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Glastonbury festival has a rich political history, from its roots in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to links to the climate crisis today. The Guardian’s John Harris was at Glastonbury to find out what is keeping political activism moving on the left and how far Labour has to go. He spoke to the shadow secretary for climate change and net zero, Ed Miliband, the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and the Labour MP Zarah Sultana. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
There are two important byelections this week: one in Tiverton and Honiton, the other in Wakefield. The Guardian’s John Harris has been to both places, speaking to people about how they will vote and getting a sense of whether the Conservative government is in line for a shocking defeat. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
The government’s latest refugee policy collided with reality this week as the first deportation flight to Rwanda was halted at the last minute after a ruling by the European court of human rights. Meanwhile, the UK continued to pick a fight with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. Guardian journalist John Harris is joined by the columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s chief leader writer, Sonia Sodha. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Boris Johnson has survived a vote of no confidence this week and wants to draw a line under the rebellion. But what does he really have to offer instead? Reviving Margaret Thatcher’s right to buy? Tax cuts? Ripping up the Brexit agreement? Guardian journalist John Harris is joined by former Conservative cabinet minister David Gauke and the Guardian’s deputy political editor, Rowena Mason, to ask if this is enough to save the party.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
A Tory identity crisis

A Tory identity crisis

2022-06-0237:373

The drip drip of letters to the 1922 Committee has now become a steady stream. Could Boris Johnson be facing a vote of no confidence as soon as next week? Gaby Hinsliff is joined by Guardian political reporter Peter Walker and Gavin Barwell, the former Conservative MP and chief of staff to Theresa May, to figure out if the Tory party has any policy plans for the future, or are they stuck in the past?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Humbled…?

Humbled…?

2022-05-2640:183

The Sue Gray report has finally been published. Boris Johnson made a statement to parliament and took questions at a press conference. He said he was ‘humbled’ by what was in the report, but is that enough? John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to discuss what the report said and Johnson’s future. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Inflation has jumped to 9% putting renewed pressure on the government to take action on the cost of living crisis. John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff and the Guardian political correspondent Peter Walker to talk about what the government might do, finally. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Brexit is back …

Brexit is back …

2022-05-1234:332

Rafael Behr stands in for John Harris this week and is joined by Gavin Barwell, the former Conservative MP and chief of staff to Theresa May, and Miatta Fahnbulleh, the chief executive of the New Economics Foundation. With tensions resurfacing over the Brexit arrangements across the Northern Ireland border, is the UK government capable of finding a solution with EU leaders? And Keir Starmer took a political gamble this week – will it pay off?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
It’s been a tough week for Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer as the public vote in local elections on Thursday. With the cloud of beergate hanging over Starmer, and sex scandals and the cost of living crisis affecting Johnson, John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to talk about how this all creates deep distrust between the public and politicians. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
With a week to go until the local elections, John Harris goes to Britain’s self-styled Ocean City, which is politically split 50:50 and voted for Brexit. How angry are people about Partygate? How bad is the cost of living crisis? And as the Tories flounder, are voters interested in what Labour has to offer?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
This week Boris Johnson has apologised again for breaking his own Covid lockdown rules while his home secretary, Priti Patel, has been heavily criticised over the legality of her plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff stands in for John Harris, and asks what happens when ministers no longer seem afraid to push the boundaries of the law? Gaby is joined by Guardian parliamentary sketch writer John Crace and Dr Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government and author of Held in Contempt. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
On Tuesday Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were fined by the Metropolitan police for breaching lockdown rules. But neither have resigned. John Harris is joined by the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff and the former special adviser Salma Shah to talk about how damaging this is for the PM, his party and the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
In a week when the Metropolitan police fined the former Cabinet Office’s director of ethics for attending a lockdown party, and Tory MP David Warburton faces allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use, John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s Zoe Williams, and Miatta Fahnbulleh from the New Economics Foundation to talk about the return of a perception of sleaze and excess in the party. Plus, as Rishi Sunak’s popularity plunges after the spring statement, Miatta, who knows him personally, gives insight into where he has gone wrong.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
To hear the full episode, be sure to search for and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. During the Senate confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s nomination for supreme court justice, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was repeatedly asked about an unfounded claim that originated in the QAnon community. Joan E Greve and Alex Kaplan of Media Matters look at why some in the GOP are turning to a far-right extremist group for attack lines. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Partygate is back…

