Johnson's latest U-turn on Covid restrictions: Politics Weekly podcast


From Thursday, 10pm curfews will be imposed on pubs and restaurants across the country. There is now a ban on indoor team sports – and plans for a partial return of sports fans to stadiums from 1 October have been “paused”. Wedding celebrations will be limited to just 15 guests. Oh, and we’re now being asked to work from home if we can.

So did the government prematurely choose to protect the UK economy over the public? And have they damaged both irreversibly by reopening everything too quickly?

On Tuesday, Keir Starmer gave his keynote speech at the virtual Labour party conference – Connected. Heather is joined by Anna Turley, the ex-MP for Redcar – one of the famous red wall seats lost to the Conservatives in the last election – and James Schneider, former advisor to Jeremy Corbyn, to talk about the direction the party is going under its new leadership.

Plus, Libby Brooks examines how Scotland’s response to Covid has influenced voters’ opinions on Scottish independence.

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