Is the British Army enjoying a straightforward and safe withdrawal from Afghanistan? No, according to this week’s Spectator. The Daily Telegraph’s Con Coughlin writes the withdrawal is one of the most daunting challenges ever undertaken by our army. In the latest View from 22 podcast, Con reports on what the troops think about the withdrawal, the cost of removing our forces and equipment, the unstable political situation in Afghanistan and the implications of an unstable regime back in the UK.
Following on from Fraser’s post celebrating Nigel Lawson’s 1988 budget, this week’s debate features Fraser and John Rentoul from the Independent on Sunday going head to head on Lawson, John F. Kennedy and merits of lower taxation. Do lower taxes bring in more revenue? How does reducing the top rate of tax affect equality? And how did equality change throughout the Blair and Thatcher years? Listen in to decide for yourself who is the victor.
Plus, James Forsyth explains David Cameron’s secret spending review and Budget plans and Freddy Gray discusses the election of the new Pope. You can subscribe through iTunes to have it delivered to your computer every week, or listen with the embedded player below: