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Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts
 
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Jonny Bentley and Adam Bragan are two British twentysomethings with an interest in all things politics. Pints & Politics aims to deliver an analysis of Britain's politics in a fun and digestible manner, as if you were having the discussion in a British pub! Breaking down current affairs, debating ethical issues and looking at America from afar. Debating. Educating. Entertaining (hopefully!).
 
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Ukraine's President is in the UK, speaking to MPs in Parliament and meeting Rishi Sunak. The visit dominated Prime Minister's Questions, with Labour's Keir Starmer highlighting the cross-party support for Ukraine. Also in the show, we discuss Liz Truss's attempt to reframe her time in Downing Street with Gavin Megaw from Hanover Communications, who…
 
It’s been three years since the UK officially left the EU. This week the IMF has predicted we will be the only major global economy to shrink this year. Plus opinion polls suggest people are regretting their vote. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnist Rafael Behr, Brexit correspondent Lisa O’Carroll and economics editor Larry Elliott to…
 
From fundraising, field operations, public relations, and digital strategy, Zee Cohen-Sanchez and her team at Sole Strategies support Democratic candidates running for office. Roifield speaks to her about her ethos and what is needed for messaging and success for prospective politicians. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
 
Rishi Sunak has unveiled a reshuffled version of his front bench, with Greg Hands taking up the job of Conservative party chair, and a reorganisation of the departments focused on business and energy. Our UK Political Editor Kitty Donaldson explains why she's underwhelmed by the changes. Also in the show, Labour MP Sam Tarry tells Bloomberg's Steph…
 
Liz Truss gives her version of her time as Prime Minister in a long article in the Sunday Telegraph, but doesn't apologise. Treasury Select Committee Chair Harriet Baldwin says what's important is that normality has returned to bond markets. Defence Committee Chair Tobias Ellwood tells Bloomberg's Alex Wickham and Stephen Carroll the Conservative p…
 
After speaking to Bloomberg, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey gave some snappy answers on yesterday's interest rate rise to the Sun newspaper. We asked our Chief Europe Economist Jamie Rush to break down what Bailey said about the economy, but also how he said it. Plus: Gideon Skinner from polling company Ipsos tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepk…
 
Rishi Sunak has been Prime Minister for 100 days: what has he got to show for it? We discuss with our UK Politics editor Alex Morales, and ask him if marking this milestone is all a bit West Wing. Plus, the government is cracking down on anonymous foreign owners of British property. Caroline Hepker asks Business Minister Martin Callanan what differ…
 
Today sees the biggest wave of strikes in more than a decade, with almost half a million workers walking out in various pay disputes. Strikes don't feature prominently in the exchanges at Prime Minister's Questions, however. Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak instead jostle over the behaviour of Nadhim Zahawi, Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson. We hear from…
 
Bloomberg Economics has calculated Brexit is costing the UK £100 billion a year. Our senior UK economist Dan Hanson joins Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts to discuss. On the third anniversary of Britain leaving the EU, we hear from UK in a Changing Europe Director, Anand Menon, and French MEP Nathalie Loiseau. Plus, can the NHS stay the same after ye…
 
(This corrects an audio issue in the original version of this podcast) Sporting metaphors aplenty today, with the sending off of Conservative party chair Nadhim Zahawi, strategist Isaac Levido giving a half-time pep talk to ministers at Chequers, and the risk of politicians nosediving before the next election. University of Manchester politics prof…
 
In a major speech at Bloomberg’s European HQ in London, the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt laid out his “framework” for growing the UK economy. In an interview, he told our Anna Edwards he doesn’t have headroom for major tax cuts. We caught up with her afterwards. Plus: with a teachers’ strike on the way, Dan Moynihan, who runs 52 schools as CEO of the Har…
 
Nadhim Zahawi's future as Conservative Party chairman is being discussed as ministers gather at the Prime Minister's Chequers residence. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has been quoting Oasis lyrics to our political reporter Joe Mayes while on a train to Manchester. They discuss our analysis of the government's flagship policy to reduce regiona…
 
Rishi Sunak came into No 10 promising to earn our trust. But three months into the job he encounters an inquiry into his party chair, questions over Boris Johnson’s appointment for the BBC chair, and a police penalty for failing to wear his seatbelt. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Gaby Hinsliff and Rafael Behr to discuss why the…
 
Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy discusses the UK’s global role with hosts Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. He advocates for a more connected UK, but says that Britain now has no structured regular dialogue with Europe. Plus: Keir Starmer begins PMQs on probation service failings, following the murder Zara Aleena. He moves on to question Rishi S…
 
With the Conservative party chairman under yet more scrutiny for being "careless" over his taxes, we speak to Dan Neidle of Tax Policy Associates, who did much of the initial research into Nadhim Zahawi's financial affairs. Lord Adair Turner, chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, joins us to discuss the resilience of the UK's power supply thi…
 
