the top and the UK’s offer to Hong Kong

Boris Johnson’s government found itself confused this week about why it was introducing a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals in the UK. Ministers and MPs warned it would undermine the economy, while scientists said it was not required. So why is the prime minister pushing ahead with it? Plus, we discuss the farcical scenes in parliament, the reopening of pubs and restaurants this summer and Britain’s offer to the people of Hong Kong. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/06/2030m 2s

The battle to save Dominic Cummings and the launch of test and trace

Westminster has been engulfed by the extraordinary row over Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and whether he broke the UK’s lockdown rules. How long will he now stay in government? Why did the prime minister go to extraordinary lengths to save his adviser? And what does it tell us about the state of Downing Street and the Conservative party? Plus, we discuss the launch of the government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing scheme and look forward to lockdown easing next week. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/2028m 35s

School wars, tracing app woes, Boris Johnson’s health charge U-turn and back to Brexit

The government found itself in a mess this week over whether schools can return on June 1, with teaching unions and local authorities arguing it is not safe. What does it say about the plans for lockdown easing? Plus, we discuss the continued tribulations with the NHS’s contact-tracing app, the prime minister’s rapid U-turn on the health service surcharge, his PMQs clash with Labour leader Keir Starmer and the return of Brexit to the political agenda. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/2028m 11s

Johnson’s easing plan begins, mixed messaging and the rising cost of furlough

Boris Johnson revealed his gradual plan for taking the UK out of lockdown, but his government’s new strategy was undermined by confused messages. Why has Downing Street struggled this week? Is the prime minister favouring white-collar workers over blue? Plus, we discuss Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the expensive furlough scheme till October and whether he can avoid mass unemployment. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/05/2027m 13s

Slowly easing the lockdown, rising costs and how Keir Starmer will lead Labour

Boris Johnson will finally set his exit strategy this weekend, but any changes will be gradual and limited. Why is the prime minister reluctant to move quickly? We also discuss why the government is failing to continue to meet its 100,000 target for coronavirus tests, growing concerns from the Treasury about the cost of the shutdown and Keir Starmer’s interview with the FT about how he intends to make the Labour party electable again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/2028m 2s

Boris Johnson returns, lifting the lockdown with the R rate and Britain’s alarming death rate

The prime minister returned to Downing Street this week and began to set out how the lockdown will end. Why is Johnson relying on the science and the R rate? Are businesses and Britons ready to go back to work? Plus, we discuss the 100k tests-a-day target, why the UK’s death toll is surpassing other European countries and why Labour leader Keir Starmer is being cautious in his criticism. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/2025m 30s

Coronavirus latest: hitting 100k daily tests, tracing our contacts and Boris Johnson returns

The UK government is confident of reaching its target for daily Covid-19 tests by the end of April, but why is it still struggling to use its capacity? Is the NHS ready for nationwide contract tracing through volunteers and a new app? Plus, we look at what the prime minister faces when he is back in Downing Street, what can be done to help struggling small businesses and how the new Labour leader Keir Starmer performed at his first PMQs. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sarah Neville and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/2026m 40s

Coronavirus latest: Lockdown extended, exit strategies at home and in Europe and Brexit delay ruled out

Dominic Raab, standing in for Boris Johnson while the prime minister recovers from Covid-19, announced this week another three weeks of social distancing. What can Britain learn from other European countries as they begin tentatively to ease their lockdowns? Plus, we discuss the government’s hardline stance on an extension to the transition period to leave the EU, and what Brussels thinks of it. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Ben Hall. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/04/2026m 50s

Coronavirus latest: Boris Johnson in hospital, a route for our lockdown and Keir Starmer’s first week

The health of the prime minister has dominated this week, as the prime minister was admitted to intensive care suffering from Covid-19. Can foreign secretary Dominic Raab fill his shoes? Will the Quad of ministers be important in his absence? Plus, we discuss how and when the UK can exit the lockdown and what Keir Starmer has done in his first week as Labour leader. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/04/2029m 8s

Coronavirus latest: Struggles with testing, the blame game begins and Labour’s new leader

The coronavirus crisis deepened this week as Boris Johnson’s government battled to increase the levels of testing, or explain why the UK is having such problems. Who is to blame? We also discuss why chancellor Rishi Sunak is having to provide extra help to small businesses and what Keir Starmer will do if he is elected Labour leader today. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/04/2024m 58s

Coronavirus: Britain in lockdown, Johnson tests positive, Sunak's help for self-employed

The prime minister addressed the nation and put Britain in lockdown at the beginning of the week after persuasion alone proved failed to keep people apart. By the end of the week Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, health secretary, tested positive themselves. Can he run the country from isolation? Plus, we discuss concerns over the shortage of testing kits and PPE for NHS staff. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Clive Cookson and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/03/2029m 42s

Coronavirus latest: Johnson’s U-turn, Sunak’s fiscal stimulus and a London lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson significantly upped the UK’s action to tackle coronavirus this week with stringent new social distancing measures, while the chancellor unveiled a huge economic stimulus to keep the economy going. We also discuss the prospect of a London shutdown, how the NHS is coping and how Mr Johnson is coping with the crisis. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sarah Neville and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/03/2031m 50s

