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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Aug 26, 2016

There's no regular podcast this week, so instead here's one from the archives. This is an interview Cory conducted with former MP Chris Mullin. It's from November 2012 and coincides with the 30th anniversary of the publication of A Very British Coup, a novel about what might happen if a far-left government book power. We discuss the novel, the work of select committees, and Chris's diaries.

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You can follow Cory on Twitter here and Chris Mullin on Twitter here.

Aug 21, 2016

The OECD predicts sluggish growth, rising inequality and climate change from now until 2060. The solutions? Privatising university education, a more flexible Labour Market and mass migration, all of which seems politically unpalatable. If that wasn't enough, there's terrorism and Trump to contend with as well. Steve tries to convince Cory that it's too early to panic just yet.

This is the last of the first series of Not Enough Champagne. If you liked this, please listen to our back catalogue on Itunes and share our podcast on Facebook and Twitter. We'll be posting occasional archive episodes for the rest of the summer. Then we will return after the Labour Leadership elections with a new series, with a theme of "Taking Back Control".


The OECD report "Policy Challenges for the Next 50 Years" can be seen here.

An interesting take on the OECD report which influenced this episode is Postcapitalism by Paul Mason.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website which Steve mentioned can be found here.

Aug 12, 2016

With everything that someone has thought or done now available on social media, do we risk creating a generation of political automatons? Steve and Cory debate this with reference to recent cases such as Boris Johnson, Naz Shah and John O'Farrell. Are politicians entitled to private lives, or once you've committed to public office is anything fair game?

Not Enough Champagne is a podcast about people, politics and pragmatism. If you like this episode please subscribe to us on ITunes and share it on Facebook and Twitter.


You can read about the world reacting to Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary here.

You can read about the Naz Shah incident we referred to here.

John O'Farrell wrote this about his Eastleigh experience explaining why he would not run for office again.

Aug 7, 2016

Did Facebook win the 2015 election for the Conservatives? Steve analyses the social media strategies of Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems and we discuss the effectiveness of each one.

We then talk about the downsides of social media. Cory discusses academic research about Twitter being an echochamber, and we mention the abuse of MPs online. Could an unintended consequence of social media algorithms be to kill democracy?

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Not Enough Champagne is a podcast about people, politics and pragmatism.


An article from the Atlantic mentioning Twitter and the Black Lives Matter campaign can be found here.

The academic paper Cory discusses on Twitter polarisation and the echo chamber can be found here.