Payne's Politics
Payne's Politics
Jan 11, 2020
Keir Starmer leads the Labour leadership race, Boris Johnson hits his first Brexit obstacle
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The contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn is well underway, with Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long Bailey in poll position. Can any of the other candidates halt their momentum? Who will make it on the ballot paper? Plus, we discuss Ursula von der Leyen’s first encounter with Boris Johnson and how he might tackle alignment in a future trade deal. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar. 

 

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The New Statesman Podcast
The New Statesman Podcast
New Statesman
Credit Where Credit Is Due
As the commons prepares to vote on whether to extend the £20 uplift to universal credit - due to be reduced at the end of March - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the divisions it exposes in the Conservative party, and whether Labour's position is consistent. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your question on whether Keir Starmer's leadership has learned the lessons of his predecessor (but one), Ed Miliband. Read more on NewStatesman.com: Stephen: Why Conservative defensiveness over Universal Credit shows how politics has changed Anoosh: It would be morally indefensible – and politically foolish – to cut Universal Credit Ailbhe: Keir Starmer opens up on foreign policy and conversations with Barack Obama We'd love to hear from you! Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk. You can follow Stephen Bush on twitter @stephenkb. Anoosh Chakelian is @Anoosh_C and Ailbhe Rea is @PronouncedAlva. Subscribing to the New Statesman helps us keep producing this podcast. You can now subscribe for 12 weeks for just £12. Visit newstatesman.com/subscribe12 More audio from the New Statesman: listen to our weekly global affairs show World Review If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get ad-free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. Topics in this episode: Universal Credit Welfare The Labour Party The Conservative Party Leadership UK politics People mentioned in this episode: Keir Starmer Boris Johnson Jeremy Corbyn Ed Miliband Diane Abbott   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 min
World Review from the New Statesman
World Review from the New Statesman
New Statesman
Trump Logs Off
The movers have arrived, and the Trump administration is finally leaving the West Wing of the White House after a tumultuous - to say the least - post-election period. As the outgoing president is locked out of his social media accounts and impeached for a historic second time accused of inciting the riot on Capitol Hill, Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington DC are joined on the World Review podcast by the New Statesman's senior writer Sarah Manavis to discuss the last days of the Trump presidency and what we can expect from next week's inauguration. They also look at the tech giants' purge of controversial accounts and which white, Catholic man will win the keys to the CDU in Germany. Read more: Sarah has written on the role of big tech in fuelling extremism, and Jeremy has tried to answer ten crucial questions about the year ahead. We'd love to hear from you! Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk. Find us on Twitter: @jeremycliffe and @emilyctamkin. Subscribing to the New Statesman helps us keep producing this podcast. You can now subscribe for 12 weeks for just £12. Visit newstatesman.com/subscribe12 More audio from the New Statesman: listen to our twice-weekly UK politics podcast The New Statesman podcast If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get ad-free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 min
POLITICO's Westminster Insider
POLITICO's Westminster Insider
Jack Blanchard
Westminster Insider Pilot: The history of pandemics — and how politicians always react the same way
It's striking how few political leaders across the Western world can claim to have handled the coronavirus pandemic especially well. Throughout large parts of Europe and the Americas, politicians have been caught on the hop, reacting slowly and clumsily to the unfolding disaster. In their defense, these leaders have typically blamed what they insist is the unprecedented nature of the Covid catastrophe. But a glance through the history books shows just how little of this crisis is truly new. As Edith Hall, professor of classics at King's College London, tells the podcast, as long ago as 430BC Boris Johnson's great hero Pericles was himself laid low by a deadly epidemic — the disastrous Plague of Athens. This all-powerful leader of ancient Greece was wildly popular with the public and appeared untouchable, she says, until a new and deadly disease arrived at his shores. Johnson, a classics scholar in his youth, must know the tale all too well. He does not appear to have heeded its lessons. In addition to the sparkling Professor Hall, I was delighted to interview Sir Richard Evans, professor emeritus of history at the University of Cambridge, for this episode. In his role as provost of Gresham College, Professor Evans gave a wonderful series of lectures back in 2012 on the history of pandemics, which I listened to during lockdown last year. He tells the podcast how politicians began to fight back against pandemics during the Middle Ages with exactly the sorts of lockdowns and quarantines we've seen this past year — but were frequently undermined by their inability to enforce restrictions, and by an all-too-familiar slowness to react. My final guest is a genuine pandemic superstar. John M. Barry is the author of 'The Great Influenza', the seminal book on America's response to the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak which helped inspire Bill Gates to devote so much time and resource towards pandemic research. Speaking from his home in New Orleans, Barry gives a gripping account of this shockingly brutal disease — and of the political leaders in parts of the U.S. who failed their people by putting profit before public health. If you enjoyed this pilot episode, do please subscribe to Westminster Insider via your usual channel — and leave us a rating and a review if you can. Bibliography / Further reading: These books, articles and lectures were all invaluable resources as I researched this episode of the podcast. The Great Plagues: Epidemics in History from the Middle Ages to the Present Day, Richard J. Evans. Plagues and Peoples, William H. McNeill The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, Richard J. Evans. Small Oversights that Led to the Great Plague of Marseille (1720–1723), Christian A. Devaux The Black Death, edited and translated by Rosemary Horrox The Diary of Samuel Pepys The Origin of Quarantine, Philip A. Mackowiak Expelling the Plague: The Health Office and Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik 1377-1533, Zlata Blazina Tomic & Vesna Blazina A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe The Great Influenza, John M. Barry Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918, Laura Spinney
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