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Matt Chorley and a selection of leading Times writers and columnists give their perspective on major national and international stories. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

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Matt Chorley and a selection of leading Times writers and columnists give their perspective on major national and international stories. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

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Informed and illuminating.

By Domic57 - Feb 05 2020
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Matt & Co. do a great job of bringing insight to the headlines.

Loved the episode on the House of Lords

By ItalySally - Aug 21 2019
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Really helpful explanation on a little understood aspect of British government.

iTunes Ratings

32 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
4
0
2
0

Informed and illuminating.

By Domic57 - Feb 05 2020
Read more
Matt & Co. do a great job of bringing insight to the headlines.

Loved the episode on the House of Lords

By ItalySally - Aug 21 2019
Read more
Really helpful explanation on a little understood aspect of British government.
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The Red Box Politics Podcast

Latest release on Feb 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Did Sir Nicholas Houghton overstep the mark?

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Philip Webster is joined by Oliver Kamm, Lucy Fisher and Michael Savage.

Oliver Kamm:

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the chief of defence staff, Sir Nicholas Houghton, of political bias for intervening on the question of Britain's nuclear deterrent. The claim is absurd - a measure of the frivolity of Corbyn's own stance rather than any extra-constitutional manoeuvring by the armed forces. Every postwar government has supported Britain's nuclear deterrent and our participation in Nato. That is the policy of the Labour party, regardless of Corbyn's own views. Corbyn's parliamentary colleagues know that the voters will never trust a party that is weak on defence - and they should flatly contradict their leader's whims.

Lucy Fisher:

Britain is facing a crisis of confidence in foreign policy, “sidelined in Syria, ineffective in Ukraine, unwilling in Europe, and inimical towards refugees”. That was the damning verdict of some of the UK’s most senior former diplomats, intelligence officers and academics in a... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 10 2015

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Rank #2: There is life in the Lib Dems yet

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Matt Chorley chats to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron following Zac Goldsmith's defeat to the Lib Dems' Sarah Olney in the Richmond Park by-election

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Dec 02 2016

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Rank #3: Politics and Comedy Special 2: Andy Zaltzman, Tiff Stevenson and Hugo Rifkind

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Matt Chorley is joined by Andy Zaltzman, Tiff Stevenson and Hugo Rifkind to debate whether the current times are too serious for comedy.

Also discussed are the fundamentals of the art, if certain subjects are taboo, whether acts needs a message behind the punchlines and whether Donald Trump can truly be parodied?

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Apr 10 2017

32mins

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Rank #4: A historic defeat. Now what?

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Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Daniel Finkelstein, Iain Martin, Esther Webber, Hugo Rifkind and Henry Zeffman in the corridors of power, and asks MPs including Boris Johnson, Mary Creagh and James Cleverly what happens now.

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Jan 16 2019

38mins

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Rank #5: Are politicians more transparent on television?

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Matt Chorley is joined by the legendary documentary maker Michael Cockerell, who lifts the lid on decades spent trying to get a politician to answer a question, plus Times senior political correspondent and podcast regular Lucy Fisher, who casts an eye over the imminent political battles you might not have noticed. And we also welcome to the Red Box family Iain Martin, who has just joined the Times as a columnist.

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Produced by David McGuire
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Jan 31 2017

35mins

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Rank #6: Lessons in a landslide: Peter Mandelson

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Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour

A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party.

In this episode: Peter Mandelson, the election svengali, on coining New Labour, why John Prescott was always feeling left out and how some Blairites have still not forgiven him for going back to save Gordon Brown's premiership.

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Apr 28 2017

40mins

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Rank #7: Bercow: annoying but right?

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PLUS Free speech in the internet age and beating cancer.


Matt Chorley is joined by Alice Thomson, Hugo Rifkind and Lindsay McIntosh

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Mar 19 2019

37mins

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Rank #8: The morning after

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As the full scale of the election result became clear, Red Box assembled a stellar line-up of Times and Sunday Times reporters and columnists to explain what happened and why, and what happens next.


Henry Zeffman talks through the key seats and swings.


Columnists Camilla Long, Daniel Finkelstein, Alice Thomson and Matthew Parris discuss what kind of prime minister Boris Johnson will be now.


Red Box reporter Esther Webber, Times deputy editor Emma Tucker, columnist David Aaronvitch and Henry Zeffman on an existentialist crisis in the Labour Party.


