The Red Box Politics Podcast

The Red Box Politics Podcast

By The Times

News Podcast of the Year: Matt Chorley presents the best interviews, analysis and panel discussions from his Times Radio show. Listen live 10am-1pm Monday to Thursday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/


Episodes

NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters

Matt Chorley speaks to New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, about the new outbreak of coronavirus cases there; Brexit and Boris Johnson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/2026m 36s

Pulling US polls apart

Matt Chorley speaks to Dr Larry Sabato, editor in chief of 'Sobato’s Crystal Ball', and Rachel Bitecofer, host of the Election Whisperer podcast, about how Donald Trump could turn things around, the lack of floating voters, and why Joe Biden is pinning his hopes on remaining dull.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/2022m 21s

The One with David Miliband

Matt Chorley is joined by former Foreign Secretary and Chief Executive of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband to discuss Lebanon, the refugee crisis and the current state of the Labour Party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2025m 23s

The Andys

The Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and the Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, speak to Matt Chorley about local lockdown, track and trace and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2023m 54s

August Focus Group

Matt Chorley and former Number 10 pollster James Johnson return to Times Radio's regular focus group to ask swing voters their take on politics, and political leaders.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/2024m 59s

Moving Out of No10

Amid talk that Boris Johnson could be considering moving his office out of Downing Street, Matt Chorley speaks to former historian in residence in Number 10, Jack Brown, about the history of the building. He's then joined by former Downing Street insiders Baroness Gabby Bertin and Jonathan Powell, who discuss what it's like to work behind the UK's most famous black door.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/2025m 47s

How Do We Save Our Cities?

Matt Chorley speaks to four city council leaders from across the UK about the state our city centres now, and post-COVID19. Featuring: Rachael Robathan, the Conservative leader of Westminster City Council Keith Aspden, the Liberal Democrat leader of City of York Council Susan Aitken, the Scottish National Party leader of Glasgow City Council The Labour Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby of Leicester City Council  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2025m 2s

Attlee and Space

No not Clement Attlee in space... Matt Chorley talks to Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds and historian Steven Fielding about the 75th anniversary of Attlee's election as Prime Minister, followed by Sue Horne, Head of Space Exploration at the UK Space Agency, to talk us through the latest NASA launch  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2029m 3s

Around the World in Eight Correspondents

After Boris Johnson warned about the risks of foreign travel this summer, Matt jets off aboard Times Radio Airways to get the latest from Times correspondents on coronavirus in their countries.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/2026m 9s

Is Democracy Dead?

Matt Chorley speaks to journalist and historian Anne Applebaum on her new book, 'Twilight of Democracy' - how worried should we be about our politics?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2025m 37s

Choose Your Vice

Matt Chorley speaks to the Times' Washington Correspondent Henry Zeffman about Joe Biden's upcoming Vice Presidential selection.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/2025m 7s

One Year of Boris

In an extra special podcast, Matt Chorley looks back over Boris Johnson's first year in office by assessing the success of promises made in his first ever speech and talking to historian Anthony Seldon, biographer Sonia Purnell and friend and former aide Guto Harri.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2050m 17s

Next Slide Please

A month after the government stopped doing them, Matt Chorley speaks to the Times very own experts to re-create the Downing Street Coronavirus press briefing  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/2026m 53s

From Russia with Love

Matt Chorley is joined by two experts on Russia - Dr Jonathan Eyal from RUSI and Dr Calder Walton from Havard - to dissect the Russia report and look at the country's history of interference abroad.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2025m 27s

The Red Wall

Matt Chorley talks to author Steven Rayson, pollster Peter Kellner and former Labour MP Caroline Flint about the future of Red Wall seats in the North of England  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/2026m 1s

Layla vs Ed

The two Liberal Democrat leadership candidates - Ed Davey and Layla Moran - talk to Matt Chorley about what they would do if they were in charge.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2028m 23s

PMQs Unpacked

Matt Chorley and Sunday Times Political Editor Tim Shipman pick through the exchange between Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/2029m 17s

Legal ease with Geoffrey Cox

Matt Chorley talks to former Conservative Attorney General Geoffrey Cox about keeping the government in line with the law, and what happens when your advice creates a public storm.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2028m 31s

Blast from the Past

Eminent classicist Mary Beard joins Matt Chorley to look at what we can learn about politics by studying the ancient Greeks and  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2028m 25s

Hague on Rishi

Matt Chorley speaks to former Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague on Rishi Sunak's summer statement and Britain's place in the world.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/2030m 2s

PMQs Unpacked

Matt Chorley is joined by Sunday Times Political Editor Tim Shipman to dissect the ballot box exchange, and pause the action to explain what's going on.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2028m 49s

One month after Colston

A month after the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol, Matt Chorley talk's to the city's Mayor Marvin Rees about how the protests have changed the city.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/2026m 56s

Pensions, Actually

Director of Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Love Actually talks to Matt Chorley about pensions, and we hear from a hotelier who's been housing rough sleepers during the Coronavirus crisis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2020m 55s

Who Run The World?

Matt Chorley talks to not one, but two former Prime Ministers. Helle Thorning-Schmidt was Prime Minister of Denmark at the same time Julia Gillard was in charge of Australia. They talk to Matt about how it feels to wake up and realise you're in charge of a country, what it's like when a crisis lands on your desk, and who the most fun member of the leaders' club is.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2029m 41s

July Focus Group

Matt Chorley unveils the first ever Times Radio focus group, and talks through the results with former Number 10 pollster James Johnson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2027m 43s

Osborne and Darling

In the first episode of his new Times Radio show Matt Chorley talks to former Chancellors George Osborne and Alistair Darling about what you no when there's no money and debt is spiralling.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2027m 41s

What the hell went on

As Matt Chorley prepares to turn the podcast into a live show on Times Radio, he looks back over four and a half years of madness.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2043m 36s

What is Rishi Sunak up to?

Matt Chorley speaks to Steven Swinford, deputy political editor of The Times, and Salma Shah, former special adviser to Sajid Javid, about the game the chancellor is playing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2026m 27s

Marvin Rees on race, statues and police

Matt Chorley speaks to the Labour mayor of Bristol about his childhood, protests and why the dumping of a statue of Edward Colston into the harbour where Africans boarded slave ships "is a piece of historical poetry".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2032m 31s

Trump fighting on multiple fronts

Matt Chorley speaks to Henry Zeffman, The Times Washington correspondent, about the president’s problem with protests, coronavirus and Twitter. Plus what President Biden might think of Boris Johnson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2036m 4s

Let's all do the conga

As MPs vote on how to vote, Matt Chorley speaks to one MP caught up in the socially-distanced queue (Tracy Brabin) and another shielding at home (Robert Halfon).Plus Red Box's Esther Webber and Hannah White from the Institute for Government on what happens now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2028m 13s

Testing Cummings’ hindsight

Matt Chorley is joined by Steven Swinford and Hugo Rifkind to discuss why Dominic Cummings is going nowhere. Which makes a change.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2021m 28s

Life after Italy's lockdown

Matt Chorley speaks to Tom Kington, who was on the streets of Venice, about tourism, loan sharks and the rising price of coffee.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/2022m 56s

Pulling polls apart

Matt Chorley speaks to Deborah Mattinson (Gordon Brown's former pollster), James Johnson (Theresa May's former pollster) and YouGov's Chris Curtis about the shifting public attitude towards the government and opposition.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2033m 40s

Pienaar's politics

Matt Chorley speaks to John Pienaar about the impact of coronavirus on politics and the media, and his new Times Radio show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2029m 1s

Disunited Kingdom

As the four nations go their own way on coronavirus, Matt Chorley speaks to political journalists in Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast about the differing politics and policies, and what it means for the Union.The panel includes:Kieran Andrews, Scottish political editor of The TimesJennifer Williams, politics editor of the Manchester Evening NewsSam McBride, political editor of the Belfast NewsletterWill Hayward, political editor of Wales Online  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2038m 20s

PMQs: Courtroom drama

Matt Chorley and Esther Webber watch as Sir Keir Starmer cross-examines Boris Johnson for the first time.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2040m 13s

Is this the way out?

Matt Chorley speaks to Tom Whipple, The Times' science editor, about what we know (and what we don't know). Plus specialists Rosemary Bennett, the education editor, Graeme Paton, the transport correspondent, and Richard Fletcher, the business editor, on the effect of the lockdown on schools, travel, the economy, and life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2038m 30s

Can Biden win from his basement?

Matt Chorley speaks to Henry Zeffman, The Times’ Washington correspondent, about the trouble for Trump and how his Democrat rival is inching ahead.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2033m 59s

Who is in charge here?

The politicians say they are following the science, the scientists say politicians must decide. Matt Chorley is joined by Chris Smyth, The Times' former Health Editor and now Whitehall Editor, to discuss where mistakes have been made, and columnist Rachel Sylvester on how the virus might have changed the PM, and politics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2035m 46s

Did Starmer storm it?

Matt Chorley and Esther Webber watch the Labour leader make his PMQs debut during a very weird virtual Commons sitting.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2043m 32s

No pink shorts in parliament

As parliament returns in virtual form, Matt Chorley asks Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, about video question time will work, and what MPs should wear.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2020m 56s

The language of a lockdown

From quarantine crisis to unprecedented panic, the news is full of alarming new words and phrases. Matt Chorley speaks to Julia Samuel, a psychotherapist, about the effect of bad news on us all, while The Times' Ian Brunskill and Daniel Clark describe the impact on the way the paper reports.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2029m 7s

No, everything hasn't changed forever

Life might have been turned upside down, but Matthew Parris tells Matt Chorley we will be desperate to go back to our old ways.PLUS James Johnson on Britain going from being divided to united, and Lucy Fisher on the madness gripping the Labour Party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2037m 7s

Greatest political TV shows

With a lot of us having time on our hands to watch shows about when politics was more normal, Matt Chorley asks Hugo Rifkind, The Times' columnist and TV critic, what should win our World Cup of Political TV Shows.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2031m 0s

Becoming leader when nobody cares

As Labour picks its leader, Matt Chorley talks to William Hague about taking charge when "people are utterly uninterested in what you think and do". He covers PMQs, reshuffles, speeches and gives advice to Sir Keir Starmer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/2034m 35s

Labour. Remember them?

As the opposition prepares for a new leader, Matt Chorley asks Janice Turner and Daniel Finkelstein how to make a first impression. PLUS Gabriel Pogrund on Sir Keir Starmer's planned purge of the Corbynistas  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2034m 2s

Greatest political movies ever

Matt Chorley asks Kevin Maher, The Times chief film critic, to separate the ballot box blockbusters from the low-turnout turkeys. PLUS: Esther Webber on how parliament dealt with the 1918 Spanish Flu.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/2028m 12s

Communicating a crisis

Matt Chorley speaks to Alastair Campbell and James Johnson about mixed media messages, plus Rachel Sylvester on politics turned upside down.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2036m 29s

Introducing Stories of our times; Has the government done enough?

Today an edition of our new daily podcast - Stories of our times. Our new free daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day, it is hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch.If you want to hear more please search for Stories of our times and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.Today; What's going on behind the scenes at Number 10 to tackle coronavirus? And is the government moving fast enough to prevent the spread of covid-19 across the UK? Guests: Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor at The Times.David McCoy, professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University in London.Host: Manveen Rana  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2022m 42s

Reasons to be cheerful

After a grim week, Matt Chorley, Esther Webber and Daniel Finkelstein discuss how to cope at home, and glimmers of hope.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2021m 2s

Eurovision of misery

Holed up at home, Matt Chorley speaks to Times colleagues across Europe and the world to see what quarantine is like, including filling forms, dodging dog's mess and hamster shopping.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2049m 11s

How to build a budget

From the scorecard and Commons speech to the red box and wardrobe malfunctions, Matt Chorley speaks to George Osborne, Ed Balls, Norman Lamont and Poppy Trowbridge about how to avoid disaster on the chancellor's big day.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/2034m 12s

How is Biden back from the dead?

Two weeks after Joe Biden was written off, he is now the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Matt Chorley asks Henry Zeffman, The Times Washington correspondent: What the hell is going on?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2024m 28s

Is everything getting worse?

Matt Chorley is joined by ex-No10 adviser Will Tanner, who has new research on tears in our social fabric. Plus: columnist Rachel Sylvester on a warning for Downing Street from Aesop's Fables, and comedian Matt Forde on Labour's comic star, Richard Burgon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/2028m 26s

What do you see?

Matt Chorley is joined by ex-spad Jason Stein, who lifts the lid on the shadowy Whitehall unit which polices propriety, Matthew Parris explains why the government is like a Rorschach inkblot year where different people see different things, and Janice Turner on the left tearing itself apart on gender politics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/2039m 21s

Who should Trump fear?

As the Democrats struggle to find a candidate, Matt Chorley asks The Times' US team David Charter, Henry Zeffman and Ben Hoyle who has momentum, who could take the White House and what they miss from home.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/2039m 38s

Big fish in a small reshuffle

Matt Chorley is joined by James Starkie, a former special adviser to Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, who explains what is like inside government in reshuffle week. Plus Kieran Andrews, The Times Scottish political editor, on who might be Sturgeon's successor, and Esther Webber, Red Box reporter, on John Bercow not getting a peerage, which isn't funny at all.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/2034m 51s

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a Dom

How powerful is the PM’s adviser? Matt Chorley is joined by Steven Swinford, The Times deputy political editor, to assess the waning influence of Dominic Cummings. Plus Matthew Moore, the media correspondent, on crisis at the BBC and Alice Thomson on getting the railways back on track.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/2030m 19s

Back to the future

Matt Chorley and Tim Shipman revisit their predictions made on the morning after the Leave vote in June 2016, and reflect on what came next.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/2039m 11s

Could Johnson turn out to be good?

Matt Chorley asks Iain Martin why he now thinks Downing Street might know what it is doing, Lucy Fisher explains why the Huawei decision is so controversial, and Jenni Russell warns of the coming crisis in Universal Credit.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/2043m 8s

Armando Iannucci

Matt Chorley asks the comedy genius about bringing back The Thick of It, sneaking into the US State Department, and his new space tourism series Avenue 5.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/2028m 50s

York state of mind

Matt Chorley is joined by Rachel Sylvester who wonders if the Lords really will move to York, Hugo Rifkind warns Labour hating Tories is no vote winner, and Henry Zeffman prepares to move to the US by examining Trump's impeachment.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/2031m 51s

War! Royals! Britney!

Matt Chorley is joined by Lucy Fisher, The Times defence editor, on how President Trump avoided World War Three; David Aaronovitch wonders why everyone is so excited about Harry and Meghan; and James Marriott, the deputy books editor, examines the cultural hinterland of Labour leadership candidates, including the one who cites Toxic by Britney Spears as an influence.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/2035m 40s

Drama out of a Cobra crisis

Matt Chorley speaks to actor Robert Carlyle about playing the prime minister in new Sky One drama Cobra, and its creator Ben Richards explains that a solar storm is a real threat.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2029m 6s

Inside the government machine

Matt Chorley is joined by Lord O'Donnell, the former cabinet secretary, David Gauke, the former cabinet minister, and Polly Mackenzie, the former No10 policy adviser, to ask if Whitehall is broken, who really has control, and if Dominic Cummings is right that the civil service needs more weirdos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/2029m 43s

2020 Vision

Matt Chorley asks Francis Elliott, Times political editor, Steven Swinford, deputy political editor, and Lucy Fisher, defence editor, what the new year will bring for the Tories, Labour, and everybody else.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/1938m 25s

This. Is. Not. Normal.

How did Matt Chorley end up embarking on a political stand-up tour? The tables are turned as he is interviewed by Alex Jacques about satire, reading an audience and the Two Ronnies.Matt Chorley is performing This. Is. Not. Normal. at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on January 25 2020.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/1935m 43s

2019 Quiz of the Year: Part two

Forget the election, this is the big political battle of the year. Part two of the Red Box podcast 2019 Quiz of the Year.Will Patrick Kidd and Esther Webber make it four years in a row for the reporters' team? Can Daniel Finkelstein and Rachel Sylvester avoid the usual fate of the columnists coming last?Can MP Tom Tugendhat remember the names of his own colleagues and can Angela Rayner remember why Boris Johnson last used the NHS?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1922m 51s

2019 Quiz of the Year: Part one

As another bizarre year in politics comes to an end, Matt Chorley poses the questions to see who has been paying most attention.The MP team has Tom Tugendhat, one of the only Tories not to run for leader this year, and Angela Rayner, one of the only Labour MPs left in Britain.Patrick Kidd, Times diary editor, and Esther Webber, Red Box reporter, return to see if the reporters’ team can win for a fourth year in a row.Daniel Finkelstein is joined by Rachel Sylvester on the columnists’ team.Let’s start as the PM would, by pulling a cracker...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/1927m 48s

The morning after

As the full scale of the election result became clear, Red Box assembled a stellar line-up of Times and Sunday Times reporters and columnists to explain what happened and why, and what happens next.Henry Zeffman talks through the key seats and swings.Columnists Camilla Long, Daniel Finkelstein, Alice Thomson and Matthew Parris discuss what kind of prime minister Boris Johnson will be now.Red Box reporter Esther Webber, Times deputy editor Emma Tucker, columnist David Aaronvitch and Henry Zeffman on an existentialist crisis in the Labour Party.And Tim Shipman, political editors of The Sunday Times, on Boris Johnson plans and the role of Dominic Cummings.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1952m 29s

How to survive election night

Matt Chorley brings you everything you need to know, with Esther Webber’s guide to the key seats to stay up for, TV reviewer Hugo Rifkind on what to watch, Tony Turnbull on what to eat, and former May spokesman Paul Harrison and ex-Miliband aide Stuart Wood on what to do if you lose on the night.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/1930m 22s

100 voters in one room

The Times invited people from swing seats across England and Wales to talk parties, policies and polls. Matt Chorley speaks to Emma Tucker, Oliver Wright and Ben Macintyre about what they said, and what it means for politics and the way we report on it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1936m 46s

Election road trip

Matt Chorley speaks to Times writers Janice Turner, Patrick Kidd and Robert Crampton about what they found during their election road trips, discuss voters really think of the party leaders, and reveal the secrets of the successful vox-pop.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1933m 42s

Land’s End to John O’Groats

Matt Chorley chats to Philip Bowern and Keith Rossiter from the Western Morning News about election prospects in Cornwali and Devon, then Kieran Andrews, Scottish political editors of The Times, reveals the seats to watch north of the border.Plus Esther Webber helps to round up the week  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1927m 16s

Is this the election result?

