A weekly podcast from the award-winning newspaper. The New European offers pro-European in-depth analysis of Brexit, politics at home as well as abroad, all whilst celebrating the European way of life. Join Steve Anglesey and special guests every week.
Boris Johnson’s resignation: What’s next?
In this week’s episode, The New European journalist Eleanor Longman-Rood steps in while our editor and host Steve Anglesey is away. She discusses Boris Johnson’s resignation and the events that led up to his departure before asking: what will they do with that wallpaper now? Then, she hears listeners’ thoughts on what fictional character could make Brexit work, after Keir Starmer’s speech on Monday. Journalist and global editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism James Ball joins the podcast to discuss the allegations against Chris Pincher, why this was the scandal to instigate Johnson’s demise and what’s next for the Tories and the country. Plus, Nadine Dorries, Steve Baker and Boris Johnson all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Why is Britain in a self-harm recession?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey begins by talking about Nigel Farage’s GB news show (but don’t let that put you off), before hearing listeners’ thoughts on which politicians would headline at the worst music festival ever and what their band would be called. Then journalist and broadcaster Jonty Bloom joins the podcast to discuss why economic predictions are far worse for Britain than other countries, why the economy hasn’t had the boom everyone, including Rishi Sunsak, was hoping for and how Britain’s recession was of its own doing. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, David Frost and Iain Duncan Smith all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
The sixth anniversary special: Brexit and its dossier of disasters
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears how listeners would ruin a film or song title by adding the word Brexit. Then, The New European journalist Clár Ní Chonghaile joins the podcast to discuss, on the sixth anniversary of the Brexit vote, how it is now clear to all that it really wasn’t a good idea. She outlines the dossier of disasters that Brexit has created, suggests how Labour need to step up and how the promises made by the Leave campaign never came true. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Jonathan Gullis and David Davis all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Boris Johnson is waging a phoney war on Europe – to save his own skin
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears what our listeners’ will be doing to mark 23rd June, six years since the Brexit referendum took place. Then journalist and author John Kampfner joins the podcast to discuss the diversion politics designed to save Boris Johnson’s skin as he weaponises Brexit, how Europe has grown tired of Britain’s parliamentary antics and how Britain is viewed abroad while they continue to unravel. Plus, Suella Braverman, Jonathan Gullis and Ann Widdecombe all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Is it time for a career move for Boris Johnson?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears listeners’ suggestions on what Boris Johnson’s next job should be, considering 148 of his own MPs don’t think he should be in the one he’s in now. Then Comedian Mitch Benn joins the podcast to give his take on this, his objections to the prime minister’s lack of ethical judgement and his thoughts on how Britain celebrated the Platinum Jubilee. Plus, Brendan Clarke-Smith, Nadine Dorries and David Frost all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Has Boris Johnson survived the Sue Gray report? And, what to look out for from the Cannes Film Festival
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey discusses if Boris Johnson has managed to escape unscathed from the Sue Gray report before hearing listeners’ suggestions on what famous book title best sums up her findings. Then, The New European‘s editor-at-large Alastair Campbell joins the podcast to discuss the report’s aftermath and why Labour needs to start thinking seriously about what they stand for as the opposition. Then, in this special double episode and live from the Cannes Film Festival, Jason Solomons offers his take on the festival’s 75th year, the politics on this year’s red carpet and what to watch (and not watch) from the festival. Plus, Grant Shapps, the Daily Mail and Richard Bacon feature in the Hall of Shame.
