Coffee House Shots

Coffee House Shots

By The Spectator

Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.

Episodes

Will England have to follow Scotland's exams U-turn?

After a week of feet dragging, the Scottish government has today dramatically U-turned on downgrading exam results for 76,000 students. Those who received lower marks will now revert to the original predicted grades given by their teachers. Meanwhile, we are two days away from the English A-Level results being out, so will Gavin Williamson also reconsider the way results are moderated in England? Cindy Yu talks to Alex Massie and Kate Andrews. Also on the podcast: the latest ONS jobs figures. Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
11/08/2016m 1s

Is the Preston lockdown justified?

Over the weekend, the city of Preston in the north of England was partially locked down. But on what basis? Cindy Yu talks to Kate Andrews and Fraser Nelson about whether the government is implementing local lockdowns based on the right metrics. Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
10/08/2013m 1s

Are the Lib Dems finished?

The Liberal Democrat leadership race will finally come to an end this month but, after December's crushing election defeat, is the party over too? In a special Saturday edition of Coffee House Shots, Gus Carter speaks to Katy Balls and Nick Tyrone, author of Politics is Murder, about how a new leader could pull the Lib Dems back from the brink of extinction. Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
08/08/2015m 47s

Are the Lib Dems finished?

The Liberal Democrat leadership race will finally come to an end this month, but after December's crushing election defeat, is the party over too? In a special Saturday edition of Coffee House Shots, Gus Carter speaks to Katy Balls and Nick Tyrone, author of Politics is Murder, about how a new leader could pull the Lib Dems back from the brink of extinction. Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
08/08/2015m 47s

Will France be quarantined next?

Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were added to the UK’s quarantine list yesterday evening, meaning Brits returning from those countries will be required to stay at home for two weeks. With Belgium’s neighbour, France, also seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, will they be next? Gus Carter speaks to Katy Balls – who is on holiday in Paris – and James Forsyth about air bridges, exam results and the lack of candidates to become the next cabinet secretary. Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
07/08/2011m 16s

Will Boris's planning reforms backfire?

The government has announced the most ambitious planning reforms of a generation – but could they backfire? Meanwhile, as the contacting tracing regime continues to lag, health officials launch a new coronavirus app that will tell people if they may be at risk from the virus. Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Kate Andrews.  Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
06/08/2010m 19s

Can Douglas Ross take on the SNP?

Douglas Ross has won the Scottish Conservatives leadership election – but can take on the SNP without risking a second independence referendum? Meanwhile, pressure is growing on the Tories to suspended a former minister accused of rape. Finally, a new report by a cross-party group of MPs suggests the failure to impose quarantine on travellers at the height of the pandemic could have worsened the coronavirus crisis. Gus Carter talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Subscribe to The Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
05/08/2010m 19s

Are we heading for mass unemployment?

Pizza Express today announced that 1,100 jobs are at risk as they close 67 outlets. With the Chancellor's furlough scheme winding up in November, should we expect more mass redundancies when the government support is cut? Gus Carter speaks to Katy Balls and Kate Andrews about the UK's economic outlook, and also asks whether the UK's track and trace system is ready for children returning to school next month. Subscribe to the Spectator's podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
04/08/209m 35s

Can 'Eat Out to Help Out' save the restaurant industry?

Today marks the start of the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme – but can the move save Britain's restaurants without risking a second spike? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Kate Andrews about the Treasury initiative, as well as the possibility of more local lockdowns. Subscribe to the Spectator's podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
03/08/2013m 40s

What's behind the excess deaths statistics?

Statistics released this week showed that England had the worst excess death rate in Europe during the first half of 2020. Katy Balls speaks to Kate Andrews and Carl Heneghan, professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University about what's behind the numbers.  Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
01/08/2022m 56s

Boris Johnson pauses lockdown easing

Overnight, the government announced a return of stricter social distancing measures in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, with multiple households no longer allowed to meet indoors or in pubs and restaurants. Then, in a press conference today, the Prime Minister also called off the reopening of bowling alleys, casinos and indoor concert venues. What prompted the sudden change, and are we entering a second lockdown? Cindy Yu speaks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
31/07/2013m 25s

Why are England's excess deaths so high?

New figures show that England had the highest excess death rate across Europe in the first half of 2020. With another coronavirus wave looking imminent, can the government figure out why this happened in time for a second spike? Cindy Yu speaks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
30/07/2010m 17s

Could the government be over-correcting on a second wave?

Fears of a second wave dominate Westminster chat, but how much of it is the government trying to fight the last battle? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls over the difficult task the government has to balance the lessons learnt from the first wave of the pandemic, to the economic concerns prompting the lockdown. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
29/07/2012m 8s

Is a second wave imminent?

Boris Johnson said there are signs that a second wave of coronavirus will soon sweep through Europe. Should Brits still go on their holiday abroad, and could the UK cope with another lockdown? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Kate Andrews. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
28/07/209m 31s

Was there a different way to handle the Spanish quarantine?

Within a few hours, the government enacted a quarantine policy for those returning from Spain (including the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, and almost including our own Economics Correspondent Kate Andrews). There's been confusion and unhappiness over the speed with which this was put in place, but did the government have any choice? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
27/07/2015m 6s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 26/07/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from the Sunday interviews, with Dominic Raab, Dido Harding, Jonathan Ashworth and Tony Blair.
26/07/2013m 4s

Prime Minister Johnson's turbulent first year

Boris Johnson probably didn't expect his first year as Prime Minister to shake out quite the way it did. From winning a landslide majority, to leading the country during a global pandemic, it's the sort of year that, if shown in a TV show fans would complain about too much being squeezed into one season. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and former MP and director of Political Insight, Stewart Jackson, about this turbulent last year. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
25/07/2017m 49s

Will Boris's war on obesity succeed?

New plans are being drawn up to tackle obesity in Britain, with proposals including a ban on adverts of junk foods and calorie content shown on restaurant menus. Will Boris get his war on obesity succeed, and will it meet opposition within his own party? Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Also on the podcast: when is normality going to return, and are anti-vaxxers 'nuts'? Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
24/07/2012m 4s

Could Boris's Scotland charm offensive backfire?

The Prime Minister visits Scotland today as parliament goes into recess. The Union is in grave danger, as a previous episode discussed. But can the government woo back the wavering Scots? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
23/07/2018m 19s

Starmer vs Corbyn

Keir Starmer was keen to put clear blue water between himself and Corbyn's Labour party today, on both the apology to anti-Semitism whistleblowers and the Russia report. Will this cut through to the voters? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
22/07/2013m 33s

Is there anything new in the Russia report?

The long-awaited Russia report is finally out, so what are the revelations within it? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and the New Statesman's Political Editor, Stephen Bush. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
21/07/2012m 58s

Is TikTok the next Huawei?

Now that Huawei is banned, China hawks in the Conservative Party are turning their attention to social media platform TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company. It comes as the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in the UK today to meet with Conservative backbenchers and the government to discuss China further. Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about what to expect from the government on China next. Also on the episode: the race to buy up vaccines and Cabinet's return to normality. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
20/07/2015m 31s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 19/07/20

Katy Balls hosts the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Russian ambassador Andrei Kelin and Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy.
19/07/2011m 35s

How much danger is the Union in?

James Forsyth writes in this week's Spectator that the Union is the biggest challenge facing this government, despite everything that is going on with the pandemic. Support for Scottish independence continues to grow north of the border. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and our Scotland Editor Alex Massie about what the Tories can do about this. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
18/07/2014m 57s

Does the government's plan really approach 'significant normality'?

