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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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Now displaying: 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Steve and Brigid join John and LJ for the third annual battle. Featuring a special bonus round. 

Happy New Year to all our listeners. Not Enough Champagne will return in 2020.

Dec 22, 2019

Come for the clickbaity title, stay for the more nuanced answers to the question from John Cotton, Brigid Jones and Luke John Davies.

Happy Christmas to all our listeners!

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

Dec 15, 2019

Steve and Cory are joined by regular favourites John Cotton, Brigid Jones and Luke John Davies to talk about the election, without hesitation, deviation, repetition, drinking or crying.

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

Dec 8, 2019

...and nothing was stirring. Not even a postal voter.

Steve and Cory talk about Ivan Rogers' latest thoughts on how Brexit might play out after the election (https://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/ghost-of-christmas-yet-to-come-brexit-lecture-full-text/) and the IFS analysis of the spending plans made by the major parties (https://www.ifs.org.uk/election/2019). 

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

Dec 1, 2019

Steve and Cory talk with Shaz Rahman about the benefits of co-operative businesses and how governments can encourage more.

The report we discuss is here: https://neweconomics.org/uploads/files/co-ops-unleashed.pdf

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

Nov 24, 2019

Steve and Cory talk to Francis Clarke about the fight for a Living Wage at the University of Birmingham. 

Show notes:
 
The final resolution of the dispute: https://twitter.com/BhamUniUnison/status/1197602073921171456?s=19
 
The petition to boycott Edgbaston Park Hotel mentioned by Francis: https://boycotteph.org.uk/
 
The letter sent by MPs to the Univeristy that Francis mentions: https://uobunison.org.uk/mps-letter2
 
https://uobunison.org.uk/challenge-press-release
 
https://www.livingwage.org.uk/
 
The University of Birmingham Student Workers group mentioned by Francis: (@birminghamubsw): https://twitter.com/birminghamubsw?s=09
 
Other links you may find pertinent:
https://birminghamucu.org/2019/11/04/birmingham-ucu-members-overwhelmingly-reject-management-inaction-on-pensions-pay-workloads-and-casualisation/
 
https://birminghamucu.org/ucu-strikes-back/
 
https://birminghamucu.org/2019/07/31/university-of-birmingham-confirms-dubai-campus-covered-by-its-health-and-safety-policy/
 
https://medium.com/ussbriefs/the-insider-jane-hutton-and-uss-d350ba5457ae
 
James Cram designed our logo and Dave Depper is responsible for our theme tune.
Nov 17, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about bad mopping skills, inappropriate metaphors, ex-Labour MPs with the same names as English cricketers, the red wall and tactical voting.

If you have a question you'd like us to talk about on our next episode about the election, please let us know through the usual channels.

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

Nov 13, 2019

Steve and Cory are once again joined by Shaz Rahman, an activist with Birmingham Friends of the Earth. They discuss the abuse meted out to Greta Thunberg, and why going Plastic-Free ain't all it's cracked up to be.

Nov 10, 2019

In our first Transatlantic episode, Steve and Cory talk to Patrick Cook about the state of the US Presidential race one year out.

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

Nov 3, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about recent stories about Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up the Big Tech firms, and the impact of Facebook's policy on political advertising for the upcoming election.

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

Nov 1, 2019

In defiance of Cory's predictions, there will be a December election. On this episode, we talk about why the poll has come about and answer listeners' questions about what this all means.

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

Oct 27, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about what's in Boris Johnson's new Brexit Deal, his attempts to ram it through parliament, and Labour's position on a General Election.

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

Oct 18, 2019

Steve and Cory talk with Shaz Rahman on how Brexit will affect football in the UK, and why it has been a neglected part of the post-referendum debate.

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

Oct 16, 2019

On this Midweek Shot, Steve and Cory talk about the demise of Thomas Cook.

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

Oct 13, 2019

Steve and Cory talk to Shaz Rahman, an activist from Birmingham Friends of the Earth, about the Extinction Rebellion protests this week.

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

Oct 8, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about the proposed "take it or leave it" deal emanating from Number 10, as well as the fallout from Conservative Party Conference.

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

Oct 6, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about the Centre for Social Justice report which recommended raising the pension age to 75. It turns out there's also a lot in that report which the left could support. So how should we approach the topic of pensions and an aging population?

You can read the report here: https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CSJJ7421-Ageing-Report-190815-WEB.pdf

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

Oct 1, 2019

Steve and Cory answer a listener's question about how wavering Lib Dem/Labour voters will vote in Labour/Conservative marginals. By doing so, they talk about Lib Dem Conference, Labour Conference and the two parties' Brexit positions.

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

Sep 29, 2019

Steve and Cory answer listeners' questions on the Supreme Court ruling on prorogation, the events in Parliament this week and the chances of a Government of National Unity.

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

Sep 22, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about the collapse of Bury FC, the perils of financialisation and the impact on small towns. 

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

 

Sep 15, 2019

Steve and Cory take a deep-dive into the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Why was it passed, what are its implications, and how can we fix (geddit?) the problems it's created?

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

Sep 6, 2019

Steve and Cory talk about a momentous week in Parliament, a quite bizarre chicken-themed attack line on Jeremy Corbyn from the Conservatives and what might happen next.

(We've released this episode for our subscribers early because of its topicality.)

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

Sep 3, 2019

Steve and Cory discuss the fires in the Amazon, what the G7 tried to do about them, and the politics of climate change.

Ironically, about halfway through this episode you can hear heavy rain pattering on the roof near where we were recording. I hope this doesn't spoil your listening.

The survey we talked about is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FMKZW7R. If you could take your time to answer a few questions about the podcast, we would be really grateful.

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

Sep 1, 2019

In a lengthy outtake from Thursday's episode, Steve and Cory discuss the protests against the prorogation of parliament. Is it a coup or *only* a constitutional crisis?

The episode title is an homage to Red Dwarf.

The listeners' survey we talk about in the episode is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FMKZW7R Thanks to all who have completed it so far.

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

Aug 29, 2019

Steve and Cory reconvened to discuss the end of silly season. Then Boris Johnson plunged the UK into a constitutional crisis.

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

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