How Brexit is destroying the Falklands
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey ponders what Boris Johnson’s mood is like after the Met announced they’ve finished issuing partygate fines. He then hears listeners’ suggestions on what politicians they would like to see on Eurovision and what songs they should sing. Also in this episode, journalist Rob Burnett explains what it is like to live on the Falkland Islands, how Brexit is accomplishing something the Argentine Junta couldn’t: destroying the Islands and, finally, what the future will look like. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Michael fabricant and Nadine Dorries all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Is Europe lagging behind on drugs?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey tackles Michael Gove’s bizarre BBC interview before hearing listeners’ thoughts on which politicians they would like to see in Doctor Who and in which role after the news that Ncuti Gatwa is to be the next Doctor. The New European‘s Suna Erdem then joins him to discuss why Europe is lagging behind on legalising cannabis, what Sadiq Khan’s latest moves on legislation mean, and if legislation could realistically happen in Britain in the next 5 years? Plus, Nadhim Zahawi, Ann Widdecombe and Boris Johnson all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
The killing fields
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey takes a look at the local election campaigns and hears readers’ suggestions as to what the Conservative slogan should be at the next general election. He is joined by National Farmers Union president Minette Batters to discuss how war in Ukraine is worsening the sector’s Brexit-driven problems and why a food supply crisis could follow. Plus Nadine Dorries, George Eustice and Ann Widdecombe are among those inducted into the Hall of Shame.
The figures don’t lie, Brexit has not gone “remarkably smoothly”
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey discusses the biggest news story of the week – which isn’t porngate nor Angela Rayner’s legs – but surrounding Rishi Sunak before hearing listeners’ thoughts on what sportsperson they would like to see as prime minister. Then journalist and broadcaster Jonty Bloom joins the podcast to discuss his exasperation over David Frost’s opinion that Brexit has gone “remarkably smoothly”, the government’s latest U-turn on border tests and checks and how Brexit is economic self-harm and, sadly, there is no way out of it. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Nadine Dorries and Grant Shapps all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Is France more divided than ever?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey wishes Boris Johnson well as he finds cover on a visit to India while MPs vote on whether to launch an investigation into claims he misled Parliament over the partygate row before hearing listeners’ thoughts on what Boris Johnson’s next job could be. Then, award-winning journalist Marion van Renterghem joins the podcast to discuss if Marine Le Pen has changed since France’s last presidential elections, what a France under Le Pen would look like and if the country is heading to the right, regardless of the outcome of the elections. Plus, Oliver Dowden, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tom Harwood all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
What’s the future for Channel 4?
n this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey discusses the news that Channel 4 is to be privatised before hearing listeners thoughts on what the name of a drama starring Nadine Dorries would be called, answers range from It’s A Sin to (thick) Skins. Media commentator and journalist Liz Gerard joins the podcast to share her thoughts on what lies in store for the television network, the reason behind privatisation and why the government has waged war on Channel 4. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, David Frost and Akshata Murthy all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Why Ukraine belongs in the European Union
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey suggests what Boris Johnson could have said in response to Partygate fines being issued and takes listeners thoughts on the latest episode of the saga. Former BBC R4 presenter, North America Editor and Europe Editor Mark Mardell joins the podcast to discuss why the idea of a European army haunts Brexiteers, if Ukraine can get their application to the European Union fast-tracked and, if they do, will their acceptance be symbolic more than anything else? Plus, Andrew Marr, Bill Wiggin MP and Boris Johnson all feature in the Hall of Shame this week
Why Putin’s puppet, Alexander Lukashenko, must be punished
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey likens some of the pie in the sky dreams The Apprentice finalists had to those of the chancellor before hearing listeners thoughts on what Rishi Sunak’s memoir may be called. Head of National Anti-Crisis Management of Belarus, the country’s shadow government in exile, Pavel Latushka, then joins the podcast to discuss the dictator that has been in power even longer than Vladimir Putin – Alexander Lukashenko. He explains why the Lukashenko must be punished, why he has little faith the leader will change his ways and how he is, despite circumstances, optimistic for their victory in the future. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Leo Kearse and Oliver Dowden all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
How Eton changed British public life
n this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey shares what he enjoyed this week, including president Zelensky’s address to Congress, and what he didn’t particularly enjoy this week, featuring Michael Gove being called a hero. Journalist and campaigner Fiona Millar then joins the podcast to discuss why Boris Johnson surrounds himself with individuals from who went through the private school system, how Eton would perform if it received the same funding as the state school system and how education in this country can be levelled up. Plus, the Festival of Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Lord David Frost all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
How Britain’s farming industry has been lied to, ignored and left out in the cold
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey begins by dissecting James Cleverly’s comments on the government’s response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis, concluding that Britain is only really world beating in one category – failure. Broadcaster and journalist Jonty Bloom then joins the podcast to discuss one very angry annual farmer’s conference. He shares his thoughts on how the industry has been lied to, how the situation for British agriculture is only going to get worse and why Keir Starmer is right to, at least for now, not back rejoin. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Priti Patel and Daniel Kawczynski MP are all in the Hall of Shame this week.
