As Britain acquires a new king and new prime minister, and ordinary people are arrested for expressing dislike of the royal family, James Butler and Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite join Tom to consider whether this might be a perilous time for the monarchy, and how the Truss government will go about selling its old-fashioned Thatcherite vision in an era of increasing demands on the state.

Read James Butler's piece here.

Read Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite's piece here.

Music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Zoe Kilbourn and Anthony Wilks

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