Sinopse

HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster and the repercussions of the motions, personality clashes and spin of the Westminster bubble.

Episódios

  • 213: Should Labour Back A Wealth Tax? With Stewart Wood

    213: Should Labour Back A Wealth Tax? With Stewart Wood

    09/07/2020 Duração: 43min

    Rishi Sunak this week delivered a £30bn mini-budget designed to save jobs from the deep recession caused by coronavirus. The chancellor again came forward with radical state intervention proposals while keeping backbench Tory MPs eager for low tax, small state economics happy. But were the plans radical enough? Labour peer and Gordon Brown’s former adviser Stewart Wood goes through details with Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth, with an eye on what Labour leader Keir Starmer can do to regain the public’s faith on the economy, including the controversial idea of a wealth tax. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 212: Will Boris Johnson’s Big Reset Work? With George Freeman MP

    212: Will Boris Johnson’s Big Reset Work? With George Freeman MP

    02/07/2020 Duração: 36min

    Boris Johnson tried to reset the agenda on his premiership this week ahead of the lockdown all but lifting, setting out a “new deal” in the mould of Franklin D Roosevelt to get Britain to flourish once more following the coronavirus pandemic. But was he bold enough during the crisis itself? While Johnson was taking to the stage, a local flare up of cases in Leicester, China’s moves on Hong Kong and Donald Trump’s hoarding of coronavirus drugs showed just how gargantuan his task may be. Tory former minister and founder of the Big Tent Ideas Festival, George Freeman takes a look with Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 211: Why Is Boris Johnson Hanging On To Robert Jenrick? With Jo Stevens MP

    211: Why Is Boris Johnson Hanging On To Robert Jenrick? With Jo Stevens MP

    25/06/2020 Duração: 35min

    After three months, Britain’s lockdown is coming to an end after Boris Johnson announced the openings of pubs, restaurants and other venues from July 4. But is it a risk? And what about those, particularly in the arts, that are still not yet allowed to fully reopen? Recorded before Rebecca Long-Bailey’s sacking, Labour’s shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to discuss the lockdown easing and what it could mean for the country next, as well as whether Robert Jenrick can remain in position following his controversial intervention in a planning decision involving Tory donor Richard Desmond. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 210: Has The Government Taken Its Eye Off The Ball? With Robert Halfon MP

    210: Has The Government Taken Its Eye Off The Ball? With Robert Halfon MP

    18/06/2020 Duração: 44min

    While Boris Johnson was discussing the boarding up of Churchill’s statue, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was campaigning for free school meals over the summer. Rashford’s open letter to the government saw a U-turn within 48 hours. With schools reopening also causing consternation, it hints at a government unsure of which way to turn. Conservative MP Robert Halfon joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to discuss whether the government needs to pay more attention to its own backbenchers instead of treating them as an inconvenience. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 209: A Week Of Lessons Learned? With Layla Moran MP

    209: A Week Of Lessons Learned? With Layla Moran MP

    11/06/2020 Duração: 45min

    George Floyd’s death continued to reverberate around the world this week, with protests in Bristol leading to the tearing down of Edward Colston’s statue due to his links to the slave trade. Is Britain finally facing up to the systemic racism present in the country? One person not facing up to his failings is Boris Johnson, as the government continues to ignore calls to say mistakes were made in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Joining Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth, Lib Dem leadership candidate Layla Moran.  Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 208: America’s Racial Injustice Highlights Britain’s Own, with Bim Afolami

    208: America’s Racial Injustice Highlights Britain’s Own, with Bim Afolami

    04/06/2020 Duração: 40min

    Coronavirus news took a backseat as the protests against racial injustice fanned across the world following George Floyd’s death in custody of Minneapolis police. Britain too had tough questions to answer as a report detailing the disproportionate effects of coronavirus on Black and minority ethnic (BAME) people was published. Conservative MP Bim Afolami joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth as they discuss the BAME report, whether Boris Johnson has been strong enough in his response to Donald Trump’s actions and whether the government is still following the science on Covid-19.  Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 207: Is Dominic Cummings Worth This Much To Boris Johnson?

    207: Is Dominic Cummings Worth This Much To Boris Johnson?

