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Queen Elizabeth II waits to give the Queen's Speech from the throne in the House of Lords next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) at the Palace of Westminster on May 27, 2015 in London, England.

Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 14:57

In this View from 22 special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years and the government’s legislation plans for the next… Continue reading

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Michael Gove arrives at The Royal Courts of Justice to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor on May 19, 2015 in London, England.

Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

21 May 2015 8:58

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and barrister Greg… Continue reading

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UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage leaves the party's head office in central London on May 15, 2015.

Podcast special: can Nigel Farage survive the Ukip wars?

15 May 2015 13:35

In this View from 22 special podcast, Fraser Nelson and Sebastian Payne discuss the ongoing Ukip wars with Laura Pitel from The Times. Can Nigel Farage survive as leader? Is there… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Podcast: the end of Miliband and the Tories’ one nation challenge

14 May 2015 21:39

Ed Milband and his team were not ready for their major defeat on election night. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Dan Hodges discusses the final days of Miliband’s… Continue reading

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David Miliband discussing his brother's leadership of the Labour Party on the BBC photo. Photo: BBC.

Podcast special: the Cabinet reshuffle, David Miliband’s interview and Farage returns

11 May 2015 18:29

In this View from 22 podcast special, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final appointments in David Cameron’s new Cabinet and what they show about Cameron’s approach to party… Continue reading

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Conservative  Chief Whip Michael Gove gives the thumbs up to a jeering labour supporter outside the Old Granada TV studios where the Labour party launched their election manifesto on April 13, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Podcast special: Cameron’s new cabinet and runners and riders for Labour leader

10 May 2015 23:17

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the beginnings of David Cameron’s new Cabinet and how the ministers announced so far demonstrate the Prime Minister’s reticence… Continue reading

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David Cameron (R) and his wife Samantha pose for pictures outside 10 Downing Street in London on May 8, 2015, a day after the British general election.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the 2015 general election

8 May 2015 15:00

In our final podcast special of the 2015 general election, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the astonishing results and what we can expect from David Cameron’s new Conservative government. Are we… Continue reading

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London mayor Boris Johnson arrives to speak at a Conservative Party election rally in Hendon on May 5, 2015 in Twickenham, London.

Election podcast special: 48 hours to go

5 May 2015 15:42

In today’s election special podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss David Cameron’s election rally with Boris Johnson in Hendon and whether the Mayor of London has been underused during the… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning. Photo: PA.

Election podcast special: four days to go

3 May 2015 19:26

In today’s election special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I attempt to explain why Ed Miliband unveiled a stone engraved with Labour’s six pledges today. Will anyone notice what the pledges… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television program at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 23:18

According to the snap poll, David Cameron has won the final TV ‘debate’ of the short campaign. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I… Continue reading

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The set of tonight's Question Time debate. Photo: Ross Hawkins/BBC.

Election podcast special: seven days to go

30 April 2015 12:48

In today’s election podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the Liberal Democrats’ efforts to put themselves at the front of the campaign, what to expect from today’s Question… Continue reading

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London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive at the Advantage children's daycare nursery on April 22, 2015 in Surbiton, England.

Podcast: the election where everybody loses and Boris’s vision for conservatism

30 April 2015 9:11

With one week to go, are the Conservatives back on track to being the biggest party? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss the state of the election… Continue reading

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David Cameron steps off a train in Dawlish where he is visiting the construction of a new sea defence wall in Dawlish, England while on the campaign trail on April 10, 2015.

Podcast: the passion of David Cameron and whether 2015 will be another 1992

23 April 2015 8:44

Should David Cameron be showing more passionate in this election campaign? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss their interview with the Prime Minister… Continue reading

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The fat debate – Julie Burchill vs Katie Hopkins

16 April 2015 12:00

In this week’s issue, Julie Burchill explains why she is not dieting. Ever. As Kingsley Amis said, no pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, greets supporters as they leave following the unveiling of their political party's election manifesto in London, U.K., on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Podcast: the rise of left wing populism and Julie Burchill vs. Katie Hopkins

16 April 2015 8:38

What do Ed Miliband, Hillary Clinton and Nicola Sturgeon have in common? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Jamie Kirchick, Fraser Nelson and Alex Massie discuss the rise of left-wing populism in Britain, Scotland and… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

View from 22 podcast special: the Conservative manifesto

14 April 2015 16:35

In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the implications of the Conservative manifesto, which was announced today. You can read the full… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Podcast special: polls and personal attacks

9 April 2015 23:58

With 28 days to go, is the momentum beginning to move towards Labour? In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the latest polls… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at Warwick University on April 8, 2015 in Warwick, England

Podcast: what if Ed wins, the madness of Scottish politics and Catholic wars

9 April 2015 10:30

Ed Miliband could still win the general election, but what would happen next? On the latest View from 22 podcast, The Telegraph’s Dan Hodges discusses this week’s Spectator cover feature on what to expect from a Miliband premiership with George… Continue reading

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A general view as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie take part in the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh.

Listen: The Spectator’s take on the Scottish leaders’ debates

7 April 2015 23:49

The Scottish leaders’ debate was, so far, the most informative TV debate of the campaign. In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I analyse which party leaders gained… Continue reading

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Seven leaders of Britain's political parties join televised debate at MediaCityUK studios on April 2, 2015 in Salford, England.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the TV leaders’ debate

3 April 2015 0:05

The snap polls suggest there was no immediate winner of the televised leaders’ debate on ITV — so what happened? In this View from 22 podcast special, James Forsyth, Isabel… Continue reading

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Podcast: In defence of Christianity, and the Conservatives’ lack of passion

2 April 2015 13:33

Being a Christian in Britain today is to invite pity or condescension, writes Michael Gove in this week’s cover piece. Why is that, and what is the future of Christianity in… Continue reading

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Seven party leaders will take part in a TV debate tonight. Photo: Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Podcast special: the seven-way TV leaders debate

2 April 2015 11:46

Tonight’s televised debate between seven of the party leaders promises to be one of the most interesting events of the campaign. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson,… Continue reading

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Podcast special: competition is key as the airports debate comes in to land

1 April 2015 11:08

The debate over the future of Britain’s airports will reach its conclusion in just four months. In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson discusses the current state… Continue reading

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Podcast special: eve of the general election campaign + SNP spring conference

29 March 2015 15:09

The general election campaign kicks off tomorrow and Labour appears to have the ‘Big Mo’. In this View from 22 podcast special,  Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the state… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Cameron/Miliband Q&A

27 March 2015 0:17

According to the snap polls, David Cameron was victorious in the first TV ‘debate’ — but Ed Miliband didn’t do too badly either. In this View from 22 podcast special,… Continue reading

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