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Will gas shortages lead to Boris Johnson’s winter of discontent?

With the cost of living soaring, the government could be facing a very difficult winter.

With fuel rationing, gas price rises and food shortages all coinciding with a cut in Universal Credit for millions of workers, the government could be facing a very tough winter.

Stephen Bush, Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the series of crises facing Boris Johnson and whether this could have a lasting impact on his administration.

Then in You Ask Us, they consider a listener’s question on why we don’t talk about the Conservative Party in terms of left vs right.

If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk

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