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Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Saturday morning.

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In his bid to reset the UK government's image, Boris Johnson announced a 10-point plan for a 'green recovery' costing billions of pounds. Will it do enough to tackle climate change and does it risk alienating Johnson's 'Red Wall' supporters? The prime minister has also pledged the biggest investment in defence since the end of the cold war. But is there any strategy behind the spending, and can the UK afford it? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Pilita Clark, Jim Pickard, Helen Warrell and George Parker. Produced by Josh de la Mare and Anna Dedhar. The sound engineer was Louise Burton and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC Breakfast, Ed Miliband Twitter, Parliament TV Further reading: -UK government deficit soars to record high on pandemic borrowing -Britain’s military still faces hard choices despite spending boost -Half a cheer for Boris Johnson’s green revolution -Read the latest on UK politics -Follow @Seb Payne and @George Parker  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In a dramatic week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost two of his key aides, chief adviser Dominic Cummings and director of communications Lee Cain, both senior forces in the Vote Leave campaign. Will their departure mark a new beginning for Downing Street? Plus, Westminster welcomed the news of a coronavirus vaccine breakthrough from Pfizer, but how much will it allow the UK to relax social distancing rules? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Sarah Neville and Clive Cookson. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Review clips: Sky News, BBC Radio 4, LBC Radio, Parliament TV Further reading: -Inside the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine: how BioNTech made the breakthrough -Scientists defend controversial head of UK vaccine task force -Dominic Cummings to leave No 10 by new year -Video: Boris Johnson's battles with coronavirus, Brexit and himself -England’s deputy medical chief proposes ‘mum test’ for Covid vaccine  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With Joe Biden on the cusp of becoming the 46th US president, how will Boris Johnson recalibrate and repair transatlantic relations? We discuss whether the two can overcome their differences on Brexit and how the election result will affect trade talks and diplomatic relations. Plus, we examine Rishi Sunak's latest economic stimulus package, why the chancellor had to extend furlough again and whether the Johnson government is struggling to see obvious policy threats ahead. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Gideon Rachman, George Parker, Mure Dickie and special guest Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Liam Nolan. Review clips: Sky News, Scottish Government, Policy Exchange Further reading: -Joe Biden win will reshape the special relationship: https://www.ft.com/content/77ed195c-303e-49cf-adb9-9aadb3f80ba2 -Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory:  https://www.ft.com/content/fbf9461c-9962-4c59-ba10-70911cd4de48 - Rishi Sunak extends UK furlough scheme to end of March: https://www.ft.com/content/8f9371a7-e8e2-4a73-b1b6-d2330bb224a3 -Three reasons for Rishi Sunak to keep furlough in place: https://www.ft.com/content/b6b16f19-4537-442e-ac26-bd1a1101ec5e -BoE and Sunak join forces to support UK’s Covid economy: https://www.ft.com/content/b9612f86-cf99-4c34-b448-d7b4a9587852  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Keir Starmer made the dramatic move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour party this week, following an investigation into anti-Semitism. Is a new and bitter rift about to start within the opposition party? Plus, we speak to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham about his battles with Boris Johnson, why mayors need more powers and whether he will ever return to Westminster. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard and special guests Andy Burnham and Sienna Rogers. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Liam Nolan. Sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Aimee Keane. Original music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC, 10 Downing Street.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Boris vs Burnham

