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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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-26 02:00:25

Leaving office, a Labour Scotland, and what's the point of Davos? (media.mp3)

What do Rory, Mark Zuckerberg and Saif Gaddafi all have in common? Will we see a Labour revival in Scotland? Why haven't the CPS followed up over lockdown parties in Downing Street? 


Rory and Alastair answer these questions and discuss the role social media played in Jacinda Ardern's resignation, the current situation in Haiti, and cultural recommendations for the week.


Leading:

Have you heard this week's episode of Leading, where Alastair interviews Marina Litvinenko, widow of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy poisoned by the Putin regime?


Listen:

apple.co/3XsICFC

spoti.fi/3D76yX1

pod.link/1665265193


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-25 02:00:30

Johnson's £800k loan, Zahawi's tax trouble, and Russia in Africa (media.mp3)

Who gave Boris Johnson an £800k loan when he was PM? Is Nadhim Zahawi's political career over? Why is Russia on a charm offensive in Africa?


Alastair and Rory cover all the latest political news from both the UK and abroad in today's episode of The Rest Is Politics.


Leading:

Have you heard this week's episode of Leading, where Alastair interviews Marina Litvinenko, widow of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy poisoned by the Putin regime?


Listen:

apple.co/3XsICFC

spoti.fi/3D76yX1

pod.link/1665265193


TRIP Plus:

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


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport




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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-19 02:00:26

Combatting Andrew Tate, crisis at the Met, and Johnson standing again (media.mp3)

Could Boris Johnson lose the Tory whip? Why are we paying so much for gas if wholesale prices are back to normal? Why did Joe Biden remove classified documents from the White House? Rory and Alastair answer these questions, along with systemic problems within the Metropolitan Police, misogyny in schools, the future of Labour, and Suella Braverman's latest controversy.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen

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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-18 02:00:27

Police power, gender recognition, and women in Afghanistan (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss anti-strike legislation, the right to protest, the battle between the Scottish and UK government over gender recognition reform, the plight of women in Afghanistan, and more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-16 02:00:07

Leading: Michael Heseltine (media.mp3)

Rory and Alastair are launching a new podcast - 'Leading'!

  

Every Monday, Alastair and Rory are going to speak to people who are leading in their field. Whether they be presidents, policy makers, sports stars or religious leaders - Leading is going to be hosting the biggest names from many different walks of life.


Today's guest is former Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Heseltine. One of the biggest names in the last half-century of British politics, Lord Heseltine discusses everything from his crucial role in the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, to his current position in the House of Lords. 


Tune in to hear a preview from the pod...


Things get a little heated with a few polite disagreements later on, so if you want to hear the full interview, just search ‘LEADING’ wherever you get your podcasts, and subscribe to hear new episodes every Monday - or simply click on one of the links below:


Apple - apple.co/3CRLx2l

Spotify - spoti.fi/3IQBwGn

RSS feed - bit.ly/3XzOFrQ


Thanks for listening, and see you over on the Leading feed. We’ll be back here on The Rest Is Politics this Wednesday for our regular podcast.


If you have any problems, head over to our Twitter and Instagram pages to find the link to listen.



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-12 02:00:55

Rishi Sunak's doctor, Rory's Brad Pitt deal, and Iranian regime change? (media.mp3)

**RORY AND ALASTAIR'S NEW PODCAST... The Rest Is Politics: Leading**

Rory and Alastair are launching a new podcast - 'Leading'!


Starting on Monday 16th January, a weekly episode will be released where they speak to captivating individuals - from both inside and outside of politics - about life, leadership, and leading the way in their chosen field.


As you'll hear in the excerpt at the end of this Question Time pod, Michael Heseltine is the first guest, with his episode coming out this Monday, 16th January.


To find this episode and subscribe to our new podcast feed, on Monday morning just search 'Leading' and 'Michael Heseltine' wherever you get your podcasts, or head over to our Twitter and Instagram pages to find the link to listen.


Question Time:

Is it practical to ban private schools? Should it be compulsory for students to be taught Maths until the age of 18? Is it true that Brad Pitt bought Rory's life rights?


Listen to this week's Question Time to hear these questions answered, plus questions on Sunak, Starmer, Iran and NHS working conditions.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-11 02:00:04

Prince Harry, Brazil's failed coup, and Myanmar’s criminal junta (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they record in person from Soho, discussing the fallout from Prince Harry's new book, the failed coup against Lula in Brazil, how the NHS could look to the Netherlands for reform, ghost writers, the Czech Republic, Myanmar, and much, much more.


