In this week's New Statesman podcast

Conservative triumphalism, Spotify exploitation and Amazon's money-making schemes.

You can get the New Statesman podcast every Friday from, through this RSS feed or by subscribing in iTunes. Alternatively, you can listen using the web player embedded below.

This week, George Eaton, Rafael Behr and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics - including the political ramifications of the latest GDP figures, the questions Ed Miliband needs to find answers to over the summer, and the new mood of conservative triumphalism that is so at odds with reality.

On top of that, our newly-arived Arts Editor Kate Mossman (also our pop critic) discusses Spotify with Philip Maughan. What does it mean for artists, and is it going to make music worse?

Finally, Alex Hern and Helen Lewis talk about the latest changes at Amazon. The company finally seems to have decided to make money. . . So watch out for the new delivery charges!

Happy listening.

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.