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OppositionCast
OppositionCast
The Centre for Opposition Studies

Discussion of political opposition with leading academics, politicians and commentators, presented by Dr Nigel Fletcher of the Centre for Opposition Studies.

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Episodes

43 - Small-party opposition, dog bites and Donald Duck vs Mickey Mouse

In the latest from the campaign trail we talk to Conservative Minister Lord Parkinson, fresh from a bloody encounter with... more

18 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
42 - Robot Keir, crossover polls, Blair, Thatcher and the Klingons

Manifesto week concludes with the Labour and Green Party manifestos being published, and another TV debate being held. Nigel and... more

14 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
41 - Manifestos, chickens, and Labour in Opposition

It's manifesto week, with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats having launched theirs, and Labour's still to come on Thursday. Nigel... more

11 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
40 - D-Day for Rishi; Lib Dems with Mark Pack

What are the challenges facing the Lib Dems in this election, and what does success look like for them? In... more

07 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
39 - TV Debates, Farage and Blair's Battle Bus

As we await the first Leaders' TV debate of the election, Nigel and Sarah discuss the news from the campaign... more

04 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
38 - Candidates, trains and paddle-boards

In this all-star edition of the podcast we speak to Gyles Brandreth and John Sergeant about parallels with previous... more

31 May 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
37: The end of the beginning: Votes at 16 or National Service?

As we approach the end of the first week of the General Election campaign, Nigel and Sarah discuss how the... more

28 May 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
36: It's time for change (to the podcast!): A new co-host!

As the UK General Election campaign gets properly underway, we unveil exciting changes to the podcast! Joining Nigel Fletcher as... more

24 May 2024 · 50 minutes
35: It never rains but it pours...

EMERGENCY PODCAST! (As they say) With Rishi Sunak calling the General Election for 4th July, Nigel Fletcher gives his initial observations... more

23 May 2024 · 15 minutes
34: The Conservative Party in Wales: Dr Sam Blaxland

Wales is often seen as one of the most anti-Conservative parts of Britain, with a strongly working-class Labour tradition. But... more

24 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
33: The State of the Polls: Professor Jane Green

In the UK, the Labour Party has held a convincing lead over the Conservatives in the opinion polls since the... more

15 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
32: Power behind the Scenes: The 1922 Committee

Over recent years, as leadership turmoil regularly engulfed the Conservative Party, the position of the 1922 Committee was brought to... more

01 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
31: Chaos in the Commons; and the death of Alexei Navalny

The House of Commons descended into acrimonious chaos this week, with the Speaker facing a major backlash for his handling... more

23 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
30: Abuse, threats and violence

An increasing number of MPs have reported an increase in the level of personal abuse, threats and intimidation they have... more

01 Feb 2024 · 38 minutes
29: New Year, New Nonsense - Preparing for Government

We're back! With 2024 shaping up to be a dramatic year for politics in the UK and around the world,... more

18 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
28: Sue Gray goes into Opposition?

An unscheduled EMERGENCY episode (!) prompted by the resignation of senior Civil Servant Sue Gray to take up a job... more

06 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
27: Iran, Russia and Ukraine

With protests continuing on the streets of Iran against the country's authoritarian regime, and the Ukrainian people continuing their defiance... more

01 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
26: Polling and Public Opinion

As the Conservative Party suffers a collapse in its opinion poll rating, Nigel speaks to pollster Chris Curtis of Opinium... more

14 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
25: Things Can Only Get Better for Labour?

There is a new mood of confidence around the Labour Party as it takes a substantial lead in the opinion... more

30 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
24: Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

In this special episode, we pay tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the week of her State... more

23 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
23: Lord Norton and Baroness Royall: Making Sense of Opposition

This episode features extracts from the first Opposition Studies Conference, held in July 2022 at King's College London. Baroness Royall... more

24 Aug 2022 · 43 minutes
22: Labour and its mythology; with Anthony Broxton

The Labour Party, perhaps more than other parties, has a keen sense of its own history. In this episode... more

07 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
21: Labour and the politics of ideas; with Dr Patrick Diamond

How important are ideas to an opposition party seeking election? How has the Labour Party struggled to balance ideology and... more

26 Jan 2022 · 51 minutes
20: Neil Kinnock in Conversation with Peter Hennessy

We're back with a Christmas Special, and a real treat from the archives of the Centre for Opposition Studies. In... more

22 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
19: The Kinnock opposition: Laying the foundations for New Labour; with Charles Clarke

When Tony Blair took Labour back into government in 1997, his achievement was built on the foundations laid by his... more

08 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
18: Team Cameron: Conservatives in Opposition 2005-2010; With Kate Fall

Kate Fall was a key member of David Cameron's inner circle throughout his time as Leader of the Opposition and... more

07 Jun 2021 · 49 minutes
17: Know your enemy: Opposition research and preparing for PMQs; With Tom Hamilton

In politics as in battle, it's vital to know your enemy. Getting inside their head to anticipate their likely attacks... more

26 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
16: The Night Shift: William Hague's office in Opposition, 1997-2001; with Baroness Stowell

When the Conservatives suffered their landslide defeat in the 1997 General Election, they faced the sudden shock of opposition: ignored... more

22 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
15: Electoral shocks: Voters and volatility

The last decade has seen a number of surprise election results in the UK- from the unexpected Conservative majority in... more

06 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
14: Opposition in Putin's Russia

With renewed protests in Russia following the arrest and detention of activist leader Alexei Navalny, what are the prospects for... more

15 Feb 2021 · 54 minutes
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19: The Kinnock opposition: Laying the foundations for New Labour; with Charles Clarke
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When Tony Blair took Labour back into government in 1997, his achievement was built on the foundations laid by his predecessors as... more