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As national insurance contributions, energy prices and council tax all increased this week, so too did our co-host’s frustration with the Government’s handling of the cost of living crisis.

Allison Pearson is concerned that covid could throw even more economic turmoil in the mix. With nine new symptoms being added to the official list, co-host Pearson fears it will be too easy for workers to use the virus as an excuse to shelter under the ‘national duvet.’

And as the conflict in Ukraine rages on, Liam Halligan is worried about how long the UK can maintain economic sanctions before rising living costs become impossible to bear for many Brits.

So as the economic rubber hits the road, has Britain got the strength to weather the storm?

Boarding the spaceship of sweet reason on its 95th voyage is the Telegraph’s Senior Foreign Correspondent Roland Oliphant. Roland, who spent many years reporting from Moscow, shares his insights after spending recent weeks on the ground in Ukraine. He tells our co-pilots why concerns of a third World War are not hyperbole and why no real peace talks will happen until one side has suffered defeat in what he calls an ‘old fashioned war of aggression.’

And finally, one listener reveals the unlikely side effect they have experienced from regular travel on the rocket of right thinking.

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