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Not Enough Champagne

Not Enough Champagne is a podcast about people, politics and pragmatism. Cory Hazlehurst and Steve Haynes discuss political matters from a moderate perspective. We try and take a step back from partisan bickering to discuss how parties can compromise and bring about change for the better.
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Jun 25, 2017

In this episode of Not Enough Champagne, Cory and Steve discuss the various crises engulfing British politics with Charlotte Galpin, Lecturer in German and European Politics at the University of Birmingham. When will the Conservatives sort out a deal with the DUP so that Britain can get a functioning government? How have the Brexit negotiations gone so far? What does the UK actually need to agree in the next nineteen months? How will the recent election affect the type of Brexit deal we get? And what do Europeans think of what is going on here at the moment? We discuss all this with a suitable degree of patriotism.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by James Cram.

Jun 21, 2017

In the Birmingham Fabian Society podcast, newly-christened West of Centre, Cory and LJ are joined by Labour's PPC for Mid Worcestershire Fred Grindrod to discuss being a PPC and what factors were most influential in the West Midlands.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

Jun 18, 2017

In this episode, five very tired and confused Labourites gather in our bunker to work out how Labour gets a majority next time round. Is Labour winning a majority next time round possible? What do they have to do in order to build a new coalition of voters? And what will we do with our summer if there is no leadership election? Steve and Cory speak to former chair of Young Fabians Alex Adranghi, chair of Birmingham Fabians LJ Davies and Councillor John Cotton.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by James Cram.

Jun 11, 2017

In this podcast four guys hide in the nuclear bunker and try and make sense of what just happened. How did Theresa May blow a 20 point lead and what does that mean for her leadership? Is the power of the right-wing press failing? And is the DUP more like UKIP or the GOP, and what is their connection to a 90s indie band? Steve and Cory talk about all of this and more with Luke John Davies and John Cotton.

Our logo is designed by James Cram and our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

Jun 7, 2017

In this episode we set up a rod for our own backs, a hoist for our petard and a hostage to fortune as we predict what's going to happen on June 8th.

Will Labour or the Tories get a majority, and what will that be? We also touch on how we think the SNP, Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP will fare as well.

Not Enough Champagne will then be back on Sunday to tell you why we were wrong.

Our logo is designed by @jamescram and our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

Jun 6, 2017

In this special 50th episode of Not Enough Champagne, we discuss the proposals for democratic reform in the party's manifestos.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by James Cram.

Jun 4, 2017

**This episode was recorded before the terrorist incident on London Bridge last night**

In this episode, Cory and Steve talk about why the Conservative's election campaign has been awful, and how it can get back on track.

Our logo is designed by James Cram and our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

Jun 1, 2017

On this podcast LJ and Cory discuss whether a progressive alliance could defeat the Conservative government. Does it just mean tactical voting or can parties work together in a more constructive fashion?

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

Birmingham Fabians will be recording more podcasts after the election, and Not Enough Champagne returns on Sunday.

May 26, 2017

***This episode was recorded before the events in Manchester on Tuesday***

Steve and Cory discuss what's in the party's manifestos. Is it actually the Conservative Manifesto that harks back to the 1970s? Is Labour's Manifesto the longest suicide note in history, or 10% more radical than George Osborne? We also try and make sense of the Tory social care plans.

Our logo is designed by @jamescram and our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper

May 25, 2017

In this mini-episode, we discuss why the CPS did not press for criminal charges in the elections expenses scandal. We also talk about the wishful thinking of some and how it became a textbook example of how not to think about a political issue.

 

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by @JamesCram

May 21, 2017

On Not Enough Champagne this week, we assess the election campaign with less than 20 days to go. Labour is closing the gap in the opinion polls, but will those supporters actually turn up and vote? The Conservatives have actually said something interesting: we talk about the the politics of their plans for social care. We also discuss how Tim Farron is hobbling the Liberal Democrat campaign, and the UKIP annual tradition of suspending one of their candidates for saying something racist.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by James Cram.

May 20, 2017

In this podcast, Cory and LJ discuss which seats in Birmingham are safe as houses, which are truly marginal, and try and make some predictions as to which seats will be Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat on June 8th.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper

May 16, 2017

In this second Birmingham Fabians podcast, LJ and I discuss the result of the West Midlands Mayoral Election. Topics include: why was our vote prediction 99.84% accurate, did Andy Street buy the election, and which James Bond would Sion Simon be?

Not Enough Champagne returns on Sunday and Birmingham Fabians have two more podcasts coming up before June 8th. Subscribe to us on Itunes or follow us on Twitter @bhamfabians

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

May 13, 2017

In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss all things polling in the General Election. Why did the polls get it so wrong in 2015, why was the reporting of the polls so misleading in 2016, and will the 2017 election be decided by the election campaigns or by longer term trends?

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by @jamescram

May 8, 2017

In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss the campaigns so far. We discuss Lynton Crosby's "dead cat on the table" theory and how that's playing out so far. Also, we talk about what Labour's slogan should be, and try not to repeat the Tory attack lines.

Our logo is designed by @jamescram and our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

May 7, 2017

It's just Cory and Steve in the bunker this week. We discuss whether local election results are a good predictor of the general election, and also the realignment of the right after the collapse of UKIP.

There will be a new episode in the week covering the general election campaign so far and Birmingham Fabian podcasts about the Mayoral Election as well.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by @jamescram.

Apr 30, 2017

Still hiding from the upcoming general election, our special panel look back on New Labour's period in government. We discuss their greatest achievements as well at look at why New Labour became so unpopular; it turns out most of those begin with "I". Our panel also look at what lessons New Labour gives for future Labour governments.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and our logo is designed by James Cram.

Apr 29, 2017

Our special panel gathers in the nuclear bunker to discuss the upcoming general election. We talk about the prospects of all the major parties in the election and how successful their campaigns might be. Theresa May is attempting the mother of all triangulations, but will that succeed? Finally, those of us who feel bold and undiplomatic enough give their election predictions.

Apr 23, 2017

*** This episode was recorded before Theresa May's announcement of  ageneral election. Not Enough Champagne will return with a special episode next week reacting to this and discussing the election campaign. ***

Season 3 of Not Enough Champagne has the theme of Personal Responsibility, and this week we turn our attention to climate change. What responsibility do we have towards helping those in poorer countries affected by climate change? How can the environmental movement communicate more effectively so that climate change is a more pressing issue with the public? And we also get a sneak preview into a report on air pollution in Birmingham.

 

This episode was recorded with special guest John Cotton. 

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and @jamescram designed our logo.

Apr 16, 2017

Cory and Steve once again team up with special guest Councillor John Cotton to discuss the politics of obesity. Is obesity an issue of personal responsibility or is it a collective problem? Can we fix the culture around unhealthy eating, or do we need to regulate portion size and advertising more stringently? Finally, we talk about whether the government's proposed sugar tax is a viable option.

Our theme tune is by Dave Depper and @jamescram designed our logo.

Apr 15, 2017

The Not Enough Champagne empire is expanding. This is the inaugural episode of the Birmingham Fabian Society podcast, in which we discuss the state of play in the West Midlands Mayoral campaign. Luke John Davies and I talk about voter turnout, reaction to the campaign on the doorstep and what Sion Simon needs to do to win.

Apr 9, 2017

Along with Councillor John Cotton, we discuss how Brexit negotiations may play out now that Theresa May has invoked Article 50. We talk about the insane demands from rightwingers for war with Spain, blue passports and imperial measurements. We wonder how the negotiations will get completed before March 2019 and the prospects for a transition deal as well as a Brexit divorce settlement. Finally we talk about what Labour's response should be.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and @jamescram designed our logo.

Apr 2, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the merits of using market incentives and gamification to improve people's lives. Should we pay children to read books and write thank you notes? Should we pay people to lose weight, or would Pokemon Go be a better way to incentivise them? We discuss all this with special guest Brigid Jones.

Our logo is designed by James Cram and our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper.

Mar 25, 2017

In this episode we discuss Universal Basic Income, the latest fashionable idea popular on the libertarian right as well as the liberal left. We talk about the countries where UBI has been piloted, and is giving people money a practical and useful way to solve the problems of the modern economy.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper, and our logo is designed by @jamescram.

Mar 19, 2017

On this episode of Not Enough Champagne, we discuss research from a Harvard Business Review study of 411 Head Teachers. What qualities make a great school leader? Are these the same qualities which lead to national recognition? And can Cory explain what Progress 8 is in a coherent fashion? Listen to us talk about all this with special guest Brigid Jones.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and @jamescram designed our logo.

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