Podcast (ep. 18): Conservative Conference, EU Referendum and Russia in Syria

David Cameron at Conservative Conference Manchester, October 2015 by the Conservatives

After three weeks apart Jazza and Jimmy are finally reunited, and the sexual tension has never been greater.

We discuss the protests and content at the Tory party conference in Manchester, the egg slinging, the leadership posturing, the weird standing and everything in between.

We then segway seamlessly into the EU referendum campaigns being launched and how scared Jazza is of leaving, before finally, offering some interesting perspectives on Russia choosing to barge it’s way into Syria. Is it such a bad thing?

Image Credit – David Cameron at Conservative Conference Manchester, October 2015 by the Conservatives

Anti-Tory protestors pelt conference goers with plastic balls

Ball Pit, October 2008 by Jeremy Keith

Further mischief at the Tory conference was on show on Monday as those entering the “ring of steel” were pelted with plastic balls as the police looked bemusedly on.

It follows a day of ugliness on Sunday in which journalists were spat on and one young Conservative was even hit in the forehead with an egg.

Image Credit – Ball Pit, October 2008 by Jeremy Keith

Tory staffer flees Corbyn rally in Crick chase

Tory Mike Watkinson at Corbyn rally Nuneaton, September 2015 by Channel 4

Though the Blairites repeatedly assert that the Tories are unmoved by the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party, the blues still appear to be sending undercover staffers to rallies of the hard left candidate.

That at least is the obvious conclusion from a video posted by Channel 4 in which Tory West Midlands press officer Mike Watkinson walked hurriedly away from a rally in Nuneaton after being confronted by Michael Crick, political correspondent at the broadcaster.

When contacted for comment by Crick the Conservatives confirmed their press officer was at the “public event”, but offered no explanation as to why he felt obliged to leave so soon.

Indeed at the time Crick asked if he was “Mr Watkinson from the Conservative party” the staffer replied that he did not know what the journalist was talking about, no doubt indicative of a sudden bout of amnesia.

For his part Corbyn said the man was welcome to stay, and aides of the likely Labour leader said that Watkinson had been the first person to show at the event.  

Future infiltrators of Corbyn rallies may wish to swap Watkinson’s copy of the Daily Mail for the Morning Star if they do not want to attract similar attention.

Image Credit – Mike Watkinson at Corbyn rally Nuneaton, September 2015 by Channel 4

Podcast (ep.7): Is Oh My Vlog Racist? London’s Conservative Mayor & Donald Trump

In this week’s Podcast it’s Jazza, Jimmy AND John. Just one more member and we’re a Union J tribute act.

We discuss the new ‘dead-tree’ publication, Oh My Vlog! which focuses on the most popular in the YouTube community like Zoella, Joe Sugg and Alfie Deyes. Does the number of white faces show wider racism in the UK YouTube community and the mainstream media? Three white, privately educated men discuss.

The Conservatives have announced their shortlist for the London Mayoral Election and have snubbed Ivan Massow and Sol Campbell, two high profile candidates, in favour of Zac Goldsmith running against three nobodies. Is this the Tories announcing Goldsmith as their preferred Mayor in all but name? Yes, almost definitely.

And Donald Trump is the leader in the polls on the Republican side of the USA Presidential Elections. This is hilarious. We laugh a lot.

Podcast (Ep.5): Budget 2015, the Tim Hunt controversy and an alternative Labour leader

George Osborne at a reception following The Royal Wedding, 29 April 2011, by FCO

In this edition of the podcast Jimmy is joined by Right Dishonourable staffer John Servante to tackle the burning issues of the week, plus whatever made us laugh.

Topping the bill is the Tory budget, chancellor George Osborne’s first offering since shedding the pesky Liberal Democrats at the general election back in May. We discuss why the ostensibly radical plans are far more retrogressive than they initially appear.

Next in line is a discussion of scientist Tim Hunt’s controversial remarks on women in science, which last week came to a conclusion as University College London (UCL) ruled that it would not be reinstating Hunt despite a grovelling apology. But is this just another crude censorship of left-field ideas from what should be a curious, open-minded research body?

Lastly in our silly segment we suggest five new candidates for the Labour leadership, responding to the lacklustre crowd that have made it onto the ballot paper. Listen in to find out who made the grade.

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Header Image – George Osborne at royal wedding, April 2011 by Foreign and Commonwealth Office