As YouGov releases its seat-by-seat forecast for the election, Matt Chorley speaks to pollster Chris Curtis about how it works, and what could change.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/1915m 42s

Your election questions answered

After Red Box listeners sent in questions about the election, Matt Chorley assembles a stellar panel to answer them. Henry Zeffman, The Times’ political correspondent, Katie Perrior, a former adviser to Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and pollster Matt Singh to explain the polls, Northern Ireland, the Queen and rosettes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/1938m 26s

Loony tunes

Matt Chorley meets Alan “Howling Laud” Hope, leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party and veteran of eight general elections, and asks: what’s the point?PLUS: Esther Webber rounds up the week, including TV debates, manifesto muddles and an “impromptu rally”.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1921m 35s

When election campaigns go wrong

Matt Chorley takes you behind-the-scenes with three people who know what it is really like trying to win the nation's vote.Polly Mackenzie was a policy adviser to Nick Clegg, and now runs the Demos think tank. She explains how a manifesto is written, and the pitfalls of party democracy.James Johnson was Theresa May’s Downing Street pollster and now runs JL Partners. He will explain what campaign bosses look out for in the polls, and how messages are tested before voters ever see them.And Theo Bertram, a former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, discusses how things go wrong, from Bigotgate to a blue lizard riding a bicycle.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1933m 58s

Can we trust the polls?

Matt Chorley talks to polling guru Sir John Curtice about where the polls went wrong, whether they are right now, and how his election night exit poll works.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1935m 47s

Prime Minister Corbyn: what then?

Matt Chorley examines what a Labour government would do. He speaks to Andrew Gwynne, the party's election co-ordinator, about what sort of PM Jeremy Corbyn would be. Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester unpick the policy programme on offer, and David Aaronovitch and Henry Zeffman examine the personnel who would be lurking in the corridors of power.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1937m 45s

Not many friends in the North

Matt Chorley heads to Leeds, where Yorkshire Post political editor Rob Parsons and ITV Political Correspondent Joe Pike warn it will be harder for the Tories to make gains in the north than they think.Plus Esther Webber casts a critical eye over the chaotically bad first week of the election campaign.Jacob Rees-Mogg clip courtesy of LBC  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1931m 48s

The Bye Election

And they're off! MPs are leaving in Westminster, back to their constituencies in search of re-election. But not all of them: dozens of MPs of all parties and all ages are standing down, saying goodbye at this election.Matt Chorley speaks to three of them about their reasons for quitting, and the highs and lows of life as a politician.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/1930m 28s

How could Johnson lose the election?

As the country gears up for some festive political fun, Matt Chorley asks YouGov's Anthony Wells what could go wrong for the Tories, Rachel Sylvester discusses the tensions in Team Corbyn, and Gabriel Milland explains whether Dominic Cummings is a genius or a menace..  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/1937m 22s

Welcome to Taunton

With Westminster in turmoil Matt Chorley heads back to his hometown to talk shops, Brexit and the long-trailed Lib Dem fightback.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/1934m 11s

Not-so-Super Saturday

Matt Chorley is joined in parliament by Henry Zeffman, Tim Shipman, Esther Webber, Iain Martin, Francis Elliott and Steven Swinford to watch Brexit history not unfold during the first sitting of parliament for almost 40 years.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/1933m 43s

Finishing Brexit could be bad for Boris

Matt Chorley talks to James Johnson, a former No10 pollster, about the Tory election strategy and why voters don’t reward politicians for what they’ve done.PLUS Lucy Fisher, defence correspondent, on the mess in Syria and Henry Zeffman, political correspondent, on what John McDonnell is up to.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/1933m 10s

Election shock therapy

Matt Chorley is joined by British Election Study authors Jane Green, Geoff Evans and Chris Prosser to explain why half of us are now floating voters and what that means for the next election.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/1942m 28s

On the buses

Matt Chorley boards the 142 from Manchester to Didsbury with the Manchester Evening News’ Jen Williams to talk buses, Brexit and getting out of the Westminster bubble.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1929m 45s

Brexit, Boris and blackface

Matt Chorley is joined at the Tory conference by Daniel Finkelstein, Alice Thomson and Hugo Rifkind.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/1932m 33s

Live with Liz Truss

Matt Chorley sits down with International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, to discuss brutal political rhetoric, crashing out with no deal and why she's beyond happy Sajid Javid is chancellor.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/1929m 44s

Live with John McDonnell

As Labour conference is cut short for the recall of parliament, Matt Chorley talks to the shadow chancellor about the Supreme Court ruling, the timing of an election and why Labour is doing so badly in the polls.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/1928m 17s

Stuck in neutral

Matt Chorley is in Brighton for the Labour Party conference, as delegates back Jeremy Corbyn’s policy to not support Remain or Leave in a referendum (yet) and Labour MPs Jon Ashworth and Anna Turley do their best to insist it is all going very well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/1924m 25s

Cameron Interview Part 2: What it's like being PM

In part two of the exclusive interview, Matt Chorley asks David Cameron about his relationship with the Queen, his dread of PMQs and his biggest gaffe as prime minister.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1929m 34s

Cameron Interview Part 1: What I told May to do

In part one of a two-part special, Matt Chorley speaks to David Cameron about his Brexit regrets, the mistakes Theresa May made, and whether Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Davis and Dominic Cummings are "team players or w****".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/1938m 42s

High on their own supply

Matt Chorley is joined by Esther Webber, who reports from a giddy Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth. Plus YouGov's Chris Curtis on what is really going on in the polls, and The Times' Daniel Finkelstein on his decade-long role in David Cameron's memoirs.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/1934m 17s

Cummings Vs Coalitions

Matt Chorley is joined by Jason Stein, who was Amber Rudd's spin doctor and reveals the politics of mobile phones and how Dominic Cummings is unwilling to compromise. Plus Rachel Sylvester on John Bercow's legacy and David Aaronovitch on the revival of the Lib Dems.Read more at thetimes.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/1932m 31s

A hard day’s fight

Matt Chorley brings you an hour-by-hour account of an extraordinary day in Westminster, from rebels to PMQs, spending to voting, elections to deselections, and answering your questions. This is the story of Wednesday September 4 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/1957m 49s

“Just somebody do something”

As the political stalemate continues, Matt Chorley talks to Salma Shah, former special adviser to Sajid Javid, and Times columnists Philip Collins and Iain Martin about the chaos in No10, the existential threat to the Tory party and Labour's election dilemma.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/1936m 25s

Bonjour de Biarritz

Matt Chorley speaks to Charles Bremner, The Times Paris correspondent, about the G7 summit in southern France, how Brexit and Boris Johnson are viewed by the French, President Macron’s fortunes and the demise of the long lunch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/1922m 54s

A beginner's guide to the House of Lords - Part Two

Red Box reporter Esther Webber talks to Baroness Evans, Baroness Smith, Lord Fowler and others about the future of the strangest part of the British constitution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/1924m 20s

A beginner's guide to the House of Lords - Part One

Esther Webber talks to Baroness Evans, Baroness Smith, Lord Fowler and others about how the strangest part of the British constitution works.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/1937m 33s

Beyond the fringe #3

Matt Chorley is joined by Tiff Stevenson, Konstantin Kisin, Steve Allen and Jena Friedman to discuss free speech, Twitter trolls and being better.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/1929m 41s

Beyond the fringe #2

Matt Chorley is joined by Matt Forde and Grace Campbell to discuss leaving Labour, writing worries and playing with Putin's kids.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/1928m 17s

Beyond the fringe #1

Matt Chorley is joined by Iain Dale, Lolly Jones and Dominic Frisby to discuss tax, talk shows and nipple tassels.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/1931m 28s

The good, the spad and the ugly

What does a special adviser (spad) do? Where does power lie? How do you tell the boss to change the clothes or their poll ratings are tanking?Matt Chorley speaks to three former special advisers who have just left government. Paul Harrison was Theresa May's political press secretary, having previously been an adviser to Jeremy Hunt. Salma Shah was a special adviser to Sajid Javid at the home office, ministry of housing and department for business. James Johnson was the Downing Street pollster from 2016. All three left government last week, and lift the lid on the dark arts of spin.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/1946m 30s

PM Johnson: now what?

Matt Chorley was in the room for the announcement that Boris Johnson will be the new Tory leader, and gets instant reaction from Francis Elliott, The Times political editor, and sketchwriter Quentin Letts.PLUS columnist Matthew Parris on whether we get “good Boris or naughty Boris”, Lucy Fisher, Times defence correspondent, on the international crises waiting in the in-tray, and Red Box’s Esther Webber on who might be in Team Boris.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/1925m 55s

What happens when you become PM?

A visit to the Queen, a speech in Downing Street, then what? In a special documentary Matt Chorley speaks to those who know what it is like to move into No10.Contributors include Tony Blair, the former prime minister; Anji Hunter, Blair’s former gatekeeper; Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet secretary to Blair, Brown and Cameron; Stewart Wood, foreign policy adviser to Brown;Gabby Bertin, press secretary to Cameron;and Katie Perrior, May’s director of communications.For more, read Matt Chorley’s feature in The Times Magazine or at thetimes.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/1926m 28s

What Theresa ever did for us

As May leaves No10, Matt Chorley asks Alice Thomson, Daniel Finkelstein and Anne Ashworth if her injustices are still burning.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/1939m 25s

Running out with Boris Johnson*

After going running with Jeremy Hunt last month, Matt Chorley wants to know how Boris Johnson exercises, his plans for Brexit and his other policies.*Rory Bremner helps provide the answers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/1913m 48s

Only weirdos join parties

Matt Chorley is joined by David Aaronovitch and Hugo Rifkind to discuss who are the members pulling the strings in the Labour and Tory parties.Plus Catherine Philp, The Times’ diplomatic correspondent, on what on Earth is going on in the White House.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/1935m 51s

Who can beat Trump?

In this transatlantic special to Mark Independence Day, Matt Chorley is joined on the line from DC by David Charter, The Times US editor, who tries to explain the method in the Trump madness.Boer Deng, Washington correspondent, on the ones to watch in the Democratic race to take on the Republican President.And Ben Hoyle, US West Coast bureau chief, on America’s confused experiment with drugs.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/1952m 44s

The other leadership contest

Matt Chorley is joined by Alice Thomson, Eleni Courea and Steven Swinford to debate why Lib Dems need more scrutiny. PLUS how to beat Boris and MPs' maternity pay.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/1933m 10s

Dead Ringers

Matt Chorley is joined by Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Theresa May, Lorraine Kelly and many more thanks to impressionists Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/1933m 19s

Who is the real Michael Gove?

Matt Chorley is joined by Owen Bennett, author of Gove biography Man In A Hurry, to discuss the radical in the Tory leadership contest. Rachel Sylvester on the Tory problem with ethnic minority voters and Henry Zeffman on Labour's Brexit civil war.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/06/1937m 58s

McDonnell, Gove and Clegg

Matt Chorley sits down with John McDonnell to discuss worrying businesses, Rachel Sylvester quizzes Michael Gove on drugs and hate crime and Hugo Rifkind asks Sir Nick Clegg why he's changed his mind on Facebook.  All interviews were recorded at Times CEO Summit on June 11th.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/1951m 21s

Running out with... Jeremy Hunt

Matt Chorley joins the foreign secretary on his morning jog to talk Brexit, why he could do a better job than Theresa May, how Donald Trump is advising him on Twitter and his love of chocolate cake.WARNING: Contains huffing and puffing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/1924m 47s

Walking out with... Andrea Leadsom

Matt Chorley buys Andrea Leadsom an ice-cream and asks her about quitting the cabinet, running for leader a second time, and who ordered the food for Pizza Club.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/1942m 35s

Walking out with... Matt Hancock

Matt Chorley is joined in the rain by the health secretary who discusses Love Island, tanktops and why he would be good at PMQs.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/1928m 11s

Walking out with... Rory Stewart

Matt Chorley takes a stroll with the Tory leadership contender, who discusses being the Trumpian anti-Trump, who he would have in his cabinet and being liked by Larry the Cat.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/1932m 29s

The Parris Agreement

Matt Chorley is joined by Matthew Parris, who explains why rescuing a dog helped him become a Tory MP 40 years ago, discusses how coming out cost him his political career and reveals his fear that the Conservative party could disappear by the end of 2020.Plus: which Tory leadership contender could swim across the Thames?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/1940m 15s

Walking out with Sam Coates

Matt Chorley goes for a walk in the park with Sam Coates, as he prepares to quit as deputy political editor after two decades on The Times. They discuss not discussing football, the peril of the screenshot and Gordon Brown’s bomber jacket.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/1929m 11s

Who will choose the next PM?

Matt Chorley is joined by James Kirkup, former No10 director of communications Katie Perrior and YouGov's Chris Curtis to discuss the people, the process and the policies of the Tory leadership contest.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/1939m 43s

Could a sex strike solve Brexit?

Janice Turner on sexual political protest, Rachel Sylvester on Tory divisions on climate change and Francis Elliott on the rise of the Brexit Party.All while Matt Chorley is stuck on a train.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/1928m 2s

How to avoid May's mistakes

Matt Chorley is joined by Alex Dawson, a former Home Office adviser to Theresa May who became her political director in No 10, who describes how a short leadership campaign left her unprepared for what came next.Plus Esther Webber, Red Box reporter, on the dramatic return of the Lib Dems, and Jane Merrick, Red Box columnist, on whether the royals are better at politics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/1934m 46s

Why parliament needs cats

Matt Chorley sits down with Chorley MP and deputy speaker, Lindsay Hoyle to discuss how to control a rowdy commons, being in the speakers chair during a terror attack and why a crumbling parliament might need to send in the cats.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1930m 49s

Will you be up all night?

All political nerds will be gripped by the local election results this week, but what should we expect, where should we watch, and why should we care? Matt Chorley is joined by Lord Hayward, a former MP and polling guru, Deborah Mattinson, who was Gordon Brown’s pollster in No10 before founding the polling firm Britain Thinks, Sean Kemp worked for the Lib Dems including four years in Downing Street during the coalition, but is much better now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/1933m 48s

The case for Boris Johnson

Matt Chorley is joined by Jo Tanner, a former adviser to Boris Johnson, who wonders if her old boss can ever get serious. Times columnist Matthew Parris thinks we could have two new PMs before the end of the year, and Hugo Rifkind says the power of protest cannot be ignored.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/1940m 8s

Has Ian Hislop got views for you

Rounding off a week of special episodes, Matt Chorley speaks to Ian Hislop, star of Have I Got News For You and editor of Private Eye, about Brexit, breaking politics and the point of satire in an increasingly crazy world.Red Box will return on April 23rd  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1930m 36s

Inside the Brussels horror show

Matt Chorley travels to the Brussels summit as EU leaders give Britain an extra six months until Brexit. We hear from Oliver Wright, Bruno Waterfield, Paddy Smith, Christian Spielmann and Jacki Davis across six hours of late-night negotiations as Matt lifts the lid on what actually happens behind Brussels closed doors.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1931m 41s

Are the Tories finished?

After a report shows young people turning their backs on the Tory party, Matt Chorley asks if a change of leader will be enough to reverse the trend?In this episode James Kanagasooriam counts down the top ten ways the Tories are in trouble then leadership hopefuls Matt Hancock, Penny Mordaunt and Tom Tugendhat set out their stalls for how to fix things. Finally Katy Balls and Henry Zeffman outline the challenges ahead for any new leader.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/1936m 9s

Current status: grim and worsening

Matt Chorley presents from parliament to assess how bad things have become on a human level. MP's Chris Bryant, George Freeman, Philippa Whitford and Ruth Smeeth explain about poor mental health, tears behind closed doors and members unable to visit dying relatives due to Brexit uncertainty. Later, staffers Tara O'Reilly and Elliot Stratton recount dealings with death threats as common place before co-chairs of the parliamentary mindfulness group, Tim Loughton and Chris Ruane detail how long baths and appreciating the small things have helped over 200 MPs and Peers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/1935m 41s

No charm, all offensive

Matt Chorley begins a week of daily Red Box podcasts with a special episode recorded at Podcast Live.   Sam Coates explains why every future PM will tinker with Brexit then Katie Perrior considers the lack of charm in our politicians.   PLUS David Aronovitch hopes for the death of two party politics and Esther Webber on why we've all turned into parliamentary wonks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/1943m 59s

Could you have done Brexit better?

Matt Chorley asks how a different prime minister might have negotiated the last three years more successfully.Chris Wilkins, Theresa May's former speechwriter, lifts the lid on the lack of strategy behind the scenes. Jill Rutter, from the Institute for Government, says experts were shut out from day one.Plus Oliver Wright, The Times policy editor, on the risks of setting red lines, and Times columnists Jenni Russell and Iain Martin disagree over what Michael Gove told them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/1939m 43s

Brexit Tamed Live Part Three: What Next?

In the final part of the Brexit Tamed specials, Matt Chorley invites Katie Perrior, Lucy Fisher, Sathnam Sanghera and Hugo Rifkind to speculate whether British politics can be saved, what we'd be talking about if remain won, and what comes after Brexit?    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/1928m 38s

Brexit Tamed Live Part Two: The History

Matt Chorley introduces part two of a special episode recorded at the Emmanuel centre in London. Phillip Collins moderates a debate with Sarah Baxter, Daniel Finkelstein, Iain Martin and David Aaronovitch as they try to unpick the history of Europe and decide how it led us to Brexit.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1928m 19s

Brexit Tamed Live Part One: The Interviews

Matt Chorley introduces a special episode recorded at the Emmanuel centre in London. First Quentin Letts speaks to Chukka Umunna then in a reversal of the remain/leave dynamic Rachel Sylvester interviews Iain Duncan Smith.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/1942m 45s

Bercow: annoying but right?

