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Unfashionably Internationalist

66 EpisodesProduced by Phil DoréWebsite

What do you do when your principles are even less fashionable than your haircut? This is a podcast about staying true to internationalist principles in age where nationalism is on the rise.Hosted by Phil Doré: mental health nurse, Green Party campaigner and former national organiser of Wales for Eur… read more

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66: Remembering Harry's Last Stand

December 21st, 2021


Harry Leslie Smith was called the "the world's oldest rebel." He grew up in the Great Depression and served in World War Two. At the age of 86 he …

65: The road to rejoining the EU

December 3rd, 2021


In this episode I'm joined by Jackie Jones, former Labour MEP for Wales, and newly-elected chair of Wales for Europe. She talks about the pathway back to rejoining the European Union.

64: Plaid Cymru and the Greens team up in Cardiff

October 13th, 2021


Plaid Cymru and the Greens are teaming to form the Common Ground Alliance for next year's council elections in Cardiff. Anthony Slaughter of the Wales Green Party and Rhys ab Owen MS of Plaid Cymru join me to talk about …

63: How is Keir Starmer doing?

October 2nd, 2021


Adam Radford of the Centrist Dads podcast and Neil Schofield-Hughes join me to discuss Keir Starmer's recent performance at the Labour Party conference.

62: Are the Tories living on borrowed time?

September 21st, 2021


Phil Burton-Cartledge joins me to discuss his new book Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain. He argues that, despite their current hegemony, demographic changes mean that in the long-term …

61: Good and bad ways to learn to live with covid

September 10th, 2021


We keep hearing, "we need to learn to live with covid" but what does that really mean? Alaskan lawyer Libby Bakalar joins me as we discuss a former friend of mine who became a leading figure in the UK anti-lockdown …

60: EU citizens rights after Brexit

August 1st, 2021


What are the issues facing EU citizens living in the UK, or UK citizens living in the EU, now that we've left? Wiard Sterk, of campaign groups the 3 Million and Wales for Europe, and of the advocacy charity Settled, …

59: Labour win Batley and Spen featuring Centrist Dads podcast

July 7th, 2021


In a podcasting personnel swap, Adam Radford of the Centrist Dads podcast joins me to talk about Labour's surprise win in the Batley and Spen by-election

58: Is the Blue Wall crumbling?

June 27th, 2021


Last week the Lib Dems pulled off a surprise by election win in one of the safest Tory seats in the country. Former Lib Dem councillor and former …

57: Sausage fight at the G7

June 13th, 2021


At the G7 summit a row has broken out over Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol and, of all things, sausages. I'm joined by Cardiff for Europe chair …

56: Looking back on the Senedd election

May 14th, 2021


In a week where Labour suffered a humiliating defeat in Hartlepool, they also won the Welsh election. Senedd candidate Sally Stephenson and former …

55: Hunger Games Cymru aka the Senedd election

May 1st, 2021


Cardiff for Europe chair Neil Schofield-Hughes and former Wales for Europe director Peter Gilbey join me to discuss this week's upcoming election in Wales. Will Labour maintain their dominance, or will they be squeezed …

54: Justice and accountability in the George Floyd trial

April 23rd, 2021


Alaskan lawyer Libby Bakalar joins me to discuss Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd. We talked about justice, accountability, and why the two aren't the same thing.

53: Catalonia's struggle for independence

April 18th, 2021


Marçal Escartin and Marta Gallego of Jovent Republica join me to discuss Catalonia's struggle for independence.

52: Eurovision is political (but not how you think)

March 28th, 2021


Eurovision is back this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. You're probably thinking, "Eurovision's all political, and the UK is …

51: Rebuilding international solidarity after Brexit

March 14th, 2021


How can we rebuild progressive internationalism after Brexit and the pandemic? This week's guest is Ana Oppenheim of Another Europe is Possible and the Labour Campaign for Free Movement.

50: Get Brexit done (again!)

February 16th, 2021


As the post-Brexit landscape continues to descend into chaos, I'm joined by Wales Green Party leader Anthony Slaughter and Cardiff for Europe chair Neil Schofield-Hughes. We talked not just about Brexit but also the …

49: Trump is gone but the struggle goes on

February 5th, 2021


Trump is gone, so that means the US political discourse is now perfectly good and normal, right? Libby Bakalar joins me to discuss Nazi licence …

48: The Brexit chaos engulfing importers

January 25th, 2021


Wine wholesaler Daniel Lambert recently went viral on Twitter after he described the chaos of trying to import wines after Brexit. He talks about the …

47: The post-Brexit future for Wales and Northern Ireland

January 21st, 2021


As the UK finally leaves the Brexit transition and problems are already mounting at the borders, what does this mean for devolved nations like Wales …

46: Lessons from the past for an uncertain future

January 9th, 2021


The day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building, Alaskan lawyer Libby Bakalar joined me to talk about recent events, as well as the legacy …

45: Merry Covibrexigeddonmas

December 21st, 2020


Campaigners Sally Stephenson and Neil Schofield Hughes join me to talk about the chaos we're all enduring this Christmas. We also discuss what …

44: Why I changed my mind on Welsh independence

December 7th, 2020


Yes Cymru chair Sion Jobbins joins me to talk about why I've changed my mind, and now support the idea of an independent Wales.

