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20 minutes | a day ago
Sturgeon versus Salmond
Alex Salmond has pulled out from his appearance in front of the harassment complaints committee, where he was expected to give evidence about an alleged breach of the ministerial code by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Fraser Nelson speaks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about the SNP implosion.
12 minutes | 2 days ago
The lockdown roadmap explained
Boris Johnson has finally set out his roadmap for easing lockdown. On the episode, Katy Balls talks to Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth about what to expect over the next few months.
15 minutes | 2 days ago
Has Carrie divided No. 10?
Yet more personnel changes have happened in Downing Street, with Oliver Lewis the latest to depart. The weekend papers were full of briefings that Carrie Symonds is the reason for the latest strife. Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson about how much truth there is in that.
11 minutes | 3 days ago
Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 21/02/21
Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's interview shows. Featured today are Matt Hancock, Sir Keir Starmer, John McDonnell, The Most Reverend Justin Welby and Jo Whiley.
13 minutes | 4 days ago
Boris's climate conundrum
While coronavirus has dominated the last year in politics, domestic issues are creeping back onto the agenda. Near the top of the list is reaching Net Zero by 2050 - not least because climate-conscious Joe Biden is now in the White House. Can Britain hit its target? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.
10 minutes | 5 days ago
Has Macron stolen Boris's G7 thunder?
Emmanuel Macron has said wealthy nations should begin donating up to five per cent of their vaccines to Africa. It comes as Boris Johnson hosts a virtual G7 today - Joe Biden's first multilateral meeting. Has the French president stolen Boris's thunder? Cindy Yu speaks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls.
15 minutes | 6 days ago
Why Starmer is no modern day Beveridge
Today's speech from the Labour leader was billed to be 'Beveridge-style'. On the podcast, Kate Andrews tells Katy Balls and James Forsyth why it was nothing of the sort, and they strategise what Starmer should have said.
17 minutes | 7 days ago
Why is the government banking on lateral flow tests?
It's not the Forsyth Spit Bucket, but it may help us ease lockdown. Cindy Yu talks to Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls about why the government is banking so much on rapid tests, given that vaccination was meant to be the route out.
9 minutes | 8 days ago
Will rapid testing bring back nightclubs?
Nadhim Zahawi this morning said that scientists are working on rapid Covid tests to reopen large events. The vaccine deployment minister said that 'new technologies' are being trialled at the Porton Down laboratories, and ruled out the government introducing vaccine passports. Cindy Yu speaks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
18 minutes | 9 days ago
What does Boris’s ‘cautious’ approach mean for lockdown easing?
Despite the UK hitting its target of giving 15 million people their first vaccine dose by 15 February, Boris Johnson said the path to reopening will be 'cautious but irreversible'. What does this approach mean for the return to normal life? Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.
13 minutes | 10 days ago
Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 14/02/21
Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political programmes. Today's interviews featured Dominic Raab, Professor John Watson, Mark Drakeford, Bridget Phillipson and Professor Tim Spector.
17 minutes | 11 days ago
Is the government doing enough to fix the cladding crisis?
With the government facing a backbench revolt over how to fix the pressing issue of unsafe cladding on high rise buildings, Katy Balls asks Conservative MP Bob Blackman and the Spectator's assistant editor Emma Byrne about the government's response so far.
18 minutes | 12 days ago
Will the economy bounce back after lockdown?
Despite the GDP figures from the ONS today, the Bank of England's chief economist Andy Haldane has written an optimistic commentary today, arguing why he thinks the British economy will bounce back after Covid restrictions end. Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews, the Spectator's Economics Correspondent, and James Forsyth about that possibility.
18 minutes | 13 days ago
Are Tory lockdown-sceptics returning in force?
After a brief winter hibernation, it seems that the lockdown-sceptic wing of the Conservative party is returning in force. Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about the increasing clamour to reopen society and whether the government really has shifted the goalposts for easing lockdown.
10 minutes | 14 days ago
Boris Johnson sets out the new normal on vaccines
At PMQs today, Boris Johnson said the public would need to 'get used to the idea of vaccinating and then revaccinating in the autumn, as we come to face these new variants.' The government's contract with the Wrexham factory that helps make the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been extended to August 2022 at the earliest, so will repeat inoculations be the way forward? Katy Balls speaks to Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.
15 minutes | 15 days ago
China hawks suffer a setback
The government has managed to delay a backbench rebellion on the so-called 'genocide amendment' today, using what Iain Duncan Smith called 'arcane procedural games'. The Trade Bill amendment, which would have seen courts given the power to designate abuses as a genocide, was expected to have a significant number of Tory backers. Katy Balls discusses with James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
13 minutes | 16 days ago
Should the government be more concerned about the South African variant?
Latest research from the University of Oxford shows that their vaccine has 'minimal protection' against the South African variant of the coronavirus. Should the government be doing more to protect UK borders? Katy Balls speaks to Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.
12 minutes | 17 days ago
Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 07/02/21
Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political programmes. Today's contributions come from Nadhim Zadhawi, Ed Miliband, Andy Burnham and Professor Sarah Gilbert.
14 minutes | 18 days ago
Will Boris Johnson's Northern Ireland gamble pay off?
Sensing an opportunity after the EU triggered Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the British government is in talks with the EU over compromises to the agreement. Will this gamble pay off, or could it backfire to stoke tensions on the island of Ireland? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Denis Staunton, London Editor of the Irish Times.
13 minutes | 19 days ago
Should schools return in February?
Some Sage scientists have broken rank to suggest that the falling infection rates mean that schools in England should go back at the end of this month, like in Scotland. Will the government cave from their March 8th promise? Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
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