DUP

115: Endgame?

Sound the Emergency Podcast Klaxon. A late-night update after a ludicrous 24 hours. MPs take back control of Brexit, but just as they do that Theresa May tries to seize the initiative by volunteering to throw herself under her own bus.

Back my deal and I’ll quit, says the Prime Minister. And just as her Tory MPs are slowly falling into line, the DUP turn her down again, and we’re back to square one.

Which makes those indicative votes in the Commons even more important. Luckily, Joy Lo Dico, columnist from the Evening Standard, is on standby to explain what it meant.

We start the long process of assessing the likely rivals for the soon-to-be vacant (maybe) Tory leadership too.


104: Chaos delayed (for now)

It’s a Christmas miracle. The implosion of Government is cancelled. Well, delayed. For a bit. But probably not long.

Theresa May confronts inevitable defeat in the Commons by cancelling a vote she promised would not be cancelling, and scurrying off to Brussels to renegotiate a deal she promised would not be renegotiated. Strong and stable.

We work through the madness of the last 24 hours, the increasingly loud questions facing Jeremy Corbyn, and the frankly unanswerable poser of what happens next.

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?