In a press conference from Downing Street today, Boris Johnson set out the road to 'significant normality' - but not until November. It's a more cautious position than had been previously briefed, but is even this timeline too optimistic? John Connolly talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
17/07/2011m 45s

Why the government moved against Julian Lewis

Chris Grayling failed to win the chairmanship of the Intelligence and Security Committee on Wednesday evening. In his stead, Julian Lewis clinched the position, and No 10 withdrew the whip from Lewis. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about why this happened and whether it's better to rule by fear or love. Also on the episode: Shamima Begum and Patrick Vallance's comments on working from home. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
16/07/2015m 56s

Who should be worried about the independent Covid inquiry?

Boris Johnson has confirmed that there will be an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic after a possible second wave is over. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about what it will find and who should be worried. Watch the Spectator's own inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic on Thursday evening at 6pm with Andrew Neil, Katy Balls, James Forsyth, and Kate Andrews. Tickets here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/covid-19-lessons-learned-tickets-112979384380) .
15/07/2015m 1s

Why Boris u-turned on Huawei

Much as expected, the government has u-turned on Huawei, though the new government policy doesn't go as far as some of the most hardline Tory MPs would wish. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about the UK's China policy in the years to come. Also on the episode: masks and the Union. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
14/07/2020m 38s

Does anyone know the truth about face masks?

In recent days, more supportive noises have been made by those on the top of government about the wearing of face masks indoors, especially in shops. Scotland has already made it compulsory. But it wasn't long ago when the government was saying that face masks may even harm efforts to control the virus. So does anyone know the truth about face masks? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
13/07/2014m 37s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 12/07/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political inerviews, today featuring Michael Gove, Lucy Powell and Sir Richard Dearlove.
12/07/2011m 37s

Dominic Cummings's plans for defence reform

Dominic Cummings will be touring key Ministry of Defence sites ahead of this year's defence review. So how would he like to reform the UK's military and defence capabilities? Katy Balls finds out from James Forsyth and the Times's Defence Editor Lucy Fisher. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
11/07/2013m 21s

The government's inconsistent messaging on lockdown easing

New lockdown easing measures have been announced, so later this month swimming pools, gyms, and outdoor theatres will be reopening in England. At the same time, the government advice on offices is still to work from home and do not travel by public transport. So are offices and trains really much less safe than beauty salons and pools? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
10/07/2011m 14s

Is Rishi Sunak really hinting at tax rises?

The Chancellor's statement has gone down well but the big question is how the government will pay for all this. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about the possibility of tax rises, why the Governor of the Bank of England is still planning to address the 1922 committee, John Lewis's troubles, and Mark Sedwill's severance pay. Subscribe to the Spectator's first podcast newsletter here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast-highlights) and get each week's podcast highlights in your inbox every Tuesday.
09/07/2015m 26s

Can Rishi Sunak’s jobs pledge keep unemployment down?

The Chancellor has given his mini-Budget in a statement to the Commons today, and among a raft of stimulus measures from a VAT cut to stamp duty reduction, he has announced measures designed to keep down unemployment. But the government is clearly braced for a wave of unemployment when furlough ends, so are his pledges enough? Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews and James Forsyth. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
08/07/2015m 21s

Is social care reform now inevitable?

Boris Johnson has rowed back on comments suggesting that care homes suffered from the pandemic because they did not follow procedure, after a widespread backlash. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about whether or not social care reform is inevitable, as well as why Andrew Bailey planned to address the Tory 1922 committee and the Magnitsky Act. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
07/07/2013m 29s

Why the government's arts bailout was so generous

Rishi Sunak has announced a £1.6 billion bailout for the arts industry, which was more generous than many were expecting. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews and James Forsyth about why this is. They also discuss Pret's troubles and the coming Huawei u-turn. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
06/07/2012m 42s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 05/07/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Matt Hancock, Anneliese Dodds and Sir Simon Stevens.
05/07/2010m 9s

Will No 10's press briefing shake-up really deliver more transparency?

Downing St has announced that it will be televising its afternoon lobby press briefing, come October. Inspired by the daily coronavirus briefings, it's a shake-up that supporters say could improve transparency. On the podcast, Katy Balls speaks to former No 10 comms chief Craig Oliver, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. They also take a punt at which experienced broadcaster may be brought in to deliver the briefing. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
04/07/2012m 56s

What next for Ghislaine Maxwell?

Freddy Gray talks to Alana Goodman, senior investigative reporter at the Free Beacon and co-author of An Inconvenient Death, about the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein's closest confidant.
03/07/2020m 21s

Will Super Saturday prove a washout?

One day to go until 'Super Saturday', when pubs and restaurants in England (except Leicester) will reopen. But polls show that only a small minority of Brits will go back to the pubs. Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about what this would mean for post-pandemic recovery. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
03/07/2012m 4s

How schools will look after the pandemic

The government has set out its guidelines for how schools will look come September. Attendance will be compulsory, and even Labour is on board. Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about the new world of schooling. Also on the podcast: why the Frost-Barnier meeting broke up a day early and Scotland's lockdown easing. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
02/07/2013m 50s

Should the government go further on Hong Kong?

China's new national security law has been passed in Hong Kong, and from this morning it has been implemented as handfuls of protestors have already been arrested under its new wide-ranging powers. Dominic Raab has pledged to speed up the process to offer British residency for Hong Kong's BNO passport holders and their dependents. Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about whether or not the government should go further. Also on the podcast: the local lockdown in Leicester and Keir Starmer's new strategy. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
01/07/2017m 0s

What's so new in Boris's 'New Deal'?

The country is facing a post-pandemic recession that will leave millions unemployed and businesses bankrupted, so despite all the noise, is Boris's 'New Deal' tackling the right problems? Our Economics Correspondent Kate Andrews joins the podcast today, and tells James Forsyth and Katy Balls why she thinks today's announcement was little more than rehashing of the Conservatives' pre-coronavirus manifesto. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
30/06/2014m 40s

Will the 'whack-a-mole' approach of local lockdowns work?

Leicester is set to lock down locally. It's an approach that the Prime Minister has dubbed 'whack-a-mole', referring to clampdowns on local clusters that will inevitably arise in the coming months. All eyes are on Leicester's experience now as it signals whether or not the national lockdown is a thing of the past. Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Also on the podcast: the government's schools funding and socially distanced weddings. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
29/06/2016m 2s

What Sedwill's departure means for No 10's civil service reform

The Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill has announced that he will be stepping down in September, though his resignation letter suggests that it wasn't necessarily his decision. This move comes as Michael Gove makes a wide-ranging speech on reform of the civil service. The government looks to be gearing up its Whitehall reform, and on the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about how these events are all linked. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
28/06/2013m 37s

Cindy Yu's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 28/06/20

Cindy Yu presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Priti Patel, Jonathan Reynolds and Ed Miliband.
28/06/2012m 13s

Has Keir Starmer upset Labour's fragile unity?

Throughout the leadership contest, Keir Starmer was careful not to upset the delicate balance between the hard left and the moderates in the party. But with the sacking of Rebecca Long Bailey, he has risked the wrath of the Corbynites and unambiguously moved the party on from the era of Corbyn. Has he triggered a new Labour civil war? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
27/06/2013m 28s

The government's dilemma on reopening

The government wants the country to head back out and boost the economy, but scenes at Bournemouth beach and elsewhere reflect the government's dilemma - how much reopening is enough to keep the economy afloat, but without triggering a second wave of infections? John Connolly speaks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
26/06/2014m 15s

Will Long Bailey's sacking trigger a Corbynite backlash?

