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Payne's Politics

Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Saturday morning.

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  • 22.01.2022
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    The hole Boris Johnson digs for himself gets bigger

    The latest twists and turns in the ‘partygate’ drama this week as Conservative MPs threatened a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We explore the progress of Sue Gray’s inquiry into the partygate row, how Johnson will respond and whether he can survive. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Camilla Cavendish. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: Sky News -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 15.01.2022
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    The row over Number 10 parties during the 2020 lockdown

    This week we’re devoting the episode to the “partygate” row which has blown up in Westminster. After the prime minister revealed he attended a party, calls for his resignation grew in and outside of the Tory party. Can he survive? Does his fate lie in the hands of a senior civil servant? Will Rishi Sunak walk out of the cabinet? And where does the story go next? We’ll be unpacking all the news and drama with a top line-up of guests: political editor George Parker, chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and special guest Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government think-tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity Audio: BBC -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 11.01.2022
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    The cost of living crisis - a defining political theme of 2022

    We look at the trouble ahead for Boris Johnson, starting with the crisis in the energy market. What can the government do to stop bills doubling in the coming months? Along with sleaze investigations, how much of a threat is this to the PM? Political editor George Parker will discuss, together with chief political correspondent Jim Pickard. And we look at the latest with the spread of Omicron over the festive season and whether the new variant is putting too much pressure on the health service. What will that mean for the NHS? Health editor Sarah Neville and health and science reporter Oliver Barnes will explain. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 01.01.2022
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    In conversation with Michael Cockerell

    Michael Cockerell has made some of the best political documentaries about UK politics, covering prime ministers from Harold Macmillan to Boris Johnson. His new book, “Unmasking Our Leaders”, takes us into a career of political journalism and interviews regarding not just politicians and MPs and ministers but also the secret world of Whitehall. Cockerell looks back on the leaders he has met and what he learnt from them. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk Follow @Seb Payne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 25.12.2021
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    In conversation with Andrew Mitchell

    Andrew Mitchell went through many of the UK's most established institutions, from public school to the army to the City of London and parliament, the Whips Office and the cabinet. His new book, “Beyond A Fringe”, refers not only to his distinctive hairstyle but also his insider’s view of Britain. We explore his journey into politics, life in government and where he sees Tory politics going next. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk Follow @Seb Payne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.12.2021
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    A remarkable by-election outcome

    We analyse the remarkable by-election outcome. On top of the two biggest parliamentary defeats of his career as prime minister, we’ll look at just how much trouble Boris Johnson is in and whether he’s about to face a leadership challenge. Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley discuss. And we look at the coronavirus situation following a huge rise in case numbers and whether the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed this winter. Will plan B work or will plan C be required? What would that look like? And with the Bank of England raising rates for the first time in years, how will the economy cope? Health editor Sarah Neville and economics editor Chris Giles discuss. Audio: Sky News + BBC Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne @georgewparker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 11.12.2021
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    Boris Johnson encounters turbulent times

    This week we analyse the new measures abruptly imposed in England in response to the alarming rise in Omicron coronavirus cases. What spooked the government? Science reporter Oliver Barnes and special guest science commentator Anjana Ahuja explain. Plus, the prime minister faces a Tory rebellion not only over the new Covid rules, but whether parties were held at No 10 last Christmas that broke lockdown rules, and who paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Political editor George Parker and political correspondent Laura Hughes look at the scale of the trouble Johnson is in. Audio: Sky News Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne @georgewparker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 04.12.2021
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    Fears about the Omicron coronavirus variant

    This week we dissect how much we know about the rising new variant and ask how worried we should be. Will we see much tighter restrictions imposed as Christmas approaches? Health editor Sarah Neville analyses the situation with science editor Clive Cookson. Plus, the Conservatives held the seat in the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election but with a reduced majority as Labour and the Liberal Democrats collaborated in opposition - and there's another by-election due in two weeks. Political editor George Parker and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe discuss the threat to the Tories. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne @georgewparker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 27.11.2021
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    Tragedy in the English Channel

    Twenty-seven asylum seekers drowned trying to reach Britain, highlighting the growing crisis of small boats. How can the issue be resolved and what does it say about Anglo-French relations? Plus, we discuss another chaotic week for Boris Johnson and whether a new operation at No 10 would improve the prime minister’s standing. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with the FT’s Laura Hughes, Anna Gross, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Paul Goodman of Conservative Home. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity, -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 20.11.2021
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    Is Boris Johnson on the right track?

