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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.
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Planet Normal The Telegraph

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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.
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    A cacophony of woe

    A cacophony of woe

    **Today's episode was recorded before the General Election announcement**
    There’s not one but two scandals to comment on this week as both the infected blood and Post office inquiries are front and centre. And both co-pilots share impassioned views about the latest ‘cacophony of woe’ coming from both.
    Allison thinks that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s response was unacceptable in the face of a ‘state sponsored massacre’.
    Whilst Liam says more eyes should be on the civil service in these inquiries who he thinks have been very good at ‘wriggling out of blame’.
    Also strapping into the rocket this week is MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield who gives her thoughts on the current Labour Party and why NHS maternity services have been letting down women for decades.
    And the countdown is on for the upcoming Planet Normal live event to celebrate the 200th orbit of the rocket…
    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |
    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/a/ak-ao/allison-pearson/ |
    Read Allison ‘Horizon, maternity, infected blood – what other scandals await corrupt Britain?’: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/columnists/2024/05/21/infected-blood-scandal-horizon-maternity-corrupt-britain/ |
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    • 59 min
    How long before Kevin Spacey is allowed to be uncancelled?

    How long before Kevin Spacey is allowed to be uncancelled?

    In an exclusive interview with co-pilot Pearson, Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey straps into the rocket to give his response to the recent Channel 4 documentary with allegations about inappropriate sexual conduct.
    Elsewhere Rishi Sunak’s political plight is as unpredictable as the British weather. But what do your co-pilots make of his latest stream of policies?
    Allison ponders whether the country has ever gone into a general election with two such unpopular potential leaders which she claims is ‘a standoff of the Woodentops’.
    And Liam dissects the current Labour frontbench, which he thinks compares woefully to that of Tony Blair.
    Plus both co-pilots give their take on the latest royal portrait.
    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |
    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/a/ak-ao/allison-pearson/ |
    Watch Allison's full interview with Kevin Spacey: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/05/15/watch-kevin-spacey-interview-metoo-career-comeback/ |
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Tory hammering

    A Tory hammering

    With the local elections across England and Wales all over, who were the real winners and losers? And did the Tories really get hammered? Only your co-pilots have the answers.
    Liam ponders whether the Tory Party can hold it together long enough to get some sort of bounce back from potential impending economic uplifts.
    Whilst Allison thinks Tory mutiny is no longer a threat and that the plotters have given up all chance of a potential new leader.
    And what about Reform’s Nigel Farage? Will he? Won't he?
    Also hopping aboard to chat about the local election results, and what it means for his Party, is Conservative MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell.

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |
    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/a/ak-ao/allison-pearson/ |
    Read Allison ‘I’m not a Covid conspiracy theorist. I was right’:  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/05/02/im-not-a-covid-conspiracy-theorist-i-was-right/ |
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    • 55 min
    Wormholes of Woke

    Wormholes of Woke

    Election fever has reached the rocket this week as the co-pilots await the results from local polling stations up and down the country. 
    And there’s nothing short of a tsunami of politics in Scotland. Allison thinks the progressive Left are finally being confronted by the consequences of their policies in light of First Minister, Humza Yousaf’s resignation.Whilst Liam thinks Scotland’s leadership decision will play a crucial part determining Labour’s future in the country.Strapping into the rocket this week to pay tribute to her friend the late Frank Field is Baroness Kate Hoey who also gives her take on the latest relations between Ireland and the UKAnd there’s an exciting announcement about the upcoming Planet Normal Event…Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |Read Liam: ‘Frank Field’s warnings on benefits Britain went unheeded’: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2024/04/28/frank-field-britain-sicknote-culture-welfare-state/ Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/a/ak-ao/allison-pearson/ |Read Allison ‘The SNP hasn’t realised that ‘socially conservative’ is actually normal’:  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/columnists/2024/05/01/humza-yousaf-kate-forbes-snp-social-conservatism-normal/ |Read Robert Mendick: The images that show the two sides of AstraZeneca’s vaccine ‘miracle’: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/04/30/astrazeneca-vaccine-jamie-scott-class-action-side-effects/ Need help subscribing or reviewing? Learn more about podcasts here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/radio/podcasts/podcast-can-find-best-ones-listen/ |Email: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk |Get tickets for Planet Normal event: telegraph.co.uk/eventsFor 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normal |
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    • 53 min
    A protest too far

    A protest too far

    Strapping into the rocket this week and calling for the resignation of Met Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, is former Home Secretary and Conservative MP Suella Braverman. She also explains why she thinks it’s time we left the European Convention of Human Rights and her exasperation at her party's 'scramble for the centre-ground'.
    Elsewhere on the podcast, Allison is convinced the passing of the Rwanda Bill is Rishi Sunak’s desperate last trump card, while Liam asks the question: have recent protests gone too far?
    And both co-pilots indulge in some reminiscing of the Spice Girls, and pay tribute to the passing of former Labour MP Frank Field.
    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |
    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/a/ak-ao/allison-pearson/ |
    Read Allison ‘Britain’s Jews fear for their lives because Sir Mark Rowley is a weak coward’ : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/columnists/2024/04/23/jews-dont-believe-have-future-in-uk-met-police-mark-rowley/ |
    Read Allison ‘The Rwanda Bill won’t stop people backing Reform – Tory voters have had enough’: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/columnists/2024/04/24/rwanda-bill-will-not-stop-people-voting-for-reform/
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    • 58 min
    The Battle of Brussels

    The Battle of Brussels

    The Battle of Brussels
    With co-pilot Pearson making a triumphant return to the rocket this week there’s much madness to discuss including the Cass report, what the Office of Budget Responsibility is really about and some drama from Brussels…
    Joining your co-pilots to share what really happened at the explosive National Conservative Conference in Brussels is MP Miriam Cates, who explains why the events that unfolded were so chilling for our freedom of speech.
    Allison also reveals some exclusive extracts from her recent interview with former Liz Truss and Liam explains why the claims that the former PM ‘crashed the economy’ are simply a myth.
    Also hopping aboard to discuss the worrying state of Iranian relations to the West is British historian of Iranian history Daniel Rad.

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |
    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/a/ak-ao/allison-pearson/ |
    Read Allison’s interview with Liz Truss: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2024/04/15/liz-truss-interview-ten-years-to-save-the-west/ \
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

BizzoH ,

Planet Rational

I love Alison’s perceptive and articulate analysis. Thank you for calling out so much that is wrong with society.

Jennifer-Sue ,

A weekly treat!

Like so,many of your fans, I have been listening to the two of you ever since you began Planet Normal. I just love hearing your banter and nonsense as well as all the gold nuggets that get dug up during your conversations as well.
It really does make me feel that while there are folk like you around who can reach so many, perhaps our country won’t sink into the sea, along with my erstwhile beloved Conservative Party, whom I can’t help but think is doomed. Entirely its own fault I have to say.
But to echo so many others, do please keep on cheering us up!

Love,
Jenny Shorrocks
From Wellesbourne, Warwickshire.

anduspandus ,

Massive thumbs up

I thoroughly enjoy listening to the topics on this podcast.

I can’t help but think that the silent majority in the UK would agree with the views shared.

I will continue to listen intently for my weekly dose of sanity.

Thank you.

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