Rishi Sunak’s debut Budget as coronavirus ramps up

The new chancellor delivered his first Budget this week and pulled off a complicated, uncertain fiscal event. Has he defined what Johnsonism is? How does the Conservative party feel about the big spending increases? And how will it all be paid for? Plus we discuss Boris Johnson's decision to increase the UK's efforts to combat coronavirus, why No10 is relying on behavioural scientists and taking a different approach to the virus from other countries. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris GIles, Laura Hughes and Sarah Neville. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/2039m 6s

Dealing with coronavirus, the collapse of Flybe and Priti Patel v the civil service

The rapid spread of coronavirus has dominated this week's political agenda, as Boris Johnson tried to grapple with the crisis. Has the government shifted out of campaigning mode and into governing? We also discuss the collapse of Flybe and what it means for the government's levelling-up agenda. Plus, we discuss the resignation of senior civil servant Philip Rutnam and what is to blame for his clashes with home secretary Priti Patel. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes, Miranda Green and special guest Jill Rutter. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/2037m 57s

Q&A on Scotland, Ireland, Boris Johnson, on business and more

The second part of our first live podcast from Bracken House. Our panel answers questions from listeners on whether we’re heading for a united Ireland, what will happen in the next Scottish elections, whether politics is becoming too cultish, what Bernie Sanders would do for a UK-US trade deal and much more. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/02/2036m 30s

Brexit mandates, civil service wars, the Budget and Labour leadership

The first part of our first live podcast from Bracken House. We discuss the UK and EU’s mandates for the negotiations and whether the talks could collapse before they’ve even begun, Priti Patel’s rows with civil servants, what Rishi Sunak will do in his first Budget and how Keir Starmer will lead the Labour party. Presented by Sebastian Payne with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/02/2045m 31s

Brexit hostilities resume, and a new immigration system unveiled

The UK and the EU presented somewhat different approaches to the Brexit trade talks this week, with Brussels and London disputing what kind of deal can be struck. Are the parties too far apart or is there a landing zone for an agreement? Plus, we discuss the government’s new immigration system, the policy thinking behind it and whether businesses should be worried. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Brunsden and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/02/2027m 1s

Sajid Javid quits, Rishi Sunak rises, and the all-new cabinet

Boris Johnson’s first major cabinet reshuffle did not go to plan this week, as Sajid Javid abruptly quit as chancellor over a row about his advisers. We look at the tension between No 10 and No 11 Downing Street, Javid’s replacement Rishi Sunak, and what lies ahead for the Budget. Plus, we’ll examine the other hirings and firings in the cabinet. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/2031m 20s

The next opening salvo of Brexit, a crisis for the SNP

The UK and the EU unveiled their mandates for the trade talks this week, setting out the dividing lines for striking a deal this year. Are the sides irreconcilably split, or is there a path towards an agreement on the three key issues? Plus, we discuss the Derek Mackay scandal engulfing the SNP in Scotland — are their hopes of secession in danger? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, Ben Hall, Laura Hughes and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/2029m 24s

Brexit day finally arrives, and will Boris Johnson back HS2?

The UK has left the EU, three and a half years after the referendum result. What has been the mood leading up to departure day, will anything actually change and how will Boris Johnson define Britain's future position in the world? Plus we discuss the High Speed 2 railway project and why it has been drastically mismanaged. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Gill Plimmer​. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton​ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/2028m 45s

Chancellor Sajid Javid talks up the economy, and what’s next after Brexit Day

UK chancellor Sajid Javid has been in Davos with the world's rich and powerful this week, talking up the UK economy post-Brexit. Is there good news on the economy, and is there more to him than a very junior partner to Prime Minister Boris Johnson? Brexit Day is next Friday, but that doesn't mean it'll all be over. We discuss what happens next - expect a roller-coaster year. Presented by Miranda Green, with Robert Shrimsley, David Bond, Delphine Strauss and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/2023m 31s

What the EU Brexit negotiations might bring, and how the Labour leadership race is hotting up

What line is Brussels likely to take in the next phase of talks now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has his mandate to act tough? Keir Starmer is ahead in the competition to replace Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn but Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy are making their marks. Plus, a discussion of the FT’s profile of the powerful Dominic Cummings in No 10. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, Jim Pickard and Sam Fleming.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/01/2020m 45s

Keir Starmer leads the Labour leadership race, Boris Johnson hits his first Brexit obstacle

The contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn is well underway, with Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long Bailey in poll position. Can any of the other candidates halt their momentum? Who will make it on the ballot paper? Plus, we discuss Ursula von der Leyen’s first encounter with Boris Johnson and how he might tackle alignment in a future trade deal. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/01/2034m 21s

Interview special: James Blitz

After 28 years at the FT, Whitehall editor James Blitz looks back on his time as political editor and defence editor, and the stories he has covered - including Tony Blair’s election victory, the Iraq war, the fights with Gordon Brown, the future of the armed forces, the civil service and Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/2031m 57s

Interview special: Lionel Barber

After 14 years of editing the Financial Times, Lionel Barber discusses British politics over the last three decades - including the fall of Margaret Thatcher, her relationship with Ronald Reagan, the first Conservative wars over Europe, the rise of New Labour, the financial crisis, Brexit and Boris Johnson. Presented by Sebastian Payne, and produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/1932m 25s

