Podcast Ep. 135: Brexit Boy Band Bombs At Ballot Box

The predictable Conservative leadership contest, reaction to Jo Brand’s joke about throwing battery acid over politicians, and polls showing the Lib Dems and the Brexit Party storming a general election are the three topics this week.

Joining us is Claire Fox, Brexit Party MEP and director of the Academy of Ideas.

Image based on still from BBC’s Our Next Prime Minister

Podcast Ep. 134: Tory Hopefuls Challenged To Great British Bake Off

Right Dishonourable Dominic Raab crack

This week all the Tories are on drugs, Labour MP Roger Godsiff is backing the homophobes, and Vince Cable is on his farewell tour from the Lib Dems.

Joining us is Michael Gove’s dealer.

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Rosmersholm has sympathy for our Brexit psychodrama

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With a divided country driven mad by political strife as it hovers on the brink of a contentious election, you could almost imagine that Rosmersholm was inspired by Britain’s own fevered situation.

Though some minor details have amplified its relevance to our times, the Duke of York’s latest production is a revival of an 1886 work by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Centred on pastor and widower John Rosmer (played by Tom Burke), it follows his struggle to bridge divides between new and old friends and new and old politics.

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Podcast Ep. 133: Change UK Split Over Nando’s Bill

Chuka Umanna Nandos gag

Half of Change UK’s decision to leave the party rather than reform it from within, the cancellation of punk band Killdren over their plea to kill Tory scum, and the Trumpster’s UK tour are the three topics this week.

Joining us is Chuka Umanna’s undiminished ego.

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With Gerard Batten’s leadership done, Ukip likely is too

Gerard Batten via Derek Bennett

Rarely for the Ukip of late, it has been some time since they last had a leadership election. But with Gerard Batten indicating his tenure is at an end, the party may be entering its terminal phase.

Writing on Twitter, the former MEP said: “My term as UKIP Leader ends today. A big thank you to all who have supported my leadership & UKIP over the last 15 months, morally, materially & financially., The NEC will now begin a leadership election process, which will see the next leader elected within the next 90 days.”

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