Rock & Roll Politics with Steve Richards

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  • 44 minutes 57 seconds
    Why is the election 'tax and spend' debate dangerous and bonkers?

    Look at the government's own figures and it's obvious that taxes and borrowing will have to rise or else there will be further cuts to the UK's decaying public services. Why can't the parties be more honest? Has it always been like this in elections? What are the consequences? 

    Plus brilliant questions and a key notice for the Rock N Roll Politics co-operative. Rock N Roll Politics – The Election Bonus is live at Kings Place on June 24th and there are only a few tickets left!


    Rock & Roll Politics: The Bonus Election Special is live at Kings Place on June 24th

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival in a new political landscape from Aug 11th. Tickets here

    Back us on Patreon for bonus podcasts on all the recent strange election campaigns and much more.


    Written and presented by Steve Richards

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    11 June 2024, 3:00 am
  • 51 minutes 44 seconds
    What are the deeper lessons of the Diane Abbott saga?

    Behind the surface frenzy of the Diane Abbott saga are two overlooked questions. Does a leader have a right to have a say who is selected as candidates? What is the role of an MP? The ambition of all candidates is to be an MP, but is there any clear sense of what's expected of an MP? In this case also there are questions about how Keir Starmer and his unelected allies manage or mismanage their party.

    • Rock & Roll Politics: The Bonus Election Special is live at Kings Place on June 24th. Tickets here.
    • Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival in a new political landscape from Aug 11th. Tickets here.
    • Back us on Patreon for bonus podcasts on all the recent strange election campaigns and much more.

    Written and presented by Steve Richards

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    3 June 2024, 11:57 am
  • 44 minutes 8 seconds
    The Tory Campaign – Why is it the most calamitous start in modern times?

    So far the Conservative campaign makes Labour’s in 1983 and Theresa May’s in 2017 seem slick and confident. Why does it seem so indisciplined and ill thought-through? The answer lies in the mind of Rishi Sunak.

    Rock & Roll Politics: The Bonus Election Special is live at Kings Place, London on June 24th. Tickets here.

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival in a new political landscape from Aug 11th. Tickets here.

    Back us on Patreon for bonus podcasts on all the recent strange election campaigns and much more.

    Written and presented by Steve Richards

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    28 May 2024, 11:55 am
  • 31 minutes 37 seconds
    The Election Bonus

    Rishi Sunak surprised most of us by calling an election for July 4th. Why has he done it when he's 20 points behind? What will happen in the campaign and how will the parties handle the new levels of intense scrutiny? It’s time for the Rock N Roll Politics co-operative to gather more often than usual to make sense of the suddenly changed political context… The election is only six weeks away!

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at Kings Place on July 10th

    I'm also live at the Edinburgh Festival from Sun Aug 11th with a new show every day. Get tickets here.

    Written and presented by Steve Richards

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    23 May 2024, 8:54 am
  • 39 minutes 41 seconds
    Contaminated Blood – Will the familiar lessons ever be learnt?

    A familiar pattern forms again: scandals, cover up, victims struggling to prove the truth and an inquiry that reveals a dysfunctional state. Where does power lie in the UK? And what happens next?

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at Kings Place on July 10th

    I'm also live at the Edinburgh Festival from Sun Aug 11th with a new show every day. Get tickets here.

    Written and presented by Steve Richards

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    21 May 2024, 11:13 am
  • 42 minutes 36 seconds
    Can Keir Starmer stop the boats?

    What a silly question. We all know the answer to that one. And yet that was what was asked of Starmer at a point of unusual distinctiveness. He reiterated his unqualified opposition to the Rwanda populism, but did so at that moment of ambiguity. Plus, the defection of Natalie Elphicke: there are many lessons, not least for the media asking the silly question.

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at Kings Place on July 10th. Tickets here.

    I’m live at the Edinburgh Festival with a different show each day. Tickets here.

    Back Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon and get early, ad-free episodes, live Zooms, merchandise and much more.

    Image: Keir Starmer takes a boat trip on the River Tees during a visit to PD Ports on April 18, 2024 in Teesside, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    14 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 55 minutes 2 seconds
    Do the Tory Right know what they want?

    After the elections, Sunak’s right wing dissenters called off their planned coup even though the results were disastrous for the Tories, while outlining their agenda for the future… which is similar to the one Sunak is pursuing. Do they know what they are doing?

    Plus, the dangers of Keir Starmer walking into traps in his attempt to avoid others, and brilliant questions from the Rock & Roll Politics Co-operative. 


    Rock & Roll Politics – The Pre-Election Special is live at Kings Place on July 10th. Tickets here. 

    Rock & Roll Politics is live at the Edinburgh Festival from Sat Aug 11th. A different show every day. Tickets here.

    Support the podcast on Patreon for early, ad-free episodes, merchandise, special events and more. 

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    7 May 2024, 2:28 pm
  • 44 minutes 56 seconds
    Has the SNP become impossible to lead?

    A First Minister and SNP leader falls after a short tenure. Like the Tory party’s problems in Westminster, does the SNP leadership crisis raise thorny questions well beyond the flaws of one leader? And with what implications?

    Rock & Roll Politics: The Pre-Election Special is live at Kings Place on July 10th. Tickets here

    Back Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon here to get exclusive live events, bonus podcasts, free entry to Steve’s local elections post-mortem, and much more.

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    30 April 2024, 3:00 am
  • 52 minutes 14 seconds
    Who is Winning The Battle of Ideas?

    Nigel Lawson once noted that the party that wins the battle of ideas wins elections. He was right. Ideas matter and yet play little part in the contest between Sunak and Starmer. But the Right remain ideologically confident. Will a Labour government be able to counter the anti-state onslaught that is bound to happen? Plus exciting notices and brilliant questions from the Rock & Roll Politics co-operative.


    Rock & Roll Politics is live at King’s Place, London, on Wed 10 July for a pre-election special. Get tickets here


    Back Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon and get FREE access to Steve’s 2024 Local Elections Post-Mortem live on Zoom, 5pm on Friday 3 May. Analysis, projections and your questions – all free to Patreon people. 


    Written and presented by Steve Richards

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    23 April 2024, 3:00 am
  • 53 minutes 40 seconds
    Harold Wilson’s affair and how we misread leaders

    In his last term as Prime Minister, Harold Wilson was seen as old, paranoid and ineffective… yet now we discover he was lively enough to be having an affair. This suggests the caricature might be wrong. What if Wilson was livelier politically too? And what if we choose to see other leaders as stereotypes which do not present anything like the full picture? 

    Support Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon for early episodes, exclusive merchandise and more. 

    PLUS get free admission to Steve’s Local Elections 2024 Post-Mortem, live on Zoom at 5pm on Friday 3 May.

    https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics

    See Rock & Roll Politics live at King's Place on the 10th of July.

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    16 April 2024, 3:00 am
  • 57 minutes 1 second
    This Time No Mistakes – In Conversation with Will Hutton

    The journalist and author Will Hutton has written an important new book on the eve of what’s likely to be a Labour government. The title is stark: This Time No Mistakes. But what mistakes were made? What are the lessons of the past? What are his hopes and fears for a Keir Starmer government?

    This Time No Mistakes is published on April 11th. Buy it through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund Rock & Roll Politics by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too.

    Support Rock & Roll Politics on Patreon for early episodes, exclusive merchandise and free admission to Steve’s Local Elections 2024 Post-Mortem, live on Zoom at 5pm on Friday 3 May.

    https://www.patreon.com/RockNRollPolitics

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    9 April 2024, 3:00 am
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