PLUS Free speech in the internet age and beating cancer.Matt Chorley is joined by Alice Thomson, Hugo Rifkind and Lindsay McIntosh  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/1937m 1s

Inside The Times office

Matt Chorley gives up on asking politicians what might happen with Brexit and ventures into The Times office on the roof of parliament to ask the political team what has really happened this week, and what happens next.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1918m 36s

Who blew up Brexit?

Matt Chorley is in parliament with politicians and pundits, asking how Geoffrey Cox became so key to Theresa May's deal, and what the hell happens now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/1933m 35s

It's a man's world (and shouldn't be)

Matt Chorley hosts a special episode ahead of International Women's DayCampaigner Caroline Criado Perez has already secured victory in getting a woman, Jane Austen, on banknotes and then another, Millicent Fawcett, among the statues in Parliament Square. Now she’s taken on a bigger challenge: rewiring the whole of society, especially the data which drives it, which is shall we say, quite male-dominated. Anne Ashworth, The Times money and property editor, argues why women must learn to be riskier with their money to ensure they are not left short in retirement.And Rachel Sylvester, the Times columnist and interviewer that most of the cabinet are too scared to be interviewed by, warns Amber Rudd is being singled out for misogynistic abuse.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/1941m 20s

From their own correspondent

Matt Chorley is joined by three London-based foreign reporters, including Dutch correspondent Tim de Wit, Cristina Marconi from Italy and Katrin Pribyl from Germany, to discuss how to make sense of Brexit for a foreign audience, who makes the news overseas and how Britain is now seen abroad. (It's not good.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/1934m 36s

Walking out with Ian Austin

Matt Chorley takes another stroll, this time with the former Labour MP on why he quit, looking his dad in the eye, and his fears for his old party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/1935m 15s

Soubry: Unplugged

Outrageous, outspoken and out of the Tory party, Anna Soubry speaks to Matt Chorley about why she quit, who tried to persuade her to stay and what happens next.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/1924m 10s

Labour splits: what now?

Matt Chorley speaks to two MPs who quit the party, plus Ayesha Hazarika on the threat to Labour and Ash Sarkar on how Corbyn should respond.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/1932m 50s

Conspiracies, constituencies and cake

Marking three years of the Red Box politics podcast from The Times, Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist David Aaronovitch who reveals he is close to quitting Labour over antisemitism; Red Box reporter Esther Webber worries about how one man is blocking backbench laws in the Commons; and YouGov's Anthony Wells explains the firms latest modelling which predicts another hung parliament if we have a snap election.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/1931m 28s

Is Theresa May to blame for everything?

PLUS: Is a general election insane, and how much did Times reporters drink in the 1980s?Matt Chorley is joined by Sam Coates, The Times deputy political editor, who says the prime minister is the root of all our problems.Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein warns a planned election is mad, but it is worth planning for an accidental one.And as Frances Gibb prepares to retire after four decades covering the law for The Times, she describes what has got better (and worse) in justice and journalism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/1933m 27s

Who is really ahead in the polls?

Who is really ahead in the polls? Is support building for a second referendum? Would Leave or Remain win? And is Labour really trailing the Tories? Matt Chorley is joined by polling guru Sir John Curtice and Deborah Mattinson, Gordon Brown's former pollster and founder of Britain Thinks. PLUS: Do you feel politically homeless? Jane Merrick describes quitting Labour and Nick Mazzei explains why he quit the Tories.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/1941m 59s

Five other things to worry about

Nevermind Brexit, there are plenty of other crises to keep us awake at night.Matt Chorley is joined by a bumper panel of Times reporters and columnists to discuss the issues not being discussed enough.Columnist Rachel Sylvester is worried about poverty; Lucy Fisher, the defence correspondent, is worried about Nato; Graeme Paton, the transport correspondent, is worried about the railways; Chris Smyth, health editor, is worried about almost all of the NHS, and columnist Kenny Farquharson is worried about SNP infighting.Subscribe to the Red Box politics morning email at thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/1945m 2s

A historic defeat. Now what?

Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Daniel Finkelstein, Iain Martin, Esther Webber, Hugo Rifkind and Henry Zeffman in the corridors of power, and asks MPs including Boris Johnson, Mary Creagh and James Cleverly what happens now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/1938m 48s

Making a drama out of Brexit

Matt Chorley is joined by award-winning playwright James Graham, who explains how and why he created Channel 4’s Brexit: The Uncivil War, and why he hopes drama can be a catharsis.Kieran Hodgson is a comedian and actor but also a self-confessed political history nerd and his latest show, '75 indulges his fascination for the lively world of 1970s politics, in particular the dramatic story of how the UK joined Europe in the first place.And Nikki da Costa, who until November was Theresa May’s director of legislative affairs in No 10, explains how the Brexit plot will play out over the next few months.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/1942m 29s

What will happen in 2019?

Matt Chorley asks Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times, Esther Webber, the Red Box reporter, and Katie Perrior, Theresa May's former director of communications to gaze into their crystal balls and predict what this year might hold in store in British politics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/1930m 9s

Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens

Matt Chorley is joined by two of his favourite comedians who give their impressions of the last year. Look out for their Fawlty Towers sketch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/12/1836m 57s

Quiz of the year: Part two

Matt Chorley presides over more chaos in part two as the teams fight it out in the remaining rounds.On the MPs’ team, Conservative MP Anna Soubry and Labour’s Conor McGinn. On the columnists team Daniel Finkelstein and Hugo Rifkind. And finally on the reporter’s team, the undefeated champion for the last two years: sketchwriter and diary editor Patrick Kidd, who this year is joined by Red Box reporter Esther Webber. Can they make it three years in a row?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1818m 23s

Quiz of the year: Part one

Matt Chorley is ringmaster of the annual circus, testing who has paid the most attention this year: MPs, columnists or reporters.On the MPs’ team, Conservative MP Anna Soubry and Labour’s Conor McGinn. On the columnists team Daniel Finkelstein and Hugo Rifkind. And finally on the reporter’s team, the undefeated champion for the last two years: sketchwriter and diary editor Patrick Kidd, who this year is joined by Red Box reporter Esther Webber. Can they make it three years in a row?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/1827m 27s

Theresa May clings on, obviously.

On another day of drama, Matt Chorley presents from Westminster speaking to journalists and MPs about May's narrow victory, her promise to stand down before the next election, and whether all the theatrics help or hinder the path to a deal.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1822m 6s

Shopping for a new leader

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Iain Martin who tries to explain what went wrong with the Brexit vote, Katie Perrior, May's former director of communications, says her old boss could be on the way, and Henry Zeffman, The Times political correspondent, examines what (might) happen next.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/1833m 35s

Jeremy Hunt on democracy in crisis

Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, tells Matt Chorley about the risk of social unrest if Brexit is stopped, his fears over the decline of freedom around the world, and how he carries out diplomacy via WhatsApp.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/1820m 16s

May's deal is defeated. Then what?

Matt Chorley is joined by Henry Zeffman, Times political correspondent, who explains what could happen if and when Theresa May's Brexit deal is voted down by MPs.Rachel Sylvester, Times columnist, argues Theresa May’s fixation on immigration is her fatal flaw.And Kenny Farquharson on interviewing John McDonnell on Labour working with the SNP, splits with Jeremy Corbyn, and learning to play the trombone.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/1832m 56s

Why is our politics so bad?

Who would become a politician? Who can afford to? And why is there is disconnect between the electorate and the elected?Matt Chorley is joined by Isabel Hardman, author of Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, Sam Alvis, a former parliamentary intern and researcher, and Rob Wilson, a former minister who lost his seat in 2017.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/1831m 46s

Would you get involved?

When it comes to bad leaders, trapped penguins or mental health, is there a right time to intervene?Matt Chorley is joined by Francis Elliott, The Times' political editor, who wonders how the Tory plotters got it so wrong.PLUS Alice Thomson, Times columnist, on police appeals for the public to step in and Matthew Parris asks do we get bang for our buck on mental health?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/1828m 21s

What the hell is going on? Again.

On the most extraordinary day in Westminster since, well, yesterday Matt Chorley watches Jacob Rees-Mogg call for a leadership challenge with The Times' Sam Coates and Patrick Kidd; Kate Devlin explains why Dominic Raab quit; and Henry Zeffman, Esther Webber and Oliver Wright try to explain what is happening, before admitting nobody knows.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/1819m 8s

Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates

This week Matt is joined by Times columnist Philip Collins, who wonders why more billionaires don’t do good, Nicola Woolcock, Times education correspondent, on the latest, expensive Tory plan to win back the youth vote, and columnist Daniel Finkelstein who deciphers Labours Brexit position so you don't have to.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/1832m 11s

Michael Dobbs Interview

Matt Chorley meets House of Cards creator Lord Michael Dobbs. In a wide ranging conversation Dobbs explains his brutal firing by Margret Thatcher, how he came to write House of Cards when he should have been in therapy and the impact of the #metoo movement in Westminster and Hollywood.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/1835m 17s

'Like Augustus Gloop in a chocolate factory'

Matt Chorley is joined by Hugo Rifkind, who is worried about the vast power that vastly rich people today can have over our politics.In the week of the death of Jeremy Heywood, Rachel Sylvester wonders whether the civil service can withstand the huge pressure of Brexit.And Joe Jervis, co-author of Spirit of Britain, Purpose of Labour, says we are a nation divided between Communitarians and Cosmopolitans.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/11/1837m 33s

Is this a pre-election budget?

Philip Hammond heralded the beginning of the end of austerity, blowing a multi-billion pound windfall on tax cuts and extra spending. But what was hidden in the small print, does it make an election more likely, and who will actually have more money in their pocket?Matt Chorley is joined by Anne Ashworth, The Times money and property editor, Oliver Wright, The Times policy editor, and Richard Fletcher, The Times business editor, to answer these questions, and others sent in by Red Box newsletter readers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/10/1835m 41s

Ruth Davidson on mental health, motherhood and not wanting May's job

Matt Chorley speaks to the leader of Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson about life beyond politics, including her upbringing, struggles with mental health, and impending motherhood. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Edinburgh's Signet library.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/1841m 35s

The Three Impossible Bs

How do you solve a problem like Brexit, the Budget or Bercow?Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Rachel Sylvester, who warns Theresa May has no room to compromise.Carl Emmerson, from the Institute for Fisxal Studies, on why the chancellor can’t end austerity and the balance the books.And Henry Zeffman, Times political correspondent, on whether John Bercow can survive the latest calls to quit.Read more at thetimes.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/1827m 23s

Live: May, Trump, Putin and Kanye

Recorded live at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Matt Chorley hosts a special episode as Iain Martin, Lucy Fisher, Jenni Russell and Bruno Waterfield, argue over the big (and not so big) political issues of the day. Including: the Brussels view of brexit, the USA's abdication as "world police", how should the west fight back against Russia? And what is a Kayne West?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/1853m 37s

Dyslexia, digital and Ronnie Wood's pick-me-up: in conversation with Matt Hancock

Matt Chorley meets health minister Matt Hancock in the last of the party conference podcasts. They talk about his dyslexia, why he accepted a demotion to remain in a minister in 2016, what he plans to do with the billions allocated for the NHS and what Ronnie Wood handed him to get through the Brit awards.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1837m 7s

Can the Tories survive? And should they?

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnists, Alice Thomson, Patrick Kidd and Hugo Rifkind and former number 10 adviser, Will Tanner.The panel debates if a party torn apart by Brexit, promising tax rises not cuts and buffeted by domestic crises can reinvent itself and who is the right person for the job?Recorded live at the electric cinema in Birmingham.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/1847m 2s

Racism, Remain and growing up poor: in conversation with Emily Thornberry

Recorded shortly before her speech to the Labour party conference in Liverpool, Matt Chorley sits down with shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry. In a wide ranging interview they discuss her childhood, brexit, anti-semitism and why she expects Labour's demands for a general election to succeed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/1850m 52s

Live Special: Have we reached peak Corbyn?

Recorded live at the Labour party conference in Liverpool, the panel debate whether Jeremy Corbyn can inspire an electorate and turn the last election's gains in to a majority or whether his peak will be remembered as a song on a Glastonbury hillside.To find an answer Matt Chorley is joined by former Corbyn spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin, author of "Comrade Corbyn" Rosa Prince and Times columnists Rachel Sylvester and Jenni Russell.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/1841m 26s

Vince's exotic spresm

Matt Chorley is at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton, where leader Sir Vince Cable had a nightmare delivering the key part of his speech.Polly Mackenzie, former Lib Dem No10 policy chief, Vanessa Pine, former adviser to Sir Vince, and Henry Zeffman, Times political correspondent, pick over a bad few days beside the sea.Matthew Parris, The Times columnist, discusses 30 years of attending Lib Dem conference.And Matt goes in search of anyone who want to be Lib Dem leader instead.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/1829m 41s

The case for Tony Blair

Matt Chorley is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, who argues only one person can lead a new Blairite party, and that’s Tony Blair. Sam Coates, The Times deputy political editor, tackles the most contentious issue in politics: trans rights. And Anne Ashworth, The Times money editor, wonders why ministers care so little about how much we are saving for old age.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/1836m 8s

"It's going to be a you-know-what-show"

As MPs return to Westminster, Matt Chorley assembles a crack team of former political spin doctors to diagnose the problems in their parties, and their long-term chances of survival.Katie Perrior, who was Theresa May's No10 director of communications, insists the PM is dead set against a second Brexit referendum: "She thinks it's highly divisive, when you go back on democracy. But will she choose it over getting fired? I don't know, that's politics."Paul Ovenden, who was a Labour press spokesman until after last year's snap election, voices his despair at the party's failure to get a grip on the antisemitism row. He explains: "The problem is it is not just any political issue for Jeremy Corbyn or the people around him. The foundation of their politics is the idea that the West is a force for bad, a force for disruption of the Middle East and Israel is a big part of that."Vanessa Pine, a former special adviser to Sir Vince Cable in the coalition government, admits her party has not made the progress it should have done in the last year: "There have been self-inflicted wounds."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/1836m 44s

Our Man In Washington

Matt Chorley speaks to David Charter, The Times’ new US editor, about adjusting to life in Washington, the numerous threats to the Trump presidency and the challenge of being a foreign correspondent in a town where contacts can suddenly - and dramatically - lose their jobs.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/1830m 15s

Politics is too trivial

If sometimes you think politics seems to trivial this might not be the episode for you.Matt Chorley assembles three of the biggest brains filled with useful (and useless) facts about politics and only one can emerge victorious.Showing off their knowledge are Patrick Kidd, The Times sketchwriter and diarist, Esther Webber, Red Box reporter, and Mark Mason, author of Question Time: A Journey Round Britain's Quizzes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/08/1829m 43s

How Britain really works

Recorded live at a TimesPlus event, Lucy Fisher speaks to Stig Abell, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, about his new book, How Britain Really Works, an in-depth look at the challenges facing the UK.Getting to grips with Britain is harder than ever – a nation that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, and is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/1839m 31s

Beyond the fringe #2

In part two of our special looking at political shows on the Edinburgh fringe, Matt Chorley is joined by Andrew Maxwell, who you’ll know from Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and Celebrity Mastermind. He is at the fringe with his show Shake a Leg.Lolly Jones, whose show Fifty Shades of May is a comedy/burlesque hybrid described as Downing Street on poppers, with a P45, suspenders, and a chunky metal necklace!And Fin Taylor tackles the politics of sex with his show When Harassy Met Sally.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/1846m 58s

Beyond the fringe

Matt Chorley is joined by three comedians taking political shows to the Edinburgh fringe.Nick Hall brings his show Spencer, the story of Spencer Percival, the only British prime minister to have been assassinated. He asks if, in this age of Brexit, Trump, Corbynista and Maybot, could we still learn something from the past?Jess Green’s show is pretty self-explanatory: A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love With Jeremy Corbyn. She’ll describe how it was impossible to resist the Labour leader’s raw communist sex appeal.And Pierre Novellie’s show See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie promises satire for people without a team.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/1832m 36s

Government of national disunity

Why a cross-party effort makes sense, but won't happen.PLUS Leaving Labour and replacing MayMatt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Philip Collins, Times deputy diary editor Grant Tucker and Red Box columnist Jane Merrick to discuss the week in politics.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/1830m 53s

Throw the book at the them

Biographers of Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson help Matt Chorley write the first draft of political history.Sir Anthony Seldon argues Theresa May could still rescue Brexit and avoid bgeing remembered as the worst PM ever.Rosa Prince, biographer of Jeremy Corbyn, asks what the Labour leader needs to do to become PM himself.And Andrew Gimson, biographer of Boris Johnson, on what the ex-foreign secretary will do next.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/1833m 17s

What the hell is going on?

Resignations, reshuffles and May's survival.In this special recorded in Westminster, Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Henry Zeffman, Sam Coates and Lucy Fisher to discuss why political crises are linked to the hole in Sam's trousers.Alastair Campbell describes helping Robin Cook write his resignation letter. Katie Perrior, Theresa May's former director of communications, and Rupert Harrison, George Osborne's former chief of staff, on the threat posed by Boris Johnson and the PM's chances of fighting the next election.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/1835m 20s

What did Obama think of Boris, May and Corbyn?

Matt Chorley speaks to Ben Rhodes, whose new book, The World As It Is, charts a decade at Barack Obama’s side, from the campaign in Chicago to flying with him to California on the day he left the White House for the final timeHe was at the table for the Iran nuclear deal, the opening up of relations with Cuba, the night US Navy seals killed Osama Bin Laden.And he was there when David Cameron asked Barack Obama for his help to stop Brexit.More than just a speechwriter, he sought to recast the American story, but it was a story that had an unhappy ending for Team Obama, with the election of Donald Trump.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/1855m 32s

What do we want? More protests!