Show notes:

Amanda Marcotte - The Conversation - 'Call it the Conspiracy Theory Congress: Things are about to get dangerously weird on Capitol Hill'


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-05 02:00:56

Zelensky's message, Netanyahu's return, and Putin's 'mystery woman' (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair this week as they discuss what Alastair has described as ‘one of the best pieces of communication he has ever seen’, the definition of populism, and their controversial predictions for the year ahead.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Callum Hill

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From The Rest Is Politics at 2023-01-04 02:00:50

NHS in crisis, the Blair-Brown years, and Mandela on Gaddafi (media.mp3)

In our first podcast of 2023, Rory and Alastair discuss the NHS in crisis and how government investment needs to be coupled with structural reform. There's also a look back at Alastair's diaries during the transfer of power from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown, and an analysis of newly-released documents from the National Archives.


Show notes:

Ian Kennedy, 'The NHS Dream is Dying', The New European, 08.12.22

John Burn-Murdoch, Data Scientist

Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-29 02:00:03

Where will we be in 2023? (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory for a bonus episode as they discuss their political predictions for 2023!


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-28 02:00:59

TRIP Awards 2022 (with a special guest...) (media.mp3)

Rory and Alastair are here to discuss the highs and lows of a wild year in politics... Who was their most outstanding politician? What was the most surprising moment of the year? Who was the biggest villain of 2022? Listen to hear Rory and Alastair answer these questions and many more, with the help of a surprise guest who provides some guidance in this special political awards show.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-22 02:00:22

Drugs in Parliament, the meaning of evil, and Jeremy Clarkson (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair in this week's episode of Question Time, as they discuss the prevalence of drugs in Parliament, Norway's sovereign wealth fund, Macron's relationship with the Pope, Alastair's swimming tips, and much more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Theo Young-Smith


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-21 02:00:03

Politics in football, Trump under pressure, and Kosovo (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the end of the World Cup and the soft power that comes with it, rising tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, Rory's experiences as Prisons Minister, and the challenge the government faces regarding prison reform.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-15 02:00:18

Harry and Meghan, the National Anthem, and Latin America (media.mp3)

In today’s Question Time podcast, Rory and Alastair review the new Harry and Meghan documentary, discuss how we can improve our National Anthem, and analyse the political chaos in Latin America.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Theo Young-Smith


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-14 02:00:57

Britain on strike, hostage swaps, and assisted suicide (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the strikes taking place across Britain, the debate on assisted suicide, and how prisoner swaps come about.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Faye Lawrence + Theo Young-Smith


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-08 02:00:50

Votes for prisoners, a united Ireland, and the meaning of 'liberal' (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory this week as they discuss whether prisoners should be able to vote, the chances of a united Ireland, and what liberalism actually means.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen + Callum Hill


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-07 02:00:13

Keir vs. peers, George W. Bush, and $580k in a sofa... (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss Gordon Brown and Keir Starmer's latest proposals, the post-presidential life of George W. Bush, why so many MPs are standing down at the next election, and the mysterious story about South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's sofa...


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-02 02:00:26

Ex-New Zealand PM Helen Clark on monarchy, extreme poverty, and Jacinda Ardern (media.mp3)

Alastair and Rory are joined by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to discuss democracy, the rise of populism, the Monarchy, the importance of arts and culture, the United Nations development programmes and much, much more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen + Theo Young-Smith


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-12-01 02:00:33

How to become an MP, the art of whipping, and NIMBYs (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair for the latest episode of Question Time, where they discuss Labour's Brexit position, NIMBYs, the housing crisis, how to become an MP, whips, the favourites for the World Cup, and more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producer: Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-30 02:00:11

Protests in China, UK strikes, and crypto bros (media.mp3)

Today, join Alastair and Rory as they investigate the current protests in China and their causes, dissect the recent election in Malaysia, discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on Scottish independence and much, much more.


