The Rest Is Politics

Banks in crisis, Imran Khan, and Blair on The Simpsons

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 23 Mar 2023 02:00

Could Labour inherit a junior doctor problem? What can be done about the rising costs of childcare? And what do Rory and Alastair really see in each other? Rory and Alastair answer all these questions and more in this week’s Question Time.
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Iraq: the fallout, Scotland at a crossroads, and ‘sneaky beakies’

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 22 Mar 2023 02:00

In a week where we've had bank bailouts and a meeting where Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping hinted at a dangerous anti-western alliance, is there much to feel positive about? Join Rory and Alastair as they cover these topics, as well as Benjamin Net

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Iraq: The Legacy

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 16 Mar 2023 02:00

It's 20 years since the invasion of Iraq - but what is its legacy?Tony Blair said to Parliament in March 2003 that what happened in Iraq would ‘determine the pattern of international politics for the next generation’.Join

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The Iraq War

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 15 Mar 2023 02:00

20 years on from the invasion of Iraq, Rory speaks to Alastair about the build up, aftermath, and legacy of the event.The second episode in this series, 'Iraq: The Legacy', will be released tomorrow.TRIP Plus:Listen/Read More

Gary Lineker, BBC in crisis, and small boats

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Sat, 11 Mar 2023 14:27

After an extraordinary and bizarre week where a tweet from Gary Lineker led to a crisis at the national broadcaster, Rory and Alastair try to make sense of the BBC’s handling of the situation, question its governance structure, and explain why the go

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Powerful speeches, population control and Isabel Oakeshott

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 09 Mar 2023 02:00

What is the best speech Rory and Alastair have ever heard? Why is the cabinet so big? Would you rather trust Isabel Oakeshott or Xi Jinping with your phone? Rory and Alastair answer all these questions and more in this week's Question Time.Listen/Read More

Hancock’s humiliation and the end for Johnson

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 08 Mar 2023 02:00

More than 100,000 WhatsApp messages have been leaked to the Daily Telegraph revealing private conversations between senior politicians and government officials during the height of the pandemic. But what do they tell us about the people leading ou

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Bernie Sanders vs. Michael Foot, Universal Basic Income, and Boris Johnson's NATO ambitions...

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 02 Mar 2023 02:00

Is there any point in writing to your MP? What are the benefits of UBI? Why do we say 'Mrs' Thatcher, but not 'Mr' Suank? Listen to hear all these questions answered, plus Rory and Alastair's cultural recommendations for the week, the

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Sunak’s Windsor win, Labour’s path to victory, and Beijing’s view of Moscow

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 01 Mar 2023 02:00

Has Rishi Sunak pulled off the biggest victory of his premiership? How does China view the Russian invasion of Ukraine? And what does Alastair make of Keir Starmer’s big policy 'missions'?THE REST IS POLITICS LIVE IN HARROG

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Foreign ownership in football, the BBC vs. Modi, and conspiracy theories

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 23 Feb 2023 02:00

What should we make of the Qatari bid to buy Manchester United? Why is Modi's government raiding the BBC offices in India? And why did Rory's appearance at the Bilderberg Meeting lead to claims he was part of a global lizard conspiracy?<

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Ukraine: one year on, the fall of Nicola Sturgeon, and Sunak's biggest gamble

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 22 Feb 2023 02:00

Who will be Nicola Sturgeon's successor as First Minister of Scotland? What does the future hold for Russia's relationship with the West? Is Boris Johnson staging a comeback? Alastair and Rory look at these topics, plus the role of biodiversity in

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Expensing helicopters, the North-South divide, and Rory's return to politics?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 16 Feb 2023 02:00

Will Rory ever return to politics? How do MPs serve effectively from remote areas? Should Russia be allowed to compete in the Paris Olympics? Alastair and Rory cover these topics, plus the role of Cabinet Secretaries, Biden's State of the Union Ad

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The Secret Brexit Summit, Erdoğan under fire, and the death penalty

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 15 Feb 2023 02:00

Why are ardent remainers and high profile eurosceptics meeting in secret to discuss our relationship with Europe? How has the earthquake in Turkey affected President Erdoğan politically? And why do MPs and members of the public have contrasting vi

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Palestine in 2023, Chat GPT, and what do diplomats actually do?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 09 Feb 2023 02:00

What is the actual role of a diplomat? Would Brexit have had a different result if Labour was under Ed Miliband's leadership? How will artificial intelligence change our society? Rory and Alastair answer these questions and more in this week's Que

