Twenty Minute Topic
Events have taken over the election campaign in the last week, with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn responding in very different ways to the terrible floods in Yorkshire.
With less than a month to go until polling day, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins ask: How could Boris Johnson have handled the terrible situation with the floods in Yorkshire without attracting criticism?
Something profound is happening in Labour’s heartlands. Support for the party has halved in 2019 alone, but polls show that no single party is benefiting from the collapse. The percentage points that Labour has lost are fragmented among several parties. That makes predicting the outcome of the election extremely difficult. Could it be that under the ‘first past the post’ electoral system, Conservative candidates may ‘come through the middle’ in some of the Labour heartlands.
And it’s nearly the time of year when an old man with a white beard hands out free gifts – no, we’re not talking about Father Christmas, but Jeremy Corbyn, whose manifesto pledges sound incredibly far-fetched. We ask how is it all going to be paid for, or more specifically, who is going to pay for it?
Something extraordinary is happening with the opinion polls. They are consistently showing that in the Labour heartlands, support for the party has halved in 2019 alone.
Across the country, support for the Conservatives has fallen a little, but not to anything like the extent as Labour.
There is no single beneficiary of the collapse in support for Labour. Some of those percentage points have gone to the Brexit Party, others to the Liberal Democrats, and the smaller parties have benefited to an extent as well.
Under the ‘first past the post’ system, this makes the outcome very difficult to predict in many seats.
In this week’s podcast, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins try to make sense of the polls.
Nigel Farage launched the Brexit Party’s election campaign on Friday of last week. He stated that if Boris Johnson didn’t ditch the deal he negotiated with the EU, the Brexit Party could stand in every seat in the country.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins both had dealings with Nigel Farage during his days as a senior figure in UKIP. Marcus and Greg explain why Mr Farage’s actions last week risk splitting the pro-Brexit vote, thereby allowing anti-Brexit candidates to win seats, and they also explain how this is by no means the first time Mr Farage has put his own ego before the national interest.
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Boris Johnson has been granted the Brexit extension he didn’t want, and Jeremy Corbyn turned down the chance to trigger the general election he’s been calling for all year. But come Tuesday evening, we could be in election mode!
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins try to make sense of it all, and address issues that were raised during Monday’s debate in Parliament: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote? Should university students be allowed to vote in the city where they’re studying, even though they only live in the area part-time and are likely to leave once they graduate? And should the Brexit Party enter into electoral pacts with pro-Brexit candidates in an upcoming election?
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The Brexit 17.4 million people voted for in June 2016 has still not been delivered. On Saturday, the House of Commons put yet more obstacles in the way of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins take stock of the situation. Have we now reached the stage where it’s ‘Parliament versus the people’?
At the start of what is certain to be one of the most dramatic weeks in British political history, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins take stock of the situation as it currently stands.
Marcus and Greg both believe that it is likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union at the end of October.
They argue that an extension to Article 50 will force Labour to back a general election, which would be fraught with risk, and could well result in a sizeable majority for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, which would in turn give him a strong mandate to pull the UK out of the EU, with or without a deal.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss the future of the Royal Family.
Will Britain still have a Royal Family in 20 years’ time? How has the recent behaviour of Harry and Meghan undermined the institution? And what do we make of the Queen being dragged into the Brexit process?
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.
In this podcast, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins argue that the Supreme Court’s ruling has set a dangerous precedent that gravely undermines British Parliamentary democracy.
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Rising numbers of children are being treated for ‘eco anxiety’ because they’re being fed terrifying propaganda by their schoolteachers on the theory of man-made climate change.
Before and since the EU referendum of 2016, there were media reports of teachers indoctrinating children with pro-EU propaganda, and telling them that Brexiteers were bad, nasty people.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins assess bias within the teaching profession, and deliver a scathing verdict on teachers who are brainwashing and frightening innocent children.
Marcus and Greg also discuss what can be done to redress the balance and bring integrity back into the teaching profession.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins are committed Brexiteers, but how did their journeys begin?
Marcus, 35, became a eurosceptic while at secondary school in the mid-late 1990s, partly inspired by the late Sir James Goldsmith and the Referendum Party he led into the 1997 general election.
Greg, who is in his 70s, has been opposed to the entire EU project since the 1960s, when it was known as the European Economic Community (EEC).
