Ep. 186: Football without the Lads

This week we dribble further out of our comfort zones with a discussion on England football manager Gareth Southgate’s recent interventions on patriotism. After a cross over to cricketer Ollie Robinson’s historical problematic tweets, we hammer it into the net with a look at the G7 meeting in lovely St Ives.

Joining us are our broken holiday dreams.

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Andrea Leadsom picks her favourite Tory toy boys

Among the humiliations for Paul Williams in his run to become Hartlepool MP was the revelation that he had asked Twitter who their “favourite Tory milf” was in 2011. Some went a tad overboard in their criticism of it, with Shami Chakrabarti, Baroness Whitewash, calling it “unacceptable misogynistic abuse”.

In the spirit of equality, Marchamont wonders if the high-brows would react similarly if a female politician was similarly lewd. It is therefore interesting to hear the recent remarks of Andrea Leadsom, Conservative MP and previous leadership hopeful.

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The mad WHO plan to change Covid variant names

It is often fairly said that battles over wokery are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided an example of political correctness gone mad and doing bad.

In the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the media spent much time debating whether it was racist to call it the ‘Wuhan’ or ‘Chinese’ virus. Similar offence-seeking has prompted stories that British prime minister Boris Johnson called it ‘kung flu’.

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Ep. 185: Classic Dom Redux

Following Dominic Cummings spectacular trip to a parliamentary select committee, we discuss his legacy, the impact on the government, and whether Boris Johnson got hitched later as a distraction. We then tackle the BBC’s prospects in the wake of the Martin Bashir and Princess Diana scandal, and look back on the year since George Floyd’s murder.

Joining us is a wordy and unreadable blogpost.

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Fleet Street’s dubious support for meritocracy

The meritocracy is striking back. Responding to years of denouncement from Ivy League academics and leftish wonks, Adrian Wooldridge is about to publish The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World.

The Economist hack has taken to various newspapers to state his case that meritocracy is in fact good ahead of the book’s launch. Writing in the Times on Monday, he said modern societies are “outraged at the mere smell of nepotism or favouritism or discrimination.”

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