    This week we delve into the plan for reshaping the UK’s railways. Is £100bn of investment the biggest change in a generation, or will it prove to be a massive disappointment? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard discusses this with a special guest: George Osborne, the former chancellor and chair of the Northern Powerhouse Project. Plus, it’s been a torrid week for Boris Johnson but does any of it matter? The Tories may be behind in the opinion polls but is the party hanging with him and for how long? Political editor George Parker analyses the situation with FT contributing editor Camilla Cavendish. Audio source: BBC / Sky / ITV Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parker, @Jim Pickard -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 14.11.2021
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    ‘I genuinely believe that the UK is not remotely a corrupt country’

    This week we examine the row about outside interests for British MPs. Is it acceptable to be earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year on top of their parliamentary work? And do voters care? Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley will analyse the situation with political correspondent Laura Hughes. Plus, we look at the very odd case of the 92 hereditary peers in the House of Lords - the last vestiges of aristocracy in our politics. How do they still exist and will their time ever come to an end? Political editor George Parker will take us into this slightly mad world - along with special guest Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government think tank. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parker, @Robert Shrimsley -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 06.11.2021
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    MPs distraught at being asked to offer support for change

    This week we discuss the chaotic events surrounding the botched reform of the parliamentary standards committee. We look at why No 10 was so eager to save disgraced MP Owen Paterson and where the row goes next. Political editor George Parker, political commentator Robert Shrimsley and political correspondent Laura Hughes will explain all. And we look back at the first week of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where more than 120 world leaders gathered to make headway on climate change. Breakthroughs were made on cash and deforestation, but there was scant progress on coal. Our environment correspondent Leslie Hook and chief political correspondent Jim Pickard take us behind the scenes. Audio source: Sky News Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parker, @Robert Shrimsley -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 03.11.2021
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    Delivering the autumn Budget

    This week we examine the philosophy behind this year’s Budget and whether this is a marked change in how the Conservatives look at the economy. Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley discuss. And we look ahead to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where world leaders will, or won’t, step up on tackling climate change. Will Boris Johnson’s bold ambitions be met? Or will it turn out to be another missed opportunity? Climate reporter Camilla Hodgson and columnist Pilitia Clarke will explain. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parker, @Robert Shrimsley -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 03.11.2021
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    Budget day special

    Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Budget that pledged to increase spending, cut taxes and burrow away money for saving too. Is it all things to all people and will it help with the cost of living crisis? Political editor George Parker and economics editor Chris Giles will dissect. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @SebastianEPayne, @GeorgeWParker & @ChrisGiles_ on Twitter -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 03.11.2021
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    Will the NHS face pressure over the winter?

    This week we discuss the return of Covid to the news agenda and ask whether the government will implement its so-called Plan B of measures as infections and hospital admissions rise rapidly. Political editor George Parker will give his analysis, along with health and science reporter Oliver Barnes. And we remember Sir David Amess, the veteran Conservative politician who was killed in his Essex constituency last Friday and examine what can be done to improve the security of MPs. Mark Francois, the Conservative MP and longstanding friend of Amess, will discuss along with Rosie Duffield, the Labour MP for Canterbury. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parker, @Oliver Barnes -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.10.2021
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    A testy war of words breaks out in Whitehall

