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GnT - The Politics Podcast From The Groucho Tendency

GnT - The Politics Podcast From The Groucho Tendency

By The Groucho Tendency
Balanced, informed and jargon-free insight on UK politics from analyst and commentator Mike Indian and guests.
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How is the lockdown affecting our mental health?

GnT - The Politics Podcast From The Groucho Tendency

How is the lockdown affecting our mental health?

GnT - The Politics Podcast From The Groucho Tendency

Can American democracy survive?
On 20th January 2021, the Presidency of Donald J Trump comes to an end, but America and the World will be living with its legacy for years to come. In the first GnT of 2021, Mike Indian and Liam Kay look across the Atlantic to events in Washington to unpick events in the world's preeminent democracy. 
January 17, 2021
Is a Biden victory the end of Donald Trump?
Joe Biden has been declared as the 46th President of the United States after an unprecedentedly bitter campaign that exposed not just the deep divisions within America, but also questions about the faith of the electorate in Western democratic institutions. With 71m votes, can this election really be seen as a rejection of Donald Trump? Mike Indian and Liam Kay dissect the results and what they mean. 
November 8, 2020
I know what you did last summer... (Part 2)
In the second part of the series on what MPs do away from Westminster, Mike Indian speaks to David Linden, MP for Glasgow East. This podcast answers the eternal question: what is a Scottish Nationalist's favourite English sitcom?
September 21, 2020
I know what you did last summer... (Part 1)
What do MPs do when they are not in the House of Commons? In the first of two interviews, Mike Indian speaks to the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, former Conservative Cabinet Minister and MP for Ashford about the challenges COVID-19 has presented to his work and the challenges facing the Tory Party and Boris Johnson.
August 20, 2020
Will Boris close the pubs AGAIN?
As the summer heat rages, Boris Johnson has set himself the goal of getting schools back in September, but will that mean closing the pubs? Liam Kay makes his predictions for how lockdown will develop, whilst Mike Indian gives his take on Joe Biden's Vice-Presidential pick.
August 10, 2020
Why is the Government reopening the pubs?
Mike and Liam are back in the pub... almost. In this episode of GnT, our dynamic duo look at why the Government is reopening pubs and restaurants, what might be in the Chancellor's economic stimulus package and why Keir Starmer sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey.
July 3, 2020
How is technology affecting our democracy?
In the second GnT virtual politics pub session, Mike Indian is joined by technology researcher Amber Macintyre and former Commons Clerk Eliot Wilson to look at if our political systems need to become more digital. The trio also touch on the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests in the Uk and the US.
June 18, 2020
When will the UK economy recover?
Both sides of The Groucho Tendency, Mike Indian and Tim Patmore, come together to discuss how the UK economy might recover from COVID-19. Tim gives his economical analysis, whilst Mike argues that Boris Johnson's government will have to give up key manifesto promises, including the tax lock.
June 12, 2020
Will Brexit be delayed because of COVID-19?
In the latest GnT podcast, Mike Indian chats to former Labour MP and trade expert William Bain about the impact of COVID-19 on global trade, why the UK has no idea what its trade policy should be and if Brexit will be delayed. 
June 5, 2020
Why Dominic Cummings did not resign
The Prime Minister's most senior adviser has been caught in apparent breach of the lockdown rules but has remained in post. In this GnT podcast, Mike Indian and Liam Kay look at why Dominic Cummings did not resign and what that means for Boris Johnson and his government's lockdown agenda.
May 29, 2020
How is COVID-19 affecting social care?
We've all been taking part in #ClapforCarers on Thursdays, but are all key workers being appreciated equally? Mike Indian speaks to Julie Earls, Director of Appoint Us Services, a community care company based in Coventry, about the impact on the public and private sides of the social care sector.
May 21, 2020
Has the UK's lockdown been lifted?