Another Queen’s Speech, another Brexit vote - plus Labour leadership latest

Parliament returned this week and Boris Johnson delivered on his election pledge of voting on Brexit legislation before Christmas. We discuss what lies ahead for the government’s programme, the new Bank of England governor and the mini cabinet non-reshuffle. Plus, we examine the latest in the Labour leadership race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon’s efforts to push for another Scottish independence referendum. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shirmsley, Jim Pickard and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/1935m 38s

Election 2019: Boris Johnson's crushing victory for the Tories

With a majority of 80, Boris Johnson has delivered the Conservative party’s best performance in three decades. With such a significant mandate, the UK is now leaving the EU and the political landscape has been ripped up. We unpick the election result, the key moments throughout the night, its implications for Brexit, the future of the Labour party, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Nationalists, the future of the union and more. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/12/1940m 10s

Midweek update: the final campaign days

Boris Johnson endured some of the most difficult days of the campaign to date, as he struggled to deal with an NHS crisis in Leeds. Will it knock him off course? Plus, we discuss Jonathan Ashworth's leaked comments, why the Liberal Democrats are miserable and how the Conservative campaign is going in target seats in the north of England. Presented by George Parker with Sebastian Payne and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/1915m 19s

Election week four: Boris Johnson dodges the BBC, Labour’s minority government plans, more reports from the stump

The last full week of the UK’s election campaign was dominated by Boris Johnson’s failure to turn up to an interview with Andrew Neil, yet another anti-Semitism row in Labour and the Brexit party descending into more infighting. We analyse all the latest developments, plus we discuss our exclusive interview with John McDonnell and what is happening on the campaign trail in Kensington and Peterborough. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/12/1936m 11s

Midweek update: Conservative nervousness

As the campaign enters the final week, the Conservative party is eager to ensure its lead is not knocked off course. Prime Minister Boris Johnson must hope US president Donald Trump does not destabilise his chances of re-election, and that neither Friday's TV debate nor a collapse in the Liberal Democrat vote produce a boost for the Labour party. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/1918m 25s

Election week three: trouble for Labour, the big poll and tales from the stump

The UK's general election continued as the opposition Labour party struggled with anti-Semitism and its economic platform. A major new poll suggested the Conservatives are on course for a comfortable majority, but will the polls themselves stop that from happening? Plus, we discuss how the campaign is looking for the Liberal Democrats and Labour from the key seats of Golders Green and Northampton South. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Ben Hall. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/11/1932m 55s

Midweek update: Labour enters choppy waters on racism and economics

An unprecedented intervention from the UK’s chief rabbi has knocked Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign off course. A disastrous BBC interview also raised questions about his party’s economic credibility. Can the leak from UK-US trade talks put Labour’s campaign back on track? Plus, we look at the Conservatives’ manifesto, which has already almost been forgotten. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/1919m 4s

Week two of the election - Labour's radical manifesto and on the road in marginal seats

The second week saw Labour propose sweeping tax and spend changes, the Liberal Democrats struggle to make an impact and the inconclusive first TV leadership debate. We discuss whether the sums made public so far add up and look ahead to the Conservatives' manifesto, too. Plus, we hear what the voting public is saying in marginal seats around the country. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Sebastian Payne and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/11/1930m 44s

Midweek update: First TV debate, Lib Dem and Labour manifestos

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn survived their first head-to-head encounter but neither candidate to be prime minister scored major points or made much headway. Plus, we discuss the manifestos from the Liberal Democrats and Labour and where the opposition parties sit in the campaign. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Clips from the ITV debate. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/1922m 45s

First week of the election, Labour's big broadband pledge

The first week of campaigning is over, but none of the parties have made much progress. Boris Johnson struggled with the floods, Nigel Farage tied himself in knots on where to stand candidates, Jo Swinson tried to cut through and Jeremy Corbyn unveiled a radical policy to offer free broadband for all. We examine all their campaigns and what might happen next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/11/1934m 20s

Midweek update: the Brexit party's dilemma

Nigel Farage's decision to stand down his candidates in Tory-held seats was intended to help the Conservatives, but should he stand them down in Labour marginals, too? How is Jo Swinson going down on the doorstep, and who is winning in the Labour-Tory battle over spending? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/1918m 30s

Shaky election start for Tories, and ripping up spending rules

The first week of the election did not go to plan for the Conservatives, as their campaign was beset by gaffes and mistakes. Can Boris Johnson get back on track? Is Labour pleased with how its campaign is going, despite the resignation of Tom Watson? Plus, we delve into the new fiscal rules pledged by both parties and what the spending splurge means. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Chris Giles and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSwinney.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/1932m 2s

Boris Johnson calls the election, moderate Tories flee

The prime minister finally succeeded in calling a general election this week, so Britain is heading to the polls on December 12. How is the campaign going to shake up? How did the launches for Labour and the Brexit party go? What will be the key themes? Plus, we discuss why so many female moderate Conservatives are quitting politics and the changing face of parliament. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/11/1931m 34s

Boris Johnson's tumultuous Brexit week, another attempt at an election

The prime minister introduced legislation to parliament this week to deliver Brexit. It may have passed a vote in principle, but the government's rapid timetable for implementing it was rejected. Why did Boris Johnson not agree a slower implementation? And why is he now pushing once again for a general election? We examine the bill, the parliamentary arithmetic and the scenarios of what might happen next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeny.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/1932m 4s

Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: what’s in it, how it was struck and will it pass parliament