After retweeting an interview with Maxine Peake in which the actress voiced an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, Rebecca Long Bailey has been sacked as the shadow education secretary. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about whether or not this will trigger a Corbynite backlash. The Spectator is looking for the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards, sponsored by private bank Julius Baer. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
25/06/2011m 24s

Can Keir Starmer get under Boris's skin?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. The Spectator is looking for the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards, sponsored by private bank Julius Baer. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
24/06/2013m 16s

The new common sense phase of lockdown

Boris Johnson has announced further measures to ease the lockdown, and from the 4th July, more venues will be open than not, including restaurants, pubs, and galleries. It also marks a new phase in the lockdown, when social distancing will be guidelines, not law. But does the public actually want the lockdown to be eased? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. The Spectator is looking for the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards, sponsored by private bank Julius Baer. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
23/06/2013m 7s

What's behind the brewing Sunday trading Tory rebellion?

There's a rebellion brewing on the backbenches - MPs claim that there are over 50 backbenchers who oppose the government's proposal to loosen Sunday trading laws. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about whether there might be more to this rebellion than initially meets the eye. The Spectator is partnering with private bank Julius Baer to find the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
22/06/2014m 49s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 21/06/20

Katy Balls hosts the highlights from Sunday's interviews. With Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Rachel Reeves and Shaun Bailey.
21/06/2011m 31s

Is the Foreign Office DfiD merger a mistake?

The plans for a merger between the two departments has united three former prime ministers in their criticism. Andrew Mitchell, Tory MP and former International Development Secretary, certainly thinks it's a disastrous idea, and claims that Boris Johnson promised to his face that this would not happen. Andrew joins Katy Balls and Jame Forsyth on the podcast, together with David Lidington, former Cabinet minister and previously at the Foreign Office, who thinks that it's actually a good idea. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A521B&pkgcode=03) to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.
20/06/2023m 26s

What the new alert level means for lockdown easing

The government has downgraded the coronavirus alert level from 4 to 3, with the support of its scientific advisers. So is it about time to ease lockdown even further? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about this and the discovery of the magic money tree, as debt is now worth more than British GDP. The Spectator is partnering with private bank Julius Baer to find the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
19/06/2014m 8s

Why did the government persist with its doomed app?

The government is today announcing a switch from its NHS-built contact tracing app in favour of one built by Apple and Google. On the podcast, Katy Balls asks James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson - why has it taken them so long to admit defeat? The Spectator is partnering with private bank Julius Baer to find the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
18/06/2011m 24s

Is Boris Johnson's week starting to look up?

At Prime Minister's Questions, Boris Johnson cornered Keir Starmer on the Labour party's ambivalent position on schools reopening. After a bumpy start to the week, is the Prime Minister's luck turning? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about this, the 1922 committee meeting, and Westminster reopening. The Spectator is partnering with private bank Julius Baer to find the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
17/06/2020m 42s

Was the government's free meals U-turn inevitable?

After the highly publicised campaign by the footballer Marcus Rashford, the government has U-turned on the question of free school meals in the summer. Was it inevitable, and what does this move mean for public spending? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Kate Andrews about this as well as the Foreign Office merger and the Oxford drug breakthrough. The Spectator is partnering with private bank Julius Baer to find the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
16/06/2014m 48s

Will the government's lockdown easing work?

As the government tries to encourage more spending with the opening of non-essential shops today, is the public still too cautious about Covid? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. The Spectator is partnering with private bank Julius Baer to find the UK's brightest entrepreneurs for our Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. If you run a business that brings radical positive change and is capable of achieving national or international impact, we want to hear from you. Apply by 1 July at http://www.spectator.co.uk/innovator.
15/06/2016m 5s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 14/06/20

Katy Balls hosts today's essential interviews roundup, which today features Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Nick Thomas-Symonds and David Lammy.
14/06/209m 42s

Is toppling a statue an act of performance art?

Has the statue of Churchill been improved by being enclosed in a protective casing? Was Colston's toppling one of the greatest acts of performance art? Or is this all a sad indictment of the state of British politics? Fraser Nelson talks to The Spectator's arts editor Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Coffee House contributor and writer Claire Fox.
13/06/2014m 21s

The Tory fightback against identity politics

Late last night, the statue of Winston Churchill on Parliament Square was boarded up over fears the monument could again be targeted by Black Lives Matter protestors. This morning, Boris Johnson intervened saying that it is 'shameful that this national monument should today be at risk of attack'. Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth about the looming Tory fightback against identity politics.  Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
12/06/2014m 16s

How long can the two-metre rule last?

Tory MPs are increasingly concerned about the impact of the two-metre rule, with No. 10 facing pressure to relax the policy to help save businesses. Gus Carter talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
11/06/2012m 5s

PMQs: Johnson and Starmer clash on schools

John Connolly discusses Prime Minister's Questions with James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
10/06/2013m 14s

Why aren't schools reopening?

The government has shelved its aim of reopening primary schools before the end of term amid growing pressure from parents and unions. But how will that affect the poorest students? Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
09/06/2013m 50s

The politics of toppling a statue

Thousands of protesters took to the streets this weekend as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Bristol, a statue of the slaver Edward Colston was toppled and thrown into the city's docks. But are we now seeing a change in the government's response? Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.  Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
08/06/2017m 43s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 07/06/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's clips come from Professor John Edmunds, Matt Hancock, Lisa Nandy, John Barnes and Margaret Hodge.
07/06/2010m 3s

How the government is preparing for the inevitable Covid inquiry

Some decision-makers have already made timelines of their actions since the start of the pandemic, James Forsyth reveals (https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/whitehall-on-trial-how-the-government-is-preparing-for-the-covid-inquiry) in his political column for this week's Spectator. How does the knowledge that an inquiry is coming change the way the pandemic is dealt with? John Connolly talks to James and Katy Balls. Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
06/06/2014m 57s

Is it time for the government to admit its mistakes?

With an NHS tracing app not fully up and running until autumn, contact tracing seems like the latest in a series of events where the government has over-promised and under-delivered. Is it time for the government to admit the mistakes it has made in dealing with the pandemic? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
05/06/2016m 1s

Why has the government U-turned on face masks?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that face masks will be compulsory on public transport from mid-June. Until recently, that was explicitly not the government advice. What's changed? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth. Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A571G&pkgcode=03) .
04/06/209m 52s

The end of Keir Starmer's 'constructive opposition'

The time for constructive opposition is over, as Keir Starmer picks up a new tone in his interview to the Guardian, which he continued in PMQs. Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about this strategy; and other issues of proxy voting, Scottish care homes, the BAME impact, and a new testing target. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
03/06/2014m 4s

Does Rees-Mogg's plan for a socially distanced parliament work?

MPs are back in the House of Commons this week, and Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg wants them to vote physically, but socially distanced. This means a meandering queue through the Palace of Westminster for MPs to file through the lobbies. Will it work? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson in the Spectator's garden. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
02/06/2014m 23s

Will MPs rebel over No. 10's quarantine plan?

From the speed of easing lockdown, to quarantine for international travellers, to the return of MPs to parliament - the government is fighting battles on many fronts. Has it made things more difficult for itself? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
01/06/2017m 48s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 31/05/20

Katy Balls presents the best bits from Sunday's political shows. Today's clips come from Dominic Raab, Nicola Sturgeon, Anneliese Dodds, Professor Devi Sridhar and Mary Bousted.
31/05/2010m 54s

How will a socially distanced House of Commons work?

MPs are returning to parliament next week, marking an end of the hybrid model that saw most MPs Zooming into parliamentary debates. On the podcast, John Connolly talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about the challenges in a socially distanced House of Commons. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
30/05/2012m 1s

How the furlough scheme will be rolled back

Cindy Yu talks to Kate Andrews and Katy Balls about Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcements on phasing out the furlough scheme.
29/05/2012m 42s

Is it really 'case closed' on the Cummings affair?

Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance refused to give their opinions on the Dominic Cummings affair at today's press conference; while Durham police indicated that they will not be investigating the Barnard Castle trip any further, after announcing that it might have been a minor breach. Downing Street says it's 'case closed' - is it really? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
28/05/2012m 49s

What did Boris's evidence to MPs reveal?

The Prime Minister appeared for the first time in his premiership in front of the Liaison Committee today. The group, formed of select committee chairs, grilled him on a range of issues from Dominic Cummings to pandemic support, and more. John Connolly talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about what we learnt. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
27/05/2016m 42s

What does the slump in the polls mean for Conservatives?

The latest polling shows that even a majority of Conservative voters want Dominic Cummings out; and the Prime Minister's own standing has taken a dramatic hit. Cindy Yu speaks to pollster James Johnson and our own Katy Balls about what this means. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
27/05/2015m 33s

Could public opinion make Cummings's position untenable?

The latest polling shows a drastic change in the Prime Minister's popularity because of the Cummings affair. Though the government is still sticking behind the adviser, will the sheer force of public opinion change things? John Connolly speaks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
26/05/2013m 15s

Has Cummings done enough to calm Tory MPs?

In an unprecedented press conference today, Dominic Cummings explained the circumstances in which he took his family to Durham, and the exact timeline. He struck a sincere tone, but stopped short of apologising. Has he said enough to stem the backlash? Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
25/05/2011m 56s

Boris Johnson's political gamble over Cummings

Boris Johnson gave an unambiguous defence of Dominic Cummings at today's press conference. In so doing, the government is gambling that this is a storm they can weather. On the podcast, Kate Andrews discusses their thinking with Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
24/05/2013m 7s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 24/05/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with interviews coming from Grant Shapps, Steve Baker, Nick Thomas-Symonds and Sir Venki Ramakrishnan.
24/05/2010m 14s

The Dominic Cummings imbroglio

The government has come out in defence of Dominic Cummings's decision to travel to Durham during lockdown. On the podcast, two Spectator writers give their opposing views on whether or not he made the right decision. With Alex Massie and Melanie McDonagh. Presented by Katy Balls. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
23/05/2014m 37s

Has Starmer put Tories on the backfoot?

Keir Starmer is off to a good start in his first 50 days as Labour leader. But has he done enough to start bringing back former Labour voters? With Stephen Bush, the New Statesman's Political Editor, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
23/05/2015m 25s

Can the government bring back the economy?

New figures from the ONS today show the extent of damage done to the economy. Is this recoverable? With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
22/05/2014m 37s

Why the government U-turned on the NHS surcharge

Within 24 hours of refusing to scrap the NHS surcharge for migrant healthworkers, the government has U-turned. We discuss why; as well as Scotland's lockdown easing and the new civil servant at No 10, Simon Case. With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
21/05/2013m 14s

Can the government get contact tracing up and running by June?

Boris Johnson pledges to get track and trace up by June 1, but is it possible? Plus, how is the government handling the new Opposition Leader, Keir Starmer, and how is the UK going to implement its Northern Ireland agreement with the EU? With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson. Click here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) to try four weeks of the Spectator for free and get a free wireless charger.
20/05/2013m 2s

Is the government blaming the scientists?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Try four weeks of the Spectator for free and get a free wireless charger at here (https://subscription.spectator.co.uk/?prom=A558G&pkgcode=03) .
19/05/2014m 48s

Is Labour's stance on reopening schools worsening the education gap?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
18/05/2017m 25s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 17/05/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with clips from Michael Gove, Angela Rayner, Liam Fox, Carolyn Fairbairn and Paul Farmer.
17/05/2010m 36s

Is Nicola Sturgeon playing politics?

With Alex Massie, the Spectator's Scotland Editor, and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
16/05/2018m 40s

Is Boris Johnson a convert to the nanny state?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
15/05/2018m 5s

Is the Roche antibody test a gamechanger?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
14/05/2011m 7s

Boris on the ropes over care homes

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
13/05/2015m 1s

How generous is Rishi's furlough extension?

With Kate Andrews and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
12/05/2012m 5s

Keir Starmer's canny coronavirus critique

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
11/05/2012m 52s

Boris sets out the shape of an exit strategy

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
10/05/2016m 48s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 10/05/20

Katy Balls hosts the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's clips come from Robert Jenrick, Jonathan Ashworth and Professor David Spiegelhalter.
10/05/2010m 18s

The government's black-box approach to lockdown

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
08/05/2016m 52s

Why is the 'R' number going back up?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
07/05/2010m 51s

Keir Starmer made life difficult for Boris Johnson at PMQs

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
06/05/2016m 36s

Why Neil Ferguson's position was untenable

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
06/05/2015m 34s

Is the UK really the worst hit country in Europe?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
05/05/2011m 28s

Could a return to normality come before a vaccine?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
04/05/2018m 3s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 03/05/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political interview shows, today featuring Grant Shapps, Amanda Spielman, Mark Drakeford and Ros Altmann.
03/05/2010m 14s

Is a Brexit extension inevitable?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
02/05/2016m 9s

How Matt Hancock hit his target

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
01/05/2016m 37s

How the 'R' number dictates Boris's exit strategy

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
30/04/2011m 25s

What is Labour's strategy of constructive opposition?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
29/04/2016m 17s

Will coronavirus make politicians fix social care?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
28/04/2013m 57s

Boris Johnson's new approach to lockdown easing

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
27/04/2014m 51s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 26/04/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sundays interview shows, featuring Dominic Raab, Rosena Allin-Khan and Isabella Lövin.
26/04/209m 29s

How lockdown threatens to widen the education gap

With James Turner, CEO of the Sutton Trust, and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
25/04/2012m 43s

Can Boris unite the Cabinet?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
24/04/2014m 56s

What's Nicola Sturgeon's exit strategy?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
23/04/2014m 56s

What is the real impact of lockdown on the NHS?

With Alastair McLellan, Editor of Health Service Journal. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
22/04/2024m 7s

How did Keir Starmer do in his first PMQs?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
22/04/2014m 15s

Is Matt Hancock the government’s ‘fall guy’?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
21/04/2013m 59s

For how long can the government afford the furlough scheme?

With Kate Andrews and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
20/04/2013m 57s

Will Boris disappoint the lockdown hawks in government?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
20/04/2015m 17s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 19/04/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday interview shows, with clips from Michael Gove, Professor Sarah Gilbert and OECD secretary general Angel Gurría.
19/04/2010m 50s

Why isn't the UK testing at full capacity?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
17/04/2014m 5s

The five tests for easing the lockdown

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
16/04/2014m 46s

Keir Starmer's coronavirus gamble

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
15/04/2013m 5s

How much will coronavirus cripple the British economy?

With Katy Balls and Kate Andrews. Presented by Cindy Yu. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (https://www.rathboneslookforward.com/) .
14/04/2010m 21s

As lockdown continues, will this be the toughest week yet?

With Kate Andrews and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
13/04/2012m 34s

Is the UK on track to be Europe's worst hit country?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
12/04/2018m 11s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 12/04/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Easter Sunday's political interviews. Guests appearances include Alok Sharma, Sir Keir Starmer, Sir Jeremy Farrar and Lisa Nandy.
12/04/209m 46s

Lessons learnt from Germany's coronavirus response

With Berlin-based journalist Constantin Eckner and Kate Andrews. Presented by Katy Balls.
11/04/2016m 43s

The human cost of the coronavirus lockdown

With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Cindy Yu.
10/04/2016m 27s

Why the lockdown isn't over yet

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
09/04/2012m 58s

Will coronavirus usher in a new Conservatism?