PLUS Tories bash business and handling Brexit badlyMatt Chorley is joined by James McGrory, from Open Britain, Rachel Shabi, a left-wing commentator, and Anthony Wells, from pollsters YouGov.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/1832m 26s

In search of May’s money and morals

Matt Chorley is joined by Paul Johnson, Times regular and director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who insists there is no Brexit dividend for the NHS, or anything else.Times columnist Rachel Sylvester tackles the drugs debate in the Tory Party.And in a passionate debate on the moral fibre of The Government, Sam Coates, The Times deputy political editor, wonders why on Earth Britain is turning a blind eye to the US separating children from their parents in detention centres.Get in touch redbox@thetimes.co.ukSubscribe to the Red Box get morning email at www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/1834m 29s

Resignations and Team America

Matt Chorley is joined by political correspondent Henry Zeffman and columnists Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell. The panel discuss the first Brexit resignation, why child protection budgets are being misdirected and why the USA remains the world's police force.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/1835m 30s

One year on from THAT election result

Mart Chorley is joined by Tom Swarbrick, former head of broadcast in Theresa May's No10, and Steve Howell, former deputy director of communications in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, to recall the moment the exit poll dropped, and how their leaders have handled the last year.Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times, and Alice Thomson, Times columnist and interviewer, reflect on the highs and lows of the last year and what the next 12 months might hold.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/1835m 47s

Playing good cop/bad cop

Fiona Hamilton, The Times crime and security editor, on Sajid Javid trying to improve relations with the police after years of hostilities.Lucy Fisher, The Times chief political correspondent, warns Theresa May has nowhere to hide from the Northern Ireland abortion debate.And Matthew Moore, The Times media correspondent, on why Radio 2 listeners are revolting over efforts to end tackle its all-male daytime line-up.Subscribe to Matt Chorley's Red Box morning email thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/1830m 24s

Live: Who rules the robots?

Recorded live at a Times+ event for Times subscribers, Matt Chorley and a stellar panel grapple with the ethical questions of the tech takeover.He was joined by:Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the first minister to set up an app about themselves.Timandra Harkness is presenter of the BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing, a science comedian and author of Big Data: Size Does Matter.Dame Wendy Hall is Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and last year carried out an independent review for the government on the artificial intelligence industry.And Tom Whipple, The Times science editor, whose job it is to try to separate fact from science fiction, and try not to scare us all every morning.To attend future events subscribe to The Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/1844m 48s

Secrets of PMQs: Part two

Times sketchwriters past and present Patrick Kidd, Ann Treneman and Matthew Parris on the good, the bad and the ugly exchanges across the despatch box.Sign up to the Red Box morning email thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/1828m 54s

Secrets of PMQs: Part one

Ayesha Hazarika and Tom Hamilton, former political advisers and authors of Punch & Judy Politics, give their top 10 tips to surviving prime minister's questions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/1841m 52s

Boris, bullying and baby-boomers

Matt Chorley is joined by a panel to discuss in-depth three big political themes of the week.Oliver Wright, The Times policy editor, tries to explain what Boris Johnson wants from Brexit, and why he probably won’t get it.Jenni Russell, Times columnist, says the resignation of New York’s attorney-general , Eric Schneiderman, after allegations of abuse by ex-girlfriends, is a chilling reminder of how deeply the currents of misogyny and violence against women still run. And Anne Ashworth, Times money and property editor, on the idea of the state giving 25-year-olds £10,000 to tackle inter generational unfairness.Subscribe to the podcast and leave a review which could be read out on a future episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/1832m 30s

Part two: Saving Downing Street, when No10 nearly fell down

Recorded from Downing Street, Matt Chorley is joined by Jack Brown, the street researcher-in-residence, who reveals the rows about the PM moving out for the repairs in 1958 and why they were almost scuppered by a cup of tea.Additional clips: Sky News/ Reuters  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/1831m 17s

What life is really like inside No10: tantrums, tears and toilets

In part one of Red Box's Downing Street series, Matt Chorley welcomes Philip Collins, Times columnist and former Blair speechwriter, Gabby Bertin, former Cameron spokeswoman and adviser, and Caroline Slocock, former Thatcher private secretary.They speak about the power struggles, how the building shapes it inhabitants and the day their boss was forced to move out.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/1846m 57s

Is Gove having impure thoughts?

PLUS Nasty parties and watching royal-watchersMatt Chorley is joined by Sam Coates, Times political editor, who suspects Michael Gove is again eyeing the Tory leadership, Hugo Rifkind, Times columnist, fears bigotry and bias is ingrained in both the Tory and Labour Party, while comedian Tiff Stevenson wonders if coverage of royal babies and weddings is designed to distract us from the bigger issues.Got a question for a future episode? Email redbox@thetimes.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/1832m 59s

Windrush, Polling and Wetherspoons

Matt Chorley welcomes Times political editor Francis Elliot, Times reporter Grant Tucker and former No10 spin chief Katie Perrior.The panel discuss: is Theresa May's stint as home secretary coming back to haunt her, is the problem with polls, the data or those who report it, and after Wetherspoons ditched social media, is it time for brands and politicians to switch off twitter and get back to the day job?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/1830m 8s

The Museum of Brexit

In this bumper episode, Matt Chorley welcomes founder of Number Cruncher Politics, Matt Singh, senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher and columnist Iain Martin.The panel cover: why nothing has changed in the polls, why a new party won't work in Britain and what should fill the new Museum of Brexit?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/1840m 50s

One year to go: will Brexit still happen?

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Alice Thomson, Bruno Waterfield, Times Brussels Correspondent, and Oliver Wright and Henry Zeffman, who write the Times Brexit Briefing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/1829m 19s

Who has been worst PM ever?

Who has been worst PM ever? And the best? And what does history tell us about today's politicians?Matt Chorley is joined by author Andrew Gimson, former No10 spin chief Katie Perrior and Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/1833m 54s

Tigger warning: spring statement is a lot of Pooh

Matt Chorley is joined by Patrick Kidd and Rachel Sylvester to pick over the politics of Philip Hammond's spring statement, in which he mocked the Eyeore's on the Labour benches.Plus Francis Elliott, Times political editor, and Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent, on what to do about Russia and can John Bercow survive the bullying scandal?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/1827m 22s

In loving memory of PMQs

Matt Chorley welcomes Times political correspondent, Henry Zeffman, Times columnist, Rachel Sylvester and comedian, Matt Forde.Discussed this week: why May's speech means there's finally a significant Brexit update, why the election for Labour general secretary shows fresh infighting on the left and why PMQs is now dreadful to watch.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/1836m 13s

Yes to a dementia tax, no to Marvel movies...

Matt Chorley welcomes Times columnist, David Aaronovitch, Times assistant editor, Anne Ashworth and director of Social Market Foundation, James Kirkup.The panel discuss: why the government energy cap teaches us to be active consumers and hold businesses to account, why Britain’s under-taxing of housing wealth means a return for the dementia tax and why Marvel films mean absolutely nothing.There's a fair chance you might disagree with the second half of this podcast, if you do, leave a review on iTunes or tweet @timesredbox    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/1829m 21s

Why a significant new party is closer than ever

Matt Chorley welcomes Lucy Fisher, Daniel Finkelstein and Philip Collins to debate the chances of a new force emerging from the current two main parties.They discuss why it has to come from a Tory/Labour split, the events which could lead to its creation and why an electoral shift is required to make it viable.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1817m 59s

New parties, Rubbish parties and gay donkey parties

As a record number of new parties are set up, Matt Chorley and Lucy Fisher speak to Daniel Oxley, a founder member of the Democrats and Veterans Party, Chris Coughlan a founder of centrist party Renew, and Sally Cogley, founder of The Rubbish Party.Tomorrow: Daniel Finkelstein and Philip Collins debate the chances of a new force emerging from the current two main parties.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/1826m 30s

Nish Kumar Interview

Matt Chorley meets Nish Kumar, comedian and host of the 'Mash Report’ to try and understand why a British 'Daily Show’ has never worked, how losing elections is the best way to avoid satire, how he dealt with being told to "go home" the day after the Brexit vote, and how he feels about that Piers Morgan cartoon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1834m 3s

David Baddiel Interview

Matt Chorley meets David Baddiel to discuss his appearance on a government panel hoping to tackle antisemitism, how social media forces comedians to take political positions and why Tony Blair is like Bob Monkhouse.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/1833m 54s

How to resign part two: Mark Harper Interview

You’ve worked hard to become an MP, you’ve worked even harder to become a minister, so what happens when it all comes crashing down and you’re faced with a resignation calibre problem? Matt Chorley sits down with Mark Harper MP to discuss why his response to events in 2014 is regarded as the textbook political resignation.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1817m 54s

Resignation Special

Politicians resign for all sorts of reasons, in this special the panel examine the art and the fall out of the political resignation.Matt Chorley is joined by Theo Barclay, author of “Fighters and Quitters” which chronicles some of the great resignations, Sir Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s director of communications, and Jane Merrick, Red Box columnist.They discuss: what are grounds for quitting, how do you do it with grace and some dignity intact, and is there ever a way back?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/1838m 5s

Possible PMs, property and the Presidents Club

Matt Chorley is joined by Fay Schlesinger, Alice Thomson and Iain Martin to discuss fears of society becoming overly prudish, how to fix the housing crisis, and why the Tories need to find the courage to change leader.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/1833m 6s

Why we need a party of fruitcakes

This week Matt Chorley talks comedy, social media and why we need a party of nutters.On the panel: Matthew Moore, The Times media correspondent, who asks why all the jokes are on the left. Polly Mackenzie, head of Demos think tank, on regulating the future and Times columnist Matthew Parris on the slow death of a political party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/1830m 1s

What difference can a minister make?

Matt Chorley is joined by Chris Smyth, Times health editor, to see whether Jeremy Hunt can solve social care, Graeme Paton, transport correspondent, on Chris Grayling hitting the buffers, and Rosemary Bennett, education editor, on whether Damian Hinds can win over whingeing teachers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/1828m 59s

Strong and stable geniuses? 2018 for May, Corbyn and Trump

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnists David Aaronovitch and Rachel Sylvester and former Director of Strategy & Chief Speechwriter at May's No10, Chris Wilkins.The panel debate: a government afflicted by caution as seen in the reshuffle, how the hard left is further seizing control of the Labour party and its institutions and whether President Hilary Clinton could have survived the mainstream media onslaught if facing Trump like revelations.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/1835m 59s

End of year special

Matt Chorley welcomes Lucy Fisher, Times Senior Political Reporter, Tim Shipman the author of 'Fall Out' and Tom McTague co-author of 'Betting the House' to cast one final look at the political events of 2017.The panel pick their highlights from the last twelve months and dare to make wild guesses about the chaos which might await us in the coming year.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/1724m 28s

Christmas Special: How to write a political speech

In this special episode recorded in front of an audience, Matt Chorley sits down with former No10 speechwriter and Times columnist, Philip Collins to discuss the art of writing the perfect political speech. Using examples from famous speeches Philip explains how Churchill showed timing is everything, why you must have something of importance to say and why it's best try to include a joke, unless the person telling it is John Prescott.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/12/1741m 11s

Christmas Quiz Part 2

The Red Box christmas quiz returns to review another bizarre political year. In part two Matt Chorley introduces rounds such as "play your Farages right" as three teams go head to head. The reporters Patrick Kidd and Lucy Fisher attempt to defend their crown against Ruth Smeeth and Johnny Mercer, the MPs, while the columnists Danny Finkelstein and Matthew Parris attempt to find Matthew's glasses.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/1723m 41s

Christmas Quiz Part 1

The Red Box christmas quiz returns to review another bizarre political year. Matt Chorley attempts to keep order as three teams of varying ability go head to head. The reporters Patrick Kidd and Lucy Fisher attempt to defend their crown against  Ruth Smeeth and Johnny Mercer, the MPs, while the columnists Danny Finkelstein and Matthew Parris mainly plead for bonus points for decent guesses. Part two airs on Friday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1723m 19s

Promises, Crossed Fingers & The Future.

Matt Chorley is joined by Times Columnist Rachel Sylvester, Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, and Grant Tucker from the Times Diary. This week: Will anyone stand up for the benefits of Immigration? What are the conclusions we can draw from David Davis’ media appearances? What might 2018 look like?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/1726m 44s

Which tribe are you in?

Matt Chorley is joined by Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent, who tells us about Labour's "purge", Matthew O'Toole, a former No10 Brexit spokesman, explains why it all comes back to Irish first principles, and Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos Mori, reveals the five political tribes crossing party and Brexit lines.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1731m 24s

Tory animals, Irish emails and unhelpful banking

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Hugo Rifkind, who worries that the Tories are kitten-killers, Anne Ashworth, Times Money editor, who warns that we are all still losing interest from the major banks, and Patrick Maguire, political reporter, tries to explain the political fall out in Ireland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1731m 9s

Budget 2017 special

Has chancellor Philip Hammond solved a housing problem? Will £2.8 billion really help the NHS? Or was it a "record of failure with a forecast of more to come". Matt Chorley welcomes Nicky Morgan, Alison McGovern, Sam Coates, Patrick Kidd and Alice Thomson to discuss the budget.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1721m 6s

German crisis and politics place in the jungle

Matt Chorley welcomes Times columnist David Aaronovitch, Times religious affairs correspondent Kaya Burgess and Red Box columnist Jane Merrick to discuss the crisis in Germany, religion’s place in politics, and politics place in the celebrity jungle.Philip Hammond’s attempt to save the economy and his own job will be covered in a podcast special later this week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1725m 26s

Brexit is boring!

Matt Chorley assembles a team of experts to answer your Brexit questions in an attempt to figure out what is actually going on and whether it's all very boring?On the panel: Times Brexit briefing pair, policy editor Oliver Wright and political reporter Henry Zeffman, and Jill Rutter, former No10 and Treasury policy guru who is now programme director of the Institute for Government.They answer among other questions: will we actually leave, how much will the divorce bill be, do we need urgent cross party talks, what is Labour's position and will the cost of your weekly shop suddenly sky rocket?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1733m 13s

President Trump one year on

With nothing of interest happening in Westminster at the moment - Matt Chorley casts a critical eye over the first year of the Trump presidency. Joining him on the panel: Times columnist Jenni Russell, who argues Trump is not interested in helping anyone but himself, Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the US, who says we should finally now stop talking about the special relationship, and impressionist Rory Bremner on whether it is possible to satirise the most extraordinary character to inhabit the Oval Office.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1737m 21s

How serious is Westminster’s “dirty dossier”?

As parliament is gripped by a sexual harassment storm, Matt Chorley is in Westminster to find out what the so-called “dirty dossier” of Tory MPs means and asks how the culture in politics can be changed so people feel safe going to work. Times reporters Henry Zeffman and Hannah McGrath describe the challenge of corroborating the swirling litany of anonymous allegations.Jess Phillips, a Labour MP, warns that listing people in consenting relationships alongside those accused of serious offences risks discrediting victims.Jane Merrick, a Red Box columnist, describes her own experience of being humiliated by a Tory MP and Times columnist Rachel Sylvester warns of a rising tide of misogyny on the hard left.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/1731m 56s

Politics but not as we know it

This week Matt assembles a panel of people who do politics differently. Forget politicians, or think tanks or even journalists. This episodes focuses on those who bring about change outside the party system. On the panel: David Babbs from the online petition website 38 Degrees, campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, who’s successes include getting Jane Austen on the £10 note, and Matteo Bergamini from the youth politics website Shout Out UK. They'll be answering: what role can technology play, and what response there should be to the rise in youth engagement in the political process?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/1734m 46s

Reshuffles, limited Lords and Corbyn's would-be foreign policy

Matt Chorley returns to the studio after the party conference season and due to popular demand this episode is a Brexit free zone. This week: Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent for The Times, on cutting cronyism in the Lords, Katie Perrior, Theresa May’s former director of communications now Times columnist on the perils of reshuffles, and columnist Daniel Finkelstein on Corbyn's proposed assault towards traditional foreign policy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/1739m 36s

Special: don't mention independence with the SNP

Matt Chorley braves his fourth and final conference of the season this time with the SNP in Glasgow. He asks, have we reached, 'peak Nat', is Brexit making the case for independence harder, and with leaving the union not mentioned throughout conference, how do the SNP continue to motivate party members? The questions are put to Hamish Macdonell, Times Scottish political editor, Times columnist Alex Massie, and SNP MPs including Kirsty Blackman, Stewart McDonald and Stephen Gethins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1734m 54s

Debate Special: Who will lead the Conservative party next?

In the final conference special Matt Chorley welcomes a panel of Times political columnists and journalists including Matthew Parris, Hugo Rifkind and Rachel Sylvester, who dangerously try to predict the future of British politics once more and answer, who will lead the Conservatives next?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1752m 21s

Interview Special: Ruth Davidson MSP

In this special podcast Matt Chorley interviews Ruth Davidson MSP in front of a packed fringe event at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Davidson speaks on a variety of issues including, firing Boris Johnson, not wanting a second Brexit referendum, parking her tanks on Alex Salmond's lawn, how the party should fight Corbyn and whether she will ever stand for the Tory leadership. In the second part of the podcast the leader of the Scottish Conservatives takes questions from the floor, explaining why she's a "Majorite", answering whether she's the female Boris Johnson and outlining why the party has to speak people 18-25 "not as if they're a separate species". **NB due to circumstances beyond our control the sound quality varies in this podcast**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/1756m 29s

Interview Special: Angela Rayner MP

In the second special from Brighton, Matt Chorley is joined by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner MP, to reflect on the changed mood of the Labour party conference. They also discuss why she took the job in the first place, why she's comfortable saying Labour lost, how teenage pregnancy turned her life around and how her upbringing informs her politics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/1728m 7s

Debate Special: Can Corbyn become prime minister?

