Does Johnson ‘understand’ climate change? –Politics Weekly podcast

Last week, Boris Johnson, with the help of Dominic Cummings, dismissed Clare O’Neill as the head of the COP 26 global climate change conference, which will be hosted in Glasgow later this year. In turn, O’Neill attacked Johnson, saying he admitted to her in the past that when it comes to climate change – quote – “he doesn’t really understand it”.

Putting this war of words aside, Johnson followed through on launching the summit yesterday. He just hasn’t found a replacement yet. So did the UK bite off more than it could chew in asking to host this huge event?

Meanwhile, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Keir Starmer have been proposing their plans for radical change within the Labour party. But are they radical enough?

And: when political reporters turned up for a briefing at Downing Street on Monday, some were told they weren’t allowed in – so the rest of the reporters got up and staged a boycott.

To discuss all of this, Rowena is joined by the Guardian’s environment correspondent, Fiona Harvey, the editor of Labour List, Sienna Rodgers, and a reporter for The Atlantic, Tom McTague.

And if that wasn’t enough chaos for you, Paul Owen tells us why it took so long to know who Iowa voted for as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Let us know what you think of the podcast, and send your feedback to [email protected]

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