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Not Enough Champagne

Come for the political analysis, stay for the bad jokes and wrong predictions. Not Enough Champagne is run by Steve Haynes, who in a previous life was a Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats, and Cory Hazlehurst, a Labour activist who has written about politics for the New Statesman. We try to work out what the hell is going on with British Politics and take a step back to shed new light on issues most news outlets don't talk about.
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Dec 31, 2017

Two teams of political heavyweights trade blows in the highly anticipated Not Enough Champagne end of year quiz. Steve and Cory are joined by Luke John Davies, John Cotton and Brigid Jones for a final time to sort-of review 2017. 

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

(One again, we apologies for the slightly echoey nature of this podcast. It will be fixed in next week's episode.)

Dec 21, 2017

Steve and Cory are once again joined by John Cotton, Brigid Jones and Luke John Davies for a chat about all the things we have not managed to talk about on the podcast this year. We discuss the persecution of the Rohingya, authoritarianism in Eastern Europe, Catalonia, and of course whether we are going to die in a nuclear war.

(we apologise again for the echoy nature of this episode. Normal service will resume in 2018)

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

Dec 19, 2017

Mid Worcester PPC in 2017 Fred Grindrod joins us for the first time to talk about Brexit in 2017. We talk about the ghosts of Brexit Past (David Cameron and the referendum campaign), the Ghosts of Brexit Present (David Davis, Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and Theresa May) as well as the Ghosts of Brexit Yet To Come (How to solve the Irish Border situation as well as avoid totalitarianism and economic catastrophe).

Our logo is designed by James Cram. Dave Depper wrote our theme tune.

Dec 17, 2017

In the first of our podcasts looking back on 2017, we think about the election in June with John Cotton, LJ Davies and Brigid Jones.

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

(We apologise again for the slightly echoy nature of this podcast. Hopefully it won't impede your enjoyment of what is a kickass episode)

Dec 10, 2017

"We need to be tough on Brexit and tough on the causes of Brexit".

In this episode LJ Davies and Brigid Jones join Cory and Steve to talk about an eventful last week in British Politics. What does this week mean for Brexit negotiations and Theresa May's future?

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

(Apologies this week for the slightly echoy quality on the podcast this week. I hope it does not spoil your listening enjoyment.)

Dec 3, 2017

"I'm sure British listeners can't imagine what it's like to have a caretaker government that is in office but not in power."

Charlotte Galpin, a lecturer in German and European Politics at ht University of Birmingham, joins Steve and Cory to explain what's happening in Germany and what the next German Government might look like.

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

Nov 30, 2017

In this episode, we discuss a listener's question: "Why doesn't May just sack Boris?"

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

Nov 26, 2017

"When you said 'a fudge that doesn't really do anything', that just makes me think of Liam Fox."

Steve and Cory discuss what was in the budget, were their predictions right, and what does it tell us about the government's lack of vision.

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

Nov 22, 2017

"Tony Blair makes more domestic interventions now than he does when he was Prime Minister".

In this Midweek Shot, we discuss whether Labour should be performing better in the polls. Steve and Cory actually disagree on this one. We discuss the history of large opposition leads and Jeremy Corbyn's personal ratings.

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

Nov 19, 2017

If Westminster tittle-tattle is to be believed, next Wednesday's budget needs to go well for Philip Hammond to keep his job. We discuss how Hammond can try and satisfy Brexiters by planning for a no-deal Brexit, as well as try and ease public concerns about austerity. Finally, Steve and Cory make their budget predictions. One of us is bound to be right.

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

Nov 12, 2017

Steve, Cory and special guest Dr Charlotte Galpin look at the history of political parties promising to abolish university fees. The Lib Dems did it; was it a success for them? (Spoiler alert: no, it wasn't). Now Labour have promised to abolish university fees, what does this mean for the party in the longer run?

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

Nov 7, 2017

In this Midweek Shot, we talk about the first indictments in the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign, and whether Russian hacking is the new normal.

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

Nov 5, 2017

Steve and Cory discuss the sexual harrassment scandal in British Politics, how it is not only confined to MPs, and what it means for the government.

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

Oct 31, 2017

"Now I have an image of Tony Blair riding through Tiananmen Square..."

Steve and Cory discuss where the new centre ground is in British politics. Has it shifted to an acceptance of Brexit? Has it shifted to the left, against austerity? And is there even such a thing anymore? Find out in this week's Midweek shot.

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

Oct 29, 2017

"We have let people who don't understand the basic concept of how humans work define one of the most complex international negotiations that has ever happened".

Steve and Cory talk about what would happen if there is no deal between the EU and the UK, which leaves them depressed and planning to stockpile tinned food.

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

Oct 26, 2017

In the latest podcast from Birmingham Fabian Society, Cory discusses whether the Labour Party should embrace all things blue. With Luke John Davies and John Cotton.

Oct 22, 2017

In this episode, Charlotte Galpin once again joins Cory and Steve in the Not Enough Champagne nuclear bunker. This time it's to talk about the German election. Nobody is talking about Brexit, but instead the main topic of conversation is how to deal with the populist threat of the AfD and how to revive the Social Democrats.

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

Oct 18, 2017

In this episode, Steve and Cory talk about how men should discuss sexual assault in the wake of the numerous accusations made against Harvey Weinstein. 

(Note: This episode was recorded on Saturday, before James Corden and Woody Allen added yet more ways in which sexual assault should not be discussed.)

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

Oct 15, 2017

We discuss exactly what *that* Theresa May speech was a metaphor were, and whether she can survive as Prime Minister. Then we discuss Labour's altogether happier affair, and was their decision not to debate Brexit at conference actually quite sensible?

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

Oct 8, 2017

We kick off a series of podcasts about education by discussing whether pupils should be taught how to code. We discuss how coding is like brewing in the fourteenth century and Steve does his centrist dad credentials no good by praising (some of) Michael Gove's work as Secretary of State for Education.

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

Oct 1, 2017

In our first bookclub episode, we discuss Chris Mullin's A Very British Coup, a fictional account of an establishment plot to bring down a left-wing Labour government? How dated is the book, and what is its relevance in the Age of Corbyn?

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

Sep 25, 2017

In this mini-episode, we argue that the Labour moderates should back the McDonnell amendment.

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

Sep 24, 2017

In her speech on Friday Theresa May softened her tone towards the EU. No longer does she accuse them of sabotaging the UK's general election (turns out that was Nick Timothy). Instead, we are going to be creative partners. In this episode we talk about what her speech means for Brexit negotiations and what will be discussed during the two year transition - sorry, implementation - period.

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

Sep 21, 2017

Some Brexiteers are saying that the BBC's coverage of Brexit is unpatriotic. Why is this wrong and why does this matter? We also discuss the question of BBC balance, and would a Soft Brexit be better than a Hard Remain?

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

Sep 17, 2017

On this week's episode, we discuss cocaine, pensions, education and the rubbishness of youth movements. What do people want government to do and how have the Tories tried to win back young voters?

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

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