Sebastian Payne

The Spectator podcast: ‘You can’t say that’, Osborne’s challenge and Obama’s struggle

Are there truths in modern Britain we can’t speak about? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Spectator columnist Rod Liddle discusses his cover feature on why we  are so reluctant to talk about certain topics. Was Dominic Grieve right to apologise for his comments last week? Is this a case of political correctness getting worse? And is it too late to do anything about it?

James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman also look at George Osborne’s preparations for the 2013 Autumn Statement. According to James’ column, he was recently caught filming Bono and Bob Gedolf at a party  — what does this say about the man? What can we expect to see from the Autumn Statement? How will the Chancellor deal with Ed Balls?

Plus, Freddy Gray examines why Barack Obama isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, president to attempt to remould the arc of history — and fail. What does the Iran deal and Obamacare failure suggest his legacy will be? Is it a personal problem for Obama or one with American politics? Would Ronald Reagan have fallen prey to the same issue today?

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The View from 22 — 28 November 2013. Length: 26:25

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