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Episode 237

The political atmosphere on both sides of the Atlantic over the last couple of weeks has been profoundly disturbed, even disturbing. A state of dual power exists in both the US. and Britain. The duality in the US is between the deep state, the neocon-liberal alliance and their media mouthpieces on one side and Donald Trump on the other. In Britain the dichotomy is harder to define but Prime Minister Theresa May manages inclusion in the dichotomy by a whisker. Where it’s going no one knows. Lee Stranahan is a US broadcaster and ideologue and was also once an ally of Steve Bannon. So we invited him aboard Sputnik to give us his thoughts on the tectonic political shift taking place globally.

Far-right agitation is undoubtedly growing in Britain. Earlier this week, the leader of the explicitly Nazi party National Action was sentenced to more than eight years in prison. Far-right figures are going to jail with increasing regularity, the shortest of them, the man who calls himself Tommy Robinson. When a swarm of Tommy Robinson supporters poured out of Trafalgar Square last weekend they happened upon some hard nuts in the form of the railway workers union RMT and their Senior Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley, who emerged from the encounter utterly unbowed. So we invited him into the Sputnik studio to tell us just what happened and the rising threat from the far-right.

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