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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.

    Tory Party Psychodrama

    Tory Party Psychodrama

    The lights have come down on another Conservative Party conference, but it hasn't been without its political psychodrama.




    Co-pilot Halligan beams in from the heart of the action in Birmingham, and joining him in the cockpit whilst co-pilot Pearson takes a well-earned rest is columnist and former Chief of Staff to Theresa May, Nick Timothy.




    Underwhelmed by the turnout and the mood at conference, Nick thinks the party may have underestimated the consequences of the recent 'botched budget'. But Liam saw glimmers of hope in the PM’s speech, and in the response to some cabinet members such as conference darling, Kemi Badenoch.




    Also joining Liam to help break down the conservative conference chaos is Baroness Claire Fox, who tells Liam she fears the Tory party is at risk of splitting. Claire also argues Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng should have done more to explain their economic vision to voters and markets.




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    Mini-budget, big problem

    Mini-budget, big problem

    Strap in for an economic rollercoaster on the rocket this week. Fresh from his perch outside the Bank of England, co-pilot Halligan is here to break down why the mini budget has caused such big waves.




    Liam thinks that the markets have overreacted, but the decision to cut the top rate of tax during a cost of living crisis was ‘venal’ and 'indulgent.' Allison agrees the move was an act of 'dumbfounding stupidity' so close to the Labour Party conference. She's frustrated that the new PM has been 'hiding behind the sofa' at such a crucial time. 




    Also joining our co-pilots on the sanctuary of sweet reason is leading economist Dr Gerard Lyons, who helped advise Liz Truss during her leadership campaign. Dr Lyons tells our co-pilots the Government 'mishandled communication over the mini budget,' and takes aim at the Bank of England over its failures on inflation.




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    • 57 min
    End of an Era

    End of an Era

    After a momentous period in which we lost our beloved Queen, the co-pilots are back to reflect on the historic turn of events.




    Allison was moved by scenes of people queueing to view the late Queen's lying-in-state, and shares her thoughts on the seismic sense of change the country is experiencing. Liam reveals the surprising warmth towards Her Majesty that he witnessed in Ireland, of all places, after the news of her death.




    But the tsunami of news rolls on with a major announcement on energy and a mini budget this week. Our resident economic expert, co-pilot Halligan, is on hand to answer the all important question: What is ‘Trussonomics’?




    Also boarding the rocket of right thinking this week is Tony Lodge, a political and energy expert who reveals why he's calling for a public inquiry into the energy crisis. 




    And, our co-pilots share some creative ways Planet Normal listeners will be saving energy this winter.




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    • 59 min
    Trussonomics

    Trussonomics

    It’s the dawn of a new era on the rocket as Liz Truss takes the throne as Prime Minister. But do our co-pilots think she's got what it takes?




    Co-pilot Halligan predicts Truss will grow into the role, but warns she will have to be a 'shape-shifter' in order to tackle the toughest in-tray of any peace-time PM. 




    Allison wasn't blown away by Truss' debut speech, comparing her performance to that of a nervous head girl, but thought her first showing at PMQs was a vast improvement.




    Both our co-pilots agree Truss should ditch her notes and stick to speaking off the cuff in future.




    Also entering the sanctuary of sweet reason this week is journalist and General Secretary of the Free Speech Union, Toby Young, who shares his disappointment at the fall of the Johnson premiership and his thoughts on the new Truss cabinet. Plus, Toby opens up about what it's like to be ‘cancelled’.




    And finally, the debate over co-pilot Pearson’s ‘hello’ rages on…




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    • 56 min
    Lights out for Boris

    Lights out for Boris

    The curtain is finally falling on the Tory leadership contest. The spectacle might be nearly over - to the relief of our co-pilots - but the madness is just beginning for Boris' successor.




    As we bid farewell to the Johnson premiership, co-pilot Pearson is adamant we need more of a ‘realist’ at the helm. She warns the incoming PM must put dealing with the cost of living crisis ahead of the green agenda.




    Co-pilot Halligan agrees the push towards net zero must not come at the expense of ordinary people. He's especially concerned about how businesses will cope this winter without any price cap on their energy bills.




    Also climbing aboard the rocket this week is co-founder of FairFuel UK, Howard Cox, who tells our co-pilots what the Government should be doing to reduce fuel prices as people struggle to fill up their cars.




    And co-pilot Pearson has an exciting event to announce....




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    • 59 min
    Anyone seen the Government?

    Anyone seen the Government?

    Levels of discontent have reached new highs on the rocket this week, with crisis brewing in the NHS and the economy.

    Co-pilot Halligan is frustrated that the Government remains 'leaderless, rudderless and hopeless' at such a critical time. While Allison is concerned the country could descend into 'third world Britain.'

    Plus, our co-pilots deliver their verdict on Rishi Sunak’s revelatory interview in The Spectator, voicing his concerns about the Covid-19 lockdown. Liam is miffed the former chancellor is only speaking up now, but co-pilot Pearson is relieved that people who questioned lockdown have been vindicated. 

    Also joining our co-pilots is oncologist Professor Pat Price, who says we are in the midst of the worst cancer crisis ever seen in the UK. Professor Price warns the backlog could cost thousands of lives, but politicians are failing to recognise the magnitude of the disaster.

    And co-pilot Pearson shares her latest bathing habits in light of the cost of living crisis...




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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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The Truth is Out There

Woe is me... as a left leaning floating voter the last place I thought that I’d be accessing worthwhile news was from the Daily Telegraph. Allison & Liam have single handedly saved my sanity, I have looked everywhere and these guys in my humble opinion are the only journalists actually doing what journalists are supposed to be doing, thanks guys, you’re legends

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Gray Day podcast was grey indeed

Never had the slightest quibble before and I never miss the podcast, but this one was like the comments section on a tabloid website. I switched off after about ten minutes. I don’t like moral lectures with my news, and I don’t ever want to hear about anyone’s Lockdown breaches ever again. Ever, ever, ever!

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…. The only planet worth living on.

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