Boris vs Burnham

2020-10-2434:55

The prime minister found himself at odds with northern leaders this week, as disputes grew over localised coronavirus restrictions. Is Boris Johnson facing a governing crisis with mayors and devolved leaders? Plus, we discuss yet another economic stimulus package from Rishi Sunak to save jobs and whether the Treasury has given up on going for growth this year. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Chris Giles and special guest Gemma Tetlow. Produced by Anna Dedlar and Liam Nolan. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Aimee Keane. Original music by Metaphor Music. Clips: BBC Newsnight, Sky News, Parliament TV  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Boris Johnson's coronavirus strategy was yet again tested to breaking point this week, as Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer and leaders of northern English cities tore into the government's new three-tier alert system. Where does this leave the prime minister's strategy for handling the pandemic? Meanwhile, Brexit talks are set to enter a tense couple of weeks. Following a European Council meeting on Friday, Mr Johnson said he was convinced the EU was not ready to offer the UK a "Canada-style" trade agreement. Will there be a deal by January 1st? Presented by George Parker, with Andy Bounds, Jim Pickard, Peter Foster and special guest Georgina Wright of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Parliament TV, Channel 4 News, European Commission  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tension over coronavirus rules pervaded local and national UK politics this week as the north of England faced further restrictions, and pubs and restaurants in central Scotland were closed. Will Westminster now take a more centralised approach to restrictions? Plus, we discuss Prime Minister Boris Johnson's virtual Conservative party conference speech and whether he has any hope of achieving his domestic agenda in the age of coronavirus. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Sarah Neville, Mure Dickie, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Louise Burton and the editor, Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Manchester Evening News, Scottish government, Parliament  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Home secretary Priti Patel's initiative to examine plans for an offshore immigration centre on Ascension Island — more than 4,000 miles from the UK — put the government's asylum policy under the spotlight this week and bore striking similarities with policies adopted by Australia's centre-right Liberal party. Why are the Tories so fond of Australia? Plus, a look at why Downing Street has not shied away from warning the public that tougher coronavirus restrictions may lie ahead this winter. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Sarah Neville and special guest, John McTernan. Produced by Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor, Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC, Parliament TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced further restrictions to halt the spread of Covid-19 in the UK but faced a backlash from Conservative MPs. Chancellor Rishi Sunak's winter economic plan, however, received a much warmer reception. How much will it help the UK economy? We also discuss Keir Starmer's first conference speech as Labour leader and whether the party's grassroots are happy with the direction he is going. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Jim Pickard and special guest Ellie Mae O'Hagan. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Parliament TV, Reuters, BBC Politics Live  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Boris Johnson found himself in another parliamentary stand-off over Brexit legislation this week, and eventually found a compromise with rebellious Conservative MPs. Why is the prime minister struggling with his party and is he becoming a diminished figure in Westminster? Plus, with the takeover by US chipmaker Nvidia of British-based chip designer Arm, and Hitachi's decision to withdraw from a major nuclear power project in Wales, does the UK have a coherent industrial policy? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Peggy Hollinger. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner. The editors were Liam Nolan and Aimee Keane. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: US government, UK Parliament, Sky News  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Boris Johnson's government is bringing in a new law — the internal market bill — that threatens to undermine the UK's withdrawal agreement with the EU. Will this push negotiations for a trade deal between the UK and EU even closer to collapse? Plus, coronavirus is spreading rapidly once more in Britain and, in response, new measures to limit gatherings are to be introduced. But will they be enough to stop the UK heading towards a second national lockdown? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Peter Foster, George Parker, Sarah Neville and Clive Cookson. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Parliament, RTÉ News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the latest from our special interview series, the FT's Sebastian Payne talks to Bridget Phillipson, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, about the government's economic recovery plan, and how Labour would approach it differently. Plus, how the party plans to regain support across the north of England and why it needs to move beyond the Brexit divide.   Produced by Fiona Symon and Liam Nolan, with research by George Steer. The sound engineer is Breen Turner. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clip: BBC  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sunak's tax dilemma