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The Revenge of Liz Truss, Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, and China's 'Red Zeppelin'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:00

Are Johnson and Truss on manoeuvres against Sunak? Has the Chinese spy balloon pushed US relations with Beijing to a dangerous place? And what's Rory been arguing about with Sandi Toksvig?SIGN UP TO OUR FREE TRIP NEWSLETTER:Listen/Read More

Missing refugees, the best type of MPs, and are universities left wing?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 02 Feb 2023 02:00

Are academics generally left-leaning? Should the theatrical nature of PMQs be reformed? What makes an MP 'talented'? Listen to hear these questions answered, plus positive stories about politicians, cultural recommendations, what makes an MP 'tale

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100 days of Sunak, the art of resigning, and Israel-Palestine

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 01 Feb 2023 02:00

After 100 days as PM, is Rishi Sunak’s power already waning? What happens behind the scenes of a high-profile resignation? Has the US pivoted away from its central involvement in the Israel-Palestine conflict?Alastair and Rory cover a

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Leaving office, a Labour Scotland, and what's the point of Davos?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 26 Jan 2023 02:00

What do Rory, Mark Zuckerberg and Saif Gaddafi all have in common? Will we see a Labour revival in Scotland? Why haven't the CPS followed up over lockdown parties in Downing Street?Rory and Alastair answer these questions and di

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Johnson's £800k loan, Zahawi's tax trouble, and Russia in Africa

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 25 Jan 2023 02:00

Who gave Boris Johnson an £800k loan when he was PM? Is Nadhim Zahawi's political career over? Why is Russia on a charm offensive in Africa?Alastair and Rory cover all the latest political news from both the UK and abroad in today's e

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Combatting Andrew Tate, crisis at the Met, and Johnson standing again

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 19 Jan 2023 02:00

Could Boris Johnson lose the Tory whip? Why are we paying so much for gas if wholesale prices are back to normal? Why did Joe Biden remove classified documents from the White House? Rory and Alastair answer these questions, along with systemic pro

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Police power, gender recognition, and women in Afghanistan

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 18 Jan 2023 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss anti-strike legislation, the right to protest, the battle between the Scottish and UK government over gender recognition reform, the plight of women in Afghanistan, and more.TRIP Plus:Listen/Read More

Leading: Michael Heseltine

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 16 Jan 2023 02:00

Rory and Alastair are launching a new podcast - 'Leading'!Every Monday, Alastair and Rory are going to speak to people who are leading in their field. Whether they be presidents, policy makers, s

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Rishi Sunak's doctor, Rory's Brad Pitt deal, and Iranian regime change?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 12 Jan 2023 02:00

**RORY AND ALASTAIR'S NEW PODCAST... The Rest Is Politics: Leading**Rory and Alastair are launching a new podcast - 'Leading'! Starting on Monday 16th January, a weekly episode will be released

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Prince Harry, Brazil's failed coup, and Myanmar’s criminal junta

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 11 Jan 2023 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they record in person from Soho, discussing the fallout from Prince Harry's new book, the failed coup against Lula in Brazil, how the NHS could look to the Netherlands for reform, ghost writers, the Czech Republic, Myanma

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Zelensky's message, Netanyahu's return, and Putin's 'mystery woman'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 05 Jan 2023 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair this week as they discuss what Alastair has described as ‘one of the best pieces of communication he has ever seen’, the definition of populism, and their controversial predictions for the year ahead.Become a me

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NHS in crisis, the Blair-Brown years, and Mandela on Gaddafi

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 04 Jan 2023 02:00

In our first podcast of 2023, Rory and Alastair discuss the NHS in crisis and how government investment needs to be coupled with structural reform. There's also a look back at Alastair's diaries during the transfer of power from Tony Blair to Gord

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Where will we be in 2023?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 29 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Alastair and Rory for a bonus episode as they discuss their political predictions for 2023!Become a member ofThe Rest Is Polit

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TRIP Awards 2022 (with a special guest...)

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 28 Dec 2022 02:00

Rory and Alastair are here to discuss the highs and lows of a wild year in politics... Who was their most outstanding politician? What was the most surprising moment of the year? Who was the biggest villain of 2022? Listen to hear Rory and Alastai

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Drugs in Parliament, the meaning of evil, and Jeremy Clarkson

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 22 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair in this week's episode of Question Time, as they discuss the prevalence of drugs in Parliament, Norway's sovereign wealth fund, Macron's relationship with the Pope, Alastair's swimming tips, and much more.Become

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Politics in football, Trump under pressure, and Kosovo

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 21 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the end of the World Cup and the soft power that comes with it, rising tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, Rory's experiences as Prisons Minister, and the challenge the government faces regarding prison refor

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Harry and Meghan, the National Anthem, and Latin America

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 15 Dec 2022 02:00

In today’s Question Time podcast, Rory and Alastair review the new Harry and Meghan documentary, discuss how we can improve our National Anthem, and analyse the political chaos in Latin America.Become a member of Listen/Read More

Britain on strike, hostage swaps, and assisted suicide

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 14 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the strikes taking place across Britain, the debate on assisted suicide, and how prisoner swaps come about.TRIP Plus:Become a member ofListen/Read More

Votes for prisoners, a united Ireland, and the meaning of 'liberal'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 08 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Alastair and Rory this week as they discuss whether prisoners should be able to vote, the chances of a united Ireland, and what liberalism actually means.Become a member ofListen/Read More

Keir vs. peers, George W. Bush, and $580k in a sofa...

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 07 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss Gordon Brown and Keir Starmer's latest proposals, the post-presidential life of George W. Bush, why so many MPs are standing down at the next election, and the mysterious story about South African President C

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Ex-New Zealand PM Helen Clark on monarchy, extreme poverty, and Jacinda Ardern

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 02 Dec 2022 02:00

Alastair and Rory are joined by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to discuss democracy, the rise of populism, the Monarchy, the importance of arts and culture, the United Nations development programmes and much, much more.

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How to become an MP, the art of whipping, and NIMBYs

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 01 Dec 2022 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair for the latest episode of Question Time, where they discuss Labour's Brexit position, NIMBYs, the housing crisis, how to become an MP, whips, the favourites for the World Cup, and more.Become a member ofListen/Read More

Protests in China, UK strikes, and crypto bros

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 30 Nov 2022 02:00

Today, join Alastair and Rory as they investigate the current protests in China and their causes, dissect the recent election in Malaysia, discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on Scottish independence and much, much more. Plus, the

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Nigel Farage, proportional representation, and mandatory ID cards

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:00

Who would Rory elect as the next Prime Minister? If Rishi Sunak had not kept Jeremy Hunt on, what would the budget looklike? And how come both Rory and Alastair have lost followers on twitter? Listen to this week's Question Time to hear Rory

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Qatar, the World Cup, and Sunak vs. Starmer

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:00

Join Alastair and Rory as the discuss the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, what's meant by a 'Swiss-style' Brexit, 'flying kites', Twitter, Trump, COP, and more.TRIP Plus:Become a member ofListen/Read More

Food banks, ageing populations, and 'virtue signalling'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 17 Nov 2022 02:00

Can cabinet ministers be charged for economic mismanagement? How will low birth rate affect the economy? Do Rory and Alastairreallytravel for weeks at atime with just hand luggage? Join us for this week's Question Time e

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Trump vs. DeSantis, Sunak on the world stage, and Iran

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 16 Nov 2022 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the midterm results from the US, Rupert Murdoch's apparent pivot from Donald Trump to Ron DeSantis, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping's meeting, Rishi Sunak's performance on the world stage, Thursday's Autumn Statemen

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Women in politics, AI advancements, and airports

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 10 Nov 2022 02:00

Join Rory and Alastair for this week's Question Time episode where they discuss everything from the growth of artificial intelligence in professional life to their airport travel tips. Plus culture and arts in Britain, women in politics and Rory a

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COP, Gavin Williamson, and US midterms

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 09 Nov 2022 02:00

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss Gavin Williamson, COP, Johnson's resignation honours list, Scholz in China, the latest from the war in Ukraine, and much, much more.Become a member ofListen/Read More

Julia Gillard on Rishi Sunak, compulsory voting and that misogyny speech

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 04 Nov 2022 02:00

Alastair is joined today by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to discuss the view of British politics from Australia, the role of the monarchy, Australian government, compulsory voting and her famous MisogynySpeech.

