Ever since he entered the White House, Donald Trump has been trying to isolate Iran diplomatically. But in the week since the killing of Qassem Soleimani, it seems that the opposite has happened. John R Bradley argues in this week’s cover piece that Trump’s move has united the Sunni Arab states, from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, in expressing sympathy for Iran and urging restraint. So has the Trump strategy completely backfired? Lara Prendergast talks to former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, and journalist Oz Katerji.
Plus, with Labour’s leadership contest now officially underway, do any of the contenders actually worry the Tories? That’s the question Katy Balls poses in her political column this week and she concludes that no, not really. She tells Lara why on the podcast, and joining down the line from Manchester is James Mills, former advisor to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
And last on the podcast, we ask if the treasured piggy bank is a thing of childhoods past. In our increasingly cashless world, children now rarely have occasion to come into contact with coins and notes. But, as writer Laurie Graham asks in this week’s issue, how then can kids learn about money, and especially the practice of saving up through good behaviour? We hear from Laurie, and Iona Bain, financial journalist and author of Spare Change, who just might have the answer.