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S07: Unparliamentary Mayhem

Tom and Rob are joined by CK and Wade for a cross-over special: Unparliamentary Mayhem! Pitting two fictional characters chosen by their guests in a fictional debate for who would make a better World Leader: Trump or Merkel?

TOPICS

  • [0:00]: Intro

  • [2:47] The Rules

  • [6:29] Now All Of China Knows You’re Here

  • [16:57] Mickey Mouse

  • [26:16] Taking Sides

  • [28:50] Opening Statements

    • [30:32] Shan Yu For Trump

    • [31:43] Mickey For Merkel

    • [33:40] Relationships With China

    • [36:02] Thoughts On Walls

    • [37:55] Conflicts And Poverty

    • [39:53] A Woman For World Leader?

    • [42:54] Armies

    • [45:22] Protecting The Oceans

    • [46:14] How A World Leader Will Affect Sovereignty

  • [47:40] Closing Statement From Shan Yu

  • [48:52] Closing Statement For Mickey

  • [49:57] Deliberations

  • [55:28] The Winner Is

  • [58:31] Outro

  • [1:05:29] Bonus: Failed Intros

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305: Please Make It Simple For Me Rob

Rob and Tom explain the differences between Boris’ deal and Theresa May’s deal. They then discuss how it fared in parliament and the chances of a General Election before Christmas.

Topics

  • [0:00] Intro

  • [02:03] Brexit...again: Johnson’s Deal

  • [06:21] Backstop means Backstop?

  • [16:01] Free Trade Agreements

  • [20:45] Customs, customs, customs

  • [26:11] Cooperation

  • [29:21] What do the public think?

  • [34:03] What did the Commons do?

  • [46:44] General Election?

  • [59:51] Quick Polls Update

  • [1:07:17] Outro

  • [1:09:15] Bonus: Pizzamas

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304: Britain, a Large, Unravelling Jumper

Rob and Tom discuss The Queen’s Speech, how the parties responded and the chances of Brexit being delivered on 31st October. With your usual Quick Polls Update.

Topics

  • [0:00] Intro

  • [01:07] Main Story: Queen's Speech

    • [12:59] Part 1: Brexit

    • [21:26] Part 2: The Economy

    • [25:12] Part 3: Health

    • [28:53] Part 4: Law And Orderrrr

    • [34:36] Part 5: Devolution

    • [43:02] Part 6: Voter ID

  • [49:30] Labour's Response

  • [53:30] Where Next For Brexit?

  • [1:12:38] Quick Polls Update

  • [1:18:33] Outro

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301: Deselection Election?

Rob and Tom are back for a new season because the Boris and Brexit news just won’t stop! This week they dive into proroguing and fears of an upcoming General Election.

Topics

  • Intro [0:00]

  • What is proroguing? [1:44]

  • Does Boris want a No Deal Brexit? [7:25]

  • Boris' speech and promises [13:53]

  • How could this cause a General Election? [19:20]

  • Deselection of Tory MPs [25:11]

  • What are Boris' options if the bill passes? [28:15]

  • Does Labour want a GE? [32:38]

  • The Polls and GE predictions [35:25]

  • What are the EU thinking? [45:02]

  • Outro [47:56]

  • Bonus: Listener Jokes [50:09]

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S06: Political Philosophy 101 - Plato & Aristotle

Tom goes back to school with Rob to learn some political philosophy. In the fist episode in this series they cover Plato & Aristotle’s views on governance.

TOPICS

  • Intro [0:00]

  • Plato [1:59]

    • Problems with Democracy [5:21]

    • Plato's Society [14:05]

    • Plato's View of Human Nature [22:58]

  • Aristotle [33:54]

    • Aristotle's Types of Government [35:44]

    • The Virtuous Mean [49:25]

  • Plato vs Aristotle [50:43]

  • Outro [55:43]

    • Bonus: The Void [58:33]

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222: Bojo, JoJo, Ho Ho?

Rob and Tom are back for an extra special episode to end the season as they discuss Boris Johnson. While discussing the new Prime Minister they also cover another new leader and the Cabinet in detail.

Topics

  • Intro [0:00]

  • John Sun [1:40]

  • Jo Swinson [4:21]

  • Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, DUDE [16:13]

  • Deliver (Brexit) [19:16]

  • The New Cabinet [25:16]

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg M.P. Esq [47:12]

  • Diversity in the Cabinet [51:58]

  • Unite (Party & Country) [54:47.670]

  • Defeat (Labour) [1:03:23]

  • Energise (the Conservatives) [1:12:36]

  • Outro [1:16:22]

  • Bonus: Missing Manifesto [1:17:37]

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221: The Queen is Not Going to Shoot Somebody

Rob and Tom discuss what the summer has in store for Brexit ahead of the Silly Season specials.

Topics

  • Conservative Leadership Race

  • The EU Response to Boris or Hunt

  • Brexit Economy

  • Proroguing Parliament

  • General Election?

  • Quick Polls Update

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220: Brexit Bin Analogy

Rob and Tom catch up on three weeks of the Conservative Leadership Race and give their thoughts on the final two contenders.

Topics

  • Conservative Leadership Race

  • Boris’ Conduct

  • Quick Polls Update

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219: Alastair Campbell Soup

218: In Fifth Place, The Conservative Party

Rob and Tom discuss the results of the European Elections 2019. Who were the winners and losers? How does Brexit Britain compare to the continent? Does the Brexit Party have any staying power?

Topics

  • European Election Results

  • The UK Parties

  • Brexit Party

  • Change UK

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217: The Life and Opinions of Theresa May, Gentlewoman

Rob and Tom discuss the rise and fall of Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. They also discuss who will be likely to replace her, the archaic Conservative leadership contest and the state of the polls.

Topics

  • Theresa May’s history

  • Theresa May’s downfall

  • Conservative leadership race

  • Quick Polls Update

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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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  • 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: 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.

Topics

  • 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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