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Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.
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For this week's Saturday shots Katy Balls, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth sit down with John Kemp, senior energy analyst at Reuters to discuss the darkening energy crisis. How long will this continue? How high will prices go? What will the government do in response? And is there even a possibility of blackouts during the winter months? 
First gas, now petrol. The strange thing is there is no actual lack of petrol just a dearth of drivers to bring it to the stations. There are differing thoughts as to the reason for this, some say Brexit, others that this is a wider issue. Katy Balls, Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth discuss this as well as what we can expect from this weekend's Labour conference. 
Keir Starmer released a nearly 12,000-word essay about what he stands for as the Labour leader. But who was it for? And while Starmer braces himself for his party's conference this weekend, should we be bracing ourselves for this gas crisis to worsen? Max Jeffery talks with Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
With Boris Johnson still on his American trip, it was up to the deputies to cross swords in PMQs today. Dominic Raab, the newly-minted deputy prime minister went up against Labour's Angela Rayner, but who came out on top? Also on the podcast, Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the Boris and Biden meeting and how Kier Starmer is fairing with the unions?
The Prime Minister is in America to meet Joe Biden and discuss COP26 and the new Aukus security pact. But what do the two leaders hope to achieve? Also, the Labour party conference is this weekend. can Keir Starmer get the left of his party to heel or will his leadership be brought even more into question? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
With many smaller energy companies folding because of a steep rise in the cost of gas, how long will it take before the bigger firms turn to the government for help, and will continuously rising wages help soften the blow? Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.
Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Alok Sharma, Sir Ed Davey, Caroline Lucas and Gerard Araud. 
Michael Gove has been tasked with transforming levelling up from a soundbite to an agenda. What will this look like? And what Michael Gove will we get, the liberal reformer or big state lockdown supporter? Katy Balls is joined by Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth to discuss.
As Boris Johnson today chairs the first meeting of his new cabinet, he's focused on delivering on his levelling up agenda. What's the plan? To discuss this, the ongoing junior ministerial appointments and the Liberal Democrat conference this weekend, Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
With the Commons still reeling from the reshuffle, the UK, US, and Australia have formed a new security alliance, the Aukus pact. Many have seen this as early preparation for a more aggressive China, as the US nuclear submarines being gifted to Australia will be able to reach territories like Taiwan without refuelling. To discuss the pact, and the fallout from yesterday's reshuffle, Isabel Hardman talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth.
Boris Johnson has reshuffled his cabinet. Gavin Williamson is gone. Dominic Raab is no longer Foreign Secretary, but is now the Deputy Prime Minister, with Liz Truss taking over his former position. These changes and many more are dissected by Katy Balls and James Forsyth on today's Coffee House Shots.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid today laid out his two plans for dealing with Covid this winter. The first, Plan A, proposes a booster shot for everyone over 50, combined with the flu jab. This would also see contact tracing continue, along with self-isolation for the infected and financial support for those isolating. Plan B proposes vaccine passports and mask mandates in certain settings. To discuss how this was received in the Commons, Katy Balls is joined by Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and, making a surprise appearance, Fraser Nelson.
Over the weekend, the Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the government would be scrapping plans for a vaccine passport system - at least for now. But what led to this change of mind? Did they not have the numbers? Have fears about Covid dissipated? Katy Balls and James Forsyth discuss.
Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Today's best bits come from Sajid Javid, Jonathan Ashworth and Nicola Sturgeon. 
It's been 20 years since the 11 September attacks and their effect has had a lasting impact on the world. Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth about their memories of that day, the mistakes made in its aftermath and if the new Taliban takeover of Afghanistan leaves us more vulnerable to similar attacks. 
Labour are ahead of the Conservatives in a poll for the first time since January. It comes just days after Boris Johnson announced his government's plan to fix social care: a rise in National Insurance. Should the Tories worry? Katy Balls is joined by James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson. 
Boris Johnson has got his social care payment plan past the Commons, but there were a fair number of Tory abstentions, who still have a philosophical issue with this policy. Also with vaccine passports seemingly just around the corner, could this be another battleground for a Conservative rebellion?  Katy Balls is joined by Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth to discuss. 
In the first session of PMQ's completely Covid restriction free, Keir Starmer proved that the Prime Minster wouldn't commit to definitely getting rid of the NHS waiting list within three years or the risk of people having to sell their homes to pay for care. But Boris Johnson seemed pretty bullet proof with not a whiff of tory rebellion even though some of his new policies go against his members more conservative principles.  Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman about today's session. 
Boris Johnson admitted in the House of Commons today that he is breaking the manifesto promise of not raising taxes in order to get rid of the NHS waiting list and fund social care, but will this move work for the Prime Minister politically.  Katy Balls and James Forsyth discuss. 
With the vaccine secretary Nadhim Zahawi declaring on the radio that the Conservatives were a 'party of fair taxation', could the government be looking at rebellion from its right with its new plans for tackling the social care crisis?  Katy Balls in conversation with James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.  
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Adam Grimsley