Plus, they take a look at the importance of technology within politics, the mistakes of past Prime Ministers and the impact of strikes in Britain today.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-24 02:00:10

Nigel Farage, proportional representation, and mandatory ID cards (media.mp3)

Who would Rory elect as the next Prime Minister? If Rishi Sunak had not kept Jeremy Hunt on, what would the budget look like? And how come both Rory and Alastair have lost followers on twitter? Listen to this week's Question Time to hear Rory and Alastair answer these questions and many 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.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producer: Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-23 02:00:11

Qatar, the World Cup, and Sunak vs. Starmer (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory as the discuss the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, what's meant by a 'Swiss-style' Brexit, 'flying kites', Twitter, Trump, COP, and more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-17 02:00:47

Food banks, ageing populations, and 'virtue signalling' (media.mp3)

Can cabinet ministers be charged for economic mismanagement? How will low birth rate affect the economy? Do Rory and Alastair really travel for weeks at a time with just hand luggage? Join us for this week's Question Time episode where Rory and Alastair answer all these questions and more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-16 02:00:34

Trump vs. DeSantis, Sunak on the world stage, and Iran (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the midterm results from the US, Rupert Murdoch's apparent pivot from Donald Trump to Ron DeSantis, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping's meeting, Rishi Sunak's performance on the world stage, Thursday's Autumn Statement, problems with the NHS, the situation in Iran, David Nott, and much, much more.


TRIP Christmas Live Show - Royal Albert Hall - Tuesday 13th December - Ticket Information:

TRIP Plus Member Presale - Thursday 17th November 9am - sign up at therestispolitics.com.

General sale - Friday 18th November 9am - the ticket link will be tweeted from @RestIsPolitics at 9am on Friday.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-10 02:00:23

Women in politics, AI advancements, and airports (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair for this week's Question Time episode where they discuss everything from the growth of artificial intelligence in professional life to their airport travel tips. Plus culture and arts in Britain, women in politics and Rory and Alastair's favourite novels.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-09 02:00:45

COP, Gavin Williamson, and US midterms (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss Gavin Williamson, COP, Johnson's resignation honours list, Scholz in China, the latest from the war in Ukraine, and much, much more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-04 02:00:40

Julia Gillard on Rishi Sunak, compulsory voting and that misogyny speech (media.mp3)

Alastair is joined today by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to discuss the view of British politics from Australia, the role of the monarchy, Australian government, compulsory voting and her famous Misogyny Speech.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-03 02:00:39

Question Time: Elon Musk, Twitter, and regulating 'Big Tech' (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory for the latest episode of Question Time where they discuss Elon Musk, Twitter, nation states vs. big tech, Amazon, John Reith, and much, much more. Plus Rory has asked his friend to calculate the number of 'bot followers' Alastair has!


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.


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Producer: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-11-02 02:00:00

Braverman, Brazil, and Hancock in the jungle (media.mp3)

Rory and Alastair discuss Suella Braverman's return to the front bench, the significance of security breaches in ministerial positions, and why Tony Blair never had a phone during his time as Prime Minister... Plus debates about the response to asylum seekers in the UK, Lula's success in Brazil's election, Rory's insider knowledge of Rishi Sunak's new cabinet, and Matt Hancock agreeing to participate in I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen


Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-27 02:00:29

François Hollande on Putin, Obama, and Brexit (media.mp3)

In a special guest episode, we speak to former French president François Hollande from his office in Paris. Tune in to hear his views on Putin, Xi Jinping, Merkel, Macron, the far right, the importance of political parties and much, much more.


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Producers: Dom Johnson + Theo Young-Smith


Exec Producer: Jack Davenport



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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-26 02:00:41

Question Time: Battle for the National Trust, getting over Brexit and boycotting Qatar (media.mp3)

What would it take for the UK to have a general election? Would Rory ever rejoin the Conservative Party? How does confirmation bias affect politics? Alastair and Rory answer these questions, plus discuss their insecurities, the legitimacy of Britain's Crown Jewels, protesting the Iraq War, the impact of Brexit on public services and much more.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-24 16:47:36

PRIME MINISTER RISHI SUNAK (media.mp3)


Rishi Sunak is the new Prime Minister.


Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss the new leader of the Conservative Party and Britain's first Asian Prime Minister. Will he be able to unite the party? What does his age say about British politics? Did Boris Johnson really have 102 MPs?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-20 21:09:22

LIZ TRUSS RESIGNS (media.mp3)

In this emergency podcast Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell react to the news that Liz Truss has resigned as Prime Minister after barely six weeks in office. Who will replace her as leader of the Conservatives and what chance do they have of uniting their party behind them?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-20 02:00:30

Question Time: Imposter Syndrome, the Commonwealth and fox hunting (media.mp3)

How does public backlash affect politicians' mental health? Do Labour and the Liberal Democrats have an unwritten agreement to win seats? Should we support political parties the same way we do football clubs? Alastair and Rory answer these questions and discuss the fate of the Commonwealth, US/China relations, Thérèse Coffey's comments on antibiotics and more in this week's Question Time.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-18 02:00:57

Hunt U-turn as Truss goes missing (media.mp3)

As a divided Conservative Party tries desperately to work out how to replace Liz Truss, Rory and Alastair discuss the likely moves over the coming days and weeks in Westminster. Will the Conservatives find a way to avoid another membership vote to determine the next PM? Plus Biden, Japan, and debt forgiveness.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-14 22:20:56

TRUSS DOWN, KWARTENG OUT (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory for an emergency bonus podcast after the news that Kwasi Kwarteng has been sacked as Chancellor. Facing the lowest ever approval ratings for a British PM, is it over already for the Truss premiership?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-13 02:00:11

Question Time: Liberal Democrats, Lordships and Labour's return (media.mp3)

Who would Rory vote for in a General Election today? Did Alastair vote for Jeremy Corbyn? Where do MPs work after they've left Parliament? Rory and Alastair answer these questions, plus a discussion of Suella Braverman's take on cannabis, reform in the House of Lords, the relevance of the Liberal Democrats, Poland's right wing government, and much, much more in this week's Question Time.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-12 02:00:59

"Detested" Tories, the SNP, and Israel (media.mp3)

Why has Liz Truss moved the UK embassy to Jerusalem? Does the word 'detest' belong in politics? How long will the Conservatives remain united? Rory and Alastair discuss these topics, plus the situation in Libya, the escalation of conflict in Ukraine, the role of empathy in decision-making, and Alastair living rent free in Nadhim Zahawi's head...


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-07 02:00:01

Fear and Loathing in Birmingham (media.mp3)

Are we on the brink of Tory civil war? Has Truss painted herself into a corner with her conference speech? What on earth is an 'anti-growth coalition'?


Rory has scrambled Alastair for an emergency podcast to discuss growing unrest in Tory circles. Plus Labour's next moves, whether members should elect leaders, and OPEC's under-reported decision to cut 2 million barrels of oil per day in the middle of an energy crisis.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-06 02:00:31

Question Time: Biden, barristers and the Black Watch (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-10-05 02:00:56

U-turns, Ukraine and election season (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-29 17:36:25

The Week Everything Changed (media.mp3)

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...


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-29 02:00:56

Question Time: Prison reform, lobbying, and Alastair on Strictly (media.mp3)

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...


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-28 02:00:57

The Kamikwaze budget, Iranian protests, and Italian 'post-fascists' (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-23 02:00:11

Albanian PM Edi Rama on Putin, Macron, and combating corruption (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-22 02:00:38

Question Time: Blair-Brown, the Special Relationship, and official apologies (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-21 02:00:55

The Queen's funeral, United Nations, and fracking (media.mp3)

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. 


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-16 02:00:42

Mark Drakeford on Labour success, Tory PMs, and Welsh nationalism (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-15 02:00:35

Question Time: King Charles III, Scottish accents, and left vs. right (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-14 02:00:31

Queen Elizabeth II, Ukrainian counter-attacks, and Sweden (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-08 02:00:09

Question Time: Parents, Austerity, and talking with hands (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-07 02:00:51

Liz Truss, lido politics, and Chile (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-05 19:29:02

PRIME MINISTER LIZ TRUSS (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-09-01 02:00:55

Question Time: BBC impartiality, books vs. newspapers, and Stewart spoofery (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-31 02:00:12

Freezing bills, mental health in politics, and Rory's new job (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-25 02:00:40

Question Time: Margaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch, and Mick Lynch (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-24 02:00:12

Working for Truss, Blackpool with Clinton, and Sewage (media.mp3)

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?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-19 02:00:40

Introducing Empire (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-18 02:00:11

Question Time: Classified documents, Eddie Jones, and A-levels (media.mp3)

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.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-17 02:00:54

