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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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 29.06.2022
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    Introducing: Hot Money

    The FT just launched a new podcast on porn, power and profit. When FT reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, she and her editor, Alex Barker, reveal who is behind it and much more. This eight-part investigative podcast reveals the secret history of the adult business and the billionaires and financial institutions who shape it. Brought to you by the Financial Times and Pushkin. To listen to new episodes, search ‘Hot Money’ wherever you listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 24.06.2022
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    Boris Johnson’s double by-election defeat

    The Conservatives lost two crucial by-elections this week in Yorkshire and Devon, putting UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s leadership under scrutiny. Host Sebastian Payne, the FT’s Whitehall editor, discusses these results — and the resignation of Tory party chair Oliver Dowden — with political editor George Parker and UK chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley. Sebastian is also joined by economics correspondent Delphine Strauss and transport correspondent Philip Georgiadis to talk about the UK rail strikes and what deals ministers might make on public sector pay. Want more? For the latest from the FT on UK politics: https://www.ft.com/world/uk/politics Follow @SebastianEPayne @GeorgeWParker and @RobertShrimsley Clips: BBC / Sky News Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Philippa Goodrich. The sound engineers are Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.06.2022
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    Boris Johnson’s Northern Ireland plan - is it just a bluff?

    We examine the situation with the Northern Ireland protocol, whether the government’s plans break international law and how the EU might respond. Public policy editor Peter Foster digs into the details with our Ireland correspondent Jude Webber. Plus, the resignation of Lord Christopher Geidt, the prime minister’s independent adviser on ministerial ethics. Why did he quit after a turbulent year? Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley will chat through with special guest Hannah White from the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC / Sky News See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 11.06.2022
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    Boris survives, but for how long?

    The prime minister had a close shave with his MPs this week when 41 per cent of the Conservative parliamentary party voted to oust him. We discuss how and whether Johnson can renew his leadership and whether he will face another vote of no confidence in the near future. Plus, we look at the government's latest proposals to address the housing crisis - do they go far enough? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and special guest Vicky Spratt. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC / LBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 03.06.2022
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    The Queen's jubilee: How Britain has changed since 1952

    The Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee this weekend. To mark 70 years since she took to the throne, we look back on how the country has changed politically, economically and societally since 1952. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and Sarah O'Connor. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Singsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: Movietone News See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 28.05.2022
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    It’s definitely not a windfall tax!

    We start with that huge bailout package for struggling families announced by the chancellor and the controversial taxes he raised to fund it - a £5bn windfall tax on energy companies with more to come. The FT’s economics correspondent Delphine Strauss and special guest Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation think-tank, discuss. Next and Sue Gray’s long-awaited report into the Covid parties scandal in Downing Street landed on Wednesday and the prime minister is still there. We’ll be sifting through the debris to assess the damage sustained by the PM after months of scrutiny of his conduct and probity. Jim Pickard and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe consider whether Boris Johnson really is in the clear or whether this is the start of a long farewell. Presented this week by George Parker. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Joshua Gabert-Doyon and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 23.05.2022
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    Behind the Money is back!

    Behind the Money is back with all-new episodes! From hostile takeovers to C-suite intrigue, Behind the Money takes you inside the business and financial stories of the moment with reporting from Financial Times journalists around the world. The podcast returns May 25. You can follow the show now! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 21.05.2022
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    Examining the fallout from the end of the police investigation

    Should the prime minister now fear the fallout from the full investigation by Whitehall official Sue Gray? Or is he safe for now? Chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley will discuss with special guest Paul Goodman from Conservative Home. And then we dig into the economics of the UK’s cost of living crisis. Inflation hit 9% this week and pressure is growing on the government to do more, something, anything, to help those struggling to make ends meet. But what exactly could that mean? Economics editor Chris Giles and consumer editor and host of the FT’s Money Clinic podcast Clear Barrett will explore. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 14.05.2022
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    Double crisis: cost of living and Northern Ireland

