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

    Why electoral reform matters and how to get more of it

    Why electoral reform matters and how to get more of it

     


    The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts is another special live show with the Lib Dem Pod team. This time we looked at proportional representation with Lib Dem Parliamentarians Wendy Chamberlain and Paul Tyler.


     


    Why is proportional representation (PR) a good thing? Does it matter which version of PR is used? What's the route to securing it for more elections in the UK? How much should the party talk about it? Find out the answers to all these and more in the show.


     


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    Liberal Democrat Newswire #148 also looked at the route to securing more electoral reform.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How are political leaflets changing (and do they work)?

    How are political leaflets changing (and do they work)?

    We all know about the love Liberal Democrats have of delivering leaflets. So our dream professor of politics would be one who specialises in studying leaflets. Which is why I’m delighted to say that is just who I was speaking to for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, Professor Caitlin Milazzo of Nottingham University.


    We talked about how political leaflets are changing, the impact they have, how political campaigning isn't getting more negative and the evidence that female candidates are more likely than male candidates to make an important mistake with their election literature. Listen on to find out more, including how to avoid that mistake yourself...


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    The Open Elections project.

    Upload a leaflet to the Open Elections project or help code those already uploaded here (currently after leaflets for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Senedd elections).

    Other research into political leaflets: Mark Shephard and Justin Fisher.

    Evidence from Rosie Campbell, Phil Cowley, Nick Vivyan and Markus Wagner on how voters prefer local candidates.

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    • 42 min
    How good a political leader was Lord John Russell?

    How good a political leader was Lord John Russell?

    After the special joint edition with the Lib Dem Pod looking at cross-party cooperation, it’s back to the normal format this time – and welcome back to Duncan Brack for one of our historical dives into a former party leader.


    After having discussed Jo Grimond and David Steel, this time we’re headed into the 19th century with Lord John Russell. He served in government for at least part of every decade from the 1830s through to the 1860s, with two spells as Prime Minister, 13 years apart. 


    What should we make of his political career?


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    Lord John Russell biography on the gov.uk website.

    My 'what if' about the 1832 Great Reform Act.

    The Prime Ministers, edited by Iain Dale: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon.*

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    • 47 min
    How should the Liberal Democrats approach cross-party cooperation?

    How should the Liberal Democrats approach cross-party cooperation?

    Never Mind The Bar Charts and the most excellent Lib Dem Pod teamed up for another joint show, taking a look this time at lessons in coalitions and cross-party cooperation.


    We have an excellent panel to discuss it all:



    Kirsty Williams the brilliant Liberal Democrat Minister of Education in the Welsh Government and member of the Senedd since 1999

    Duncan Brack from the Liberal Democrat History Group

    Polly Mackenzie, Chief Exec of the think tank Demos and special advisor to Nick Clegg during the Westminster coalition


    This was our first attempt at a joint live show, so feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it.



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    Duncan Brack's book chapter on cross-party cooperation.

    My previous podcast on cross-party cooperation with Duncan Brack.

    Follow the most excellent Lib Dem Pod on Twitter.

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    Brexitland: The long-term factors shaping our politics, and what they mean for the future

    Brexitland: The long-term factors shaping our politics, and what they mean for the future

    One of the most popular episodes last year was with Rob Ford, discussing Brexitland, the book he’s co-written that takes a look and the long-term social and demographic changes driving British politics.


    So I’m delighted this time to welcome to the show his co-author, Professor Maria Sobolewska, to discuss further their book and its implications for British politics.


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    Last year's popular episode with Maria's co-author, Rob Ford: Culture wars, Brexit and electoral reform.

    How predictions after the 1992 general election didn't work out.

    Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics by Maria Sobolewska and Rob Ford: Waterstones / Amazon / Bookshop (independent bookshops).*

    Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera: Waterstones / Amazon / Bookshop (independent bookshops).*

    Professor Maria Sobolewska on Twitter.

    Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash.

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    • 47 min
    Is over-centralisation hindering the struggle against coronavirus? With Munira Wilson

    Is over-centralisation hindering the struggle against coronavirus? With Munira Wilson

    In this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talk with the Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson, Munira Wilson, about what it's like being an MP, how over-centralisation may be hindering the struggle against coronavirus and how best to communicate with the public.


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    Show notes
    Interview with Dr Ben Johnson from Nature.

    How local government could and should have been used to make track and trace work.

    How Germany is approaching protecting civil liberties while tackling coronavirus.

    Listen also to my interview with Jim Killock.

    Help for (would-be) Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates: the Campaign for Gender Balance, the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality and the Parliamentary Candidates Association.

    The Lib Dem campaign for frontline care works.

    Munira Wilson on Twitter.


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