The Spectator Podcast

The Spectator Podcast: the bromance of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump

12 July 2019 10:25

Boris Johnson has been under fire this week for not coming to the defence of Sir Kim Darroch. Is this a sign of things to come? In this week’s cover, Freddy Gray takes a look at what transatlantic relations might look like under a prime minister Johnson, arguing that Boris…

On Trump, President Xi had no idea what was coming

28 June 2019 15:52

When Donald Trump took the US presidency in 2016, China was wary, but hopeful. Here’s was a businessman for whom money was important, and China could offer economic growth for both countries through trade. But three years on, Trump has waged a trade war against China and boycotted its national…

The Spectator Podcast: greenwashing blue Tories

14 June 2019 17:40

In early May, the Climate Change Committee recommended that Britain adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050 for greenhouse gases; and in Theresa May’s last minute fumbling for a domestic legacy, she set her sights on this target. Earlier this week, the government committed to emit net zero greenhouse…

Is Theresa May’s climate change target realistic?

12 June 2019 9:20

In a last-ditch effort to find a domestic legacy, Theresa May has set her sights on the hot topic of the day: climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions in Britain will be cut to zero by 2050, the PM has pledged. May’s promise is a response to the Extinction Rebellion protests that…

The Spectator Podcast: what awaits the next prime minister?

7 June 2019 17:33

As Theresa May hands over the keys to Downing Street, what burning injustices will she also hand over to her successor? Isabel Hardman writes in this week’s cover piece that there’s nothing funny about the question – there is a series of hard decisions on domestic crises that the May…

The Spectator Podcast: who will emerge from the Tory scrum?

31 May 2019 15:42

A full baker’s dozen is in the running to become the next Tory leader, with even more expected to declare before the deadline of June 10th. But the party will whittle them down to just two, who will then be put to the members. So who will the final two…

The Spectator Podcast: Corbyn isn’t working

24 May 2019 14:51

Labour’s constructive ambiguity on Brexit has served it well since the 2017 election. But as the country votes in European elections this week, has the party miscalculated in being too ambiguous? Nick Cohen writes in this week’s cover article that Labour should have positioned itself as the party of Remain,…

The Spectator Podcast: is Boris the man?

17 May 2019 15:12

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Is that man Boris? And if it is, what still stands in his way? In this week’s cover article, James Forsyth writes that Boris is the only one who can save the Tories from Jeremy Corbyn and, more pressingly, Nigel Farage (he’s backed up…

The Spectator Podcast: Train your brain

10 May 2019 13:27

Can playing brain-training games slow, or even reverse, the brain’s ageing? In this week’s Spectator, Camilla Cavendish suggests that we are far too fatalistic about getting old. She argues that new research suggests it may be possible for our brains to keep developing well into our later years. Linda Blair,…

The Spectator Podcast: the Brexit party, drugs, and fake lesbians

3 May 2019 18:10

As the two main parties reel from their local election performances today, are we at the beginning of a golden age for smaller parties? James Forsyth evaluates the chances of the Brexit party – Nigel Farage’s new electoral outfit – in this week’s cover piece. The conclusion isn’t pretty for…

The Spectator Podcast: the Scruton tapes

26 April 2019 14:40

The controversy surrounding Sir Roger Scruton’s dismissal from his role as chairman of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission continues. In this week’s cover piece, Douglas Murray talks us through the tape of the interview that got Scruton fired and tells the story of how a character assassination unfolded on Twitter. He is joined…

The Spectator Podcast: Easter special

18 April 2019 17:46

Earlier this week the world watched in horror as the Notre Dame went up in flames. Although the roof and its spire were lost, the main body of the cathedral survived. So did most of its holy artefacts, and the gleaming, golden cross above the altar – which graces this…

The Spectator Podcast: where did things go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

12 April 2019 12:59

While Friday may mean the end of the working week for most of us, for many in France, it means the start of a long weekend out in the streets clad in a gilet jaune. As Emmanuel Macron pushes for a tough stance against the UK in Brexit negotiations in…

The Spectator Podcast: how Brexit descended into chaos

5 April 2019 17:38

This week we reached a new level of chaos in British politics. With parliament voting down all indicatives vote options, as well as May’s deal for the third time, the Prime Minister was running out of moves. So that’s how we find ourselves here: with a Prime Minister reaching out…

The Spectator Podcast: life after May and the Victorian women who explored

29 March 2019 17:00

This week, Theresa May finally promised to leave – but only after her Brexit deal passes. Anticipation of her departure has already triggered a leadership race within the Conservative party – who will take after her, and what does Brexit and the country look like after May leaves? On the…

The Spectator Podcast: is Brexit a national humiliation?

22 March 2019 18:19

This week opened with the cautious optimism of a third meaningful vote passing, and ends, as our cover depicts, with Theresa May begging the EU for an extension. After John Bercow’s ruling that May’s Brexit deal cannot be voted on a third time, unless with ‘substantive changes’, the chances of…

The Spectator Podcast: the surrealism of Brexit, three years on

15 March 2019 15:56

In Salvador Dalí’s Persistence of Memory, several clocks are melting away in a surreal desert scene where a distorted horse-like creature fades into the sand, below a ledge where a pocket watch crawls with ants. The bizarre painting is rather reminds one of the surrealism of the Brexit process, especially after…

The Spectator Podcast: woke corporations and an apology from Rod Liddle

8 March 2019 15:11

When did corporate giants like KPMG, Proctor and Gamble, and Accenture become extensions of the campus safe space culture? Rainbow lanyards inspired by the LGBT Pride flag, email sign-offs to say that you are an ‘ally’ of minorities, and so-called unconscious bias training – these are just some of the…

The Spectator Podcast: the pains of Brexit and the joys of gaming

1 March 2019 17:27

It was Harold Wilson who said that a week is a long time in politics. How true that is for the times we are living in now. This time last week, The Spectator spoke to Gavin Shuker MP, the ringleader of the newly-formed Independent Group, about the plotting that happened behind…

The Spectator Podcast: can the Independent Group ‘short-circuit’ first past the post?

22 February 2019 17:32

This week has been a relief from the usual Brexit conversations. The long talked about rumours of a centrist party have finally materialised, as eight Labour MPs and three Tory MPs defected from their former loyalties. Already, polls are in claiming that the Independent Group is more popular than the Lib…

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