The first Red Box debate of conference season comes from Brighton, Matt Chorley welcomes Times senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher, Times columnist Philip Collins, and journalist Rachel Shabi, to try and answer whether Corbyn can become prime minister? In an extended podcast, the panel grapple with the key issues surrounding the topic before taking questions from the audience. **NB: the start of this episode sounds a bit "wedding disco" don't worry it's only for the first thirty seconds**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/1754m 53s

Sun, sea and Lib Dems

In this special episode, Matt Chorley takes a trip to the seaside to cover the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth. He encounters former special advisors, James McGrory and Vannesa Pine, who share the tribulations of preparing a leader for a major speech. Matthew Parris and Henry Zeffman, try to work out if the Lib Dems have a message for the general public whilst on a cliff top. And Times sketch writer Patrick Kidd tells us the mood of conference and how a change in membership has upended traditional drinking habits. There's also mini golf at the end.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1730m 24s

The Tories' problem with getting down wiv da kids

Still armed with his "Brexit Buzzer" Matt Chorley welcomes a panel to debate anything but the B-word. Times columnist, Rachel Sylvester asks if the Tories will ever be forgiven for taking a hardline on the big issue of the day by a generation that overwhelmingly supports Remain. (01:03) Roland Watson, foreign editor of The Times, ponders solving a problem like Korea. With the United Nations divided, where does that leave the balance of power in president Trump's first test of brinkmanship? (10:48) And Grant Tucker, Times diarist, questions why politicians think it's a good idea to make big decisions in the middle of the night? (22:47)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1730m 53s

Why we could be heading for a winter of discontent

Matt Chorley returns from Brussels and immediately bans any talk of Brexit until some progress is made, the podcast focuses instead on other issues facing the country. Chris Smyth, the Times health editor, explains why the NHS winter warning gets earlier every year (01:00) Jenni Russell, Times columnist on upcoming benefit cuts that are starting to bite (10:43) And fellow columnist Iain Martin asks why we're losing our religion (20:41)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1730m 53s

Brexit: lack of progress special

Red Box returns from the summer break with an episode from Brussels. Matt Chorley and Henry Zeffman emerge from a windowless room in the Berlaymont Building to try to work out why the Brexit talks have stalled.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/1725m 11s

End of term special: Part 2

In the final Red Box of the political year, Matt Chorley welcomes back Jan Ravens, from Spitting Image and Dead Ringers. Patrick Kidd, The Times sketchwriter and diarist. And Peter Brookes, The Times cartoonist who mocks the mighty in beautiful watercolours. The panel attempt a quiz and remember their highlights of 2017 so far before recalling the political characters from the past they enjoyed parodying. Red Box will return in September  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/1718m 52s

End of term special: Part 1

Matt Chorley casts a critical eye back over the most dramatic year in British politics since last year. On the panel, Jan Ravens, the impressionist who has given voice to leaders on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers. Patrick Kidd, The Times sketchwriter and diarist who gives them a kicking in print. And Peter Brookes, The Times cartoonist who mocks the mighty in beautiful watercolours. They review the last political year and reveal their creative processes. Part 2 airs on Friday  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/1731m 35s

How to reverse the collapse of trust in the state

Matt Chorley is joined by Fay Schlesinger, The Times head of news, who wonders how to reverse the collapse of trust in the state, Red Box commentator Rachel Shabi sets out what Labour will be doing while the Tories are on their summer break, and Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent for The Times, discusses the little local difficulty in the Tory party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/1732m 42s

What May should do now by those who know her best

In the week Theresa May marks a year as Prime Minister, Matt Chorley asks, what path should May now take? Two people who know her best offer their insight. Katie Perrior, May's director of communications in No10 until the election was called, explains why the PM needs to cheer up and offer some hope. And in his first interview since leaving Downing Street, Chris Brannigan, who was head of government relations, details the challenge in balancing the access given to major industrial and economic players whilst also keeping an eye on the needs of small and medium enterprises. Plus Sam Coates, deputy political editor of The Times, asks how a May government can last if it's so internally vulnerable?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/1736m 22s

Special: Politics of Pride Part 2

In the second special in the run up to Pride, Matt Chorley sits down to chat with Justine Greening, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, to discuss coming out by tweet, her view of the DUP and why her personal slogan is "keep on trucking". They also cover her attempt to extract money for schools from the treasury, whether she has any ambitions for future leadership and what battles still need to be fought for the LGBT community?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/1724m 1s

Special: Politics of Pride Part 1

In a two-part special to mark Pride week Red Box examines where the battles now lie for the LGBTQ community. Matt Chorley is joined by James Holt from Pride, Times columnist Matthew Parris, Labour MP Angela Eagle and SNP MP Stewart McDonald. Up for debate: is it no longer a big deal to be a gay politician, how important are labels and was there surprise at the reaction to the DUP deal? Also, Angela Eagle recalls becoming first female MP to come out in office and Matthew Parris remembers inadvertently outing Peter Mandelson on TV in 1998. In the next episode Matt speaks to Justine Greening, the education secretary and equalities minister, about what the government needs to do to tackle homophobia.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/1742m 2s

Weird Westminster: new MPs get lost in corridors of power

Matt Chorley is joined by three new MP's to discuss the quirks of adjusting to life in parliament. On the panel: Douglas Ross (Conversative), Luke Pollard (Labour) and Wera Hobhouse (Lib Dem) They discuss the pain of sorting your office, getting lost in the giant building, what they hope to achieve in their terms and what's been the strangest part about the job so far.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/1731m 35s

Who should be the next Tory leader?

Matt Chorley welcomes Jenni Russell who says Brexit is already a mess, Iain Martin who thinks he knows who should be the next prime minister and Anne Ashworth, Times property editor, who suggests the lessons that must be learnt from the Grenfell Tower fire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/1733m 42s

Why the election means Brexit could be off

Matt Chorley welcomes columnists Rachel Sylvester and Phillip Collins as well as political reporter Henry Zeffman. The panel discuss, why the Tories need to listen to Ruth Davidson, why Jeremy Corbyn should resist calls to move rightwards and how shelving Brexit could be the PM's least worst option in 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/1736m 51s

Post Election Special

As Britain wakes up to another shock result, a sleep deprived Matt Chorley welcomes The Times Deputy Editor, Emma Tucker, Times columnist, Alice Thomson, Times diary and sketch writer Patrick Kidd, and Sunday Times Political Editor, Tim Shipman.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/1736m 11s

Special: The Red Box Election Debate

As Britain prepares to go to the polls, Matt Chorley chairs a Red Box debate. On the panel: Katie Perrior, former director of communications at Number 10, Anthony Wells, director of YouGov's political polling and Times columnists Hugo Rifkind and David Aaronovitch. Up for discussion: are people still backing Theresa May, is Jeremy Corbyn a turn-off on the doorstep or surging, is the only way down for the Nicola Sturgeon's SNP, and did the Lib Dems and UKIP make it all about Brexit?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/171h 7m

Edinburgh Special

Matt Chorley heads to Edinburgh for a Scottish Red Box special. On a whirlwind tour of the capital he gauges public opinion on the major parties and seeks to understand issues on the minds of voters, there's also host of interviews including: Times columnist Alex Massie, on why the political map could become very divided, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who explains why she's 'in charge' north of the border. There's also contributions from University of Strathclyde's John Curtis who reviews the polls and details why victory could still mean peril for Theresa May, and Times' Scottish political correspondent, Hamish Macdonell outlines what to look for on election night.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/1734m 18s

Behind the scenes on a campaign

Matt Chorley is joined by Katie Perrior, former May director of communications, Matt Zarb-Cousin, former Corbyn spokesman and James McGrory, former Nick Clegg spinner, to lift the lid on the realities of running a campaign, who's currently doing well, and their worst moments whilst out on the road with the candidates.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/1734m 36s

Is Theresa May any good?

As general election campaigning restarts following the terror attack in Manchester, Matt Chorley is joined by Tim Shipman and Sam Coates. They reflect on the political response to terror, what the intelligence leaks mean for transatlantic relations and how the final stages of the election campaign will look.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/1733m 47s

Manchester terror

After the terror attack in Manchester, Matt Chorley delivers a short monologue in place of the the regular podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/175m 8s

Robots, social care and a bookmaker's read of the campaign

Matt Chorley welcomes Lucy Fisher, Alice Thomson and Matthew Shaddick from Ladbrokes as the manifestos break cover. On the agenda: why politicians aren't talking about the rise of the robots, how the social care crisis has finally become a major election issue, and how bookies set political odds, plus the big money bets placed to far.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/1730m 23s

Special: in search of the Lib Dem fight back

Matt Chorley escapes the Westminster bubble to visit Yeovil to discover if the Lib Dem fightback is realistic. Listen in as he travels around the local area to chat with Conservative candidate, Marcus Fysh, Lib Dem candidate, Jo Roundell Greene and a whole host of local voters. There's also expert analysis from Professor Charles Lees from the University of Bath and Times columnist Hugo Rifkind.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/1723m 13s

The Mays' relationship, lessons from Macron and a pollster's view of immigration

Matt Chorley is joined by former Number 10 director of communications, Katie Perrior, Ipsos Mori research director, Kully Kaur-Ballagan and columnists, David Aaronovitch in the studio and Robert Crampton on the road. On the agenda: The Mays and their political relationship, why there is little evidence meeting immigration targets would please the public, and are there lessons to be learned in Britain from the En Marche experience?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/1735m 24s

Why hiding from the public works and how UKIP could turn the north Tory blue

Matt Chorley is joined by Lucy Fisher, Danny Finkelstein and Oliver Kamm. On the agenda: Why campaigns should be disciplined and hide candidates away if required. Why Oliver is wrestling with voting for a local Labour candidate despite his problems with Corbyn's leadership and why switched UKIP votes could cause swathes of Labour-held seats in the north to turn blue.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/1731m 23s

Special Debate: the battle to become West Midlands mayor

Matt Chorley escapes the Westminster bubble to present a special debate between the leading candidates to become West Midlands mayor. Andy Street (Conservative) and Sion Simon (Labour) go head to head and are joined on the panel by Jenni Russell and Matthew Parris. Conversation covers not only local issues but the general election as well. Recorded live on the 26th April 2017  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1739m 50s

Lessons in a landslide: Tony Blair

Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party. Tony Blair reflects on his paranoia that he might blow it in 1997, his unsolvable conflict with Gordon Brown and his sadness at Blairite now being a dirty word in the party in led to three election victories.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1728m 9s

Lessons in a landslide: Alastair Campbell

Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party. In this episode Alastair Campbell, the spin doctor, describes how he waged a war against complacency even after the polls closed, insists that being "cuddlier" with journalists wouldn't have delivered the same result and describes why Jeremy Corbyn is not even as impressive as Michael Foot. Additional clips: Sky News, BBC News  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1740m 48s

Lessons in a landslide: Peter Mandelson

Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party. In this episode: Peter Mandelson, the election svengali, on coining New Labour, why John Prescott was always feeling left out and how some Blairites have still not forgiven him for going back to save Gordon Brown's premiership. Additional clips: Sky News  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1740m 48s

Lessons in a landslide: Anji Hunter

Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party. In this episode: Anji Hunter, Blair's gatekeeper, on watching New Labour being born, surviving in a team of "pushy" blokes, and relations with "tetchy" Cherie. Additional clips: Sky News  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1745m 3s

Lessons in a landslide: The Times 1997 team

Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party. The Times' 1997 lobby journalists Philip Webster, Jill Sherman and James Landale on the battlebuses, spin doctors, chickens, bulldogs and gay lions they found reporting on the campaign train for The Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1735m 57s

Lessons in a landslide: Margaret McDonagh

Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party. Margaret McDonagh, the campaign co-ordinator, on the birth of the pledge card, rowing with John Prescott in a cinema and the panic of MPs who had been unexpectedly elected.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1746m 10s

Trailer: Lessons in a landslide - a six part series

Matt Chorley previews an exclusive series detailing Labour's historic landslide victory in 1997. The series features interviews with all the key players, including Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Anji Hunter, Margaret McDonagh and Peter Mandelson for insights on the campaign, early government days and reflections on the current Labour party. The Times political team from 1997 reassemble to tell you the stories they couldn't report at the time. All six episodes are available from Saturday  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/171m 40s

Can we now trust the polls? Is the Scottish political landscape about to shift again?

This week Matt Chorley is joined by Jenni Russell, Anthony Wells and Hamish Macdonell. On the agenda: hear how pollsters have changed their methodology after poor accuracy in recent years, why the Scottish political map should shift yet again with the Tories benefitting, and why Jenni is feeling depressed by an election for the first time in her life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/1728m 13s

Snap Election Special from Parliament

As Theresa May stuns Westminster by calling a snap election Lucy Fisher sits in for Matt Chorley and is joined by Sam Coates and Henry Zeffman to discuss the repercussions. The panel consider May's hit to her trustworthy image, her motivations for calling the election now and how large her majority must be for this to be considered a success? Whether a heavy election loss for Labour would really signal the end for Jeremy Corbyn, and why the Lib Dems will be delighted to fight a 'Brexit Election'  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1717m 42s

Politics and Comedy Special 4: The MP's Joke Writers

In the final Red Box Politics and Comedy Special Matt Chorley is joined by a Ayesha Hazarika, James McGrory and Daniel Finkelstein to discuss what it's like writing jokes for politicians. They discuss their best and worst efforts before debating what's required to make famous political names appear funny and the potential problems when it goes wrong. Also covered, how Nick Clegg can strangle any joke, why Ed Milliband shudders at Hush Puppies and why William Hague might have been better suited to comedy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/1728m 45s

Politics and Comedy Special 3 Al Murray

Recorded in a busy Portcullis House, Matt Chorley sits down with comedian Al Murray to discuss how he invented the pub landlord character, what it was like standing against Nigel Farage in the 2015 general election and what he learned about the life of a politician.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1733m 40s

Politics and Comedy Special 2: Andy Zaltzman, Tiff Stevenson and Hugo Rifkind

Matt Chorley is joined by Andy Zaltzman, Tiff Stevenson and Hugo Rifkind to debate whether the current times are too serious for comedy. Also discussed are the fundamentals of the art, if certain subjects are taboo, whether acts needs a message behind the punchlines and whether Donald Trump can truly be parodied?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/1732m 34s

Politics and Comedy Special: Rory Bremner

In the first of a four-part series focusing on politics and comedy, Matt Chorley sits down with Rory Bremner to discuss his thirty year career, the lack of political satire on British television, how he formulates his impressions and why deep down he has a core respect for politicians. Check back tomorrow when Matt speaks to Andy Zaltzman and Tiff Stevenson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/1737m 51s

May in Vogue, Lib Dems in clover and Trump still in power

On the agenda: how Trump's survival will hinge on tax cuts, deficit spending and domestic deregulation, how the new liberal backlash against the populist surge will see the Lib Dems benefit, and what Theresa May's Vogue interview tells us about her.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/1728m 35s

War with Spain, morals vs trade and confusing policy announcements

For the podcast Matt Chorley is joined by Catherine Philp, Sam Coates and Oliver Kamm. This week, the panel tries to make sense of Michael Howard's Gibraltar comments and the resulting firestorm, there's debate over the prime minister's 'counterproductive' tour of the Middle East to drum up interest in trade deals and Sam can't understand ministers sheepishly pretending they're not really announcing anything.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/1733m 22s

The Bluffer's Guide to Brexit

Matt Chorley is joined by Oliver Wright and Henry Zeffman, plus Jill Rutter from the Institute for Government to answer your questions and tell you how to impress your friends talking about tariffs, timetables and triggering Article 50.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1738m 26s

As political storm begins was Nicola Sturgeon shrewd or boxed in?

Matt Chorley is joined by Iain Martin and Emma Tucker in London, Lindsay McIntosh in Edinburgh and Bruno Waterfield in Brussels. They discuss Nicola Sturgeon calling for a second referendum and the commons passing the article 50 bill, in a week of more political drama.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1728m 44s

Budget Special from Parliament

Recorded from parliament Matt Chorley welcomes Senior Political Correspondent, Lucy Fisher, Labour MP Wes Streeting, Times columnist and Tory peer Matt Ridley and former Chancellor Alistair Darling, to run the rule over Phillip Hammond's first Spring Budget.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/1730m 23s

Can May cope with the coming storm?

Matt Chorley is joined by Sam Coates, Anne Ashworth and Jenni Russell to discuss the maelstrom of upcoming events for May's government, the need to teach practical money management in schools and how Trump is posing new questions for the media with every outlandish statement.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1733m 22s

RedBox Debate: How important is the special relationship?

In a live special, Matt Chorley is joined by Phillip Collins of The Times, Sarah Baxter from The Sunday Times and Sohrab Ahmari from the Wall Street Journal to discuss how important is the special relationship?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/1741m 23s

By-election Special

Matt Chorley is joined by Lucy Fisher and Henry Zeffman to reflect on the by-election results in Copeland and Stoke on Trent. They discuss: How big an achievement this is for Theresa May, what it means for beaten UKIP leader Paul Nuttall? And did Labour lose by winning in Stoke?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/1721m 4s

Why do politicians make claims which can so easily be disproved?

