Political Currency

Political Currency

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Ed Balls and George Osborne take us behind closed doors into the rooms where decisions are made. Having battled it out across the despatch box, the former Chancellor and shadow chancellor now meet in the studio to discuss the decisions that affect the nation’s pockets. Our frenemies have the knowledge and experience to explain how good politics follows the economics - and expose how the powerful become powerless when faced with market forces and political currents they can’t control. Join us every Thursday.


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Episodes

Chaos in the Commons

Chaos reigns supreme in Parliament this week after a tabled Labour amendment led to calls for Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle to resign. Is it really as big a deal as has been made out? Or is it a huge mess for the Speaker to overcome?Why isn’t the economy front and centre in this election year? It is on Political Currency! This week Ed Balls and George Osborne focus on housing policy. Will election battles be won on the greenbelt? And on Cameron-watch George’s mate David has been at the G20 summit, via the Falklands - the first UK politician to visit the islands since 2016. Does the foreign secretary have political motivation, or - as George suspects - is it just a bit of good old-fashioned political tourism to a place that holds curiosity for centrist dads everywhere? Follow us on social media: @polcurrency and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Producers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan CopelinProduction support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/02/24·1h 1m

EMQs: Private school fees and public sackings

Ed Balls and George Osborne answer more of your Ex-Minister’s Questions. Speaking of ex-ministers, Nick Boles, wants to know if there’s still an opportunity for anyone except Trump and Biden in the race for POTUS... And what about Labour’s proposed VAT on private school fees - will it cause a state school influx? Is the left a bit ‘male’ as George alleges? Ed isn’t convinced. Plus, they both revisit their experience of very publicly losing their jobs.Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan CopelinProduction support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·36m 33s

'Rishession' and Starmer’s anti-semitism problem

The United Kingdom has fallen into recession… technically. It couldn’t be worse timing for the Sunak government, which will now have this gloomy economic news - already dubbed ‘Rishession’ - hanging over its head for the next three months. What would Ed and George do next?Meanwhile, Labour has been battling a crisis of its own, as it’s embroiled in another row over anti-semitism in the party. Has Keir Starmer done enough to address concerns over Rochdale candidate Azhar Ali? Ed and George agree it’s an embarrassing mess for Starmer and the worst week of his leadership so far.Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie Stopher and Nathan CopelinProduction support: Miriam Hall Production Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/24·53m 54s

EMQs: Our next female PM & tea with Dr Dre

Ed Balls and George Osborne are back with more of your questions. Is the minimum wage making life harder for businesses? Which party will our next female Prime Minister hail from? Does Keir Starmer have enough charisma to maintain his leadership? Ed and George also reveal their best ever celebrity meetings - although George’s turns out to be a little too hip for Ed. And if you’ve ever wondered if Ed considered dropping the ‘Balls’ - well, it emerges it could have been worse. Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/24·35m 10s

What do Sunak and Starmer actually stand for?

It’s been a week of missteps for Rishi Sunak - an uncomfortable bet struck with Piers Morgan over Rwanda and a jibe gone wrong at PMQs - plus Liz Truss and her PopCon launch can’t have helped. Is this a precursor to the next leadership contest - or just misguided lessons in popularity with one of the least popular PMs of all time?In Labour land, the party’s £28 billion on green spending U-turn is finally coming to fruition, weeks after Ed predicted it would. Is it screeching to a stop enough for people to notice - and what will come in its place? Ed and George debate how effective the rollback is.And as Buckingham Palace announces King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, Ed and George reflect on how a modern monarchy communicates with the public.Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/24·47m 54s

EMQs: Social media screw-ups and has Matt Hancock been misunderstood?

On this week's Ex-minister’s Questions, a listeners asks if Matt Hancock has simply been misunderstood? No guesses for which way Ed and George fall on that one. They’re also tackling social care policy, Sunday opening hours, and the real meaning of 'Chatham House rules'. Speaking of which, we've had correspondence from an anonymous source with a revelation about Rishi Sunak and a disappearing video he filmed for social media's most successful foodie account; TOPJAW.Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/24·26m 11s

Brexit Means Bankers' Bonuses!

