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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.

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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.

    A prime minister in trouble

    A prime minister in trouble

    Actress and presenter Denise Welch brings some star power to Planet Normal, as she joins Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan in their rocket of right-thinking. She used to pull pints in the Rovers Return, but these days, you can find her engaging with her hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers on the real-world impact of repeated Covid lockdowns. Not one to shy away from difficult truths, she tells listeners when she first recognised signs of a "Covidian cult", and shares her moving first-hand experience of a "broken" NHS.

    Also on the podcast: Plan B restrictions are finally on the way out, but will Boris Johnson be going with them? Our co-pilots look into their crystal ball, and weigh up the runners and riders were a Tory leadership election to take place.




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 20th January 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2022/01/20/planet-normal-question-isnt-whether-boris-johnson-should-stay/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    • 59 min
    Lord Frost on Partygate, Brexit and why he quit the Cabinet

    Lord Frost on Partygate, Brexit and why he quit the Cabinet

    Boarding the rocket of right-thinking in a podcast exclusive, no less, is Lord Frost. The one-time chief Brexit negotiator, who quit his Cabinet role as Brexit minister in December, tells Liam Halligan and Allison Pearson how the Government’s ineffective Covid policy drove him out of Downing Street, what it was really like sitting opposite Brussels on the negotiating table and why he advises slow steps in the Net Zero agenda.

    Also on the podcast - the question not even Number 10 knows the answer to: Can Boris Johnson survive so-called Partygate? Our co-pilots debate whether public outcry at a Downing Street gathering over May's lockdown could spell the end of the Johnson premiership. 

    And is there an internal plot against the PM? Our hosts have their own theories.




    Watch Lord Frost's interview with Liam: https://youtu.be/hFId3IUxH9w |

    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 13th January 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/01/13/lord-frost-covid-lockdowns-serious-mistake-government-needs/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

    Listen to I Witnessed History: www.playpodca.st/witnessed |

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    • 59 min
    A pandemic of testing

    A pandemic of testing

    With a new year comes a new wave of cynicism on our rocket of right thinking. This week, Allison wonders why the government has made it respectable for healthy people to skive work, while Liam predicts a year of ‘political unrest’. And both co-pilots ponder the question, how much Covid testing is too much?

    Joining us on our Planet Normal voyage is pub owner and hospitality champion, Adam Brooks who delivers some home truths about the real effect of Covid restrictions on his venues, and shares the moving reason he's inspired to fight the good fight for hospitality.

    And Allison shares her surprising, but scarily realistic dream with listeners.




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 6th January 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2022/01/06/planet-normal-now-pandemic-testing-not-illness/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    • 56 min
    A crackers Christmas

    A crackers Christmas

    Parliamentary sketchwriter Madeline Grant joins Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan to give listeners the inside track on a tumultuous week in the Commons and why she believes the PM can no longer count on his own party to support further Covid measures. Plus, as The Telegraph's resident James Bond expert, she recommends her top instalment for your Christmas viewing.

    Also on the podcast: Liam tells us why it's not impossible you won't have heard of the next PM, Allison brings a revealing update from our NHS insider and our co-pilots agree that an election tomorrow would spell bad news for the Tories.

    And while Allison celebrates the return of the nation's sense of humour, we take a look back at some lighter moments from another year onboard the Planet Normal rocket.




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 23rd of December: 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/12/23/planet-normal-quickly-have-lost-sight-right-freedom/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

    Read more from Madeline: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/madeline-grant |

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    • 57 min
    Penny Mordaunt on Omicron hysteria, rebel MPs and Brexit

    Penny Mordaunt on Omicron hysteria, rebel MPs and Brexit

    Minister for Trade Penny Mordaunt beams into the Planet Normal rocket from Atlanta, Georgia, in the week where Boris Johnson suffered the most bruising rebellion of his premiership. Over 100 of her Conservative colleagues voted against his plans for Covid passports. The former Cabinet minister tells Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan why, and brings listeners the inside track on trade negotiations in post-Brexit Britain.

    Plus, Liam tells us why he's concerned we're seeing 'lockdown by stealth', Allison calls for the NHS to channel the vigour of the national booster campaign into testing for other diseases, and our co-pilots take a dive into 70s nostalgia - space hoppers and all. 




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 16th of December 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/12/16/planet-normal-seeing-lockdown-stealth/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    • 58 min
    Parties, Plan B and betrayal

    Parties, Plan B and betrayal

    The government's Covid 'Plan B' is here and our co-pilots have a lot of adjectives to describe it. Spoiler alert: they’re far from complimentary.

    Fresh from watching THAT latest press briefing, Liam thinks that the government has broken the social contract with the public and will struggle to get them to comply with the latest restrictions in light of the Christmas party scandal at No10. And, as if to prove him right, Allison declares that she has no intention of familiarising herself with the new rules. 

    Plus boarding the flying refuge of reasoned views this week is Professor Gordon Wishart, Chief Medical Officer at Check4Cancer and Visiting Professor of Cancer Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University, who tells Allison and Liam that there's no point returning to pre-pandemic "normal" when it comes to cancer services, as they were failing before the pandemic - we must aim for "super normal”.

    And with a bursting mail bag on the rocket, Liam is particularly moved by one listener email.




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 9th of December, 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/12/09/planet-normal-nations-social-contract-government-has-broken |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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