The premature obituary of liberal Britain

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Tim Farron was one of the odder casualties at the last general election, resigning more than a week after the dust settled amid allegations of backroom plotting and ongoing controversy about his Christian faith. This despite the Lib Dem leader actually gaining his party a few seats.

His defenestration marked a few things, perhaps most importantly the trouble many have with distinguishing between somebody’s personal beliefs and what they wish to enforce in law. Farron, if you recall, clearly had some problem with homosexuality, but had a decent record on voting for LGBT rights and clearly had no intention of going backwards on the matter.

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Journalism has always been corrupt, but are we more duped than usual?

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The anniversary of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the US has naturally prompted some soul searching among the punditry, who largely failed to predict his election, and mostly opposed it.

Trump is guilty of most of what he’s accused of, but it is a mark of the paternalist attitude held by many hacks these days that fake news is held so much to blame for the wrong candidate winning, in much the same way Britons were tricked into making the wrong choice in the EU referendum.

In the same line, fake news has caught people’s attention because politics has started to matter again, which tells you nothing good about Britain and America’s ruling classes.

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Podcast Ep. 97: Labour Spots Potential Problem With Jeremy Corbyn

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Labour’s summer of Corbynite love, the breakdown of Jamaican coalition talks in Germany, and Simpsons racism allegations in The Problem With Apu are the three topics this week.

Joining us are a variety of microphone recording techniques, ranging from bad to barely acceptable.

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Podcast Ep. 96: Theresa May Mulls Offshore Voyage

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The ongoing chaos in the Tory party, further stories of tax evasion (Er, avoidance? – Ed), and the dispute over whether poppies have become tarnished are a symbol are the three topics this week.

Joining us is the expectation that we too will be invited to join the cabinet. Or at least the shadow one.

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Academic Excellence May Not Be As Diverse As You Would Want

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What exactly are universities for? A slew of recent news stories has revealed no clear agreement on where exactly the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, the rest of the Russell Group, and the other higher education facilities fit into British life.

The ongoing squabbles over who should pay university tuition fees; trigger warnings on university courses; and the poshness of Oxbridge show that there are divided interests – including disagreements on what outcomes we are striving for.

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