After a week of intense diplomacy with the EU, Boris Johnson brokered a new withdrawal agreement - without the troublesome Irish border backstop but with a contentious customs border in the Irish Sea. He lost support from the DUP, but does it have a chance of passing parliament? We dig into all the details and drama. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/10/1931m 45s

The Supreme Court's historic decision on prorogation, Labour and Tory conferences

The highest court in Britain ruled that Boris Johnson's decision to shut down parliament was unlawful, with parliament unexpectedly returning this week. What are the constitutional implications of this landmark decision? What is the Commons planning to do now? And has our political rhetoric become too toxic? Plus, we review a radical Labour party conference, its latest convulsions on Brexit and radical policies on the environment - and look forward to the Tories' gathering next week. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jane Croft, David Allen Green, Laura Hughes, Jim Pickard and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/10/1933m 8s

The big Brexit breakthrough? And is Downing Street dysfunctional?

After months of stalemate, a Brexit deal suddenly became increasingly possible after an unlikely breakthrough between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar on the Wirral this week. What sort of new deal is being cooked up? Can it pass parliament? And will it be ready for October 31? Plus we discuss whether 10 Downing Street is dysfunctional or if the apparent chaos surrounding Dominic Cummings is planned. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/10/1928m 45s

Boris’ big Brexit proposal and are the Tories ready for an election?

As the Conservative’s annual conference came to a close in Manchester, Boris Johnson made his bold play on Brexit - proposing the long-awaited ideas to replace the infamous Irish border backstop. Does it have any hope of gaining favour with the EU? And is another Brexit delay inevitable? Plus we’ll be reviewing Boris’ first conference as Tory leader and look at how ready the party is for an election later this year. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/1930m 45s

Boris Johnson v the Supreme Court and Lib Dems v Labour

Brexit returned to the Supreme Court this week as judges and lawyers debated whether Boris Johnson legally prorogued parliament earlier this month. We discuss what arguments were made and what will happen if the government loses. Plus, we look back at the Liberal Democrats' conference, whether its new Brexit policy will help the party at the next election and how Labour might respond. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Jane Croft and David Allen Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/1930m 17s

Can Boris Johnson pull a Brexit deal out of the hat, and what excitement will the party conferences bring?

The government is accused of not doing enough preparation to rescue a deal but there are rumours of movement on the Northern Ireland backstop. Plus, as the conference season opens, we discuss who might emerge stronger or weaker - Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson or Nicola Sturgeon. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, David Bond, James Blitz and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Janina Corboye. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/09/1930m 49s

Boris loses control, what happens next and Labour’s plans for government

The prime minister lost control of his Brexit strategy this week, as parliament forced no deal off the table, 21 Tory MPs rebelled and were ejected from the party. Will Johnson be successful in forcing a snap election? Plus we discuss Labour’s plans for government, the radical redistribution of assets and when it wants Britain to go to the polls. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Chris Giles - plus special guest Maddy Thimont Jack. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/1937m 16s

Boris Johnson prorogues parliament, what happens next?

The prime minister announced plans to shut down parliament for five weeks this autumn to thwart efforts to stymie his Brexit strategy. Was it wrong, clever or unconstitutional? And what does it mean for legislative efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz of the FT - plus Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/08/1933m 36s

Boris Johnson meets EU leaders, and the latest no-deal warnings

The prime minister set off on his first visit to world leaders, meeting Angela Merkel in Germany and Emmanuel Macron in France. What was his Brexit message - and has anything changed? Plus, we discuss the leak of the Operation Yellowhammer document. Presented by Sebastian Payne with James Blitz, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/08/1925m 0s

Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn's caretaker government?

The Labour leader announced plans this week to form a temporary government to avoid a no-deal Brexit, appealing to other opposition MPs to back his efforts. But he was soon rebuffed by the Liberal Democrats and independents who don't trust him in office. Does this plan to stop a no deal have any chance of success? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and guest Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/08/1922m 4s

Will Boris Johnson's no-deal Brexit plan work, and is Labour backing the end of the UK?

The prime minister and his aides have made it known they’re ready to force through leaving the EU with or without a deal, even if MPs collapse his government. Is this a bluff, and will it work? Plus, we discuss Labour’s position on forming a caretaker government and whether it is now aligned with the Scottish nationalists. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/08/1927m 31s

The Boris bounce: the polls look good for PM Johnson, but what about the pound, the threat to the Union and defeat in Brecon?

We look back at a mixed first full week in the job for Boris Johnson, as he toured Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland against a backdrop of a slump in sterling and Bank of England warnings about economic trouble ahead. In Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, the self-styled "Minister for the Union" was warned he could break up the country if he presses ahead with a no deal Brexit. Opinion polls look good for the new PM, but in the real world the Tories lost the Brecon by-election. Presented by George Parker, with Miranda Green, William Wallace, Mure Dickie and Vincent Boland. Produced by Caroline Grady and Salome Pkhaladze. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/08/1920m 32s

What to expect from Boris Johnson, and how the opposition is reacting to the new prime minister

The key appointments by Britain's new Conservative prime minister and what we're learning about his priorities and strategy, especially - of course - on Brexit. Plus, we discuss the jostling for position among the other political parties, and Nigel Farage's latest project in the US. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker and Jim Pickard of the FT and Henry Newman of the Open Europe think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/07/1924m 38s

