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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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 

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 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 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, 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

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. 


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!


Oct 30, 2016

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.

James Forsyth's two articles on Project Fear in the EU Referendum can be found here and here.

Some Yougov polling which we also discuss in the podcast can be found here.

If you enjoyed this episode, please do subscribe to us on Itunes and tell whoever you can, however you can about this podcast.

We're back next week looking at political bullshit. See you then.

Oct 12, 2016

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.


Oct 12, 2016

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? 


You can read about politicians with beards here, about bald politicians here and here, and about the effect of alphabetical ordering of candidates here and here.

The excellent Vox articles on the electability of Cruz, Trump and Sanders can be found here and here.

Three more excellent articles on electability from an American perspective can be found herehere and here.

The whole idea for this podcast is stolen from a tweet from the anthropologist David Graeber.

Please subscribe to us at Itunes and rate us as that helps more people discover the show. You can follow Cory at @paperbackrioter and Steve at @centreradical. 

Oct 9, 2016

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.

Please rate and subscribe our podcast on ITunes if you enjoyed this one as it helps more people to discover the show.

Oct 2, 2016

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.

Please subscribe and rate us on Itunes as that really helps people discover the show. You can follow Cory on Twitter @paperbackrioter and Steve is @centreradical.

Sep 25, 2016

Welcome back to the second series of Not Enough Champagne. In this first episode, we reflect on the latest Labour leadership contest. Given Jeremy Corbyn's standing among his supporters, would he have been able to defeat God in a leadership contest? Was he helped by the campaign of Owen "Bantersaurus Rex" Smith? Will we have to go through this interminable process again next summer, or can the party pull together?

Cory and Steve discuss all these questions and touch on the issue of allowing party members more say in policy. 

If you like Not Enough Champagne, please subscribe on Itunes (or wherever you get your podcasts from) and rate us as that helps more people discover the show.

You can follow Cory on Twitter @paperbackrioter and Steve is @centreradical.

Sep 18, 2016

Remember when saying you had "binders full of women" or that 47% of the American electorate saw themselves as victims seemed like the most insane thing a Republican nominee for President would say?

Cory, Steve and special guest Danielle talk about the 2012 American Presidential Election, armed only with a sketchy knowledge of US politics and copious amounts of alcohol. Expect much love for Gary Johnson from Steve, and lots of talk about rubbish voting systems.

Not Enough Champagne returns for its second season next week, talking about Jeremy Corbyn's certain victory in the Labour Leadership Contest. You can find a teaser trailer for Season 2 at the end of this episode.

Sep 2, 2016

There is no regular episode this week, so here is an archive interview with Lewis Baston about his report on George Galloway's victory in the 2012 Bradford by-election.

You can read Lewis's report here.

Listen to the end of the episode for the first peek at our season 2 trailer.

You can follow Cory on Twitter here and listen to our past episodes on Itunes or our website.

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.

If you liked this please share it on Facebook and Twitter, and listen to our past episodes on Itunes.

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.

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