Matt Chorley is joined by former advisor to Tony Blair turned stand up, Matt Forde, Times columnist Rachel Sylvester and former minister David Willetts, who now heads the Resolution Foundation. They debate if the weak Labour opposition is distorting everything Theresa May does? Why in the age of Google, some politicians make claims which can so easily be disproved? And how the goal of each generation doing considerably better than the one before it can be revived.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1734m 41s

Secrets of the Spin Doctors: Part Two

In the second part of this spin doctor special, we hear how to deal with leadership crisis of all shapes and sizes. Matt Chorley is joined by: Jo Tanner who worked on two Boris Johnson mayoral campaigns, Lord Wood of Anfield spent a decade advising Gordon Brown before running Ed Miliband's leadership campaign, and James Holt spent seven years spinning for the Lib Dems, including as head of government communications for Nick Clegg in the coalition. Also 'When photo-ops go wrong' the panel reveal their disastrous moments featuring: Boris Johnson and lingerie, Ed Milliband's bacon sandwich nightmare and why Nick Clegg was forced to star in a shot for shot remake of 'I really like you' by Carly Rae Jepsen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/1717m 56s

Secrets of the Spin Doctors: Part One

Matt Chorley is joined by three former spin doctors for a two part special on the reality behind the images they helped to create. On the Panel: Jo Tanner worked on two Boris Johnson mayoral campaigns, Lord Wood of Anfield spent a decade advising Gordon Brown before running Ed Miliband's leadership campaign, and James Holt spent seven years spinning for the Lib Dems, including as head of government communications for Nick Clegg in the coalition. They debate whether a backlash against spin led to the rise of Trump and Brexit and is Twitter a help or a hindrance for today's politicians? Including memories of the best twitter gaffs from years past.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1726m 47s

Brexit is distracting from key domestic issues

Matt Chorley is joined by Michael Savage, Phillip Collins and Melanie Phillips. They discuss how Brexit is obscuring vital domestic issues, examine John Bercow's outburst in the commons and debate if it's right for Britain to have ties with Saudi Arabia.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1732m 29s

Politics and the markets

In this special episode Matt Chorley is joined by fund manager Paul O'Connor to examine the increasingly potent effect of political events on the markets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/1721m 57s

Are politicians more transparent on television?

Matt Chorley is joined by the legendary documentary maker Michael Cockerell, who lifts the lid on decades spent trying to get a politician to answer a question, plus Times senior political correspondent and podcast regular Lucy Fisher, who casts an eye over the imminent political battles you might not have noticed. And we also welcome to the Red Box family Iain Martin, who has just joined the Times as a columnist. Discovery more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail Produced by David McGuire  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1735m 9s

Parliament: demolish or sell-off?

Recorded from the depths of Westminster, host Matt Chorley is joined by senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher and political reporter (and Brexit expert) Henry Zeffman. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1728m 2s

Donald Trump's first 100 days

Matt Chorley talks to Rhys Blakely - Washington bureau chief for The Times - about Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/1719m 53s

What does Theresa May's speech mean for Brexit?

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Rachel Sylvester, deputy political editor Sam Coates, and Suella Fernandes MP to discuss Theresa May's speech on Brexit and what impact it will have in the coming months. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/1723m 21s

Special: Sir Anthony Seldon

Matt Chorley is joined by historian and biographer Sir Anthony Seldon about how Theresa May can make a success of being prime minister and whether the job is just too big. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/1731m 16s

Do May, Corbyn and Trump know what they're doing?

Do our political leaders know what they're doing? The question of competency is the topic up for discussion on the first Red Box podcast of the new year. Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' deputy editor Emma Tucker, columnist David Aaronovitch and Oliver Wright. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/1725m 38s

Special: a review of 2016 from Westminster

Matt Chorley is joined by the Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Tim Shipman, at Westminster as the pair discuss the topsy-turvy political waters of 2016 and look ahead to what's in store in the coming year. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/1625m 24s

Christmas Quiz of the Year - part 2

Matt Chorley hosts a reflective Christmas Quiz which pits reporters, columnists and MPs against each other in a light-hearted (but heated) battle to see who has paid attention to news events in 2016. Reporters: Lucy Fisher and Patrick Kidd MPs: Michael Gove Caroline Flint Columnists: Jenni Russell Philip Collins Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail Sound FX: www.freesound.org  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/1623m 10s

Christmas Quiz of the Year - part 1

Matt Chorley hosts a reflective Christmas Quiz which pits reporters, columnists and MPs against each other in a light-hearted (but heated) battle to see who has paid attention to news events in 2016. Reporters: Lucy Fisher and Patrick Kidd MPs: Michael Gove Caroline Flint Columnists: Jenni Russell Philip Collins Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail Sound FX: www.freesound.org  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1623m 56s

The Whip Round - Mark Tami

This week, the Red Box podcast presents a special series of interviews with Parliamentary whips - both past and present - to discuss the inside workings of their unique job in Westminster. Featuring Mark Tami. Presented by Matt Chorley. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1625m 41s

The Whip Round - Mark Harper

This week, the Red Box podcast presents a special series of interviews with Parliamentary whips - both past and present - to discuss the inside workings of their unique job in Westminster. Featuring Mark Harper who was the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons from May 2015 to July 2016. Presented by Matt Chorley. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/1625m 43s

The Whip Round - Ann Taylor

This week, the Red Box podcast presents a special series of interviews with Parliamentary whips - both past and present - to discuss the inside workings of their unique job in Westminster. Featuring Ann Taylor, former Labour Chief Whip. Presented by Matt Chorley. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/1621m 5s

Whip special - Alistair Carmichael

This week, the Red Box podcast presents a special series of interviews with Parliamentary whips - both past and present - to discuss the inside workings of their unique job in Westminster. Featuring Alistair Carmichael. At the beginning of the Liberal Democrat - Conservative coalition government in May 2010, Carmichael was appointed Deputy Chief Whip and Comptroller of the Household. Presented by Matt Chorley. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1622m 43s

The Whip Round - Anne Milton

This week, the Red Box podcast presents a special series of interviews with Parliamentary whips - both past and present - to discuss the inside workings of their unique job in Westminster. Featuring Anne Milton, currently the Deputy Chief Government Whip of the House of Commons. Presented by Matt Chorley. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/1615m 51s

Live special with Ed Balls and Philip Webster - part 2

Matt Chorley hosts this special event recorded in front of 300 Times readers at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, featuring former MP and dancer Ed Balls and the former political editor at The Times, Philip Webster. The panel answer questions from the audience. Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1640m 50s

Live special with Ed Balls and Philip Webster - part 1

Matt Chorley hosts this special event recorded in front of 300 Times readers at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, featuring former MP and dancer Ed Balls and the former political editor at The Times, Philip Webster. In part 1, the panel discuss keeping Britain out of the Euro, the state of the Labour Party and the Rumba. Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1652m 52s

There is life in the Lib Dems yet

Matt Chorley chats to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron following Zac Goldsmith's defeat to the Lib Dems' Sarah Olney in the Richmond Park by-election Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/1614m 2s

Are there votes in defence?

Matt Chorley is joined this week by Times columnist Hugo Rifkind, Times Defence Editor Deborah Haynes and the paper's Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates. The panel discuss Paul Nuttall and the state of Ukip; why both Parliament and the public should care more about defence spending; and problems facing Theresa May. Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1632m 27s

Autumn Statement Special

Matt Chorley hosts this Autumn Statement special direct from the heart of Westminster with Labour MP Rachel Reeves, Times senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher and Ryan Shorthouse from the Bright Blue think tank. Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/1622m 31s

Theresa May's drift and muddle

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist and former host of the podcast, Tim Montgomerie, as well as the property editor of The Times, Anne Ashworth and Henry Zeffman from The Times lobby team. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1633m 44s

Matt Chorley speaks to Ruth Davidson

Matt Chorley chats to the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, the Leader of the Opposition in the Scottish Parliament, and the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central, Ruth Davidson. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox/signup  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1620m 14s

US Election Special

On the day the world awoke to the news that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States of America, Matt Chorley hosts this special recording: Full cast list: Matt Chorley, Red Box Editor Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times Joseph Sternberg, Wall Street Journal Europe Daniel Finkelstein, Times columnist Catherine Philp, diplomatic correspondent for The Times Originally broadcast on The Times Facebook page.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/1636m 37s

Live special: Boris after Brexit

Matt Chorley hosts a special live event which focuses on foreign policy after the Brexit vote. Sign up to the morning email briefing at www.thetimes.co.uk/redboxemail  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/1650m 6s

Special: Richmond by-election

Matt Chorley gets out-and-about in Richmond to assess the public's mood ahead of the Richmond by-election, featuring interviews with Nick Clegg and candidates Sarah Olney (Lib Dem) and Zac Goldsmith (Independent). For more information, head to www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1620m 30s

MPs need to get a grip

Matt Chorley is joined by Deputy Political Editor of The Times, Sam Coates, former Tory spin doctor, Paul Stephenson, and one of the contenders to become Ukip's next leader, Suzanne Evans. Find out more: www.thetimes.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1628m 15s

Is Trumpization here to stay?

Matt Chorley is joined by Ann Treneman, Lucy Fisher and Hannah McGrath.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/1629m 21s

Trump has breached the cloak of civility

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnists Rachel Sylvester and Hugo Rifkind, plus Times politics reporter Henry Zeffman. The panel discuss Philip Hammond becoming the voice of economic reality in the face of a 'hard Brexit'; how to achieve a balance of reason when it comes to the prosecution of high profile personalities and the consequential fall out; and Donald Trump: has he changed the face of politics forever? Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/1630m 27s

Does the presidential debate reveal depths of misogyny?

Matt Chorley is joined by columnist Jenni Russell, Times policy editor Oliver Wright and Times Deputy Editor, Emma Tucker. Find out more: www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/1628m 23s

Conservative conference: it's all about May

Matt Chorley hosts the Red Box podcast from the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham with Times columnist Matthew Parris, Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Tim Shipman, and PR guru Jo Tanner. Find out more: www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/1631m 59s

Jess Phillips explains all at Red Box fringe debate

Labour MP Jess Phillips used an appearance at The Times' Red Box fringe at Labour conference to explain why she has reneged on her threat to quit the party if Corbyn won again. Read more at thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/1631m 53s

Labour conference: coming to terms with Corbyn

Matt Chorley hosts the Red Box podcast from the Labour Party conference in Liverpool with author and journalist Rachel Shabi, former special advisor to Ed Miliband, Ayesha Hazarika and The Times’ senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher. Matt also talks to Chuka Umunna.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/09/1632m 33s

What is the point of the Liberal Democrats?

Matt Chorley relocates to the Liberal Democrats autumn conference in Brighton to talk about the Party's future. The air is full of optimism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/1628m 12s

Nick Clegg and Ed Balls

Matt Chorley joins Nick Clegg to reflect on his time as Deputy Prime Minister; plus, the Red Box editor also chats to Ed Balls as the former Member of Parliament prepares for his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/1642m 45s

Can the Labour Party be saved?

Matt Chorley is joined by Tory MP James Cleverly, Labour MP Emma Reynolds and SNP MP Stewart McDonald to debate the future of the Labour Party, Theresa May's impossible job and whether the SNP have peaked.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/09/1635m 43s

Live Red Box - Britain After Brexit Part 2

Host Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnists Matthew Parris, Patrick Kidd and Alice Thomson to answer questions from the audience on life since the Brexit vote. Recorded live at a Times+ members event in London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/1653m 39s

Live Red Box - Britain After Brexit

Recorded live at a Times+ members event in London. Host Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnists Matthew Parris, Patrick Kidd and Alice Thomson to discuss life since the Brexit vote.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/1636m 8s

How will Theresa May run the country?

Host Matt Chorley is joined by Times policy editor Oli Wright who thinks Labour are turning into Ukip, political reporter Henry Zeffman who has been keeping score on Labour's turf wars and Jill Rutter on 'freakery' in Number 10.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/1632m 5s

Witnessing the arc of disappointment

Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates, political adviser, strategist and commentator John McTernan and Times' Head of News Fay Schlesinger. The Red Box podcast is taking a short break and will return 23rd August.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/1639m 1s

The dawn of May

Three weeks ago the polls told us Britain would stay in the EU. David Cameron was the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson and George Osborne were frontrunners to replace him. Michael Gove was spoken of as a Deputy Prime Minister. Nigel Farage was Ukip leader. Jeremy Corbyn had a full cabinet. Stephen Crabb was a committed family man. And Andrea Leadsom was the Minister of State for energy who was told to smile during TV debates. Now everything has changed. To discuss all this and more, host Matthew Chorley is joined by Times columnists Matthew Parris and Rachel Sylvester, plus Senior Political Correspondent, Lucy Fisher.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/1628m 45s

Leaving is the new black

Host Matthew Chorley is joined by Times columnists Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell plus Professor of Politics and Red Box regular Matthew Goodwin. The panel discuss the choppy waters of post-Brexit Britain and the uncertain future facing Labour, Ukip and the Conservative Party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/1631m 36s

What a mess

To pick up the figurative pieces post-EU referendum, Matt Chorley chairs an emotional and heated discussion on what comes next after Britain voted to leave the EU. Featuring Times columnists Tim Montgomerie, Phil Collins and Deputy Editor Emma Tucker.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/1636m 24s

Britain votes to leave

Red Box Editor Matt Chorley discusses the fall out of the ‪#‎EUReferendum‬ results with the Sunday Times' Political Editor, Tim Shipman. Note - this recording was live streamed for The Times and The Sunday Times Facebook feed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/1629m 32s

The Finishing Line Approaches

With the respective EU Referendum campaigns nearing the finishing line, host Matt Chorley reflects on the highlights and lowlights of what has been a long, rigorous period of fiery debate. With The Times' Sketch Writer Patrick Kidd, Political Reporter Georgie Keate and diarist Grant Tucker.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/1633m 24s

Labour leadership rumblings

Matt Chorley is joined by Senior Political Correspondent at The Times, Lucy Fisher, who contemplates the future of Labour's leadership. Columnist Tim Montgomerie also joins the panel to discuss political scoring following the tragic events in Orlando, plus Times reporter Lucy Bannerman talks about when interviews go wrong.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/1629m 21s

"Frank discussions": Amber Rudd on Andrea Leadsom

Amber Rudd, the pro-Remain energy secretary, on her relationship with junior energy minister Andrea Leadsom, who back Brexit. Recorded during the Red Box podcast on May 31. Listen to the full episode: https://soundcloud.com/times-comment/eu-referendum-the-debate-heats-up  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/161m 9s

Place Your Bets

As the EU referendum draws nearer, host Matt Chorley delves deeper into the analysis of the latest polls, betting odds and social media strategies. Panel: Michael Savage - Times' Chief Political Correspondent Claire Emes - IpsosMori Matthew Shaddick - Ladbrokes  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/1627m 7s

Steve Hilton interview

Matt Chorley talks to the former director of strategy for David Cameron, Steve Hilton, about his relationship with the Prime Minister, the practicalities of Governance, his stance on the EU referendum and his current business in California. www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/1632m 13s

EU Referendum - the debate heats up

EU Referendum special: In the blue corner, representing Vote Remain, host Matt Chorley is joined by Conservative MP and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd. And in the red corner, Parliamentary spokesperson for Ukip, Suzanne Evans, speaks out for Vote Leave. Deputy Political Editor at The Times, Sam Coates, also joins proceedings.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/1633m 38s

Natalie Bennett shows why strong leadership matters

Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Head of News Fay Schlesinger, Anthony Wells from YouGov and Chief Political Correspondent for The Times, Michael Savage. Fay Schlesinger: A drive to weed out and punish Universities that deliver poor-quality teaching is a step forward as higher education becomes bigger and more expensive. But let’s not allow the system to become homogenised. Everyone remembers their scatty professor who dispensed with notes to launch into an off-topic spiel that left the hungover students enthralled and inspired. The Government’s University reforms must improve standards and choice, and allow bad institutions to fail… but let that professor survive. Anthony Wells: Young people, who don't vote, back Remain, old people, who do vote, back Leave. So If turnout is low, Leave stands a better chance with only the dedicated older voters turning out. Or so the consensus goes. Except it's more complicated than that: the middle classes and well-educated are also more likely to vote. And they...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/1628m 43s

Westminster Special: Ask The Experts

In a Westminster special, Matt Chorley is joined by Stewart McDonald MP, former Labour Party advisor Ayesha Hazarika and political sketch-writer and diarist for The Times, Patrick Kidd. The panel answer questions from the public about working and living in Westminster. Plus additional contributions from Deputy Politics Editor Sam Coates and Business writer Callum Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/1638m 1s

London mayoral race is a soup of consensus

Matt Chorley is joined by Times Deputy Editor Emma Tucker, Chief Leader writer Giles Whittell and columnist Phil Collins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/1627m 9s

Junior doctors' strike - a more balanced approach is needed

Matt Chorley is joined by columnist David Aaronovitch, Business reporter Callum Jones and Red Box writer Hannah McGrath. David Aaronovitch: The BMA say the strike is the government's fault and the government says it's the BMA's. As in the bad old days the sides - an particularly the doctors - have become polarised beyond the reach of reason. From having been a question of how to staff hospitals properly at weekends the dispute is now being framed as an existential one about the very future of the NHS. Of course people like doctors more than politicians - this is the bully point which has always aided the BMA. But an all-out strike makes patients wonder whose side the doctors are on. That's not something doctors should take lightly. Callum Jones: Having come under heavy fire for its confused response in the days after Tata Steel's decision to leave the UK, the government yesterday picked up its game in the hours after BHS collapsed into administration. As the EU referendum debate twists and turns each...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/1627m 55s

The EU Referendum debate needs to appeal to the public

Host Matt Chorley is joined by ex-Blair spin doctor John McTernan, former Home Office advisor Fiona Hill and Red Box columnist Matt Smith.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1630m 31s

Have we missed the point on the Panama Papers?

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Jenni Russell who thinks we've missed the point on the Panama Papers, deputy political editor Sam Coates who warns we don't understand how Westminster works and Times political editor Francis Elliott who explains why Number 10 is banking on Jeremy Corbyn.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/1622m 36s

Special: a denial of Spin Doctors

Matt Chorley is joined by a "denial" of Spin Doctors. Ayesha Hazarika - who had the unenviable task of trying to make Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman sound funny. Katie Perrior - whose PR magic helped get Boris Johnson into City Hall. Sean Kemp - who knows more about Nick Clegg and the inner workings of the Lib Dems than is healthy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/1631m 4s

Does George Osborne lack emotional intelligence?

Matt Chorley is joined by columnist Rachel Sylvester on the fall out from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, politics professor Matthew Goodwin on the EU referendum and columnist Hugo Rifkind on the boat on everyone's lips, 'Boaty McBoatface'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/1625m 57s

Can Donald Trump be blocked?

