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Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.

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Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 20/09/20

September 20th, 2020

13:42

Isabel Hardman rounds up the best of Sunday's interview shows, with clips coming from Matt Hancock, Sir Keir Starmer, Bob Woodward and Len McCluskey.

What does Europe teach the UK about a Covid second wave?

September 19th, 2020

21:11

As the UK seems to enter a second wave of coronavirus infections, Europe is again the guide on the trajectory of the virus and the best strategy to …

What's the point of a two-week lockdown?

September 18th, 2020

13:07

The government is reportedly considering the short-term reintroduction of nationwide social restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus. Will a two-week 'circuit break' make a difference, or simply delay the …

The impossibility of Moonshot without fixing test and trace

September 17th, 2020

16:15

The government has promised to deliver a nationwide mass testing programme by the beginning of next year, claiming it could offer a route out of …

Has the government's Brexit plot backfired?

September 16th, 2020

12:05

The government's Internal Market Bill won't reach the House of Lords until after the October EU Council, James Forsyth tells Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson on the podcast today. This means that the bill won't become law …

Can the government fix the testing meltdown?

September 15th, 2020

13:47

Amid reports of local testing shortages, Matt Hancock told MPs today that the system is facing an 'enormous challenge' after a 'sharp rise' in …

Can Boris stave off a Tory Brexit rebellion?

September 14th, 2020

12:36

Former attorney general Geoffrey Cox has today warned that the Internal Markets Bill could cause 'unconscionable' damage to the UK's international …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 13/09/20

September 13th, 2020

12:53

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's featured interviewees are Robert Buckland, Simon Coveney, Louise …

Will Ireland stump a Brexit deal?

September 12th, 2020

19:28

The EU said it could walk away from trade talks after the government announced that it planned to break international law in its Internal Markets …

The growing Tory unease over lockdown

September 11th, 2020

10:14

As England heads into stricter lockdown measures shortly, James Forsyth talks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson about the growing unease amongst backbenchers over the government's strict Covid response. Is it time for the …

Are the Brexit talks about to break down?

September 10th, 2020

10:42

The EU gave an ultimatum today that, unless the UK shelved its Internal Market Bill within three weeks, it would be taking legal action against the …

Is Britain facing a second Covid crackdown?

September 9th, 2020

11:30

Boris Johnson held a press conference this afternoon to announce that only groups of six or smaller would be able to meet from Monday. The new …

How will Tory MPs react to No. 10's Brexit law breach?

September 8th, 2020

16:41

As Michel Barnier arrives in London for another round of trade talks, Brandon Lewis today said that government plans to reinterpret the Brexit …

Will the hardline Brexit approach work?

September 7th, 2020

10:24

Boris Johnson last night issued a warning to the European Union that Brexit negotiations must be concluded by October 15 or Britain will walk away. Will this focus minds, or might it spell the end for the talks? Katy …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 06/09/20

September 6th, 2020

11:52

Isabel Hardman returns with the highlights from Sunday's political programmes. Today's highlights come from Dominic Raab, Diane Abbott, Leonid Volkov …

Will state aid sink a Brexit deal?

September 5th, 2020

10:04

The deadline for a Brexit deal is fast approaching, but the level of subsidies paid to companies and industries could prove a stumbling block. Will …

Will the Tories accept tax rises?

September 4th, 2020

14:26

Rishi Sunak has faced a backlash this week over proposals to increase taxes to pay for the UK's coronavirus response. Can the chancellor push the changes through, and how will the party react? Katy Balls speaks to …

Is mass testing the answer?

September 3rd, 2020

13:37

Matt Hancock today announced Operation Moonshot, a £500 million scheme to ramp up the UK's testing capacity and offer a return to normality without …

The latest No. 10 U-turn

September 2nd, 2020

13:22

Bolton and Trafford were returned to Manchester's local lockdown this morning after yet another U-turn by the government. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson …

Can Simon Case reform the civil service?

September 1st, 2020

14:26

Simon Case has been appointed the new cabinet secretary, tasked with leading the UK through its coronavirus recovery and reforming the civil service. Is he up to the job? Gus Carter speaks to James Forsyth and Katy …

Is this the next cladding scandal?

August 29th, 2020

17:28

After the Grenfell Tower fire, new fire safety legislation was introduced in an attempt to ensure the tragic incident was never repeated. But the new …

Can Boris get people back in the office?

August 28th, 2020

16:37

The government will launch a new publicity campaign to coax people back into the office, it was announced today. This morning's headlines took a …

Can self-isolation payments improve test and trace?

August 27th, 2020

11:42

The government has announced that self-isolating Britons will be paid £13 a day to stay at home. Will this help improve the beleaguered test and …

Will the next U-turn be on face masks at work?

August 26th, 2020

13:28

The government reversed its position on masks in schools late yesterday evening, announcing that secondary school pupils in local lockdown areas …

Is Boris being too defensive on the culture wars?

August 25th, 2020

14:48

Reports on Sunday suggested the BBC was going to drop 'Rule, Britannia!' and 'Land of Hope and Glory' from its Last Night of the Proms schedule …

Can Gavin Williamson reopen England's schools?

August 24th, 2020

13:44

Boris Johnson has returned from his holiday to embark on a media campaign promoting September's schools reopening. With Scottish pupils already back …

Why is Starmer's support surging?

August 22nd, 2020

10:25

Following the exam results fiasco, the Tories' lead in the polls has dropped to just two points in the latest YouGov survey. With Labour on the up, …

Britain's £2 trillion debt problem

August 21st, 2020

12:27

UK debt has hit £2 trillion, the Office for National Statistics said today - an increase of over £200 billion on last year. What does this mean for the economy, how does the UK compare to the rest of Europe, and does …

Where will the next local lockdown be?

August 20th, 2020

10:22

Birmingham and Oldham are on the brink of reentering lockdown, with cases in both rising significantly in comparison to the rest of the country. But how severe is the outbreak, and can the government risk shutting down …

How Nicola Sturgeon outsmarts Westminster

August 19th, 2020

13:40

A new poll today shows that support for Scottish independence is at a record high of 55 per cent. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and …

Why has the government scrapped Public Health England?

August 18th, 2020

12:14

Matt Hancock today confirmed that Public Health England will be scrapped and replaced by a new National Institute for Health Protection, which will be led by Baroness Dido Harding - who currently runs the Test and Trace …

What's behind the government's dramatic U-turn?

August 17th, 2020

13:21
Gavin Williamson announced this afternoon that pupils receiving A-level and GCSE results this year would be awarded teacher-predicted marks. Why has …

Is the government about to U-turn on exams?

