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

Never Mind The Bar Chart‪s‬ Mark Pack

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

    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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    Show notes
    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.
    Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
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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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    • 33 min
    How to make Parliament work better, with Professor Meg Russell

    How to make Parliament work better, with Professor Meg Russell

    Welcome to the first episode in 2021 of Never Mind The Bar Charts. As regular listeners may have guessed given the timing, for this year I’m going to revert to monthly shows after last year’s near-weekly shows.
    Let’s call this then season three, and for the season opener I’m so pleased to have an absolute A-lister when it comes to how politics works in the UK, Professor Meg Russell of the Constitution Unit.
    A special adviser to Robin Cook when he was Leader of the House of Commons, Meg played a key role in the Wright Committee which led to a wave of Parliamentary procedural reform.
    We talked about a new report she has co-authored, taking a look at how to improve the way Parliament works.
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    Show notes
    Taking Back Control: Why the House of Commons Should Govern its Own Time.
    The Wright Committee.
    House of Commons Standing Order 14: its history and impact.
    Legislation at Westminster: Parliamentary Actors and Influence in the Making of British Law by Meg Russell and Daniel Gover: Bookshop / Amazon.*
    The Constitution Unit on Twitter.
    Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
    Photo by Andy Reed from Pixabay.
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    • 44 min
    How are Labour and the Liberal Democrats doing?

    How are Labour and the Liberal Democrats doing?

    I was joined again by Professor Tim Bale for the last episode in 2020 of Never Mind The Bar Charts. We took a look back at Tim's five lessons for opposition parties and discussed how both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are doing on each of them.
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    Show notes
    Tim Bale's five lessons for opposition parties.
    The Liberal Democrat record in coalition.
    Alistair Darling promising bigger cuts than Margaret Thatcher.
    The Thornhill Report into what went wrong for the Lib Dems in 2019.
    What are the possible Lib Dem target seats like?
    The Politics of Competence by Will Jennings and Jane Green: Bookshop / Amazon.*
    Photo courtesy of Tom Jeffs / Parrot of Doom, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
    Tim Bale on Twitter.
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    • 43 min
    The march of electoral reform in Wales

    The march of electoral reform in Wales

    With the very welcome recent progress on electoral reform in Wales, I invited Jess Blair from the Electoral Reform Society Cymru to join me on Never Mind The Bar Charts.
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    Show notes
    How electoral reform makes government better.
    The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill.
    STV explained (words).
    STV explained (animals).
    Public support for electoral reform.
    Join the Electoral Reform Society.
    Jess Blair on Twitter.
    Music by Hugo Lee.
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    • 24 min
    Inside the mind of Boris Johnson, with Caroline Pidgeon

    Inside the mind of Boris Johnson, with Caroline Pidgeon

    Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly and someone who saw Boris Johnson up close during his eight years as Mayor, joined me for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts.
    We discussed how Boris Johnson behaves as a politician, his strong desire to be liked, his long track record of wasting public money and more. I hope you enjoy the show.
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    Show notes
    The Garden Bridge.
    The SS Richard Montgomery.
    The wasteful water cannons.
    The Deputy Mayors problem.
    City Hall moving.
    CrossRail2.
    That Susan Kramer song.
    Luisa Porritt.
    Me and graffiti.
    Caroline Pidgeon on Twitter.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 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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