Salman Rushdie, the energy price cap, and Afghanistan (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss the one year anniversary of Afghanistan falling to the Taliban, the French withdrawal from Mali, the Wagner Group, how Gordon Brown lets his hair down, the Kenyan election, the cost of living, Keir Starmer's holiday, the energy price cap, Salman Rushdie, freedom of speech, and more.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-11 02:00:44

Question Time: Clan Campbell vs. Clan Stewart, Tartan Trews, and Lindsay Hoyle (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory for the latest episode of TRIP: Question Time, where they answer your questions on the historical Scottish clashes between Clan Stewart and Clan Campbell, Rory’s tartan trousers, the performance of Lindsay Hoyle as Speaker, and labour shortages in the UK.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-10 02:00:23

Amnesty International, cabinet duels, and fuel poverty (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory as they discuss lame ducks, Amnesty International’s Ukraine report, politicians’ holidays, energy prices, fuel poverty, George Canning, Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan, the wildfires and US Climate Bill, Boris Johnson’s dancing, and The Rest Is Politics bingo.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-04 02:00:17

Question Time: Scottish Unionism, growth, and cannibalism (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory for the latest episode of TRIP: Question Time, where they answer your questions on Bhutan's Gross Domestic Happiness, Scottish Unionism, political biographies, cannibalism, and more.


Show notes:

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - Doris Kearns Goodwin

De Gaulle - Aidan Crawley 

The Years of Lyndon Johnson - Robert Caro 

The Power Broker - Robert Caro


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-03 13:36:08

William Hague on Boris Johnson, Blair, and Brexit (media.mp3)

In a special episode of The Rest Is Politics, Alastair and Rory are joined by former Foreign Secretary and former Leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague.


They discuss the future for Boris Johnson, William’s days facing Tony Blair in the Commons, packing the House of Lords, Putin’s offer to build a gas pipeline to the UK, the Hong Kong handover, Brexit, leaving politics on a high, education, vaccines, and reasons to be optimistic.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-08-02 19:00:45

Al-Qaeda, Pelosi in Taiwan, and working for Truss (media.mp3)

Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart as they discuss al-Qaeda, Kosovo, Kenya, Tunisia, the 'age of impunity', Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit, working for Truss and Sunak, terrorism, and resignation honours.


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The Holocaust: A New History - Laurence Rees

Boris Johnson is planning to fill the Lords with his cronies and legitimise bribery - Gordon Brown (The Guardian)

Which prime minister is being described here? - Robert Saunders (Twitter)


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-28 02:00:55

Question Time: The last days of Blair and May, carbon footprints, and remaining hopeful (media.mp3)

May's downfall, Blair-Brown, Celtic vs. Rangers in Belfast, remaining hopeful, charter cities, climate change, carbon emissions, and wildfires.


Join Alastair and Rory as they answer all your questions on the above and more in the latest Question Time episode of The Rest Is Politics.


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The Brexit revolutionaries have barely begun, Britain need to wake up fast (The Sovereign Individual) - Alastair Campbell

The Tories are upping their attack on our democracy, under cover of the leadership contest - Gina Miller (The Guardian)

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy - Mariana Mazzucato


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-27 02:00:39

Blue on blue, famine in Africa, and David Trimble (media.mp3)

Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart as they discuss the Tory leadership race, the life and legacy of David Trimble, Mario Draghi's resignation, charter cities, famine in Africa, populism, and Marilyn Monroe's poetry.


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The Irish Diaries (1994–2003) - Alastair Campbell

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Italy’s loss of Mario Draghi is a warning to progressives across Europe – and to the EU - Lorenzo Marsili (The Guardian)

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age - James Dale Davidson + William Rees-Mogg

Would-be Tory leaders aren’t facing up to dire state of the NHS - Polly Toynbee (The Guardian)


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-22 02:00:03

Question Time: Treating addiction, feminism, and a fear of ketchup (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair for the latest episode of 'The Rest Is Politics: Question Time', where they discuss removing the stigma around addiction, feminism, Eton, Alastair's fear of ketchup, political cliches, Rory's worst interview gaff, whether the SNP has a mandate for another independence referendum, and how Iran and Afghanistan have changed since Rory's walk.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-21 02:00:55

Rishi Sunak vs. Liz Truss (media.mp3)

And then there were two...


After finding out that Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will compete to be the next UK Prime Minister, Rory and Alastair recorded a special episode devoted to that very topic.


