Episode 12: Are we all doomed?

The OECD predicts sluggish growth, rising inequality and climate change from now until 2060. The solutions? Privatising university education, a more flexible Labour Market and mass migration, all of which seems politically unpalatable. If that wasn't enough, there's terrorism and Trump to contend with as well. Steve tries to convince Cory that it's too early to panic just yet.

This is the last of the first series of Not Enough Champagne. If you liked this, please listen to our back catalogue on Itunes and share our podcast on Facebook and Twitter. We'll be posting occasional archive episodes for the rest of the summer. Then we will return after the Labour Leadership elections with a new series, with a theme of "Taking Back Control".

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The OECD report "Policy Challenges for the Next 50 Years" can be seen here.

An interesting take on the OECD report which influenced this episode is Postcapitalism by Paul Mason.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website which Steve mentioned can be found here.

Episode 11: Skeletons in the cupboard

With everything that someone has thought or done now available on social media, do we risk creating a generation of political automatons? Steve and Cory debate this with reference to recent cases such as Boris Johnson, Naz Shah and John O'Farrell. Are politicians entitled to private lives, or once you've committed to public office is anything fair game?

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You can read about the world reacting to Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary here.

You can read about the Naz Shah incident we referred to here.

John O'Farrell wrote this about his Eastleigh experience explaining why he would not run for office again.

Episode 10: Too many tweets make a what?


Did Facebook win the 2015 election for the Conservatives? Steve analyses the social media strategies of Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems and we discuss the effectiveness of each one.

We then talk about the downsides of social media. Cory discusses academic research about Twitter being an echochamber, and we mention the abuse of MPs online. Could an unintended consequence of social media algorithms be to kill democracy?

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An article from the Atlantic mentioning Twitter and the Black Lives Matter campaign can be found here.

The academic paper Cory discusses on Twitter polarisation and the echo chamber can be found here.

Episode 9: What makes a good Prime Minister?

In this episode, we discuss the different types of Prime Minister. Are most merely careerists who "want to keep the show on the road"? We also talk about the difference between the popular perception of Prime Ministers and how historians might remember them. Finally we discuss how the duties of a Prime Minister have changed, and whether Clement Attlee could become Prime Minister today.

We also look to the future and discuss what kind of Prime Minister Theresa May might be.

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Who Governs Britain? by Anthony King and The Prime Minister by Peter Hennessy are both very interesting takes on the Prime Ministers which we discuss on the podcast.

Episode 8: Was raising fees a good idea after all?

When student fees were raised to 9000 a year, many predicted doom. Poor students would get put off applying to university and inequality would rise.

The thing is, that doesn't seem to have happened. We discuss the evidence which suggests the impact of raising university fees has actually improved the lot of poorer students and narrowed inequality. That might not be the full story.

We discuss whether degrees are public or private goods and the effect of this new regime on academics and universities.

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The Sutton Trust report on access to university in England and Scotland can be read here.

An article on Higher Education in Germany after they raised tuition fees can be read here.

A report on the impact tuition fees has had on university admissions can be read here.

A discussion of the academic evidence of the impact of tuition fees can be read here.

Episode 7: From the Tea Party to Momentum

In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss the populist, anti-establishment movements popping up across the world. Although we touch on movements across Europe such as Syrizia, Podemos and the Five Star Movement, most attention is given to the Tea Party in America and Momentum in the UK.

Are these movements just interested in talking to themselves in social media rather than building a wider movement?

What are the problems of having such a populist movement in a First Past the Post system where you have to reach out to people who might not agree with you?

Also, what have these movements actually achieved?

Especially this week, where we have seen Labour continue to tear itself apart, we discuss the importance of compromise, organisation and moderation to achieve your aims.

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Geek Heresy, the website referred to by Steve, can be found here.

Rule and Ruin, the book referred to by Cory, can be found here.

You can read a little more about the Five Star Movement here.

There is an excellent article about the problems facing social democratic parties here.

Episode 6: Who has been more influential – the Greens or the Monster Raving Loony Party?

What counts as political success? If you measure political success as getting policies enacted, then the Monster Raving Loony Party would be seen as being more influential on British Politics than the Greens. Obviously, this would be nonsense.

In this episode of Not Enough Champagne, Steve and Cory discuss the Overton Window. How do you change the political agenda so that you can put more of your ideas into practice? And can Jeremy Corbyn shift the Overton Window? We discuss all this and more.

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You can read more about The Overton Window here and here.

Episode 5: What the hell happens now?

In this episode, Steve Haynes and Cory Hazlehurst discuss the fallout from the Brexit Referendum result. Will Britain actually leave the EU? How will it happen?

We also discuss the leadership battles in both parties. Was Boris stabbed in the back, or both the back and the front? Can anyone stop Theresa May? And can Cory talk about Jeremy Corbyn without swearing?

We answer all these questions and more.

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David Allen Green, the legal blogger who we praise, can be followed on Twitter here.

The Telegraph article Cory was referring to about Michael Gove and Boris Johnson can be found here.

The video footage of Jeremy Corbyn Steve talks about can be found here.

Episode 4: Why did people vote for Brexit?

In this EU referendum postmortem, Steve and Cory analyse why the UK voted for Brexit.

We discuss the failures of the Remain camp, and suggest Leave won because they had the better campaign. 

Also, we discuss the parallels between Trump supporters and Brexit supporters, and how the vote feeds in to the anti-establishment populism that is sweeping the world.

Immigration is also discussed. Steve controversially suggests that if you want people's votes, it might help not to call them stupid and racist.

Episode 3: European Identity

In this final podcast focussing on European issues before the EU Referendum, Steve and Cory take a look at European Identity.

We play a "Is this country in Europe?" quiz to discuss exactly what we mean by Europe. We also discuss the difficulties of building a European identity, and how nation states can solve the popular disconnect that most in Europe feel for the EU project.

Finally, we make our predictions on the Referendum result, because we like making ourselves look foolish.

Episode 2: Why did Europe become the bugbear of the Tory Party?

In the second episode of this series, Steve and Cory take another sideways look at the EU referendum. We take a long-term perspective and discuss how the European issue became such a vexed issue for the Conservative Party. 

Does the Eurosceptic attitude of many Tory MPs simply reflect the fact that the Tory party has become more Thatcherite since the Iron Lady's departure? Or does it reflect the changing role of the European Union and the fact it has no concrete purpose nowadays?

We also discuss the further prospects of integration and the politics of immigration.

Episode 1: Referendums Direct Democracy or Party Management?

Welcome to Not Enough Champagne: A podcast about people, politics and pragmatism.

In our first three episodes we are taking a step back and looking at the wider issues behind the EU Referendum debate.

In this first episode we discuss the role of referendums in Britain today. Are they just a tactical device used by politicians? Should we have citizen-initiated referendums, as countries like Switzerland do? And what is the best way to engage people in the policy making process?

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