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The Spectator podcast: Eugenics, Tory wars and poetry

31 March 2016

8:25 AM

31 March 2016

8:25 AM

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Lara Prendergast presents this week’s podcast. She speaks to Fraser Nelson about the return of eugenics – which, according to his cover article, is back with a vengeance. He’s alarmed – but Toby Young isn’t. He says eugenics should be on the NHS so the poor can have more intelligent babies.


Next, James Forsyth discusses the latest in the Tory wars over Brexit. With mounting tensions in the party amid a possible leadership battle, James says this ‘bitter contest could release as much poison as the political assassination of Margaret Thatcher’. But will the Conservatives tear themselves apart? And can anyone stop Boris in the Tory steeplechase? Paul Goodman joins James and Lara on the podcast.

And finally, what does poetry tell us about Britain? In an article this week, performance poet Gary Dexter talks us through what he’s learnt about the state of the nation from his experiences reciting verse. He’s memorised 150 poems and says he has made it his mission to perform great poems to the public. But what has reading aloud Larkin and Wordsworth taught him about Britain today? Gary is joined by fellow performance poet Dean Atta.

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