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The Spectator podcast: When the right goes wrong | 30 April 2016

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Is crazy all the rage in today’s politics and are conservatives going a little bit mad? That’s the topic for this week’s Spectator cover piece in which Freddy Gray argues that in America and in Britain, the right is tearing itself apart. Whilst Brits might be busy pointing and laughing at Donald Trump, all over the world conservatism is having a nervous breakdown, says Freddy. And the EU referendum is starting to prove that British Conservatives can be as barmy as everyone else. Freddy speaks to Lara Prendergast and is also joined on the podcast by Tom Slater, author of ‘Unsafe Space’, and deputy editor of Spiked.

Speaking on the podcast, Freddy says:

‘We’ve known for a while that the left is going bananas and a lot of conservatives, particularly in this country, have been very smug about Jeremy Corbyn and the sort of the wildness of the left and the fact that the Blairite model has completely failed. But what they haven’t noticed is the fact that on the right, the same thing has been going on.’

Meanwhile, Britain is going to the polls next week but James Forsyth says that no one seems to care. Yet is it only the question of Brexit which has distracted everyone away from May’s contests? James is joined by Spectator editor Fraser Nelson to discuss our electoral apathy. On the podcast, James says:

‘I think the principle reason is the EU referendum which is dominating the agenda. But I think it is also something else, which is that Scottish politics is now so distinct from Westminster politics that people don’t think much can be learnt from what happens there.

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