130: I am the law

Two weeks in, and we’re already talking about how Boris Johnson could be forced from office by the Queen. It’s fair to say this is a government unlike any we’ve had before.

As the Prime Minister’s closest adviser insists they’d just ignore a no confidence vote and plough on towards a no-deal Brexit, we ask whether they’re serious about creating a full-on constitutional crisis.

Is there really no way for Parliament to stop no-deal? And if they can get rid of Boris Johnson, who’s being lined up as a potential interim PM?

Plus we enter the scary world inside Dominic Raab’s head.

129: That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Boris Johnson arrives in Downing Street, his clown car overloaded with impossible-to-keep promises, and a cast of oddballs waiting in the wings.

Britain’s new Prime Minister is here to fix Brexit in less than one-hundred days, and first he has a few scores to settle.

More than a dozen ministers are either fired or mysteriously decide to spend time on the backbenches. The new arrivals have a few things in common - they profess undying love for Boris Johnson, they’re hardcore Brexiteers, and in many cases their previous Cabinet careers ended in resignation.

We look at the opening act of the Boris Johnson premiership, and wonder if he’ll ever get round to setting out an actual plan.

128: The tragic tale of theresa may

As we wait for the terrifying arrival of Boris Johnson, a special podcast looks back at Theresa May’s three terrible years in Downing Street.

Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin are joined by Evening Standard columnist Joy Lo Dico and Simon Marks, from Feature Story News in the US to explore the key events that scuppered Theresa May’s Brexit plan, and her whole premiership.

Could anyone else have done a better job? Was there ever a better Brexit deal on offer? And how will history remember her?

127: Boris Bangers leave a bad taste

Boris Johnson blunders into a major diplomatic row between the UK and US — and sides with Donald Trump. He’s not even Prime Minister yet, but he’s already demonstrated exactly where his loyalties lie.

It’s the kind of thing that would derail any normal candidacy — but Johnson remains Teflon-coated. We explore the week that saw the only debate of the entire campaign, and highlighted the many shortcomings of the man almost certain to be in Downing Street by the end of the month.

We hear from Washington reporter Simon Marks (twitter.com/simonmarksfsn) on the worrying implications for all the diplomats Donald Trump hasn’t thrown a tantrum at. Yet.

Meanwhile, Labour faces public condemnation over its failure to tackle anti-semitism inside the party — and instead of doing anything about hate speech, it goes on the attack against whistleblowers and journalists.

Plus, how a sausage-themed PR stunt didn’t go quite according to plan.

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.