Boris Johnson has set out how the UK will begin to exit lockdown, but has he got it wrong? Mike Indian is joined in the virtual pub by former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib and Labour activist Paul Lynch to discuss whether we are beginning to get the sweet taste of freedom.
May 13, 2020
What is a 'virtual Parliament'?
The archaic House of Commons has come crashing into the 21st century by embracing technology to allow MPs to hold the Government to account during the pandemic, but what do these changes mean for our democracy? Mike Indian is joined by former Commons Clerk Eliot Wilson to discuss what the new measures are and if there are here to stay.
May 7, 2020
What is the R Number and why is it important?
The UK Government has said there is a "light at the end of the tunnel" for lockdown and the distance to that light will be measured by the R Number? But what is the R Number and why does it matter? Mike Indian and Liam Kay look at the tests that must be met before our lives can begin to get back to normal.
May 3, 2020
Will taxes go up after COVID-19?
Does the coronavirus pandemic mean the return of big government? Mike Indian is joined by former Conservative adviser and public affairs consultant, Stephen Lynch, to ask if Boris Johnson and the Tories can justify going back to being the party of the small state and lower public spending after the pandemic.
April 30, 2020
What sort of society do we want to live in post-COVID-19?
Is the UK getting used to big government? How have the powers of the British state responded to times of crisis. A recording of a talk to the Leicester Secular Society (via Zoom) by political commentator Mike Indian from 26 April 2020.
April 26, 2020
Is politics entering the pandemic?
Is politics slowly returning to the coronavirus pandemic? In this podcast, Mike Indian and Liam Kay look at the UK Government's decision to extend the lockdown by another three weeks and what lessons can be drawn from how other countries have responded to the virus. Also, Mike speaks to someone who was struck halfway round the world when Europe started to lockdown and had to flee home.
April 21, 2020
How is the lockdown affecting our mental health?
The UK Government's has locked down the country in response to coronavirus. No other government policy in peacetime has touched so many aspects of our every day lives, but what price are we paying with our minds? In this podcast, Mike Indian is joined by Educational and Child Psychologist Dr Michele McDowell and Flexible Work (Implementation) Consultant and social commentator Marilyn Devonish to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting our mental health.
April 16, 2020
Do you wish politics made sense?
What's really going on in politics? Look no further!
April 14, 2020
Can Keir Starmer regain the 'Red Wall'?
Can Sir Keir Starmer take the Labour Party back to power? Mike Indian is joined by former Bury North MP James Frith to discuss Labour's new leader, whether he can win the 'Red Wall' back, Starmer's appetite for radicalism and if he should let the party reclaim the "tax and spend" mantle.
April 9, 2020
Is the coronavirus lockdown going to get worse?
Could the UK Government tighten the coronavirus lockdown? Inside on the sunny first weekend of 2020, Mike Indian and Liam Kay ask if Boris Johnson has got his response to COVID-29 right. They also look at new Labour Leader Keir Starmer. In addition, Mike is joined by Sight for Surrey's Callum Russell to discuss how the lockdown is affecting those with physical disabilities.
April 6, 2020
Could you live on £250 a month?
The UK is locking down because of COVID-19. Mike Indian and Liam Kay ask if Boris Johnson and the Government are doing enough. In addition, Mike speaks to Matt and Linn from Artistic Rebellion about the low-paid self-employed are coping without government support.
March 24, 2020
The Self-Isolated Episode
Just before Super Tuesday, Mike Indian and Liam Kay gave their predictions. Find out how right (or wrong) they were! They also assess whether Donald Trump's coronavirus response will stump his re-election bid and allegations of bullying against UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Recorded on 2 March 2020.
March 13, 2020
Who can beat Donald Trump?
Boris Johnson has lost his Chancellor after seven months in office, is he in trouble? Mike Indian and Liam Kay look at the winners and losers of the Government reshuffle, including why the Prime Minister is removing those who oppose him. They also look Stateside, asking which Democrat (if any) can beat Donald Trump? Recorded on 16 February 2020. Apple Podcasts: Listen Notes: Castbox:
February 18, 2020
Brexit is done, now what?
The UK has formally left the EU, but what happens now? Liam Kay and Mike Indian look at the forthcoming UK government reshuffle, Boris Johnson's tough decisions on Huawei and HS2, the Labour leadership election, the increasing irrelevance of the Lib Dems and the Iowa Caucasus. Plus, Liam forgets his own Twitter handle...
February 9, 2020
Why does Trump want to end the world?
In our January special, Mike Indian and Liam Kay look at the brave new world of UK politics, why free broadband lost Labour the election and how Donald Trump might just end the world. Recorded on 6 January 2020.
February 1, 2020
Five things to hate/love in the General Election
Mike Indian and Liam Kay give their five thing to love and hate in this general election, what are your's? Recorded at The Speaker in London. Recorded on 17 November 2019.
November 20, 2019
Will Boris Johnson refuse to ask for a Brexit extension?
Boris Johnson says he wants to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October. Parliament says he can't. Who is going to win? Mike Indian and Liam Kay assess what could happen in the run-up to the promised UK general election. Recorded at the Speaker pub in Westminster on 6 October 2019.
October 11, 2019
How Did We Get Here? A history of the Labour Party
How did the Labour Party forget its working class roots? How did it get here? In the final programme of an unscripted series for Share Radio, Mike Indian looks at how the intellectual socialism won out how trade unionism to create Corbyn's Labour. Originally broadcast on Share Radio:
October 11, 2019
How Did We Get Here? A history of the Liberal Democrats
How does one part go on to become three? Are the Lib Dems still relevant to British politics. In the second episode of the unscripted series, 'How did we get here?', Mike Indian and Simon Rose look at the history of the Liberal Party, SDP and the Liberal Democrats. Originally broadcast on Share Radio:
October 4, 2019
How Did We Get Here? A history of the Conservative Party
Why is the most successful political party in the Western world the way it is? Why are the Tories obsessed with Europe? In this first episode of an unscripted three-part series for Share Radio, Mike Indian and Simon Rose examine the history of the Conservative Party. Originally broadcast on Share Radio:
October 4, 2019
What will happen in Parliament next week?
How will MPs stop a no-deal Brexit? What does Prorogation mean? And will Liam beat Mike in another bet? Mike Indian and Liam Kay look ahead to an eventful September in UK politics. Recorded on 31 August 2019.
August 31, 2019
How Boris Johnson lost me a bet
In this podcast, Boris Johnson's election has lost Mike Indian a bet and Liam Kay has come to collect. They also break down the new government, ask whether we're heading for autumn election and wonder why President Trump is using racist language. Recorded on 30 July 2019.
August 3, 2019
Nicky Morgan: An election "could be forced on" the Tories
In a special edition of the Groucho Tendency's podcast from Parliament, Mike Indian speaks to Nicky Morgan MP about Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the prospect of a snap general election and her own unique place in the Conservative Party.
July 23, 2019
Why Labour are losing because of Brexit
Mike Indian and Liam Kay visit the French House in Soho to go over the EU Election results, why Brexit will cost Labour the next election and the Tory Leadership race. Also, Mike make a wager with Liam... Check out Liam in 'Britain's Secret Charity Cheats' here: Mike's analysis of the Tory Leadership election is here:
June 7, 2019
Who to for vote for in EU elections
Who can I vote for in the EU elections? Mike Indian breaks down who is standing in the UK's European Parliament election on 23 May and how you should vote if you're a Leaver, a Remainer or just not sure.
May 17, 2019
Three things to regret in UK politics
GnT's second episode sees Mike Indian pick over three things that should be regretted in UK politics. (Recorded in January 2018).
January 3, 2018
Why Theresa May's reshuffle matters
In the first episode of GnT, Groucho Tendency Editor Mike Indian picks out the three things to watch for in Theresa May's New Year Government reshuffle. (Recorded January 2018).
January 2, 2018