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Question Time: Elon Musk, Twitter, and regulating 'Big Tech'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 03 Nov 2022 02:00

Join Alastair and Rory for the latest episode of Question Time where they discuss Elon Musk, Twitter, nation states vs. big tech, Amazon, John Reith, and much, much more. Plus Rory has asked his friend to calculate the number of 'bot followers' Al

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Braverman, Brazil, and Hancock in the jungle

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 02 Nov 2022 02:00

Rory and Alastair discuss Suella Braverman's return to the front bench, the significance of security breaches in ministerial positions, and why Tony Blair never had a phone during his time as Prime Minister... Plus debates about the response to as

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François Hollande on Putin, Obama, and Brexit

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 27 Oct 2022 01:00

In a special guest episode, we speak to former French president François Hollande from his office in Paris. Tune in to hear his views on Putin, Xi Jinping, Merkel, Macron, the far right, the importance of political parties and much, much more.

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Question Time: Battle for the National Trust, getting over Brexit and boycotting Qatar

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 26 Oct 2022 01:00

What would it take for the UK to have a general election? Would Rory ever rejoin the Conservative Party? How does confirmation bias affect politics? Alastair and Rory answer these questions, plus discuss their insecurities, the legitimacy of Brita

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 24 Oct 2022 15:47

Rishi Sunak is the new Prime Minister.Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss the new leader of the Conservative Party and Britain's first Asian Prime Minister. Will he be able to unite the party? What does his age say abo

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 20 Oct 2022 20:09

In this emergency podcast Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell react to the news that Liz Truss has resigned as Prime Minister after barely six weeks in office. Who will replace her as leader of the Conservatives and what chance do they have of unit

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Question Time: Imposter Syndrome, the Commonwealth and fox hunting

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 20 Oct 2022 01:00

How does public backlash affect politicians' mental health? Do Labour and the Liberal Democrats have an unwritten agreement to win seats? Should we support political parties the same way we do football clubs? Alastair and Rory answer these questio

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Hunt U-turn as Truss goes missing

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 18 Oct 2022 01:00

As a divided Conservative Party tries desperately to work out how to replace Liz Truss, Rory and Alastair discuss the likely moves over the coming days and weeks in Westminster. Will the Conservatives find a way to avoid another membership vote to

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 14 Oct 2022 21:20

Join Alastair and Rory for an emergency bonus podcast after the news that Kwasi Kwarteng has been sacked as Chancellor. Facing the lowest ever approval ratings for a British PM, is it over already for the Truss premiership?Become a me

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Question Time: Liberal Democrats, Lordships and Labour's return

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 13 Oct 2022 01:00

Who would Roryvote for ina General Election today? Did Alastair vote for Jeremy Corbyn? Where do MPs work after they've left Parliament? Rory and Alastair answer thesequestions, plus a discussion of Suella Braverman's take on can

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"Detested" Tories, the SNP, and Israel

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 12 Oct 2022 01:00

Why has Liz Truss moved the UK embassy to Jerusalem? Doesthe word 'detest' belong in politics? How long will the Conservatives remain united? Rory and Alastair discuss these topics, plus the situation in Libya, the escalation of conflict in

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Fear and Loathing in Birmingham

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 07 Oct 2022 01:00

Are we on the brink of Tory civil war? Has Truss painted herself into a corner with her conference speech? What on earth is an 'anti-growth coalition'?Rory has scrambled Alastair for an emergency podcast to discuss growing unrest in T

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Question Time: Biden, barristers and the Black Watch

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 06 Oct 2022 01:00

How do Alastair and Rory maintain a work/life balance? How dangerous are AI deepfakes for politics? Does Rory regret not pursuing a military career? Rory and Alastair answer these questions and many more in this week's Question Time episode. Plus

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U-turns, Ukraine and election season

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 05 Oct 2022 01:00

Will Truss and Kwarteng survive a week of U-turns? Have worldwide elections followed the populist trends set by Sweden and Italy? Plus news on the conflicts in Ukraine and Yemen, Rory's admiration for David Miliband, and a critique of Singapore-on

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The Week Everything Changed

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:36

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

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Question Time: Prison reform, lobbying, and Alastair on Strictly

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 29 Sep 2022 01:00

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

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The Kamikwaze budget, Iranian protests, and Italian 'post-fascists'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 28 Sep 2022 01:00

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.

