Politics

94: Hanging by a thread

At the end of a dreadful week for Theresa May, the Prime Minister tries — and fails — to start her summer holiday early, just to stop her own MPs plotting against her.

Meanwhile, she stumbles through a series of knife-edge votes on Brexit, triggers all-out war in her party, and endures the humiliation of a Donald Trump visit.

We assess the implications of another dramatic week at Westminster, as well as asking why the leader of the anti-Brexit Lib Dems couldn’t make it to key Brexit votes, and why the Labour Party just can’t get away from rows over anti-Semitism.

Elsewhere, we look through some of the delightfully sarcastic placards in use at the anti-Trump demos in London and Edinburgh.

93: It's the Trump-pocalypse

Donald Trump arrives in Britain after a decidedly tumultuous week, just to give Theresa May another headache. 

We catch up on the latest Brexit madness as the White Paper is published, and ask if Boris Johnson was the worst ever Foreign Secretary.

And as the tiny-handed orange terror arrives in Britain, journalist Malcolm Brown tells us what America wants from the trip, while Mohammed Ateek from the Stop Trump Coalition tells us why he’s so keen to protest against the President’s visit.

 

92 Brave Boris Ran Away

The Foreign Secretary, who promised to lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop a third runway being built at Heathrow, instead runs away to the comfort of war-torn Afghanistan, rather than be in Parliament for the crucial vote.

But Boris Johnson still managed to offend the business community, and half his Cabinet colleagues through his interventions on Brexit, as well as admitting to a growing admiration for “child catcher” Donald Trump.

We explore the continuing collapse of discipline inside Theresa May’s warring cabinet, as Gavin “Who He?” Williamson pushes once again for the top job.

Plus, how should the UK handle the impending Trump visit? Given the Prime Minister’s past contact with demagogues and dictators, it probably won’t go well.

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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.