    This edition of Payne’s Politics was recorded before the news of the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess who died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex on Friday. This week we discuss the latest with the UK’s shortages. Should the government be doing more and should the Treasury intervene? Political editor George Parker and chief political correspondent Jim Pickard will take us into the corridors of power. And later, we’ll be returning to Brexit and how to resolve the issue of the controversial Northern Ireland protocol. Can the UK and EU find a resolution that meets both of their red lines? And how bad are relations at the moment? Public policy editor Peter Foster will analyse, with special guest Georgina Wright from the Institut Montaigne. Audio source: BBC and Sky News Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Peter Foster, @George Parker, @Jim Pickard -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.10.2021
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    Why every day at Conservative conference is Johnson day

    This week we analyse this year’s Conservative party conference. First, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech: how credible was it? Can low-skilled immigration be simply replaced without a big inflation risk? Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley analyse. And then, we look at the other main theme of this year’s conference: levelling up. Did we gain any extra insight from Johnson and Michael Gove on what it means, how it can be delivered and what success looks like? Two special guests will explore: Rachel Wolf of Public First and Paul Swinney from the Centre for Cities think-tank. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Robert Shrimsley, @George Parker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.10.2021
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    Keir Starmer’s clear break with the Jeremy Corbyn era

    This week, we’ll be analysing Labour’s annual jamboree and whether Sir Keir Starmer has met expectations. How did he take on the left and what was the core message of his keynote speech? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe will explore. Later on, we’ll turn our attention to the cost-of-living crunch approaching this winter. There are widespread fears across Whitehall that the situation could get worse, with inflation rising, fuel and food prices set to soar and even fears there might not be enough turkeys for Christmas. So what is causing all this disruption and is it about to get worse? George Parker and Chris Giles discuss the issues. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Jim Pickard, @George Parker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.10.2021
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    Boris Johnson undertakes his first major overseas trip

    This week, we analyse Boris Johnson’s trip to America, his address to the UN, his one-to-one with President Joe Biden and the health of the so-called special relationship. Joining to discuss are our political editor George Parker, and political and diplomatic correspondent Laura Hughes. Plus, we’ll be looking forward to the Labour party conference in Brighton next week. Keir Starmer has published a 14,000 word pamphlet setting out his vision for the country, but is anyone listening? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard will discuss along with special guest John McTernan, the former Labour advisor and sometimes FT writer. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Jim Pickard, @George Parker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.09.2021
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    Looking in detail at the cabinet reshuffle

    This week, we dissect prime minister Boris Johnson’s first major reshuffle of this parliament. We’ll be examining who went up, who went sideways, those who were sacked and what this all tells us about where the Johnson government is going next. Political editor George Parker and political correspondent Laura Hughes will take us through what happened. And we discuss a new book “Broken Heartlands: A Journey Through Labour’s Lost England”. Author Sebastian Payne has been pootling around England for the past year trying to find out whether the party can win back the parts of the country it lost. He’ll be chatting with our chief political correspondent Jim Pickard. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Jim Pickard, @George Parker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 11.09.2021
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    Tearing up the Conservatives’ fiscal orthodoxy

    This week we analyse prime minister Boris Johnson’s game on social care reform, what the plan involves and whether the Conservative party and its voters will swallow tax rises. Political editor George Parker and economics editor Chris Giles dissect the details. Plus we look at how the UK government hopes to try to avoid another coronavirus lockdown this winter through vaccine passports and booster jabs. With cases already running high, are hospitals about to be overwhelmed? Health editor Sarah Neville and science reporter Oliver Barnes will discuss. Audio source: Institute for Government Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 07.09.2021
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    Britain’s diplomatic push over Afghanistan

    This week we examine how the UK got its withdrawal from Afghanistan so badly wrong and the subsequent Whitehall briefing war against the Foreign Office. Robert Shrimsley, our chief political commentator, and Laura Hughes, political and diplomatic correspondent, will analyse the issues. We also look at Whitehall’s contingency planning for what will happen to the UK’s nuclear deterrent in the event of Scottish independence. Will the Trident programme move to England, America, France or stay where it is? Our Scotland correspondent Mure Dickie will explore the possibilities, with special guest Chris Brannigan, the prime minister’s former defence aide and a senior fellow at Policy Exchange. Audio source: BBC Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Sean McGarrity See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 28.08.2021
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    Interview special: Liz Truss

