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Previous Sunday Supplements

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The Sunday Supplement is normally repeated at 8.45pm the following Wednesday

The Sunday Supplement forms the last the 15 minutes of The Westminster Hour.

The supplement is designed to give a different pace to the overall programme, either giving a more light-hearted take on the week's events, or by reflecting on the effects of a past political event.

The Sunday Supplement is rarely dull and often quite informative.
Michael Vestey, The Spectator


Sunday Supplements in 2008

Iain MacWhirter from the Sunday Herald recalls Margaret Thatcher's explosive address to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.

The Guardian newspaper's Architecture Editor, Jonathan Glancey, looks at what we can learn about the nature of a country's political system from the design of the buildings in which politicians debate the great issues of the day.

In the Thatcher years, Geoffrey Wall spent his spare time fighting the class struggle as a member of the York branch of the Marxist Socialist Workers' Party. In From Trotsky to Respect he talks to former comrades about the roots of the SWP and asks why they believed that a proletarian revolution was once actually possible.

He used to be Margaret Thatcher's favourite economist, but now Gordon Brown wants a part of him too. Andrew Bolger of the Financial Times reports on the tug of love over the long dead economist and asks, who owns Adam Smith?

Michael White of the Guardian recalls some of the most significant budgets of Alastair Darling's predecessors in Boom or Bust.

Members of the Scottish National Party have been telling the political commentator of Scotland's Sunday Herald, Iain McWhirter, why they believe they were being watched and listened to long before the party came to power.

Have you noticed that many of the leading figures in the main parties are all of a certain age? Anne McElvoy of the London Evening Standard talks to them about the events of that period which shaped their early beliefs nad asks whether this generation have what it takes to make a difference to the way our country is run.

Clive Anderson talks to the leading players in famous court cases which had as much political as legal significance.

The writer Kamran Nazeer talks to three people who hold views which make a lot people angry.

Simon Heffer argues that governments intervene too much in our lives and although politicians want to make the world a better place for all of us, they fail to achieve this objection.

Sunday Supplements in 2007

The BBC's Europe Editor, Mark Mardell, looks deeper into the many nooks and crannies of the European Parliament.

The editor of the Spectator, Matthew D'ancona, asks this question: how can the internet be used to bring about political change?

Lesley Riddoch asks where's the best place in Britain to follow a Parliamentary career.

Former MP, Michael Portillo, is our guide to art in the Houses of Parliament.

For the first time in a decade John Prescott hasn't been running the country while the Prime Minister takes his summer holidays. Indeed, Gordon Brown has decided he doesn't need a deputy Prime Minister. The historian, Anthony Howard, recalls who in previous summers was Minding The Shop.

The documentary maker, Michael Cockerell, asks Is That a Deal?, which looks at how sworn enemies have been brought together in the past through skilful negotiations.

August: After the Scottish Parliament elections of May 3rd this year the Scottish Nationalists emerged as the ruling party North of the Border. One hundred days on, Iain MacWhirter of the Sunday Herald newspaper assesses how Scotland's first nationalist administration is faring.

May: Mandy Baker talks to Bernard Weatherill in his last interview before he died, about his time as Speaker of the House of Commons. And she compares his experiences with those of his successor, Betty Boothroyd.

April: Anne McElvoy explores the merits of meritocracy.

April: Parliamentary sketchwriter Ann Treneman examines how recent UK general election campaigns have been influenced by the ideas of political strategists from abroad.

March: Nick Fraser presents a personal view of politics ahead of the French presidential elections.

February: Anthony Howard analyses the consequences of some significant letters to the papers.

February: the world premiere of 'The Condensed History of Tony Blair'

January: Gyles Brandreth offers tips on being Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the Opposition.

January: Dennis Sewell again explores the role of think tanks in developing government policy.

Sunday Supplements in 2006

December: the former Parliamentary sketchwriter Edward Pearce looks back over three centuries of speechmaking by members of both Lords and Commons.

November: Carolyn Quinn looks at causes which at first appeared to be lost.

October: Former BBC Political Editor John Cole asks if class matter in today's politics.

October: Geoff Mulgan examines ways to revive Britain's ailing political parties.

October: Justin Webb asks how free Americans are in the 21st century.

August: Matthew Parris explores the lessons Edward Gibbon may have for Britain, its politicians and its institutions.

August: Robin Denselow listens to songs which have had a political as well as an emotional impact.

July: The Times' columnist Tim Hames tells the story of the heady rise and abrupt fall of the Federation of Conservative Students.

July: Andrew Neil on how big figures of Scottish politics sharpened their debating skills before well-lubricated student audiences in late night sessions of the Glasgow University Union.

July: the former British Ambassador to Washington Sir Christopher Meyer gives an insider's guide to summits, and reveals what really happens behind the closed doors when world leaders meet.

June: Steve Hewlett shows how to succeed in an interview with Jeremy Paxman or on the panel of Question Time or Any Questions.

June: the former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd on the political insights of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and explains why so much of his work sounds so relevant to today.

May: Mandy Baker asks the stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke whether MPs are funny or just plain laughable.

May: Dennis Sewell looks at the think tanks and their ideas about the environment.

April: Trevor Fishlock looks at the private papers of the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

April: Mandy Baker speaks to the former Black Rod Sir Edward Jones about the tights, the trappings and the trials of keeping the House of Lords in order.

April: Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at the University of Cambridge, considers how much British politics owe to the Ancient Greeks.

March: Gyles Brandreth and the art of the political diarist.

February: Mark D'Arcy explores how many of the refugees from the short-lived SDP became key advisors to the Conservatives and New Labour.

February: Shaun Ley looks at the small parties that had a big impact on politics: the New Party of the 1930s, Vanguard from Northern Ireland in the '70s and Militant from the '80s.

January: the former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on his role as the European Union's Ambassador to the United States.

January: the Oscar-winning director David Puttnam describes how films from the post-war period reflected changing political and social attitudes.


Sunday Supplements in 2005

December: Clive Anderson asks what sort of protest is legitimate in pursuit of a cause?

November: Kirsten Lass interviews three key regulators and find out more about the people who keep a watchful eye on us, and what makes them tick.

October: the former Downing Street advisor Geoff Mulgan with his experiences of the machinery of government.

October: the distinguished broadcaster Brian Walden looks back at historic events in British politics.

September: Paul Vickers finds out what it's like for six new MPs in Parliament.

August: Gyles Brandreth with tips on how to make an impact at a party conference.

August: Julia Langdon looks at the lives and lively times of the Baronesses in the House of Lords.

July: Andrew Brown meets some of the Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords.

July: the journalist and documentary-maker Wayne Brittenden explores the history of anarchism.

June: the author and columnist Simon Jenkins asks why the citizen so often finds his or her encounters with the State so frustrating and infuriating.

May: the broadcaster Anthony Howard looks into episodes of our political history which were sparked and shaped by letters to the newspapers.

May: Anne Perkins recalls some famous political deals struck over the dinner table.

April: Robin Denselow listens to the tunes used by political parties as their election campaign themes.

March: Alan Cochrane of the Daily Telegraph presents his personal view of the aftermath to a very Scottish political tale.

February, the political commentators Michael Brown of The Independent and Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror cast an eye over the political events of the week gone by.

February: the Daily Mail columnist Simon Heffer explains why he thinks the Whig interpretation of history is wrong.

January: the former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth reveals how to scale the Westminster ladders while avoiding being bitten by the snakes.

January: Dennis Sewell looks at the role religion has played in helping to shape policy.




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