Out goes May, Johnson and the kipper and Brexit and the new EU top team

Theresa May's last days in No 10 - is she going with a bang or a whimper? And who will be the next prime minister, and what do we know about him? Plus, the new top team in Brussels, the balance of power in Europe and what it will mean for Brexit. Presented by George Parker, with Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Ben Hall and Alex Barker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/07/1925m 8s

The ousting of Kim Darroch and Corbyn's latest travails on anti-Semitism and Brexit

The resignation of the UK's ambassador to the US this week caused a huge stir in Westminster, thanks to a leak of confidential diplomatic cables. Why did Kim Darroch decide to go? Was Boris Johnson to blame? And what does it tell us about the state of the civil service? Plus, we discuss the BBC expose of how Labour has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints and whether it is finally becoming the party of Remain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Jim Pickard - and Bronwen Maddox from the Institute of Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/1932m 16s

Tory leadership voting starts, and the prospect of an early election

The ballot papers have gone out to Conservative members for the leadership election and voting has begun. Boris Johnson is leading in the polls, Jeremy Hunt is still fighting - but is it game over for him? We also discuss the prospect and wisdom of an early election. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker and James Blitz in London and Sebastian Payne on the campaign trail in Darlington. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/07/1930m 56s

Boris vs Hunt gets personal, plus the fiscal and immigration plans of the next PM

The skirmishes between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt became more personal, with clashes over character and scrutiny. Is the foreign secretary gaining momentum? And has the frontrunner recovered from his difficult weekend? We also discuss the prospect of Sajid Javid as the next chancellor and what both candidates plan to do on the economy and immigration. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Chris Giles. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/1936m 10s

It's Boris vs Hunt and Labour gently shifts towards Remain

Four candidates were knocked out of the Conservative party leadership race this week: Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart and Dominic Raab. Does the foreign secretary have any hope of beating the frontrunner? Plus we discuss whether Jeremy Corbyn is finally moving Labour towards becoming the party of Remain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green - plus special guest Tim Montgomerie. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/1937m 53s

Out goes Matt Hancock (and three others), and can parliament stop 'no deal'?

In the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest, Boris Johnson confirmed his place as the clear frontrunner. Matt Hancock, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper have all exited. Who will win the battle for second place? Plus, we discuss whether a new prime minister could stop no deal, even by shutting down parliament. Presented by Sebastian Payne with George Parker, Miranda Green and James Blitz. Plus special guest Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/06/1931m 33s

Labour triumphs in Peterborough, Tory leadership race officially begins

The Brexit party came close but failed to win its first seat in Westminster. What lessons are there for Labour and the Tories? Plus, we discuss the latest from the Tory leadership race and who will bag second place alongside Boris Johnson. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/1933m 23s

Boris vs Gove round two, and Trump comes to Britain

Jeremy Hunt lost momentum in the Tory leadership contest this week, suggesting that the final race might end up being Boris Johnson versus Michael Gove - just like the 2016 contest. Plus, we discuss Donald Trump’s first state visit to the UK next week and the health of the ‘special relationship’. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Gideon Rachman and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/1934m 4s

Theresa May resigns

The prime minister announced her intention to resign on Friday, following a dramatic week in Westminster where a final Brexit speech misfired and brought an end to May's time in office. We discuss how events unfolded, what her legacy will be, the impending leadership contest and how the likely successors are shaping up. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/1937m 47s

Theresa May's succession, and Labour's opportunities

Theresa May has finally agreed to step down, clearing the way for a leadership contest this summer, against the background of the European Parliament elections. Might we have three prime ministers this year? And what does this all mean for Labour? Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and John Burn-Murdoch of the FT and political strategist John McTernan. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/1938m 27s

How long will Theresa May last, and will Labour back UBI?

Anger is growing in the Conservative party against Theresa May, but MPs have failed to move against her. Will next week be a decisive moment for the prime minister? Plus, we discuss whether a universal basic income would help or hinder inequality, and whether Labour will support the policy at the next general election. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/1928m 28s

Gavin Williamson is sacked, and the yellow bird takes flight

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily sacked by Theresa May, following a leak inquiry on the National Security Council. Can we be sure he was responsible? Who are the new entrants to the end cabinet? Plus, we discuss England’s local election results and what the Lib Dem revival portends for the European elections. Presented by Sebastian Payne and James Blitz, with George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley, David Bond and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/1935m 36s

Investigating the Huawei leak, Change UK launches its Euro campaign

An unprecedented leak from the National Security Council this week about the UK's 5G network has prompted much angst and a leak inquiry at the top of government. What was the row about and what does it say about the state of May's government? Plus we discuss Change UK's launch of its MEP candidates and whether the party might misfire in the European elections. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, David Bond, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/1933m 9s

Euro election campaign begins, Sajid Javid makes his leadership pitch

Westminster is in recess, but campaigning has begun for the unexpected European Parliament elections on May 23. Will the Brexit party and TIGs surpass the two main established parties? Why have the Remain parties failed to co-ordinate? And will turnout be crucial? Plus, we discuss Sajid Javid's speech on crime and how the home secretary is using his past to sell his present politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Helen Warrell. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/1933m 55s

May delays Brexit again - but how long can she hang on?

