Going toe-to-toe on stage, Daily Mail columnist and consultant editor Andrew Pierce and the Mirror’s associate editor Kevin Maguire joined Julia Hartley-Brewer to give their takes on the world of Westminster and beyond…
The duo discussed and debated the biggest headlines of the day, including the fallout from the Conservative leadership challenge against Boris Johnson as well as the continuing conflict in Ukraine.
Pierce’s analysis was optimistic that errors from the Kremlin would bring about the Russian president’s downfall: “Putin’s made a series of mistakes. He’s waging war while the world is moving away from fossil fuels and he is trying to flog gas. I think he will be toppled in the next year.”
Maguire had a bleaker view of the timescale for conflict in Ukraine: “It’s very unstable, it’s going to last for a long time. It’s a war of attrition.”
When it came to the future of the prime minister, Maguire was clear: “Johnson’s luck as gone. That magic just isn’t coming back.” He also talked about the possibility of an election as soon as October.
Pierce disagreed: “Johnson’s not safe, but he’s safer than people think. The 1922 committee are not going to change their rules.”
See more highlights from the session (including Pierce and Maguire’s tips to replace Boris Johnson…) below