Boris Johnson has been under fire this week for not coming to the defence of Sir Kim Darroch. Is this a sign of things to come? In this week’s cover, Freddy Gray takes a look at what transatlantic relations might look like under a prime minister Johnson, arguing that Boris might better understand Trump than May did. He joins the podcast together with Anand Menon, Director of the UK in a Changing Europe. Surprisingly, they agree on quite a lot.
Next, Cambridge University is conducting an inquiry into its historical links with slavery this year. ‘Too right!’ says Sahil Mahtani, a City analyst specialising in economic history, in this week’s magazine. And while we’re at it, Sahil writes, why don’t we also take the Normans to court for 1066 and all that? After all, they pillaged and raped, oppressed and dominated, and those with Norman surnames are 25 per cent overrepresented in Oxbridge to this day. So, do reparations ever make sense? On the podcast, Sahil debates with Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, former President of the Cambridge University Student Union’s Black and Minority Campaign.
Last, what is it with male Tory MPs and jogging? Harry Mount writes in this week’s issue that the fat Tory MPs of yesteryear have been replaced by fitness freaks. From Jeremy Hunt to Boris Johnson to Michael Gove – they’re always men, and they’re always men of a certain age. Harry and Iain Dale knock heads on the podcast.