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The Edition podcast: is there a new Anglo-French bromance?

24 January 2020

3:51 PM

24 January 2020

3:51 PM

Is a new Anglo-French bromance blossoming? Emmanuel Macron certainly seems like he needs an ally. Back home, the country has been protesting against his labour reforms, unemployment remains stubbornly high, and abroad, the country’s military entanglement in Africa is only getting messier. Jonathan Miller argues in this week’s cover piece that Boris might be the answer to Macron’s troubles. He joins the podcast to explain the new bromance, and is also joined by Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform.


Plus, Labour’s leadership race is narrowing, but James Forsyth writes in this week’s political column that all the remaining candidates are missing the point – none of them are thinking about what the party really needs to do in order to win. He talks to Isabel Hardman on the podcast, together with Gloria de Piero, former Labour MP for Ashfield.

And finally, we also talk a look at what is killing Britain’s wild salmon. In the 80s, there were nine million salmon in the Atlantic – today that figure is a mere two million. Scottish fishermen are no longer allowed to catch salmon on their coasts, but the problem shows no sign of abating, writes angler Mike Daunt in this week’s issue. On the podcast, Mike knocks heads with Dylan Roberts, Head of Fisheries at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, to figure out the solution.


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