The Edition

Inside the plot to take down Rishi Sunak

42 min listen

Welcome to a slightly new format for the Edition podcast! Each week will be talking about the magazine – as per usual – but trying to give a little more insight into the process behind putting The Spectator to bed each week. 

On the podcast: The Spectator’s political editor Katy Balls writes our cover story this week about ‘the plot’ to oust Rishi Sunak. When former culture secretary Nadine Dorries made the claim in her book that a secret cabal of advisors were responsible for taking down prime ministers, she was laughed at. But with shadowy backroom fixers assembling to try and take down the prime minister, did she have a point? Katy joins the podcast alongside the Financial Times’ Stephen Bush to discuss what makes a successful ‘plot’. (03:11)

Also: Lara and Will take us through some of their favourite pieces from this week’s issue, featuring an extract from the ‘letter from Antarctica’, narrated by its author Robbie Mallet, a polar climate scientist at UiT the Arctic University of Norway. (15:33)

Then: The Spectator’s commissioning editor Mary Wakefield writes her column this week about XL Bullies. She says that coming face to face with one forced her to change her tune when it comes to the vilified breed and joins the podcast alongside XL Bully owner Sophie Coultard. (19:45)

And finally: who knew women love flowers?

Henry Jeffreys, for one. Ahead of Valentine’s Day he writes this week about his surprise at learning that women do, in fact, love flowers. He speaks with Lara – a former florist herself – about the dos and don’ts of flower purchasing. (32:37)

Hosted by William Moore and Lara Prendergast.

Produced by Oscar Edmondson.

If there are any areas of the magazine that you are particularly interested in or any questions you have for Will and Lara, please email: We will try and answer as many as we can in next week’s episode. 


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