They discuss Truss and Sunak's reputation among Tory members, their suitability for the top job, and the relationship between ambitious MPs and the British media.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-20 02:00:50

Keir Starmer on rebuilding Labour, Tory leadership, and Brexit (media.mp3)

In a special episode recorded in Westminster as temperatures approached 40C in London, Rory and Alastair are joined by the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer.


They debate and discuss the Tory leadership race, Scotland, rebuilding Labour, economic policy, global recession, Brexit, Boris Johnson, the path to power, the Lib Dems, electoral reform, written constitutions, the British press and more.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-19 02:00:01

Heatwaves, semiconductors, and Johnson's return? (media.mp3)

It's the hottest day of the year so far, but Rory and Alastair are still managing to disagree fairly agreeably!


Tune in to hear them talk heatwaves, climate change, leadership debates, food shortages, semiconductors, Thatcher and taxation, China, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson's return, and more.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-14 02:00:51

Question Time: Shinzo Abe, Sri Lanka, and 'Big Society' (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair for the seventh episode of 'The Rest Is Politics: Question Time', where they discuss the assassination and legacy of Shinzo Abe, the situation in Sri Lanka, Tory leadership, marriage, Rory's wedding ring, the Met, and more. 


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Not For The Faint-Hearted: My Life Fighting Crime - John Stevens


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-12 13:28:12

Tory leadership race: contenders and pretenders (media.mp3)

Rishi Sunak. Liz Truss. Penny Mordaunt. Tom Tugendhat. And about fifty others.


Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart discuss the runners and riders in the chaotic Tory leadership contest, with Rory giving an insider's guide into what goes on behind the scenes.


How do you attract support? When do campaigns really start? And who will succeed Boris Johnson?


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Tory leadership candidate endorsement tracker (New Statesman) - Ben Walker

Who started each Tory leadership race as favourite? - Tides of History


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-07 15:19:30

BORIS JOHNSON RESIGNS (media.mp3)

Boris Johnson has resigned.


Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart for this emergency podcast as they react to the news of Johnson's resignation. After a tumultuous few days, Johnson is finally standing down, and Alastair and Rory answer the key questions raised by this landmark announcement. Can Johnson stay on as caretaker? Who are the candidates to replace him? What happens next?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-07 02:00:59

British scandals, global recession, and Elvis (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss British scandals, moments of madness, civil service interventions, Starmer on Brexit, technocracy, global economic recession, tech bubbles, China and Taiwan, Xi Jinping, Britain's dwindling military, Lebedev, Elvis, Jimmy Carter and a tribute to Peter Brook.


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Xi Jinping: The Most Powerful Man in the World - Stefan Aust and Adrian Geiges

Starmer is right to say Brexit won’t be reversed (The Times) - William Hague

Mozart in Motion - Patrick Mackie

The State We're In: Alastair Campbell Meets Rory Stewart (Men's Health) - Alastair Campbell


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-07-05 20:23:44

SPECIAL: SUNAK AND JAVID RESIGN (media.mp3)

Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart respond to the breaking news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have both resigned from the Government. How long can Boris Johnson survive as Prime Minister after two of his heavyweight ministers resign a few minutes apart?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-30 02:00:23

Question Time: Roe v. Wade, military MPs, and Ismail Kadare (media.mp3)

Roe v. Wade, the impact of military service on sitting MPs, Britain's global reputation, Labour's stance on strike action, progressive alliances, John Smith, Alexander the Great, and the novels of Ismail Kadare.


Join Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell for the fifth episode of The Rest Is Politics: Question Time, where they answer your questions on all of the above and much, much more.


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Broken April - Ismail Kadare

Spring Flowers - Ismail Kadare


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-29 02:00:08

Tony Blair on the UK's relegation battle (media.mp3)

Tony Blair joins Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell to discuss his fears that Britain may soon be relegated from the Premiership of nations. Also discussed, his views on the future of the NHS, technology and how Labour can recover from the Corbyn years. Plus Ukraine, Russia, China, Scotland, and how to handle Alastair Campbell.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-23 02:00:46

Question Time: The Queen's toilet, Carole Cadwalladr, and climate crisis (media.mp3)

Find out which historical world leaders Rory and Alastair would be like to work alongside, what they would say if they had the world's attention for 30 seconds, their thoughts on the 'Tory power stance' and body language coaching in politics.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-22 02:00:18

By-elections, strikes, and populists (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss by-elections, how Alastair would run as a Tory, strikes, trade unions, Colombia, France, Henry Kissinger, Carrie Johnson's ghost story, Rory's visit to a kibbutz, Welsh Labour, ethics advisors and unrequited love!


