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13 July 2017

The NS Podcast #225: Nish Kumar special

This week's New Statesman podcast.

By New Statesman


In this week’s episode, Stephen and Anoosh touch on what makes a good political leader – from Emily Thornberry’s impressive performance at this week’s PMQs, to how Vince Cable is faring in his own leadership bid. They are then joined by the comedian and presenter, Nish Kumar, to discuss the racist outburst of Anna Marie Morris and the ethical choices behind satire. Plus, You Ask Us: which future Conservative leader should the opposition most fear?  (You can watch Nish’s new show, The Mash Report, next Thursday at 10pm on BBC2.)


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Stephen Bush on PMQs: “There was an immense sexism to people under-estimating Emily Thornberry’s ability to do well in that format last time.”

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Nish Kumar on Anne Marie Morris’s “slip of the tongue”: “When you call your teacher ‘mum’ – that’s a slip of the tongue. It’s not deploying a phrase from the civil war! That is not a slip – that is a full-blown, head-injury inducing fall into a ditch.”


Anoosh Chakelian on Boris Johnson: “I think he was always going to suffer when he had to be in a position of serious political power. A position where he’s going to be scrutinised and also where he is going to be so associated with the establishment.”



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