Partygate is back…

2022-03-3135:122

Boris Johnson is again defending himself against allegations he lied about lockdown parties in Downing Street. Guardian journalist John Harris speaks to columnist Gaby Hinsliff and political correspondent Peter Walker about how damaging this is for Boris Johnson within the Tory party and with the public, and asks why Labour doesn’t seem to be capitalising on the government being mired in scandal again. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
To hear the full episode, be sure to search for and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. Florida’s governor seems to relish addressing whatever culture war is raging. He might have learned a thing or two from his former backer, Donald Trump. If the polls are right, the two might end up fighting against each other in the Republican primaries for the 2024 presidential election. So who is DeSantis, and what are his chances? Jonathan Freedland speaks to Ana Ceballos of the Miami Herald and Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics to learn more about him.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
On the day of Rishi Sunak’s spring statement, Robin Burgess from the Hope Centre in Northampton tells Guardian political columnist John Harris just how desperate the cost of living situation is. John is also joined by Miatta Fahnbulleh, the chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, and David Gauke, former chief secretary to the Treasury, to discuss why the Tories seem resistant to helping those most in need. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
To continue listening to Jonathan Freedland’s analysis of what’s happening in Washington and beyond, be sure to like and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of Michigan, who has chosen to not to run again this November. She shares her thoughts on the war in Ukraine, why she chose to leave office, and who in the Republican party worries her the most for 2024.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
The Ukrainian MP Kira Rudyk, in Kyiv, tells Guardian political columnist John Harris how she and her fellow MPs are running the country despite escalating Russian aggression. John is then joined by the Guardian’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, and Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, to discuss Nato and the Russian nuclear threat. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
To continue listening to Jonathan Freedland’s analysis of what’s happening in Washington and beyond, be sure to like and subscribe to Politics Weekly America wherever you get your podcasts. This week, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Dr Shadi Hamid about why Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spark thought for anti-imperialists who question American power.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Comments (26)

Ian Comley

Good as usual but please no Owen Jones

Jun 30th
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Midnight Rambler

Lil the guy can barely walk or talk

May 12th
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Andrew Browne

Politics Weekly interviews a GOP grifter

May 7th
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Andrew Browne

A Lincoln Project interview? Good thing you didn't send a female reporter to interview the grifter. Did you donate money to them and u are now trying to justify your stupidity

Mar 27th
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Midnight Rambler

lol what bs

Mar 21st
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Midnight Rambler

no just bored of middle class lefties

Mar 21st
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Midnight Rambler

oh the salty tears😂

Mar 19th
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Toby Latto

Great podcast. Good to hear a Republican make the case for an alternative to trumpism.

Mar 7th
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Patrick America

This is plain stupid Bye bye

Feb 15th
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Andrew Browne

Ginna Miller helped create the divide.

Jan 25th
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Alison Sneddon

Did a really just hear a human being utter the words "an idealised version of the working class version in their own heads"?!

Dec 18th
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Tim O'Donoghue

Stop saying "bayzickly"

Dec 9th
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David Pointer

another out and out anti Corbin diatribe rapidly loosing my patience with this podcast

Nov 29th
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Nick

This Remainer show is full of crap..All they care about is a 2nd Referendum..which they will loose. Many of Labour swing targets & Marginals are in Leave areas... so if it were simple as yr making out he would have gone for new referendum from the start.

Apr 17th
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Twist Olly

whens the next episode/podcast as havent hadone come up since last week?

Feb 26th
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Bryan Lorigan

Just listened to this (hands free) while driving. The two correspondents contributing by phone were unintelligible. If they can't be in the studio can I suggest that you use landlines rather than mobiles.

Jan 18th
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Richard H

Katy Balls is a liar

Dec 21st
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Richard H

Awful episode by the guardian, why do I bother

Dec 14th
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David Edwards

It's time to put a stop the these Tories they are not up to the job and it is frightening making important decisions by people we didn't even vote in. May is putting fear into people. Families homeless sick disabled homeless. Enough is enough is enough for goodness sake.

Nov 30th
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David Edwards

how to down load ?

Nov 18th
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