I know the answer to this one, and it's not beacuse he stayed on holiday.

Aug 20th
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Andrew Jackson

We're going to have more hospitalisations, more deaths, more discharged from hospital, and more "cases" that never see a hospital at all. In what proportions? Can we be told that?

Jul 17th
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Iain Frame

Oh how amazingly coincidental that they recently 'accidentally' released a virulent virus which has largely killed off a proportion of the elderly. Couple that with this new incentive to grow the younger population and it's a reasonable strategy for the next 100 years.

Jun 5th
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Andrew Jackson

Is the Government going to bring in June 20A, June 20B, June 20C etc.

May 17th
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Hannah Morgan

Where will the excuses for Boris end?

Apr 28th
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Iain Frame

It's the party which is fundamentally broken. If it wasn't him, someone else would be equally unpopular. the Labour party no longer stands for the working classes, it stands for revolutionary identity politics, exploiting minorities and leveraging or exacerbating grievances for their own power. People don't want it. People want houses, they want jobs, they want peace. The shouty activists on Twitter and at the Guardian don't represent society. If you keep doing what they want, a) you can never be 'pure' enough to satisfy them and b) the public will keep punishing you at the ballot box.

Apr 17th
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Midnight Rambler

only decent thing cameron did was call the referendum

Apr 10th
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Jack Trowsdale

he's never told the truth in his life

Apr 6th
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ID19405181

Definitely don’t buy these quite stupid books on Brexit To blame Brexit on Gordon Brown’s decision not to join the EU rather than 40 years of sustained campaign by the Murdoch press and other nefarious organizations is either unbelievably blinkered or just plain dishonest As to Cameron’s pathetic veto , frankly the average joe doesn’t give a hoot

Jan 25th
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ID19405181

I have to say I haven’t heard so much nonsense Brexit not a disaster who is this fool ? If he were an exporter rather than a columnist he wouldn’t be do blaze

Jan 24th
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ID19405181

The EU might not be around ? I don’t think so It’s the UK that won’t be around with Scots and Northern Irish Thee Brexiteers are as bling as bats

Jan 24th
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Nomadic Al

Audio issues

Jan 8th
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Iain Frame

the NHS can't cope with the flu that we have every single year.

Nov 7th
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Kieran Walsh

Will Ireland scupper a brexit deal? Really. How is that title related to the content which was purely related to a unilateral action taken by the UK. Keep blaming everyone else if it makes you sleep better. China flu approach. Such a sad reflection on the world.

Sep 12th
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Barry Murphy

Abolish the National Insurance contributions cap. Double Capital Gains tax. Introduce a wealth tax on personal and real property, including land, or have a surprise, one-time only, capital levy. Simple really

Sep 5th
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Mark Purvis

errmm. This is not."when Harry Met Barry" but an old one from just after the election.

Jan 9th
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Nick Hal

Have you actually read the docs? Food Standards, Drug prices , Healthcare, everything to further boost Trump's America First doctrine. We will be royally fucked...

Nov 27th
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Barry Murphy

Podcast misses: 1. much harder Brexit; 2. Scotland and the Union

Oct 17th
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CM

terrible audio

Oct 1st
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Nick Hal

Himself... Boris is a Narcissistic, misogynistic pig.

Sep 30th
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