Sebastian Payne

Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn
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How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how a fear of Isis is leading Arab states to support the lesser of two evils. Is working with al-Qa'eda offshoots the only choice for Western countries? How significant was the decision not to bomb Syria in fighting Isis? And how does the new deal with Iran affect the West’s efforts?

James Forsyth and George Eaton also discuss the momentum behind Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to be Labour leader. Are some in the parliamentary Labour party regretting ‘loaning’ Corbyn MPs to put him on the ballot paper? How has his presence affected what the other candidates are doing? And is there any possibility that he might actually become Labour leader?

Plus, Mark Greaves explains how the Church of England is planning to expand and is looking to management consultants for the answers. Justin Welby is hiring management consultants to increase the number of trainee priests and build up congregations — is there a conflict between the religious and business side of the church?

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