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Albanian PM Edi Rama on Putin, Macron, and combating corruption

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 23 Sep 2022 01:00

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

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Question Time: Blair-Brown, the Special Relationship, and official apologies

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:00

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

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The Queen's funeral, United Nations, and fracking

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 21 Sep 2022 01:00

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 ro

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Mark Drakeford on Labour success, Tory PMs, and Welsh nationalism

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 16 Sep 2022 01:00

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.<

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Question Time: King Charles III, Scottish accents, and left vs. right

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 15 Sep 2022 01:00

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 o

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Queen Elizabeth II, Ukrainian counter-attacks, and Sweden

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 14 Sep 2022 01:00

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:

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Question Time: Parents, Austerity, and talking with hands

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 08 Sep 2022 01:00

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

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Liz Truss, lido politics, and Chile

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 07 Sep 2022 01:00

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 Oxbri

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 05 Sep 2022 18:29

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 proble

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Question Time: BBC impartiality, books vs. newspapers, and Stewart spoofery

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 01 Sep 2022 01:00

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:S

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Freezing bills, mental health in politics, and Rory's new job

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 31 Aug 2022 01:00

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,

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Question Time: Margaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch, and Mick Lynch

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 25 Aug 2022 01:00

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:Listen/Read More

Working for Truss, Blackpool with Clinton, and Sewage

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 24 Aug 2022 01:00

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 ofListen/Read More

Introducing Empire

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 19 Aug 2022 01:00

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

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Question Time: Classified documents, Eddie Jones, and A-levels

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 18 Aug 2022 01:00

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

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Salman Rushdie, the energy price cap, and Afghanistan

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 17 Aug 2022 01:00

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

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Question Time: Clan Campbell vs. Clan Stewart, Tartan Trews, and Lindsay Hoyle

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 11 Aug 2022 01:00

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,

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Amnesty International, cabinet duels, and fuel poverty

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 10 Aug 2022 01:00

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss lame ducks, Amnesty International’s Ukraine report, politicians’ holidays, energy prices, fuel poverty, George Canning, Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan, the wildfires and US Climate Bill, Boris Johnson’s dancing, and

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Question Time: Scottish Unionism, growth, and cannibalism

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:00

Join Alastair and Rory for the latest episode of TRIP: Question Time, where they answer your questions on Bhutan's Gross Domestic Happiness, Scottish Unionism, political biographies, cannibalism, and more.Show notes:<

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William Hague on Boris Johnson, Blair, and Brexit

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:36

In a special episode of The Rest Is Politics, Alastair and Rory are joined by former Foreign Secretary and former Leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague.They discuss the future for Boris Johnson, William’s days facing Tony Bl

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Al-Qaeda, Pelosi in Taiwan, and working for Truss

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 02 Aug 2022 18:00

Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart as they discuss al-Qaeda, Kosovo, Kenya, Tunisia, the 'age of impunity', Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit, working for Truss and Sunak, terrorism, and resignation honours.Instagram:<

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Question Time: The last days of Blair and May, carbon footprints, and remaining hopeful

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 28 Jul 2022 01:00

May's downfall, Blair-Brown, Celtic vs. Rangers in Belfast, remaining hopeful, charter cities, climate change, carbon emissions, and wildfires.Join Alastair and Rory as they answer all your questions on the above and more in the lates

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Blue on blue, famine in Africa, and David Trimble

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 27 Jul 2022 01:00

Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart as they discuss the Tory leadership race, the life and legacy of David Trimble, Mario Draghi's resignation, charter cities, famine in Africa, populism, and Marilyn Monroe's poetry.Instag

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Question Time: Treating addiction, feminism, and a fear of ketchup

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 22 Jul 2022 01:00

Join Rory and Alastair for the latest episode of 'The Rest Is Politics: Question Time', where they discuss removing the stigma around addiction, feminism, Eton, Alastair's fear of ketchup, political cliches, Rory's worst interview gaff, whether th

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Rishi Sunak vs. Liz Truss

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 21 Jul 2022 01:00

And then there were two...After finding out that Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will compete to be the next UK Prime Minister, Rory and Alastair recorded a special episode devoted to that very topic.They discuss Truss and Suna

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Keir Starmer on rebuilding Labour, Tory leadership, and Brexit

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 20 Jul 2022 01:00

In a special episode recorded in Westminster as temperatures approached 40C in London, Rory and Alastair are joined by the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer.They debate and discuss the Tory lead

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Heatwaves, semiconductors, and Johnson's return?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 19 Jul 2022 01:00

It's the hottest day of the year so far, but Rory and Alastair are still managing to disagree fairly agreeably!Tune in to hear them talk heatwaves, climate change, leadership debates, food shortages, semiconductors, Thatcher