With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (http://rathboneslookforward.com/) .
08/04/2014m 52s

The decision Dominic Raab can't make

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
07/04/2011m 7s

Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
07/04/2012m 0s

Who is running the government?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls. Coffee House Shots is sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com (https://www.rathboneslookforward.com/) .
06/04/2016m 20s

Boris admitted to hospital

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
05/04/2011m 54s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 05/04/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews, today featuring clips from Matt Hancock, Sir Keir Starmer, Professor Neil Ferguson and Alan Johnson.
05/04/2010m 44s

Keir Starmer's first challenges as Labour leader

With Stephen Bush, the New Statesman's Political Editor, and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
04/04/2020m 7s

Has Sweden got it right?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
03/04/2016m 5s

Matt Hancock's Gordon Brown moment

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
02/04/2012m 12s

Why is Boris Johnson's popularity surging?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
01/04/2016m 36s

Is the government failing on testing?

With Stephen Bush, the New Statesman's Political Editor, and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
31/03/2011m 34s

Is social distancing working?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
30/03/2012m 7s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 29/03/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, today featuring Michael Gove, Tony Blair and Rebecca Long-Bailey.
29/03/209m 32s

Is the West failing to rise to the coronavirus challenge?

Katy Balls talks to Sophia Gaston, Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, and Cindy Yu about the Western and Chinese responses to the coronavirus.
28/03/2015m 20s

What Boris's coronavirus diagnosis means for the government

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
27/03/2012m 36s

What is Sunak's stimulus for the self-employed?

With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Find this week's The Edition podcast with William Hague here (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/the-front-line-how-the-nhs-is-preparing-for-battle) .
26/03/2014m 13s

Is an immunity test around the corner?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
25/03/2013m 53s

Who's to blame for the tube overcrowding?

With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
24/03/2012m 28s

Britain enters lockdown

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
23/03/2011m 58s

Is the government's coronavirus approach confused?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
23/03/2014m 31s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 22/03/20

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's interview programmes, with Robert Jenrick and Jeremy Corbyn.
22/03/209m 44s

What does coronavirus mean for Britain's prisons?

With Professor Ian Acheson, former prison officer and senior advisor at the Counter Extremism Project, and Chris Atkins, filmmaker and author of A Bit of a Stretch, a memoir detailing his incarceration in HMP Wandsworth. To hear more from Chris about his prison experience, he talked to Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts on their Table Talk podcast (https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/revealed-the-good-and-the-bad-of-prison-food) . Presented by Katy Balls.
21/03/2021m 4s

Did the government just nationalise wages?

With Kate Andrews and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
20/03/2013m 13s

Can this virus really be beaten within 12 weeks?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
19/03/2013m 18s

The unanswerable question on coronavirus

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
18/03/2013m 31s

The Sunak stimulus

With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
17/03/2014m 27s

Is the country ready for life under coronavirus?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
16/03/2015m 18s

Can the government keep the public's trust?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
16/03/2016m 25s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/03/20

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from today's political shows, featuring Matt Hancock, Jonathan Ashworth, Lisa Nandy and Italian Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta.
15/03/209m 35s

Mervyn King on Radical Uncertainty

Fraser Nelson talks to Mervyn King about the limits of economics, where the number crunching in 2016 went wrong, and the sort of Brexit we should have.
14/03/2021m 21s

Will coronavirus cause a Brexit delay?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
13/03/2010m 35s

The political risk of Boris's coronavirus strategy

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
12/03/2011m 15s

Podcast LIVE: Budget Special

What does Rishi Sunak’s first Budget tell us about the future of this government – and the direction of conservatism? Fraser, James, and Katy were joined by Rachel Wolf, co-author of the 2019 Conservative manifesto, to give their reactions and analysis of the Budget.
12/03/201h 23m

Will Rishi Sunak's Budget splurge pay off?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
11/03/2016m 57s

How Boris's Brexit team plan to avoid repeating May's mistake

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
10/03/2016m 30s

Is No 10 ready for the financial hit of coronavirus?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
09/03/209m 16s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 08/03/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews, with clips from Rishi Sunak, Rosie Duffield and Layla Moran.
08/03/209m 11s

What would Keir Starmer's first 100 days look like?

With Ailbhe Rea, Political Correspondent at the New Statesman, and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
07/03/2015m 34s

Will this be a coronavirus Budget?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
06/03/2011m 55s

Why won't Keir Starmer reveal his donors?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
05/03/2012m 20s

Why Boris Johnson still backs Priti Patel

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
04/03/2010m 27s

What is the government's coronavirus battle plan?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
03/03/2011m 30s

Has Priti Patel lost control of the Home Office?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
02/03/209m 6s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 01/03/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday shows, featuring John McDonnell, Matt Hancock, Amélie de Montchalin and Richard Burgon.
01/03/209m 0s

How damaging is Philip Rutnam's resignation?

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
29/02/2014m 57s

Is the Heathrow ruling a failure of politics?

With Tim Shipman, Political Editor of the Sunday Times, and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
29/02/2013m 11s

Can the government contain a coronavirus outbreak?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
28/02/2012m 6s

Is the UK really prepared to walk away with no deal?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
27/02/2012m 11s

Sajid Javid's parting shot

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
26/02/2015m 23s

What's on the EU's Brexit wishlist?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
25/02/2012m 7s

Is No 10 going to war against the civil service?

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
24/02/2013m 56s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 23/02/20

Isabel Hardman hosts the roundup of Sunday's political shows, with highlights from David Davis, Nicola Sturgeon, George Eustice and Diane Abbott.
23/02/209m 55s

Can feminism be capitalist?

Kate Andrews speaks to economist Deirdre McCloskey about Britain's comparative advantage, liberalism's contribution to women's rights, and why equality of permission is more important than equality of opportunity.
22/02/2010m 34s

What will Rishi Sunak's Budget look like?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
21/02/2011m 16s

Should Labour form an electoral pact with the Lib Dems?

With Katy Balls and James Mills. Presented by John Connolly.
20/02/2014m 37s

Is the government's points system really taking back control?

With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
19/02/2014m 30s

Is the UK-EU Brexit gap unbridgeable?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
18/02/2018m 15s

Are we heading for another Brexit stand off?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
17/02/2016m 4s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 16/02/20

Katy Balls presents the highlights from this week's Sunday roundup. On the podcast today are clips from Grant Shapps, Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon.
16/02/2012m 14s

Who are Boris's new Cabinet ministers?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
15/02/2014m 1s

How independent can Boris's new cabinet be?

With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
14/02/2016m 30s

The message behind Boris's reshuffle

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
13/02/2013m 30s

Why Sajid Javid quit

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
13/02/2020m 21s

Did Corbyn skewer Boris at Prime Minister's Questions?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
12/02/2011m 55s

Has Boris quelled an HS2 rebellion?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
11/02/2015m 51s

What's behind Sinn Fein's surprise victory?

With Denis Staunton, London Editor at the Irish Times, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
10/02/2016m 8s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 09/02/20

Katy Balls hosts this week's Sunday Roundup, with contributions coming from John Bercow, Dawn Butler, Robert Jenrick, Robert Buckland, Jeremy Hunt, Rosena Allin-Khan and Liu Xiaoming. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
09/02/2010m 59s

What to expect from the reshuffle

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
08/02/2015m 15s

Can the Tories restore faith in British policing?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
07/02/2015m 33s

Is the SNP now in crisis?