    28/05/2020 Duração: 35min

    The government has announced its new test and trace system as well as easing some lockdown restrictions but the only news people are talking about is Dominic Cummings and his lockdown eye test. Boris Johnson has staked a lot on sticking by his adviser, but is the Vote Leave guru worth the price? Joining Arj Singh and Paul Waugh, former Tory special adviser Salma Shah and former Labour adviser Matthew McGregor discuss whether the Cummings affair will damage the party’s image permanently, and explore Keir Starmer’s response to the scandal. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 206: Is Nicola Sturgeon’s Response To The Pandemic As Good As Everyone Says?

    206: Is Nicola Sturgeon’s Response To The Pandemic As Good As Everyone Says?

    21/05/2020 Duração: 42min

    Nicola Sturgeon has now laid out Scotland’s lockdown exit strategy, a week after breaking with Boris Johnson and opposing the easing of restrictions that happened in England. Many think the Scottish first minister has handled the pandemic response better than the UK PM, but does it hold up under scrutiny? Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to talk about how Scotland is faring during the pandemic, as well as where Keir Starmer’s focus in the week it was revealed this year’s Labour conference has been cancelled. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 205: Is This China’s ‘Skripal Poisoning Moment’? With Bob Seely MP

    205: Is This China’s ‘Skripal Poisoning Moment’? With Bob Seely MP

    14/05/2020 Duração: 37min

    Britain was told to ease itself back to work as Boris Johnson’s government tries to devise a lockdown exit strategy that keeps the coronavirus at bay without long-term damage to the economy. Confused messaging from the government however has led to difficult questions, particularly those from Keir Starmer at PMQs. Does Boris Johnson have the answers? Questions too are beginning to be asked of China, both in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and more broadly about its global role.  Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight Bob Seely joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to talk about the government’s test and trace app, the UK’s failure to learn from Asia, and how the government can manage the economy post-recession. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 204: Could Lockdown Rob The UK Of The Next Stormzy? With Tracy Brabin MP

    204: Could Lockdown Rob The UK Of 'The Next Stormzy'? With Tracy Brabin MP

    07/05/2020 Duração: 29min

    Boris Johnson went toe-to-toe with Sir Keir Starmer for the first time in PMQs this week, with Labour’s leader impressing many. But what is his long-term strategy and how is he managing the one thing he can control - the Labour party? Meanwhile as the prime minister prepares for a minor easing of the coronavirus lockdown, there is no end in sight for the UK’s theatres, music venues and comedy clubs. Could the country lose ‘the next Stormzy’ as working class artists turn away in search of cash? Joining Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth, shadow culture minister Tracy Brabin discusses her new leader and the economic impact of the lockdown. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 203: Boris Johnson’s Back, But Is He A Hawk Or A Dove?

    203: Boris Johnson’s Back, But Is He A Hawk Or A Dove?

    30/04/2020 Duração: 38min

    Boris Johnson capped off an eventful April as prime minister with the birth of his son with partner Carrie Symonds, two days after returning from three weeks off with severe coronavirus. Has the last month changed the prime minister’s outlook on the crisis? Top of his to do list is when and how to end the lockdown so the country can begin to get back to some semblance of normality, with Johnson’s deputy Dominic Raab was cautious not to discuss while he held the reins of government.  Joining Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth, new Conservative MP for Rother Valley Alexander Stafford gives an insight into the government’s Covid-19 strategy, as well as whether he thinks Sir Keir Starmer can reclaim red wall seats like his for Labour. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 202: Do The Lockdown’s Hidden Victims Need An Exit Plan? With Jess Phillips

    202: Do The Lockdown’s Hidden Victims Need An Exit Plan? With Jess Phillips

    23/04/2020 Duração: 39min

    The government seems unable to give a straight answer on a range of questions as problems with PPE persist and no sign of an exit strategy being presented to the public. Is no one able to make decisions during Boris Johnson’s absence?  As the country continues to strive through the lockdown, worries about the economy are being joined by the affects it is having one the public, particularly for school children and women with abusive partners. Shadow minister for domestic violence Jess Phillips joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to discuss what needs to be done to limit the effects of the pandemic lockdown. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 201: Keir Starmer Begins His Rebuild Of Labour

    201: Keir Starmer Begins His Rebuild Of Labour

    09/04/2020 Duração: 44min

    An unsettling week for Westminster as prime minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care with coronavirus. His admission to hospital left Dominic Raab as de facto PM whilst Johnson recovers but who’s now running the government’s handling of the pandemic as it enters the peak for the UK? For Labour, their search for a new leader is finally over as Keir Starmer won the vote to take over from Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer moved quickly to organise his shadow cabinet, with a few notable admissions and omissions. Do the appointments show how he intends to lead?  Labour MP Wes Streeting gives Arj Singh, Rachel Wearmouth and Kate Forrester the news from the PLP’s zoom video chat. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 200: Testing Times For The Government’s Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic

    200: Testing Times For The Government’s Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic

    02/04/2020 Duração: 37min

    As the second week of Britain’s lockdown comes to an end, the government’s response to coronavirus is beginning to come under attack. As Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Chris Whitty self-isolate, a lack of answers over testing and protective equipment is prompting scathing criticism. Where have ministers gone wrong, and can they fix it? Senior Conservative MP and chair of the Commons science committee Greg Clark joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to talk about the government’s handling of the pandemic. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 199: Is Lockdown Going To Send Coronavirus Packing? With Jon Ashworth MP

    199: Is Lockdown Going To 'Send Coronavirus Packing'? With Jon Ashworth MP

    26/03/2020 Duração: 48min

    Boris Johnson has put Britain on lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus across the country. Businesses are shut with the public asked to only leave their homes for essential travel or exercise. But has the message been muddled? And did the response come fast enough? Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth via video call to discuss the government’s response and the future of Labour as Jeremy Corbyn bows out as Labour leader. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 198: The First Brexit-Free Podcast In Four Years, Featuring Andrew Griffith MP

    198: The First Brexit-Free Podcast In Four Years, Featuring Andrew Griffith MP

    19/03/2020 Duração: 35min

    A truly unprecedented week in Westminster, as prime minister Boris Johnson told the country to stay at home as Britain begins to edge towards the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. The public were urged to stay away from pubs, theatres, schools and work from home to try protect those more in immediate risk from Covid-19. The monumental change to how we live now has shocked markets worldwide, with the government announcing £350 billion of measures to help businesses and those unable to work. Is it enough though and what more can the government do? Joining Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth, and keeping a safe social distance, is Conservative MP Andrew Griffith. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 197: Coronavirus Hides The Budget In Plain Sight, With Rosena Allin-Khan MP

    197: Coronavirus Hides The Budget In Plain Sight, With Rosena Allin-Khan MP

    12/03/2020 Duração: 39min

    The march of the coronavirus across the world dominated headlines this week, with Westminster having its first diagnosed cases and the government moving to delay phase to try limit its spread. Is Boris Johnson’s team listening to the right advice? Labour MP and A&E doctor Rosena Allin-Khan joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to discuss the government’s response, as well as running the rule over chancellor Rishi Sunak’s big spending Budget. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 196: Coronavirus Can’t Mask Priti Patel’s ‘Bullying’ Crisis, Feat. David Lammy MP

    196: Coronavirus Can’t Mask Priti Patel’s ‘Bullying’ Crisis, Feat. David Lammy MP

    05/03/2020 Duração: 38min

    Britain is ramping up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, with the Vote Leave government suddenly listening to “the experts”. But pandemic fears have failed to distract from the alleged bullying scandal engulfing home secretary Priti Patel. Can she hang on in the cabinet? Labour MP David Lammy joins Arj Singh and Paul Waugh to discuss all of this, and his new book Tribes, an exploration of how to heal the divides of a country increasingly riven by tribalism. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 195: Dominic Cummings Is Going Nowhere

    195: Dominic Cummings Is Going Nowhere

    27/02/2020 Duração: 40min

    Priti Patel’s former special adviser James Starkie joins the team to give his verdict on the explosive briefing war engulfing the home secretary and her officials. The former Vote Leave ally of Dominic Cummings also explains why Boris Johnson’s controversial aide is going nowhere. And the team dissect the UK and EU’s opening negotiating positions to ask: what is the point of the PM’s hardline push for “divergence”? With Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

  • 194: What Sajid Javids Resignation Reveals About Boris Johnsons Government

    194: What Sajid Javid's Resignation Reveals About Boris Johnson's Government

    13/02/2020 Duração: 41min

    Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has all of Westminster buzzing, with the shock resignation of Chancellor Sajid Javid. What does it reveal about how this government will go about their work? Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth discuss the cabinet reshuffle with Sajid Javid’s former special advisor Salma Shah. Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone (https://news.huffingtonpost.com/h/t/1925256938B41841) and get the political day in a nutshell every weekday evening. 

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