And Tim Shipman, political editors of The Sunday Times, on Boris Johnson plans and the role of Dominic Cummings.

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Dec 13 2019

52mins

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Rank #9: Shopping for a new leader

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Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Iain Martin who tries to explain what went wrong with the Brexit vote, Katie Perrior, May's former director of communications, says her old boss could be on the way, and Henry Zeffman, The Times political correspondent, examines what (might) happen next.

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Dec 11 2018

33mins

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Rank #10: Resignation Special

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Politicians resign for all sorts of reasons, in this special the panel examine the art and the fall out of the political resignation.


Matt Chorley is joined by Theo Barclay, author of “Fighters and Quitters” which chronicles some of the great resignations, Sir Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s director of communications, and Jane Merrick, Red Box columnist.


They discuss: what are grounds for quitting, how do you do it with grace and some dignity intact, and is there ever a way back?

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Feb 06 2018

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Rank #11: Labour splits: what now?

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Matt Chorley speaks to two MPs who quit the party, plus Ayesha Hazarika on the threat to Labour and Ash Sarkar on how Corbyn should respond.

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Feb 19 2019

32mins

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Rank #12: Snap Election Special from Parliament

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As Theresa May stuns Westminster by calling a snap election Lucy Fisher sits in for Matt Chorley and is joined by Sam Coates and Henry Zeffman to discuss the repercussions.

The panel consider May's hit to her trustworthy image, her motivations for calling the election now and how large her majority must be for this to be considered a success? Whether a heavy election loss for Labour would really signal the end for Jeremy Corbyn, and why the Lib Dems will be delighted to fight a 'Brexit Election'

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Apr 18 2017

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Rank #13: Inside The Times office

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Matt Chorley gives up on asking politicians what might happen with Brexit and ventures into The Times office on the roof of parliament to ask the political team what has really happened this week, and what happens next.

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Mar 14 2019

18mins

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Rank #14: The case for Boris Johnson

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Matt Chorley is joined by Jo Tanner, a former adviser to Boris Johnson, who wonders if her old boss can ever get serious. Times columnist Matthew Parris thinks we could have two new PMs before the end of the year, and Hugo Rifkind says the power of protest cannot be ignored.

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Apr 23 2019

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Rank #15: Could you have done Brexit better?

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Matt Chorley asks how a different prime minister might have negotiated the last three years more successfully.


Chris Wilkins, Theresa May's former speechwriter, lifts the lid on the lack of strategy behind the scenes. Jill Rutter, from the Institute for Government, says experts were shut out from day one.


Plus Oliver Wright, The Times policy editor, on the risks of setting red lines, and Times columnists Jenni Russell and Iain Martin disagree over what Michael Gove told them.

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Apr 02 2019

39mins

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Rank #16: How could Johnson lose the election?

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As the country gears up for some festive political fun, Matt Chorley asks YouGov's Anthony Wells what could go wrong for the Tories, Rachel Sylvester discusses the tensions in Team Corbyn, and Gabriel Milland explains whether Dominic Cummings is a genius or a menace..

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Oct 29 2019

37mins

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Rank #17: Lessons in a landslide: Margaret McDonagh

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Lessons in a landslide: 20 years after New Labour

A Red Box podcast series of interviews with all of the key players in the 1997 campaign, and their fears for the future of the party.

Margaret McDonagh, the campaign co-ordinator, on the birth of the pledge card, rowing with John Prescott in a cinema and the panic of MPs who had been unexpectedly elected. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 28 2017

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Rank #18: A hard day’s fight

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Matt Chorley brings you an hour-by-hour account of an extraordinary day in Westminster, from rebels to PMQs, spending to voting, elections to deselections, and answering your questions. This is the story of Wednesday September 4 2019.

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Sep 04 2019

57mins

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Rank #19: Theresa May clings on, obviously.

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On another day of drama, Matt Chorley presents from Westminster speaking to journalists and MPs about May's narrow victory, her promise to stand down before the next election, and whether all the theatrics help or hinder the path to a deal.

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Dec 13 2018

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Rank #20: German crisis and politics place in the jungle

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Matt Chorley welcomes Times columnist David Aaronovitch, Times religious affairs correspondent Kaya Burgess and Red Box columnist Jane Merrick to discuss the crisis in Germany, religion’s place in politics, and politics place in the celebrity jungle.


Philip Hammond’s attempt to save the economy and his own job will be covered in a podcast special later this week.



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Nov 21 2017

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