A return to ‘nasty’ politics: Politics Weekly podcast | Politics

On Monday night, six Tory MPs defied calls from the prime minister to abstain from a Labour opposition day debate on the planned removal of a £20-a-week increase in universal credit for millions of people.

Boris Johnson called the vote a “stunt”, and then through his new press secretary asked for people in political debate to be nicer to each other, with some calling him a hypocrite.

With hefty political decisions still to come on who will get coronavirus vaccines and when, are we leaving the pandemic politics of constructive criticism and heading for nastier waters?

In Scotland, Severin Carrell reports on how the surprise resignation of the Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, has injected some much needed energy into a party struggling to make itself heard among the electorate.

Plus, looking ahead to Rishi Sunak’s budget at the start of March, we speak to a couple of experts on how the chancellor should look to taxes as a possible way to level up the country.

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