91: A Spoonful of sugar

The NHS is getting a present for its 70th birthday. It’s the money it’s been starved of for years. Apparently this is a “Brexit bonus.” Except ministers have already accepted there’s no such thing, so how is it going to be paid for? Prepare for a tax hike.

Theresa May’s hoping for positive news to end a dreadful week, where she’s been trying to keep every side of her party happy on Brexit — admittedly a close to impossible task. We explore the double-dealing that’s landed her in even more trouble.

Why has Sir Christopher Chope become the poster boy for upskirting? We try to understand what’s inside the head of the MP who managed to unite the warring Tories in disgust.

And with some kind of football tournament underway, we explore the sorry tales of politicians who’ve pretended to be fans of the beautiful game.

EXTRA: Theresa May's nightmare election - one year on

A dig into the podcast archives, as we look back at last year’s snap election, exactly a year after the somewhat surprising result.

While we can’t claim to have predicted the result (let’s be honest, we can’t claim to have predicted the result of any significant vote in the last three years), we did talk during the campaign about Theresa May’s stilted, robot-like performance, and Jeremy Corbyn’s seeming liberation on the campaign trail.

So, a year on from the election nobody expected and few people wanted, here’s a brief look back at how we covered the campaign in April and May 2017.

90: Snap out of it

Remember Brenda from Bristol? The woman who reacted to the 2017 snap election by crying “I can’t stand this.” We channel her in the latest podcast, as speculation mounts of yet another snap poll before the end of this year. It’s all tied into rumours of a coup against Theresa May.

But who would take over? Some Tories are pinning their hopes on Ruth Davidson — but does she even want the job?

As if that’s not enough the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum’s given Theresa May another headache, this time over the very restrictive abortion rules in Northern Ireland, and her friends in the DUP.

Plus, we (finally) say goodbye to Ken Livingstone, Caroline Lucas stands down as Green leader, again, and we’ve an update on the ludicrous attempts of politicians to engage with young people.

You’ll also find out which one of Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin is “only doing this podcast because I’m not the third Pet Shop Boy”

89: You're (not) fired

Has any senior minister ever been so openly defiant of their boss, and not been sacked? We ask how Boris Johnson’s managed to cling on as Foreign Secretary, and wonder when Theresa May will bow to the inevitable and fire him.

Meanwhile, the Tories try to engage with the young folk on instagram, with varying levels of success. We assess their tech-savvy, and wonder who on earth ever talks about a “doggo”.

Plus another Labour MP departs the Commons, as the party’s big outdoor festival heads towards apparent failure.

And could Nigel Farage really be about to join the DUP? 

88: Dead Heat

The breathless excitement of the local elections. Millions of votes, thousands of candidates, almost no changes.

We analyse the results, and ask if Labour’s showing any signs of being close to winning power.

Will the Lib Dems build from this year’s gains? And why did a leading UKIP figure compare the party to the plague?

Plus the continuing fall-out from Amber Rudd’s resignation — we ask if voters are partly to blame for politicians’ struggle with immigration.