Sunak's tax dilemma

2020-09-0530:32

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned both the public and Conservative MPs that difficult decisions must be taken on tax and spending. How dire is the UK economy and will taxes rise? We also discuss the closure of the Department for International Development, which has been rolled into the all-new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Will this strengthen the UK's foreign policy, and at what cost to aid projects?  Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles, Robert Shrimsley and Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Parliament, ITV News, LabourList, BBC Radio 4  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made yet another abrupt policy change this week to get pupils in England back to school. Are the wrong people in government making these decisions, and how much is the civil service at fault? Plus, we discuss the election of Ed Davey as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats and whether the party can reclaim the centre ground of British politics.  Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and special guest Lib Dem MP Daisy Cooper. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan. Music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Parliament, Times Radio, BBC Newsnight  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It has been an embarrassing week for the Johnson government, as education secretary Gavin Williamson was forced into a U-turn on exam results. Will the prime minister rethink his management style and does he face a leadership challenge? Plus, the UK and EU are still struggling to strike a trade deal in the latest Brexit negotiations. Will an agreement be reached in time for the end-of-year deadline? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Paul Goodman, editor of the ConservativeHome website, and the FT's Laura Hughes, Peter Foster and Sam Fleming. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music.  Review clips: BBC Scotland, Sky News, Reuters, European Union  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the latest from our summer interview series, Sebastian Payne talks to Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, about why he thinks the party’s “radical reforming agenda” can win over voters at the next election. Produced by Fiona Symon. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The UK is in its deepest recession on record, official data showed this week. Not only does Britain have the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe, but the economy has been harder hit than any other G7 country. Is it Boris Johnson’s fault? Plus, we discuss the exams debacle and the anger at how grades have been awarded to students who couldn’t sit their exams because of Covid-19. Presented by George Parker, with Delphine Strauss, Alice Hancock, Mure Dickie and Bethan Staton. Produced by Anna Dedhar. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC, Scottish Government.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Boris Johnson’s government has been warned by the opposition that it has less than a month to fix the test, track and trace system to get pupils back into schools, while avoiding another coronavirus outbreak. Can it be done? Plus, we delve into the biggest shake-up in England’s housing planning rules since the second world war and whether it will lead to beautiful new buildings or ugly eyesores. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sarah Neville, Robert Shrimsley and George Hammond. This episode was produced by Anna Dedhar. Our sound engineer is Breen Turner and our editor is Liam Nolan. Theme music by Metaphor Music. Review clips: BBC and Parliament.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the latest from our summer interview series, former UK chancellor Sajid Javid joins Sebastian Payne for a discussion on whether the government has the right approach to getting the country's economy moving again and why he thinks the civil service could benefit from greater diversity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson put a brake on the reopening of parts of the UK, as cases of coronavirus began to surge again. Will these localised lockdowns work? Plus, we discuss the chaos over the introduction of quarantine restrictions on tourists returning from countries such as Spain, and whether the traditional “Red Wall” Labour heartlands are still supporting the Conservatives after changing sides in last year’s election. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley and Andy Bounds. Produced by Anna Dedhar, Josh de la Mare and Breen Turner. The editor is Liam Nolan. Review clips: BBC, Sky and Parliament.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Alizee de lacoudraye harter

I'm trying hard to get on board with the new format as "Payne's politics" but really miss jim pickard and Amanda green bantering with shrimsley and parker. payne was great keeping everyone on track. maybe if you hadn't listened before you would not realise what was missing as it's still best around

Sep 8th
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L Jenkins

Let’s learn from the best and implement it fast

Aug 9th
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Andrew

"Jess Philips" is one to watch for. 😂 so deluded it is unreal. I like listening to these things with the benefit of hindsight. you lot are unreal.

Jul 8th
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Andrew

the utterly deluded takes at the FT. There won't be a "close alignment deal". why do you persist in insisting this despite all the evidence.

Jul 8th
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Michael Bateman

My favourite political podcast. My one critique is about Sebastian Payne who uses Brexiteer language when discussing Brexit. While everyone else on the podcast manages their personal beliefs he uses emotive phrasings like gawkeward squad and Remainder tribe. Awkward for the facilitator.

Aug 31st
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Richie Abel

best politics podcast around

Aug 10th
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Movie Moghul

Excellent podcast covers the mucky politics bravely

Aug 10th
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Ruth Tiplady

dear

Jun 2nd
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kristinavd

this is a really amazing episode of a really fantastic podcast!!

Mar 31st
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space_junk

Screw Phillip Hammond. Top gear was a sucky show.

Nov 7th
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