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

9 April 2015

10:30 AM

9 April 2015

10:30 AM

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 Eaton of the New Statesman. Would Miliband manage to take his lofty ideas about reshaping capitalism into No.10? Or would he be more pragmatic in power? Like his mentor Gordon Brown, could Miliband’s indecisiveness turn out to be a fatal flaw?

James Forsyth and Alex Massie also discuss the current madness of Scottish politics. As we saw during the two Scottish leaders’ debates, it appears there is nothing that can dent the SNP’s popularity — even a leaked memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s desire to keep David Cameron in No.10 has been brushed aside. Is the SNP still on course to wipe out Scottish Labour? And is the end of the Union now a zero-sum game?


Plus, Freddy Gray and Damian Thompson discuss whether Pope Francis is facing a schism in the Catholic Church. How great are the divides over homosexuality and communion for the remarried? Does this pose an insurmountable problem for the Pope?

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