All sports are unfair, so why the trans fixation?

When Laurel Hubbard put her hands on the barbell at the Pacific Games in Samoa in July, she would have been keenly aware that many dispute her right to compete in international weightlifting as a women.

Hubbard, who took home two golds at the games for New Zealand, is at the centre of a row over whether trans women athletes have an unfair advantage over their cisgendered rivals. Controversy had already flared up when Hubbard qualified to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 after meeting International Olympic Committee requirements to keep her testosterone levels below a given threshold for a year.

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Podcast Ep. 140: Xi Jinping To Head Government Of National Unity

Various proposals for a government of national remoaning, ongoing strife in Hong Kong, and Greta Thunberg’s two-week jaunt across the Atlantic are the three topics this week.

Joining us is our inability to bunk off life to go chinwag with the UN.

Image based on Ma Ying-jeou meets Xi Jinping in Singapore, November 2015

Podcast Ep. 139: Bozo BoJo Confronted By Tricky Question

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s new cabinet and team, YouTube creators’ attempts to gang up on the video host, and the resignation of disgraced MP Jared O’Mara over mental health troubles are the three topics this week.

Joining us is a surprisingly long production time.

Image based on Prince William & Boris Johnson illegal wildlife trade, April 2018 by Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Podcast Ep. 138: Theresa May To Appeal Against Revenge Of History

Theresa May Revenge History

Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker, Steven Edginton’s claimed role in the leaking of a diplomatic cable, Darren Grimes successful appeal against an Electoral Commission fine, and the (lack of) legacy for departing PM Theresa May are the three topics this week.

Joining us are the collective achievements of Tezza.

Image based on Theresa May and Juri Ratas, September 2017 by EU2017EE Estonian Presidency

Podcast Ep. 137: Westminster To Vote On Aborting Tommy Robinson

Westminster vote on Tommy Robinson abortion

The forced(?) resignation of Britain’s ambassador to the US, Westminster’s attempt to loosen abortions restrictions and allow gay marriage in Northern Ireland, and the jailing of Tommy Robinson for the crime of journalism are the three topics this week.

Joining us are Jack and Ada from Totally Unprepared Politics.

Image based on Say no to Tommy Robinson, December 2018 by Garry Knight