The Spectator Podcast

The Edition podcast: is there a new Anglo-French bromance?

24 January 2020 15:51

Is a new Anglo-French bromance blossoming? Emmanuel Macron certainly seems like he needs an ally. Back home, the country has been protesting against his labour reforms, unemployment remains stubbornly high, and abroad, the country’s military entanglement in Africa is only getting messier. Jonathan Miller argues in this week’s cover piece…

The Edition podcast: is slimming down the monarchy the only way to save it?

17 January 2020 14:55

Is slimming down the only way to future-proof the monarchy? ‘Megxit’ seems symptomatic of an underlying problem – the Royal family is getting bigger, and it doesn’t know what to do with the minor members of its family. On the podcast, Isabel Hardman talks to Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley and…

The Edition podcast: what has Trump really achieved?

10 January 2020 12:09

Ever since he entered the White House, Donald Trump has been trying to isolate Iran diplomatically. But in the week since the killing of Qassem Soleimani, it seems that the opposite has happened. John R Bradley argues in this week’s cover piece that Trump’s move has united the Sunni Arab…

The Edition podcast: what to expect from a new Conservative era

14 December 2019 16:32

This week, politics becomes a little less volatile as Boris Johnson achieves the biggest Tory majority since Margaret Thatcher. So what happened in this election, and what next (00:50)? Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and writer and broadcaster Steve Richards. Plus, China has interned over a million Uyghur Muslims…

The Edition podcast: what would the Corbyn nightmare look like?

6 December 2019 13:16

Though the Tories are consistently and comfortably leading in the polls, nothing can be taken for granted in politics, if recent years are anything to go by. So what would happen if Corbyn really does get into No. 10? In this week’s cover piece, economist and Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan…

The Edition podcast: can Boris make it?

29 November 2019 13:16

When James Forsyth and Katy Balls interviewed the Prime Minister for the magazine this week, the Boris they found was optimistic, humorous, and above all, on message. So can anything still trip him up in the final fortnight of this election campaign? Katy speaks to James and Paul Goodman, editor…

The Edition: can Remainers unite against Boris?

22 November 2019 14:29

This week, as the Tories continue to lead in the polls, Lara Prendergast speaks to Alastair Campbell about what Remainers can do to turn things around. James Forsyth writes in this issue’s cover article that the Remain side’s inability to unite may well cost them this election and, if Boris…

The Edition: can Nigel Farage take the Tories to victory?

15 November 2019 11:45

The Conservatives like to say that their road to electoral victory is steep and narrow, but has Nigel Farage broadened out that path this week? Plus, is it time to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants? And last, should baby boomers apologise for crimes against young people? Lara Prendergast and Katy…

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…

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