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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
 
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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Finally, a welcome European meeting for the Prime Minister. After her Conservative party conference speech and a warning from the National Grid about potential power cuts this winter, we look back at Liz Truss' packed week. We get the view of Bloomberg government editor Ben Sills and energy reporter Will Mathis. Plus: Scott Thiel, chief fixed incom…
 
Liz Truss used her first conference speech as leader of the Conservative party to try to reassert herself. Did she manage it? The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and Gavin Barwell, former chief of staff to Theresa May, to find out. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
A day after Liz Truss's big conference speech, we get reaction from Paymaster General Edward Argar and analysis from Bloomberg Opinion's Therese Raphael. She tells hosts Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll it was the Prime Minister's best performance yet, but that's an "exceptionally low bar". Plus: could a freeze in tax allowances by the government mea…
 
Liz Truss delivered her keynote address to the Conservative Party conference, promising "growth, growth, and growth" after a bruising few days for the Prime Minister. The speech was briefly interrupted by anti-fracking protestors carrying Greenpeace banners. Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker bring you highlights from the Prime Ministe…
 
It’s been a busy few days for the Conservative party. Rebel MPs pushed the chancellor into announcing a U-turn on abolishing the 45p top rate of income tax. Now it seems like another battle is looming over universal credit. The Guardian’s John Harris is at the party’s conference in Birmingham to ask: has Liz Truss lost control?. Help support our in…
 
The Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, is set to bring forward his fiscal forecasts to calm the turmoil on financial markets. Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, Mel Stride, tells us he welcomes the move, and that it's "conceivable" there could be another U-turn on uprating welfare payments in line with inflation. Also at the Conservative Party confer…
 
Less than a month into office and new Prime Minister Liz Truss is already on the back foot. Today her Chancellor was forced to ditch plans to scrap the top rate of income tax, just ten days after he unveiled the policy. Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker is in Birmingham at the Conservative Party conference with reaction from Secretary of State for Work a…
 
It's been a rollercoaster week for markets, with the UK government's borrowing costs soaring after last Friday's budget announcement. Bloomberg's Valerie Tytel - a former bond trader - explains what happened and why politicians need to pay attention to gilts. Also in the show: the CEO of property website Zoopla tells us why some sellers are cutting…
 
The Prime Minister's next big hurdle is facing her own party at the Conservative conference this weekend. Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden joins Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts to discuss the pressure on Liz Truss and the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng after this week's market turmoil. Former Bank of England and IMF economist Paul Mortimer-Lee tells us how the g…
 
Keir Starmer has set out his alternative vision for the country at Labour’s annual conference. Against the backdrop of market turmoil and the government seemingly in freefall, Politics Weekly UK goes to the Labour conference in Liverpool, hearing from people in and outside the hall on how they’re being impacted by the cost of living. The Guardian’s…
 
As the Bank of England intervenes in the bond market, does Labour have a better plan for the economy? Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll ask former shadow transport minister Sam Tarry, and get his take on Keir Starmer's keynote speech to the party conference. Plus: will the government's fiscal proposals be good for business? We get a view f…
 
Labour leader Keir Starmer makes his keynote speech to the party conference, as a new YouGov poll gives them a 17-point lead over the Conservatives. Our reporter Emily Ashton brings us a preview from Liverpool. Bloomberg Opinion columnist Therese Raphael joins Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker to discuss the credibility challenge facing Chancello…
 
Markets have given their verdict on the Chancellor's pledges of more tax cuts: sterling slumped to a record low and government bond yields spiked to rates not seen since 2010. The meltdown comes as the Labour Party is holding its annual conference. We hear from Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves on her alternative plans for the economy, and our report…
 
The mini-budget has landed and there was nothing mini about it. Big tax announcements such as abolishing the 45% additional rate of income tax as well as plans for growth were included. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Resolution Foundation chief executive Torsten Bell to talk through the details. John also speaks to columnists Gaby Hinsliff…
 
The new Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, has unveiled the biggest package of tax cuts for 50 years. Our UK economy reporters Philip Aldrick and David Goodman unpack the details, the cost and the potential impact on the economy. Plus: how will raising the stamp duty thresholds affect the property market? Giles Mackay, founder of real estate platform UPST…
 
