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The Red Box Politics Podcast

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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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Inside the Westminster Bubble - and always Wrong

By ColoradoRight - Nov 11 2017
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If this is representative of the intelligensia and ruling class of the UK, it is not surprising that their country is becoming a third-world slum. In the weeks leading up to the Brexit vote, every panelist was asked "what will be the percentage for Remain?" (because remaining in the EU was the only possible result). I don't think I heard one single person actually predict that Britian would vote to leave the EU. "60% remain, 75% remain" were common. It is fun to listen to the accents and try and guess what upper class twit school each one attended. But just know that their track record on predicting or undertanding anything other than the "reality" of looking down their noses leftists at the antics of the peasants is wrong. As witnessed by their latest episode reviewing Trump's first year since election, with the assumed expectation that no one in the world actually supports Donald Trump.

Insightful Podcast

By Gaurav Singhvi - Oct 25 2017
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Look forward to it dropping every week. Matt Chorley is a good host. He is not biased and has a good sense of humor. He and his guests are able to discuss important issues in such a way that both SW1 insiders and political neophytes will find it informative.

iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
4
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1
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Inside the Westminster Bubble - and always Wrong

By ColoradoRight - Nov 11 2017
Read more
If this is representative of the intelligensia and ruling class of the UK, it is not surprising that their country is becoming a third-world slum. In the weeks leading up to the Brexit vote, every panelist was asked "what will be the percentage for Remain?" (because remaining in the EU was the only possible result). I don't think I heard one single person actually predict that Britian would vote to leave the EU. "60% remain, 75% remain" were common. It is fun to listen to the accents and try and guess what upper class twit school each one attended. But just know that their track record on predicting or undertanding anything other than the "reality" of looking down their noses leftists at the antics of the peasants is wrong. As witnessed by their latest episode reviewing Trump's first year since election, with the assumed expectation that no one in the world actually supports Donald Trump.

Insightful Podcast

By Gaurav Singhvi - Oct 25 2017
Read more
Look forward to it dropping every week. Matt Chorley is a good host. He is not biased and has a good sense of humor. He and his guests are able to discuss important issues in such a way that both SW1 insiders and political neophytes will find it informative.
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The Red Box Politics Podcast

Updated 9 days ago

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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/

Rank #1: Beyond the fringe #2

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Matt Chorley is joined by Matt Forde and Grace Campbell to discuss leaving Labour, writing worries and playing with Putin's kids.

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Aug 05 2019
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Rank #2: The good, the spad and the ugly

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What does a special adviser (spad) do? Where does power lie? How do you tell the boss to change the clothes or their poll ratings are tanking?


Matt Chorley speaks to three former special advisers who have just left government. Paul Harrison was Theresa May's political press secretary, having previously been an adviser to Jeremy Hunt. Salma Shah was a special adviser to Sajid Javid at the home office, ministry of housing and department for business. James Johnson was the Downing Street pollster from 2016. All three left government last week, and lift the lid on the dark arts of spin.

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Jul 30 2019
46 mins
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Rank #3: 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
40 mins
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Rank #4: What the hell is going on?

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Resignations, reshuffles and May's survival.


In this special recorded in Westminster, Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Henry Zeffman, Sam Coates and Lucy Fisher to discuss why political crises are linked to the hole in Sam's trousers.


Alastair Campbell describes helping Robin Cook write his resignation letter. Katie Perrior, Theresa May's former director of communications, and Rupert Harrison, George Osborne's former chief of staff, on the threat posed by Boris Johnson and the PM's chances of fighting the next election.

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Jul 10 2018
35 mins
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Rank #5: What did Obama think of Boris, May and Corbyn?

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Matt Chorley speaks to Ben Rhodes, whose new book, The World As It Is, charts a decade at Barack Obama’s side, from the campaign in Chicago to flying with him to California on the day he left the White House for the final time


He was at the table for the Iran nuclear deal, the opening up of relations with Cuba, the night US Navy seals killed Osama Bin Laden.


And he was there when David Cameron asked Barack Obama for his help to stop Brexit.


More than just a speechwriter, he sought to recast the American story, but it was a story that had an unhappy ending for Team Obama, with the election of Donald Trump.

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Jul 03 2018
55 mins
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Rank #6: 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
37 mins
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Rank #7: Is this a pre-election budget?

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Philip Hammond heralded the beginning of the end of austerity, blowing a multi-billion pound windfall on tax cuts and extra spending. But what was hidden in the small print, does it make an election more likely, and who will actually have more money in their pocket?


Matt Chorley is joined by Anne Ashworth, The Times money and property editor, Oliver Wright, The Times policy editor, and Richard Fletcher, The Times business editor, to answer these questions, and others sent in by Red Box newsletter readers.

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Oct 30 2018
35 mins
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Rank #8: Is Theresa May to blame for everything?

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PLUS: Is a general election insane, and how much did Times reporters drink in the 1980s?


Matt Chorley is joined by Sam Coates, The Times deputy political editor, who says the prime minister is the root of all our problems.

Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein warns a planned election is mad, but it is worth planning for an accidental one.

And as Frances Gibb prepares to retire after four decades covering the law for The Times, she describes what has got better (and worse) in justice and journalism.

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Feb 05 2019
33 mins
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Rank #9: Who blew up Brexit?

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Matt Chorley is in parliament with politicians and pundits, asking how Geoffrey Cox became so key to Theresa May's deal, and what the hell happens now.

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Mar 12 2019
33 mins
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Rank #10: Politics is too trivial

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If sometimes you think politics seems to trivial this might not be the episode for you.


Matt Chorley assembles three of the biggest brains filled with useful (and useless) facts about politics and only one can emerge victorious.

Showing off their knowledge are Patrick Kidd, The Times sketchwriter and diarist, Esther Webber, Red Box reporter, and Mark Mason, author of Question Time: A Journey Round Britain's Quizzes.

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Aug 21 2018
29 mins
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Rank #11: "It's going to be a you-know-what-show"

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As MPs return to Westminster, Matt Chorley assembles a crack team of former political spin doctors to diagnose the problems in their parties, and their long-term chances of survival.


Katie Perrior, who was Theresa May's No10 director of communications, insists the PM is dead set against a second Brexit referendum: "She thinks it's highly divisive, when you go back on democracy. But will she choose it over getting fired? I don't know, that's politics."


Paul Ovenden, who was a Labour press spokesman until after last year's snap election, voices his despair at the party's failure to get a grip on the antisemitism row. He explains: "The problem is it is not just any political issue for Jeremy Corbyn or the people around him. The foundation of their politics is the idea that the West is a force for bad, a force for disruption of the Middle East and Israel is a big part of that."


Vanessa Pine, a former special adviser to Sir Vince Cable in the coalition government, admits her party has not made the progress it should have done in the last year: "There have been self-inflicted wounds." 

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Sep 04 2018
36 mins
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Rank #12: How to avoid May's mistakes

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Matt Chorley is joined by Alex Dawson, a former Home Office adviser to Theresa May who became her political director in No 10, who describes how a short leadership campaign left her unprepared for what came next.



Plus Esther Webber, Red Box reporter, on the dramatic return of the Lib Dems, and Jane Merrick, Red Box columnist, on whether the royals are better at politics.

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May 07 2019
34 mins
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Rank #13: The case for Tony Blair

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Matt Chorley is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, who argues only one person can lead a new Blairite party, and that’s Tony Blair. Sam Coates, The Times deputy political editor, tackles the most contentious issue in politics: trans rights. And Anne Ashworth, The Times money editor, wonders why ministers care so little about how much we are saving for old age.

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Sep 11 2018
36 mins
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Rank #14: Our Man In Washington

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Matt Chorley speaks to David Charter, The Times’ new US editor, about adjusting to life in Washington, the numerous threats to the Trump presidency and the challenge of being a foreign correspondent in a town where contacts can suddenly - and dramatically - lose their jobs.

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Aug 28 2018
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Rank #15: The Parris Agreement

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Matt Chorley is joined by Matthew Parris, who explains why rescuing a dog helped him become a Tory MP 40 years ago, discusses how coming out cost him his political career and reveals his fear that the Conservative party could disappear by the end of 2020.


Plus: which Tory leadership contender could swim across the Thames?

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May 28 2019
40 mins
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Rank #16: PM Johnson: now what?

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Matt Chorley was in the room for the announcement that Boris Johnson will be the new Tory leader, and gets instant reaction from Francis Elliott, The Times political editor, and sketchwriter Quentin Letts.


PLUS columnist Matthew Parris on whether we get “good Boris or naughty Boris”, Lucy Fisher, Times defence correspondent, on the international crises waiting in the in-tray, and Red Box’s Esther Webber on who might be in Team Boris.

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Jul 23 2019
25 mins
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Rank #17: Soubry: Unplugged

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Outrageous, outspoken and out of the Tory party, Anna Soubry speaks to Matt Chorley about why she quit, who tried to persuade her to stay and what happens next.

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Feb 20 2019
24 mins
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Rank #18: Resignations and Team America

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Matt Chorley is joined by political correspondent Henry Zeffman and columnists Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell. 


The panel discuss the first Brexit resignation, why child protection budgets are being misdirected and why the USA remains the world's police force.

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Jun 12 2018
35 mins
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Rank #19: Beyond the fringe #1

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Matt Chorley is joined by Iain Dale, Lolly Jones and Dominic Frisby to discuss tax, talk shows and nipple tassels.

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Aug 01 2019
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Rank #20: Are the Tories finished?

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After a report shows young people turning their backs on the Tory party, Matt Chorley asks if a change of leader will be enough to reverse the trend?


In this episode James Kanagasooriam counts down the top ten ways the Tories are in trouble then leadership hopefuls Matt Hancock, Penny Mordaunt and Tom Tugendhat set out their stalls for how to fix things. Finally Katy Balls and Henry Zeffman outline the challenges ahead for any new leader.

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Apr 09 2019
36 mins
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