Podcasts 23 April 2021 Podcast: can Labour make lasting gains from Boris Johnson's text messages? Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the Prime Minister's texts to James Dyson and Mohammed bin Salman, and whether Keir Starmer can make his "sleaze" accusations stick. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The saga of Boris Johnson's text messages continues. Keir Starmer attacked the Prime Minister in the Commons on Wednesday (21 April), accusing him of "sleaze" over his leaked exchanges with James Dyson and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Mr. Johnson maintains he did nothing wrong. Now the Conservatives have launched an inquiry into who leaked the messages in the first place. The Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Sun all quote anonymous sources at No 10 who have blamed Dominic Cummings. At the time of writing, Cummings has yet to respond to the accusations. In this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the fallout of the leaked text messages, and whether it is an effective opposition attack line. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on whether we're heading for a poll on a united Ireland. Listen here You can listen to the New Statesman Podcast on all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast, Stitcher, YouTube and more. Subscribe to receive a new episode automatically every Tuesday and Friday. Subscribers to the New Statesman can listen to an early-access, ad-free version of the podcast here. Further reading Ailbhe asks why Boris Johnson keeps making impossible promises on Northern Ireland › A human catastrophe: How India lost control of Covid-19 Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!