    This year’s Queen Speech was Boris Johnson’s attempt to reset his government’s policy agenda but it did little to tackle the growing cost of living crisis. We look at what the government might do, plus whether the EU and UK are about to enter a trade war over the Northern Ireland protocol. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, George Parker and Jude Webber. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 07.05.2022
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    Voters cast their opinions on the state of politics

    The Conservative party lost hundreds of councillors across the county in this year's local elections, with the Labour party making significant gains in the capital. We analyse the results in London, the red wall, blue wall and beyond, plus what they mean for Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Jennifer Williams, Jim Pickard and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Note: this edition was recorded at 12.00 BST on Friday 6th May. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: Sky / BBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 30.04.2022
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    Too many rising prices, too much sleaze

    In this week’s episode we’ll be looking at why the government is anxious to find ways to fix rising fuel and food prices. Why is the Treasury not doing more? And how does this play into next week’s local elections? Political editor George Parker will provide analysis with chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley. Plus, we discuss the return of “Pestminster”. Why does Westminster have such a problem with sexism and is enough being done to call out bad behaviour? Political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe will discuss with special guest Ayesha Hazarika, political commentator and a former Labour party adviser. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk Follow @Seb Payne Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: Sky / ITV See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 23.04.2022
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    Boris Johnson says sorry, sorry, sorry

    The prime minister came to the House of Commons to apologise for misleading MPs over the partygate scandal, but now faces a third probe into his conduct. We discuss whether support for Boris Johnson is draining away and what might happen next. Plus we dive into the PM's trip to India, what it says about the government's Global Britain ambitions and whether relations with the EU are about to become problematic once again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, George Parker, Peter Foster and special guest Hannah White. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: LBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 16.04.2022
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    Can Johnson and Sunak survive Partygate fines?

    No10 and No11 Downing Street were thrown into chaos when the Met Police issued fines to the prime minister and chancellor. We discuss the seriousness of the lawbreaking, whether Tory MPs are minded to move against Boris Johnson, the public mood and whether the new migration strategy involving Rwanda is a distraction. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Josh Gabert-Doyon and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC / Sky See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 09.04.2022
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    Sunak's non-dom saga

    We delve into two messes the government has got itself into, over the tax affairs of Rishi Sunak’s wife and the long-awaited energy white security paper. Will the chancellor’s spouse be forced to give up her non-dom status? And why did Boris Johnson shy away from tough new targets for onshore wind farms? Associate editor and columnist Stephen Bush and energy correspondent Nathalie Thomas will dissect these along with our. Plus, we look at the decision to privatise Channel 4 — which culture secretary Nadine Dorries wrongly claimed receives public sector money. We’ll be exploring what it tells us about the government’s so-called culture wars and whether it is about ideology or pragmatism. Media editor Alex Barker will discuss with our assistant editor Janine Gibson. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: BBC, Sky See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 02.04.2022
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    Partygate returns, but no energy strategy

    London's Metropolitan Police issued the first fines over the Partygate scandal this week. British prime minister Boris Johnson has yet to be fined, but does the scandal still pose a threat to his leadership? We also explore how this will shape the local elections, the internal Tory debate on trans rights and why the government is struggling to publish its new strategy on energy security. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Laura Hughes, Jim Pickard, Nathalie Thomas and special guest Paul Goodman. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: LBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 25.03.2022
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    Spring Statement: Sunak misfires

    Rishi Sunak delivered a mini-Budget this week that slashed taxes and attempted to tackle the cost of living crisis and deal with inflation. But the UK chancellor was widely criticised for failing to help the poorest and was told that his measures did not go far enough. We delve into the Spring Statement, including what it means for businesses, the wider economy and workers. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and special guests Frances O'Grady and Tony Danker. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Persis Love and Jan Sigsworth. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Audio: LBC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.03.2022
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    Nazanin returns and Spring Statement preview

    The UK celebrated the return of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after six years of imprisonment in Iran. We discuss how she was released and what it says about other parts of foreign policy. Plus we discuss Boris Johnson’s failed visit to Saudi Arabia, the latest sanctions against Russian oligarchs and preview Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement next week. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Rupert Harrison. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: Sky / 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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  • 12.03.2022
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    The war in Ukraine: is the UK doing enough?

