135: Riding the Yellow Wave

Boris Johnson is busy hiding from booing crowds and angry voters, but his rivals dream of glory. The Liberal Democrats have a bold new policy on Brexit — pledging to scrap it without another referendum. But will it accidentally mean more pro-Brexit Tory MPs get elected.

Labour, meanwhile, sets out its latest policy on Brexit, still refusing to come off that fence.

Plus what Podiumgate reveals about Boris Johnson’s desperate desire to be loved, and how he’s knocked sideways when he bumps into angry voters.

And as David Cameron’s memoirs are published, we’re reeling from the astonishing revelations that Brexit turned out to be quite divisive. The Queen, meanwhile, is not amused.

134: Boris Johnson: Extraordinary Achievements in Winning

Let’s pause in honour of Boris Johnson’s extraordinary achievements in winning. He’s winning the race to be the least successful Prime Minister in history — winning the battle to lose more Commons votes than any of his predecessors, winning the battle to reduce his party to previously unknown numbers in Parliament, and winning the battle to be hauled in front of as many different courts as possible.

Another torrid week for the Prime Minister ends with him having to deny lying to the Queen, his secret no-deal risk assessments made public, his hopes of a snap election in tatters.

But it’s not going well for Labour either — the party now appears to have three directly contradictory Brexit policies, which is definitely two more than any party needs.

Plus we say bye bye to short-tempered John Bercow, as the Speaker confirms he’ll step down.

And Theresa May hands out rewards for failure among her advisers, which is bound to take ages.

133: The Week That Broke Britain

What a difference a week makes. Boris Johnson seemed invincible, Parliament tamed, a no-deal Brexit looking more and more likely. Then the Commons took back control.

In just one day the Prime Minister saw MPs block a no-deal Brexit at the end of October, and an election within weeks.

It’s far from over, but it’s not been a good week for Boris Johnson.

Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin talk through the hectic events of the past few days, and try to figure out what might happen next.

Can Jeremy Corbyn avoid falling into the Marty McFly trap? Can Boris Johnson avoid becoming Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister?

EXTRA: The Brexit Showdown - Day 2

MPs rule out a no-deal Brexit, and rule out an early election — for now at least. Another brief, emergency podcast, to get you up to speed on Wednesday’s events at Westminster.

Boris Johnson chances his arm, and the Commons takes back control. But the Prime Minister hasn’t given up yet in his hopes of triggering a snap election.

And, on a day of high drama and emotion, there were some signs of optimism to counter those who say our MPs are a waste of time.

More in a full episode, online Friday. And there’s always more at twitter.com/partygamespod and twitter.com/paulosbourne - plus we’re on facebook and instagram at partygamespod

132: A Very British Coup

It sounded too ridiculous even for Boris Johnson and his gang of Brexit extremists. But it turns out he really is going to suspend Parliament for a month. The Prime Minister’s taking a huge gamble, which may well pay off unless his political opponents finally get their act together.

We try to make sense of these frantic events, why Johnson is doing it, and why he thinks he can pull this off.

Plus we explore the options for opponents of a no-deal Brexit, now that time really is running out.