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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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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.

Mar 12, 2017

In this episode, we discuss personal responsibility at the ballot box with newly-elected chair of Birmingham Fabians LJ Davies. Is voting a right or a privilege? Do voters have a duty to involve themselves in the issues of a campaign? Should voting be made compulsory? And is Steve so apathetic that he couldn't even be bothered to vote for himself?

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

Mar 6, 2017

This week on Not Enough Champagne, we talk budgets with special guest Brigid Jones. When will support for the austerity agenda wane? How the hell do you find more cuts after seven years of constant cutting? We discuss Birmingham's dire situation as well as the choice facing Philip Hammond on Wednesday.

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

Feb 22, 2017

In this episode, we discuss populist policies that sound like "common sense" solutions but are unworkable harmful to society as a whole. We discuss Trump's Muslim ban, the death penalty and protectionism.

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

Feb 19, 2017

In this episode, we discuss whether protest movements can be effective. We discuss Tony Blair's speech on Brexit and the resistance against Donald Trump. We also talk about the prospects of Trump's state visit to Birmingham and how to harness protest movements into delivering real change.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper, and is used under a Creative Commons license. James Cram designed our logo: you can follow him on Twiter @jamescram.

Feb 9, 2017

The idea of Meritocracy comes from a distopian novel. So why is it now Theresa May's guiding principle when setting up grammar schools? Steve, Cory and special guest LJ Davies discuss more practical ways to bring about social mobility.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper and is used under Creative Commons license.

Our logo is designed by @jamescram.

Feb 5, 2017

What do plastic glasses, Which magazine, record keeping and motorcycle helmets have in common? Listen to this episode of Not Enough Champagne for the answer. Steve and Cory discuss Tom Gash's book Criminal. What myths are there about crime that we can dispel to better our understanding of why people commit crimes? Finally, how can the crisis in Britain's prisons, which are overcrowded and underfunded, help to ensure that prisoners do not reoffend?

James Cram designed our logo: You can follow him on Twitter @jamescram.

Dave Depper recorded our theme tune Plucky Good Times, available from freemusicarchive.org 

Jan 29, 2017

Cory, Steve and special guest LJ Davies try and discuss the news this week without sobbing quietly in a corner. We cover Donald Trump's first week, the Supreme Court decision on triggering Article 50, and the prospects of a free trade deal between the UK and the US. 

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

Jan 22, 2017

In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss the legacy of Barack Obama. What parts of Obama's legacy will Trump repeal? Is Obamacare safe from Paul Ryan and the Republican Congress? And did Obama create Isis.

Next week we will talk about Trump and the Supreme Court decision on Brexit.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper, available on freemusicarchive.org. Our Twitter logo is designed by James Cram: @jamescram

Jan 16, 2017

So much news has happened this week, we could not fit it all into our first episode. So here's a special episode focussing on the upcoming by-elections in Stoke and Copeland. Will Tim Farron's Lib Dems and UKIP's Paul Nuttall be able to make gains in those races? We also discuss the Fabian Society report on the state of the Labour Party. Finally, we talk about the likelihood that Donald Trump will be able to confirm his cabinet.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper, of freemusicarchive.org. James Cram designed our logo: follow him on Twitter @jamescram.

Not Enough Champagne returns on Sunday with a look at Barack Obama's legacy.

Jan 15, 2017

A new year means New Years Resolutions. WHat resolutions should politicians have for 2017? We discuss why Theresa May should be less of a control freak, are Buzzfeed taking the piss by publishing the Trump dossier, and should part of Jeremy Corbyn's relaunch involve firing Seamus Milne out of a cannon.

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

As there was so much news this week, we are going to be publishing a bonus episode talking about Trump's Cabinet picks and the upcoming by-elections in Stoke and Copeland on our website.

Series 3 continues next week with a look at the Obama Presidency.

Jan 8, 2017

A selection of some of our favourite bits of the podcast in 2016.

Our theme tune is Plucky Good Times by Dave Depper. It's available on freemusicarchive.org

Our logo is designed by James Cram. Follow him on Twitter @jamescram

Series 3 of Not Enough Champagne begins next week, with the theme of Personal Responsibility.

Dec 17, 2016

It's the finale of Not Enough Champagne's second season. In it, Steve, Cory and guest Danielle talk about populism in 2016 and 2017. We talk about the differing appeals of Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Finally we a look forward to next year. Will Marine Le Pen become President of France? Will Alternative fur Deutschland take seats in next year's German elections? Listen to find out.

Like James Bond, Not Enough Champagne will return. In January, we will begin our new season all about Personal Responsibility. Before that, check out our past episodes wherever you get your podcasts.

Dec 8, 2016

The first of our end of year review shows. Steve, Cory and special guest Danielle look back on the year that was 2016. We discuss whether David Cameron was the worst Prime Minister Britain has had since 1945, Labour's existential crisis and whether there'll be an early election. Oh yeah, and Brexit.

 

Dec 4, 2016

In our final episode about Taking Back Control before our end of year review shows, we talk localism.

Steve talks about why bringing control to local authorities is the best way forward for politics in Britain. With special guest Brigid Jones, we talk about the problems localism faces in the UK and put forward a couple of solutions.

We also guarantee that this is the political podcast with the most chat about wheelie bins you will listen to this year.

Tune in next week for the first part of our reviews of 2016.

Nov 27, 2016

Settle down in your comfy chair and pour yourself a cup of cocoa as Cory, Steve and special guest Brigid Jones reminisce about their experiences on the campaign trail.

What barriers exist for ordinary people entering local and national politics? Is there a way to dismantle them and make politicians more representative of the electorate?

We also talk about the demonisation of MPs. This is not a new thing, but has the growth of the internet and social media made the issue worse?

In the week that Jo Cox's killer was found guilty of her murder, we also talk about whether hatred of politicians will continue to be channelled into violence. 

Nov 20, 2016

A week after Donald Trump's victory, we discuss how his transition is going and the cabinet appointments which we know about.

We also discuss the Realignment of the left and the possibilities of a progressive alliance.

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Nov 13, 2016

Cory, Steve and special guest Brigid Jones try to make the best of things and take a sideways, comic look at Donald Trump's election win. Who else is to blame for Trump's victory, apart from Cory for predicting a Clinton win? Did misogyny or James Comey play a bigger role in Clinton's defeat? And are we now going to all die in a nuclear war?

Nov 6, 2016

The idea that we're living in a post-truth era is nonsense. Politicians have always lied. Instead, we're in a golden era of bullshit. We discuss the spread of bullshit in 2016 - Brexit, Trump and the deficit - and how best to counter it. 

Links

Jonathan Swift's essay on the art of political bullshit can be read here.

The two blogs on political bullshit by Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamund can be read here and here.

A book we mention in this episode is Peter Oborne's The Rise of Political Lying.

We're back next week with a look back at the American Election. Hold on to your hats!

 

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