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Question Time: Shinzo Abe, Sri Lanka, and 'Big Society'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 14 Jul 2022 01:00

Join Rory and Alastair for the seventh episode of 'The Rest Is Politics: Question Time', where they discuss the assassination and legacy of Shinzo Abe,the situation in SriLanka, Tory leadership, marriage, Rory's wedding ring, the Met,

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Tory leadership race: contenders and pretenders

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 12 Jul 2022 12:28

Rishi Sunak. Liz Truss. Penny Mordaunt. Tom Tugendhat. And about fifty others.Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart discuss the runners and riders in the chaotic Tory leadership contest, with Rory giving an insider's guide into what goes

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 07 Jul 2022 14:19

Boris Johnson has resigned.Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart for this emergency podcast as they react to the news of Johnson's resignation. After a tumultuous few days, Johnson is finally standing down, and Alastair and Rory ans

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British scandals, global recession, and Elvis

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 07 Jul 2022 01:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss British scandals, moments of madness, civil service interventions, Starmer on Brexit, technocracy, global economic recession, tech bubbles, China and Taiwan, Xi Jinping, Britain's dwindling military, Lebedev,

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 05 Jul 2022 19:23

Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart respond to the breaking news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have both resigned from the Government. How long can Boris Johnson survive as Prime Minister after two of his heavyweight

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Question Time: Roe v. Wade, military MPs, and Ismail Kadare

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 30 Jun 2022 01:00

Roe v. Wade, the impact of military service on sitting MPs, Britain's global reputation, Labour's stance on strike action, progressive alliances, John Smith, Alexander the Great, and the novels of Ismail Kadare.Join Rory Stewart and A

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Tony Blair on the UK's relegation battle

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 29 Jun 2022 01:00

Tony Blair joins Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell to discuss his fears that Britain may soon be relegated from the Premiership of nations. Also discussed, his views on the future of the NHS, technology and how Labour can recover from the Corbyn

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Question Time: The Queen's toilet, Carole Cadwalladr, and climate crisis

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 23 Jun 2022 01:00

Find out which historical world leaders Rory and Alastair would be like to work alongside, what they would say if they had the world's attention for 30 seconds, their thoughts on the 'Tory power stance' and body language coaching in politics.<

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By-elections, strikes, and populists

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 22 Jun 2022 01:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss by-elections, how Alastair would run as a Tory, strikes, trade unions, Colombia, France, Henry Kissinger, Carrie Johnson's ghost story, Rory's visit to a kibbutz, Welsh Labour, ethics advisors and unrequited

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Question Time: Ukraine, Tony Blair, and foreign languages

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 16 Jun 2022 01:00

Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart for the third edition of 'The Rest is Politics: Question Time', where they answer your questions on the situation in Ukraine, the role of former world leaders in politics, and their multilingual capabilities

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Keir Starmer, Northern Ireland, and disagreeing 'agreeably'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 15 Jun 2022 01:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the performance and future of Keir Starmer, what they both think of Wes Streeting, Rory's appearance on BBC Question Time, austerity, what Labour needs to do to win, train strikes, Tony Blair, Northern Irelan

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Question Time: Austerity, diaries, and impostors

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 09 Jun 2022 01:00

Join Rory and Alastair as they answer your questions on Austerity, John Bercow, protest, schools, carbon footprints, imposter syndrome, cheese, interview techniques, political diaries, and the Duc de Saint-Simon.Instagram:Listen/Read More

Johnson wounded, monarchy, and the West Bank

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 08 Jun 2022 01:00

Boris Johnson’s no-confidence vote, Tory backbench anger, the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen’s relationships with PMs, Rory’s defence of monarchy, Tony Blair’s royal faux pas, the West Bank, Bethlehem, Dundee, Northern Ireland, Colombia, and Xi Jinpi

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Question Time: Hong Kong handover, human rights, and Tintin

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Thu, 02 Jun 2022 01:00

Welcome to the first ever episode of 'TRIP: Question Time'!During our Question Time pods, Rory and Alastair will attempt to answer even more of the fantastic listener questions we get each week.While the Wednesday pod wil

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Charisma, Portugal, and gun control

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 01 Jun 2022 01:00

Rory going viral, Alastair's trip to Portugal, Labour's Brexit position, Olaf Scholz, the UEFA Champions League Final, the 1922 Committee, charisma, Nelson Mandela, teaching politics in school, US gun control, and ABBA. Tune in to today's pod to h