August 17th, 2020

9:56

As the backlash to the government's exams fiasco continued over the weekend, Gavin Williamson has been steadfast in not U-turning. But with GCSE …

Kaya's story: why the government's exams triple lock doesn't help

August 15th, 2020

19:48

Kaya Ilska is a free school meals student, coming from a single mother family. She is incredibly bright - and was predicted 4 A*s by her teachers, a …

Should France have been kicked off the greenlist?

August 14th, 2020

12:27

After much speculation, France has been put on the quarantine list, along with Netherlands, Monaco, and Malta. But do the numbers really back it up? …

Levelling down: the results day fiasco

August 13th, 2020

16:35

It's A-Level results day and much as expected, a large minority of A-Level grades from across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have been …

Why is Labour struggling to attack Boris Johnson?

August 12th, 2020

16:05
Gavin Williamson last night announced that A-level students getting their results tomorrow could appeal using mock exam grades. Meanwhile, today, new …

Will England have to follow Scotland's exams U-turn?

August 11th, 2020

16:01
After a week of feet dragging, the Scottish government has today dramatically U-turned on downgrading exam results for 76,000 students. Those who …

Is the Preston lockdown justified?

August 10th, 2020

13:01
Over the weekend, the city of Preston in the north of England was partially locked down. But on what basis? Cindy Yu talks to Kate Andrews and Fraser Nelson about whether the government is implementing local lockdowns …

Are the Lib Dems finished?

August 8th, 2020

15:47
The Liberal Democrat leadership race will finally come to an end this month but, after December's crushing election defeat, is the party over too? In a special Saturday edition of Coffee House Shots, Gus Carter speaks …

Will France be quarantined next?

August 7th, 2020

11:16
Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were added to the UK’s quarantine list yesterday evening, meaning Brits returning from those countries will be required to stay at home for two weeks. With Belgium’s neighbour, France, …

Will Boris's planning reforms backfire?

August 6th, 2020

10:19
The government has announced the most ambitious planning reforms of a generation – but could they backfire? Meanwhile, as the contacting tracing …

Can Douglas Ross take on the SNP?

August 5th, 2020

10:19
Douglas Ross has won the Scottish Conservatives leadership election – but can take on the SNP without risking a second independence referendum? Meanwhile, pressure is growing on the Tories to suspended a former minister …

Are we heading for mass unemployment?

August 4th, 2020

9:35
Pizza Express today announced that 1,100 jobs are at risk as they close 67 outlets. With the Chancellor's furlough scheme winding up in November, …

Can 'Eat Out to Help Out' save the restaurant industry?

August 3rd, 2020

13:40
Today marks the start of the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme – but can the move save Britain's restaurants without risking a second spike? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Kate Andrews about the Treasury initiative, …

What's behind the excess deaths statistics?

August 1st, 2020

22:56
Statistics released this week showed that England had the worst excess death rate in Europe during the first half of 2020. Katy Balls speaks to Kate Andrews and Carl Heneghan, professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at …

Boris Johnson pauses lockdown easing

July 31st, 2020

13:25
Overnight, the government announced a return of stricter social distancing measures in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, with …

Why are England's excess deaths so high?

July 30th, 2020

10:17
New figures show that England had the highest excess death rate across Europe in the first half of 2020. With another coronavirus wave looking imminent, can the government figure out why this happened in time for a …

Could the government be over-correcting on a second wave?

July 29th, 2020

12:08
Fears of a second wave dominate Westminster chat, but how much of it is the government trying to fight the last battle? Cindy Yu talks to James …

Is a second wave imminent?

July 28th, 2020

9:31
Boris Johnson said there are signs that a second wave of coronavirus will soon sweep through Europe. Should Brits still go on their holiday abroad, …

Was there a different way to handle the Spanish quarantine?

July 27th, 2020

15:06
Within a few hours, the government enacted a quarantine policy for those returning from Spain (including the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, and …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 26/07/20

July 26th, 2020

13:04

Katy Balls presents the highlights from the Sunday interviews, with Dominic Raab, Dido Harding, Jonathan Ashworth and Tony Blair. 

Prime Minister Johnson's turbulent first year

July 25th, 2020

17:49
Boris Johnson probably didn't expect his first year as Prime Minister to shake out quite the way it did. From winning a landslide majority, to leading the country during a global pandemic, it's the sort of year that, if …

Will Boris's war on obesity succeed?

July 24th, 2020

12:04
New plans are being drawn up to tackle obesity in Britain, with proposals including a ban on adverts of junk foods and calorie content shown on restaurant menus. Will Boris get his war on obesity succeed, and will it …

Could Boris's Scotland charm offensive backfire?

July 23rd, 2020

18:19
The Prime Minister visits Scotland today as parliament goes into recess. The Union is in grave danger, as a previous episode discussed. But can the government woo back the wavering Scots? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth …

Starmer vs Corbyn

July 22nd, 2020

13:33
Keir Starmer was keen to put clear blue water between himself and Corbyn's Labour party today, on both the apology to anti-Semitism whistleblowers …

Is there anything new in the Russia report?

July 21st, 2020

12:58
The long-awaited Russia report is finally out, so what are the revelations within it? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and the New Statesman's …

Is TikTok the next Huawei?

July 20th, 2020

15:31
Now that Huawei is banned, China hawks in the Conservative Party are turning their attention to social media platform TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company. It comes as the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 19/07/20

July 19th, 2020

11:35

Katy Balls hosts the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Russian ambassador Andrei Kelin and Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy.

How much danger is the Union in?

July 18th, 2020

14:57
James Forsyth writes in this week's Spectator that the Union is the biggest challenge facing this government, despite everything that is going on with the pandemic. Support for Scottish independence continues to grow …

Does the government's plan really approach 'significant normality'?

July 17th, 2020

11:45
In a press conference from Downing Street today, Boris Johnson set out the road to 'significant normality' - but not until November. It's a more cautious position than had been previously briefed, but is even this …

Why the government moved against Julian Lewis

July 16th, 2020

15:56
Chris Grayling failed to win the chairmanship of the Intelligence and Security Committee on Wednesday evening. In his stead, Julian Lewis clinched …

Who should be worried about the independent Covid inquiry?

July 15th, 2020

15:01
Boris Johnson has confirmed that there will be an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic after a possible second wave is over. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about what it will …

Why Boris u-turned on Huawei

July 14th, 2020

20:38
Much as expected, the government has u-turned on Huawei, though the new government policy doesn't go as far as some of the most hardline Tory MPs …

Does anyone know the truth about face masks?

July 13th, 2020

14:37
In recent days, more supportive noises have been made by those on the top of government about the wearing of face masks indoors, especially in shops. …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 12/07/20

July 12th, 2020

11:37

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political inerviews, today featuring Michael Gove, Lucy Powell and Sir Richard Dearlove. 

