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The Rest Is Politics

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 lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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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 lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Question Time: Biden, barristers and the Black Watch

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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 they discuss Biden's popularity, the protests in Iran, barrister strikes and the relevance of think tanks.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

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restispolitics@gmail.com


Producer: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Oct 06 2022

25mins

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U-turns, Ukraine and election season

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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-Thames.

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com


Producers: Dom Johnson + Theo Young-Smith

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Oct 05 2022

50mins

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The Week Everything Changed

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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 member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 29 2022

39mins

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

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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 to participate in a reality show, and if they would ever consider doing Strictly Come Dancing...

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Nicole Maslen

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 29 2022

24mins

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

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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.

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 28 2022

46mins

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

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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 life as an artist in Paris to a three-time election-winning prime minister.

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 23 2022

53mins

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

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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 the UK's 'special relationship' with the US.

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 22 2022

28mins

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The Queen's funeral, United Nations, and fracking

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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 role of foreign correspondents. 

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 21 2022

55mins

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

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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.

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 16 2022

45mins

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

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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 of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 15 2022

27mins

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Queen Elizabeth II, Ukrainian counter-attacks, and Sweden

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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:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 14 2022

38mins

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Question Time: Parents, Austerity, and talking with hands

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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 backgrounds.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 08 2022

18mins

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Liz Truss, lido politics, and Chile

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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 Oxbridge.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 07 2022

24mins

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PRIME MINISTER LIZ TRUSS

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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 problem, what it means for Keir Starmer, and the next general election.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 05 2022

43mins

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

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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:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Sep 01 2022

25mins

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

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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, the floods in Pakistan, Biden's quietly impressive summer, leaders ducking out of tough interviews, and Rory's exciting new job.

Blackpool live show tickets:

Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Aug 31 2022

51mins

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

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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: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Aug 25 2022

27mins

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Working for Truss, Blackpool with Clinton, and Sewage

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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 of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool tickets - Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Aug 24 2022

47mins

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Introducing Empire

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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 the world around us today?

This new show explores the stories, personalities and events of empire over the course of history.

The first series looks at the British in India, covering The East India Company, the Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition.

In the opening episode, William and Anita discuss the rise of The East India Company, exploring how a small corporation with only a handful of employees came to rule India. The episode begins with the birth of the Company in Tudor England and culminates with Robert Clive and the Battle of Plassey.

Listen to the second episode of Empire below:

Apple - apple.co/3A0tEw9

Spotify - spoti.fi/3K4LZNk

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Aug 19 2022

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

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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.

Become a member of The Rest Is Politics Plus to support the podcast, enjoy ad-free listening, and receive early access to live show tickets and Question Time episodes. Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up.

Blackpool tickets - Saturday 8th October: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/the-rest-is-politics-live/

Instagram:

@restispolitics

Twitter:

@RestIsPolitics

Email:

restispolitics@gmail.com

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Aug 18 2022

36mins

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