Matt Chorley is joined by Senior Political Correspondent Lucy Fisher, European Football Writer (and fellow Times podcast presenter) Gabriele Marcotti, plus Property Editor and Assistant Editor of The Times Anne Ashworth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/1626m 33s

Migrant Crisis: does Turkey hold all the cards?

Matt Chorley is joined by Deputy Editor of The Times, Emma Tucker, who examines the latest attempt to deal with the migrant crisis, columnist Daniel Finkelstein who says Junior Doctors must face realities and columnist Matthew Parris on the legacy of the recently deceased Nancy Reagan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/1625m 5s

Do playground antics demean politics?

Matt Chorley is joined by Political sketch-writer and diarist Patrick Kidd, columnist Jenni Russell and Assistant Editor of The Spectator, Isabel Hardman. Patrick Kidd: Marco Rubio is a big-eared sweaty robot with a water addiction, while Donald Trump is a stubby-fingered orange-faced pants-wetter with a dodgy hairdo. Meanwhile David Cameron makes "yer mum" jokes at Jeremy Corbyn, while Labour MPs still make piggy noises at the Prime Minister. Do playground insults demean politics or are they what's needed to get Joe Public interested? Jenni Russell In the last few days I've been struck by the number of people I've come across who say they want to understand the consequences of leaving or staying in Europe before they decide which way to vote. But those facts are hard to come by. There are plenty of grand assertions on both sides but their truth is hard to judge. The referendum will be won by the side that can make a complex question sound clear and plausible. Neither has managed that yet. Isabel...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/1626m 40s

EU Special: to leave or remain?

Debating the UK's position in the EU: Matt Chorley is joined by Brussels Correspondent Bruno Waterfield, Columnist Melanie Phillips and the Times' Chief Political Correspondent Michael Savage.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/1629m 25s

Can George Osborne count himself lucky?

Philip Aldrick: Global markets have been in meltdown but one man who may be smiling is the chancellor. Government borrowing costs have fallen to an all-time low, which make servicing the nation’s £1.5 trillion of debt cheaper. Over the next five years, Capital Economics estimates lower market interest rates and lower inflation will hand George Osborne a £20 billion windfall. He’s struggling to make the books balance through tax and spending policy. Instead, he’s getting a helping hand from the most unlikely of sources. Natasha Clark: The polls are all we have to try and figure out what's going to happen with the EU referendum. But the polls lately have been showing us drastically different answers; there have been 22 percentage points between some polls for results in support of Remain, and around 13 percentage points difference for Leave. Pollsters say that the phone and internet polling will show us different answers, possibly because people are more likely to want to say that they want to remain in...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/1624m 3s

Will the Trident debate dictate Jeremy Corbyn's future?

The Opinion podcast is now the Red Box Podcast from The Times. Columnist Robert Crampton, Media Editor Elizabeth Rigby and Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates joins host Matt Chorley. Robert Crampton: The Labour Party cannot achieve a coherent position on Trident while Jeremy Corbyn is leader. The moment he said he would never use the nuclear deterrent as a future PM was the moment Labour lost the next election. Party pragmatists should focus on toppling Corbyn, not cobbling together a futile compromise on Trident renewal. Elizabeth Rigby: Freedom of Information: Tony Blair [bitterly regretted] introducing FOI laws; Chris Grayling said FoI was being misused 'as a research tool to generate stories for the media' and now David Cameron is carrying out a review with one intention – to limit access to government information. Entirely antipathetic to voters’ demands for more openness not less, the backlash has been swift, ferocious and near universal. Will Cameron abandon the fight? Probably and so he...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/1628m 52s

Is Marco Rubio the only Republican hope?

Host Matt Chorley is joined by Chief Leader writer Giles Whittell and columnists Jenni Russell and Phil Collins. Giles Whittell: Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States. Of course a lot of people are going to spend a lot of time analysing this [Tuesday] morning's Iowa caucus results, but the facts are these: Trump and Cruz are unelectable in a national race. Only one mainstream Republican has a chance of squeezing past them. That is Marco Rubio. He has already torpedoed his image with Latinos by betraying them on immigration reform. Bernie Sanders is a socialist. Hillary beats Bernie, and then beats whoever the GOP puts up. Simple. Jenni Russell: Is David Cameron simply the luckiest prime minister ever, or is there an element of skill in his performance which we rarely credit? He beat the SNP and crushed the LibDems. Now Labour is distracted and divided and even the Eurosceptic threat is evaporating as they are consumed by vicious internal fights. With no coherent...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/1626m 26s

Are pension relief cuts another Treasury tax grab?

Matt Chorley is joined by Assistant Editor Anne Ashworth and columnists Giles Coren and David Aaronovitch. Anne Ashworth: Pension tax reliefs for the higher-paid have already been reduced and more cuts are coming. The justification for this reform is fairness: the higher-paid have had it too good. But if you make company pension scheme membership less attractive to executives, this make it less likely that they will support these schemes - which will hurt the less well-off. This is just another Treasury tax grab, disguised as redistribution. Giles Coren: A survey commissioned by the Labour party has revealed that, "A disproportionate number of members who have joined since the 2015 general election are ‘high-status city dwellers’ pursuing well-paid jobs”. Most of them are from North London. So Corbyn and McDonnell rode to power on a crest of people exactly like me, except with the politics of Rik out of the Young Ones. One Labour MP has suggested that, "Members with properties valued at over a...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/1626m 18s

Is instinct leading Labour on Russia?

On this week's panel we have columnist Rachel Sylvester on the rise of Russia (in Labour), political reporter Callum Jones on Labour’s obsession with Twitter and columnist Matthew Parris on why an Oxford college might be right to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/1625m 39s

Are the Tories sleepwalking into disaster?

The Opinion podcast is back with a brand new host. Red Box editor Matt Chorley is joined by panelists Hugo Rifkind, Oliver Kamm and Lucy Fisher. Hugo Rifkind: The Tories are sleepwalking into disaster on the EU. For David Cameron, with ministers freely campaigning on both sides, if he loses, he loses, and if he wins, he still loses. Cameron has asked his government to remain civil on Europe, which is a thing no Conservative ever has been before. And what happens after the vote, to those on the losing side? Will they really still have a future? Oliver Kamm: The transformation of Labour from a party of government to an irrelevant sect continues apace. The lack of respect, let alone support, for Jeremy Corbyn among Labour MPs is palpable but still worse is the incredibility of the leadership’s views. On economic policy and defence, Corbyn & John McDonnell are far out of line with the position of the party both historically and in its current stance. Electoral retribution is guaranteed and extinction...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/1624m 34s

Special: 2016 Preview

Host Philip Webster is joined by Robbie Millen, Philip Aldrick and Patrick Kidd in this 2016 preview special. Robbie Millen: In or Out? Leave or Remain? I have all sorts of firm views about relatively trivial issues yet on the greatest issue facing Britain I flip flop around in the no-man’s land of the undecided voter. I don’t want to be a “don’t know” that’s why I’m looking forward to the EU referendum and the debate it ought to provoke. Philip Aldrick: Interest rates will finally go up - but we will have to wait until after the Brexit referendum, which the ins will win. Perversely, those rates will increase into a slowing economy. The chancellor will tighten the screw with more tax rises in the march budget. House prices will come off the boil. And there will be a small financial crisis in emerging markets that everyone will panic about before it blows over. Patrick Kidd: Next year one of the main political parties will change its leader, but it's more likely to be David Cameron going than Jeremy...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/12/1537m 40s

Special: 2015 Review

Host Philip Webster is joined by Ann Treneman, Stewart Wood and Daniel Finkelstein in this end-of-year special as each panelists picks a topic to debate from the past year. Ann Treneman: It's been a terrible year for getting it wrong. The Westminster Bubble called the election wrong, the Labour leadership wrong and it still can't quite believe what's happened in Scotland. But, just say, that Jeremy Corbyn is right and that he will increase Labour's vote, as happened in Oldham. Is Britain heading towards an American situation where half of the electorate passionately believe one thing, and the other half passionately believe the other? Is the Bubble capable of acknowledging that politics has changed, possibly if not forever, then for the time being? Stewart Wood: 2015 was the year when politics changed fundamentally in Britain. It saw the rise & further rise of politics outside the traditional Westminster cartel – from the social movement that underpinned a triumphant SNP to the Corbynista movement that...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/1537m 46s

Will David Cameron fail his greatest test?

Host Philip Webster is joined by Rachel Sylvester, Libby Purves and Hugo Rifkind. Rachel Sylvester: David Cameron once said his Party had to stop banging on about Europe but now the rest of premiership is going to be defined by a referendum on Britain's relationship with the EU. The polls are narrowing and ministers who wants to stay in are increasingly worried that people will vote to leave. The essay crisis prime minister got the grades he needed in the referendums on AV and Scotland, and the general election but is complacency going to make him fail the biggest test? Libby Purves: The fear of ‘radicalization’ into actual violence is reasonable; so is public political correctness, which is basically just politeness. But they’re leading us too far down a dangerous path. Hate-speech laws haven’t helped. We need to accept that as long as you don’t incite or perform violence or discrimination, you can believe what you like, and insult other people’s behaviour and beliefs. That's a British value...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/1528m 40s

Is the UK doing the minimum in Syria?

Opinion podcast with David Aaronovitch, Lucy Fisher and Phil Collins. -- Phil Collins: The anonymous man who said, to the attacker at Leytonstone tube station, “you ain’t no Muslim, bruv” has been hailed as speaking for moderate people of all faiths and none. Quite right too. Yet the statement is, alas, not quite true. We cannot attribute murder to faith but we cannot pretend faith is entirely irrelevant either. David Aaronovitch: Oh what a great brouhaha that Syria vote was. 'Momentous' said the BBC. A fabulous debate everyone agreed, with MPs congratulated - on either side - for weighing the issues and their consciences with almost exquisite aesthetic precision. Well, balls frankly. The decision was the minimum possible response a country like ours could have made. Anything else would have been an admission that, short of responding to being invaded, Britain had put its military out to grass. Lucy Fisher: It's received wisdom that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable & Labour will tank at the 2020 polls...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/1531m 26s

Is Jeremy Corbyn finally facing reality?

Philip Webster is joined by Fay Schlesinger, Giles Whittell and Anne Ashworth. Fay Schlesinger: After Jeremy Corbyn was elected, he promised a “kinder politics”. Fast forward two months and his allies are vowing revenge on shadow cabinet ministers at odds with him over Syrian airstrikes. Even the most attractive of Corbyn’s traits are turning sour. He must drop the Mr Nice Guy act or compromise over his ideals. He can't keep up the charade of both. Giles Whittell: There is an air of unreality about the Paris climate conference. The challenge is more urgent than ever but India won't stop burning coal, America won't be legally bound by anything and yet somehow delegates are optimist for a breakthrough. It won't happen until someone does for energy what cell phones did for communications - enables the developing world to leapfrog the developed. Anne Ashworth: There's a power grab going in the housing market. Schemes - like the Help to Buy Isa which makes its debut today and the stamp duty changes - are...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/1525m 9s

Should the EU referendum be postponed?

Philip Webster is joined by Stewart Wood and Daniel Finkelstein. Stewart Wood: The Syrian crisis looks set to dominate British politics for the foreseeable future. Issues around the response to terrorism in Europe, dealing with unprecedented migration flows & UK involvement in bringing the Syrian conflict to an end should be the overwhelming priorities for our Government. Given the seriousness and complexity of these issues, David Cameron should seek all-party support for postponing the EU referendum until 2019. Daniel FInkelstein: During the first years of this government, it was argued that we needed to borrow more because we were in a recession. Now we aren't in one it should follow that this is the time to borrow less. We can't continue with a massive structural deficit.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/1529m 36s

How will the 'Facebook generation' respond?

Philip Webster is joined by Alice Thomson, Roger Boyes and John McTernan. Alice Thomson: Looking at the rows of victims in Paris, they all have glossy hair, white smiles and youth. It used to be the police, establishment, businesses and commuters who were the most vulnerable to terrorism. This is the first time the Facebook generation has been targeted, on a Friday night when they're relaxing at cafes, concerts and matches, how will they respond? Roger Boyes: Our efforts to " contain and degrade" Isis have failed. We are left with two rotten options: accept that Putin now controls Syria's future and mount joint bombing campaigns, using unpalatable Hezbollah and Iranians to do the dirty work on the ground. Or we overcome our fear of using ground troops and confront Isis face to face. John McTernan: To be a credible potential government Labour has to convince voters they can be trusted with national security. In uncertain times that becomes even more critical. Opposing shoot to kill, condemning French...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/1529m 24s

Did Sir Nicholas Houghton overstep the mark?

Philip Webster is joined by Oliver Kamm, Lucy Fisher and Michael Savage. Oliver Kamm: Jeremy Corbyn has accused the chief of defence staff, Sir Nicholas Houghton, of political bias for intervening on the question of Britain's nuclear deterrent. The claim is absurd - a measure of the frivolity of Corbyn's own stance rather than any extra-constitutional manoeuvring by the armed forces. Every postwar government has supported Britain's nuclear deterrent and our participation in Nato. That is the policy of the Labour party, regardless of Corbyn's own views. Corbyn's parliamentary colleagues know that the voters will never trust a party that is weak on defence - and they should flatly contradict their leader's whims. Lucy Fisher: Britain is facing a crisis of confidence in foreign policy, “sidelined in Syria, ineffective in Ukraine, unwilling in Europe, and inimical towards refugees”. That was the damning verdict of some of the UK’s most senior former diplomats, intelligence officers and academics in a...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/1531m 46s

Does George Osborne lack emotional intelligence?

Philip Webster is joined by Rachel Sylvester, Emma Tucker and Philip Collins. Rachel Sylvester: George Osborne is the most intriguing politician of our age. He’s morphed from a short termist partisan tactician to a political strategist with a long term plan. But, as the tax credit fiasco shows, his biggest flaw is that he still lacks empathy - the ability to win people over by persuading them he understands how they feel. If he wants to become Conservative leader and Prime Minister he's got to prove he knows that that politics is about emotions as well power. Emma Tucker: Debate about Britain's relationship with the European Union is about to heat up as David Cameron prepares to outline his desired reform package in a letter to be delivered to Brussels this week. But he faces very tricky manoeuvres. Europe’s leaders don't really want to engage with him until he can reassure them that he will vote for Britain to stay in the EU. But if he does so, the Outers will accuse him of reducing incentives for...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1526m 57s

Where did George Osborne go wrong?

Philip Webster is joined by Sam Coates, Hugo Rifkind and Patrick Kidd. Sam Coates: George Osborne got the strategy wrong, the tactics wrong, the politics wrong, the communications wrong and the people-handling wrong - all the things the Chancellor is meant to be good at. MPs think his reputation has taken a hit. After riding high over the summer, the Chancellor's reputation was probably due a correction to the mean, but Boris would be unwise to think things have swung that much in his favour. Anyway the tax credit problem is still far from solved - anyone with any ideas should pop them on a postcard to the Treasury Hugo Rifkind: What's up with students? Last week, Germaine Greer cancelled a lecture at Cardiff University, after a petition circulated calling for her to be disinvited, due to her "problematic" views. When I was a student, visiting speakers included people such as the BNP's Nick Griffin and the radical Islamist Omar Bakri. If we could cope with them, how come students today can't cope with...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/1524m 50s

To leave or remain

In his final Opinion podcast, host Tim Montgomerie is joined by Rachel Sylvester, Mathew Parris and Ann Treneman. Matthew Parris: Now that we're having to take seriously the possibility (though not, I think, the likelihood) that Britain may vote to leave the EU, we need to look beyond that possible Leave vote. What happens then? The government will have to begin a lengthy negotiation about the terms of our departure, with (of course) no negotiating cards to play at all. Much - a huge amount - will hang on the terms we are finally able to secure. It's perfectly possible voters who voted in principle to leave will find those terms unacceptable in practice. There will have to be a second referendum. Ann Treneman: What is Jeremy Corbyn playing at? Going on holiday (and to Scotland!) when he should be kissing the Queen's hand and becoming a privy councillor. It seems that we knew he was a republican but, hey, he actually seems to be a republican! Will Corbyn, in his own way, make us grow up as to how we...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/1519m 39s

Special: Conservative conference

Tim Montgomerie presents the Opinion podcast direct from Manchester at The Conservative Party conference: - Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell: The Times - Paul Goodman: Conservativehome.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/1520m 25s

Special: Labour conference

Tim Montgomerie presents the Opinion podcast direct from Brighton at The Labour Party conference: - Andy Burnham: Shadow Home Secretary - Matthew Parris, Lucy Fisher and Marcus Roberts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/1525m 5s

Special: Liberal Democrat conference

Tim Montgomerie presents the Opinion podcast direct from Bournemouth: Norman Lamb - Liberal Democrats Patrick Kidd and Michael Savage from The Times Julia Unwin - Joseph Rowntree Foundation  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/1524m 19s

Jeremy Corbyn special

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Philip Collins, Oliver Kamm and Libby Purves. Philip Collins Let's skip the bit where commentators ingeniously invent reasons why Corbyn might turn out to be Clement Attlee. No, this is man of no interesting ideas and no experience of running a political operation. He has started as he is condemned to go on. In chaos. The task for the sensible Labour party is to renew intellectually and engage the new members who will rapidly have buyer's remorse. Oliver Kamm In the 48 hours since Corbyn's election, I have dramatically changed my opinion. Yet again the great Phil Collins is vindicated. I've previously argued there's an ethical obligation on Labour MPs to withdraw cooperation from the whips and declare themselves opposed to a leader who is out of step with party's traditions & progressive values. Yet I hadn't reckoned on the scale of the incompetence of Corbyn & his allies. You can hold on as leader even in the face of bad polls; but it's much more difficult to do so if...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/1529m 46s

Is sentiment for the refugee crisis thin in Britain?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Rachel Sylvester, Matthew Parris and Roger Boyes: Rachel Sylvester Politicians ought to like the country they want to lead but the Corbynistas seem to disapprove of modern Britain. They are Roundheads in a Cavalier age, collectivists in an era dominated by individualism. There is a sense of moral superiority on the left that is as off-putting as the born-to-rule attitude on the right. Labour moderates must take back the moral high ground in their party. There is nothing wrong with wanting to win. Matthew Parris There was something infantile about the apparent switch of public - or at least media - opinion after the publication of that photograph of a drowned Syrian toddler. As if we didn't know already that children were being drowned. My guess, though, is that public sympathy and generosity remains rather thin. People do understand the argument that European hospitality risks drawing in new waves of migrants. Still, the sentiment that photo stirred did give the Prime...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/1529m 14s

Is reform needed in the House of Lords?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Michael Savage, Patrick Kidd and Melanie Philips: Michael Savage It's not been a good summer for our increasingly cramped second chamber. The latest set of peerages confirmed their use as a reward for political donors, allies and lieutenants - the appointment of a prominent figure felled by the expenses scandal caused wide disbelief, and it all came after Lord Sewell's alleged extra-curricular antics had provoked new calls for Lords reform of some kind. With the second chamber now bigger than ever and its reputation in question, will they - or should they - come to anything? Patrick Kidd The claim that David Cameron had to buy a cheap pair of Asda wellies to visit the Somerset floods when he had a perfectly good pair of Hunters in the car boot shows that we have reached peak vacuity in this image-obsessed era of politics. But is that their fault or ours? And is the key lesson of Corbynmania that looks really don't matter? Melanie Philips When I saw the Union Jack being...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/1529m 18s

Is there a lack of economic leadership in China?