Dominic Cummings's plans for defence reform

July 11th, 2020

13:21
Dominic Cummings will be touring key Ministry of Defence sites ahead of this year's defence review. So how would he like to reform the UK's military …

The government's inconsistent messaging on lockdown easing

July 10th, 2020

11:14
New lockdown easing measures have been announced, so later this month swimming pools, gyms, and outdoor theatres will be reopening in England. At the …

Is Rishi Sunak really hinting at tax rises?

July 9th, 2020

15:26
The Chancellor's statement has gone down well but the big question is how the government will pay for all this. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about the possibility of tax rises, why the …

Can Rishi Sunak’s jobs pledge keep unemployment down?

July 8th, 2020

15:21
The Chancellor has given his mini-Budget in a statement to the Commons today, and among a raft of stimulus measures from a VAT cut to stamp duty …

Is social care reform now inevitable?

July 7th, 2020

13:29
Boris Johnson has rowed back on comments suggesting that care homes suffered from the pandemic because they did not follow procedure, after a …

Why the government's arts bailout was so generous

July 6th, 2020

12:42
Rishi Sunak has announced a £1.6 billion bailout for the arts industry, which was more generous than many were expecting. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews and James Forsyth about why this is. They also …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 05/07/20

July 5th, 2020

10:09

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Matt Hancock, Anneliese Dodds and Sir Simon Stevens. 

Will No 10's press briefing shake-up really deliver more transparency?

July 4th, 2020

12:56
Downing St has announced that it will be televising its afternoon lobby press briefing, come October. Inspired by the daily coronavirus briefings, …

Will Super Saturday prove a washout?

July 3rd, 2020

12:04
One day to go until 'Super Saturday', when pubs and restaurants in England (except Leicester) will reopen. But polls show that only a small minority …

How schools will look after the pandemic

July 2nd, 2020

13:50
The government has set out its guidelines for how schools will look come September. Attendance will be compulsory, and even Labour is on board. Cindy …

Should the government go further on Hong Kong?

July 1st, 2020

17:00
China's new national security law has been passed in Hong Kong, and from this morning it has been implemented as handfuls of protestors have already …

What's so new in Boris's 'New Deal'?

June 30th, 2020

14:40
The country is facing a post-pandemic recession that will leave millions unemployed and businesses bankrupted, so despite all the noise, is Boris's 'New Deal' tackling the right problems? Our Economics Correspondent …

Will the 'whack-a-mole' approach of local lockdowns work?

June 29th, 2020

16:02
Leicester is set to lock down locally. It's an approach that the Prime Minister has dubbed 'whack-a-mole', referring to clampdowns on local clusters …

What Sedwill's departure means for No 10's civil service reform

June 28th, 2020

13:37
The Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill has announced that he will be stepping down in September, though his resignation letter suggests that it wasn't necessarily his decision. This move comes as Michael Gove makes a …

Cindy Yu's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 28/06/20

June 28th, 2020

12:13

Cindy Yu presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Priti Patel, Jonathan Reynolds and Ed Miliband. 

Has Keir Starmer upset Labour's fragile unity?

June 27th, 2020

13:28
Throughout the leadership contest, Keir Starmer was careful not to upset the delicate balance between the hard left and the moderates in the party. …

The government's dilemma on reopening

June 26th, 2020

14:15
The government wants the country to head back out and boost the economy, but scenes at Bournemouth beach and elsewhere reflect the government's dilemma - how much reopening is enough to keep the economy afloat, but …

Will Long Bailey's sacking trigger a Corbynite backlash?

June 25th, 2020

11:24
After retweeting an interview with Maxine Peake in which the actress voiced an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, Rebecca Long Bailey has been sacked as the shadow education secretary. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to …

Can Keir Starmer get under Boris's skin?

June 24th, 2020

13:16
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

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The new common sense phase of lockdown

June 23rd, 2020

13:07
Boris Johnson has announced further measures to ease the lockdown, and from the 4th July, more venues will be open than not, including restaurants, …

What's behind the brewing Sunday trading Tory rebellion?

June 22nd, 2020

14:49
There's a rebellion brewing on the backbenches - MPs claim that there are over 50 backbenchers who oppose the government's proposal to loosen Sunday trading laws. On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 21/06/20

June 21st, 2020

11:31

Katy Balls hosts the highlights from Sunday's interviews. With Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Rachel Reeves and Shaun Bailey. 

Is the Foreign Office DfiD merger a mistake?

June 20th, 2020

23:26
The plans for a merger between the two departments has united three former prime ministers in their criticism. Andrew Mitchell, Tory MP and former International Development Secretary, certainly thinks it's a disastrous …

What the new alert level means for lockdown easing

June 19th, 2020

14:08
The government has downgraded the coronavirus alert level from 4 to 3, with the support of its scientific advisers. So is it about time to ease lockdown even further? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson …

Why did the government persist with its doomed app?

June 18th, 2020

11:24
The government is today announcing a switch from its NHS-built contact tracing app in favour of one built by Apple and Google. On the podcast, Katy Balls asks James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson - why has it taken them so …

Is Boris Johnson's week starting to look up?

June 17th, 2020

20:42
At Prime Minister's Questions, Boris Johnson cornered Keir Starmer on the Labour party's ambivalent position on schools reopening. After a bumpy …

Was the government's free meals U-turn inevitable?

June 16th, 2020

14:48
After the highly publicised campaign by the footballer Marcus Rashford, the government has U-turned on the question of free school meals in the …

Will the government's lockdown easing work?

June 15th, 2020

16:05
As the government tries to encourage more spending with the opening of non-essential shops today, is the public still too cautious about Covid? Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

The Spectator is …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 14/06/20

June 14th, 2020

9:42

Katy Balls hosts today's essential interviews roundup, which today features Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Nick Thomas-Symonds and David Lammy. 

Is toppling a statue an act of performance art?

June 13th, 2020

14:21

Has the statue of Churchill been improved by being enclosed in a protective casing? Was Colston's toppling one of the greatest acts of performance …

The Tory fightback against identity politics

June 12th, 2020

14:16
Late last night, the statue of Winston Churchill on Parliament Square was boarded up over fears the monument could again be targeted by Black Lives …

How long can the two-metre rule last?

June 11th, 2020

12:05
Tory MPs are increasingly concerned about the impact of the two-metre rule, with No. 10 facing pressure to relax the policy to help save businesses. …

PMQs: Johnson and Starmer clash on schools

June 10th, 2020

13:14

John Connolly discusses Prime Minister's Questions with James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Why aren't schools reopening?