Three of Sunak's ministers now face probes as the Prime Minister announces an investigation into Nadhim Zahawi's tax affairs. Bloomberg's UK government reporter Alex Wickham tells hosts Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts this kind of announcement is a clear strategy by Downing Street to dampen scrutiny. Plus Bloomberg's energy editor Rachel Morison exp…
 
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves and Business Secretary Grant Shapps speak to Bloomberg as they battle for the support of the business elite in Davos - both using very similar slogans. Plus, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker the Conservatives have "tanked the economy" and need to go. …
 
Northern Ireland Secretary, Chris Heaton-Harris, says he won't call a Stormont election immediately when a deadline to form a devolved government expires at midnight. Stephen Farry, Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party, says it's the right decision, as there's no point in having an election now. He tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts th…
 
John Harris joins nurses striking on the picket line to find out what life is really like for them. He speaks to Christina McAnea, the head of the union Unison, to find out what it is like negotiating with Conservative ministers. Plus, John is joined by the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and Scotland correspondent, Libby Brooks, to run …
 
Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak trade jabs over the latest strike by nurses and the state of the NHS at Prime Minister's Questions. The SNP's Westminster leader Stephen Flynn accuses the Conservatives of making Scottish democracy "collateral damage" to pick a fight with Labour over the Gender Recognition Reform Bill. Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yu…
 
The Conservative government is vetoing Scotland's Gender Recognition Reform bill. Mercedes Villalba, a Labour member of the Scottish Parliament who voted in favour of the legislation, says the objection is an attack on devolution and a distraction from the Tories' economic failure and "mischief making". Villalba joins Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker an…
 
The government is to strengthen anti-protest legislation, as more public sector workers are balloting for strike action. Dave Penman, General Secretary of the FDA union, tells Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden and Stephen Carroll why civil servants on the Fast Stream scheme are voting on industrial action, as well as his view of the government's response to…
 
Rishi Sunak meets Nicola Sturgeon for "cordial" talks in Scotland, ahead of a potentially thorny deadline next week. Rodney Jefferson reports from Edinburgh. Also in the show: our Senior UK Economist Dan Hanson tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker why the World Cup is partly to thank for the latest improvement in the UK growth pict…
 
UK-EU talks over Northern Ireland trade rules could enter a final phase, or 'tunnel', next week. Peter O'Dwyer reports from Dublin. North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll joins Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Stephen Carroll to discuss Labour's position on the ratcheting up of strikes. Driscoll also welcomes the £1.4 billion devolution plan for the nor…
 
Health officials are reporting that the NHS is on its knees. John Harris talks to the Guardian’s health policy editor, Denis Campbell, about what he has seen. Plus, Conservative peer Gavin Barwell and Gaby Hinsliff talk about why NHS reform is such a tricky conversation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
Healthcare strikes dominate the first Prime Minister's Questions of the year. The Royal College of Nursing's Pat Cullen tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts that the Prime Minister and Health Secretary are disrespecting nurses by not being prepared to talk about pay. In the House of Commons, Rishi Sunak also admits he has used private h…
 
It's publication day for Prince Harry's long-awaited memoir, Spare, but is the media coverage a crisis for the Royal Family? Bloomberg Opinion columnist and Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Martin Ivens, joins Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts to discuss. Plus, our UK Business Editor Julian Harris on the government's bill to limit disruption f…
 
There are talks on many fronts today: ministers are meeting unions to discuss pay disputes, and the EU's Brexit negotiator is having lunch with the Foreign Secretary. Conservative MP and Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Simon Hoare joins Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll to discuss the government's position in these negotia…
 
As the government offers talks with striking unions, Labour's Pat McFadden rejects the idea the NHS or pay review bodies need fundamental change. He tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Lizzy Burden, he wants the government to negotiate and won't put a figure on how big a pay rise nurses deserve. Plus, Bloomberg's Eamon Farhat joins us after being…
 
It's the battle of the policy speeches: Labour's Keir Starmer takes up the baton from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, laying out his party's priorities. We ask our political reporter Alex Wickham to spot the differences between the policy positions. Also in the show: Conservative MP Bob Blackman tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Lizzy Burden that m…
 
Rishi Sunak dishes out maths education for all pupils in England up to age 18 in the Prime Minister's first major speech of the year. YouGov's Patrick English (with A-level maths) tells Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden and Caroline Hepker this is not the top priority for voters squeezed in a cost of living crisis. Plus, Bloomberg politics reporter Alex Wic…
 
We're back with our first show of the year, and so are the rail strikes. As government ministers and union leaders trade barbs, our UK correspondent Lizzy Burden gives us a briefing on the state of play with five days of train disruption this week. Healthcare reporter Lisa Pham has the latest on the various crises facing the NHS, while Bloomberg's …
 
