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Podcast: the death of the left and Jeremy Corbyn’s first few days as leader

17 September 2015

9:11 AM

17 September 2015

9:11 AM

What has happened to the left-wing of British politics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Nick Cohen discusses his Spectator cover feature with Fraser Nelson on why he is resigning from the left, following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Why have some activists become intolerable of views that differ slightly from their hard-left perspective? Should those who have had enough of the Labour party join the Conservatives? And is Labour’s shift to the left a temporary blip or a longer trend?

James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman also discuss Corbyn’s first week as Labour leader and whether his new take on PMQs is something that will stick. Has Corbyn’s poor performance in his first few days shortened how long he will remain leader? How are Labour MPs feeling about their new leader? And will Cameron adapt to the new style of PMQs without much of a sweat?

Plus, Matthew Parris and Freddy Gray debate whether it is inevitable that euthanasia will become legalised and accepted by society. Even though the Assisted Dying Bill was rejected in House of Commons last week, will the issue return in the near future? And will we reach a point where it is accepted that any lives deemed ‘useless’ should end?

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