June 9th, 2020

13:50
The government has shelved its aim of reopening primary schools before the end of term amid growing pressure from parents and unions. But how will …

The politics of toppling a statue

June 8th, 2020

17:43
Thousands of protesters took to the streets this weekend as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Bristol, a statue of the slaver Edward …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 07/06/20

June 7th, 2020

10:03

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's clips come from Professor John Edmunds, Matt Hancock, Lisa Nandy, John …

How the government is preparing for the inevitable Covid inquiry

June 6th, 2020

14:57
Some decision-makers have already made timelines of their actions since the start of the pandemic, James Forsyth reveals in his political column for …

Is it time for the government to admit its mistakes?

June 5th, 2020

16:01
With an NHS tracing app not fully up and running until autumn, contact tracing seems like the latest in a series of events where the government has …

Why has the government U-turned on face masks?

June 4th, 2020

9:52
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that face masks will be compulsory on public transport from mid-June. Until recently, that was …

The end of Keir Starmer's 'constructive opposition'

June 3rd, 2020

14:04
The time for constructive opposition is over, as Keir Starmer picks up a new tone in his interview to the Guardian, which he continued in PMQs. Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about this strategy; and …

Does Rees-Mogg's plan for a socially distanced parliament work?

June 2nd, 2020

14:23
MPs are back in the House of Commons this week, and Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg wants them to vote physically, but socially distanced. This means a meandering queue through the Palace of Westminster for MPs to file …

Will MPs rebel over No. 10's quarantine plan?

June 1st, 2020

17:48
From the speed of easing lockdown, to quarantine for international travellers, to the return of MPs to parliament - the government is fighting …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 31/05/20

May 31st, 2020

10:54

Katy Balls presents the best bits from Sunday's political shows. Today's clips come from Dominic Raab, Nicola Sturgeon, Anneliese Dodds, Professor …

How will a socially distanced House of Commons work?

May 30th, 2020

12:01
MPs are returning to parliament next week, marking an end of the hybrid model that saw most MPs Zooming into parliamentary debates. On the podcast, …

How the furlough scheme will be rolled back

May 29th, 2020

12:42

Cindy Yu talks to Kate Andrews and Katy Balls about Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcements on phasing out the furlough scheme. 

Is it really 'case closed' on the Cummings affair?

May 28th, 2020

12:49
Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance refused to give their opinions on the Dominic Cummings affair at today's press conference; while Durham police …

What did Boris's evidence to MPs reveal?

May 27th, 2020

16:42
The Prime Minister appeared for the first time in his premiership in front of the Liaison Committee today. The group, formed of select committee chairs, grilled him on a range of issues from Dominic Cummings to pandemic …

What does the slump in the polls mean for Conservatives?

May 27th, 2020

15:33
The latest polling shows that even a majority of Conservative voters want Dominic Cummings out; and the Prime Minister's own standing has taken a …

Could public opinion make Cummings's position untenable?

May 26th, 2020

13:15
The latest polling shows a drastic change in the Prime Minister's popularity because of the Cummings affair. Though the government is still sticking …

Has Cummings done enough to calm Tory MPs?

May 25th, 2020

11:56
In an unprecedented press conference today, Dominic Cummings explained the circumstances in which he took his family to Durham, and the exact …

Boris Johnson's political gamble over Cummings

May 24th, 2020

13:07
Boris Johnson gave an unambiguous defence of Dominic Cummings at today's press conference. In so doing, the government is gambling that this is a storm they can weather. On the podcast, Kate Andrews discusses their …

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 24/05/20

May 24th, 2020

10:14

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with interviews coming from Grant Shapps, Steve Baker, Nick Thomas-Symonds and Sir …

The Dominic Cummings imbroglio

May 23rd, 2020

14:37
The government has come out in defence of Dominic Cummings's decision to travel to Durham during lockdown. On the podcast, two Spectator writers give their opposing views on whether or not he made the right decision.

Has Starmer put Tories on the backfoot?

May 23rd, 2020

15:25
Keir Starmer is off to a good start in his first 50 days as Labour leader. But has he done enough to start bringing back former Labour voters?

With …

Can the government bring back the economy?

May 22nd, 2020

14:37
New figures from the ONS today show the extent of damage done to the economy. Is this recoverable?

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

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Why the government U-turned on the NHS surcharge

May 21st, 2020

13:14
Within 24 hours of refusing to scrap the NHS surcharge for migrant healthworkers, the government has U-turned. We discuss why; as well as Scotland's lockdown easing and the new civil servant at No 10, Simon Case.

With …

Can the government get contact tracing up and running by June?

May 20th, 2020

13:02
Boris Johnson pledges to get track and trace up by June 1, but is it possible? Plus, how is the government handling the new Opposition Leader, Keir Starmer, and how is the UK going to implement its Northern Ireland …

Is the government blaming the scientists?

May 19th, 2020

14:48
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

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Is Labour's stance on reopening schools worsening the education gap?

May 18th, 2020

17:25
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

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Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 17/05/20

May 17th, 2020

10:36

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with clips from Michael Gove, Angela Rayner, Liam Fox, Carolyn Fairbairn and Paul …

Is Nicola Sturgeon playing politics?

May 16th, 2020

18:40
With Alex Massie, the Spectator's Scotland Editor, and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is Boris Johnson a convert to the nanny state?

May 15th, 2020

18:05
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is the Roche antibody test a gamechanger?

May 14th, 2020

11:07
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look …

Boris on the ropes over care homes

May 13th, 2020

15:01
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

How generous is Rishi's furlough extension?

May 12th, 2020

12:05
With Kate Andrews and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Keir Starmer's canny coronavirus critique

May 11th, 2020

12:52
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Boris sets out the shape of an exit strategy

May 10th, 2020

16:48
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 10/05/20

May 10th, 2020

10:18

Katy Balls hosts the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's clips come from Robert Jenrick, Jonathan Ashworth and Professor David …

The government's black-box approach to lockdown

May 8th, 2020

16:52
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Why is the 'R' number going back up?

May 7th, 2020

10:51
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Keir Starmer made life difficult for Boris Johnson at PMQs

May 6th, 2020

16:36
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Why Neil Ferguson's position was untenable

May 6th, 2020

15:34
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Could a return to normality come before a vaccine?

May 4th, 2020

18:03
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 03/05/20

May 3rd, 2020

10:14

Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political interview shows, today featuring Grant Shapps, Amanda Spielman, Mark Drakeford and Ros …

Is a Brexit extension inevitable?

May 2nd, 2020

16:09
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

How Matt Hancock hit his target

May 1st, 2020

16:37
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

How the 'R' number dictates Boris's exit strategy

April 30th, 2020

11:25
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What is Labour's strategy of constructive opposition?

April 29th, 2020

16:17
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Will coronavirus make politicians fix social care?

April 28th, 2020

13:57
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Boris Johnson's new approach to lockdown easing

April 27th, 2020

14:51
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 26/04/20

April 26th, 2020

9:29

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sundays interview shows, featuring Dominic Raab, Rosena Allin-Khan and Isabella Lövin. 

How lockdown threatens to widen the education gap

April 25th, 2020

12:43
With James Turner, CEO of the Sutton Trust, and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can Boris unite the Cabinet?

April 24th, 2020

14:56
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What's Nicola Sturgeon's exit strategy?

April 23rd, 2020

14:56
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What is the real impact of lockdown on the NHS?

April 22nd, 2020

24:07
With Alastair McLellan, Editor of Health Service Journal.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

How did Keir Starmer do in his first PMQs?

April 22nd, 2020

14:15
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Is Matt Hancock the government’s ‘fall guy’?

April 21st, 2020

13:59
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

For how long can the government afford the furlough scheme?

April 20th, 2020

13:57
With Kate Andrews and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Will Boris disappoint the lockdown hawks in government?

April 20th, 2020

15:17
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 19/04/20

April 19th, 2020

10:50

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday interview shows, with clips from Michael Gove, Professor Sarah Gilbert and OECD secretary general Angel Gurría. 

Why isn't the UK testing at full capacity?

April 17th, 2020

14:05
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

The five tests for easing the lockdown

April 16th, 2020

14:46
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Keir Starmer's coronavirus gamble

April 15th, 2020

13:05
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

How much will coronavirus cripple the British economy?

April 14th, 2020

10:21
With Katy Balls and Kate Andrews.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

As lockdown continues, will this be the toughest week yet?

April 13th, 2020

12:34
With Kate Andrews and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is the UK on track to be Europe's worst hit country?

April 12th, 2020

18:11
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 12/04/20

April 12th, 2020

9:46

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Easter Sunday's political interviews. Guests appearances include Alok Sharma, Sir Keir Starmer, Sir …

Lessons learnt from Germany's coronavirus response

April 11th, 2020

16:43
With Berlin-based journalist Constantin Eckner and Kate Andrews.

Presented by Katy Balls.

The human cost of the coronavirus lockdown

April 10th, 2020

16:27
With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Why the lockdown isn't over yet

April 9th, 2020

12:58
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look …

Will coronavirus usher in a new Conservatism?

April 8th, 2020

14:52
With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

The decision Dominic Raab can't make

April 7th, 2020

11:07
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care

April 7th, 2020

12:00
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Who is running the government?

April 6th, 2020

16:20
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Coffee House Shots is sponsored by 'Look Forward', the podcast from Rathbones on what the future might look like. Find out more at RathbonesLookForward.com.

Boris admitted to hospital

April 5th, 2020

11:54
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 05/04/20

April 5th, 2020

10:44

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews, today featuring clips from Matt Hancock, Sir Keir Starmer, Professor Neil …

Keir Starmer's first challenges as Labour leader

April 4th, 2020

20:07
With Stephen Bush, the New Statesman's Political Editor, and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Has Sweden got it right?

April 3rd, 2020

16:05
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Matt Hancock's Gordon Brown moment

April 2nd, 2020

12:12
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Why is Boris Johnson's popularity surging?

April 1st, 2020

16:36
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is the government failing on testing?

March 31st, 2020

11:34
With Stephen Bush, the New Statesman's Political Editor, and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Is social distancing working?

March 30th, 2020

12:07
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 29/03/20

March 29th, 2020

9:32

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, today featuring Michael Gove, Tony Blair and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Is the West failing to rise to the coronavirus challenge?

March 28th, 2020

15:20

Katy Balls talks to Sophia Gaston, Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, and Cindy Yu about the Western and Chinese responses to the …

What Boris's coronavirus diagnosis means for the government

March 27th, 2020

12:36
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What is Sunak's stimulus for the self-employed?

March 26th, 2020

14:13
With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Find this week's The Edition podcast with William Hague here.

Is an immunity test around the corner?

March 25th, 2020

13:53
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Who's to blame for the tube overcrowding?

March 24th, 2020

12:28
With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Britain enters lockdown

March 23rd, 2020

11:58
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is the government's coronavirus approach confused?

March 23rd, 2020

14:31
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 22/03/20

March 22nd, 2020

9:44

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's interview programmes, with Robert Jenrick and Jeremy Corbyn. 

What does coronavirus mean for Britain's prisons?

March 21st, 2020

21:04
With Professor Ian Acheson, former prison officer and senior advisor at the Counter Extremism Project, and Chris Atkins, filmmaker and author of A Bit of a Stretch, a memoir detailing his incarceration in HMP …

Did the government just nationalise wages?

March 20th, 2020

13:13
With Kate Andrews and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can this virus really be beaten within 12 weeks?

March 19th, 2020

13:18
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

The unanswerable question on coronavirus

March 18th, 2020

13:31
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

The Sunak stimulus

March 17th, 2020

14:27
With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is the country ready for life under coronavirus?

March 16th, 2020

15:18
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Can the government keep the public's trust?

March 16th, 2020

16:25
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/03/20

March 15th, 2020

9:35

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from today's political shows, featuring Matt Hancock, Jonathan Ashworth, Lisa Nandy and Italian Ambassador …

Mervyn King on Radical Uncertainty

March 14th, 2020

21:21

Fraser Nelson talks to Mervyn King about the limits of economics, where the number crunching in 2016 went wrong, and the sort of Brexit we should …

Will coronavirus cause a Brexit delay?

March 13th, 2020

10:35
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

The political risk of Boris's coronavirus strategy

March 12th, 2020

11:15
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Podcast LIVE: Budget Special

March 12th, 2020

1:23:35
What does Rishi Sunak’s first Budget tell us about the future of this government – and the direction of conservatism?

Fraser, James, and Katy were …

Will Rishi Sunak's Budget splurge pay off?

March 11th, 2020

16:57
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

How Boris's Brexit team plan to avoid repeating May's mistake

March 10th, 2020

16:30
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is No 10 ready for the financial hit of coronavirus?

March 9th, 2020

9:16
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 08/03/20

March 8th, 2020

9:11
Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews, with clips from Rishi Sunak, Rosie Duffield
and Layla Moran. 

What would Keir Starmer's first 100 days look like?

March 7th, 2020

15:34
With Ailbhe Rea, Political Correspondent at the New Statesman, and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Will this be a coronavirus Budget?

March 6th, 2020

11:55
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Why won't Keir Starmer reveal his donors?