    In the fifth and final of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne meets Liz Truss, international trade secretary and minister for women and equalities. Truss is the most popular member of Boris Johnson’s government, and a keen advocate of a buccaneering policy of striking free trade deals with everyone and everywhere. We explore the economic worth of such agreements, what’s coming down the tracks and how her agenda may play into her own political future. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 21.08.2021
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    Interview special: Sir Malcolm Rifkind

    In the fourth of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne meets Sir Malcolm Rifkind. In a week when the Taliban shocked the West with its rapid advance in Afghanistan, the former Conservative defence and foreign secretary examines where this leaves UK foreign policy. What does it mean for the UK’s so-called special relationship with the US and for the future of foreign interventions? Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 14.08.2021
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    Interview special: Steve Baker MP

    In the third of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne speaks to Steve Baker, the Tory MP for Wycombe and one of the Conservative party's most formidable campaigners. Whether it's through the European Research Group, his work as a Brexit minister or simply his campaigning, Baker is one of the people Downing Street fears the most, because when he's taken on policy positions, it's very difficult to combat him. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 07.08.2021
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    Interview special: Professor Neil Ferguson

    In the second of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne speaks to Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London. Nicknamed Professor Lockdown by some newspapers, the leading epidemiologist and government scientific adviser has emerged as one of the most prominent voices during the pandemic. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: BBC -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 31.07.2021
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    Interview special: Anas Sarwar

    In our first summer special, Sebastian Payne speaks to the leader of the Scottish Labour party Anas Sarwar about countering Nicola Sturgeon, how he intends to revive his party’s prospects and leadership in lockdown. They also discuss whether Labour is truly a unionist party and if Sarwar will budge his stance against another independence referendum to win back lost voters. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 24.07.2021
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    Exemptions to isolation and the Northern Ireland protocol

    In what should have been a big final week of term at Westminster, Boris Johnson had to abandon plans for a big announcement on social care reform. Instead, ministers tried to come up with a series of exemptions to the Covid isolation rules. Plus, how a new front has opened in the ongoing war of attrition with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. Presented by George Parker, with Sarah Neville, Peter Foster, Jim Pickard and Lord Gavin Barwell. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. - Archive: BBC -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parker, @Sarah Neville, @Jim Pickard and @Peter Foster -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 17.07.2021
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    Chaos and confusion over masks and levelling up

    The UK is pressing ahead with the easing of all lockdown measures on July 19, despite coronavirus infections hitting 50,000 a day. How has Downing Street got itself into a mess over masks? Plus we discuss Boris Johnson’s major speech on ‘levelling up’ and ask whether anyone is wiser about what it’s all about. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley, Peter Foster and Jim Pickard. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Robert Shrimsley , @Sarah Neville and @Peter Foster and @Jim Pickard -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 10.07.2021
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    Freedom day too soon and English patriotism

    Boris Johnson has announced that all remaining lockdown restrictions will end on July 19 in England, but is he acting too hastily with Covid-19 cases rising so quickly? Plus, we debate whether a new form of English patriotism is emerging through the Euro 2020 matches and what this means for Conservative culture warriors. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Robert Shrimsley and Gideon Rachman. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Robert Shrimsley , @Gideon Rachman , @Sarah Neville and @Clive Cookson -Subscribe to ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 03.07.2021
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    Labour comes home in Batley and Spen