Wednesday marked the four-year anniversary of Brexit. Passed you by? Don’t worry, George admits he deleted the celebratory email from Tory HQ in protest. One old legacy of EU regulation is the bankers’ bonus cap, which Rachel Reeves revealed Labour would not reinstate if it won the election. Ed thinks she might be boxing herself in. He and George debate whether Britain has capitalised on its freedom from ‘red tape’ or if it’s all been a bit of a flop.Rishi Sunak has announced a ban on disposable vapes. Sensible public health decision or the nanny state in action? Ed and George discuss whether the vaping ban ties in with Sunak’s clean living, fasting, tech bro image and whether it marks a break with the ultra-libertarian faction of the party. Should we just let Sunak be Sunak?And zut alors! Ed crossed the Channel this week and made two important discoveries: a fantastic brasserie, and the oncoming depression in French political circles. As farmers blockade the streets of Paris, Ed and George ask what challenges President Macron faces and whether his successor could be a member of the far-right. Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/24·46m 10s

EMQs: Political nicknames, a radical NHS & snorting in Parliament

Ed and George tackle more Ex-Ministers’ Questions. What are the best nicknames they’ve heard in politics? Is it time to radically rethink the NHS? How can the Israel-Palestine conflict be talked about in a way that’s respectful to both sides? And George reveals one of the strangest rules in the House of Commons... may contain references to snorting - you have been warned!To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to receive your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/24·33m 40s

How (not) to take down a prime minister

Has Rishi Sunak survived his first attempted coup? It might look like Simon Clarke’s amounted to nothing but Ed and George think it might be too soon to tell whether he’s failed yet. They have plenty of insights into plots past, and the many ways they can fizzle, burn, or downright engulf a prime minister.Elsewhere in politics, the UK tax burden has been drifting up to a rate not seen since the 1960s. Can any chancellor - current or future - do anything about it?And in Europe, a beleaguered German coalition faces economic problems of their own, plus the looming  rise of the far-right. Is the most stable country in Europe headed towards ‘Dexit’?Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/24·49m 49s

EMQs: Preparing for PMQs, crisis management & setting the royal budget

Ed and George are back to answer more of your Ex-Ministers' Questions. Who would lead a crisis during coalition negotiations? How do you prepare for PMQs? George and Ed discuss how they changed how the monarchy is financed. George reveals his double-life as leader of the Labour party. And Ed is grilled about kicking Susanna Reid in the head on live TV…To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to get your voice notes! Follow us on social media: @polcurrency Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie Stopher Production Manager: Flick Heath Executive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie Clifford Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/24·31m 28s

Rishi Sunak's next nightmare

Rishi Sunak survived Tory mutiny over the Rwanda policy, but he’s not out of the woods just yet. Ed and George explain why his road to election 2024 still faces huge problems.Meanwhile, George has been in Davos this week. He reveals his celebrity spots - including Sting - as well as the global mood on the economy. But is this more than just a glitzy who’s who? Ed thinks it's a prime opportunity for opposition parties to show they mean business.  And, in America, Donald Trump has claimed victory in the Iowa caucus. It could mean a return to the White House in 2025. Can foreign leaders come back from their scathing attacks and form a new relationship, and should they?Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/01/24·50m 0s

EMQs: Special Advisers, tuition fees and is the Barnett formula fair?

Welcome to our first edition of EMQs - Ex-Ministers' Questions... see what we did there?. Every Monday, our ex-ministers will take your questions. Ed Balls and George Osborne will also hear from some influential and famous voices.In our first episode: did the Lib Dems agree to ditch their pledge on tuition fees during the coalition talks? What is the Barnett formula and is it fair? And why are Special Advisers such as Dominic Cummings so influential?To send in your questions for next week's episode, email questions@politicalcurrency.co.uk - we love to get your voice notes!Follow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/01/24·31m 13s

George reveals the election date!

General election fever begins as George shares his insider tip on when the country can expect to go to the polls. But the new year has kicked off with new problems for political leaders. What do they need to get in order first? How can they tackle a much older issue that’s been dominating politics this week? The ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office has captured the public’s imagination and led to demands for justice. Ed and George reflect on how they missed the story the first time round, and whether it will change the role of local MPs.And as war rages on in Ukraine and between Israel and Gaza, Ed and George examine the Taiwanese election, which could have the potential to trigger more global conflict if the result doesn’t please China. What should you look out for as the island goes to the polls this weekend?Missing our Questions section? Good news! EMQs - that’s Ex-Ministers’ Questions - will now drop every Monday morning with more answers than we have time for in the Thursday episode. Make sure you’re subscribed to this feed to listen, and send your questions to questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/01/24·52m 1s

Inside The Room: The Coalition Talks (Part 2)