March 5th, 2020

12:20
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Why Boris Johnson still backs Priti Patel

March 4th, 2020

10:27
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What is the government's coronavirus battle plan?

March 3rd, 2020

11:30
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Has Priti Patel lost control of the Home Office?

March 2nd, 2020

9:06
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 01/03/20

March 1st, 2020

9:00

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday shows, featuring John McDonnell, Matt Hancock, Amélie de Montchalin and Richard Burgon. 

How damaging is Philip Rutnam's resignation?

February 29th, 2020

14:57
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is the Heathrow ruling a failure of politics?

February 29th, 2020

13:11
With Tim Shipman, Political Editor of the Sunday Times, and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can the government contain a coronavirus outbreak?

February 28th, 2020

12:06
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Sajid Javid's parting shot

February 26th, 2020

15:23
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What's on the EU's Brexit wishlist?

February 25th, 2020

12:07
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Is No 10 going to war against the civil service?

February 24th, 2020

13:56
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 23/02/20

February 23rd, 2020

9:55

Isabel Hardman hosts the roundup of Sunday's political shows, with highlights from David Davis, Nicola Sturgeon, George Eustice and Diane Abbott. 

Can feminism be capitalist?

February 22nd, 2020

10:34

Kate Andrews speaks to economist Deirdre McCloskey about Britain's comparative advantage, liberalism's contribution to women's rights, and why equality of permission is more important than equality of opportunity.

What will Rishi Sunak's Budget look like?

February 21st, 2020

11:16
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Should Labour form an electoral pact with the Lib Dems?

February 20th, 2020

14:37
With Katy Balls and James Mills.

Presented by John Connolly. 

Is the government's points system really taking back control?

February 19th, 2020

14:30
With Kate Andrews and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is the UK-EU Brexit gap unbridgeable?

February 18th, 2020

18:15
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Are we heading for another Brexit stand off?

February 17th, 2020

16:04
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly. 

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 16/02/20

February 16th, 2020

12:14

Katy Balls presents the highlights from this week's Sunday roundup. On the podcast today are clips from Grant Shapps, Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon. 

Who are Boris's new Cabinet ministers?

February 15th, 2020

14:01
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

How independent can Boris's new cabinet be?

February 14th, 2020

16:30
With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Why Sajid Javid quit

February 13th, 2020

20:21
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Did Corbyn skewer Boris at Prime Minister's Questions?

February 12th, 2020

11:55
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Has Boris quelled an HS2 rebellion?

February 11th, 2020

15:51
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What's behind Sinn Fein's surprise victory?

February 10th, 2020

16:08
With Denis Staunton, London Editor at the Irish Times, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 09/02/20

February 9th, 2020

10:59

Katy Balls hosts this week's Sunday Roundup, with contributions coming from John Bercow, Dawn Butler, Robert Jenrick, Robert Buckland, Jeremy Hunt, Rosena Allin-Khan and Liu Xiaoming. Produced by Matthew Taylor.

What to expect from the reshuffle

February 8th, 2020

15:15
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Can the Tories restore faith in British policing?

February 7th, 2020

15:33
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Is the SNP now in crisis?

February 6th, 2020

13:36
With Alex Massie and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is the BBC licence fee on its way out?

February 5th, 2020

14:54
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Will the government go to court over terror legislation?

February 4th, 2020

17:57
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is an Australia arrangement just no deal?

February 3rd, 2020

13:11
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 02/02/20

February 2nd, 2020

10:49

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from the Sunday interviews, which today features Donald Tusk, Dominic Raab, John McDonnell, Amanda Spielman and Nigel Farage. Produced by Matthew Taylor. 

How Brexit got done

February 1st, 2020

19:26
With Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by John Connolly.

Looking ahead to Brexit night

January 31st, 2020

10:57
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls. 

Did Sajid Javid steal Boris's thunder?

January 30th, 2020

13:57
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Does the SNP have its priorities straight?

January 29th, 2020

14:09
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Will Boris's Huawei decision backfire?

January 28th, 2020

16:35
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Decision week: will Boris give Huawei the green light?

January 27th, 2020

13:40
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 26/01/20

January 26th, 2020

10:34

Isabel Hardman takes you through the highlights from today's interviews, today featuring Priti Patel, Rory Stewart, Len McCluskey and Lord Butler. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.

Will Boris really cut immigration?

January 25th, 2020

16:50
With Policy Exchange's David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere, and Kate Andrews.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Will second preference votes decide the Labour leadership?

January 24th, 2020

15:56
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Brexit bill passed: what next?

January 23rd, 2020

11:39
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Can the Lords thwart Boris's plans?

January 22nd, 2020

13:59
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What should we expect from the new anti-terror bill?

January 21st, 2020

15:38
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls. 

Presented by John Connolly. 

Boris's HS2 headache

January 20th, 2020

15:31
With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 19/01/20

January 19th, 2020

11:09

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday shows, which today feature James Cleverly, Jess Phillips, Ian Murray and Mick Whelan. Produced by Matthew Taylor. 

Is Huawei dangerous?

January 18th, 2020

12:50
With Tom Tugendhat MP and Robin Pagnamenta, Head of Technology at the Telegraph.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can Britain divide and conquer the EU27?

January 17th, 2020

14:49
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is Long-Bailey's campaign finally picking up momentum?

January 16th, 2020

14:25
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Has Nandy misstepped?

January 15th, 2020

16:06
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

How can the Tories manage Sturgeon's demand for Indyref2?

January 14th, 2020

10:59
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth. 

Presented by Isabel Hardman. 

Thornberry in, Lewis out: what next in the Labour leadership race?

January 13th, 2020

18:40
With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls.

Presented by James Forsyth.

Who will be axed in Johnson's reshuffle?

January 13th, 2020

17:24
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 12/01/20

January 12th, 2020

11:54

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Featured on today's podcast are Rebecca Long-Bailey, Clive Lewis, Brandon …

Is 'levelling up' easier said than done?

January 11th, 2020

16:29
With James Kirkup, Director of the Social Market Foundation, and Jen Williams, Politics and Investigations Editor at the Manchester Evening News.

Could there be a Northern Ireland break through?

January 10th, 2020

16:06
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

When Harry met Barry

January 9th, 2020

17:23
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Is this a new era of Prime Minister's Questions?

January 8th, 2020

17:07
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Is Whitehall reform being put on hold?

January 7th, 2020

22:54
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Can Boris walk the Iran tightrope?

January 6th, 2020

17:45
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 05/01/20

January 5th, 2020

11:25

Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from the first Sunday interview shows of the year. Guests on today's podcast include Dominic Raab, Emily Thornberry, Sir Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips, Lisa Nandy and Lord Tony …

What's Boris Johnson's plan for 2020?