When will the reign of Vladimir Putin come to an end?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey pokes fun at the government’s flag-waving, photo op filled and somewhat lacking response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Author and Foreign correspondent James Rodgers joins the podcast to share his expertise on whether Putin has lost his mind, the thinking behind his military tactics and if the 21st century dictator could be toppled. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Nigel Farage and Sir Edward Leigh all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
War in Europe: What does the Russian invasion mean for Ukraine and the world?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey begins by reciting a somewhat ironic quote from Nigel Farage who said that Putin had no interest in invading Ukraine and won’t do so. Award-winning journalist James Ball then joins the podcast to discuss what is next for Ukraine and if Putin has been showing us his true intentions for years. He also shares his thoughts on how to improve Westminster for the better and salvage British democracy, before it’s too late. Plus, Laurence Fox, Boris Johnson and Arron Banks all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
A hunt for Brexit opportunities, how Boris Johnson is no laughing matter and THAT Jimmy Carr joke
In this week’s episode, our host Steve Anglesey returns! He questions Jacob Rees-Mogg’s logic of calling Brexit a success by reading out a letter from a listener who recounts the struggles he has had importing from a British business to where he lives in Poland. Comedian Matt Forde then joins the podcast to discuss how, despite him being easy to make fun of, he won’t miss Boris Johnson when he goes, how both the Left and Right-wing lost their minds simultaneously and THAT Jimmy Carr joke. Plus, Nigel Farage, Ann Widdecombe and Boris Johnson’s excusers all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
The ‘heshuffle’, slurs and Bloody Difficult Women
Supply teachers Eleanor Longman-Rood and Matt Withers are on presenting duties to sift through another quiet week in British politics. They discuss Boris Johnson’s ‘heshuffle’ and hear listeners’ suggestions as to what role Jacob Rees-Mogg should hold. After Keir Starmer is harassed by protesters repeating the PM’s Jimmy Savile slur they examine whether we should expect more of these kind of attacks. And The New European‘s own Tim Walker pops by to talk about his new play, Bloody Difficult Women, and the intriguing prospect of a Theresa May comeback. Plus Mark Spencer, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Guto Harri and Natalie Elphicke are inducted into the Hall of Shame.
Busy cafes, looming war and a pandemic: What is life like in contemporary Ukraine?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey has many questions from another sane week in British politics, including will Boris Johnson change his name to Boris Dorries when he and his culture secretary tie the knot? He also introduces The New European‘s three-part pop-up podcast, The 27, a superb investigation into the deaths in the Channel by Clár Ní Chonghaile and Suna Erdem. Author Andrei Kurkov joins the podcast to discuss life in contemporary Ukraine, what people are expecting from the latest aggressions from Russia should war break out and the differences between the Ukrainian and Russian mentalities. Plus, Michael Gove, Nadine Dorries and Ann Widdecombe all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
What does the future look like for the BBC?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey sums up another day awaiting Sue Gray, describes the curious similarities between Barry Cryer and Boris Johnson and discusses reader suggestions on what film title best sums up Boris Johnson’s years at Number 10. Journalist and writer John Kampfner then joins the podcast to explain his thoughts on the runners and riders to be the next prime minister, how the BBC should be funded and how other European broadcast services stand up in comparison. Plus, The Daily Mail, Boris Johnson and his defenders all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Boris Johnson’s leadership may be coming to an end, but the red tape nightmare for British business is just beginning
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey starts the podcast by reading listeners a story, the tragic tale of Agent Blond in Now, Time to Die, starring Boris Johnson. Broadcaster and writer Jonty Bloom then joins the podcast to discuss why the end of Boris Johnson won’t mean the beginning of the end for Brexit, what the next prime minister could do to ease the strain border red tape is putting on British business if Boris Johnson resigns and if there are any industries doing well after the UK left The European Union. Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Fabricant all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Is the party over for Boris Johnson?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey breaks down for listeners what constitutes a party, being at work and a work party, if, like the prime minister, listeners often get them muddled up. Award-winning journalist James Ball joins the podcast to discuss how this week’s scandal has been different from the ones Boris Johnson has usually ridden out and how Keir Starmer has stepped up to the plate in light of it. They then go on to discuss the most influential address you’ve never heard of – 55 Tufton Street, SW1. It’s the home of pro-Brexit groups and climate change sceptics, but just how much power does it have over the government? Plus, Ann Widdecombe, Nigel Fagare and Kriss Akabusi are all in the Hall of Shame this week.