Philip Webster, who sits in for Tim Montgomerie, is joined by Anne Ashworth, Giles Whittell and Ann Treneman. Anne Ashworth: So that's all right, then. Breathe a sigh of relief and get on with your day. After all, some investors saw Monday's share price falls as a buying opportunity - which meant that global markets recovered some of their losses. But maybe we should actually be concerned as events on the Chinese bourses indicated that the regime is ill-equipped to deal with this sort of situation and that the truth about this country's economy could be more disturbing than we think. Giles Whittell: I've never seen the Baalshamin temple at Palmyra, and now I never will. The barbarism of the Isis fanatics who've blown it up is numbing, but what's really troubling about the destruction of Palmyra is its intent. Isis wants to make a mark for eternity, and to this end it's also doing more practical things like training up women doctors. It's not going away unless and until it's defeated, and diplomacy...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/1530m 46s

Are politicians responsible for their own unsavoury supporters?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Hugo Rifkind, Francis Elliott and Jenni Russell. Hugo Rifkind: Are politicians responsible for their own unsavory supporters? When opponents of Jeremy Corbyn are targeted with sexist or anti-semitic abuse on social media, is that really his fault? And, if not, does that also render Nigel Farage blameless when racists decide he’s speaking their language, or the SNP, when Cybernats bat for them? More worrying still, what if similar people - heaven forbid - should ever agree with us? Francis Elliott: The delay to the Iraq Inquiry report is clearly upsetting for the families of those killed in the war and is frustrating for the politicians. But when a mob unites David Cameron with Yvette Cooper it's hard not to feel queasy. Are we sure we are blaming the right person for the delay and for the right reasons? Jenni Russell: in the last month Edward Heath and Camila Batmanghelidjh have both been fatally damaged by vague and flimsy accusations. Phrases like sex abuse are now...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/1529m 47s

Should the Labour Party press the panic button?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, Lucy Fisher and Ed Conway. Daniel Finkelstein: The prospect of Jeremy Corbyn as leader is not a problem for the labour Party. It is a calamity, a disaster, a debacle. It doesn't mean having an leader who can’t win an election. A party can deal with that. It means having a leader that the mainstream Labour MP can't even vote for. It seems astonishing to me that these MPs have not pressed the panic button. They seem to be causally drifting towards catastrophe. Lucy Fisher: Andy Burnham's wife let slip on Monday that he had wanted to be an MP since the age of 18. The revelation prompted jeers that he is a "Westminster bubble” career politician, a common slur that conveys suspicion and contempt. But I think it's time we stopped bashing career politicians. Commons advisers who later look to stand for parliament boast depth of knowledge of the arcane workings of the legislature - surely a good thing. And on a more important level, MPs who have dedicated...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/1534m 40s

Calais is the question

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Isabel Harman, Matthew Parris and David Aaronovitch. Isabel Hardman Politicians are obeying perfectly the rules of a Summer Crisis on Calais. They are ensuring that they are seen to be Doing Something on the question of illegal migrants by posturing on regulations around the private rented sector, rather than answering the question of how to solve the crisis, especially whether Britain should be letting in some of those thronging on the border at Calais. Why answer difficult questions when you can just pretend to be busy? Matthew Parris Fear and dislike of the Left is what impelled me into the Conservative Party as an undergrad. It's part of the Tories' raison d'être and the cement that holds often ideologically different members together. If Labour reall does fall apart, the Tories will be next. David Aaronovitch Yesterday the IPCC announced that it was investigating a claim that Wiltshire police had abandoned a case in the 1990s because someone involved had alleged...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/1531m 33s

What happens if Jeremy Corbyn wins?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Sam Coates, Laura Pitel and Philip Webster: What happens to British politics if Jeremy Corbyn wins? A living wage. Prisons reform. 2% spending on defence: do we prefer the Tory government to the Tory manifesto? When will the EU referendum happen? Subscribe via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-times-opinion-podcast/id660638948?mt=2  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/1527m 50s

Greece special

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Richard Fletcher and Roger Boyes to discuss Greece and its future in the European Union. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/1519m 32s

Should politicians try to deal with the symptoms of terrorism?

Tim Montgomerie is joined Rachel Sylvester, Philip Aldrick and Matthew Parris. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/1527m 24s

Can we ever trust a poll again? Was Jon Stewart correct? How hard is it to move out of parliament?

David Aaronovitch sits in for Tim Montgomerie as the panel debate a wide range of topics. Fay Schlesinger Jon Stewart, the American comedian, played it straight on his chat show last week. If Islamist terrorists had massacred nine people in a church, he said, the repercussions would be huge. Because Dylann Roof killed under the banner of home-grown racism, the country will do “jackshit”. The Charleston attack cannot be reduced to failed gun laws, or America as an outlier. Britain and Europe need to take heed. Daniel Finkelstein The idea that the mistakes of the pollsters require state sponsored regulation, as suggested in a new private members bill before Parliament is totally barmy. So is the thought that we should give up polling and just try and guess Melanie Phillips As the Palace of Westminster crumbles, on one side are MPs singing we shall not be moved, on the other, people wanting to hang constitutional change on the scaffolding. All they've got to do is move out for a few years and then move...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/1530m 10s

Is the dream turning sour in Scotland?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Alice Thomson, Ed Conway and Hilary Rose. Alice Thomson: The Scottish Nationalists lost the referendum but they were left with the moral high ground. The Scots had been 'scared' into voting no and then dumped by the English, which is partly why the Scot Nats did so well in the Election. But the increasingly nasty sectarian abuse by the extreme cybernats, hounding the late Charles Kennedy and any businessmen who dare to speak up for the union risks souring the SNP's apparently triumphal progress. When moderate Scots are fleeing South of the border it's time to ask if the dream is turning sour. Ed Conway: For the umpteenth time, Greece is back on what everyone is calling the brink of default. The economy is back in recession and austerity seems to be biting even more than in the darkest days of the crisis. What's agreed by most insiders and outsiders is that it should never have joined the euro in the first place. But simply turfing it out of the club would cause more...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/1525m 36s

Who should lead the Eurosceptics?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Lucy Fisher, Rachel Sylvester and Helen Rumbelow. Lucy Fisher: As the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU looms closer, the “out” campaign is beginning to take shape. But its proponents now face a number of tough questions: who to lead them, with whom to ally and what strategies to pursue? The right business chiefs must be recruited, Tory Eurosceptics and Ukip must calculate how closely to embrace each other, and theoretical reasoning about UK sovereignty must be carefully balanced with more tangible arguments about the impact of immigration. Rachel Sylvester: Labour is speaking in code as it launches its leadership contest. Aspiration, equality, responsibility, choice, Blairite Brownite - these are words used to signify a political direction rather than simply to communicate. The party has to face up to electoral reality and go back to celebrating success even if that means some people doing better than others. Helen Rumbelow: Flexible working the male way: ask...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/1534m 43s

Is it enough to be friends because you are united as enemies?

Philip Webster steps in for Tim Montgomerie and is joined on the panel by Suzy Jagger, David Aaronovitch and Lech Mintowt-Czyz. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/1531m 26s

Are politicians terrified of the NIMBY protest?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Philip Webster, Anne Ashworth and Robbie Millen. Anne Ashworth: The Queen's Speech will focus on the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants. It's right to place an emphasis on home ownership: why should we deny this rite of passage to younger people. However, there are millions who cannot afford to take this step and must rely on rented accommodation. Whoever wants to win the 2020 election needs to get together a workable policy for the provision of better quality homes for this group. Philip Webster: The Labour leadership race is happening far too soon. Contenders exhausted by the election are having to fight again for four months. And no one really knows what they should be saying and doing to please a Labour electorate whose makeup remains a mystery. Will it be Andy, Liz or Yvette? Robbie Millen: Last week Jeffrey Spector, a 54-year-old British man suffering from an inoperable tumour on his spine, went to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to end...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/1530m 53s

Is the Labour Party in denial?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Patrick Kidd, Giles Whittell and Libby Purves. Patrick Kidd: When it comes to recovering from a disastrous election it is best to ignore that noted political analyst Meghan Traynor. It is not all about the base ('bout the base) but about understanding those who rejected you. Small businesses and aspirant parents are the kingmakers. Do any of Labour's would-be leaders get this? It would be better to pick the next leader in an open primary of floating voters than an internal talking shop. Giles Whittell: Nicola Sturgeon is right. Renewing Trident is ridiculous. She's wrong about the reason, though. The £100 billion figure used by the CND is for 40 years and anything can be made to seem appallingly expensive over 40 years. The reason is that Trident is outdated now, will be even more outdated in 40 years and may well be every bit as vulnerable to terrorists as Able Seaman William McNeilly says it is. Libby Purves: At last, research confirms what has been obvious to anyone...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/1532m 1s

Questions from the audience

Part two of an election special recorded in front of a live studio audience. Tim Montgomerie is joined by David Aaronovitch, Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/1525m 53s

Making sense of the election

Tim Montgomerie and a panel of Times columnists, including David Aaronovitch, Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell, discuss the results of the general election in front of a live audience. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/1532m 19s

Election Special: crunch time

Essential listening in the election campaign brought to you by The Times Opinion podcast. Tim Montgomerie is joined by Melanie Phillips, Jenni Russell and Matthew Parris. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/1524m 31s

Election Special: Who will be Prime Minister?

Essential listening in the election campaign brought to you by The Times Opinion podcast. Tim Montgomerie is joined by Philip Webster, Fay Schlesinger and Daniel Finkelstein and asks the following questions: - What was your moment of the week? - Who had a good / bad week? - What new things did we learn this week? - What should Times readers expect next week? And crucially - who is going to be Prime Minister? Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/1530m 48s

Will it be Fear v Fear until May 7th?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Matthew Parris, Rachel Sylvester and Hugo Rifkind. Opinion podcast 28 April: Rachel Sylvester It's going to be Fear versus Fear between now and May 7th. The parties are intent on terrifying the voters about the dire things that will happen if their rivals win but they just risk fuelling the anti-politics mood with their negativity. Matthew Parris This is a genuine question to which I am not sure of the answer. Just imagine the Tory campaign had from the start made no accusations against other parties, said nothing unpleasant about Ed Miliband, and confined itself to describing what they believe to be in their own successes. Doubtless the media would have done the negative stuff anyway. Would this have hurt the Conservatives? I really don't know, but I'm very unsure that it would. Hugo Rifkind The Passion of David Cameron is all a bit "The Quiet Man Is Turning Up The Volume". Passion ought to be deeply suspect in British politics; the preserve of fanatics, zealots...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1525m 24s

Election Special: Who had a good week?

Essential listening in the election campaign brought to you by The Times Opinion podcast. Tim Montgomerie is joined by Laura Pitel, Daniel Finkelstein and Alice Thomson and asks the following questions: - What was your moment of the week? - Who had a good / bad week? - What new things did we learn this week? - What should Times readers expect next week? Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/1527m 59s

Are voters being left out?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Philip Collins, Marcus Roberts and Jenni Russell. The panel discuss the latest trends in the run up to the 2015 General Election. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/1525m 36s

Election Special: What do the polls really tell us?

Essential listening in the election campaign brought to you by The Times Opinion podcast. Tim Montgomerie is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, Rachel Sylvester and Callum Jones and asks the following questions: - What was your moment of the week? - Who had a good / bad week? - What new things did we learn this week? - What should Times readers expect next week? Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/1529m 49s

Election Special: Are the main parties playing to their weaknesses?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Matthew Parris, Jenni Russell and Hugo Rifkind. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/1533m 56s

Election Special: Is Fallon mistaken over Miliband comments?

Essential listening in the election campaign brought to you by The Times Opinion podcast. Tim Montgomerie is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, Michael Savage and The Spectator's Isabel Hardman and asks the following questions: - What was your moment of the week? - Who had a good / bad week? - What new things did we learn this week? - What should Times readers expect next week? Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/1532m 26s

Is Tony Blair an asset or a liability to Labour?

Election special: Tim Montgomerie is joined by Philip Webster, Laura Pitel and Oliver Moody. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/1536m 11s

Did the Coalition confound the critics?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Danny Finkelstein, Peter Kellner and Libby Purves. Danny Finkelstein: The most lasting and impressive thing about the Coalition may end up being the fact of it - that it lasted and was stable at a time when the country needed stable government but hadn't voted for one. But there was more - in particular that it enabled cuts to be made with remarkable little social unrest. And there was less - the parties together failed to forge a political identity that enabled them to capture the centre. Peter Kellner: I agree with Danny. In addition, voters are now far less keen on the idea of coalitions than they were before the last election. They wanted parties to work together in the national interest but now are unhappy with the results. As a nation we say we want politicians to put country before party. Nick Clegg did just that- and look what has happened to his ratings. Libby Purves: Excited that scientists have discovered not only Richard III’s scoliosis and head wounds but...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/1530m 56s

Why did Cameron reveal exit date?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Patrick Kidd, Ann Treneman and Matt Ridley to discuss David Cameron's potential gaffe, Alex Salmond scaring Westminster, and the governments role in the biggest marine protection zone in the world.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/1526m 23s

Budget special

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Richard Fletcher, Philip Aldrick and Janice Turner for a Budget special, plus a look at George Osborne the Chancellor and the man.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/1528m 59s

Is the political ice cap starting to break?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Jenni Russell, Matthew Parris and Hugo Rifkind. Jenni Russell: Is the icecap starting to break? For months the polls have been locked, with Labour and the Tories stuck on a third of the vote, and Labour remaining just slightly ahead. Labour has been hoping that the electorate will reject austerity; the Tories have been anxiously awaiting a reward for seeing the economy turning at last. Ashcroft's latest poll puts the Tories four points ahead; more importantly the Tories have led more of the last twenty polls than Labour have. Matthew Parris: Okay, I'll say it: I think there's a chance the Tories are just going to win outright. We are in the media have a habit of fighting the last battle and because the last election led to a coalition this has conditioned thinking about the next one. But Labour support may begin to ebb away: not least because the party has no stomach for this fight and people know it. Hugo Rifkind: Parts of England are developing a profound...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/1532m 10s

Immigration special

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Alice Thomson, Rachel Sylvester and Philip Webster. The panel discuss how the major parties are confronting the issue of immigration ahead of the general election in May. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/1526m 10s

Should there be restrictions on MPs' second jobs?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Lucy Fisher, Isabel Hardman and David Aaronovitch. Lucy Fisher: Yesterday a new “cash for access” scandal exploded, after MPs Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were caught out offering their influence and political contacts in exchange for money. The revelation looks set to erode further voters’ faith in mainstream politics, which will benefit only Ukip and the Greens at the polls in May. The scandal has also sparked a row about MPs’ second jobs, on which many are now calling for an outright ban. Isabel Hardman: The Church of England is now locked into a face-off with the Conservative party. The Bishops probably didn’t mean to offend the Tories so much with their letter last week, but they did, partly by being so naive about complex issues such as defence and partly by being mealy-mouthed about the recovery. But the Tories also didn’t need to get so upset about what the Bishops wrote - if indeed they read it. It included a defence of markets and of the Big Society:...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/1526m 48s

Politics special: key weaknesses

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Suzy Jagger, Lech Mintowt-Czyz and Philip Webster. The panel discuss: 1. Focus on the Conservative Party's key weakness - being party of the rich. Are they in danger of being too punitive on welfare? 2. Focus on Labour's key weakness - their remoteness from business. Is it too late to correct? 3. Key weakness of all of the parties - a complete disinterest in foreign policy. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/1529m 4s

Should Ukraine be armed?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Roger Boyes, Roland Watson and Anne Applebaum - the panel discuss the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine. Should Ukraine be armed? Does Britain have any foreign policy at present? In addition, conservative commentator John O'Sullivan joins Tim direct from Sydney to talk about Tony Abbott's leadership in Australia. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/1532m 41s

Davos and the state of UK politics

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Richard Fletcher, business editor, and Philip Aldrick, economics editor, as they discuss recent events in Davos and Greece. Plus, our political sketch writer, Ann Treneman, joins the president of YouGov, Peter Kellner, to discuss the state of UK politics. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/1529m 10s

Are political promises worth it?

Tim Montgomerie is joined by Sam Coates, Daniel Finkelstein and Anne Ashworth. The panel discuss David Cameron's employment manifesto pledge, the response of the Muslim Council of Britain to the letter from Eric Pickles plus the astounding response to the National Savings & Investment Pensioner Bonds. Subscribe via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/did-you-read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/1531m 6s
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