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Here’s what Labour should say on Brexit and immigration - Peter Kellner

Henry Kissinger at 99: how to avoid another world war - Niall Ferguson


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-16 02:00:37

Question Time: Ukraine, Tony Blair, and foreign languages (media.mp3)

Join Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart for the third edition of 'The Rest is Politics: Question Time', where they answer your questions on the situation in Ukraine, the role of former world leaders in politics, and their multilingual capabilities.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-15 02:00:57

Keir Starmer, Northern Ireland, and disagreeing 'agreeably' (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they discuss the performance and future of Keir Starmer, what they both think of Wes Streeting, Rory's appearance on BBC Question Time, austerity, what Labour needs to do to win, train strikes, Tony Blair, Northern Ireland, the ERG, Liz Truss, and disagreeing 'agreeably'.


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Anton Spisak - Fixing the Northern Ireland Protocol: A Way Forward


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-09 02:00:50

Question Time: Austerity, diaries, and impostors (media.mp3)

Join Rory and Alastair as they answer your questions on Austerity, John Bercow, protest, schools, carbon footprints, imposter syndrome, cheese, interview techniques, political diaries, and the Duc de Saint-Simon.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-08 02:00:13

Johnson wounded, monarchy, and the West Bank (media.mp3)

Boris Johnson’s no-confidence vote, Tory backbench anger, the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen’s relationships with PMs, Rory’s defence of monarchy, Tony Blair’s royal faux pas, the West Bank, Bethlehem, Dundee, Northern Ireland, Colombia, and Xi Jinping. 


Join Rory and Alastair for discussion of all of the above and much, much more.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-02 02:00:29

Question Time: Hong Kong handover, human rights, and Tintin (media.mp3)

Welcome to the first ever episode of 'TRIP: Question Time'!


During our Question Time pods, Rory and Alastair will attempt to answer even more of the fantastic listener questions we get each week.


While the Wednesday pod will still dig into the main issues of the day, TRIP QT allows Alastair and Rory to debate wide-ranging topics and recount stories from their lives in politics and beyond.


This week the pod covers prisons, how to talk to totalitarian leaders about human rights, Alastair's memories of the Hong Kong handover, how Tintin inspired Rory, Alastair's most right wing view, Rory's most left wing view, and how your upbringing can shape your political outlook.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-06-01 02:00:30

Charisma, Portugal, and gun control (media.mp3)

Rory going viral, Alastair's trip to Portugal, Labour's Brexit position, Olaf Scholz, the UEFA Champions League Final, the 1922 Committee, charisma, Nelson Mandela, teaching politics in school, US gun control, and ABBA. Tune in to today's pod to hear all this and more!


ANNOUNCEMENT: Make sure you come back tomorrow for our first episode of 'TRIP: Question Time' (in the same podcast feed), where Alastair and Rory will devote a whole show to answering more listener questions and recounting some incredible stories from their time in politics.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-05-25 02:00:38

Rupert Murdoch, Taiwan, and Burnley (media.mp3)

Partygate photos, Teals in Australia, why Rory ran as an independent in London, Anthony Albanese, Mhairi Black, Bill Cash, Rupert Murdoch, China, Taiwan, PR, and Nigel Farage. This week's pod has got it all.


Join Rory and Alastair as they drill down into the political talking points from at home and abroad, plus plenty of listener questions.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-05-18 02:00:42

Food shortages, Francois Hollande, and Shireen Abu Akleh (media.mp3)

Shireen Abu Akleh, Alastair's catch-up with Francois Hollande, Rory's reflection on the Tory leadership debates, Northern Ireland, Nick Clegg, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, global food shortages, power-sharing, and press coverage.


Join Rory and Alastair for discussion and analysis of all of the above and more, plus plenty of listener questions.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-05-11 02:00:18

Putin’s blanket, election fallout, and China in Africa (media.mp3)

Beergate, local elections, Tower Hamlets, Northern Ireland, Putin, Chinese foreign policy, Oxbridge, and porridge talk.


