The Spectator Podcast: the surrealism of Brexit, three years on

15 March 2019 3:56 pm

In Salvador Dalí’s Persistence of Memory, several clocks are melting away in a surreal desert scene where a distorted horse-like creature fades into the sand, below a ledge where a pocket watch crawls with ants. The bizarre painting is rather reminds one of the surrealism of the Brexit process, especially after this week. The government has gone into full meltdown mode – it lost yet again on May’s Brexit deal (though this time by a smaller margin, only by 149 MPs); ended up whipping against itself on a motion rejecting no deal, where 13 government ministers defied the whip; and just about wrested control of Brexit from the Commons on a vote on Thursday night.

The Spectator Podcast: time to make your own mind up about a no-deal Brexit

11 January 2019 5:27 pm

Lorries backing up in Kent, a Mars bar shortage, and no more Rome city breaks – these are just some…

The Spectator Podcast: why May’s Brexit deal is hard to stomach, but the alternative is worse

9 November 2018 4:05 pm

As Theresa May prepares to unveil her Brexit deal, we ask: just how bad is it, and what happened to…

The Spectator Podcast: will the EU project crumble after Merkel leaves?

2 November 2018 11:58 am

Angela Merkel is stepping down but what is her legacy and can the EU project survive without her? On this…

The Spectator Podcast: Brexit, Bellingcat, and bondage with ethics

18 October 2018 5:51 pm

This week, Brexit negotiations grind to a halt again as Brussels and the UK draw mutually exclusive red lines on…

The Spectator Podcast: John McDonnell vs the clueless Tories

28 September 2018 3:57 pm

As we head into Conservative Party Conference, Theresa May has never looked more alone. We talk to Iain Duncan Smith…

The Spectator Podcast: plots, politics, and the pains of leadership

14 September 2018 3:56 pm

This week, Tory in-fighting comes to the fore, but could the party be even more divided than we thought? Meanwhile,…

Spectator Podcast: The people vs Brexit

30 August 2018 7:27 am

The clamours for a second referendum are growing. But are those calling for a ‘people’s vote’ really interested in what…

The Spectator Podcast: Bluffers and Royals

16 August 2018 12:27 pm

We often complain that our politicians are all bluffers who know very little about a lot. But is the very…

The Spectator Podcast: China’s new diplomacy

2 August 2018 3:34 pm

This week, China agreed to consider a trade deal with Britain post-Brexit, but does a closer relationship with China expose…

The Spectator Podcast: return of Ukip

26 July 2018 4:53 pm

It’s safe to say that Brexit negotiations haven’t gone smoothly. The Tories are down in the latest polls, but Ukip…

The Spectator Podcast: Trump’s peace plan

19 July 2018 4:30 pm

Earlier this week, Trump met Putin. But beneath the outcry against Trump’s press conference, a peace plan for Syria was…

The Spectator Podcast: Revolution!

12 July 2018 12:40 pm

Is Brexit going in circles? With the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson – and widespread unhappiness at the…

The Spectator Podcast: the people vs the EU

31 May 2018 1:11 pm

This week, the new Italian coalition’s proposed government was blocked by the Italian President, giving EU grandees in Brussels a…

The Spectator Podcast: Health Cheque

24 May 2018 2:06 pm

In this week’s issue, the Spectator reveals that the government is planning a significant yearly increase in the NHS’s budget.…

The Spectator Podcast: Mayday!

3 May 2018 1:34 pm

In this week’s podcast, we discuss Theresa May’s impossible situation – how can she get herself out of the bind…

The Spectator Podcast: The Wrong Brexit

19 April 2018 2:38 pm

This week we ask why Theresa May is pulling up the drawbridge to Britain, exactly when she should be advertising…

The Spectator Podcast: Prince Charming

8 March 2018 6:28 pm

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast, we look at the new Saudi Crown Prince as he visits the…

The Spectator Podcast: Lead or go

1 February 2018 4:32 pm

On this week’s episode we’re wondering whether Theresa May can weather this latest storm, speaking to a robot expert (and…

Carillion crashes owing £1.5 billion: directors’ conduct is probed

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Home Carillion, the construction and service-provider with 20,000 employees and many contracts for the public sector, went into liquidation with…

Letters: No, the Church of England is not planning an evangelical takeover

6 January 2018 9:00 am

A church for all people Sir: I enjoyed reading Ysenda Maxtone Graham’s account of debates in the Church of England…

What Europeans really think about Brexit

6 January 2018 9:00 am

What do Europeans really think about Brexit?

Leave Brexit alone and get on with governing

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I return often to Cambridge and was there recently. Julian Glover, my partner, was talking to the History Society at…

Brexit suggests we’re on the right side of history

16 December 2017 9:00 am

For a century, theorists have argued that the nation state is obsolete. Brexit suggests otherwise