After two days of negotiations, the Conservatives had begun to worry a deal was slipping through their fingers. So what shifted to put David Cameron in Number 10? Danny Alexander is back with Ed and George to relive the five tense days in 2010 that led to a coalition government between the Tories and the Lib Dems.In our second instalment, Ed and George grill Nick Clegg’s former Chief of Staff and lead negotiator about the moment he told Gordon Brown he had to go, and why the Lib Dems decided to join forces with the Tories. The former insiders also discuss what Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak and Ed Davey can learn from these tense negotiations.Inside The Room is a new series from Political Currency, where Ed and George dive deep into the big moments of political history. They will draw back the curtain on the drama and emotions that have fuelled the decisions made at the highest level, and explore the lasting effects those choices have had today.Producers: Rachel BalmerProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordArchive: BBC News and Sky News Political Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/24·55m 49s

Inside The Room: The Coalition Talks (Part 1)

To the shock of the whole country, the 2010 general election delivered a hung parliament. The result kick-started five days of arguments and negotiations as the real race to Number 10 began between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, with Nick Clegg as kingmaker. In this special episode, Ed Balls and George Osborne are joined by Danny Alexander, who was Nick Clegg's Chief of Staff and the Lib Dem lead negotiator during the coalition talks. George and Ed were also leading negotiations on behalf of David Cameron and Gordon Brown. The three take us 'inside the room' of the talks, giving insider first-hand accounts of the high-octane, stressful, and emotional negotiations.Part 2 of 'Inside The Room: The Coalition Talks' drops on January 4th. Inside The Room is a new series from Political Currency, where Ed and George dive deep into the big moments of political history. They will draw back the curtain on the drama and emotions that have fuelled the decisions made at the highest level, and explore the lasting effects those choices have had today.Producer: Rachel BalmerProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordArchive: BBC News and Sky NewsPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/12/23·33m 16s

Christmas Questions Special: Jeremy Hunt, Rachel Reeves & Stephen Fry

Ed and George answer questions from some very special guests...Jeremy Hunt asks about the power budgets can have on elections, Stephen Fry grills George on the Elgin Marbles, and Susannah Reid wants to know what Ed and George think is the most significant TV interview they’ve seen. As we head into an election year, they reminisce on their first time as candidates, how they met their big political partners, and Rachel Reeves asks them about their best Christmases in the Treasury.Producer: Rachel BalmerProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/23·40m 57s

Do They Know It's Election Time?

George comes bearing gifts… the news of a winter election next year. As parliament winds down for Christmas, Ed and George reveal there’s no rest for politicians. The mood in the Tory party is gloomy, but could this be a critical moment for the opposition to strike?Cameron, Starmer and Sunak have all been calling for a ‘sustainable ceasefire’ in Gaza. But is there such a thing? George throws down the challenge to our new ‘Rolls-Royce’ foreign sec.The junior doctors are on strike again. Ed and George think they’re asking for too much. Can any government get this under control before polling day?Producers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/23·56m 37s

Keir Starmer’s popularity problem

It’s not just Rishi Sunak’s approval rating which has taken a battering. Keir Starmer has his own popularity problem. Why?The so-called ‘five families’ of the Tory party threaten to “go to the mattresses” over the Rwanda bill, but end up bottling it. Is Mark Francois really the next Don Corleone? Ukraine’s President Zelensky has embarked on a world tour, pleading for more money for the Ukraine war. Is it time to rethink their strategy? And why London’s time as the great financial centre of the world might be over.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/12/23·1h

Tory shambles: Rwanda resignation and Boris at the Covid inquiry

Another week… another meltdown for the Conservatives. Ed and George ask whether the Tory civil wars have been reignited by the rift over Rwanda and Robert Jenrick’s shock resignation. Is Sunak’s position weaker than ever?Meanwhile former prime ministers haunt party leaders wherever they go. Boris Johnson is giving evidence at the Covid inquiry, painting a picture of chaos during his tenure. George shares his own theories about the dire state of Johnson’s personal finances.And Keir Starmer faces his critics after evoking Margaret Thatcher’s legacy this week. Ed and George share their stories about the Iron Lady.Producer: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/12/23·54m 34s

Sunak's Greek Tragedy

The Autumn Statement hasn’t delivered the stability and calm that Sunak and Hunt likely hoped for. A rift in the party over immigration, a chaotic Covid inquiry and to top it off, a diplomatic incident with the Greek PM over the Parthenon Sculptures. In a week where Sunak hoped his Global Investment Summit would grab the headlines, why are the Tories failing to land their message?Meanwhile, it's reported Sunak rebuffed Cabinet Secretary Simon Case’s proposals to allow talks between the opposition and the Civil Service to begin. Ed and George shed some light on the process, and why Sunak shouldn’t block Labour preparing for government.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathResearcher: Archie Herrod RobinsonExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/11/23·1h 1m

Losing control of migration?

The Autumn Statement continues to ripple through Westminster, and a new energy price cap puts the cost of living back into the spotlight. As the Chancellor continues his media rounds and Labour weighs in with their response, Ed and George share their experiences of the political traps set by big budget shakeups. Meanwhile, immigration is the big topic around the world today, as new migration figures are released in the UK, and elections are won in the Netherlands and Argentina over the issue. So just how can a government show they’re taking immigration concerns seriously while still filling jobs?Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer and Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production and part of the Acast Creator Network. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/11/23·56m 20s

HOT TAKE: The pre-election Autumn Statement?

George and Ed react to Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement. Is he really the tax cutting Chancellor he's claiming to be, and are we on course for an early election? And we’ll be back again tomorrow with more detail on the Chancellor’s plans as the picture becomes clearer.Email: questions@persephonica.comExec producer: Dino SofosProducer: Rachel BalmerProduction Manager: Flick HeathPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/11/23·28m 54s

Tories at war and a Labour rebellion

It’s been a wild week in Westminster and it’s starting to look like the Tories are losing their grip. Ed and George chew over the Supreme Court’s judgment on Rwanda and what it means for Sunak. Could his new Foreign Secretary slam the brakes on some Tories’ hopes to leave the ECHR?Meanwhile, Keir Starmer faced a huge rebellion of his MPs over the SNP’s ceasefire amendment. Ed explains why this isn’t as big a threat to the Labour leader as it first appears... And though this psycho-drama has quickly buried any good news on inflation, over at No.11 Jeremy Hunt has his head down in Autumn Statement preparations. George reflects on how something as simple as a pasty can cause everything to fall apart. Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel Balmer & Paige ReynoldsProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/11/23·1h 7m

HOT TAKE: The Return of David Cameron

Rishi Sunak has finally sacked Suella Braverman, and the reshuffle has opened the door for the most unlikely return to politics: David Cameron. In our first HOT TAKE bonus episode, Ed Balls and George Osborne - his closest political friend - brings us the inside scoop on our new Foreign Secretary.Email questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyExec producers: Ellie Clifford and Dino SofosProducer: Rachel BalmerProduction Manager: Flick HeathPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/23·22m 19s

How do you solve a problem like Suella?

Suella Braverman has attacked the Met Police Chief’s decision to allow the pro-Palestine march this Saturday, putting Rishi Sunak in a tricky position. Ed asks George whether firing her is the only option.Civil servants and ministers are currently scrambling around the Treasury to get everything ready for the upcoming Autumn Statement. All eyes will be on Jeremy Hunt: will he survive his big moment?And Nadine Dorries’ book is out today, shedding light on the shadowy group she calls ‘the Movement’ operating at the heart of government. Is populism over in British politics?Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rachel BalmerResearcher: Archie Herrod RobinsonProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/23·1h

The price of Johnson's toxic Downing Street culture

It was Dominic Cummings' turn at the Covid inquiry this week and - as George predicted - we heard about the misogynistic language being used in Boris Johnson's Number 10. What does it reveal about the toxic culture operating in Westminster at that time? And why this isn't ancient history for the Tories.Trouble is still brewing for Keir Starmer over his party's response to the Israel-Gaza conflict. Is his political authority in danger?And why the American economy is having a much bigger impact on your house price than you think.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media @polcurrencyProducers: Paige ReynoldsResearcher: Archie Herrod Robinson Production Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/11/23·56m 31s

Disgusting Covid WhatsApps, Starmer’s Gaza dilemma and Sunak’s AI adviser

Keir Starmer has shifted his position on Gaza. But he’s still not calling for a ceasefire. Has this incident been a wake up call for the Labour party? George Osborne reveals that we’ll be hearing about some “shocking and disgusting” messages sent by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings at the Covid inquiry next week. And we’re joined by Matt Clifford, Rishi Sunak’s representative for the AI Safety Summit. He’s warning of the need to avoid a “Three Mile Island” moment for AI.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Paige ReynoldsResearcher: Archie Herrod Robinson Production Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/23·1h 4m

