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Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short regular occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.

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Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short regular occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.

    You’ve had your fun, now get back to work

    You’ve had your fun, now get back to work

    Later this week Boris Johnson will outline plans to being lifting the lockdown. Other parts of the world are doing the same. Protestors with guns are out in many parts of the US demanding it. We need to get the economy back on track. Today on Balls Radio, Phil Dobbie asks the question, how many people are we happy to see die for the good of the economy? If 50 thousand an acceptable number? And can we really start an exist strategy when we don’t have all the numbers we need – like, what’s the infection rate? But, if you listen to David Icke, it’s all a big conspiracy theory – there is no COVID-19. Perhaps it’s hiding the fact that we’re being eaten by underground dwelling reptiles.

    • 17 min
    Self-employed go hungry whilst Rishi overthinks it

    Self-employed go hungry whilst Rishi overthinks it

    Over five million self-employed people will be struggling right now, as work dries up and incomes disappear. Chancellor Rishi Sunak found it easy to promise 80% of the income of furloughed workers, but struggles with how to compensate self-employed workers who suddenly find themselves without an income. On Balls Radio Phil Dobbie suggests the answer is simple. In fact, it’s so simple even Donald Trump gets it.

    • 12 min
    The Chinese Virus is Bad News For Trump

    The Chinese Virus is Bad News For Trump

    The US President is repeatedly referring to COIV19 as the Chinese virus, in the hope that he can deflect the blame from the slow response he is making to the pandemic. On Balls Radio today we look at the numbers that suggest the US is seeing infections growing faster than Italy, and it’ll become clearer over the next few days. Meanwhile, Australia is doing better than most, but also wins the prize for being the most blasé. She’ll be right mate.

    • 8 min
    Buybacks, paybacks – the economic answer to the crisis

    Buybacks, paybacks – the economic answer to the crisis

    The Sun this week asked why Richard Branson isn’t offering to sell his island retreat to pay the wages of Virgin Atlantic staff. Phil Dobbie suggests that’s a moronic question, and the real criminals in this financial crisis are the companies who bought back shares to inflate executive salaries, rather than keep cash on hand to cope with emergencies such as this. One guilty party here is Delta Airlines, which owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic, way more than Richard Branson. On Balls Radio we suggest how to save airlines whilst penalising those who benefited from share buybacks. Plus, the simple way for governments to make stimulus payments to those who need it, whilst encouraging companies to keep people in work.

    • 20 min
    Herd but not seen

    Herd but not seen

    The UK is pushing ahead with plans for herd immunity, even as other countries push ahead with isolation plans. Could the UK, ironically, be the only country left with freedom of movement, after having voted to get rid of it in the Brexit referendum? Plus, the Big Brother household that’s in blissful ignorance, and Katie Hopkins forced to go to Australian media for publicity.

    • 15 min
    Washing our hands of it all

    Washing our hands of it all

    Whilst Italy is in total lockdown, the UK Prime Minister is telling people to wash their hands more often, an Australian politician reckons it’s all a conspiracy by the Chinese and the US President wants to keep people on a cruise ship so they can die without upsetting his statistics. Phil Dobbie looks at the various ways nations are coming to terms with the Corona virus.

    • 14 min

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