    Sir Keir Starmer was given a reprieve after Labour clung on at the Batley and Spen by-election this week. What does it mean for his leadership? And was Matt Hancock's breaking of lockdown rules to blame for the Conservative party's failure to win? Plus, we discuss what kind of health secretary Sajid Javid might be and how his return to the cabinet will affect the coronavirus and social care debate. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Sarah Neville. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: BBC -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Robert Shrimsley , @Jim Pickard, @Sarah Neville and @George Parker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 26.06.2021
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    Travel woes and Brexit five years on

    The UK eased travel to several holiday destinations this week, but will they welcome British tourists? And when are vaccination passports being introduced? Plus we reflect on five years since the Brexit referendum and how it has reshaped the country, its economy and the political parties. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Anand Menon. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: News pool, BBC, Sky News -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne , @Robert Shrimsley , @Jasmine Cameron Chileshe, @Anand Menon and @George Parker -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.06.2021
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    Lockdown continues, a shock in the Chilterns

    Boris Johnson reluctantly delayed the easing of England’s lockdown for another month due to the spread of the Delta strain of coronavirus. Will the July 19 easing go ahead? Plus, we discuss the Liberal Democrats’ surprise victory in the Chesham and Amersham by-election and what it means for the government’s planning reforms. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: News pool Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk Follow @Seb Payne, @Robert Shrimsley, @Jasmine Cameron Chileshe, @Jim Pickard and @Sarah Neville Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.06.2021
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    G7 special from Cornwall

    The leaders of the west descended on Carbis Bay, along with podcasters, for this year's G7 summit. Boris Johnson and Joe Biden appeared to develop a bromance - despite their split on Northern Ireland. We discuss the key themes of the summit and whether Brexit overshadowed the prime minister's efforts to forward his Global Britain agenda. Plus we look at why the June 21 easing of lockdown restrictions is unlikely to go ahead. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and Peter Foster. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: News pool, BBC, European Union. Further reading: EU leaders to pressure Boris Johnson over Northern Ireland at G7 Johnson and Biden seek to smooth over Northern Ireland differences G7 to pledge 1bn Covid vaccine doses for poorer countries UK’s lockdown easing should be slowed Why ‘sausage wars’ illustrate how both sides are now on a collision course over Northern Ireland How serious is Delta Covid variant for UK and do vaccines stop it? Fragile US-led G7 tax compromise threatened by search for exemptions Realism from all sides is needed over Northern Ireland -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parke r and @Robert Shrimsley -Subscribe to FT UK politics newslette r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 05.06.2021
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    British holidays at home

    The hopes of international travel this summer were dashed as Portugal was taken off the UK's green list for travel amid a rise in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus. But will the June 21 easing still go ahead? Plus, we discuss the battle between education secretary Gavin Williamson and chancellor Rishi Sunak over funding for post-lockdown schooling and whether the Treasury will eventually put forward more cash. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and Bethan Staton. produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: Sky News, BBC News, BBC Today, Channel 4. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 29.05.2021
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    Dominic Cummings versus the world

    Boris Johnson's former chief adviser made an epic seven-hour appearance at a parliamentary hearing this week, claiming the prime minister was unfit for the job and the health secretary a liar. We explore his bombastic claims and the political impact for Johnson. Plus, we examine the impact of the cuts to foreign aid on the ground and whether the budget will rise again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and special guest Andrew Mitchell MP. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: Parliament TV Further reading: Cummings exposes dangers of a lightweight leader and a dysfunctional system Hancock admits some patients with Covid were moved into care homes Relations between Johnson and cabinet secretary fray over Cummings tie s Cummings’ testimony reveals fatal flaws of the British state Cummings launches stinging attack on Johnson and handling of Covid crisis Lessons of Dominic Cummings’ testimony are still to be learnt UK aid cuts ‘directly hamper’ fight against HIV, warn politicians and Aids groups Cutting aid undermines the vision of Global Britain Africa feels the brunt of UK foreign aid cuts -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parke r and @Robert Shrimsley -Subscribe to FT UK politics newslette r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 22.05.2021
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    Tackling the Indian coronavirus variant

