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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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Feb 25, 2018

The allegations that Jeremy Corbyn was a Czech secret agent were demonstrably false and only backed up by one dodgy source. So why were they pushed by the media and senior Conservatives for so long? We dissect what the row, and Corbyn's response, tells us about British Politics.

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

Feb 22, 2018

After a brief holiday Not Enough Champagne is back, and talking about the issues most political podcasts don't have the guts to discuss. Like buses.

What problems are there with the debate over infrastructure in the UK and would Labour's proposed solutions make a difference?

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

Feb 16, 2018

Not Enough Champagne is taking a very brief holiday, so please enjoy this episode covering the best of our content in 2016, uploaded in full for the first time. We will return with a new episode on Tuesday.

Dave Depper designed our theme tune and James Cram designed our logo.

Feb 11, 2018

In this episode, we discuss how a Labour government should outsource public services. Should everything just be brought back in-house, and what exactly is going on at Haringey council?

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

Feb 4, 2018

In this episode, we discuss why Britain has had so many directionless governments over the past 25 years. Are there any parallels between Theresa May's administration and those of Gordon Brown and John Major? If so, what do they tell us about the future of British Politics?

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

Jan 28, 2018

The NHS is one of Britain's most popular and essential institutions, so how did we get to the point where the NHS looks like it's on the verge of collapse?

This week, Cory and Steve delve into the debate on healthcare and ask, what's wrong with the NHS, how can we solve its problems and how on earth did Jeremy Hunt not get sacked during the Cabinet Re-shuffle.

Jan 21, 2018

In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss Devil's Bargain, Joshua Green's book about Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, 2016 and all that. We talk about how World of Warcraft made Donald Trump Presdent, how he could have run as a different type of Republican (ie not a racist) and the bullshit factory that is Breitbart news.

***Minor correction: In the intro we say that Bannon called Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians treasonous, evil and wrong. He didn't say it was evil, but did call it unpatriotic.***

Also, this was recorded a couple of weeks ago, which in Trump terms is about 43 years. So there's no references to the government shut down or Trump's remarks about various African countries.

James Cram designed our logo and Dave Depper is responsible for our theme tune.

Jan 12, 2018

We taked about Article 50 in 2016, and the divorce bill in 2017, so what will the big issues about Brexit be which we talk about this year?

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

Jan 10, 2018

In this Midweek Shot, Steve and Cory attempt to think who they think will be the most influential players in British Politics this year.

James Cram designed our logo and Dave Depper is responsible for our theme tune.

Jan 7, 2018

A new year brings a new series of Not Enough Champagne. In this episode, we discuss what the resolutions should be for Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. Will the Conservatives be able to stop making everything about Brexit and build a new agenda? Can Labour get Momentum to organise for the local elections? Also, can the Liberal Democrats find a way to make themselves relevant. Listen to find out what else should happen (but probably won't) in 2018.

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

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.

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