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In a special bonus episode Rory and Alastair discuss whether the writing is already on the wall for Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng, how Starmer found his voice and revived Labour, and what the future holds for the UK economy...Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Should MPs be drug tested? Does the UK have a corruption problem? How could we radically reform prisons? Alastair and Rory join each other in person this week to answer these questions and many more. Plus, they discuss if they've ever been offered to participate in a reality show, and if they would ever consider doing Strictly Come Dancing...Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Nicole MaslenExec Producer: Tony Pastor Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
It's been a quiet week in UK politics...On today's (in person) episode Rory and Alastair discuss Kwasi Kwarteng's mini-budget, Liz Truss and her quest for growth, the protests in Iran and the far right's election victory in Italy.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Alastair and Rory are joined by Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Albania, to talk Putin, Merkel, Macron, the European Union, small boats, cyber attacks from Iran, and much, much more. Tune in to hear how the 'third way' inspired Edi's journey from life as an artist in Paris to a three-time election-winning prime minister.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Who would you cast to play yourself in a film? Rory and Alastair give their answers to this question and many more in today's Question Time episode. Plus the rarity of political apologies, friendship (and animosity) between ex Prime Ministers, and the UK's 'special relationship' with the US.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, Liz Truss' visit to the UN, the pros and cons of fracking and the drastic fall in value of the British Pound. Plus Biden's growing popularity, international diplomacy, and the role of foreign correspondents. Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Tony Pastor Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Alastair and Rory are joined by Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour, to talk Boris Johnson, devolution, Welsh nationalism, Scotland, the secret of Labour’s century of success in Wales, Covid, Brexit, Latin and more.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What's the true definition of right-wing and left-wing? Alastair and Rory debate what defines the two sides of the political spectrum, who their favourite comedians are, and why neither of them have a Scottish accent.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss Queen Elizabeth II, the Ukrainian counter-offensive, Rory's trip to Kenya, the far right in Sweden, and the Shanghai Co-Operation Organisation.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What’s more annoying, a stupid person pretending to be clever or a clever person pretending to be stupid? On an unrelated note Rory and Alastair give more reaction to Liz Truss taking over from Boris Johnson, and give an insight into their family backgrounds.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
How will Liz Truss operate in Number 10? Why is The Rest Is Politics banned on FCDO official phones? And what's going on in Chile?Plus foreign aid, James Cleverly, Alastair's lido lifestyle, a message from Eton's headmaster, and Oxbridge.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
PRIME MINISTER LIZ TRUSS

PRIME MINISTER LIZ TRUSS

2022-09-0546:5212

In an emergency podcast, Rory and Alastair react to the news that Liz Truss has won the race to become the UK's next prime minister.Plus Kwasi Kwarteng, Joe Lycett, a PM's first 24 hours, Instagram politicians, a potential whip problem, what it means for Keir Starmer, and the next general election.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What shared regret do Rory and Alastair have about their time at university? Plus local journalism, bikes, John le Carré, musical instruments, rhetoric, and Rory's defence of Eton. Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Tony Pastor Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Are windfall taxes and freezing energy bills the best ways to deal with the cost of living crisis?Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the skyrocketing energy prices, the negative effect that politics can have on your mental health, the floods in Pakistan, Biden's quietly impressive summer, leaders ducking out of tough interviews, and Rory's exciting new job.Blackpool live show tickets:Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Tony Pastor Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
At what points in their political careers did Rory and Alastair feel under the most pressure? Plus the wonders of sleep, Murdoch's subtle influence, and protest marches.Blackpool tickets - Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Why is raw sewage being pumped into UK rivers? How easy is it to stand up to Liz Truss when she's your boss? And which former US president walked for 2 miles with Alastair in search of a McDonald's?Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool tickets - Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Introducing Empire

