A week in British politics: Corbyn, Salisbury and the welfare state (E244)
It’s been another tumultuous week in British politics. At the beginning of the week, we have seen the humiliation of Jeremy Corbyn by his own comrades on Labour's National Executive Committee followed by his enemies refusing to take ‘yes’ for an answer. And by the end of the week, a full-scale set of CCTV pictures has been circulated with names and the travel itinerary of the ‘GRU TWO’. Britain claims the pair are almost certainly connected to the events in Salisbury which led to the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal and who, as the police said by extension, are connected to the death of Dawn Sturgess and the near-death of Charlie Rowley. To help us look back on this turbulent week we spoke to Daily Express columnist and author Neil Clark.
It’s hard to get welfare stories into the media - they're complicated. An alphabet soup of ever-changing departmental titles and schemes and usually of the most interest to the least interesting people - so far as advertisers and editors are concerned. But our next guest and his aptly named internet magazine ‘The Canary’ has done it. His never-ending pursuit of those pursuing cuts and crackdowns on vulnerable people has helped attract millions to his paper - more readers than practically anyone else in the land has. So, we invited Steve Topple into the studio to find out just how he has done that.