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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.

    1960: The Making of the President - board game review

    1960: The Making of the President - board game review

    Something a little different from the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts: a board game review with Jim Williams. A political board game, of course.





    It'd be great to hear what you think of this game review. Should Jim and I play more games and talk about them in future episodes?





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    Get your own copy of 1960: The Making of the President.

    Eugene Burdick.

    My cunning advantage over Jim.

    Canadian Check Shirt Guy (aka Rodney Smith) reviews 1960: The Making of the President on YouTube.

    How Nixon's poor shaving helped lose him the 1960 election.

    The famous Nixon/Khrushchev photo.

    Make Votes Matter - campaigning for electoral reform in the UK.

    If Then: How One Data Company Invented the Future by Jill Lepore: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon.*

    Codenames and 13 Days.*

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    • 1 hr
    Prime Minister Priti and other things that never happened

    Prime Minister Priti and other things that never happened

     


    There’s a new book of political alternative histories out called Prime Minister Priti: And other things that never happened. One of its editors is a Liberal Democrat. So who better to have back on Never Mind The Bar Charts than that editor… Duncan Brack.


     


    Listen to us discuss how Eric Joyce having one drink too many caused Brexit (perhaps), what the appeal is of political counter-factuals, our favourite chapters from this book and how one change in the events of 1923 could have led to a very different political history for the Liberal Party.


     


     


     


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    Our earlier episodes talking about Lord John Russell, Jo Grimond and David Steel.

    My contributions to previous volumes: what if the 1832 Great Reform Act had never happened (full chapter) and what if Chris Huhne had beaten Nick Clegg in the 2007 Lib Dem leadership contest?

    Prime Minister Priti: And other things that never happened edited by Duncan Brack and Iain Dale: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*

    Prime Minister Corbyn: And Other Things That Never Happened edited by Duncan Brack and Iain Dale: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*

    The Prime Ministers We Never Had: Success and Failure from Butler to Corbyn by Steve Richards: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*

    The Prime Ministers Who Never Were: A collection of counterfactuals edited by Francis Beckett: Amazon / Waterstones.*

    Duncan Brack on Twitter.

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    • 50 min
    Special Lib Dem 2021 conference preview - live show with the Lib Dem Pod

    Special Lib Dem 2021 conference preview - live show with the Lib Dem Pod

    What happens at Lib Dem party conference? What's it like attending one? What are likely to be the big debates at this September's federal conference? What are the hidden gems to look out for?





    With the 2021 Liberal Democrat Federal Conference coming up and a special registration offer of just £1 for first time conference attendees, I joined Cllr John Potter and the Lib Dem Pod team for a special live show previewing conference. Whether you've never come to conference before, or have been going for many decades, the show will have something for you.





     





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    It's only £1 to register for conference if you've not come to one before.

    That photo of a young colleague.

    The most excellent Lib Dem Pod.

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    • 54 min
    Does it really matter what the political polls currently say?

    Does it really matter what the political polls currently say?

    It was great to have Survation's Damian Lyons Lowe on Never Mind The Bar Charts, fresh off the back of his firm's success in polling the Hartlepool by-election. As well as talking about how he got into political polling and what to watch out for when a surprising poll appears, we discussed whether everyone is just paying too much attention to political polls. Does it really matter what they are currently saying? Listen to find out...


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    Yes, it is fun watching people do Sudoku: Cracking The Cryptic's YouTube channel.

    Damian Lyons Lowe gets grilled by Andrew Neil.

    The ever-wise Martin Boon.

    Survation's successful Hartlepool polling.

    Get your latest polling fixes with Britain Elections and Elections Map UK on Twitter.

    Anthony Wells disagrees with agree/disagree questions.

    Keiran Pedley on Twitter and his podcast.

    John Curtice on what the polls say.

    Damian Lyons Lowe on Twitter.

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    • 41 min
    Lessons from football for political campaigning

    Lessons from football for political campaigning

    With the a new edition of 101 Ways To Win An Election out, I chatted with co-author Ed Maxfield for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Roaming across Black Lives Matter, William Wilberforce, Matt Hancock, how the music industry is changing and one of the worst answers given in a political debate, we talked about political campaigning, our favourite chapters from our own book and other books we'd recommend.


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    Get the new edition of 101 Ways To Win An Election.

    How public opinion has shifted over taking the knee.

    How experience can lead to doctors making more mistakes.

    The different impact of the internet on the music and phone industries.

    Michael Dukakis gets it wrong on the death penalty.

    William Wilberforce by William Hague: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*

    Putting Voters in Their Place by Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*

    How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*

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    • 45 min
    What Chesham and Amersham tells us about the future for the Liberal Democrats

    What Chesham and Amersham tells us about the future for the Liberal Democrats

     


    Lib Dems love by-elections. Lib Dems love winning by-elections. And Lib Dems love getting excited after by-elections.


     


    So to help us all calibrate our levels of excitement after Sarah Green’s victory in Chesham and Amersham, it’s great to welcome back to Never Mind The Bar Charts, Paula Surridge, senior lecturer at Bristol University and an expert in how values are driving political choices in modern Britain.


     


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    Lib Dem Newswire edition looking at the lessons from Chesham and Amersham.

    Brexit, British politics and values: Paula's article looking at how Brexit is still shaping British politics.

    The British General Election of 2019 by Rob Ford, Tim Bale, Will Jennings and Paula Surridge: Amazon / Waterstones.*

    Paula's previous appearance on the show, looking at what the data from 2019 general election says about the future for the Lib Dems.

    Paula Surridge on Twitter.

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    • 44 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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