January 3rd, 2020

26:18
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

The runners and riders of the Labour leadership race

December 21st, 2019

21:03
With James Mills, former advisor to John McDonnell, and Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman.

Presented by Katy Balls.

The Tory MPs who broke down the 'red wall'

December 21st, 2019

16:03
With Dehenna Davison (Bishop Aucklands), Simon Fell (Barrow and Furness), and Richard Holden (North West Durham).

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Has predictable politics returned?

December 20th, 2019

14:03
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What did the Queen's Speech reveal?

December 19th, 2019

17:13
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

How is Labour's leadership race shaking out?

December 18th, 2019

17:21
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

What does Nicky Morgan's appointment mean?

December 17th, 2019

14:59
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

What's on the new government's wishlist?

December 16th, 2019

19:47
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/12/19

December 15th, 2019

11:36

Isabel Hardman guides you through the highlights from the Sunday interviews. Featured on today's post-election podcast are John McDonnell, Lisa …

What to expect from a Boris Johnson majority government

December 13th, 2019

17:44
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Tories demolish the red wall

December 13th, 2019

19:55
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Tory landslide predicted - what are the key seats to watch for?

December 12th, 2019

10:28
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Deciphering the MRP - are the Tories losing their majority?

December 11th, 2019

19:29
With Marcus Roberts from YouGov and James Forsyth.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Will Labour's NHS offensive swing the election?

December 10th, 2019

18:08
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is a Tory majority now inevitable?

December 9th, 2019

14:29
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 08/12/19

December 8th, 2019

10:15

Isabel Hardman brings you the best of Sunday's political interviews, with today's podcast featuring Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, John McDonnell, …

Is the real election battle happening online?

December 7th, 2019

22:08
With James Ball, journalist and author of Post-Truth, and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Verdict: the final leaders debate

December 6th, 2019

16:33
With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Will the issue of trust decide the election?

December 6th, 2019

14:26
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

How low can the Lib Dems go?

December 5th, 2019

16:16
With Marcus Roberts from YouGov and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can the Tories break Labour's 'red wall'?

December 5th, 2019

15:41
With Jennifer Williams, politics and investigations editor for the Manchester Evening News, and Jonathan Walker, Political Editor of the Birmingham …

Will Trump confront Boris on tech taxes?

December 4th, 2019

17:24
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Can Trump stay on message?

December 3rd, 2019

13:15
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 01/12/19

December 1st, 2019

10:20

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political interviews. Today's podcast features Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Ed Davey. …

Are we witnessing a Lib Dem implosion?

November 30th, 2019

14:38

With Fraser Nelson and Stephen Bush. Presented by Katy Balls.

Can Boris still blow it?

November 29th, 2019

14:12

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Presented by Katy Balls.

What does YouGov's MRP poll really say?

November 28th, 2019

11:40
With Marcus Roberts, Director of International Projects at YouGov, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

YouGov's Anthony Well's MRP explainer …

Is Labour's accusation of an NHS sell out plot persuasive?

November 27th, 2019

17:58
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Can the Tory poll lead be trusted?

November 25th, 2019

14:06
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 24/11/19

November 24th, 2019

11:46

Isabel Hardman hosts the best from Sunday's political interviews. Featured today are John McDonnell, Sajid Javid, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Gove and …

Are there any hidden horrors in the Conservative manifesto?

November 24th, 2019

10:53
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Verdict: Leaders' Question Time

November 22nd, 2019

16:05

Katy Balls presents a discussion on the BBC Question Time leaders debate: with Stephen Bush, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth. Produced by Fraser Nelson.

How to solve the housing crisis

November 22nd, 2019

7:25
Economist and journalist Liam Halligan's new book, Home Truths, tackles Britain's chronic housing crisis. In this podcast, he tells Fraser Nelson …

Has Labour's manifesto turned this election around?

November 22nd, 2019

15:27
With Anthony Wells, Director of Political Research at YouGov, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is the Labour manifesto as realistic as it is radical?

November 21st, 2019

15:57
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by James Forsyth.

Why aren't the Lib Dems doing better?

November 20th, 2019

16:47
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Verdict: how did the first leaders' TV debate go?

November 19th, 2019

11:20
With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls.

Presented by James Forsyth.

What do voters really think of the main party leaders?

November 19th, 2019

18:38
With James Morris, former Labour pollster and MD at Edelman, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Should the Tories have delayed the corporation tax cut?

November 18th, 2019

19:19
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 17/11/19

November 17th, 2019

11:41

Katy Balls hosts the best of the Sunday interviews on today's Coffee House Shots. Highlights today come from Jeremy Corbyn, Dominic Raab, Brandon Lewis, Jonathan Ashworth and Sian Berry. This podcast was produced by …

Is this the climate change election?

November 16th, 2019

22:59
With Grace Blakeley, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, and Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, a centre-right …

Could Labour's broadband nationalisation work?

November 15th, 2019

13:44
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

How damaging are the latest NHS numbers for the Tories?

November 14th, 2019

20:17
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

Podcast LIVE: Election Special

November 13th, 2019

36:34
Academic and author Matthew Goodwin joined Fraser Nelson, Katy Balls, and James Forsyth for a live recording of Coffee House Shots. Can Boris win the election? What about the threat of the Brexit party? And is there …

Will moderate Tory voters follow David Gauke's advice?

November 13th, 2019

19:27
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is MRP the key to understanding this election?

November 12th, 2019

21:20
With James Morris, MD at PR firm Edelman and former Labour pollster, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can you trust the Tories' £1.2 trillion estimate?

November 11th, 2019

14:57
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 10/11/19

November 10th, 2019

10:52

Isabel Hardman hosts the best of Sunday's interviews. Today's podcast features Sajid Javid, Andrew Gwynne, General Sir Nick Carter, Nia …

How much are the two main parties really promising to spend?

November 9th, 2019

11:51
With Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Are the Tories facing a total wipeout in Scotland?

November 7th, 2019

12:08
With Paris Gourtsoyannis, Westminster Correspondent at the Scotsman, and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Crime and immigration - the new Tory attack line

November 7th, 2019

14:36
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

The Tories are off to a rocky start - can they turn things around?

November 6th, 2019

16:11
With Marcus Roberts, Director of International Projects at YouGov, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can Labour's Brexit position survive scrutiny on the campaign trail?

November 5th, 2019

17:15
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

The GMB's Keir Starmer interview can be found here.

Who will come after Bercow?