In this podcast, Marcus and Greg tell their stories about how they became eurosceptics, and why they believe the United Kingdom would be better off leaving the European Union.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, there were hugely controversial scenes in the House of Commons as the prorogation ceremony got underway, with Speaker John Bercow becoming the centre of attention.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins give a damning verdict to Speaker Bercow’s behaviour, and assess where the Brexit process goes from here.
BBC News has seen a 56% decline in viewing figures since 2014 and a 19% drop in the last year alone.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss the decline in quality and trust of traditional news outlets and look into how more and more people are getting their news from alternative sources.
This week, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins debunk the theory of man-made climate change.
Climate change in itself is undeniable, it’s been going on for as long as the earth has existed, but to say mankind is responsible is to rely on VERY wobbly science. The reality is that the green lobby and the oil giants are on the same side – this is a multi-billion dollar industry!
They also discuss how vulnerable teenager Greta Thunberg is being exploited and manipulated by people to further this toxic agenda.
Darts Special: Shayne Burgess
Shayne ‘Bulldog’ Burgess is one of darts’s most colourful characters, and he’s a man with a story to tell.
To mark the publication of his autobiography, ‘Everybody Gets Fifteen Quid’, Shayne, from Hastings in Sussex, gave an in-depth interview to Marcus Stead where he discussed his life on and away from the oche.
Shayne, 55, was at his peak in the 1990s and early 2000s. Darts was in a very different place back then.
The early-mid 1990s were tumultuous years for darts. TV broadcasters had scaled back their coverage, and players found it impossible to make a living from the game. Something had to be done.
Most of the world’s best players broke away from the sport’s governing body to form the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), and the foundations were laid for the multi-million pound sport darts is today. Shayne made the switch to the PDC not long after it was formed.
Shayne’s story is full of ups and downs. He reached three major PDC finals, but in each of them he came up against Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, the greatest player of all time. By the time big money arrived in the mid-2000s, Shayne’s game was in decline.
But Shayne’s book is no sob story. It’s packed with hilarious anecdotes from the local darts scene in Sussex and Kent, and the professional darts tour of the 1990s and early 2000s.
There are also laugh out loud tales of adventures in his campervan and brushes with the law.
‘Everybody Gets Fifteen Quid’, ghost written by Tony Horne, is available on Amazon, and is published by Wild Wolf Publishing.
The podcast can be heard by clicking on the audio link above, and can also be heard on iTunes.
Twenty Minute Topic
The term ‘Groupthink’ has its origins in George Orwell’s 1984, but it has gained new prominence with the advent of social media.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss ‘groupthink’ and the impact of social media. Far from encouraging healthy debate and exposing people to new ideas, social media appears to be encouraging people to engage with echo chambers, namely people who share the same views as them.
This, in turn, insulates people from hearing viewpoints that go against theirs, and leaves them dangerously unaware of the views of wider society.
Few moments in British history have been looked back on as more humiliating than when, in September 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew back from Munich having supposedly been duped by Hitler into thinking that he had secured ‘peace for our time’.
Conventional wisdom has regarded Chamberlain’s act as one of foolish appeasement. But we should look again.
Marcus Stead is joined by Greg Lance-Watkins, who tells a story about how, as a 19-year-old soldier, he had a chance meeting with former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas Home on a train.
They discussed Chamberlain and the Munich Agreement. Sir Alec revealed to Greg that far from being an act of appeasement, Chamberlain knew war was coming. However, by pretending to have been duped by Hitler, he had bought Britain vital time to rearm and prepare for war.
Sir Alec left Greg in no doubt that Chamberlain had handled the situation brilliantly, and that history has judged him harshly.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins address some tough issues with regards to personal responsibility and welfare dependency. Is the welfare state in its current form sustainable? Will people have to make their own provisions for old age? Are those who cover their bodies in hideous tattoos to blame for making themselves unemployable? And do we need to ‘press the reset button’ to redefine where the state’s role ends and the individual/family’s role begins?
Boris Johnson is the UK’s new Prime Minister. Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins assess the likelihood of Brexit being delivered by the October 31 deadline. Can a new deal be negotiated with the EU? Can Parliament block a ‘no deal’ Brexit? And how likely is a General Election before the Brexit deadline?
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss the subject of personal responsibility. At what point does it become the responsibility of the individual and the family, rather than the welfare state, to provide for our needs? The discussion then turns to the subject of gambling, both in the high street and online, which often has a devastating impact on people living in socially deprived areas.
A second podcast on personal responsibility will be released in two weeks’ time, where Marcus and Greg will look into how the welfare state in its current form is unsustainable.
Marcus Stead is joined by veteran campaigner and blogger Greg Lance-Watkins as they debate whether the NHS has a future. If so, what form it will take? What changes need to be made if it is to survive and provide world-class healthcare in the decades ahead?
On Wednesday 3 July 2019, Christopher Booker, one of Britain’s very best journalists, died at the age of 81.
Greg Lance-Watkins knew Christopher for more than 50 years. He reflects on Christopher’s remarkable life with Marcus Stead.
Christopher led an extraordinary life – he was an integral part of the satire boom of the 1960s, as part of David Frost’s team on That Was The Week That Was, and he was the first editor of the magazine Private Eye. Christopher wrote about a broad range of topics, from jazz to cricket, but he was perhaps best-known for his investigative work, and for his deep understanding of the inner-workings of the European Union.
Christopher’s final column in the Sunday Telegraph on 29 March was a masterpiece, where he reflected on his eventful life and provided a sad, but all-too-accurate analysis of the state Britain is currently in. It was republished with permission on Greg’s blog here.
Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins address some big, often uncomfortable questions about the future of the British economy and workplace. Does the minimum wage have a future? Do we live in a corporatist, rather than a capitalist society? The ‘elephant in the room’ – why has Britain got such a large productivity problem? Is it time to industrialise? Is the long period of uncertainty over Brexit doing more harm than anything else to British business? Is it time to de-industrialise? Is a ‘climate change’ policy based on wobbly science doing immense, unnecessary damage to the economy? And how can young people build a career in the modern world?
Twenty Minute Topic
A brand new series in which journalist Marcus Stead and veteran campaigner and blogger Greg Lance-Watkins discuss big issues affecting all our lives over a twenty minute period.
In the first episode, Marcus and Greg discuss how workplaces will be transformed by technology in the next five to ten years. Issued raised include: Are university degrees still worth it? Are the millennial generation equipped for the workplace? Is the UK education system fit for purpose? Does manufacturing in the UK have a future? How will 5G technology transform all our lives?
Jonny Gould’s Jewish State – Lance Forman
Jonny’s guest is a fourth generation smoked salmon purveyor and a wannabe European politician (but not wannabe European Union member).
Lance Forman’s standing for the Brexit Party in a European election he says shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
In our conversation, he accuses the political class of being fast and loose with extremist rhetoric, while being cowardly in making the big decisions lest they lose votes.
He pots a 115-year history of H Forman & Son and describes the challenges of succession, planning and adaptation to modern times.
He harks for a return to the days of Thatcher, says Nigel Farage is “Maggie in men’s clothing” and says “antisemite” Jeremy Corbyn’s vision of “Britain as Venezuela” needs to be stopped.
He’s proud to be a Jewish member of the party, shrugging off the unpleasant daubing of a swastika on his factory in recent weeks.
Journalist Marcus Stead responds to the issues Lance Forman raised in the latest edition of Jonny Gould’s Jewish State. Marcus offers broad praise for Forman, but presents a more optimistic vision for post-industrial satellite towns, and explains the economic opportunities Brexit can bring to these areas. Marcus also describes how antisemitism is by no means confined to the Labour Party, and that Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru has a long and shameful history of antisemitism and Nazi appeasement.
Brexit Briefing Special with Marcus Stead 20/05/2019
Marcus Stead returns with a Brexit Briefing special in the week the United Kingdom goes to the polls in European Parliamentary elections that weren’t supposed to happen. Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party is polling nearly twice as many votes as their nearest rival. If the polls are correct, British politics is about to experience a massive earthquake.
Marcus’s guest is businessman, blogger and veteran anti-EU campaigner Greg Lance-Watkins, who has been an active eurosceptic for nearly SIXTY years.
In a wide-ranging discussion, they look at the history of euroscepticism in the UK, the rapidly declining influence of the traditional media, the rise of the Brexit Party, what this all means for the future of British politics, and Greg makes some grim predictions as to where Britain will be in ten years’ time, Brexit or no Brexit.
Jonny Gould’s Jewish State: Trevor Horn, legendary music and Jewish beliefs
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city of your exile, pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper”, Jeremiah 29:7 and repeated to me by this remarkable of men, Trevor Horn.
The Grammy Award, Brit Award, Ivor Novello Award winning record producer, coined “the man who invented the 80s”, gave me a fantastic interview about his current projects, (touring and a new album) plus a rundown of his musical career and influences plus his journey into Judaism, something he says he “believes in more than anything else”.
Jonny Gould’s Jewish State: Ivor Baddiel and the “Y Word”: Shouting “Yid” on football’s terraces
If you’ve been to Wembley or White Hart Lane, you’ll have almost certainly heard the word, “Yid” chanted in support of Tottenham.
You may have even chanted it yourself as a Spurs fan. But what does it mean exactly? Do you think it still has a place on football’s terraces?
Campaigner Ivor Baddiel and his brother David began a campaign seven years ago with a short film, “!The Y Word” which explained that it’s a derogatory word for Jewish people – similar to using the P Word or N Word.
The Baddiel brothers wanted to start a debate and Jonny caught up with Ivor.
Jonny Gould’s Jewish State: Jassem Tamim and Richard Millett
Jonny’s two guests are from very different parts of British society – but are united in voice in opposing Jeremy Corbyn and the antisemitism scandal sweeping the Labour Party.
Jassem Tamim is a Sufi Muslim originally from Morocco, who considers it payback to Britain’s acceptance of him to oppose antisemitism. He also believes it’s his Islamic duty to defend Israel and Jews.
And Richard Millett is the longtime activist who the Labour leader famously called lacking English irony.
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Marcus Stead and his friend James Easton (Charlton Athletic fan, real ale aficionado and Brexiteer) went to the Mount Stuart pub in Cardiff Bay and recorded their conversation for Talk Podcasts listeners.
The chat began on a sombre note as they reflected on their visit to the memorial to Emiliano Sala at the Cardiff City Stadium earlier in the day. They then moved on to discuss the disconnect between professional football clubs and the fans, the delights of non-league football, the rise and rise of PDC darts, and where the JD Wetherspoon name really came from.
Gareth Allen played on the professional snooker tour between 2015-2017, and he had a lengthy career among the amateur ranks before earning his pro tour card. His snooker journey began at the age of three, when he would watch the game on TV with his grandmother and imitate the players while sitting on the floor with a pencil and some marbles.
In conversation with Marcus Stead, Gareth discusses his life in snooker, before the conversation turns to the realities of life for a modern professional snooker player.
The game has been utterly transformed since Barry Hearn took charge of the governing body in late 2009. In that time, prize money has increased from £3.5 million to an astonishing £14 million. There are more tournaments than ever before, but this means more travel, and inevitably far more expenses, which hits the lower ranked players hard. Is the game’s governing body doing enough to help the lower ranked players?
Jonny Gould’s Jewish State – Holocaust Memorial Day: Grandma’s Escape from Hitler’s Vienna to Birmingham’s Freedom
This is a very special podcast. To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, Jonny Gould located an old cassette of an interview he recorded with his late Grandma in 1984, when she was 77 – and he was 17. She narrates her own escape from Hitler’s Vienna in 1938 and arrival in Birmingham.
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In Focus with Marcus Stead Episode 1: Karen Harradine
In the first of an occasional series of long-form interviews, Marcus Stead meets writer Karen Harradine, where they discuss the issues raised in this article she wrote for the Conservative Woman website.
Karen calls for the creation of a Christian equivalent of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and explains that Christians are the most persecuted group in the world today, especially in the Middle East and parts of Africa.
A wide range of related subjects are debated during the hour-long interview, including the wilful decline of the United Kingdom’s Judaeo-Christian heritage, and the dangers of ‘identity politics’, narcissism, and fashionable virtue-signalling.
The discussion turns to the Orwellian control of language and how accusations of ‘hate speech’ are a serious threat to freedom of expression, and of how the brainwashing of innocent children on transgenderism is nothing more than child abuse which will have serious repercussions in years to come.
On Brexit, they discuss the difficulties Leave supporting students face on university campuses, and ask whether British universities are places for rigorous debate and an exchange of ideas, or whether they are indoctrinating young people.
In the latter part of the podcast, the discussion turns to the Israel, Palestine, antisemitism and whether Christian organisations are harming followers of their own faith by backing Palestinian militants and organisations with links to terror.
The discussion concludes with Karen’s thoughts on how to tackle Islamic extremism and the importance of creating a single, united British identity.
Jonny Gould’s Jewish State Episode 1
“We ought not deal in the soft bigotry of low expectations of the Palestinians” – Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, Our Soldiers Speak.
The first in a series of podcasts in which Jonny Gould discusses the biggest Jewish and Israeli issues with the most fascinating guests.
Today Jonny discusses securing peace in the Middle East with Brigadier General Amir Avivi (ret.) and Sergeant Benjamin Anthony of Our Soldiers Speak.
In response to the impasse of the Oslo Accords, they’re devising a win-win peace deal for Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Gazans, Muslims and Christians called the New State Solution.
They met in Central London as these impressive soldiers turned diplomats continued their discussions.
Brexit Briefing 28/11/2018
Marcus Stead returns with another Brexit Briefing, where he exposes some of the shocking details of the EU Withdrawal Agreement, largely unreported by the mainstream media. Marcus also explains what the ‘Northern Ireland Backstop’ actually means and why there’s no way the DUP can support it. There’s also analysis on the Parliamentary arithmetic of getting the proposed deal through the House of Commons, and with the deal as good as dead on arrival, Marcus explores the viable alternatives as the Brexit date of 29 March 2019 draws nearer.
Brexit Briefing 24/09/2018
Marcus Stead returns with another Brexit Briefing following a week that saw Prime Minister Theresa May ‘talk tough’ to the EU. Marcus asks: Where do we go from here? What’s likely to happen? What are the realistic options? Is there likely to be a second referendum? And are we heading for a General Election in November?
Brexit Briefing 12/09/2018
In this week’s Brexit Briefing, Marcus Stead reports on the developing situation as Theresa May’s position looks increasingly precarious. He also looks into the consequences of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit for the aviation industry, and gives a damning assessment of Boris Johnson’s suitability to be Prime Minister.
Brexit Briefing 03/09/2018
Marcus Stead returns with another Brexit Briefing. Following comments from Boris Johnson, David Davis, and then Michel Barnier, are the Chequers proposals dead? Why did Frank Field resign the Labour whip? And how likely is a so-called ‘People’s Vote’?
Brexit Briefing 27/08/2018
Marcus Stead presents the first in a new series of Brexit Briefing podcasts. In this week’s edition, Marcus asks: Could the civil service be about to betray Brexit? As Brexit day gets nearer, is Philip Hammond fit to be Chancellor? Dominic Raab outlines what he believes a ‘No Deal’ Brexit would look like – is there any cause for alarm?
Brexit Briefing 15/07/2018
Marcus Stead tries to make sense of a dramatic and tumultuous week in the Brexit process. What is actually in the Chequers White Paper? What does it mean for the country, and for Theresa May’s chances of clinging to office? And how will the EU react to the proposals?
Douma Chemical Attack – The Truth Uncovered with Marcus Stead
Marcus Stead investigates the alleged chemical attack by President Assad’s forces in the Syrian city of Douma on 7 April 2018. Did the attack take place at all? Who was responsible? Why did the USA, the UK and France carry out air strikes on specific targets? How much do we ACTUALLY know, and how much of what we’re being told by the mainstream media is merely speculation?
Meditation and Mindfulness with Siwan Reynolds 05/06/2018
Siwan Reynolds was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 14, and spent years trying to reduce her seizures before her life was transformed with the help of meditation and mindfulness.
In this podcast, Siwan tells her story to Marcus Stead, and explains how her techniques can be implemented by anyone, anywhere.
Siwan now helps schoolchildren, businesses and individuals transform their lives. You can visit her website by clicking here or you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brexit Briefing 05/03/2018
Marcus Stead looks back on recent Brexit-related speeches by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, former Prime Minister Sir John Major and current Prime Minister Theresa May.
Jonny Gould – Mistaken Identity 14/02/2018
Jonny Gould is a sports broadcaster, radio host, TV pundit and businessman. During the recent fallout from the Presidents Club dinner fiasco, Jonny was incorrectly identified in a number of publications as the host of the event’s charity auction.
In conversation with Marcus Stead, he discusses how the story developed, the fallout from it, and the steps he took to gain corrections, apologies and compensation from the publications who wrongly identified him.
Jonny is a supporter of mental health charity Mind, and he tells us about his current project, Striker Boy.
Jonny also talks about his long career as CEO of Sportsmedia, who provided sponsored sports bulletins to independent radio stations around the UK, and why he had to close the business several years ago.
There’s also a chat between Marcus and Jonny about the overall state of radio, journalism and hyperlocal news in the UK today.
Brexit Briefing 22/01/2018
Marcus Stead looks back on a week when the EU Withdrawal Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons, and explains in some depth what is likely to happen in the tumultuous months ahead.
Marcus also assesses the situation in Calais, and asks some important questions about the refugee crisis.
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Episode 1: 13/12/2017 Elliott previews the 2021 baby MINI SUV, McLaren’s $1 million Senna hypercar, the Porsche 911 next generation, and the Lamborghini Urus.
He also looks at the legal implications of contradictory government advice and subsequent tax policy on diesel cars.
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