“It was an insurrection”: The storming of Capitol Hill one year on
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey introduces more Brexit news, this does include, however, Presidential grifter and election crybaby Donald J Trump’s golf courses losing a combined £7m in 2020… Writer and The New European columnist Paul Mason joins the podcast to discuss if Tony Blair needs a knighthood, or indeed if anyone does, the storming of Capitol Hill exactly a year on and how the fall of American democracy is the greatest threat of our time. Plus, Daniel Kawczynski MP, Nigel Farage and Paul Staines are all in the Hall of Shame this week.
Christmas parties at Downing Street and a party in trouble across the pond
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey shares his thoughts on the Downing Street Christmas party last year that definitely didn’t happen… or did it? Playwright and author Bonnie Greer joins the podcast to discuss her belief that the British are inherently decent, even if the prime minister isn’t. She also discusses why sending Anne-Marie Trevelyan to woo Joe Biden wasn’t only a mistake but laughable and the potential return of Donald Trump. Plus, Mark Francois MP, Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
A problem both sides of the Channel: Is the migrant crisis unsolvable?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears listeners thoughts on how the government can approach the migrant crisis, and shares his own on the Downing Street Christmas party last year. Award-winning journalist John Lichfield joins the podcast to discuss the fascism of French journalist turned presidential candidate Éric Zemmour. He then gives an analysis on the recent tragedy in the Channel, how the British press also seems to have amnesia when reporting cases such as these and how a solution may well be unreachable. Plus, the 18% who think Brexit is going well, Sajid Javid and Ben Bradley MP are all in the Hall of Shame this week.
Is Boris Johnson OK and can Keir Starmer win in the polls?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey promises not to lose his place or make references to Peppa Pig, unlike Boris Johnson during his CBI conference address. He ponders what colour the sky is in Dominic Raab’s world after he claimed the speech was a success and that the prime minister is excelling in his performance. Comedian Mitch Benn joins the podcast to discuss Boris’s history with unprepared rhetoric, what Keir Starmer can do to increase his standing in the polls, and Nadine Dorries’ strange approach to Channel 4. Plus, Nadine Dorries also returns to the Hall of Shame this week and joining her is Priti Patel and Nigel Farage.
Are we nearing an elected dictatorship, or have we already reached one?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey asks if Britain is getting buyer’s remorse over Boris Johnson. He takes listeners’ thoughts on this issue and on Ken Clarke ahead of speaking with Tim Walker who interviewed Clarke for The New European’s latest edition. Walker then joins our host to delve into the interview in detail. Why is there a lack of talent at the top of the political ladder? Has the race to find the next Conservative leader already begun? And, are we nearing an elected dictatorship, or have we already reached one? These are all questions he answers. Plus, Nadine Dorries, Gillian Keegan and George Eustice all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
The troubling plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, second jobs for MPs and a second week of sleaze
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears listeners thoughts on MPs having second jobs and their answers as to what second jobs they would like to see Boris Johnson and his cabinet occupying in an ideal world. Former minister for Europe, former MP and Theresa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington joins the podcast to discuss this timely issue further and the government’s impatience with the rules. The New European journalist Clár Ní Chonghaile shares her thoughts on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a decades-old debt and the government’s misdirection and inaction on the issue. Plus, Roger Helmer, Mark Pawsey MP and Ann Widdecombe all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Tory sleaze, government U-turns and trouble at sea.
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey discusses the latest Brexit fallout that’s led to the government being hated on both sides of the Channel and sets listeners a challenge of crafting headlines of Brexit disasters as if they had been reported in pro-Brexit publications (responses of which certainly did not disappoint him). Media commentator and journalist Liz Gerard joins the podcast to lend insights into why national newspapers who backed the Leave campaign continue to pretend as if there is nothing wrong and shares her thoughts on the ongoing Owen Paterson scandal. Plus, the government, Ann Widdecombe and Jacob Rees-Mogg all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
When should the government implement their Covid Plan B…. and was there a Plan A?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey discusses the other elephant in the room – Covid-19. Dr Joe Pajak joins him for a fascinating, and concerning, analysis of the rising Covid rates and shares some personal anecdotes on how his son has been affected by long Covid since catching the virus in March 2020. When will the government act, and are we in for a catastrophic winter if they don’t? Also in politics this week, the 2021 budget was announced and ‘sewagegate’ affected rivers around the UK – our host offers his take, and hears listeners thoughts, on both. Plus, Rishi Sunak, George Eustice, and Anne-Marie Trevelyan all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
A climate change special: will COP26 be any cop?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey discusses the plight of the British ‘expats’ (not migrants) returning to Britain because of Brexit, before hearing listener’s thoughts on what the government should be doing to tackle climate change. Columnist and award-winning journalist James Ball joins the podcast to analyse the challenges that COP26 presents, essentially for developing nations, and outlines his expectations for the summit. He also shares his thoughts on banning anonymity on social media, which, in light of recent events in Leigh-on-Sea, he compares to bolting the door after a chip pan fire as, he believes, the two aren’t related. Plus, the Hall of Shame returns this week, as our host believes Sir David Amess’s death should not drive us to a fear of critiquing politicians, to feature Julia Hartley-Brewer, Ann Widdecombe and Boris Johnson.
From Brexit to Polexit: an idiot, and an existential crisis, abroad
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears listeners’ thoughts on Boris Johnson’s recent jaunt to Marbella, most of whom weren’t best pleased. Senior journalist for The New European Suna Erdem joins the podcast to discuss the situation in Poland and the seriousness of the threat of ‘Polexit’. Is European populism in its final days and, back home, how much longer can the government emerge from poor decisions smelling like roses? These are both questions Suna discusses. Plus, Martin Daubney, Ann Widdecombe and Iain Duncan Smith all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Boris’ Build Back … Blather, and Keir Starmer’s quest for competency
The New European Podcast is back from its break! In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey hears your thoughts on both Keir Starmer’s and Boris Johnson’s party conference speeches – with the latter, “Build Back Blather” came to mind for one listener. Journalist and pollster Peter Kellner joins the podcast explaining that he fears the conferences did not teach the public anything they didn’t already know, or believe, about either party. As Keir Starmer continues his quest for competency, Kellner asks if he can simultaneously detoxify Labour. If he does the Conservatives are in for a scrap at the next election, he predicts. Plus, Nadine Dorries, Ann Widdecombe and Dominic Raab all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
How Brexit ran out of gas, and how Keir Starmer can step it up a gear
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey gives Brexiteers a new name, ‘It’s-nothing-to-do-with-Brexiteers’, as politicians blame the gas crisis and further product shortages on anything but the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Writer, political strategist and The New European’s Editor-at-Large Alastair Campbell joins the podcast to discuss why politicians, and the media, won’t acknowledge Brexit, the upcoming Labour Party Conference and what Keir Starmer should be saying in his speech. Plus, Boris Johnson, Edwin Poots and Nadine Dorries all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Germany after Merkel: The New European election special
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey ponders if we’ve reached a point where everything, from HGV driving qualifications to the Ryder Cup, has become a metaphor for Brexit. Journalist, author and European Editor of The New European John Kampfner joins the podcast live from Germany, fresh off his first appearance on German daytime TV, to discuss the cabinet reshuffle, what’s next for Germany, and the country’s relationship with the EU after the German election. Plus, Gavin Williamson, Boris Johnson and Roger Helmer all feature in the Hall of Shame.