The new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will lay out details of his 'fiscal event', or mini-budget on Friday, which will include a raft of tax cuts. Carl Emmerson, deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Tom Mackenzie they could put the public finances on an "unsustainable path". We discuss the challenges…
 
Scrapping the bankers’ bonus cap, slashing taxes and lifting the moratorium on fracking. Liz Truss says she is prepared to be ‘unpopular’ to boost the UK economy, but who really benefits? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by David Gauke, a former Conservative chief secretary to the Treasury, and Miatta Fahnbulleh, CEO of the New Economics Founda…
 
The government is spending £40 billion on limiting energy costs for businesses for the next six months. Our energy reporter Todd Gillespie takes us through the details of the package announced today. The Prime Minister says she's not afraid of being unpopular, but can the UK afford the tax cuts she's promising? Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden joins Yuan P…
 
The midterms traditionally mean disaster for the president's party. However, things may be different this year, so we ask why the electoral hopes for the Dems are so high with the economy reeling from high inflation and uncertainty about whether the country will slip into recession. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
 
Two weeks into her premiership, the job really gets underway for Liz Truss today. After the new Prime Minister said a trade deal with the United States wasn't on the cards any time soon, we get the latest from our trade tsar, Brendan Murray. He joins Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll fresh from meeting striking dock workers in Liverpool. P…
 
The Queen's state funeral will be a major gathering of world leaders, and the diplomatic choreography will be delicate. We discuss the sensitive logistics, and foreign policy opportunities for Prime Minister Liz Truss with John Kampfner from Chatham House. Plus: Tanya Abraham from YouGov tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll about the la…
 
How is the Queen's death being viewed abroad and what will King Charles mean for perceptions of the UK? Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll get the take of our reporters from South Africa, Spain and the US. Plus: is the cap on bankers' bonuses about to be scrapped? We discuss what that would mean for the City of London and what it tells us a…
 
It’s been a week of wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Meanwhile anti-monarchy protesters have been arrested, food banks closed and hospital appointments cancelled in her honour. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the Observer’s Sonia Sodha and Guardian columnist Rafael Behr to look at what this all tells us about the UK…
 
Windfall taxes, price caps on renewable and nuclear power, and reducing demand: the European Commission has laid out its plans for tackling the energy crunch this winter. Our European Correspondent Maria Tadeo joins Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts with the details of what Ursula von der Leyen announced in her State of the Union speech. Also today: J…
 
A new monarch and a new prime minister in the same week is 'a huge, huge change', says Conservative MP Tim Loughton. On government plans to subsidize energy, he tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts he's not comfortable with so much extra borrowing, but 'it had to happen'. Plus Chris Gray, UK Director at recruitment company ManpowerGroup…
 
Today we speak to Chuck Holton an American war correspondent about to head back to Ukraine, about the recent Ukrainian army advances around Kharkiv and why the Russian army has been left reeling. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
The new King addresses parliament and vows to uphold democracy. Elsewhere, the UK's economic crises rumble on. We discuss both with Theresa May's de facto deputy, former cabinet minister, David Lidington. Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll also hear from former Bank of England policymaker Andrew Sentance on the economic clouds gathering and…
 
As Prince Charles becomes king, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Gaby Hinsliff and Gavin Barwell, an adviser to the former prime minister Theresa May and member of the privy council, to discuss the political legacy of the Queen. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
We look back at the life of Britain's longest-serving monarch and how she will be remembered. Former adviser to Queen Elizabeth II, Mary Macleod, shares her experience of working in Buckingham Palace with Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker. University of Manchester Professor of Cultural Histories, Frank Mort, discusses the Queen's lega…
 
Liz Truss unveils details of her plan to tackle soaring energy prices, with massive government intervention to keep average household bills at £2,500, versus a planned jump to £3,548 in October. Bloomberg's energy reporter Will Mathis joins Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker to discuss the details. Also in the show, we hear from energy economist C…
 
The wait is over: Liz Truss is our fourth Conservative prime minister in six years. And after appointing what some people have called one of the most right-wing cabinets of the last 100 years, John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar and columnist Gaby Hinsliff to find out what is in store for the country. Help support …
 
