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Spectator Podcast: The people vs Brexit

30 August 2018

7:27 AM

30 August 2018

7:27 AM

The clamours for a second referendum are growing. But are those calling for a ‘people’s vote’ really interested in what voters think? Or is this just a plot to stop Brexit? Rod Liddle isn’t convinced about the case for giving voters a second say. The vote to leave the EU was unequivocal, he says in this week’s cover piece. So why won’t the luvvies just accept it and move on? Rod is joined on this week’s Spectator podcast by James McGrory, executive director of ‘People’s Vote’ and Tom Slater, deputy editor of Spiked Online.

On the podcast, Rod says:

‘It seems to me that the People’s Vote people are simply reiterating the same arguments they made after the vote back in 2016, which is that we knew what was going to happen but you’re too thick to.’

In Sweden, voters go to the polls next weekend. The Swedish Democrats, once regarded as a sinister group of far-right cranks, could become the largest party. So what’s changed? In this week’s magazine, Fredrik Erikson writes that while the Democrats have been called ‘neo fascist, far-right, racist and xenophobic’ nothing has halted their success. He is joined on the podcast by Fraser Nelson, who says the political establishment is running scared:

‘The governing party – the Swedish Social Democrats – seem to be resigned to terrible election results. I heard the Swedish PM give an appeal – it should have been an election broadcast – but instead he was saying: please don’t let the Sweden Democrats do very well. In other words, he was talking about the populists: not his own party. He had nothing really to say about himself. The election message seems to be: whatever you do, don’t let these populists in.’

And the Soho of the eighties, a hotbed of debauchery, drinking and death, is now a vanished world. So what was it really like? Christopher Howse, the author of a new book on Soho, and the Spectator’s cartoon editor, Michael Heath, were among those who were there. On this week’s podcast, they reveal to Fraser Nelson their experiences of the daily tragic comedy that played out in the west end of London. 

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