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Rupert Murdoch, Taiwan, and Burnley

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 25 May 2022 01:00

Partygate photos, Teals in Australia, why Rory ran as an independent in London, Anthony Albanese, Mhairi Black, Bill Cash, Rupert Murdoch, China, Taiwan, PR, and Nigel Farage. This week's pod has got it all.Join Rory and Alastair as t

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Food shortages, Francois Hollande, and Shireen Abu Akleh

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 18 May 2022 01:00

Shireen Abu Akleh, Alastair's catch-up with Francois Hollande, Rory's reflection on the Tory leadership debates, Northern Ireland, Nick Clegg, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, global food shortages, power-sharing, and press coverage.Join Rory and

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Putin’s blanket, election fallout, and China in Africa

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 11 May 2022 01:00

Beergate, local elections, Tower Hamlets, Northern Ireland, Putin, Chinese foreign policy, Oxbridge, and porridge talk.Join Rory and Alastair for discussion and analysis of all of the above and more, plus plenty of listener questions.

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Bad politics, local elections, and toxic debates

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 04 May 2022 01:00

Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell work out a plan for improving the quality of debate in Westminster. They also wonder what it would take for the electorate to dump Boris Johnson from power. Plus how to make the perfect porridge.Go t

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Biggest snakes, Basic Instinct, and meeting Miley

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 27 Apr 2022 01:00

Defeating populism, the way to win a leadership contest, and Boris Johnson meeting Miley Cyrus.Join Alastair and Rory from Scotland in our first ever live episode - it's certainly not one to miss!Go to Instagram and Twitt

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Rwanda, Religion and the Return of Trump

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 20 Apr 2022 01:00

Join Alastair and Rory for this week's pod, where they discuss Patel's plans to send refugees to Rwanda from Britain, the role of religion in politics, and the mysterious ideologue that some believe is the brains behind Putin. There are also plent

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Partygate fines, political partners, and voting at 15?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 13 Apr 2022 01:00

In today's pod Alastair and Rory discuss the police fines that Johnson and Sunak have received for their roles in Partygate, the current political situation in both France and Pakistan, and the role of spouses in politics. After the break they als

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Globalism, Scottish Nationalism, and Rory's new job

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 06 Apr 2022 01:00

Could this be the final ever episode of The Rest Is Politics after Rory's revelation last Friday, 1st April? Hopefully not! After more terrible news from Ukraine and some countries refusing to shun Russia, could this crisis herald the end of a global

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Tribal politics, anonymous sources, and Malcolm Tucker

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 30 Mar 2022 01:00

Do the Royal family and the Commonwealth still have a place in the modern world? Alastair and Rory discuss Rwanda and countries recovering from war, whether Joe Biden is an effective communicator, how the relationship between the media and politic

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Iraq, brave opposition, and powerful Chancellors

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 23 Mar 2022 02:00

As Rory returns from a tour of Iraq with a landmine charity, what lessons can be learned from the country since the occupation, and how could they be applied to the current situation in Ukraine? Also, is Belarus getting off too lightly in terms of

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Zelenskyy's humanity, Lebvedev's parties, and Eton

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 16 Mar 2022 02:00

Who is winning the communications landscape in Ukraine? Alastair and Rory discuss the importance of soft power, the sacrifices needed to free European dependency on Russian oil, the most intimidating politicians, and whether private schools like E

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The Rest Is History: Young Putin, the KGB and the Soviet Union

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 14 Mar 2022 02:00

In our most recent episode, Alastair mentioned our sister podcast, The Rest Is History, and its recent mini-series on the Soviet Union, its fall, Putin's early life and his subsequent rise to power.Here's the first episode of the seri

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Lying, vanity and friendship in politics

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 09 Mar 2022 02:00

Welcome to the second episode of The Rest Is Politics with Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell!With Ukrainian refugees struggling to claim asylum in the UK, why aren't the British government's actions matching up to its rhetoric? Rory

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Putin in person, Russian money in British politics, and Bono vs Blair

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 02 Mar 2022 02:00

What's Vladimir Putin like to deal with in person? On the first episode of "The Rest Is Politics", Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart tackle the latest developments in Ukraine, give their insight into the most effective next steps for NATO, explai

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By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 23 Feb 2022 13:21

Two men who’ve been at the heart of the political world - former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and cabinet minister Rory Stewart - join forces from across the political divide. The Rest Is Politics lifts the

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