The Spectator Podcast

The Edition podcast: can anyone take Trump out?

8 November 2019 16:45

If you’re a regular podcast listener, you might have noticed a slight rebranding – we’ve rolled out a fresh look across our podcasts, plus, what was known as The Spectator Podcast is now The Edition. But fear not: underneath the fresh lick of paint, they’re the same podcasts that you…

The Spectator Podcast: how to win an election

1 November 2019 12:17

This week, an election has officially been called – so what do the major parties need to do to win? Katy Balls speaks to Stephen Bush and Will Tanner about ‘Workington Man’ and Labour’s electoral strategy. Plus, after America’s much-publicised withdrawal from Syria, it looks like Trump is back in, this…

The Spectator Podcast: now all Boris needs is an election

25 October 2019 13:52

This week, the government looks close to the finishing line – now all Boris wants for Christmas is an early general election, James Forsyth and Katy Balls write in this week’s cover. But will Corbyn let it happen? On the podcast, Katy and James talk to James Mills, former advisor…

The Spectator Podcast: can Boris do it?

18 October 2019 8:02

As Boris Johnson agrees a Brexit deal with the EU, it seems that we really may be leaving the EU on the 31st October. So what does this mean for a general election, and is it imminent? Is the Brexit party still a threat, and would the Tories be able…

The Spectator Podcast: are we heading for a deal?

11 October 2019 14:21

As the clock ticks down to the European Council, can Boris get a last minute deal with the EU? Until today, this didn’t look likely. But the Irish and British governments have gone into the negotiating ‘tunnel’ – euphemism for a period of intense negotiations with no media scrutiny. But…

The Spectator Podcast: what happened to civilised debate?

4 October 2019 10:17

As the debate about violent language in Westminster rumbles on, have MPs accidentally stumbled on to something? In this week’s episode, we take a look at what’s happened to civilised debate with people you disagree with (00:45). Plus, could Boris Johnson request an extension and still win a general election…

The Spectator Podcast: is there any hope for Brexit?

27 September 2019 13:50

This week, the Supreme Court gave its bombshell ruling – Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful. With parliament resuming the very next day, Boris Johnson has been dealt a humiliating defeat. Yet, MPs still won’t trigger a general election, until Boris requests a Brexit extension. So is there any…

The Spectator Podcast: are courts taking over politics?

20 September 2019 12:22

As the Supreme Court wraps up its trial into prorogation, we ask – are the courts overreaching (00:25)? We also find out about the prevalence of mental illness in the homeless and the rough sleeping (10:20). And last, Mary Killen tells us why she’s no longer a Remainer (20:45) –…

The Spectator Podcast: how long can the Remain alliance last?

12 September 2019 17:55

A general election is looming. With no working majority, Boris Johnson found himself cornered last week by an unlikely alliance bent on stopping a no-deal Brexit. The alliance share a common enemy for now, but how long can this coalition last? For one, there’s no love lost between Jeremy Corbyn…

The Spectator Podcast: Boris Johnson’s great election gamble

6 September 2019 11:00

This week, Boris Johnson decided to seek a general election. But will his gamble pay off (00:20)? Plus is trophy hunting really as immoral as Carrie Symonds says it is (18:25)? With James Forsyth, Antoinette Sandbach MP, Joe Twyman, Patrick Galbraith, and Dr Mark Jones.

The Spectator Podcast: what kind of Brexit does Boris want?

30 August 2019 15:35

In these fractious times, a public compliment from the President of the United States can be a mixed blessing for a British politician. On the one hand, Boris Johnson must be delighted to hear the leader of the free world dub him “exactly what the U.K. has been looking for”,…

The Spectator Podcast: can the royal family survive its makeover?

22 August 2019 21:00

A steady stream of royal scandals has put the monarchy firmly in the limelight this week. Prince Andrew’s suspicious friendship with the late Jeffery Epstein and the continued controversy over Meghan and Harry’s hypocritical bow to ‘woke’ causes have given the royal press office a lot to think about. But…

The Spectator Podcast: who are the real far right?

16 August 2019 14:21

Is Europe overrun by fascists? To read some mainstream coverage of election results in Italy, the government in Austria, and the main opposition party in Germany, you might very well think so. Matteo Salvini, Sebastian Kurz, and the AfD are all among politicians who have been dubbed ‘far right’; and…

The Spectator Podcast: beaches, Brexit, and Desert Island bores

9 August 2019 11:55

This week, our writers tell us about their favourite British beaches, from Cornwall to Northern Ireland (24:15). But before then, there’s of course some Brexit chat as we ask whether parliament can stop a no deal Brexit in the autumn (00:25), and – has Desert Island Discs lost the plot…

The Spectator Podcast: will the EU compromise for Boris?

2 August 2019 10:36

As the UK government ramps up its no deal Brexit planning, is there any chance of a compromise with the EU on a deal? In this week’s magazine, James Forsyth looks at how seriously Brussels is taking Boris Johnson’s threats. He suggests that until parliament signals it can pass a deal, the EU…

The Spectator Podcast: is Boris Johnson ‘devious’ enough to get a new deal?

26 July 2019 17:27

Boris Johnson became the new Prime Minister this week, but what will his first 100 days in office be like? In this week’s magazine, James Forsyth examines why the unconventional Team Boris have to hit the ground running – he argues that if they can get public opinion on side,…

The Spectator Podcast: the latest plot to oust Corbyn

19 July 2019 12:12

When Labour moderates tried to oust Jeremy Corbyn in 2016, their attempt only made him stronger, protected by swathes of loyal members. But this year, is the tide turning for Corbyn, as even supporters begin to doubt him? First, there were the abysmal European Election results, which for many Corbynites…

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…

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