Podcast: Election Special

A basically amazing photo of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Image: Getty.

This week, with apologies to international listeners, there is only one story in town. Mere weeks after we stopped banging on about our metro mayors, it's time for a general election.

So I've dragged two of the New Statesman's political correspondents, Stephen Bush and Patrick Maguire, back into the podcast catacomb to discuss the lie of the land. We talk, in no particular order, about the provincial metropolitan split; why cities are more liberal; whether small towns can rediscover their purpose; why the north is less stuffed than Ohio; and then, to cheer ourselves up, whether Zac Goldsmith will cheer us all up by losing. Again.

And, inevitably, we make our predictions. Oh, god.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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Podcast: Uber & out

Uber no more. Image: Getty.

Oh, capitalism. You had a good run. But then Transport for London decided to ask Uber to take some responsibility for the safety of its passengers, and thus did what 75 years of Soviet Communism failed to do and overthrew the entire economic system of the Western world. Thanks, Sadiq, thanks a lot.

In the unlikely event you've missed the news, the story so far: TfL has ruled that Uber is not a fit and proper company to operate cabs, and revoked its licence. Uber has three weeks to appeal before its cabs need to get off the road.

To commemorate this sad day, I've dragged Stephen Bush back into the podcasting basement, so we can don black arm bands and debate what all this means – for London, for Uber, for the future (if it has one) of capitalism.

May god have mercy on our souls.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

Want more of this stuff? Follow CityMetric on Twitter or Facebook.