The UK did not leave the EU (again) this week. Instead, exit day has been pushed back until the end of October. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the process moving any closer to a resolution? Plus, we discuss how the Conservative party can broaden its appeal and what its next leader must do to win over younger voters. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Elliott Kime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/1940m 52s

May’s offer to work with Corbyn and Brexit is delayed again

The prime minister concluded a long cabinet debate this week by deciding to work with the Labour party, thus annoying many Tories. Will they broker a cross-party deal? Or is it all politics? Plus, we discuss Theresa May’s latest request to delay Brexit, whether the EU will insist on a longer extension and if a second referendum is becoming more likely. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Henry Mance. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Elliott Kime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/1938m 13s

Third defeat for Theresa May's deal, the PM vows to bow out

Theresa May brought her Brexit deal for a third vote this week. Once again it failed to get through. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the UK heading for a permanent customs union with the EU? Will MPs direct the process from here? And has Mrs May fired the starting gun on a Conservative party leadership contest that will see her replaced with a harder Brexiter? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker and James Blitz in Westminster, plus Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Elliot Kime Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/1939m 20s

Brexit is officially delayed, May changes her tune and no-deal chances rise

After a tumultuous week in Westminster, Britain's departure from the EU has been delayed until at least April 12, while Theresa May tried to pin the blame on parliament for all the chaos in an extraordinary speech. So where is Brexit heading? And is the prime minister's time in office drawing to a close? Plus, we discuss whether a no-deal Brexit might still happen. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/1940m 29s

Theresa May's Brexit deal fails again, total chaos ensues

The prime minister brokered legal tweaks to her Brexit deal and brought it back for MPs to vote on. It failed to pass once again. We discuss all the Commons votes against a no-deal exit, in favour of an extension to delay leaving the EU and the prospect of indicative votes. Plus, we look at whether Theresa May and Geoffrey Cox can win over more MPs and whether a third or even fourth vote could pass. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/1937m 46s

Back to Brexit stalemate and tackling knife crime

Geoffrey Cox spent much of this week in Brussels but failed to negotiate any kind of Brexit breakthrough. With another meaningful vote due next week, does the prime minister have any hope of breaking the deadlock? Plus, we discuss the recent rise in violent crime and ask who is to blame. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Robert Wright. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/03/1935m 30s

Theresa May offers Brexit delay, Labour battles over second referendum and anti-Semitism

Theresa May survived another week of crucial Brexit votes, but only by pledging to delay leaving the EU to avoid a crash exit. What will happen over the next fortnight? And is the UK making any progress in talks with Brussels? Plus, we discuss the Labour party’s abrupt decision to support a second referendum this week. while it continues to battle with its anti-Semitism crisis. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/03/1935m 8s

The Independent Group emerges

It was a huge week in Westminster as eight Labour MPs broke away to form the Independent Group of MPs along with three Conservatives. Where might the group go next? Will it become a party? And will they work with the Liberal Democrats? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Caroline Grady and Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/1923m 14s

Humiliation again for Theresa May, a new centrist party begins to emerge

The prime minister was defeated in another meaningless vote in the House of Commons this week, where does this leave her talks with the EU? We also discuss the rumoured plans for Labour MPs to break away and whether a new political party can succeed. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and James Blitz. Produced by Caroline Grady.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/02/1936m 5s

May enters Brexit hell and Labour finally budges

The prime minister returned to Brussels this week, only to be told once again that the Brexit withdrawal agreement would not happen. When/if might a breakthrough emerge? Plus, Labour shifts its Brexit stance to make life more difficult for the Tories. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Alex Barker, Robert Shirmsley, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/1934m 42s

Amendment success and back to Brussels for Theresa May

The prime minister staved off defeat in the House of Commons this week, but now faces the daunting challenge of finding compromise changes to the Irish border backstop that work for both the EU and her party. What will happen next? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Alex Barker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Robert Shirmsley. Produced by Caroline Grady.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/1931m 37s

The end of no-deal Brexit and Labour's shifting stance

MPs are likely to demand an end to a no-deal Brexit next week, what does this mean for Theresa May's deal and the Brexit debate? The consequences in Westminster will be huge. Plus is the Labour party shifting towards a second referendum? Or is a general election more likely? Presented by Miranda Green. With Sebastian Payne, James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Paul Mason. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/01/1935m 24s

May's Brexit deal dies, but the prime minister survives

Brexit was finally put to a meaningful vote in the House of Commons this week and MPs gave a resounding no to Theresa May's deal. But her government survived a confidence motion so the stalemate has turned, We discuss what lies ahead for Brexit, the prime minister and the Conservative party. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Caroline Grady. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/1933m 18s

2018 in review special

We look back on a traumatic year in British politics for Brexit and the Conservative and Labour parties. Will the UK leave the EU in March? Does Theresa May's deal have any hope of surviving? Does she? Will Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister? Plus, we take a special look at Northern Ireland and whether a united Ireland is now a possibility. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green of the FT. Plus special guest Grace Blakeley from IPPR and former No.10 adviser Matthew O'Toole. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/12/181h 6m

Theresa May's worst week in politics - what happens next?

Theresa May endured one of the most difficult weeks of her leadership: delaying the meaningful vote on her Brexit strategy, facing and winning a confidence vote in her leadership and rebuffed by Brussels for trying to improve her deal. Where does this leave the prime minister and can she save her deal? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/12/1830m 3s

Brexit finally arrives in the Commons, legal advice is given

MPs began debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons this week and there was little sign of a breakthrough for the prime minister. The government’s legal advice on the deal was also made public - but has it set a bad precedent? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/1830m 35s

Labour edges towards a second referendum and can 'Norway Plus' fly?