Introducing Empire

2022-08-1901:02:328

Today's feed drop features historian and friend of the show William Dalrymple discussing our new sister podcast, Empire, which he hosts alongside broadcaster Anita Anand.How do empires rise? Why do they fall? And how have they shaped the world around us today?This new show explores the stories, personalities and events of empire over the course of history.The first series looks at the British in India, covering The East India Company, the Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition.In the opening episode, William and Anita discuss the rise of The East India Company, exploring how a small corporation with only a handful of employees came to rule India. The episode begins with the birth of the Company in Tudor England and culminates with Robert Clive and the Battle of Plassey.Listen to the second episode of Empire below:Apple - apple.co/3A0tEw9Spotify - spoti.fi/3K4LZNk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Just how easy is it to waltz out of office with classified government documents? In the latest episode of TRIP QT, Alastair and Rory take your questions on Trump's FBI raid, Gordon Brown and Gillian Duffy, scuffles, Eddie Jones, A-levels, and more.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool tickets - Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss the one year anniversary of Afghanistan falling to the Taliban, the French withdrawal from Mali, the Wagner Group, how Gordon Brown lets his hair down, the Kenyan election, the cost of living, Keir Starmer's holiday, the energy price cap, Salman Rushdie, freedom of speech, and more.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Blackpool tickets - Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Jack DavenportThe New European sponsorship:www.theneweuropean.co.uk/trip Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join Alastair and Rory for the latest episode of TRIP: Question Time, where they answer your questions on the historical Scottish clashes between Clan Stewart and Clan Campbell, Rory’s tartan trousers, the performance of Lindsay Hoyle as Speaker, and labour shortages in the UK.Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.Instagram:@restispoliticsTwitter:@RestIsPoliticsEmail:restispolitics@gmail.comProducer: Dom JohnsonExec Producer: Jack Davenport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Comments (22)

Jacqui Cuff

how do I find the video by the sky reporter explaining how lending Paul???

Sep 30th
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Stuart Lyons

turning into the cambell rant show. really obvious he was a bully in a previous life.

Sep 29th
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jimter

5mins of adverts ffs

Sep 29th
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Sam

nearly five minutes of ads at the start!

Sep 29th
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Cathy Briel

hi alistair..can hear it. thank you for being honest and brave for how you,re feeling. totally empathise ..fair play to you

Sep 1st
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Richard Knocker

brilliant show!

Aug 24th
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Matthew Gardner

Rory Stewart completely misunderstanding how economists think. They absolutely do not think about departments in terms of their budgets. They care very explicitly about what benefits they can deliver to people, both financial and non-fianncial. Truss could do with spending more time with some proper economists.

Aug 24th
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Cathy Briel

how do i ask rory stewart a question? would like to hear his thoughts on his time as Prisons minister

Aug 21st
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Matt Simpson

Where do we send our Questions please ?

Aug 9th
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Claire Robb

Me and my teenage son Innes are coming to see you in Edinburgh on Saturday Rory can't wait 😊

Aug 4th
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Pat Brand

Well I finally got round to listening to this podcast this morning and I was pleasantly surprised by Keir's energy and enthusiasm. Then I realised that, because I'm always short of time, I listen at 1.2 x normal speed. Maybe Keir could try talking faster? Just a thought.

Aug 1st
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Anne Murphy

I think the problem that Sunak has with economic policy is that the members are pro-Brexit which is total fantasy economics, so it's a hard sell to make them embrace realistic economic policy now.

Jul 21st
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Anne Earnshaw

I am huge fan of your podcast and now read 'The European.' My question is to both of you is 'How do you have time to read so many books, articles and newspapers as well as tour the world and address high powered conferences and have time for family. Do you both speed read?' Anne Earnshaw

Jul 20th
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Adam More

50 years since Watergate and everything has to be another gate delighted that you have called out this lazy trope

May 15th
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Richard Knocker

loving your plodcast! very refreshing and reassuring to hear sensible thought provoking analysis from the centre ground in the middle of all the screeching from the extremes. space in the middle ground... YES! rory when are you starting this new party?? 2 listeners in Arusha to add to your Aruba and Mogadishu followers.

May 7th
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howard mhc

Without doubt one of the finest podcasts on politics available. Two experienced practitioners with wonderful insights and sensible observations

May 4th
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Rick T Bridge

Sanity and debate from two great minds. Love it.

Apr 23rd
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simon weaver

I have a question that relates to Rory's explanation why most MP's conform to the 3 line whip. I think Rory explained clearly why most MP's conform to the whip, however you did not explain what happens to an MP who abstained. surely on the one hand you are indicating some discomfort with the policy but you are not voting against your party. can you also kiss goodbye to your career by abstaining or is it way of registering discomfort without being disloyal to your party?

Apr 7th
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Rhona Will

Two fascinating commentators. Huge respect for Rory Stewart and AC, could Campbell come out of retirement and get young Mister Stewart as an independent PM ? I might start believing in a union of the UK if that happened, however that is unlikely.

Mar 19th
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gillian bruce-knight

Yet again, a refreshingly honest, illuminating listen in these dark days of lies and more lies from our illustrious leader.... Thankyou both.

Mar 10th
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