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Coffee House Shots

Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls, James Heale and many others.

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Recent Episodes of Coffee House Shots


Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 14/07/2024

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 14/07/2024

Isabel Hardman presents highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. 

Donald Trump has narrowly escaped with his life after an attempted assassination attempt. The UK government condemn the violent act, Nigel Farage say liberal media narratives are to blame, pollster Frank Luntz says the moment may be decisive in the US election, and former Tory adviser Samuel Kasumu says the US needs to think about gun control.

Produced by Joe Bedell-Brill.

Episode 14 July 2024 11m and 22s


Coffee House Shots live: election aftermath

Coffee House Shots live: election aftermath

Join Fraser Nelson, Katy Balls and Kate Andrews, along with special guest Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, for a live edition of Coffee House Shots recorded earlier this week. A week on from Sir Jacob losing his seat, he declares 'I can speak freely now'. So, why does he think the Conservatives lost the election?

The team also answer a range of audience questions, including: how will the Conservatives win voters back? Is Nigel Farage here to stay? And what's their verdict on Labour's first week? 

Produced by Patrick Gibbons and Megan McElroy. 

Episode 14 July 2024 57m and 47s


Welcome to Whitehall Watch

Welcome to Whitehall Watch

What happens to staff in Whitehall when a government changes? In this Saturday edition of the podcast, Katy Balls is joined by Henry Newman, former adviser to Michael Gove. He now runs Whitehall Watch, a project exploring who’s up, who’s out, who’s in and what’s going down across Whitehall, the corridors of power and the Civil Service. 

Episode 13 July 2024 13m and 8s


Can Labour solve our prisons crisis?

Can Labour solve our prisons crisis?

Justice secretary Shabana Mahmood has acknowledged that ‘our prisons are on the point of collapse’. She has announced that, from September, most prisoners serving sentences of less than four years will be released 40 per cent of the way through their sentences instead of the halfway point, which is currently the case.

The policy will ease pressure on prisons, but the question remains; could this backfire? Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson and Professor Ian Acheson, former prison governor and former Director of Community Safety at the Home Office.

You can listen to Shabana Mahmood on Women With...

Episode 12 July 2024 15m and 26s


Has Nato been a success for Starmer?

Has Nato been a success for Starmer?

Keir Starmer is on his first big diplomatic trip to Washington, attending the Nato summit. He has called on member countries to increase defence spending, had a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, and enjoyed a dinner with Joe Biden - all in his first week of the job. How is the trip going, are there any tensions arising, and has it been a success for the new PM? 

Oscar Edmondson discusses with James Heale and Sophia Gaston, head of foreign policy at Policy Exchange. 

Episode 11 July 2024 17m and 25s


Who will lead the Tories in opposition?

Who will lead the Tories in opposition?

It's been a big 24 hours in Tory-world as the party tries to pick itself up after last week's defeat. We have had the first shadow cabinet meeting and the 1922 committee chairman election. Where do they go from here? And who could lead them? 

James Heale speaks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. 

Produced by Oscar Edmondson. 

Episode 10 July 2024 13m and 3s


Can Wes Streeting end the NHS strikes?

Can Wes Streeting end the NHS strikes?

Health Secretary Wes Streeting declared the NHS 'broken' over the weekend. With a creaking in-tray of issues, he opened up negotiations with the BMA today to try and solve one: the pay dispute with junior doctors. With ambitious reforms planned, and a workforce with low morale, how successful will Labour be? 

Isabel Hardman and James Heale join Cindy Yu to discuss. 

Produced by Patrick Gibbons and Cindy Yu. 

Episode 9 July 2024 13m and 46s


Can Labour deliver economic growth?

Can Labour deliver economic growth?

This morning, Rachel Reeves made her first speech as chancellor. She announced mandatory housing targets, promising 1.5 million homes over the next five years, as well as an end to the onshore wind ban. What else does she have in store, and can Labour deliver the growth the country needs?

James Heale discusses with Katy Balls and Kate Andrews.

Episode 8 July 2024 12m and 26s


Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 07/07/2024

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 07/07/2024

Isabel Hardman presents highlights from Sunday morning's politics shows.

Labour win with a landslide, but their relatively small share of the vote makes this a significantly distorted election. Newly appointed Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds defends his party's performance, and says smaller parties don't receive enough scrutiny. The Tory inquest begins, while Lib Dems say they will be constructive opposition, and Reform claim they are the 'real' opposition.

Produced by Joe Bedell-Brill. 

Episode 7 July 2024 12m and 37s


The surprises in Starmer's cabinet

The surprises in Starmer's cabinet

In his first 24 hours as Prime Minister, Keir Starmer has appointed his cabinet and held a cabinet meeting. Most of his frontbench have carried over their shadow briefs, but there were a few surprise appointments too. Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and Times columnist Patrick Maguire.

Produced by Cindy Yu.

Episode 6 July 2024 14m and 57s

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