John McDonnell tipped the Labour party towards supporting a second Brexit referendum this week. Does this make it any more likely to happen? And we dig into the "Norway Plus" model and discuss whether it is the Brexit plan B Westminster is hunting for. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, Martin Sandbu and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/1834m 12s

Theresa May struggles to sell her deal and what happens next

The UK prime minister has survived a failed coup, but her Brexit deal is going nowhere. Can she sell it to the nation above the heads of MPs? Plus we discuss what might happen if the House of Commons rejects her plan next month and whether it could pass on a second attempt. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/1833m 49s

May's deal lands, Raab resigns and chaos ensues

Theresa May finally struck a Brexit deal this week, but it did not please much of her Conservative party with two cabinet ministers resigning. Will Mrs May survive? Will she be challenged? Does her deal have any chance of making it through the House of Commons? Or does even more chaos lie ahead? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/11/1837m 14s

A Brexit deal slowly emerges and Arron Bank's troubles

Westminster is awaiting a Brexit deal but Theresa May is still facing great challenges. Will she strike a deal that is acceptable to her cabinet as well as the House of Commons? Plus we discuss the troubles of Arron Banks and the investigations into the Leave. EU campaign. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Alex Barker, Miranda Green, Robert Wright and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/1832m 0s

Philip Hammond's giveaway Budget

Emboldened by an OBR windfall, Britain's chancellor tossed largesse to potential Brexit problem groups and declared austerity was coming to an end. But was he fiscally reckless? Presented by George Parker, with Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/1818m 38s

Brexit 'hell week' and more universal credit mishaps

Negotiations between the UK and the EU are hotting up. A deal might be in sight, but can Theresa May sell it to her sceptical cabinet and party? Plus we examine why the universal credit welfare reforms should be paused and given more money. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/10/1826m 1s

NDAs, Sir Philip Green and parliamentary privilege

The allegations against Sir Philip Green were thrown into the public thanks to Lord Hain's use of parliamentary privilege. Was the businessman wrong to try and gag the press? Plus we discuss whether Theresa May is likely to be challenged in the near future, changes in Whitehall and what lies ahead for the Budget. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, James Blitz, Jonathan Ford and Miranda Green. Produced by Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/1832m 13s

Another failed Brexit summit and bullying in the House of Commons

Theresa May did not achieve a breakthrough in this week’s Brussels summit of EU leaders. So where do the Brexit talks now stand? Plus a new report has unveiled the extent of bullying and sexual harassment in Parliament. Does John Bercow need to resign? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Harry Robertson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/1831m 30s

Tory conference reviewed and a tricky fortnight for Brexit

The Conservative party gathered in Birmingham this week for a broadly successful if uneventful conference. But is Theresa May safe as leader for the duration? Plus we discuss whether there is a compromise in the offing for the Irish border to seal a Brexit deal. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/1831m 3s

Labour conference reviewed as the Tories head to Birmingham

The opposition party's conference was a success, with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell delivering speeches that continued the party in its radical direction. We also look forward to the Conservative party's annual conference and whether it can ride through its Brexit bumps. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard. Produced by Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/09/1833m 46s

Troubling times in Salzburg and previewing Labour conference

The British prime minister's hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at a summit this week were dealt a heavy blow. Where does this leave negotiations with the EU and the prospects for a deal this autumn? Plus, we look ahead at what is likely to happen at the Labour's annual conference next week and the issues uniting and dividing the party. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Philip Stephens, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/1830m 30s

Leadership plots, Tory wars and John McDonnell's plans for workers

Chatter about a leadership challenge against Theresa May has abounded this week, but is it all talk and no trousers? Plus we discuss John McDonnell's speech to the TUC's annual conference and his plans to significantly beef up workers' rights. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/09/1831m 53s

Labour moves on anti-Semitism and Brexit deadlock continues

Westminster returned from from its summer break this week and we discuss the two main stories that still dominate the headlines: Labour's travails with anti-Semitism and the government's lack of progress on Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/09/1833m 52s

Summer interview special: Peter Mandelson

Sebastian Payne speaks to the former New Labour minister about his efforts to halt Brexit through another referendum, Theresa May's efforts to strike a withdrawal deal with the EU, his views on Jeremy Corbyn, the state of the party's leadership and how to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/09/1837m 26s

Summer interview special: Nick Boles

In our fourth summer special, we speak to the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire about why, as a former Remainer, he is happy to get on with Brexit, how the House of Commons will prevent a ‘no deal’ Brexit and whether the Tories are re-toxifying their image again. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/08/1832m 20s

Summer interview special: Lisa Nandy

In our third episode, we visit the town of Wigan in the north-west of England to speak to its Labour MP. We discuss what should be done to help boost Britain’s provincial towns, why the party is falling out of touch with its heartland supporters and whether Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership approach is too divisive. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/1834m 41s

Summer interview special: Jacob Rees-Mogg

In the second of this series, the Financial Times speaks to the Conservative MP for North East Somerset and ardent Brexit supporter. We discuss whether a ‘no-deal’ exit from the EU could be a good outcome, why passing any exit deal with opposition votes is “dangerous” and whether he aspires to be Speaker of the House of Commons. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/08/1834m 43s

