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The News Agents

The News Agents

Global

Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall – three of the UK’s top journalists – host an award-winning daily news podcast: The News Agents. They’re not just here to tell you what's happening, but why. Expect astute analysis and explanation of the day's news – and a healthy dose of scepticism and the ability to laugh at it all when needed. Episodes are available every weekday afternoon. You can listen to The News Agents on Alexa, just say "Alexa ask Global Player to play The News Agents" The News Agents is a Global Player Original podcast.

406 - Should Prince William be getting involved with Gaza?
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  • 406 - Should Prince William be getting involved with Gaza?

    Prince William has expressed his deep concern about the terrible human cost of the middle east conflict and expressed his desire to see an end to the fighting as soon as possible.

    There's lots of head scratching going on right now: is the heir to the throne calling for a ceasefire? Is this the governments line or just the monarchy's position? Did this come from the Foreign Office? And should he be getting involved at all?

    Meanwhile, as Labour finally find a way of demanding an immediate ceasefire, we talk to the SNP's Stephen Flynn who says it wouldn't have happened without pressure from them.

    Later, why is Rishi Sunak quoting Eisenhower to talk to the NFU? And what is happening to England's rural vote...?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Rory Symon

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents".

    The News Agents is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/

    And, The News Agents now have merch! To get yours, head to: https://store.global.com/collections/the-news-agents

    Tue, 20 Feb 2024 - 42min
  • 405 - Why can't the West stop Putin's killings?

    Alexei Navalny's widow Yulia has laid the blame for her husband's murder directly with Putin.

    Few world leaders seem to disagree. There is much grave talk of 'consequences' and 'action'.

    But what does that really mean? Short of Putin losing the Ukraine war, what would really hurt him enough to stop him murdering?

    We talk to hugely influential Putin critic Bill Browder who tells us who the 'next Navalny' will be if we don't act now.

    Later, why is Kemi Badenoch calling the former chairman of the Post Office a liar? Henry Staunton has stood by his allegations that the government was dragging its feet on Post Office compensation payouts ahead of the election. Is she really going to go to war over this?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Rory Symon

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents".

    The News Agents is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/

    And, The News Agents now have merch! To get yours, head to: https://store.global.com/collections/the-news-agents

    Mon, 19 Feb 2024 - 37min
  • 404 - Two more Tory wipeouts

    Two more Labour wins in two more by-elections. Kingswood and Wellingborough were very safe Conservative seats, but now they've turned red.  

    The Conservatives have now suffered the most by-election defeats of any government since the 1960s - so what does this mean in a General Election year?

    Later, we reflect on the life of Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, who has died in a Russian prison.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents".

    The News Agents is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/

    And, The News Agents now have merch! To get yours, head to: https://store.global.com/collections/the-news-agents

    Fri, 16 Feb 2024 - 39min
  • 403 - Recession: are we f***ed?

    The UK is in recession - which means the economy has been shrinking for most of the last year.

    What does that do to our standard of living? And what are the political choices that have to be made?

    The Tories are still talking about tax cuts - even if that means more cuts to public services. Labour has ditched its mega promise of borrowing 28 billion to invest in the economy.

    So what's the way out?

    Later, as Putin confesses he found Tucker Carlson a bit of a soft interviewer, we discuss how you do accountable interviewing in an age where 'facts dont matter'.

    Thu, 15 Feb 2024 - 39min
  • 402 - Is Labour's lead slipping away?

    In the past 7 days Sir Keir Starmer has had to face down a leak over his big policy U-turn, a policy U-turn and the suspension of two Labour candidates for anti-Israel and/or anti-Semitic comments. A third person in the room at the time is, we understand, being 'spoken to'.

    It's probably not been a great week for party morale - but has any of it hit Labour's poll lead?

    And will any of it translate into actual voting in the by election results tomorrow? We talk to pollster Luke Tryl from More in Common.

    Later - rats, open sewage, cockroaches and drugs. Chief Inspectorate of Prisons Charlie Taylor talks us through the worst report he's ever penned on our prison system as we ask whether the justice system or the accommodation limitations dictate who is put behind bars.

    A Prison Service Spokesperson said:

    “The findings of this inspection are unacceptable which is why we’re taking urgent action to address the concerns raised. This includes deploying extra frontline officers to reduce violence and improve safety, undertaking refurbishments to improve living conditions, and ensuring offenders get greater access to the education and skills they need to turn their backs on crime.”

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents".

    The News Agents is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/

    And, The News Agents now have merch! To get yours, head to: https://store.global.com/collections/the-news-agents

    Wed, 14 Feb 2024 - 41min
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