EU

126: Looking for Leadership

At our moment of greatest political crisis, a leadership vacuum opens up. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt trade undeliverable promises, on Brexit and bribes for voters. But how many of the people choosing between them are really Conservatives?

Labour again fails to confront anti-semitism in the party — suspending, re-admitting and then suspending Chris Williamson. So what does someone actually have to do to be thrown out of the Labour Party? And are the civil service really plotting to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of Downing Street.

We look too at the Liberal Democrats’ leadership campaign, which could be a lot more significant than you might think.

And the Brexit Party turn up in Strasbourg, and make idiots of themselves. Obviously.

122: A Howl of Outrage

Just days after news of Theresa May’s resignation comes the biggest electoral kicking the Conservatives have ever faced. The utter humiliation of coming fifth in the European Elections, with fewer than 1-in-10 votes.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party grinds the government into the ground — but what happens next? Can his movement move on? Or will the Tories just embrace a no-deal Brexit under a new leader?

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats punish Labour for its ambiguity on Brexit, but there’s little immediate sign Jeremy Corbyn will pay any attention.

We work through the results of the EU vote, as well as making an early assessment of the rival candidates going for the Tory leadership.


121: The End of May

An emergency podcast on the day Theresa May finally admits defeat, tearfully confirming she’ll resign in just two weeks. We explain why it’s hard to have sympathy for a politician who’s very much the architect of her own downfall.

Now it’s for the 100-thousand or so grassroots Tories to decide who the next Prime Minister will be. From the archive, Professor Tim Bale explains what his research has told him about the people who’ll make that choice.

But what chance does that next PM really have? Given Parliament remains deadlocked and the clock is ticking?


119: Shut up and go Huawei

Usually, the sacking of a Cabinet minister on suspicion of leaking from a top secret meeting would be the biggest crisis for a government in any given week. But this is Theresa May’s government, so she follows it up with a catastrophic kicking in the local elections, and the certainty of it getting even worse in the EU elections later this month

Labour had a poor night too — but other sides say it means voters want them to get a deal done on Brexit. Are they right? We work through the results.

Gavin Williamson, meanwhile, leaves the MoD to spend more time with his instagram feed. But is he the victim of a miscarriage of justice? And what will he do next?

All this, and the first ever case of an MP being sacked by their own voters, triggering a very interesting by-election.


118: Leaking like a sieve

Britain’s zombie government continues to fall apart. Not content with leaking almost every word of Cabinet meetings, now someone’s handing over the contents of top-secret security talks to the newspapers. But if the culprit is identified, will Theresa May even have the strength to sack them?

Meanwhile the Tories march towards the European Elections with all the dread it merits, as Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party marches forward with glee. We look at why the anti-Brexit forces haven’t been able to come together the same way.

Plus we reflect on the climate change protests that have brought parts of London to a standstill, and why politicians still probably won’t do anything, and rejoice — plans for yet another referendum, because they always go so well.