November 4th, 2019

6:47
With Eleanor Laing MP, Deputy Speaker and a candidate for the Speakership, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Katy Balls' Sunday Interviews Roundup - 03/11/19

November 3rd, 2019

11:53

Katy Balls takes you through the best interviews from the Sunday shows. Today's highlights come from Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, John McDonnell, …

How will history remember John Bercow?

November 2nd, 2019

17:31
With Mark D'Arcy, the BBC's Today in Parliament correspondent, and Bobby Friedman, John Bercow's biographer.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Nigel Farage launches his ambitious election plan

November 1st, 2019

10:46
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu

Labour campaign launched: what will the party fight on?

October 31st, 2019

18:13
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

How the NHS will dominate the upcoming election

October 30th, 2019

15:00
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Why Labour changed its mind on a December election

October 29th, 2019

15:07
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Will Boris get his Christmas general election?

October 28th, 2019

13:02
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls, presented by Fraser Nelson.

Join Fraser, James, Katy, Liam Halligan and Sam Gyimah for Coffee House Live at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster on 12 November. Visit

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 27/10/19

October 27th, 2019

8:36

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political programmes. Today's interviews come from Jo Swinson, James Cleverly, Jonathan Ashworth …

Is there still a place for the Brexit Party?

October 26th, 2019

14:13
With Isabel Oakeshott, journalist and commentator, and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Podcast Special: is plastic the enemy?

October 25th, 2019

31:27
Is plastic the enemy? To watch Blue Planet and listen to Greta Thunberg, you might think so. But there are some things that plastic simply does better than the alternatives, which are not necessarily more eco-friendly …

Could Macron help out Boris?

October 25th, 2019

15:58
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

How the Brexit extension affects election strategies

October 24th, 2019

10:49
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by John Connolly.

How can Boris get an early general election?

October 23rd, 2019

11:18
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Why a 'no-deal trapdoor' is nothing to worry about

October 22nd, 2019

17:11
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is parliament about to pass a customs union?

October 21st, 2019

15:13
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 20/10/19

October 20th, 2019

13:05

Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from the Sunday interviews. Today's podcast features Michael Gove, John McDonnell, Amber Rudd, Nigel Farage, Sir Keir Starmer, Dominic Raab and Sir Oliver Letwin. 

Letwin derails Super Saturday

October 19th, 2019

13:06
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Will Arlene change her mind?

October 18th, 2019

15:02
With Kate Hoey MP and Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Can Boris get his deal over the line?

October 18th, 2019

13:25
With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman, and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

What's in Boris's Brexit deal?

October 17th, 2019

13:52
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Are we on the eve of a Brexit deal?

October 16th, 2019

12:08
With Denis Staunton, London Editor of the Irish Times, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Can the DUP get what it wants?

October 16th, 2019

13:33
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

What's stalling Brexit talks?

October 15th, 2019

16:57
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Did anyone take today's Queen's speech seriously?

October 14th, 2019

12:57
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Will Boris give over more Brexit concessions?

October 14th, 2019

18:45
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 13/10/19

October 13th, 2019

11:59

Isabel Hardman brings you the best from Sunday's political shows. This week's highlights come from Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and …

Inside Labour's power struggles

October 12th, 2019

17:51
With Sienna Rodgers, Editor of LabourList, and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Is there a new pathway to a deal?

October 10th, 2019

12:35
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Could Labour delay the election till next year?

October 10th, 2019

17:31
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Has the EU blinked?

October 9th, 2019

14:45
With Pat Leahy, Political Editor of the Irish Times, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Is this the EU's last chance at a deal?

October 8th, 2019

14:12
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal dead?

October 7th, 2019

21:29
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 06/10/19

October 6th, 2019

9:29

Isabel Hardman rounds up the best of Sunday's political interviews. The highlights today come from Stephen Barclay, Shami Chakrabati, Lisa Nandy, …

Is Ireland taking Boris's Brexit proposal seriously?

October 5th, 2019

16:46
With Pat Leahy, Political Editor of the Irish Times, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Why Rory's mayoral bid could be good news for CCHQ

October 4th, 2019

14:56
With Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

The message of Boris Johnson's conference speech

October 2nd, 2019

16:17
With James Forsyth and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Live at Conservative Party Conference

October 1st, 2019

46:54
With former Justice Secretary David Gauke, Director of CER Charles Grant, James Forsyth, Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson.

Please accept our apologies for …

Will Boris get Brexit done on time?

September 30th, 2019

11:30

With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson, presented by Katy Balls.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 29/09/19

September 29th, 2019

11:11

Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from the day's interviews, today featuring Boris Johnson, Angela Rayner, Nigel Farage, and David Gauke. This podcast was produced by Matthew Taylor.  

The SNP backs Corbyn as interim PM: what's next?

September 27th, 2019

11:03
With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Parliament's war of words

September 26th, 2019

13:55
With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Does this parliament have a moral right to sit?

September 25th, 2019

12:25
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Isabel Hardman.

Is Jeremy Corbyn ready for government?

September 24th, 2019

8:07
With Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman.

Presented by Katy Balls.

The Supreme Court defeats Boris Johnson

September 24th, 2019

15:49
With James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Fury at Labour conference over Brexit votes

September 23rd, 2019

11:13
With Katy Balls and Isabel Hardman.

Presented by John Connolly.

Tom Watson gets a hero's welcome at Labour conference

September 23rd, 2019

11:51
With Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls.

Presented by John Connolly.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 22/09/19

September 22nd, 2019

10:58

Isabel Hardman brings you the best of today's political interviews, featuring Jeremy Corbyn, Jean-Claude Juncker, David Cameron and Dominic Raab. …

What's going on with Labour conference?

September 22nd, 2019

7:09

Katy Balls and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush report from a very windy Brighton beach.

Labour conference look-ahead with Jonathan Reynolds

September 20th, 2019

19:27
With Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow City Minister, and James Forsyth.

Presented by Katy Balls.

In defence of Laura Kuenssberg

September 19th, 2019

24:46
With James Kirkup, Director of the Social Market Foundation, and Isabel Hardman.

Presented by Fraser Nelson.

Is Arlene Foster softening her Brexit stance?

September 19th, 2019

10:59
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Will Labour's Brexit fudge work in a general election?

September 18th, 2019

16:24
With Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

Do the Lib Dems have an agenda beyond Brexit?

September 17th, 2019

12:26
With John Connolly and Katy Balls.

Presented by Cindy Yu.

The fallout from Luxembourg: Boris bails on Bettel

September 16th, 2019

12:01

With Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth, presented by Tali Fraser.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/09/19

September 15th, 2019

10:18

Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the Sunday shows. Today's podcast features Steve Barclay, Sam Gyimah, Harriet Harman, Jo Swinson and Priti Patel. Produced by Matthew Taylor. 

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