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On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Seven

Scottish Labour in meltdown, the young British Muslims fighting for Isis in the Middle East, and the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years on.

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Scottish Labour in meltdown, Shiraz Maher explains how he befriended young British Muslims fighting for Isis in the Middle East, and Peter Millar recalls his part in the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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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.