Labour’s constructive ambiguity on Brexit has served it well since the 2017 election. But as the country votes in European elections this week, has the party miscalculated in being too ambiguous? Nick Cohen writes in this week’s cover article that Labour should have positioned itself as the party of Remain, and now it faces being picked off by the Lib Dems on one side, and the Brexit Party on the other. On the podcast, Sienna Rodgers and Nick discuss Labour’s fate:
And rather unlikely support for Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign comes in this week’s issue. Self-professed Remainiac Matthew Parris says that whoever is the next leader will have to tell the country that Brexit must be paused, and Boris is the best man for the job. He joins James Forsyth on the podcast.
And we discuss one final burning question of the age: are books for reading, or showing off? Daily Express columnist Virginia Blackburn comes clean in this week’s issue about the careful curating that went behind her new hallway bookshelf. It’s home to 18th century Chinese classics, but not her beloved crime fics and rom coms, which are relegated to the side room. So is a bookshelf just an opportunity to show off? Stig Abell, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, joins Virginia on the podcast.