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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.

    Why good pollsters are filled with doubt: interview with YouGov's Chris Curtis

    Why good pollsters are filled with doubt: interview with YouGov's Chris Curtis

    I often talk about opinion poll data with guests on Never Mind The Bar Charts, so this time to talk about what we can read into the polls – and what we shouldn’t – I was joined by a pollster, YouGov’s Chris Curtis. We started off with discussing what a pollster actually does all day...

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    One of those quirky YouGov polling questions.
    British Polling Council.
    The great Yes, Prime Minister sketch on leading poll questions.
    Research that shows the accuracy of political opinion polls.
    New UK pollster Redfield & Wilton Strategies.
    YouGov's issues tracker showing the sustained interest in the environment.
    Chris Curtis on Twitter.

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    • 36 min
    What must the Liberal Democrats learn from Donald Trump?

    What must the Liberal Democrats learn from Donald Trump?

    Donald Trump may not be the most obvious of role models for the Liberal Democrats. But there's a lot about effective communication the party can learn from him. After all, he won a national election, defying political establishments and seeing off unfriendly media along the way.

    So in this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talk about him with Rob Blackie. I used to work with Rob at Lib Dem HQ many years ago when he was the maestro of costing manifesto policies. He has since carved out a very successful career in marketing and communications.

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    The wonder of brevity.
    The Hemingway App.
    Yoast Search Engine Optimisation tools and advice.
    The Lincoln Project's targeted advert which trolled Donald Trump.
    Ducks and potholes.
    Rob Blackie as a womble.
    Donald Trump in Home Alone 2.
    Yes!: 60 secrets from the science of persuasion.
    Rob Blackie's Twitter thread on Donald Trump.
    Photo by History in HD on Unsplash.

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    • 40 min
    The one in which I get compared to Terry Pratchett

    The one in which I get compared to Terry Pratchett

    Rather than a normal episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, this time I’m running an episode of the excellent Not Enough Champagne podcast, including an improbable comparison between me and Terry Pratchett.

    You might recall me mentioning Not Enough Champagne as one of my favourite podcasts. I like it so much despite – or rather because – it’s done by two Labour Party activists, Cory and Steve, and therefore gives a rather different take on the world from mine.

    Different enough to be thought-provoking and a guard against insular thinking without being so different as to cause me to hit stop in disgust.

    And the reason for picking this particular episode that they’ve kindly let me re-run here?

    Well, in it they talk about my book, Bad News. See what some non-Lib Dems make of it and enjoy listening, including hearing – if you listen right to the end, their cracking theme tune by Dave Depper.

    Hope you enjoy their show and do subscribe to their podcast too.

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    Terry Pratchett's footnotes were glorious.
    The Not Enough Champagne podcast.
    The Not Enough Champagne team on Twitter: @paperbackrioter and @acousticradical.
    Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us.

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    • 31 min
    Protecting our privacy is key to fighting coronavirus

    Protecting our privacy is key to fighting coronavirus

    It's crucial that apps designed to help us battle coronavirus also protect our privacy as otherwise their take-up and so public health will suffer.

    That's the key point made by the Open Rights Group's Jim Killock in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts as we discussed the potential risks to our civil liberties from the different attempts to track who people have been in contact with. Such contact tracing is essential to tackling coronavirus, but how can it be done best? Listen to find out...

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    How Australia is legislating for a contact tracing app in ways that protect people's rights.
    The German approach to protecting civil liberties while tracking people to tackle coronavirus.
    Problems with the British approach.
    Join the Open Rights Group.
    Jim Killock on Twitter.
    Photo credit: Rieo from Pixabay.

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    • 35 min
    Is over-centralisation hindering the struggle against coronavirus?

    Is over-centralisation hindering the struggle against coronavirus?

    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 Germany is approaching protecting civil liberties while tackling coronavirus.
    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
    What do the experts say about coronavirus?

    What do the experts say about coronavirus?

    In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talked with Ben Johnson, a former Liberal Democrat councillor in Southwark with a PhD on the influenza virus from Public Health England and the University of Reading, and now working for Nature, one of the world’s most famous and respected scientific journals.

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    Show notes

    Sunder Katwala interview on coronavirus.
    Bicester Village train station signs.
    Phil Cowley on why Hong Kong reacted so quickly to coronavirus.
    IFS data on key worker salaries.
    My book Bad News, including a section on how different types of death get very different levels of media coverage.
    How cats took over the world.
    Find Ben on Twitter at @DrBenJohnson.
    Photo credit for episode image: Brian McGowan on Unsplash.

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