Social care and Brexit: troubles in the NHS and trouble in store
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey dissects the latest calamities of Brexit and hears listeners thoughts on the latest government tax increase to fund social care and the NHS backlog. Author and journalist James Ball compares this latest social care plan to Theresa May’s (spoiler alert – this one is much worse), before explaining the similarities between Brexit and the latest version of Cats – both have similar production value and both equally disastrous. Plus, Priti Patel, Ann Widdecombe and Gavin Williamson all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Getting Brexiteers to apologise and choosing hope over politics and policies
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey looks at the NHS blood tube shortage and the conspicuous absence of some beers on Tim Martin’s Wetherspoon’s menu before asking what it takes for Brexiteers to hold their hands up and apologise? Author and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor joins the podcast to discuss his latest book, They: What Muslims and Non-Muslims Get Wrong About Each Other, how hope can lead to a united society more so than politics and policies and the state of his life-long love of Bruce Springsteen (which is still as potent as ever). Plus, the Foreign Office, Sainsbury’s and the Mail on Sunday all feature in the Hall of Shame.
A shortage of goods in the UK, and an excess of fascism in Europe
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey delves into the shortage of lorry drivers that has led to supply line issues around the country – if you’re heading to a pub beer garden this bank holiday, you may need to think twice about what beer you order – it might not be on offer. Journalist, writer and filmmaker Paul Mason joins the podcast to discuss how to stop fascism, from Poland to the US. How do people become radicalised online so quickly and how can anonymity and pseudonymity cause more harm than good? These are all questions Paul tackles. Finally, John Redwood, Ann Widdecombe, and Dominic Raab all feature in the hall of shame this week.
Aerospace, red tape and is there any mileage in moaning?
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey delves into the latest choice remarks from foreign secretary Dominic Raab and hears The New European Podcast’s listeners thoughts on what Britain can learn from its involvement in Afghanistan. Broadcaster and Journalist Mark Mardell guest stars on the podcast to discuss if the BBC’s independence is under threat, his new documentary podcast Trading Blows, and how while exporters new regulations may have been deemed ‘teething problems’, they can still be painful, tedious and cause many a sleepless night – ask any parent. Finally, Nigel Farage, Ann Widdecombe and Desmond Swayne MP all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Levelling Britain up for 2070 and looking back on Russia in 1991
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey is joined by journalist Suna Erdem who discusses the pan European qualities of a British term – levelling up – and explains what can be achieved in the short term for an issue that has decades ahead of it. Author and journalist James Rodgers shares his first-hand experiences of being in Russia in 1991 during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it was like to see the world he had grown up with change right in front of his eyes. Plus, Owen Paterson MP, Ann Widdecombe and Dan Wooton all feature in the Hall of Shame this week.
Unrequited (political) love for India, the pot paradox and what European tales to read this summer
For this week’s bumper summer special issue episode, host Steve Anglesey is joined by journalist Rashmee Roshan Lall who discusses if the government’s love of India is reciprocated and emphasises the importance of keeping your word in politics. Global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism James Ball considers the issues on both sides of the Cannabis legalisation debate, commenting that liberal legalisation processes can often occur unexpectedly and suddenly. Finally, for this week’s special episode Charlie Connelly introduces the Great European Lives with Charlie Connelly podcast, a teaser episode of which features at the end of this podcast, and tells listeners what European books to read on the beach this summer, even if it is in the UK. Plus, Telegraph columnist Madeline Grant, Priti Patel and Darren Grimes all feature in the Hall of Shame.
What Dominic Cummings did next… and what Keir Starmer should do next
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey is joined by writer and self-proclaimed bon viveur Zoe Williams who discusses the concerning rise of Priti Patel, and the even more troubling future of the new right. Political strategist and former political secretary to Tony Blair and communications director to Julia Gillard John McTernan delves into the traits of Dominic Cummings the disruptor and explains how Keir Starmer can win the next election by taking certain issues off the table. Plus, Lord Frost, Ann Widdecombe and Rishi Sunak enter the Hall of Shame.
Football, politics and the rise of sado-populism
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey is joined by writer and broadcaster Steve Richards who rebukes claims that football results have a direct effect on political polls. Writer, communicator and our Editor-at-large Alastair Campbell explains how, and why, sado-populists get away with their sado-populist politics. Plus, we include a snippet of Jason Solomons’ interview with the great Charlotte Gainsbourg, exclusively from the Cannes Film Festival and you can listen to the interview in full in our special edition episode on the world’s most influential film festival, online now. Finally, Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges, Ann Widdecombe and Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce enter the Hall of Shame.