With Alex Massie and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
06/02/2013m 36s

Is the BBC licence fee on its way out?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
05/02/2014m 54s

Will the government go to court over terror legislation?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
04/02/2017m 57s

Is an Australia arrangement just no deal?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
03/02/2013m 11s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 02/02/20

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from the Sunday interviews, which today features Donald Tusk, Dominic Raab, John McDonnell, Amanda Spielman and Nigel Farage. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
02/02/2010m 49s

How Brexit got done

With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Presented by John Connolly.
01/02/2019m 26s

Looking ahead to Brexit night

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
31/01/2010m 57s

Did Sajid Javid steal Boris's thunder?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
30/01/2013m 57s

Does the SNP have its priorities straight?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
29/01/2014m 9s

Will Boris's Huawei decision backfire?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
28/01/2016m 35s

Decision week: will Boris give Huawei the green light?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
27/01/2013m 40s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 26/01/20

Isabel Hardman takes you through the highlights from today's interviews, today featuring Priti Patel, Rory Stewart, Len McCluskey and Lord Butler. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
26/01/2010m 34s

Will Boris really cut immigration?

With Policy Exchange's David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere, and Kate Andrews. Presented by Katy Balls.
25/01/2016m 50s

Will second preference votes decide the Labour leadership?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
24/01/2015m 56s

Brexit bill passed: what next?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
23/01/2011m 39s

Can the Lords thwart Boris's plans?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
22/01/2013m 59s

What should we expect from the new anti-terror bill?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.  Presented by John Connolly.
21/01/2015m 38s

Boris's HS2 headache

With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman. Presented by Katy Balls.
20/01/2015m 31s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 19/01/20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday shows, which today feature James Cleverly, Jess Phillips, Ian Murray and Mick Whelan. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
19/01/2011m 9s

Is Huawei dangerous?

With Tom Tugendhat MP and Robin Pagnamenta, Head of Technology at the Telegraph. Presented by Katy Balls.
18/01/2012m 50s

Can Britain divide and conquer the EU27?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
17/01/2014m 49s

Is Long-Bailey's campaign finally picking up momentum?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
16/01/2014m 25s

Has Nandy misstepped?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
15/01/2016m 6s

How can the Tories manage Sturgeon's demand for Indyref2?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.  Presented by Isabel Hardman.
14/01/2010m 59s

Thornberry in, Lewis out: what next in the Labour leadership race?

With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls. Presented by James Forsyth.
13/01/2018m 40s

Who will be axed in Johnson's reshuffle?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
13/01/2017m 24s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 12/01/20

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Featured on today's podcast are Rebecca Long-Bailey, Clive Lewis, Brandon Lewis, Simon Coveney and Emily Thornberry. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
12/01/2011m 54s

Is 'levelling up' easier said than done?

With James Kirkup, Director of the Social Market Foundation, and Jen Williams, Politics and Investigations Editor at the Manchester Evening News. Presented by John Connolly.
11/01/2016m 29s

Could there be a Northern Ireland break through?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
10/01/2016m 6s

When Harry met Barry

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
09/01/2017m 23s

Is this a new era of Prime Minister's Questions?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
08/01/2017m 7s

Is Whitehall reform being put on hold?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
07/01/2022m 54s

Can Boris walk the Iran tightrope?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
06/01/2017m 45s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 05/01/20

Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from the first Sunday interview shows of the year. Guests on today's podcast include Dominic Raab, Emily Thornberry, Sir Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips, Lisa Nandy and Lord Tony Berkeley. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
05/01/2011m 25s

What's Boris Johnson's plan for 2020?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
03/01/2026m 18s

The runners and riders of the Labour leadership race

With James Mills, former advisor to John McDonnell, and Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman. Presented by Katy Balls.
21/12/1921m 3s

The Tory MPs who broke down the 'red wall'

With Dehenna Davison (Bishop Aucklands), Simon Fell (Barrow and Furness), and Richard Holden (North West Durham). Presented by Isabel Hardman.
21/12/1916m 3s

Has predictable politics returned?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
20/12/1914m 3s

What did the Queen's Speech reveal?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
19/12/1917m 13s

How is Labour's leadership race shaking out?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
18/12/1917m 21s

What does Nicky Morgan's appointment mean?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
17/12/1914m 59s

What's on the new government's wishlist?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
16/12/1919m 47s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/12/19

Isabel Hardman guides you through the highlights from the Sunday interviews. Featured on today's post-election podcast are John McDonnell, Lisa Nandy, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Gove, Caroline Flint and Sir Ed Davey. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
15/12/1911m 36s

What to expect from a Boris Johnson majority government

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
13/12/1917m 44s

Tories demolish the red wall

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
13/12/1919m 55s

Tory landslide predicted - what are the key seats to watch for?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
12/12/1910m 28s

Deciphering the MRP - are the Tories losing their majority?

With Marcus Roberts from YouGov and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
11/12/1919m 29s

Will Labour's NHS offensive swing the election?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
10/12/1918m 8s

Is a Tory majority now inevitable?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
09/12/1914m 29s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 08/12/19

Isabel Hardman brings you the best of Sunday's political interviews, with today's podcast featuring Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, John McDonnell, Nicola Sturgeon and Brandon Lewis. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
08/12/1910m 15s

Is the real election battle happening online?

With James Ball, journalist and author of Post-Truth, and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
07/12/1922m 8s

Verdict: the final leaders debate

With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
06/12/1916m 33s

Will the issue of trust decide the election?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
06/12/1914m 26s

How low can the Lib Dems go?

With Marcus Roberts from YouGov and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
05/12/1916m 16s

Can the Tories break Labour's 'red wall'?

With Jennifer Williams, politics and investigations editor for the Manchester Evening News, and Jonathan Walker, Political Editor of the Birmingham Post and Mail & Newcastle Chronicle and Journal. Presented by John Connolly.
05/12/1915m 41s

Will Trump confront Boris on tech taxes?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
04/12/1917m 24s

Can Trump stay on message?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
03/12/1913m 15s

How should politicians deal with the aftermath of London Bridge?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
02/12/1910m 43s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 01/12/19

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's podcast features Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Ed Davey. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
01/12/1910m 20s

Are we witnessing a Lib Dem implosion?

With Fraser Nelson and Stephen Bush. Presented by Katy Balls.
30/11/1914m 38s

Can Boris still blow it?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
29/11/1914m 12s

What does YouGov's MRP poll really say?

With Marcus Roberts, Director of International Projects at YouGov, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. YouGov's Anthony Well's MRP explainer can be found here (https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2019/11/27/yougov-mrp-conservatives-359-labour-211-snp-43-ld-) .
28/11/1911m 40s

Is Labour's accusation of an NHS sell out plot persuasive?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
27/11/1917m 58s

How big of an issue is anti-Semitism for Labour's electoral chances?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
26/11/1911m 12s

Can the Tory poll lead be trusted?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
25/11/1914m 6s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 24/11/19

Isabel Hardman hosts the best from Sunday's political interviews. Featured today are John McDonnell, Sajid Javid, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Gove and Angela Rayner. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
24/11/1911m 46s

Are there any hidden horrors in the Conservative manifesto?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
24/11/1910m 53s

Verdict: Leaders' Question Time

Katy Balls presents a discussion on the BBC Question Time leaders debate: with Stephen Bush, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Produced by Fraser Nelson.
22/11/1916m 5s

How to solve the housing crisis

Economist and journalist Liam Halligan's new book, Home Truths, tackles Britain's chronic housing crisis. In this podcast, he tells Fraser Nelson about the ways to solve it. Introduced by Fraser Nelson.
22/11/197m 25s

Has Labour's manifesto turned this election around?

With Anthony Wells, Director of Political Research at YouGov, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
22/11/1915m 27s

Is the Labour manifesto as realistic as it is radical?

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by James Forsyth.
21/11/1915m 57s

Why aren't the Lib Dems doing better?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
20/11/1916m 47s

Verdict: how did the first leaders' TV debate go?