    The UK's easing out of lockdown was put under threat by a new strain of coronavirus that originated in India. Can the race between inoculations and infections be won? Will the June 21 easing go ahead? Plus we discuss the biggest shake-up in British rail travel for 25 years and whether passengers will benefit from the new era of Great British Railways. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Jim Pickard and special guest Christian Wolmar. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Sean McGarrity. Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament TV, Sky News. Further reading - We will be lost if we panic at every Covid mutation - UK races to tackle coronavirus variant through rapid vaccination - English town of Bolton pins hopes on jabs to avoid another lockdown - UK’s new model railway is likely to serve the public poorly - A rational new model for Britain’s railways - UK rail looks to private sector in biggest shake-up since 1990s See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 17.05.2021
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    Labour goes to war (again)

    The opposition Labour party was consumed by infighting this week after Sir Keir Starmer botched a shadow cabinet reshuffle, leading to questions about whether he can survive as leader. Did Starmer overreact and is Labour facing a civil war? Plus, we discuss this year's Queen's Speech and whether the Johnson government's legislative agenda is bold or packed with filler. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Sarah Neville. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: UK news pool, BBC, Parliament TV Further reading: - Labour’s problem is that Keir Starmer is no Tony Blair - Reeves promotion underlines Labour shift to centre ground under Starmer - Starmer must listen to voters, not Labour factions - Starmer warned of prospect of leadership challenge over summer - Queen’s Speech: The key bills in Johnson’s post-Covid agenda - Putting flesh on the bones of the levelling up agenda - Boris Johnson’s levelling-up agenda takes toll on southern Tories -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parke r and @Robert Shrimsley -Susbcribe to FT UK politics newslette r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.05.2021
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    The Tories conquer Hartlepool

    Thursday's local elections resulted in gains for Boris Johnson's Conservatives, including a historic win in the Hartlepool by-election. What does this mean for Labour and Keir Starmer's leadership? Plus, we discuss clashes with the French over Jersey fishing this week and where UK-EU relations will go next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Peter Foster and special guest Georgina Wright of the Institut Montaigne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: News pool, BBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 01.05.2021
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    Cash for curtains, curtains for Arlene Foster

    Boris Johnson is facing three inquiries into the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Why hasn't the prime minister offered a clear explanation of what happened? Will he face sanctions and will it have an impact on the Conservatives in next week's local elections? Plus, we discuss the departure of Arlene Foster as Northern Ireland's first minister and who might replace her as DUP leader. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Noonan, plus special guest Sam McBride of Belfast News Letter. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: Parliament, Downing Street, DUP Read more: - Team Johnson needs some levelling up - Westminster redecorating could tarnish Johnson’s carefree image - Boris Johnson commits to probe into ‘cash for curtains’ saga - Main players emerge in UK’s ‘cash for curtains’ saga - Poll tracker: how will the SNP fare in Scotland’s May elections? - Labour’s lost heartlands. Can it win them back? - Foster’s departure leaves Northern Ireland braced for more division - Arlene Foster to step down as Northern Ireland first minister - Brussels warns Britain on Northern Ireland as MEPs vote on trade deal -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parke r and @Robert Shrimsley See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 24.04.2021
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    'Favours for chums', and the football debacle

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the prime minister of sleaze after allegations that friends can text him seeking special treatment. Is lobbying worse today? Plus, we discuss the collapse of the plan by big football clubs to form a European Super League, and whether politicians should get more involved in the regulation of the game. Presented by George Parker, with Robert Shrimsley, Helen Thomas, Murad Ahmed and special guest Steve Parish, chair of Crystal Palace Football Club. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Review clips: Parliament TV, News pool, Arsenal press office Read more on FT.com: - Boris Johnson is not the man to clean up British public life - Dyson texts seem low-level sleaze but still raise lobbying questions - Closing the ‘revolving door’ would weaken government further - Dyson moves residency back to UK as text dispute refuses to die down - ‘It was utter chaos’: the inside story of football’s Super League own goal - Super League would break football’s essential promise - Super League: European politicians give US sports model a good kicking See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 17.04.2021
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    Greensill, Cameron and Whitehall's revolving door