    The UK has been criticised for failing both to fulfil its rhetoric on sanctions and on opening the door to refugees fleeing Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. Is it due to Whitehall incompetence, political leadership or domestic politics? We also discuss how the economic isolation of Russia will worsen the cost of living crisis in Britain and what options the Treasury has to ease the pain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Joshua Gabert-Doyon and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: Sky -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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  • 05.03.2022
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    Ukraine latest and tackling 'Londongrad'

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine became more brutal this week, with urban bombardment of civilians. We discuss what is likely to happen next and the west’s response. Plus, we explore whether the UK is doing enough to tackle dodgy Russian money in London and what further sanctions should be introduced. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Gideon Rachman, Laura Hughes, Tom Burgis and special guest Tom Tugendhat. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: BBC -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @Seb Payne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 25.02.2022
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    Johnson sees blood on Putin's hands

    After weeks of warnings from the west, Russia invaded Ukraine this week, prompting what some say could be the continent's worst conflict since the second world war. We explore why President Vladimir Putin decided to invade, his histrionic explanation, the situation on the ground and how the conflict will pan out. Plus, we examine the response from western nations, whether sanctions will work and what the effect on Britain would be. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Max Seddon, Ben Hall, George Parker and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. 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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  • 19.02.2022
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    Why it is not new for progressive parties of the centre-left to work together

    Parliament may have been in recess this week but the political action hasn't stopped. We discuss our significant story about the next election featuring Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Not since the days of Paddy Ashdown's ultimately unproductive courtship of Tony Blair in the 1990s have relations between the two opposition parties looked so promising. Plus, we look at the Ukraine crisis and the way Boris Johnson's government is handling it, as Germany hosts a very tense Munich Security Conference this weekend. Presented in Sebastian Payne's absence by George Parker with Gideon Rachman, Laura Hughes and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe of the FT and Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. 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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  • 12.02.2022
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    Resetting the Boris Johnson government

    We examine the abrupt departure of Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick, what it means for the police investigation into the “partygate” scandal and how it plays into Boris Johnson’s hopes of resetting his government. We also look at the mini Cabinet reshuffle and the new No10 team. Political editor George Parker and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley discuss. Plus, the government signals an end to all Covid restrictions in England by the end of February. Is it too hasty or a welcome return to normality? Is the decision driven by science or politics? Health editor Sarah Neville and political correspondent Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe explore. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. 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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  • 05.02.2022
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    The net tightens for Boris Johnson

    We ask whether the prime minister can survive the latest scandal engulfing his government. Is the departure of his closest and longstanding aide Munira Mirza the beginning of the end? Or the start of a reset? Chief political correspondent Jim Pickard will discuss with chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley. Plus, we look into the long-awaited levelling up white paper and ask if it delivers on the high promises to rebalance the UK - and will those pro-Brexit first-time Tory voters feel it is delivering for them. Special guests Rachel Wolf, who penned the 2019 Tory manifesto will discuss with the Manchester Evening News’s Jennifer Williams. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Howie Shannon. The sound engineers were Breen Turner and Jan Sigsworth. Audio: Sky News / Channel 5 -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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  • 29.01.2022
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    The Met vs Sue Gray on ‘partygate’

    The official investigation into lockdown Downing Street gatherings was due to be concluded this week, but a criminal probe by the police has thrown Whitehall’s Sue Gray off course. When will the inquiry be released? Plus, we discuss the UK’s involvement in the worsening situation in Ukraine and what it says about post-Brexit foreign policy. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shirmsley, Laura Hughes and Gideon Rachman. 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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  • 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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