Cannes Film Festival Special
In this special edition episode, Jason Solomons is in Cannes to bring listeners the sounds of the world’s most glamorous and influential film festival. He speaks to European style icon Charlotte Gainsbourg, Norway’s rising star Renate Reinsve, Cannes Film Festival legend Jeremy Thomas and many more.
The problem with vaccine nationalism and finding a solution to protest politics
In this week’s episode, host Steve Anglesey is joined by author and journalist John Kampfner to discuss why the West’s vaccine nationalism has done the world no favours. But, not before he offers a variety of metaphors to describe Berlin’s reaction to England securing a place in the Euro 2020 final. Broadcaster and author Bonnie Greer delves into the solutions to protest politics and shares her response to being stopped on the street by unfriendly faces. Plus, hotel inspector Alex Polizzi, far-right blogger Paul Joseph Watson and Boris Johnson enter the Hall of Shame.
Waiting for Boris Johnson’s inevitable fall, and what to watch from the Cannes Film Festival until then
In this week’s episode, Steve Anglesey is joined by Politics.co.uk’s Ian Dunt who explains why everyone hated Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and how reclaiming the Brexit narrative could mean the demise of Boris Johnson. Presenter and critic Jason Solomons divulges the best 50 European films ever made and looks forward to the upcoming Cannes Film Festival – even if he is still pondering how you greet red carpet goers in the time of Covid. Plus, Lord Moylan, Ann Widdecombe and roaming charge deniers enter the Hall of Shame.
How David Bowie predicted Brexit, and phoney proclamations of patriotism
In this week’s episode, Steve Anglesey is joined by comedian and author Mitch Benn who pleads the nation to stop with these mandatory and fake proclamations of patriotism at every corner. Broadcaster and author Gavin Esler dissects the language behind global Britain and levelling up, and shares the tale of a somewhat unlikely fan in Texas. Plus, Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Daniel Hannan enter the Hall of Shame.
The realities of the Australia trade deal, talking politics with Brexiteers and flag patterned socks
In this week’s episode, Steve Anglesey is joined by chair of the European Movement Andrew Adonis to discuss how the pandemic has clouded the real impact of Brexit, and shares why he will be donning his beloved EU socks in parliamentary proceedings from now on. Former BBC business correspondent Jonty Bloom talks the realities of the post-Brexit trade deal with Australia. Plus, GB News and Ann Widdecombe enter the Hall of Shame.
How John Major unintentionally sparked Brexit, and the fall of the Murdoch empire
In this week’s episode, Steve Anglesey is joined by historian James Hawes to look back at how Brexit could have been sparked by former pro-European prime minister John Major. Journalist Liz Gerard looks at the fall of the Murdoch empire, and how the Sun has lost its way since the EU referendum. Is their loyal allegiance to Boris Johnson part of the problem? Plus, Brexiteers Noel Gallagher and Martin Daubney enter the Hall of Shame.
Radical Joe, Germansplaining and Brexiteer remorse
On this week’s podcast, host Steve Anglesey is joined by former German newspaper editor Tanit Koch to give a European perspective on post-Brexit politics and culture. Award-winning journalist James Ball talks about how Joe Biden has shaken off his ‘sleepy Joe’ nickname, and we discuss how Keir Starmer fared against Piers Morgan on Life Stories. Finally, we look at the latest Brexiteer remorse, and listeners give suggestions for the wedding gifts they would give Boris Johnson.
Dominic Cummings, Putin’s Arctic gamble, and Labour’s love-hate relationship with the unions
On this week’s podcast, Steve Anglesey discusses Dominic Cummings’ select committee appearance and is joined by award-winning journalist John Kampfner to talk about Vladimir Putin’s latest gamble in the Arctic and why Europe should brace itself for more aggression from Moscow. Meanwhile, Francis Beckett discusses Labour’s 2024 election fortunes and why the party needs to part ways with its union roots.