From Political Opponents to Podcast Co-hosts: Osborne and Balls Set to Launch Weekly Show

…By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media. In an unexpected twist of events, two prominent figures who were once political opponents, George Osborne and Ed Balls, are setting their differences aside to start a weekly podcast.


Both Osborne, an ex-chancellor, and Balls, a former shadow chancellor turned Strictly Come Dancing contestant, have announced their new venture with the intention of helping listeners comprehend “what’s really going on inside the corridors of power”.

Uniting in a Shared Missions

The autumn launch of the podcast marks an interesting collaboration between the former Conservative and Labour politicians.

Their focus will be on discussing economics, politics, and the intricacies of decision-making within the Westminster bubble, as well as various issues that affect voter behavior.
George Osborne and Ed Balls: Frenemies Unite for New Politics Podcast / PA

Restoring Interest in Economics

According to Balls, the podcast aims to highlight significant stories that often fail to grab attention despite their transformative impact on people’s lives.


He stated, “George and I want to revive interest in economics, offering equal parts explanation and entertainment.

Politics and markets are deeply intertwined, and I’m excited to join forces with my old adversary to tap into our collective experience from Whitehall and Westminster for the show.”

From Foes to Friends

Osborne, the former Evening Standard editor, also expressed his enthusiasm about their joint venture.

Describing their relationship as one of ‘frenemies’, he explained how their political conversations, once filled with rivalry, now occur with a sense of mutual respect and understanding.

He said, “We hope to let listeners in on our insightful discussions about what’s really happening behind closed doors in the corridors of power, while also adding a bit of humor to the mix.”


The Making of the Podcast

While the title of the podcast remains under wraps, further details are set to be released later this summer.

The production of the podcast is in the hands of Persephonica, the company behind other popular news podcasts such as The News Agents, Newscast, and Americast.

Persephonica’s CEO and co-founder Dino Sofos labeled Balls and Osborne as “two titans of political economy”, promising to provide a “weekly dose of clarity” for a range of listeners, from voters and business owners to financial professionals.

He assured that with their in-depth analysis and healthy debate, no one is better equipped than Balls and Osborne to guide listeners through the complexities of the nation’s public finances.

The Podcast’s Purpose and Ambition

The forthcoming podcast is expected to transport listeners “inside Downing Street and the Treasury, to the city and newsrooms”, offering a thorough understanding of political workings and decision-making processes.


It is also set to provide a powerful economic analysis while holding the nation’s leaders accountable for their decisions.

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