Ep. 204: Jubilation Nation

This week we discuss whether prime minister Boris Johnson can survive partygate, whether Ireland’s neutrality can survive the Russo-Ukraine war, and whether the monarchy can survive beyond the Platinum Jubilee.

Joining us is Steve Byrne, self-described washed up former podcaster from What Am Politics.

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Ep. 203: Kier Beer Fear

This week we tackle what critics are calling beergate, in which Labour leader Keir Starmer is alleged to have drunk a beer in the presence of others. No cake has been implicated, but he has promised to resign if fined.

We then turn to the potential overturning of Roe vs Wade, in a legal judgement that could upend abortion rights in the US. And speaking of unwanted things, Jazza forces Jimmy to discuss Eurovision again.

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How Oxford Makes Britain’s Ruling Caste with Simon Kuper

This week we talked to Financial Times journalist Simon Kuper about how Oxford University acts as finishing school for the British elite. His latest book Chums chronicles the rise of Conservative Brexiteers through Oxford in the eighties, with key appearances from Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove.

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Why Parliament is Falling Down with Hannah White

For this episode we spoke to Hannah White, deputy director at the Institute for Government. Her new book Held in Contempt charts the atrophying of Parliament throughout the Brexit and Covid years as the government has hoarded power for itself.

As well as looking at how the House of Commons could better scrutinise what government does, White also discusses the difficult working culture of Parliament, how its arcane procedures alienate the public, and how it can better represent the citizens its serves.

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