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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
Jonathan Swift's essay on the art of political bullshit can be read 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!
In this Halloween special, we discuss the politics of fear. Why did Project Fear work so well in the campaign against Scottish Independence, but did not work in the EU Referendum?
The article by Ipsos Mori's Gideon Skinner in the Daily Telegraph which we discuss can be found here.
Some Yougov polling which we also discuss in the podcast can be found here.
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We're back next week looking at political bullshit. See you then.
Our second series of Not Enough Champagne is based around the theme of Taking Back Control. In this episode, we discuss how ordinary people could take back control of political parties.
Voters are now more educated than ever before. They identify less and less with political parties, and join single-issue groups rather than vote. Political parties are seen as controlled by a narrow elite and only interest in people's votes, not their views.
How true is this narrative? What solutions are there to try and engage political parties with ordinary voters? That's the subject of this week's show.
The Electoral Reform Society's consultative report on the future of political parties can be found here.
Sam Power's essay on party funding can be found in the truly excellent More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box, published by Biteback.
In this episode we discuss the concept of electability. The evidence suggests that being "electable" is a meaningless concept which changes over time. Does having no hair matter more than having no policy positions? Can candidates with extreme views ever get elected? And why is it that it's only losers that say they're more electable?
The whole idea for this podcast is stolen from a tweet from the anthropologist David Graeber.
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In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss how we can take back control as consumers. Does the art we consume make statements about the kind of society we would like to see? As the film Birth of a Nation appears in the US, we discuss the past of director Nate Parker and ask whether or not you can separate the art from the artist. We also discuss the ethics of consumer boycotts and cheap food.
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In this episode we summarise the Brexit postmortems from some of the key thinktanks such as the Resolution Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and British Futures. These found three key factors decided the Referendum in favour of Leave: Education, Living Standards and Immigration.
We discuss all three factors, look at some policy solutions proposed to these issues (is introducing Grammar Schools really going to help tackle Educational Inequality?) and argue that Britain really isn't as divided on Immigration as the referendum result would suggest.
The Resolution Foundation report can be found here.
Lord Ashcroft's exit poll, where we got the data for our Introduction questions, can be found here.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report can be found here.
British Future's report on Brexit and immigration can be found here.
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