84: Spies, lies and copper coins

Britain talks tough with Russia after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. In the latest podcast, Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin assess Theresa May’s response, and Jeremy Corbyn’s curious reluctance to “poke the Russian bear”.

Is John Bercow a bully? As the Commons Speaker faces new allegations, we look at what needs to happen to make Parliament a better place to work.

Plus we hear from one of the founders of new political party Renew, set up on a promise to stop Brexit at all costs — but is it a bit over-the-top to call Britain the next global conflict zone?

Plus Downing Street slaps down the penny-pinching Chancellor over his suggestion of scrapping the 1 and 2-pence coins — we wonder if wasn’t perhaps a rather good idea.

All that, plus we have a new theme tune — let us know what you think at twitter.com/partygamespod or facebook.com/partygamespod

83: Big speeches, big questions

It’s the week of the Big Brexit Speeches. But as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn set out rival visions of life outside the EU, neither appears to have any answer to the question of the Irish border.

Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin pick holes in both plans, and try to identify the single most stupid thing anyone’s said about Brexit this week.

Plus a new poll suggests a Labour landslide in London’s local elections later this year, as Mr Corbyn luxuriates in the warm glow of a grovelling apology from a Conservative MP.

And we pause to admire the comedy stylings of Theresa “Chuckles” May, Britain’s newest, and worst, stand-up comedian.

82: Lost on the Road to Brexit

We’re firmly on the Road to Brexit. You thought we already were? Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin certainly did — but this week apparently marked the start of the Government’s “big vision” on post-Brexit Britain.

We might be on the Brexit bus — but it’s not at all clear which direction we’re going in. 

Could that spell the end for Theresa May’s leadership? If it did, it would trigger another leadership contest, and make rank-and-file Conservative Party members enormously important.

This week, Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, tells us about his research into Tory party members, what they think, and what they want.

Plus the stunning revelation that Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t a big fan of Margaret Thatcher, the perils of one-handed tweeting, and your chance to buy our time as we pimp our podcast.

81: Should I stay or should I go?

Theresa May stumbles into another leadership crisis, with MPs on all sides wondering if they might be better off without her. Paul Osbourne & Robert Meakin look at the Conservative forces lining up against the Prime Minister.

One minister on the move is Gavin Williamson, but is the Defence Secretary’s ambition going to prove his undoing?

More trauma in north London Labour, as the controversial leader of Haringey Council gives up and announces she’ll quit. What does it mean for Labour councils up and down the country?

Plus, UKIP’s spin doctor has finally had enough — what proved the tipping point?

And, 100 years after women first won the vote, how much progress have they made at Westminster.

80: Racists, headbangers, and Donald Trump

Politicians argue about who’s to blame for Carillion’s collapse, but we ask whether anything will actually change as a result of the firm’s failure. As Momentum tightens its grip on Labour’s internal structure, what will ordinary voters make of it? Plus the curious tale of the UKIP leader and his racist girlfriend, and could you pass Donald Trump’s cognitive test?