    The collapse of Greensill Capital and the involvement of former prime minister David Cameron have raised serious questions about the UK's lobbying regime. We discuss whether any rules were broken and which guidelines need to be reformed. Plus, we remember Prince Philip's contribution to public life and whether the British monarchy is set to undergo major changes. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, plus special guests Hannah White and Sir Max Hastings. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor was Liam Nolan. Review clips: UK Parliament, Reuters, UK news pool. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 10.04.2021
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    Britain's vaccine setback

    Britain’s vaccination programme suffered a setback this week over the use of the AstraZeneca jab — the workhorse of the UK immunisation effort — among younger people. How will new guidance for under-30s affect the vaccine rollout and the bounce it has given Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the polls? Plus, what's behind Northern Ireland's most violent disturbances in recent years? Presented by George Parker with Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Clive Cookson and Peter Foster together with special guest Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's chief negotiator ahead of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Department of Health, UK news pool, BBC. Read more: - AstraZeneca vaccine guidance leaves UK facing challenges over supply and hesitancy - Experts back UK age limit for rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine - Pragmatism must triumph over politics in Northern Ireland - London and Dublin call for calm after fresh riots in Northern Ireland - Brexit ignites the debate about a united Ireland -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parke r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 27.03.2021
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    UK vs EU vaccine tussle

    Relations between Britain and the rest of Europe thawed this week, after the EU had threatened an export ban on vaccines. Will the UK have enough jabs to complete its second round of doses? And what does it say about broader post-Brexit UK-EU relations? Plus, we discuss the row over Union Jacks and whether more overt signs of patriotism are becoming a new part of British culture. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Salma Shah. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: European Union, Parliament TV, BBC Breakfast Read more: - UK and EU move to calm tensions over access to jabs - Vaccine-friendly Britons puzzled by AstraZeneca jab’s EU troubles - Johnson lobbies EU leaders in bid to avert vaccine export blocks - Boris Johnson preys on Labour’s self-doubt in flag row -Labour’s difficult choices to regain its northern heartlands -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parke r and @Robert Shrimsley See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 20.03.2021
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    AstraZeneca vaccine tribulations

    The UK encountered the first bumps in its vaccine roll out programme, as the government warned supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab would drop significantly in April. Why? How will this affect the lockdown easing? What caused this shortfall and how does it play into Europe's issues with the vaccine? Plus, we discuss whether policing in the UK requires fundamental reform, following the Met’s handling of a vigil in London’s Clapham Common last weekend. Do current laws offer enough protection for women? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, Robert Shrimsley and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: 10 Downing Street, European Commission, UK Parliament Read more: - EU threat to vaccine exports exposes mutual risks to global supply chain - Coronavirus tracker: the latest figures as countries fight the Covid-19 resurgence - Johnson urges EU to step back from coronavirus vaccine war - Retesting 1.7m vaccines and Indian delay blamed for UK shortage - NHS warns of ‘significant reduction’ in vaccine supplies - The police must learn to listen to women - Boris Johnson must make the security of women a national priority - Met faces its MeToo moment with anger over attitude of officers - Priti Patel insists new laws will protect women - Freeing women from the constant fear of violence - Fury at Everard murder spurs pledge to tackle violence against women -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne , @George Parke r and @Robert Shrimsley See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 13.03.2021
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    Harry and Meghan, and the government

