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Mark Pack and guests talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Only a few.

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Mark Pack and guests talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Only a few.

    Can Rishi Sunak save himself by doing a Jeremy Corbyn?

    Can Rishi Sunak save himself by doing a Jeremy Corbyn?

    Never Mind The Bar Charts took an unexpected turn when I was discussing the track record of polls closing in previous Parliaments with Professor Will Jennings. One of the most dramatic such examples was with Jeremy Corbyn in 2017... so perhaps he should be the role model for Rishi Sunak as he looks to rescue the Conservatives?
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    Show notes
    Have the polls closed in previous Parliaments?
    What are MRPs and can we trust them?
    Voting intention by supermarket.
    Sign up to the newsletter from Will Jennings.
    Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
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    • 50 min
    My five favourite espionage novels

    My five favourite espionage novels

    Something completely different to the usual fare this time: a little while back I picked my five favourite spy novels for the Spybrary podcast. For a variation from the usual Never Mind The Podcasts fare, take a listen to what I picked, and why those in politics so often like spy stories:
    Anthony Price features, of course. As does (ssssh! former spy) Paddy Ashdown and US President Lyndon B Johnson, subject of perhaps the best non-fiction book and one with a brilliant narrator too.
    In coincidental related news, I discovered recently that the author of the standard book on the history of the early years of campaigning for proportional representation was a Communist, and possibly a Russian spy. The author is Jennifer Hart and the book is Proportional Representation: Critics of the British Electoral System 1820-1945.
    Show notes
    The Spybrary Podcast.
    The Spybrary Facebook group.
    Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
    Photo by Cottonbro Studio on Pexels.com.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Two more Conservative by-election defeats: what does it all mean?

    Two more Conservative by-election defeats: what does it all mean?

    The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts is another by-election special with the Lib Dem Pod team, talking about what to make of the latest set of Parliamentary by-elections.
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    Show notes
    The by-election results.
    The Lib Dem pre-manifesto.
    The Lib Dem Pod team on YouTube.
    Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
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    • 49 min
    How to improve people's lives: Rachel Bentley on being a councillor

    How to improve people's lives: Rachel Bentley on being a councillor

    The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts features Southwark councillor Rachel Bentley on what it's like being a councillor, the difference you can make to improve people's lives, the disappointments of Sadiq Khan, life campaigning against Labour and, of course, her love of pointing.
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    Show notes
    The Bentley Ramp.
    Rachel Bentley on X/Twitter.
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    • 46 min
    Will it be the TikTok general election … or the Zoom general election?

    Will it be the TikTok general election … or the Zoom general election?

    Professor Kate Dommett is one of the UK’s absolute top rank experts on political campaigning, data and the internet. So who better to have back on Never Mind The Bar Charts to talk about how parties use data and what the next general election might bring?

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    Show notes

    Data-Driven Campaigning and Political Parties: Five Advanced Democracies Compared by Katharine Dommett, Glenn Kefford and Simon Kruschinski: available from Amazon, Waterstones and independent bookshops.*

    My previous scepticism about the impact of Cambridge Analytica.

    Using a Personality-Profiling Algorithm to Investigate Political Microtargeting: Assessing the Persuasion Effects of Personality-Tailored Ads on Social Media: an academic study showing how targeting people by personality type could work.

    The small effects of political advertising are small regardless of context, message, sender, or receiver: Evidence from 59 real-time randomized experiments: the limited impact of online advertising.

    Podcast with Florian Foos on the effects of different campaign tactics.

    Eitan Hersh on what data US campaigners really use.

    Ground Wars – Personalized Communications in Political Campaigns by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen: or what canvassers really do when they are on the doorstep.

    Ground Wars – Personalized Communications in Political Campaigns by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

    Kate Dommett's previous appearance on this podcast: What really happens at the grassroots when political parties push new ways of campaigning?

    One of my early experiments with using Zoom for politics and how Pokémon GO was used by some Lib Dems.

    Kate Dommett and John Curtice talks for the Political Studies Association.

    Kate Dommett on X/Twitter.

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    • 49 min
    The story of Charles Kennedy’s leadership, and lessons to learn from it

    The story of Charles Kennedy’s leadership, and lessons to learn from it

    The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts welcomed back Duncan Brack for another of our reviews of previous party leaders. This time, it’s Charles Kennedy we took a look at.
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    Show notes
    Greg Hurst’s biography of Charles Kennedy.
    Charles Kennedy on Have I Got News For You.
    The 1983 TV report on his first election (second video on the page).
    My earlier take on lessons from Charles Kennedy’s leadership.
    Nick Clegg’s tribute to Charles Kennedy following his death.
    The Lib Dem History Group.
    Duncan Brack on Twitter.
    Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Appâter ,

Balanced take on Liberal issues

Really appreciate this podcast- it’s a very balanced and open minded podcast but focused on issues which are interesting for any liberal social democrat.

Would be even better if Mark would invest in a better microphone!

Corealo ,

Love the Lib Dem view

Although a LibDem voice the guests provide a balanced view from the guests and goes to show there a broad range within the party

Wolf of Fallowfield ,

Finally

It’s so refreshing to have a Lib Dem focussed podcast which advances the liberal cause

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