The Spectator

Podcast: Boris is back, Baroness Warsi’s resignation and the demise of the ‘nice girl’

Podcast: Boris is back, Baroness Warsi's resignation and the demise of the 'nice girl'
Text settings

Here comes Boris! After he announced yesterday that he will stand as an MP in 2015, the next Tory leadership fight has just begun. Now that Boris is back in the fray, and making Eurosceptic noises, he has an excellent chance of making it to No. 10 – to assume what he believes is his rightful destiny — the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Freddy Gray presents this week's podcast, and talks to Harry Mount about how Boris's parliamentary campaign might play out. Isabel Hardman also examines the possible constituencies he might pick.

The other major political story this week was Baroness Warsi’s shock resignation. But was it political or poisonous? Douglas Murray believes Warsi was over-promoted and incompetent, and is glad to see the back of her. Tim Stanley believes this is a harsh judgement of a nuanced politician who stood up for what she believed.

Plus, whatever happened to the ‘nice girl’? In this week’s magazine, Florence King suggests niceness has become the ‘eighth deadly sin for any self-respecting feminist’. Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, the founder of the Vagenda blog, discusses whether this is the case with two Spectator girls – Camilla Swift and Lara Prendergast.

[audioplayer src="" title="Boris is back, Baroness Warsi's resignation and the demise of the 'nice girl'" fullwidth="yes"]

The View from 22 podcast