The PoliticsHome Podcast
Our informal look back on the week in politics, including the key developments, some insightful analysis to help work out what it all means, and the odd bad joke. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Episode 51 (19 April) Amber Warning This week the Government has been under pressure as the scandal surrounding Britain’s Windrush children unfolded. Ministers faced criticism over the Home Office policy to create a ‘hostile environment’ towards illegal immigrants, which culminated in threats of deportation against legitimate British citizens. Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd ended up facing a hostile environment themselves when MPs returned to the Commons after recess to confront them over the debacle. And as if that wasn’t enough to handle on the Prime Minister’s first day back at work, she was also called on to explain herself to the House over military action taken in Syria last weekend. We discuss all this and more, as well as hearing from Labour’s Andrew Gwynne on his party’s anti-Semitism problem.
Episode 50 (29 March) Labour Pains It's the final PolHome podcast before Easter recess and it's certainly been a tumultuous week in Westminster, with an extraordinary protest from MPs and members of the Jewish community over Labour's handling of anti-Semitic incidents. With a year to go until the UK officially throws off the shackles/casts itself adrift and leaves the EU, we discuss the big battles ahead for both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn as they try to manage their restive parliamentary troops. Our editor Kevin Schofield has also spoken to Labour MP Conor McGinn about his private member's bill to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Our news editor John Ashmore sits down with Kevin and Dods Parliamentary Engagement team manager Anastasia Zawierucha to chew over the week's big talking points.
Episode 49 (22 March 2018) Something Fishy Going On: This week angry Brexiteers once again took to the Thames to protest about EU fishing quotas. But while they were riding the waves, Theresa May was engulfed by a flood of Russian anger. The Prime Minister’s standoff with Moscow over the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal deepened, with the expulsion of diplomats on both sides and further sanctions in the offing. We discuss Mrs May’s next move, what it means for the World Cup and how Boris Johnson’s Hitler reference might have made things a whole lot worse. The political commentator and author James Bloodworth joins us to chew over the week’s news and to tell us about his latest book in which he lifts the lid on working conditions in modern in Britain.
Episode 48 (15 March 2018) Putin the Boot In : It was an unusual week in Westminster as Brexit discussions were parked for more pressing issues. Theresa May delivered a stark warning to Russia in a steely Commons statement over the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal. While Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn managed to split his party by failing to unequivocally condemn the Kremlin over the attack. Buried among that was the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, which barely made a dent in the news cycle by did give Philip Hammond the opportunity to declare that he was more like Tigger than Eeyore. We discuss all of this with the Institute of Economic Affairs’ News Editor Kate Andrews and our editor Kevin Schofield interviews arch-Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg.