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A weekly politics podcast presented by Adam Boulton. The Sky News political team provides in-depth context and analysis around the big issues in politics in the UK and beyond.
196 Episodes
Adam Boulton and guests assess the UK's place in the world as the G7 summit gets underway in Cornwall.Where are we with the special relationship with the US? How are the leaders going to address the coronavirus pandemic and accelerate the progress of vaccinating the world?And what about the row over the government's decision to cut the aid budget which has angered many Conservative MPs this week?Joining Adam this week are the writer for The Times and The Center for European Policy Analysis, Edward Lucas, the Director of The British Foreign Policy Group Sophia Gaston and Sky's foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes.
Adam Boulton and guests discuss the explosive evidence given by the Prime Minister's former adviser Dominic Cummings to two select committees on the government's handling of the pandemic. In seven hours of testimony, Mr Cummings said that 'tens of thousands of people died, who didn't need to die,' suggested Boris Johnson is 'not fit for office' and argued that the Health Secretary should have been sacked 'for at least 15 to 20 things.''Fascinating but incendiary' was one MP's take on it as the government insists it's focused on the vaccine rollout and saving lives.Joining Adam to examine the fallout and the response to Mr Cummings' claims are:The Spectator's deputy political editor Katy Balls, the journalist and author Rob Huttonand Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton and guests focus on government messaging and decision making on Covid restrictions. With the Indian variant of the virus being talked about as a potential threat to the June 21st 'grand reopening' what options are open to the Prime Minister.And what exactly ARE the rules on travelling somewhere on the 'Amber' list after a week of somewhat mixed messaging. Joining Adam this week are: The Guardian columnist Rafael Behr, the deputy political editor of the Telegraph Lucy Fisher and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton and guests examine the fallout from last week's elections from a Labour perspective and assess the government's policy agenda following the Queen's Speech.They also look ahead to the public inquiry into the government's handling of coronavirus pandemic.Joining Adam this week are the Assistant Comment Editor at The Telegraph Olivia Utley, The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton and guests discuss the fallout from the Hartlepool by-election as the Conservatives take the seat from Labour for the first time in 57 years.Another chunk of the Red Wall has been dismantled leading to some tough questions for Sir Keir Starmer over his grip on Labour and its future direction.Joining Adam to analyse where it went wrong for Labour are the Director of the IPPR North think tank Sarah Longlands, the co-founder and Director of Deltapoll Joe Twymanand Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton and guests examine another challenging week for the Prime Minister who's faced days of scrutiny over allegations of inappropriate comments and sleaze. Who paid for what and when in terms of the refurbishment of the Downing Street flat? Did he suggest he would rather see bodies piled high than order another lockdown?The panel assess the Prime Minister's handling of events, why all this matters to the public, and the prospect of Dominic Cummings revealing more to Parliament in the coming weeks.Joining Adam this week are the deputy online editor of The New Statesman Rachel Cunliffe, editor of The Big Issue Paul McNamee and Sky's political correspondent Kate McCann.
Business v Government

Business v Government


A podcast of two halves this week as Adam Boulton and guests asses the political response to the frantic 48 hours in football as plans for a European Super League veered into offside territory.They also dissect what Keir Starmer has referred to as 'sleaze, sleaze, sleaze' over lobbying in Westminster.Joining Adam are the Chief Executive of the Business Services Association and Deputy Chairman of Reaction Mark Fox, the Deputy Director of the Institute for Government Hannah Whiteand Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Local Elections 2021

Local Elections 2021


Adam Boulton and guests look ahead to the May elections in England, Scotland and Wales on what will be the first electoral test since the coronavirus outbreak and the UK's departure from the European Union.They assess the key issues in the run up to 6th May and explore whether the current system of local governance works.Joining Adam this week are the Visiting Professor in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics - Tony Travers, Deputy Director of UK in a Changing Europe Paula Surridge and Sky's deputy political editor Sam Coates.
Vaccine Nationalism

Vaccine Nationalism


Adam Boulton and guests discuss the row between the EU and the UK over so called vaccine nationalism as the Prime Minister warns against blockades. They also debate the issues around protests sparked by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and they weigh up the arguments on the 'papers for the pub' proposals too.Joining Adam on the podcast this week are the Europe correspondent for The Irish Times, Naomi O'Leary, The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
This week Boris Johnson outlined his security and defence strategy for the post-Brexit world.It included a plan to lift the number of nuclear warheads the UK is prepared to stockpile, a proposal to strengthen trade links with China and an ambition to make Britain a science and tech superpower.Adam Boulton is joined by Patricia Lewis, who leads in the International Security Programme at Chatham House; Sir Lawrence Freedman, the Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig to discuss what it means for Global Britain.
This week, politics and royalty collide as Adam Boulton and guests discuss the fallout from the interview given by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey. They discus the rise of opinion-led broadcasting and they touch on the controversial issue of nurses pay.Joining Adam this week are the columnist Tim Walker, The Economist's senior editor Anne McElvoy and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton and guests focus on the complicated row at the heart of politics in Scotland where - in the past week - Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have given lengthy evidence to a Holyrood inquiry investigating the handling of harassment complaints against Mr Salmond.What's been happening in the Scottish Parliament and where does it leave the First Minister, the SNP and the future of the independence movement?Joining Adam this week are the editor and publisher of Reaction Iain Martin, journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch and Sky's Scotland correspondent James Matthews.
Adam Boulton and guests discuss the different approaches to easing lockdown in England and Scotland and whether power should come from the centre or be fairly dispersed in Edinburgh and London. Also this week, have the old left versus right battles over tax now disappeared as we prepare for the Chancellor's Budget next week?Joining Adam for political discussion and analysis are Professor of Political Science at the University of Southampton - and Sky News election analyst - Dr Will Jennings; Columnist at The National Shona Craven and Sky's deputy political editor Sam Coates
Adam Boulton and guests assess Boris Johnson's options ahead of his announcement on lockdown restrictions next week and the longer term prospects for Sir Keir Starmer as Labour leader after his big speech on the economy.Joining Adam this week are the chief leader writer at The Observer, Sonia Sodha; Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton and guests discuss the Cabinet's messaging on summer holidays and the recent Parliamentary rows over Freedom of Information and genocide.What links the Trade Bill and the government's position on genocide and why have newspapers formed an alliance to raise concerns about FoI requests?Joining Adam this week are the Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant, the Mail on Sunday's deputy political editor Anna Mikhailova and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Cracks in the Union?

Cracks in the Union?


What next for the United Kingdom?This week, there's a state of the union flavour to the podcast with Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland following the row over vaccine exports AND issues in the Scottish National party following the sacking of Joanna Cherry from the front bench. That as the 'who knew what and when' row between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond continues and threatens to derail any momentum being built for another independence referendum.Adam Boulton and guests examine the border questions being discussed in Great Britain and on the island of Ireland and assess the difficulties faced by Boris Johnson's government.Joining Adam this week are the writer, broadcaster and author of 'How Britain Ends' Gavin Esler; Journalist with Open Democracy and Author of ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics Peter Geoghegan and Sky's political correspondent Kate McCann.
In the week when the UK officially recorded 100 thousand Covid-19 related deaths and worldwide infections topped 100 million, Adam Boulton and guests discuss the response to the pandemic and the European vaccines row.The UK has a good vaccines story to tell with more than 7 million people having received their first jab. But an argument has been brewing between the European Commission and the drugs firm AstraZeneca over an apparent shortfall in vaccine doses being planned for the EU.Joing Adam to assess the current state of play are: The World Health Organisation's special envoy for the global Covid-19 response, Dr David Nabarro, the Brussels correspondent from the New York Times Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Adam Boulton hosts from Washington DC where Joe Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America.Adam and guests discuss the immediate priorities for the Biden administration but the main focus this week is on the coronavirus pandemic, the political decisions that lie ahead and the continuing impact on the economy.What is the data telling us about the virus and is the ground being prepared for tax rises in March's Budget to pay for the borrowing bill?Joining Adam this week are the economist and author Linda Yueh, the President of the CBI Lord Karan Bilimoria and Sky's economics and data editor Ed Conway.
Post-Trump Politics

Post-Trump Politics


Adam Boulton hosts a US Special from Washington DC and this week the panel discuss the extraordinary events in Congress as Donald Trumps is impeached for a second time - and in his final week as President.They also assess whether the Joe Biden era will mark the beginning of the Kamala Harris effect on international relations and what is in store for the UK/US relationship.And what next for the post-Trump Republican party?Joining Adam this week are:The former deputy editor of The Sunday Times Sarah Baxter, the author and former aide to Bill Clinton Sidney Blumenthal, and Sky's deputy political editor Sam Coates.
Adam Boulton and guests discuss a significant couple of weeks in politics in the UK and the US and look ahead to the political events of 2021.They reflect on the shocking scenes in Washington DC as Congress prepared to confirm Joe Biden as the next US President, the free trade agreement between the UK and the EU and the latest on the Coronavirus pandemic as the vaccine rollout coincides with the majority of people in the UK in lockdown.And they'll assess what's in store in 2021 with local elections, a transition of power in America, the COP Climate Change conference in Glasgow and a potential reshuffle on the cards.Joining Adam this week are:The co-founder of Britain Thinks and the author of 'Beyond the Red Wall' Deborah Mattinson, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, Tim Bale and Sky's deputy political editor Sam Coates.
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Richard Evans

Same old tired party political clichés from Creasey et al. Definite thumbs down for me, dull as ditchwater

Jan 18th
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