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Based on his live one man show Rock N Roll Politics, the broadcaster and author, Steve Richards, takes a weekly behind the scenes tour of UK politics and the media that shapes the way we view the epic political dramas. The future is ridiculously unpredictable and the past is so easy to misread. Subscribe to your weekly guide through seismic times.
 
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The defining relationships in British politics is that between Prime Minister and Chancellor and Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Chancellor...substantial relationships are the key to durable success...bad relationships are a factor in a government's or opposition's failure. How do Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak compare with past duos ..and Keir …
 
Lord 'Frosty' Frost is now in the cabinet responsible for the Brexit negotiations that are far from done...Having negotiated a deal that is causing chaos. B Johnson is not a good judge of people...he thought Cummings was his saviour and has yet to see that 'Frosty' is a puny courtier in his increasingly frenzied court... Send questions to steveric1…
 
My theme for tonight's live stream-Can Keir Starmer win? Plus questions and unreliable predictions...book in advance and get the wine ready for tonight. The show will then be available for seven days if it clashes with anyone's packed schedules. https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics-feb-2021-online…
 
A special focussing on brilliant questions from Brexit to Scotland and a mini travelogue as we find out more where we listen to the podcast...from Australia to Germany and on to the great Manchester canal. Join me for the live stream on the Kings Place website next Wednesday at 7pm. I'll be reflecting on the leadership of Keir Starmer- Can he win t…
 
B Johnson proposes to take back control of the NHS - A reform of the reforms introduced in the first term of this long serving government. It is right to do so..and it was always absurd for the Cameron government to give away significant powers while retaining responsibility....Plus great questions n Brexit, Keir Starmer and the future of Scotland/…
 
The Northern Ireland protocol is looking wobbly already...that's because it doesn't answer the Irish Question arising from Brexit...Plus the lessons of UK's vaccine triumph..brilliant questions and the definitive answer to B Johnson's hair style. Tickets for the next live streaming of Rock N Roll Politics on Feb 17th here: https://www.kingsplace.co…
 
Boris Johnson speaks and acts on a daily basis...but why does he show little sign of thinking through the consequences of what he says and does? Plus new questions on the implications of the Biden presidency, referendums, the art of leadership, Jeremy Corbyn and ...the latest on Johnson's hair style. https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/stev…
 
In this week's episode we focus on listeners' brilliant questions including ones on referendums and how they might work, Joe Biden...and B Johnson's hair style. Rock N Roll Politics- the Latest Lockdown Special streams live at Kings Place this Wednesday at 7pm-Reflectons on Joe Biden hours after inauguration , Donald Trump. Keir Starmer, unreliable…
 
Is the 'special relationship' of such value to the UK that it prevents British Prime Ministers from making critical judgements about US Presidents and their administrations? Plus..more U turns from B Johnson ...brilliant questions about referendums, why Johnson is a winner and much more... Rock N Roll Politics-the Latest Lockdown Special is streami…
 
When I heard that the Brexit deal was 'done' I wondered how all the fundamental conflicts had been resolved. The answer is that they have not been..all the thorny questions have been kicked in to the long grass...and B Johnson stumbles belatedly in to lockdown...the dark sequence recurs...plus brilliant questions and points of order. Tickets for th…
 
For the Rock N Roll Politics Podcast Brexit/Covid Festive Special I reflect on my favourite political interview ...at the suggestion of a listener. Thanks to all of you for listening in 2020..and the for the brilliant questions..what a year..and we're going to need to stick together via the podcast and shows in 2021 to make sense of the ongoing epi…
 
We explore the layers of tragic irony as the UK heads for the cliff's edge via the never ending Brexit saga. Tickets for Rock N Roll Politics live at Kings Place and the live stream are available here. https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/?kw=2020-12-16 The Prime Ministers-Reflections on Leadership from Wilson to Johnson is available here and of c…
 
One of the biggest differences between Conservative Prime Ministers and the few Labour leaders that have made it to Number 10 is their level of self confidence. B Johnson has pursued the hardest possible Brexit without agonising about its impact on the UK economy and his own position. D Cameron failed to win a majority in 2010 but pursued an agenda…
 
Self-government or the consent of the governed? One or other of these assumptions about democracy must be a sham if the other is valid. Either we are ruling ourselves, or someone else is ruling us, and one or other of these has to be the preferable model.Democracy has been elevated to the status of an object of worship in recent decades, particular…
 
Michael Gove wrote a well argued essay in the Times explaining the reasoning behind the new tier system. Within hours a panic stricken Boris Johnson implicitly undermined the arguments to appease Conservative MPs..and even before the tiers replace the lockdown...plus your brilliant questions. Tickets for the live show at Kings Place and the live st…
 
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