Starmer’s Israel mis-step, by-elections and Covid angst

Keir Starmer’s potentially got his party into hot water this week over his position on Israel’s right to defend herself - what should he do next? And what risk does it pose to Labour support in any upcoming elections?Speaking of elections: As we await results of two by-elections, George and Ed give their predictions and share memories of outgoing Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries. George has been giving evidence in the Covid-19 inquiry, which is back in session. It’s rumbling on quietly at the moment, but with some big names coming up, how will it disrupt the Conservative’s autumn plans?And the Institute for Fiscal Studies has released its annual Green Budget, but are we really headed for recession? And what else should Jeremy Hunt and Rachel Reeves be worried about?Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie Stopher and Paige Reynolds Production Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/10/23·1h 4m

Israel-Gaza: What are Sunak and Starmer privately thinking?

The violence between Israel and Gaza rages on. What are Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer thinking behind the scenes in Westminster? And what does the conflict mean for the global economy?Elsewhere, it was Labour’s turn to set our their stall at conference. Keir Starmer gave a glittering performance with housing at its core, and the ex-Bank Of England chief gave Rachel Reeves a glowing endorsement. But Ed and George both think there’s more to do to convince voters.And could higher interest rates mean that young people can actually get on the housing ladder?Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordPolitical Currency is a Persephonica Production and is part of the Acast Creator Network. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/23·51m 29s

Is Sunak tearing the Tories apart?

It's conference season and Ed and George aren't short of speeches to dissect. The Prime Minister has launched his new and improved radical Rishi persona this week - is it enough to save the Conservatives at the next election? And can it compete with the real talk of the conference - a certain Mr Farage spotted here there and everywhere?Meanwhile, Labour are preparing to take to the stage for their own conference in Liverpool, with Rachel Reeves' hotly anticipated speech on Monday. Can the shadow chancellor walk the tightrope of offering optimism without over-promising? These two former shadows offer a few choice thoughts.And elsewhere, the decision in the US to pause military support for Ukraine has shaken the EU - here's why it might have a long-lasting impact of Britain's approach to foreign policy too.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/23·1h

Suella, conference mayhem and a mystery turd...

Suella Braverman has caused a row this week after her controversial comments on Britain’s immigration policy. Ed and George argue over whether she took the right approach. The Conservative party prepares to head off to its conference. Why is this a critical moment for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak?Is Manchester mayor Andy Burnham’s support for HS3 a gift to Sunak, and a disaster for HS2?And why did George and David Cameron have to scoop a turd out of Rupert Murdoch’s pool?Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducer: Paige ReynoldsProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/23·48m 31s

Sunak cuts the ‘green crap’

Is Boris Johnson the real target of Rishi Sunak’s rollback of green policies? George reveals there is a split in the Conservative party over rumours that the government will abandon its HS2 expansion. The Bank of England leaves interest rates unchanged - should we be surprised? And why we should be paying attention to the escalating row over the killing of a Sikh separatist on Canadian soil.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/09/23·48m 12s

HS2 in doubt, China spies and the triple lock

As Jeremy Hunt scrambles for pre-election tax cuts, the northern leg of HS2 is under threat and pensioners are facing a smaller raise in payments than they were expecting. Is the Chancellor making mistakes that will cost his party an important support base? And pressure is mounting on Rishi Sunak over allegations of a Chinese spy in parliament, but that's far from his only problem - with oil prices soaring, how can the Prime Minister make sure he keeps his inflation pledge?In this first episode of Political Currency, old rivals Ed Balls and George Osborne join forces to examine what's going on behind the scenes of the big stories, what their own experience can tell us, and what they think the key players should do next.Email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFollow us on social media: @polcurrencyProducers: Rosie StopherProduction Manager: Flick HeathExecutive Producers: Dino Sofos and Ellie CliffordThis is a Persephonica Production Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/09/23·44m 51s

Introducing... Political Currency

Welcome to Political Currency! Before we bring you our first episode this Thursday, 14th September, we thought we'd tell you what our podcast is all about.Ed Balls and George Osborne will take you behind closed doors into the rooms where decisions are made. Having battled it out across the despatch box, the former Chancellor and shadow chancellor are now meeting in the studio to discuss the decisions that affect the nation’s pockets. Our frenemies have the knowledge and experience to explain how good politics follows the economics - and expose how the powerful become powerless when faced with market forces and political currents they can’t control.If you have questions for Ed and George, email: questions@politicalcurrency.co.ukFind us on social media @polcurrencyPolitical Currency is a Persephonica production. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/09/23·15m 43s
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