With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls. Presented by James Forsyth.
19/11/1911m 20s

What do voters really think of the main party leaders?

With James Morris, former Labour pollster and MD at Edelman, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
19/11/1918m 38s

Should the Tories have delayed the corporation tax cut?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
18/11/1919m 19s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 17/11/19

Katy Balls hosts the best of the Sunday interviews on today's Coffee House Shots. Highlights today come from Jeremy Corbyn, Dominic Raab, Brandon Lewis, Jonathan Ashworth and Sian Berry. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
17/11/1911m 41s

Is this the climate change election?

With Grace Blakeley, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, and Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, a centre-right thinktank. Presented by Katy Balls.
16/11/1922m 59s

Could Labour's broadband nationalisation work?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
15/11/1913m 44s

How damaging are the latest NHS numbers for the Tories?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
14/11/1920m 17s

The shrewd message behind Boris's seemingly bumbling speech

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
13/11/1910m 24s

Podcast LIVE: Election Special

Academic and author Matthew Goodwin joined Fraser Nelson, Katy Balls, and James Forsyth for a live recording of Coffee House Shots. Can Boris win the election? What about the threat of the Brexit party? And is there support for Corbynomics? Find the graphs in Fraser's introduction here (https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/coffee-house-shots-live-what-will-happen-in-this-election/) .
13/11/1936m 34s

Will moderate Tory voters follow David Gauke's advice?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
13/11/1919m 27s

Is MRP the key to understanding this election?

With James Morris, MD at PR firm Edelman and former Labour pollster, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
12/11/1921m 20s

Nigel Farage stands down Brexit Party candidates

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
11/11/1913m 31s

Can you trust the Tories' £1.2 trillion estimate?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
11/11/1914m 57s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 10/11/19

Isabel Hardman hosts the best of Sunday's interviews. Today's podcast features Sajid Javid, Andrew Gwynne, General Sir Nick Carter, Nia Griffith, Kwasi Kwarteng and Caroline Lucas. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
10/11/1910m 52s

How much are the two main parties really promising to spend?

With Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
09/11/1911m 51s

Can the Tories differentiate themselves on spending from Labour?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
08/11/1912m 33s

Are the Tories facing a total wipeout in Scotland?

With Paris Gourtsoyannis, Westminster Correspondent at the Scotsman, and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
07/11/1912m 8s

Crime and immigration - the new Tory attack line

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
07/11/1914m 36s

The Tories are off to a rocky start - can they turn things around?

With Marcus Roberts, Director of International Projects at YouGov, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
06/11/1916m 11s

Can Labour's Brexit position survive scrutiny on the campaign trail?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu. The GMB's Keir Starmer interview can be found here (https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1191614073508696064?s=20) .
05/11/1917m 15s

Should the Tories be worried about a Labour bounce?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
04/11/1910m 47s

Who will come after Bercow?

With Eleanor Laing MP, Deputy Speaker and a candidate for the Speakership, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
04/11/196m 47s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 03/11/19

Katy Balls takes you through the best interviews from the Sunday shows. Today's highlights come from Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, John McDonnell, Nicola Sturgeon, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Jo Swinson. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
03/11/1911m 53s

How will history remember John Bercow?

With Mark D'Arcy, the BBC's Today in Parliament correspondent, and Bobby Friedman, John Bercow's biographer. Presented by Katy Balls.
02/11/1917m 31s

Nigel Farage launches his ambitious election plan

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu
01/11/1910m 46s

Labour campaign launched: what will the party fight on?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
31/10/1918m 13s

How the NHS will dominate the upcoming election

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
30/10/1915m 0s

The government gets its election - how high are the stakes?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
29/10/1916m 26s

Why Labour changed its mind on a December election

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
29/10/1915m 7s

MPs vote down Boris' election bid: what next?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.
28/10/1910m 38s

Will Boris get his Christmas general election?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls, presented by Fraser Nelson. Join Fraser, James, Katy, Liam Halligan and Sam Gyimah for Coffee House Live at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster on 12 November. Visit spectator.co.uk/liveshots for details.
28/10/1913m 2s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 27/10/19

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political programmes. Today's interviews come from Jo Swinson, James Cleverly, Jonathan Ashworth and Philip Hammond. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
27/10/198m 36s

Is there still a place for the Brexit Party?

With Isabel Oakeshott, journalist and commentator, and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
26/10/1914m 13s

Podcast Special: is plastic the enemy?

Is plastic the enemy? To watch Blue Planet and listen to Greta Thunberg, you might think so. But there are some things that plastic simply does better than the alternatives, which are not necessarily more eco-friendly in any case. So should we be looking for a better way to use the material, rather than to get rid of it altogether? To this end, we've brought together a few people who might know what they're talking about - Julie Hill, Chair of the charity, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Michelle Norman, Director of Sustainability at Lucozade Ribena Suntory, and Kate Geraghty, Director of Sustainability at Dow - to see what the future for plastic usage might look like. Presented by Fraser Nelson. Sponsored by Dow.
25/10/1931m 27s

Could Macron help out Boris?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
25/10/1915m 58s

Boris's cake-and-eat-it-too election strategy

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
24/10/1910m 8s

How the Brexit extension affects election strategies

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by John Connolly.
24/10/1910m 49s

How can Boris get an early general election?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
23/10/1911m 18s

Government defeated on its Brexit timetable - what next?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
22/10/1912m 6s

Why a 'no-deal trapdoor' is nothing to worry about

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
22/10/1917m 11s

What to watch out for in Tuesday's parliamentary wranglings

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
21/10/1910m 19s

Is parliament about to pass a customs union?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
21/10/1915m 13s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 20/10/19

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from the Sunday interviews. Today's podcast features Michael Gove, John McDonnell, Amber Rudd, Nigel Farage, Sir Keir Starmer, Dominic Raab and Sir Oliver Letwin.
20/10/1913m 5s

Does today's defeat strengthen Boris's electoral message?

With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
19/10/199m 27s

Letwin derails Super Saturday

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
19/10/1913m 6s

Will Arlene change her mind?

With Kate Hoey MP and Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
18/10/1915m 2s

Can Boris get his deal over the line?

With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
18/10/1913m 25s

What's in Boris's Brexit deal?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
17/10/1913m 52s

Are we on the eve of a Brexit deal?

With Denis Staunton, London Editor of the Irish Times, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
16/10/1912m 8s

Can the DUP get what it wants?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
16/10/1913m 33s

What's stalling Brexit talks?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
15/10/1916m 57s

Did anyone take today's Queen's speech seriously?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
14/10/1912m 57s

Will Boris give over more Brexit concessions?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
14/10/1918m 45s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 13/10/19

Isabel Hardman brings you the best from Sunday's political shows. This week's highlights come from Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nicola Sturgeon. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
13/10/1911m 59s

Inside Labour's power struggles

With Sienna Rodgers, Editor of LabourList, and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
12/10/1917m 51s

Brexit talks intensify: is a deal now more likely than not?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
11/10/1912m 0s

Is there a new pathway to a deal?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
10/10/1912m 35s

Could Labour delay the election till next year?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
10/10/1917m 31s

Has the EU blinked?

With Pat Leahy, Political Editor of the Irish Times, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
09/10/1914m 45s

Is this the EU's last chance at a deal?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
08/10/1914m 12s

Is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal dead?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
07/10/1921m 29s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 06/10/19

Isabel Hardman rounds up the best of Sunday's political interviews. The highlights today come from Stephen Barclay, Shami Chakrabati, Lisa Nandy, Robert Jenrick and the Extinction Rebellion activist Sarah Lunnon.
06/10/199m 29s

Is Ireland taking Boris's Brexit proposal seriously?

