Political Takeout

Political Takeout is a funny but informed review of the week’s news and politics. Presented by Bobby Friedman and Rupert Myers, it takes a wry look at events in Westminster and beyond

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Political Takeout: Review of 2013 (and politicians' Christmas cards)

This week we were joined by Daniel Knowles from the Economist, the interviewer Matthew Stadlen and the New Statesman and Independent blogger Mark Thompson. We review 2013, talk about right to die, and weigh up politicians’ Christmas Cards.

Political Takeout: What does Mandela's death say about British politics? And was 2013 a bad year for feminism?

This week we discussed the rise in pay for members of parliament, what the coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death says about British politics, and asked whether 2013 was a bad year for feminism. We were joined by UKIP’s Alexandra Swann, the Guardian’s Alex von Tunzelmann, and the Telegraph’s Willard Foxton and Caroline Kent.

 

David Cameron is leading Britain's largest trade mission to China, with more than 100 leaders from business, education, and cultural fields, along with six government ministers attending

Political Takeout: Cameron in China, prison, and the rise of Buzzfeed

This week we discussed Cameron’s visit to China with Bill Oddie and Sunny Hundal, prison with Vicky Pryce, and Buzzfeed with Luke Lewis and Jim Waterson. We were joined in the studio by Rich Peppiatt and the Independent’s own Felicity Morse.

Political Takeout Podcast: Tory modernisation, the Guardian versus the NSA, and Ed Miliband's pub problem

This week we discussed Tory modernisation, asked if the Guardian should face prosecution over the Snowden leaks, and wondered whether it matters if Ed Miliband doesn’t go to the pub. We were joined in the studio by broadcaster Sam Delaney, Ruth Porter of the IEA, and down the line by former MP Louise Mensch, Index on Censorship’s Michael Harris, and Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

Political Takeout Podcast: Tax, blocking child pornography, and Rob Ford's out-of-office activities

Political Takeout is a funny but informed review of the week’s news and politics

Footage shown to the court from a helmet camera of a Marine during a patrol in Afghanistan in which an insurgent was killed

Political Takeout 2.1: Guest starring Jonathan Aitken, Rowenna Davis, and Fleet Street Fox

Welcome to the return of Political Takeout! This week's episode guest stars Jonathan Aitken, Rowenna Davis, and Susie Boniface aka Fleet Street Fox. We're discussing whether Wonga should be banned from advertising to children, and whether 'Marine A' convicted of murder on the field of battle deserves compassion. Enjoy!

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