James Forsyth

Reading the Tea Party

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Tea Party America with Andrew Neil, Renegade Pictures for the BBC

This Tuesday we will find out the electoral strength of the Tea Party, the insurgent political movement that has already toppled several favourites of the Republican Establishment. From this side of the Atlantic, it has been hard to get a handle on the Tea Party. Does it represent a right turn in US politics or is it just a rag-tag group whose policies and candidates are just too extreme to be electable?

To answer this question, Andrew Neil headed to the States this summer; travelling to the states where the Tea Party has made the most impact. His documentary on it airs on BBC 2 at 7PM on Monday, there’s a clip from it above. Andrew is also writing an essay on it for the coming issue of The Spectator.