Liz Truss faces off against opposition leader Keir Starmer in her first Prime Minister's Questions, confirming the announcement of her energy plan on Thursday, and ruling out a windfall tax to pay for it. In this special program, Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Stephen Carroll bring you the highlights from the new Prime Minister's performance, and …
 
Boris Johnson bids farewell to Downing Street as he hands over power to Liz Truss. Bloomberg's Alex Wickham joins Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts to discuss Johnson's final speech and his reporting on Truss's multi-billion pound plans to tackle soaring energy bills. Also in the show, our Chief Europe economist Jamie Rush looks at how much money the …
 
Liz Truss wins the Conservative leadership race, with 57% of the vote by party members. In this special live program, Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker bring you the results announcement as it happened, and are joined by reporters and editors Yuan Potts, David Merritt, Ben Sills and Kristine Aquino to analyse the results and assess th…
 
Former Downing Street Communications Director Alastair Campbell says the Tory leadership race has thrown up tons of material Labour could have used against the Conservatives. He tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts that Labour has not been nearly aggressive enough in highlighting the mess the government has made. He says the Tory leader…
 
Mikhail Gorbachev was a Russian and Soviet politician who served as the last leader of the Soviet Union. Professor Iwan Morgan and Roifield talk about his life and the times and the period when Gorby mania gripped the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
As the Conservative leadership contest draws to a close, Bloomberg finance reporter William Shaw tells Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll how the City views frontrunner Liz Truss and her pledges to overhaul financial regulation. Also in the show: Chief Economist of think-tank the Resolution Foundation on their latest research, which warns of the worst …
 
Britain will have a new prime minister on Monday. While Rishi Sunak’s chances seem to have faded away, it looks like Liz Truss will have the task of dealing with rising inflation, soaring energy bills, a probable recession and the real possibility of two-thirds of all UK households facing fuel poverty in January. Last week, the Guardian’s John Harr…
 
Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden discusses Boris Johnson's farewell tour and the new Prime Minister's bulging in tray with anchors Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker. Plus: former Bank of England and OBR official Charlie Bean speaks to Bloomberg about the depths of the UK's oncoming recession and how households will need support on the same scale as the p…
 
Truss has a shocking devil-may-care attitude to nearest neighbours, says Wendy Chamberlain, Liberal Democrat MP and the party's chief whip. She discusses energy prices, tax cuts and another Scottish referendum with Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Lizzy Burden. Plus: Opinion columnist Therese Raphael on whether a Liz Truss premiership could be bette…
 
Errol Murray is a Journalism Lecturer/Social Media Trainer who works for the BBC. In 2019 he was sent by the BBC to help train Ukrainian journalists in new media techniques. This is an intimate and reflective look at his time there. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
After Ofgem's price cap hike, former shadow transport minister Sam Tarry says the government needs to act now to help households. But he tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker, Labour's own leadership could go further in their pledges. Plus we hear from Utilita's CEO Bill Bullen on how his mainly pre-paid customers are already struggling …
 
Ahead of regulator Ofgem announcing a massive increase in the energy price cap on Friday, our reporter Lizzy Burden talks us through what's expected. Ipsos UK & Ireland CEO Kelly Beaver tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll that public concern about inflation has risen to its highest level in 40 years. Plus: Opinion columnist Therese Rap…
 
With Liz Truss likely to be the next prime minister, former government advisers Sam Freedman and Salma Shah join the Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff to discuss what Truss’ premiership might actually do. And, after two years of disrupted GCSEs, what will Thursday’s results tell us about the impact of the pandemic on students?. Help support our independent …
 
Neil Melvin, Director of International Security Studies at RUSI says the UK has taken a leadership role in the international response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts that the conflict has sparked a revival of NATO. Plus: Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden and Marc Champion on the political and economic …
 
Conservative MP Mike Wood says the Tory leadership race isn't over yet, despite polls showing Liz Truss having a consistent lead over Rishi Sunak. Wood, who's supporting Sunak, speaks to Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts ahead of the hustings in Birmingham. Plus: YouGov's Patrick English talks through the latest polling showing Labour with…
 
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