Props Of Power

Episodes

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19990712

Michael White of the Guardian explores some of the more intriguing companions of political office. This week, the politics of the pager.

19990719

Michael White of the Guardian explores some of the more intriguing companions of political office. This week, the government driver.

20001123

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster to find out who really wields political power. He finds out why the choice of Speaker of the House of Commons is so vital to government.

20001130

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster. He finds out what really goes on in the Commons tea rooms - are they cheerful places for MPs to enjoy a cuppa, or sinister venues for plots and conspiracies?

20001207

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster. Lunches between politicians come under scrutiny, with a political correspondent admitting that lunches are so important to him that he has two a day.

20001214

Michael White of the Guardian concludes his exploration of the corridors of power with an investigation of the role of constituency agents, those seldom-seen figures who help MPs to get elected, who tell them when to cut their hair - and help deselect them if it all goes sour.

01Adjournment Debate2003101920031022

In the first programme of a new series Michael White, Political Editor of the Guardian, discovers why an Adjournment Debate is such a powerful tool.

201C01The Battle Bus20010830

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster.

He finds out what life is like aboard a battle bus.

201C02The Art Of Canvassing20010906

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster.

`The Art of Canvassing'.

Why some MPs love, and some loathe, trying to squeeze those few extra votes out of the public - plus the MP who tells voters not to vote for him under any circumstances.

201C03Political Biography20010913

Exploring the corridors of Westminster.

`Political Biography'.

A look at how myths can be made and terrible years glossed over in political memoirs.

Plus who sells best and who, by common agreement, has written the worst biography ever.

201C0420010920

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster.

201C05Resignations20010927

Michael White of the Guardian explores the corridors of Westminster.

`Resignations'.

He looks at great resignation speeches of the past which made a difference to political life.

203D02Pairing2003102620031029

Michael White, Political Editor of the Guardian, finds out why the practice of pairing can be a matter of life and death.

203D03Personal Secretaries2003110220031105

Michael White, Political Editor of the Guardian, explores the role played by personal secretaries in the House of Commons.