Politics

Pienaar's Politics: With IDS

In the last show before the summer break, John Pienaar discusses the EU’s response to Theresa May’s Brexit plan and splits within the Conservative Party with Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith and former party leader Iain Duncan Smith. Also on the show are Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Vince Cable and former Labour leadership candidate Liz […]

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Government admits rabies poster gaffe

Image copyright Craig Heap/Twitter Image caption The spoof poster appeared in a feature about public information campaigns The government has admitted “mistakenly” using a spoof poster that suggested parents should shoot children if they had rabies. The image appeared in a magazine for civil servants in a feature on the history of government communications. The […]

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Who's getting in?

Files just released show how in 1988 Denis Thatcher personally vetted the guest list for a showbiz reception at Number 10, providing an insight into the thoughts of one of the most taciturn of prime ministerial consorts. On 7 June 1987, just days before the general election, the Conservatives held a rally in Wembley. On […]

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Home Office: 'Child spies used against crime when necessary'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government wants to increase the amount of time under-18s can be used undercover Children are used undercover in criminal investigations only when necessary, the government has said. The House of Lords raised concerns about the use of “juvenile covert human intelligence sources” after the government wanted to increase […]

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Lord Heseltine: Pairing row made me swing mace

Conservative grandee Lord Heseltine, says a famous 1976 incident, in which he swung a mace in the House of Commons, was related to a pairing issue. The then Labour government carried a motion by just one vote, when one of its MPs failed to abstain, in contravention of a pairing arrangement. Lord Heseltine tells Radio […]