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

    The Numpty Class

    The Numpty Class

    Another seven days on Planet Normal means another ‘numpty of the week’ and this time our very own Prime Minister is a hot contender. Liam tells listeners why he thinks Boris Johnson is ‘winging it’, while Allison worries that the PM has been taking writing tips from his infant son following his recent chaotic speech at the CBI conference. But will Sir Keir Starmer's popularity surge as Boris Johnson's dwindles? Or would that be all too... normal?

    Also on the podcast: award-winning science writer Matt Ridley boards the rocket to tell our co-pilots why he's spent months investigating the origins of Covid-19. He tells us why swift and widespread dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak theory was a ‘shocking episode in the history of science’, and proposes his solution to see health information shared more quickly, fully and globally.

    Plus, the Great British Bake Off causes a stir as our co-pilots reveal who they would have crowned champion.




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 25th of November 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/11/25/planet-normal-dismissing-wuhan-lab-leak-conspiracy-theory-shocking |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    A full-blown Winter of Discontent

    A full-blown Winter of Discontent

    Everything's gone a bit pear-shaped, and it hasn't escaped the notice of Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan. With inflation above 4% and the cost of living spiralling, Liam tells listeners why he's convinced the PM is distracted by "chaos" within Tory ranks, while Allison has her head in her hands over the political class' "deflection and denial" following the distressing attack in Liverpool.

    Plus, never two to shy away from difficult subjects, our co-hosts welcome academic and terrorism expert Dr Rakib Ehsan aboard the rocket to share his concerns over the UK's Prevent strategy, the portrayal of Muslim people in the media and why our leaders are suffering from "bigotry of low expectations".

    And a particularly complimentary listener email leaves Ms Pearson blushing...




    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    Sleaze, statistics and a sing-song

    Sleaze, statistics and a sing-song

    It’s the 75th voyage to Planet Normal, but our co-pilots Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan aren't popping corks just yet. On this week's episode, they have strong words for the head of NHS England Amanda Pritchard, whose recent error on Covid admissions statistics had them putting their heads in their hands. Luckily Planet Normal's resident hospital bed occupancy expert (AKA Ms Pearson) is on hand to set the record straight. Plus, our co-hosts disagree entirely respectfully on the NHS "jab for jobs" announcement.

    Joining us on the rocket of right-thinking is Oxford emeritus fellow Professor Lawrence Goldman, who doesn't hold back on the problems in UK university fundraising in the wake of the Mosley money row. But it's not just Oxford accepting money from dubious sources. He tells Allison and Liam why he believes the problem is 'systemic', with institutions throwing 'academic principles and common sense out of the window'.

    And brace yourselves, co-pilot Halligan treats listeners to a special musical performance...




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 11th of November 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/11/11/planet-normal-money-common-sense-uk-universities/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    The Great, the Good, the Greta

    The Great, the Good, the Greta

    Broadcaster and and former Director of Strategy to David Cameron, Steve Hilton makes a rare UK media appearance to tell our Planet Normal co-pilots, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, how his former boss was actually a Eurosceptic, what President Biden has in common with a Monty Python sketch and why things are looking good for Donald Trump in 2024.

    And with the spotlight on all things green this week, the Planet Normal rocket takes a virtual trip to Cop26. Allison disregards the gathering as a 'pantomime', Liam tells us why he's backing the Indian approach to net zero, and our co-pilots agree that were they attending a climate change summit, they might skip the private jet.

    Also on the podcast: have the charms of French President Emmanuel Macron finally worn off for Ms Pearson?




    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    The Big Budget Breakdown

    The Big Budget Breakdown

    It’s Budget week, which means big announcements, big spending and big celebrations for Allison, who arrives for our recording with a big surprise for Liam: she’s only gone and won an award.

    Our co-pilot may have a trophy, but she’s got more than a few questions for our resident economist, co-pilot Halligan who is on hand to explain why he thinks Chancellor Rishi Sunak might have earned himself the nickname ’Risky Rishi’  after delivering his third Budget. But do the sums really add up?

    Also joining our co-pilots is Telegraph columnist Ben Wright, who tells Planet Normal why he felt as if he were watching a Labour chancellor instead of a Conservative one.

    And did we mention Allison won an award?




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 28th of October 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/10/27/planet-normal-big-budget-breakdown/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

    Read more from Ben: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/ben-wright/ | 

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    • 52 min
    He was everyone's equal

    He was everyone's equal

    Mark Francois and Andrew Rosindell pay tribute to their fellow Conservative MP and much-loved friend, Sir David Amess, following his tragic death. But should MPs' security be ramped up? Mr Francois tells our podcast co-hosts, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan why overly zealous measures risk "letting the bad guys win", while Mr Rosindell asks why his friend never held ministerial office.

    Also on the podcast: with COP26 on the horizon, cold showers are in and they get an even colder response from Ms Pearson. The irony of holding a climate change summit held amid a global energy crisis isn’t lost on our co-pilot as Allison declares the Prime Minister’s latest energy plans an act of virtue signalling, while Liam encourages a smarter approach to renewable energy.

    And there’s a revelatory update from our NHS insider, George in the light of the recent spike in Covid infections.




    Allison will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 21st of October 11am-12pm:  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/10/20/best-us-paying-tribute-sir-david-amess/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

Nick Cox-Johnson ,

A vital safety valve

Thursdays are now a particular highlight of the week, when I can look forward to the weekly Planet Normal podcast. Liam and Allison are the perfect team, complementing each other so well with their wit, insight, intelligence and are never afraid to stick their necks out and voice well reasoned opinions amidst the corrosive headwinds of dangerous groupthink that are swirling all around us in today’s mad world. They also make me laugh out loud too! Thank you so much for everything, keep it up!!

woogleberry ,

Excellent

Excellent common sense show

SasLJ ,

Love it!

Oh thank goodness! Seriously stops me totally losing the plot thinking whole world has gone totally bonkers.

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