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Podcast: the Osborne supremacy and why Labour’s grassroots don’t matter

30 July 2015 20:27

George Osborne reigns supreme over Westminster — how did he end up with all this power? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Isabel Hardman discusses our cover piece on the Chancellor’s… Continue reading


Podcast: Morality and privacy online, and how the SNP MPs may save the Union

23 July 2015 9:55

The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has raised the question of whether there is such a thing as privacy online. On this View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind discusses this week’s… Continue reading


Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how a fear of Isis is… Continue reading


Podcast: Fox hunting, the Budget and Harper Lee

9 July 2015 8:53

The hunting ban could be gone soon – but the hypocrisy will linger on, says Melissa Kite in this week’s issue. Cameron knows he has to deliver something to the… Continue reading


Podcast: Greece’s tragedy, David Cameron’s EU opportunity and expanding Heathrow

2 July 2015 17:22

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red The crisis in Greece is rapidly turning into a tragedy. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Harry Mount and Vincenzo Scarpetta discuss… Continue reading


Podcast special: The case for Heathrow expansion

1 July 2015 18:03

After three years and £20m, Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has made its recommendation: Heathrow should have a third runway, and Gatwick expansion should not be ruled out either. But that… Continue reading

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at Schloss Elmau for the summit of the G7 group of nations on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from a Grexit as Greece. On this week’s View from 22… Continue reading

Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis  (L) listens to Prime Minister addressing his MP's and ministers, next to Syriza lawmaker Konstantinos Tsoukalas (R) at the Greek Parliament in Athens on June 16, 2015,

Podcast: Greece and the lessons of Black Wednesday, plus the latest on the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 9:20

As the situation in Greece becomes more serious by the day, is a default or Grexit on the horizon? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Channel 4’s Paul Mason discusses this week’s Spectator leading article… Continue reading

Activists inflate a balloon with face of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron on June 5, 2015 in Munich, southern Germany.

Podcast: The Last Christian and David Cameron’s solemn election night

11 June 2015 9:05

Will 2067 mark the point when Christianity dies out in Britain? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Damian Thompson and Freddy Gray discuss this week’s cover story on the crisis facing… Continue reading

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Health podcast special: does technology spell the end of the waiting room?

3 June 2015 14:30

Technology has the huge potential to transform the healthcare system. In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s Sebastian Payne discusses how technology is revolutionising healthcare with Professor Simon Wessely, the president of… Continue reading

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

Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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