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George Osborne and Ed Balls join forces for an economics podcast, showcasing their ‘frenemies’ dynamic


Former political rivals George Osborne and Ed Balls, who used to duke it out in the House of Commons dispatch box, are starting a weekly podcast.

Ex-Chancellor Mr Osborne and former Shadow Chancellor turned Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mr Balls say they want to help people understand “what is really going on in the corridors of power”.

In the podcast, which launches this autumn, the former Conservative and Labor politicians will cover economics, politics and decision-making within Westminster and other issues that shape how people vote.

Mr Balls said: “The politics of money are in the news again, but all too often the stories that will have the most transformative impact on people’s lives get the least attention.

“George and I want to bring economics back to life and put them on the agenda, with as much explanation as entertainment.

“Politics is never far from the markets, so I look forward to working with my old political rival as we bring all our experience from Whitehall and Westminster to the show.”

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