    The explosive TV interview the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave this week raised major questions about the future of the monarchy, as well as tricky issues for Downing Street on how to handle the accusations of racism. We explore the constitutional relationship and how politics are divided. Plus, we look ahead to the Integrated Review next week into the UK's foreign and defence policy and what it will say about global Britain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, George Parker and special guest Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: CBS/Harpo Productions, BBC News, Downing Street Read more: - From fairy tale to culture war: Britain gripped by royal race row - Royal rift marks a tragic missed opportunity - Like all firms, the royal family must learn to listen on diversity - The ‘invisible’ pact binding the UK royals and their tabloid tormentors - Royals nearly drove me to suicide, Meghan Markle tells Oprah Winfrey - Britain’s royal family must downsize if it wants to survive - Johnson set to unnerve allies with ‘Global Britain’ defence review - UK’s policy towards China is riddled with contradictions - Boris Johnson takes passage to India to support ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’ - Squandering trust is no route to a ‘Global Britain’ - EU capitals weigh tougher response to UK’s Brexit ‘provocations’ -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parke r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 07.03.2021
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    Sunak's spend now, tax later Budget

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his second Budget this week, tearing up Conservative economic orthodoxy with billions of pounds of spending and tax rises. What state are the UK's public finances in? And will he actually go ahead with planned spending cuts? Plus, we examine the 'levelling up' pledges and whether they go far enough to help rebalance the needs of the economy with those of the north of England. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Andy Bounds and special guest Diane Coyle. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: Parliament TV, Institute for Fiscal Studies. Read more on FT.com: - Relocating UK’s civil service is crucial to Johnson’s levelling-up agenda - Johnson under pressure to publish ‘levelling-up’ fund criteria - Rishi Sunak prepares the ground for Tory election strategy - Rishi Sunak’s un-Tory Budget confounds assumptions once again - The Budget, your money and how to prepare for what comes next - Sunak’s tax freezes are not as harmless as they seem - The UK’s ‘new Tory’ economics are different but insufficient -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parke r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 27.02.2021
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    UK Budget preview and Salmond vs Sturgeon

    Rishi Sunak will deliver his second Budget next week, where the chancellor will set out a mission to put the UK's public finances on a sounder footing. Will he reveal rises in spending, tax or both? Plus, we discuss Alex Salmond's select committee appearance on Friday and whether the former Scottish first minister's testimony is a threat to his successor Nicola Sturgeon. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Mure Dickie, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Gemma Tetlow. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: Parliament TV, Scottish Parliament - After the pandemic: Sunak signals the UK’s return to fiscal conservatism - Levelling up tests Johnson’s ‘Heineken’ credentials - Salmond accuses Sturgeon of presiding over ‘failures of leadership’ - SNP feud threatens its Scottish independence hopes -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parke r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 20.02.2021
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    Data, not dates, for easing lockdown

    Boris Johnson made it clear this week that he will not rush into easing the nationwide lockdown - what will the UK prime minister set out in his road map next week? Will schools return and when will further measures be eased? Plus, we discuss the surprise appointment of Lord David Frost to Johnson's cabinet and what it says about relations with the EU and the next ministerial reshuffle. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Downing Street, Parliament TV Further reading: -Diplomats and business express caution over Frost cabinet role - The equivalence tussle is giving UK a lesson in Brexit power politics - Johnson puts final touches to cautious easing of English lockdown - Covid infections dropping fast across England, study shows -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parke r See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Held in hotels and is Starmer stalling?

    Hotel quarantine will finally be introduced to the UK next week, but can the logistics work? Will it stop new variants of the virus spreading - and are enough countries going to be included? Plus, we discuss whether Sir Keir Starmer is stalling as Labour leader and whether he is critical enough of the government's coronavirus policies. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Alice Hancock, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Sienna Rodgers, editor of LabourList. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Louise Burton and the editor Aimee Keane. Review clips: BBC Radio 4, Parliament TV, PA Media, Novara Media Further reading: - UK Covid border measures under increasing strain ahead of rollout - Travel bosses fear summer season at risk after UK warns on holidays - Britain wakes up to the power of border controls - Should Britons abandon hope of a summer holiday? - Labour’s Starmer has no quick fix; Johnson stole his story - Labour party looks to Biden for inspiration - Labour attacks £1bn cuts to flagship green homes scheme See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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