216: Single Market Maybe?

Rob and Tom discuss the local elections 2019. Who won? Who lost? Was there a Lib Dem surge? And how do these results reflect on the parties fortunes if we were to have a General Election?

Topics

  • Local Election Results

  • Three Party Politics

  • Extrapolating to a General Election

  • Quick Polls Update

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215: Indonesian General Election 2019

Tom and Rob are joined by Evan and Daniel (live from Indonesia) to get a rundown of the results of the Indonesian General Election 2019.

Topics

  • The results

  • Voting process

  • Media balance

  • Social media’s effects

  • Religion’s effect on voting

  • Quick polls update

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214: The 12th April is the 29th March

Rob and Tom discuss Theresa May reaching across the aisle and how an agreement might be reached. They also take stock of where the Brexit process is now that the 29th March has passed and ponder what the future of Brexit holds.

Topics

  • Labour’s Brexit Plan

  • Conservative Brexit Plan

  • Where are we now?

  • Quick Polls Update

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  • Recording engineer: Craig

  • Theme song: Handel's Water Music (Public Domain under CC0 1.0) with Big Ben Chimes (By hyderpotter under CC0 1.0).

  • Main Image: Conservative Party Brexit Plan

213: In the Milliverse Everything is Fine

Rob and Tom discuss the Indicative votes, Theresa May’s visit to Brussels and the Put It To The People March in what was a pretty Brexit-y week.

Topics

  • Parliamentary Votes

  • Indicative Votes

  • Theresa May ask the EU for an Extension

  • Put It To the People March

  • Quick Polls Update

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  • Theme song: Handel's Water Music (Public Domain under CC0 1.0) with Big Ben Chimes (By hyderpotter under CC0 1.0).

  • Main Image: Put It To the People March by Tom.

S05: The History of Indonesian Politics

Tom is joined by Evan (our Indonesian correspondent) to get the lowdown on Indonesian politics to date and the two main candidates for the upcoming General Election.

Topics

  • Indonesian Politics to date

  • Jokowi

  • Prabowo

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212: May, You Live in Interesting Times

Rob and Tom discuss the Meaningful Vote 2 (Electric Boogaloo) and where does Brexit go from here?

N.B: Some occasional audio issues on Tom’s line as he is travelling.

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  • Brexit: Meaningful Vote 2

  • Quick Polls Update

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211: More Popular Than The Lib Dems Already

Rob and Tom discuss the breakaway Labour and Conservative MPs forming the Independent Group and how this might be a move towards the centre ground amidst the chaos of Brexit.

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  • Headlines

  • The Independent Group

  • Quick Polls Update

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210: Do We Secretly Have a Dragon?

Rob and Tom discuss the surprisingly prescient topic of how to form a new political party from a mixture of Independents and existing MPs.

Topics

  • Headlines

  • A New Political Party?

  • Quick Polls Update

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209: He Wanted A Wall, Now He Wants Quite A Big Fence

Rob and Tom discuss the end of the government shutdown and how Trump has fared so far.

Topics

  • Headlines

  • Brexit Amendments

  • Trump & Government Shutdown

  • Trump’s Achievements

  • Quick Polls Update

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208: Brexit is Really Complicated

Rob and Tom discuss the Meaningful Vote mere moments after the result, skipping the headlines this week. Then the conversation circles round to Mr. Speaker and the Government Shutdown.

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  • Theresa May’s Meaningful Vote

  • Bercow impropriety?

  • Trump & Government Shutdown

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S04: 2019 Predictions

Rob and Tom try to predict what the politics of 2019 has in store both in the UK and across the pond.

Topics

  • Brexit

  • Conservatives

  • Labour

  • Trump

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207: 100 Days to Brexit

Rob and Tom discuss the fallout from Theresa May pulling the Brexit vote and how they feel the UK parties have fared this year.

Topics

  • The Headlines

  • Brexit - No Vote, Now What?

  • Rob’s Government Report Card 2018

  • Quick Polls Update

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206: 35 Minutes of Mayhem

Rob and Tom discuss the impending Brexit vote (which has since recording been delayed) and check out the latest polls.

Topics

  • The Headlines

  • Vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal

  • Quick Polls Update

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205: Barrelling Straight Towards Brexit

Rob and Tom discuss Theresa May’s Brexit Deal with the European Union.

N.B: Some recording issues occurred, we’ve done our best to recover as much as possible. Apologies for any glitches in the audio.

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  • Theresa May’s Brexit Deal

  • Quick Polls Update

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204: Not Famous Enough For Nate Silver

Rob and Tom discuss the midterm elections 2018 and whether there was the “blue wave” everyone was expecting.

Topics

  • Wycombe High School Question Time

  • The Headlines

  • The Midterm Elections

  • Polls Update

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203: The Second Biggest Political March Ever

Rob and Tom discuss the People’s Vote March and the pros and cons of a second Brexit referendum.

Topics

  • The Headlines

  • People’s Vote March

  • Second Brexit Referendum

  • Polls for the Midterm Elections

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202: Salad Cream Means Salad Cream

Rob and Tom discuss the Party Conferences for Labour and the Conservatives and the effects on the polls.

N.B: Due to ongoing internet issues in the 18th Century realm that Rob lives (Rees-Mogg’s constituency) some of the recording had to be swapped out for the backup recording. Apologies for the audio issues this caused.

Topics

  • The Headlines

  • What is a Party Conference?

  • Labour Party Conference

  • Lib Dem Consultation

  • Mid-Terms and Voting

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  • Recording engineer: Craig

  • Theme song: Handel's Water Music (Public Domain under CC0 1.0) with Big Ben Chimes (By hyderpotter under CC0 1.0).

  • Main Image: Photoshop by Tom.

201: Crippling Worry About Brexit

Rob and Tom are back to school, back to reality with Season 2 of Unparliamentary Language. We’ve avoided the news for too long over the summer so we are back with our Summer Roundup and the latest headlines.

Topics

  • The Headlines

  • Summer Round Up

  • Listener Question: How would you handle the mess that is Brexit?

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S03: Voting and Electoral Systems

Rob and Tom discuss the pros and cons of different voting systems, electoral systems and voter turnout.

Topics

  • Voting Systems

    • First Past the Post

    • Alternative Vote

    • Proportional Representation

      • Single Transferable Vote

      • D’Hondt Formula

      • Hare and Droop

  • Electoral Systems

  • Voter Turnout

  • UK Voting Reform

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S02: Consensus and Conflict (50 Years of British Politics in 50 Minutes)

Rob and Tom discuss the 50 years of British politics from 1945-1997 in roughly 50 minutes.

Topics

  • Post War Government

  • Economic Policy

  • Foreign Policy

  • Boom and Bust

  • Thatcher

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