Join Rory and Alastair for discussion and analysis of all of the above and more, plus plenty of listener questions.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-05-04 02:00:06

Bad politics, local elections, and toxic debates (media.mp3)

Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell work out a plan for improving the quality of debate in Westminster. They also wonder what it would take for the electorate to dump Boris Johnson from power. Plus how to make the perfect porridge.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-04-27 02:00:33

Biggest snakes, Basic Instinct, and meeting Miley (media.mp3)

Defeating populism, the way to win a leadership contest, and Boris Johnson meeting Miley Cyrus.


Join Alastair and Rory from Scotland in our first ever live episode - it's certainly not one to miss!


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-04-20 02:00:49

Rwanda, Religion and the Return of Trump (media.mp3)

Join Alastair and Rory for this week's pod, where they discuss Patel's plans to send refugees to Rwanda from Britain, the role of religion in politics, and the mysterious ideologue that some believe is the brains behind Putin. There are also plenty of listener questions, which range from Trump's possible return in 2024 to whether political parties should be solely state-funded.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-04-13 02:00:38

Partygate fines, political partners, and voting at 15? (media.mp3)

In today's pod Alastair and Rory discuss the police fines that Johnson and Sunak have received for their roles in Partygate, the current political situation in both France and Pakistan, and the role of spouses in politics. After the break they also drill down into what Alastair and Rory vehemently disagree on politically.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-04-06 02:00:08

Globalism, Scottish Nationalism, and Rory's new job (media.mp3)

Could this be the final ever episode of The Rest Is Politics after Rory's revelation last Friday, 1st April? Hopefully not! After more terrible news from Ukraine and some countries refusing to shun Russia, could this crisis herald the end of a globalism? Also, reaction to populist leaders Orban and Le Pen gaining support in Europe, the ethics of working with questionable regimes, and what first attracted Rory Stewart to the Conservative Party?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-03-30 02:00:31

Tribal politics, anonymous sources, and Malcolm Tucker (media.mp3)

Do the Royal family and the Commonwealth still have a place in the modern world? Alastair and Rory discuss Rwanda and countries recovering from war, whether Joe Biden is an effective communicator, how the relationship between the media and politicians really works, and why certain people find it hard to criticise their own party.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-03-23 02:00:53

Iraq, brave opposition, and powerful Chancellors (media.mp3)

As Rory returns from a tour of Iraq with a landmine charity, what lessons can be learned from the country since the occupation, and how could they be applied to the current situation in Ukraine? Also, is Belarus getting off too lightly in terms of sanctions, can Britain become 'food independent' again, and what is the power dynamic between Prime Ministers and Chancellors of the Exchequer?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-03-16 02:00:07

Zelenskyy's humanity, Lebvedev's parties, and Eton (media.mp3)

Who is winning the communications landscape in Ukraine? Alastair and Rory discuss the importance of soft power, the sacrifices needed to free European dependency on Russian oil, the most intimidating politicians, and whether private schools like Eton have a healthy impact on British society.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-03-14 02:00:18

The Rest Is History: Young Putin, the KGB and the Soviet Union (media.mp3)

In our most recent episode, Alastair mentioned our sister podcast, The Rest Is History, and its recent mini-series on the Soviet Union, its fall, Putin's early life and his subsequent rise to power.


Here's the first episode of the series on Brezhnev, Putin's formative years, his early KGB career and Gorbachev's descent into chaos.


Was Putin a nationalist or a communist? What changed from Brezhnev to Gorbachev? What was Putin doing in East Germany during the Soviet twilight years?


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-03-09 02:00:28

Lying, vanity and friendship in politics (media.mp3)

Welcome to the second episode of The Rest Is Politics with Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell!


With Ukrainian refugees struggling to claim asylum in the UK, why aren't the British government's actions matching up to its rhetoric? Rory and Alastair discuss the importance of personal relationships in matters of state, and question whether the current honours system is fit for purpose after former education and defence secretary Gavin Williamson was given a knighthood.


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From The Rest Is Politics at 2022-03-02 02:00:00

Putin in person, Russian money in British politics, and Bono vs Blair (media.mp3)

What's Vladimir Putin like to deal with in person? On the first episode of "The Rest Is Politics", Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart tackle the latest developments in Ukraine, give their insight into the most effective next steps for NATO, explain how Russian money has affected British politics, and discuss celebrity activism.


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