With Pat Leahy, Political Editor of the Irish Times, and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
05/10/1916m 46s

Why Rory's mayoral bid could be good news for CCHQ

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
04/10/1914m 56s

Is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal dead on arrival?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
03/10/1914m 35s

The message of Boris Johnson's conference speech

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
02/10/1916m 17s

Live at Conservative Party Conference

With former Justice Secretary David Gauke, Director of CER Charles Grant, James Forsyth, Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Please accept our apologies for the low volume of this podcast, due to the venue's AV team.
01/10/1946m 54s

What is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
01/10/1912m 13s

Do Tory MPs really believe they're leaving on October 31st?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
30/09/1912m 9s

Will Boris get Brexit done on time?

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson, presented by Katy Balls.
30/09/1911m 30s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 29/09/19

Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from the day's interviews, today featuring Boris Johnson, Angela Rayner, Nigel Farage, and David Gauke. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
29/09/1911m 11s

The Conservative party's conference strategy

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
29/09/1910m 40s

The SNP backs Corbyn as interim PM: what's next?

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
27/09/1911m 3s

Parliament's war of words

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
26/09/1913m 55s

Does this parliament have a moral right to sit?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
25/09/1912m 25s

Is Jeremy Corbyn ready for government?

With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman. Presented by Katy Balls.
24/09/198m 7s

The Supreme Court defeats Boris Johnson

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Cindy Yu.
24/09/1915m 49s

Fury at Labour conference over Brexit votes

With Katy Balls and Isabel Hardman. Presented by John Connolly.
23/09/1911m 13s

Tom Watson gets a hero's welcome at Labour conference

With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
23/09/1911m 51s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 22/09/19

Isabel Hardman brings you the best of today's political interviews, featuring Jeremy Corbyn, Jean-Claude Juncker, David Cameron and Dominic Raab. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
22/09/1910m 58s

What's going on with Labour conference?

Katy Balls and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush report from a very windy Brighton beach.
22/09/197m 9s

Labour conference look-ahead with Jonathan Reynolds

With Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow City Minister, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
20/09/1919m 27s

Are politicians doing the wrong things to tackle climate change?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
20/09/1912m 23s

In defence of Laura Kuenssberg

With James Kirkup, Director of the Social Market Foundation, and Isabel Hardman. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
19/09/1924m 46s

Is Arlene Foster softening her Brexit stance?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
19/09/1910m 59s

Will Labour's Brexit fudge work in a general election?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
18/09/1916m 24s

Do the Lib Dems have an agenda beyond Brexit?

With John Connolly and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
17/09/1912m 26s

John Major vs Boris Johnson: how damaging will the Supreme Court trial be for No 10?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
17/09/1917m 6s

The fallout from Luxembourg: Boris bails on Bettel

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth, presented by Tali Fraser.
16/09/1912m 1s

Johnson meets Juncker – is a deal still possible?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
16/09/1913m 10s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/09/19

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday shows. Today's podcast features Steve Barclay, Sam Gyimah, Harriet Harman, Jo Swinson and Priti Patel. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
15/09/1910m 18s

Cameron breaks his silence: what will we learn from his new book?

With James Forsyth Presented by Fraser Nelson
14/09/1913m 57s

Should the Tories make an election deal with Nigel Farage?

With Joe Twyman, Director of Deltapoll, and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Katy Balls.
14/09/1917m 45s

Is a deal looking likely?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
13/09/1914m 10s

Is it time to forgive the Tory rebels?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
12/09/1912m 0s

Is this now a full blown constitutional crisis?

With Raphael Hogarth, Associate at the Institute for Government, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
11/09/1912m 39s

Is prorogation illegal?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by John Connolly.
11/09/1913m 28s

Does Olly Robbins really deserve a knighthood?

With James Kirkup, Director of the Social Mobility Foundation, and Anna Mikhailova, Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Telegraph. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
10/09/1918m 0s

How dangerous is the precedent set by Dominic Grieve?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Cindy Yu.
10/09/1914m 18s

The sting in John Bercow's resignation

With Jason Stein, former Special Advisor to Amber Rudd, and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
09/09/1915m 27s

Can Boris wriggle out of an extension request?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
09/09/1912m 14s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 08/09/19

Isabel Hardman presents the best of the Sunday interviews. Featured on today's podcast are Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, John McDonnell, Dominic Raab, Shami Chakrabati and Justine Greening. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
08/09/1912m 23s

Amber Rudd resigns - who's next?

With Katy Balls, Isabel Hardman and James Forysth. Presented and produced by Fraser Nelson.
07/09/1910m 56s

Who's to blame for Boris's week from hell?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. Presented by Fraser Nelson.
07/09/1915m 6s

Has Boris lost Scotland?

With Stephen Daisley and Fraser Nelson. Presented by John Connolly.
06/09/1914m 48s

Is Boris Johnson burning out?

With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
05/09/1910m 46s

What does Jo Johnson’s resignation mean for the government?

With Katy Balls and James Forsyth, presented by Isabel Hardman.
05/09/1912m 21s

How long can Labour hold out against an election?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.
04/09/1913m 19s

Boris flops at Prime Minister's Questions

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
04/09/1914m 21s

Boris Johnson defeated by Parliament

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.
03/09/1911m 35s

Brexit showdown: will Labour support a general election?

With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
03/09/1914m 16s

Tony Abbott in conversation with James Forsyth

In this special episode of Coffee House Shots, James Forsyth talks to Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia. They discuss Britain's Brexit showdown, what an Anglo-Australian trade deal could look like, and the geopolitical threat of China in a post-Brexit world.
03/09/1921m 11s

Are we heading for an October 14 snap election?

With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls.
02/09/1911m 16s

Brexit showdown: what happens this week?

With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls. Click here (https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/a-guide-to-the-different-sorts-of-chaos-looming-over-westminster/) for Isabel Hardman's chart of possible outcomes this week.
02/09/1913m 18s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 01/09/19

Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Featured today are Sir Keir Starmer, Michael Gove, David Gauke, Alok Sharma and John McDonnell. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
01/09/199m 55s

Can MPs stop Boris proroguing Parliament?

With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman Presented by John Connolly
30/08/1916m 0s

Ruth Davidson resigns - what's next for the Scottish Conservatives?

With James Forsyth and Stephen Daisley. Presented by Isabel Hardman.
29/08/1911m 36s

What does Boris Johnson's prorogation of Parliament mean?

With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman. Presented by John Connolly.
28/08/1917m 52s

Can Jeremy Corbyn unite anti no-deal MPs?

With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman. Presented by John Connolly.
27/08/1913m 44s

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 25/08/19

Katy Balls takes you through the highlights from the day's interviews, including those at the G7 summit. Featured today are Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Grant Shapps, Andy Burnham, Barry Gardiner and Sir David Warren. Produced by Matthew Taylor.
25/08/1912m 2s

Did Boris achieve anything in Europe?

With Fraser Nelson and Stephen Bush. Presented by Katy Balls.
23/08/1912m 19s

Can Brexit be solved in 30 days?

With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Cindy Yu.
22/08/1912m 5s

Boris goes to Berlin

With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Cindy Yu.
21/08/1916m 33s

Does Boris really want a deal?

With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Cindy Yu.
20/08/1915m 27s

The Yellowhammer leak

With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls. Presented by Cindy Yu.
19/08/1912m 20s

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 18/08/19

Isabel Hardman takes you through the best of Sunday's interviews. Today's highlights come from Gina Miller, Kwasi Kwarteng, Laura Pidcock and Malcolm Rifkind. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.
18/08/1910m 12s

Could Tory rebels bring down the government?

With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Cindy Yu.
16/08/1913m 56s
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