Summer interview specials: Liz Truss

Westminster is in recess, so this summer we are interviewing interesting MPs who will be setting the political agenda for the rest of the year. First up is Liz Truss, Conservative MP for south-west Norfolk and chief secretary to the Treasury. We discuss the political year so far, whether the Chequers Brexit fudge will hold, what turned her from a Liberal Democrat into a Tory, where the state is too big and why she aspires to be the first female chancellor. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar. See our latest discount subscriber offer at ft.com/offer50 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/08/1831m 53s

What a 'no-deal' Brexit would mean and taking-out-the-trash week

Talk of a crash Brexit has ramped up this week, but how likely is it actually to happen? And how bad would it be for the UK and the EU? Plus we discuss the final week of the political season and where Theresa May and her Brexit plan stand as her MPs head off for the summer. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Alex Barker, Gideon Rachman and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Molly Mintz and Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/07/1829m 6s

The Brexit votes and Labour's antisemitism problem

The amendment votes in the House of Commons, the likely fate of Theresa May's Brexit plan and the Labour Party's problem with antisemitism. With Miranda Green, James Blitz and Robert Shrimsley of the FT. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Molly Mintz and Anna Dedhar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/07/1825m 47s

Johnson and Davis say goodbye, Trump says hello

The dual departures of two cabinet ministers this week has challenged Theresa May's authority. Where do her Brexit plans stand now? Plus, we discuss Donald Trump's brief visit to the UK and the health of the special relationship. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Martin Wolf and Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/1829m 35s

Cabinet chaos special

The resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis have shook both Theresa May and the government. Sebastian Payne discusses what it means and what happens next with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/07/1817m 1s

The joys of English football and the pains of Brexit

We're gearing up for Saturday's World Cup match against Sweden and the announcements coming out of Theresa May's Cabinet meeting at Chequers. Will Britain be able to find its identity, now and after Brexit? Presented by Miranda Green. With the Financial Times' George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jonathan Derbyshire, and Sunder Katwala of the think tank British Future. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/1822m 53s

Cabinet ruptures and further Brexit stalemate

Collective responsibility has collapsed within Theresa May’s government, so can ministers now do and say whatever they like? Plus, two columnists debate whether a second Brexit referendum is a good idea. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Martin Wolf, Miranda Green and Philip Stephens of the Financial Times. Produced by Molly Mintz. FT podcasts feedback: Please tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows at ft.com/podcastfeedback and enter our prize draw Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/1830m 3s

A big birthday gift for the NHS and a new Brexit destination emerges

Theresa May is giving the NHS an extra £20bn a year for its 70th birthday. Will it help the suffering health service and is it money well spent? Plus, is Britain on course to stay in the EU single market for goods trade? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Sarah Neville of the Financial Times. Produced by Molly Mintz. We’re asking listeners to rate our podcasts and tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows. Send us your thoughts and enter our prize draw: ft.com/podcastfeedback Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/06/1830m 28s

Withdrawal bill woes and uncovering sexual harassment in Westminster

Tight votes and compromises dominate this week as Theresa May’s government puts Brexit into law. But has any actual progress been made? Plus, what can be done to tackle bullying and sexual harassment in Westminster? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Miranda Green and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz. We’re asking listeners to rate our podcasts and tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows. Send us your thoughts and enter our prize draw: ft.com/podcastfeedback Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/06/1827m 25s

Two Brexit tantrums and one year on from the botched election

David Davis and Boris Johnson found themselves falling out with Theresa May this week over her Brexit strategy. But neither resigned and the prime minister faced down their complaints. Plus, we discuss what has, and has not, changed since Britain went to the polls a year ago and deprived the Conservatives of their majority. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, James Blitz, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/06/1832m 37s

Northern Ireland's abortion quandary, and how to fund the NHS

The Irish Republic's vote ​to end the ban on abortion has raised questions about whether their northern​ neighbours are n​ext. Will Theresa May, once again, be blown off course by events? Plus, a new report has said the health service needs at least 3% a year in ​extra ​funding.​ Where can the money be found to sustain it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Martin Wolf, Miranda Green, Arthur Beesley and Sarah Neville of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/06/1831m 51s

Renewal in office and where Brexit is likely to land

The Conservative party's efforts to renew themselves while in government are ramping up. But how big is the challenge they face? And with tensions increasing between Eurosceptics and the EU , what kind of Brexit deal will Theresa May be able to broker? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Henry Newman. Produced by Anna Dedhar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/05/1831m 12s

East Coast rail nationalisation and another Brexit fudge

The government's decision to bring the East Coast railway back into public ownership has fuelled the debate on nationalisation. Will this be the last franchise to leave the private sector? Plus, Theresa May has convinced her Brexit-supporting colleagues to support another fudge on the customs union. But will Brussels go for it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jonathan Ford, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/05/1830m 52s

Brexit stalemate and tackling intergenerational unfairness

Another week, another round of infighting about the customs union with no conclusion. How long can the Cabinet remain divided? Plus, we discuss whether millennials need a £10,000 bond to make their lives fairer. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Chris Giles, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/05/1832m 15s

Stalemate in England's local elections, and the customs union debate

Neither Conservatives nor Labour made big gains in this week's local elections. Is there any impetuous for the parties to change course? Plus, Theresa May failed to sell her new customs partnership to the Cabinet on Wednesday - including to the new home secretary. What can the prime minister do next on Brexit? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/05/1836m 41s