Guests of Mid Atlantic give their thoughts on the events of 2022. We are Joined by Laura Babcock, Doug Levy, Greg Satell, Pytor Kurzan, Emma Burnell, Steve O'Neil, Mike Holden, Jarett Kobeck, David Volodzko, Amy Everett, and Iain Dale Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
Three Prime Ministers, four Chancellors, a disastrous mini-budget and much more. In our final podcast of 2022, our UK Political Editor Kitty Donaldson talks to Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts about her highlights from a tumultuous period in Westminster, and the issues and names she's watching out for in 2023. Plus the team reflect on the events and …
 
John Stepek, editor of Bloomberg's Money Distilled newsletter says there's a Grinch that could steal Britain's Christmas. Hosts Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts debate how soon they can break out the festive spirit(s). Bloomberg's Dan Hanson brings us the latest on the UK economy and explains the bind the government is in. Plus: Richard Donnell from …
 
In a year that saw three prime ministers, two monarchs and a whole lot of political and social unrest, how will 2022 be remembered? The Guardian’s John Harris looks back on the last 12 months, and asks what might happen in the next, with columnist Gaby Hinsliff and political editor Pippa Crerar. Help support our independent journalism at theguardia…
 
Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Stephen Carroll discuss the ambulance strike as ministers tell the public not to take risks. Opinion columnist Therese Raphael and UK Correspondent Lizzy Burden analyse the pay demands and political price. Plus, our senior pharmaceutical analyst Sam Fazeli on flu season and retail expert Andrea Felsted says snow and …
 
It's the second day of a strike by nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the government is warning people not to call 999 during tomorrow's walkout by ambulance staff unless it's a life-threatening situation. Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker hear from striking nurse Rachel Ambrose, while Rodney Jefferson reports from Edi…
 
Roifield speaks to Logan Phillips from RacetotheWH which uses data to predict elections and tracks the latest polling in both general elections and primary races. They've proven to be one of the most accurate election forecasters in the nation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
 
Yet more strike action could mean a miserable week for many Brits. We ask Labour's Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, Jonathan Ashworth, how his party would deal with the shortage of workers in the UK and how much of a pay rise they would offer nurses. Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts discuss the pressures facing the health service a…
 
Rishi Sunak is on his first visit to Northern Ireland since becoming Prime Minister, meeting party leaders as the political deadlock at Stormont continues. Bloomberg's Morwenna Coniam joins Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll to discuss. Scotland's government meanwhile has increased its income tax rates, widening the gap with the rest of the UK. We hear…
 
Nurses begin their first strike in NHS history, adding to the government's woes from the recent wave of industrial action. The depth of the cost-of-living crisis is illustrated by the latest Bloomberg Breakfast Index, which tracks the price of key ingredients. Also in the show: why the Institute for Fiscal Studies wants changes to an inheritance ta…
 
My guests today are Moj Mahdra a founding member of the Iranian Diaspora Collective, which was just created in response to the Iranian uprisings and Helen Kamali an Iranian-American and Co-Founder of The Azadi Co which is a streetwear for freedom project that donates funds to Iran-centric charities. Human Rights activists in Iran claim that At leas…
 
Faced with a country brought almost to a standstill by strikes, a cost of living crisis, and an increasingly desperate situation in the channel, just what should the Conservative Party be doing to get a grip on the situation? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the Conservative peer and former Downing Street chief of staff Gavin Barwell, and th…
 
Labour leader Keir Starmer is in attack mode at this week's PMQs, pushing the Prime Minister on what he's doing to resolve the wave of industrial action, and in particular the looming strike by nurses. Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts listen in. Plus, we ask the new chair of the Treasury Select Committee, Harriett Baldwin, why she's conce…
 
Rail workers from the RMT union begin the first of two 48-hour walkouts in their pay dispute. We hear from the union's Assistant General Secretary John Leach, and Labour MP Andy McDonald tells Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden and Stephen Carroll they can be both the party of unions and of business. Also in the show, as the latest employment data shows the …
 
Freezing temperatures have pushed UK power prices to a record high, with the National Grid putting coal plants on standby to handle a peak in demand expected on Monday evening. Our energy editor Rachel Morison explains the crunch the grid is facing, and what's being done about it. Plus, Rightmove's Tim Bannister takes Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll an…
 
The Treasury has unveiled its long-promised overhaul of financial regulation, but it's being described (by Bloomberg's Marcus Ashworth) as more of a "big whimper" than a Big Bang for the City. Our UK correspondent Lizzy Burden discusses the proposals with City Minister Andrew Griffith, and we get reaction from Chris Hayward, Policy Chairman of the …
 
With the UK facing the worst industrial unrest in decades, Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey tells us public sector workers deserve a pay rise in line with inflation. The former shadow business secretary tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll she's hopeful her party will lay out more radical policies by the time of the general election. Plus: …
 
Georgia U.S. Senate Runoff Election Results Senator Raphael Warnock defeated his challenger, Herschel Walker, a former football star and Trump-backed Republican, in the Georgia runoff what does this mean for the Democrats and the Republicans and 2024? The 2021 UK Census England and Wales are now minority Christian countries, the UK census reveals. …
 
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