Though the Tories are consistently and comfortably leading in the polls, nothing can be taken for granted in politics, if recent years are anything to go by. So what would happen if Corbyn really does get into No. 10? In this week’s cover piece, economist and Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan breaks down the consequences of Corbyn’s domestic agenda, calling it a Nightmare on Downing Street. So is Liam right? He speaks to Katy Balls and Michael Jacobs, Professor of Political Economy at Sheffield University and former adviser to Gordon Brown.
Plus, why is tree planting all the hype these days? From Elton John carbon offsetting private jet journeys for his friends, to all the major parties pledging to plant millions or even billions of trees to save the planet, farmer Jamie Blackett argues in this week’s issue that this isn’t actually going to absolve anyone of their environmental sins. In fact, tree planting in the wrong way can even make things worse. I speak to him and Extinction Rebellion’s Will Skeaping on the podcast.
And to finish off, a spot of wisdom from the mouth of babes. Andrew Watts writes in this week’s issue about his six year old’s attempt to catch up with politics (‘I back Boris Johnson because he likes cake and eating it too’). So how young is too young to know about politics? Andrew joins me down the line, together with Freddy Gray, editor of Spectator USA, with his son Gus who, at the age of seven, is representing the youth constituency.