Politics Weekly podcast: Thatcherism, Blairism and a bad week for austerity

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The death of Margaret Thatcher has led to a week of reflection in the country she led for the entirety of the 1980s. It opened old wounds and caused her supporters to wonder aloud whether the Conservative party will see her like again. In the studio with Tom Clark this week to discuss this: political columnists Andrew Gimson and Martin Kettle and the Guardian's social affairs editor Randeep Ramesh. Also this week: following a period of silence, Tony Blair re-entered the debate on the future of the Labour party. His essay in the New Statesman was read in some quarters as an attack on the leadership of Ed Miliband. It was followed up by his old guard of Blairites in television interviews over the weekend. And as the IMF singles out Britain for special attention in its World Economic Outlook, it was a bad week for George Osborne who saw unemployment figures surge. Meanwhile, the academic edifice for austerity looked a little less stable after a spreadsheet error was discovered in one of the most influential papers on the relationship between debt and GDP. Tom Clark Randeep Ramesh Andrew Gimson Martin Kettle Phil Maynard

May 02, 2013, 04:09 PM
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