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What an arrogant disingenuous man .Still loyal to Johnson ,I suspect for his own interests.Why didn’t he support Rory ,then we wouldn’t be in the mess it all became ,The shambolic party .The real star of the vaccine rollout is Kate Bingham not Zahawi. Who was discarded when she could have done...Read full review »
selina dix via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/22/24
Perhaps a better title for this podcast would be ‘Reputation Washing’. Some of the earlier episodes feature genuine leaders but too many recent episodes have featured ex-cabinet members who have demonstrated very little by way of leadership skills. David Blunkett got an easy ride given he spent...Read full review »
SomersetRoger via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/21/24
Big fan of the podcast(s) and not of the SNP, but the constant interruptions of Humza Yousaf made that episode impossible to listen to. Seriously, count the interruptions - how Yousaf finished the interview, I don’t know. Stewart/Campbell - please take note, this isn’t the 8.10 Today...Read full review »
Chalky2000 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/14/24
Huge respect. Brilliant to hear from him.
Soorian via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/10/24
Blown away by how unimpressive Rachel Reeves was. I tuned in very keen to be impressed as, regardless of who you vote for, you want the next government to have a plan and have some gravitas. She displayed neither and got defensive at the slightest probing, falling back on jibes about the Tory...Read full review »
Stu Peel via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/03/24
Rachel Reeve struck me with a very rare thing these days in politics authenticity ! A genuine and core belief of making things better for the majority of this country . Her ego did not get in the way of why and how she would do the job no need to perform I want a politician who knows what they...Read full review »
Hulia100 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/03/24
I think Rory just helped out Reeves by stepping up with some more direct questioning, otherwise the interview might have been a bit dull. I (half) listened to her Mais lecture a while ago but nothing she said is memorable to me. The debate re free trade and countries specialising (I'm...Read full review »
gm314159 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/02/24
Why is it that whenever you interview senior politicians you complain that Britain’s future is threatened by so-called ‘populism’ - apparently anything you consider to be ‘far right’ but is invariably normal centre right. Why don’t you ever discuss the very real and increasing danger of ever...Read full review »
outraged from Tunbridge Wells via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/02/24
I very much enjoy this informative podcast and I think I have listened to every single one, but please, Rory, don’t interrupt so much, and we don't need constant explainers.Read full review »
Weatherman 30 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/01/24
These guys are brilliant!
lallystop via Apple Podcasts · Italy · 05/31/24
I’ve been struggling to come up with reasons to vote for the Conservatives, historically for whom I have always voted, but Rachel Reeves has given me one reason. I thought she was vacuous and completely devoid of any real ideas about how to deal with our broken economy. It was telling when...Read full review »
SteveParky via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/31/24
As ever, excellent interview but Rachel Reeves sounds hectoring and frankly a bit immature. The party’s position in relation to e.g the customs union is, in my view, bizarre given the reality of the ongoing costs and increased regulation from which we all suffer. She sounds mechanical and needs...Read full review »
jaydee 120 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/29/24
Rory Stewart was not a good interviewer in this episode. It’s not about him.
Dots2018 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/28/24
Outstanding interview by Rachel. Very impressed by her serious approach to the economy. Rory’s condescending manner and criticism really annoyed me. This obsession with politicians needing to be humerous and charismatic is becoming slightly ridiculous. We had a clown leading the country, and look...Read full review »
TIEITM via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/27/24
Rory, get off your soapbox! I haven’t really heard Reeves talk indepth todate, however I was hugely impressed with what she had to say. I was disappointed with her stance on Europe, however she was steadfast in her views. Just the type of person we need to run the economy right now imho. Ki nd...Read full review »
Paps_58 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/27/24
Great interview. Thanks Rory for your probing questions around where’s the money going to come from and when. I am still unconvinced by the Labour offering. There is far too much focus on repeating the brand messages and insufficient detail provided. And, let’s face it, the Labour Party are as...Read full review »
Liitlemissfitty via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/27/24
Very refreshing to hear such an honest reflection and taking of responsibility for mistakes made.
pulli one via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/26/24
I kept being gobsmacked by how someone could be so apparently intelligent and educated and yet so clueless about basic economics, and almost flippantly unaware and incurious about the potential impact of his decisions. It seemed to tie back to an apparent mindset that governing is now a game...Read full review »
robadr via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/22/24
When the hosts spoke of the desirability of giving youth more electoral weight,forthe Brexit vote, where they aware of Neville Shute’s book “In the Wet”where such a system was proposed, everyone got a vote , a second vote for having Degree, a third for speaking a foreign language etc etc up to...Read full review »
In the Wet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/18/24
Firstly, this show is a great listen. Great incite from two guys who have massive experience. But unfortunately listening to Alistair Campbell constantly criticise any and every conservative policy, whilst at the same time, anything that Labour have done or will do, no matter how bad, receives...Read full review »
Jimatron via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/16/24
Rory / Alistair Really enjoy the show - I thought it was very revealing when you asked Kwasi to answer a question je was posed when entering Eton many years ago re 2040 and him being prime minister when the army shot civilians in London - Kwasi dismissed the notion as absurd and he agreed - may I...Read full review »
kramyel via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 05/16/24
The Latin quotation which Rory quoted as sent to him by Mr Kwarteng is infamous for being the inscription on the memorial to the U.S. Confederacy in our National Cemetery, and was recently dismantled because it was erected as a monument to the Southern “Lost Cause” narrative which has continued...Read full review »
Carol Symes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/13/24
Listening to three privileged millionaires laugh and joke about crashing the economy while ordinary people are struggling and losing their homes is pretty effing rancid
stevealmost via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/13/24
As a woman involved in politics in Canada I was heartened to listen to your interview with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Come on light my fire” was a statement she made in response to male challengers who try to dismiss or obstruct her. I would love to hear more from her sharing her recollections of...Read full review »
Margaret Rlizabeth via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/11/24
Too much “give us a sense” from Rory. It’s beyond parody.
PessimisticHobo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/11/24
Alastair is a good interviewer, well prepared with pertinent questions and giving the interviewee plenty of time to respond. Rory is not so good, often prefacing his questions with the formal title of the interviewee in an unnecessary way. Also his questions are of the form ‘could you give us a...Read full review »
Backroom_boffin via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/07/24
Really great variety of guests on the show.
Jenana86 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/25/24
Love the range of folk being interviewed in the ‘leading’ podcast …
Ali Mathew via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/23/24
Whilst we are here for the politics in general - the reality is this podcast has evolved tremendously through the variety of ‘non political figure’ guests. These have been by far the most interesting and thought provoking. Particularly the episode with Antony Gormley and the most recent one with...Read full review »
🄳🄰🄽🄽🅈 🄳🄴🅅🄸🅃🄾😘 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/18/24
Absolutely brilliant podcast. Very brave of Alister and Rory to have a real discussion on such a decisive issue with an a political expert. Let’s have more of this much more informative than listening than the inhabitants of the Westminster bubble. Paul Sutton
Paul Sutton. via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/16/24
In what is an increasingly sanctimonious pod, this episode reaches levels not previously achieved. Campbell tries to maintain some credibility but Stewart is increasingly getting lost up his own backside. Do yourselves a favour and listen to Political Currency.
JSal333 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/16/24
gave a fantastic interview. To the objection, ‘doughnut economics isn’t politically viable’ his answer was perfect: ‘then we need different politics’. I have loved all the Leading interviews, each memorable in in its own way, but this was my favourite so far. Thank you!!!
customer127 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/15/24
A great line up of guests from across the spectrum of politics, the arts and science. I think the discussion and analysis is also excellent and one of the most informative podcasts in production currently. Well done.
Eoin Walker via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/15/24
Incredible content great interviews - disagreeing agreeably is a great concept- Rory appreciate you are stateside a lot of the time & whilst popular there please lose the vocal fry it is infuriating to listen to
Lara4Gaza via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/14/24
Terrible
very funny and clever pod via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/12/24
Tanning in my car was in the car and I was like oh my gosh that’s good to me and I was just going to through the house with a lot and I
mdgzotw via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/08/24
A very good listen. Informative and interesting. Not yet uploaded visually on YouTube. Long to see those facial expressions on offer.
SpanishVern via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/06/24
Great podcast, with great guests. However I have a request. When describing Brexit as a “tragedy” or other words to that effect, can you give concrete and practical examples of the impact? Too often it seems your position on Brexit (which I agree with, by the way) falls into simplistic rhetoric...Read full review »
DJRRJDDJR via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/05/24
Having hosts from opposite sides of the political divide mean no guest gets an easy ride. It’s just a brilliant dynamic. It’s always a great listen but some of the recent interviews have been exceptional.
NoThanksOk via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/03/24
This is always a good listen - even if the guests are not your cup of tea the interview is interesting & informative- The ex-heads of UK intelligence services MI5 & MI6 on a joint interview was a masterclass & I was surprised by how candidly they both spoke. Eliza Manningham-Buller’s...Read full review »
Flick Harris via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/01/24
How easily the two spies dismissed lightly and excused the unbelievably illegal horrific Israeli actions against the people of Gaza. While all the while blithely describing how legally compliant etc their old services are. Shameful and despairing. Rory and Alistair what the hell are you doing?
Dangerous EE via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/01/24
What a brilliant episode. Please interview more people like Antony. his perspective was different to your normal Leading politician. His depth of awareness and his capacity, for putting it into words, was inspiring.
oakjane via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/01/24
These interviews should be recommended listening for everyone. They are very informative, entertaining and sometimes tedious. A Tale of Two Spies was extremely interesting now listening to The Reith Lectures by Eliza Manningham-Buller. Thank you Rory and Alastair this last interview was spot on!
Silli_ed via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/01/24
What a fantastic interview! I hope he is right about a Labour government really understanding the importance of the Arts and realising it should be a fundamental part of the school curriculum. Alistair’s comment about Keir Starmer really pushing this before the next election is spot on. I loved...Read full review »
Moonlight 53 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/26/24
It does though, extremely well. They are greater than the sum of their parts. Meaningful, topical and entertaining in equal measure. If you also listen to Leading then add expansive and insightful to that list. Long may it continue. Thank you.
EnglishMichael via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 03/26/24
Loved the Anthony Gormley session
Southernmost lustener via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 03/26/24
Loved loved loved this interview. Absolutely fascinating and almost esoteric ideas. Really had me thinking
Gertie_57 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/25/24
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