43: The art of self-care while campaigning

December 4th, 2020


Campaigning can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be both mentally and physically demanding. Councillors Emma Sandrey (Lib Dem, Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn) and Alun Williams (Plaid Cymru, Aberystwyth Bronglais) …

42: Two weeks on from the US election

November 20th, 2020


Alaskan lawyer and electoral reform campaigner Libby Bakalar joins me to look back on the fortnight since Donald Trump lost the US Presidential election.

41: Could Brexit have turned out differently?

November 17th, 2020


As we head closer to a hard Brexit, former Wales for Europe director Peter Gilbey joins me to discuss whether either a People's Vote or a soft Brexit ever had a chance of success.

40: Are people changing their minds on Brexit?

November 2nd, 2020


Recent opinion polls have shown a big drop in public support for Brexit. "Reluctant leaver turned reluctant remainer" David Benton joins me to …

39: The Green Party backs Welsh independence

October 27th, 2020


Wales Green Party leader Anthony Slaughter joins me to discuss why the Greens will campaign for Welsh independence in any future referendum. We also discuss the Green Transition Fund and his hopes for Green gains in …

38: Two weeks until the US Presidential election

October 21st, 2020


As the race for the White House enters its final fortnight, Alaska lawyer Libby Bakalar joins me to talk about the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, …

37: The Brexit hammer blow to small businesses

October 20th, 2020


Last week a government minister suggested businesses have their "head in the sand" over Brexit. Shopkeeper and campaigner Sally Stephenson talks about how her business has struggled to adapt to Brexit and covid, and how …

36: Donald Trump has coronavirus

October 7th, 2020


Alaskan lawyer and campaigner Libby Bakalar joins me as we react to the news of the covid super-spreader that has infected so many people at the White House, including Donald Trump.

35: Could Brexit break up the UK?

September 29th, 2020


The UK government's Internal Market Bill threatens to reinstall a hard border in Ireland and undermine devolved government in Belfast, Cardiff and …

34: Ghosts of the Pandemic

September 6th, 2020


Here's an effect of the pandemic you might not expect. Reports of ghosts and UFOs have gone up while we've been in lockdown. Paranormal researcher Hayley Stevens joins me to talk about why that might be.

33: Right-wing misogyny from Kamala Harris to Cardi B

August 19th, 2020


What is about powerful women of colour that causes a certain type of white, conservative male to become, dare we say it, triggered? Alaskan lawyer …

32: The impending Brexit lorry crash and the Russia Report

July 30th, 2020


Former civil servant Neil Schofield-Hughes talks about the potential for disaster after the Brexit transition period, and what the Russia Report says about the state of our democracy.

31: Fighting the populist right in Poland

July 17th, 2020


Last week Poland's hard-right President Andrzej Duda was re-elected after a campaign riddled with LGBT-phobia and antisemitism. Polish activist Ana …

30: What the Eurovision movie gets right and wrong about Iceland and Russia

July 15th, 2020


While in lockdown we've been watching Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga. How accurate is its depiction of Iceland? Drifa Arnardottir tells us what the movie gets right and wrong. Meanwhile, Kamilla Saffiyllina …

29: Defending Democracy in Alaska

July 11th, 2020


Libby Bakalar is a lawyer suing the State of Alaska after being fired for her liberal views. She talks about free speech, electoral reform, Black Lives Matter and the urgent need to defeat Trump in November.

28: The Case for a United Ireland

July 1st, 2020


Sinn Fein activist Cormac Begley joins me to make the case for a united Ireland. He talks about the effects of Brexit and coronavirus on the issue, the economic case for Irish unity, and how the fears of the Unionist …

27: Populists and the Pandemic featuring Ece Temelkuran

June 26th, 2020


Ece Temelkuran is the author of How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps From Democracy to Dictatorship. She gives some fascinating (and surprisingly …

26: Getting Indycurious

May 29th, 2020


I'm Indycurious, but not Indyconvinced. I invited Sion Jobbins, chair of Yes Cymru, to convince me of the case for Welsh independence.

25: Where does Momentum go now? Featuring Ana Oppenheim

May 22nd, 2020


An interview with Labour activist Ana Oppenheim, who is standing for election to Momentum's National Coordinating Group. She talks about how the Labour left needs to change in the wake of the covid crisis and the …

24: Hipsters for Kim Jong Un: Misremembering History

May 21st, 2020


Inspired by a bizarre encounter with North Korea-worshipping hipsters, Kamilla Safyllina and I chat about the misremembering of history, whether it's Russian nostalgia for the Soviet Union, or British amnesia over …

23: Italy Eases the Lockdown

May 8th, 2020


As Italy starts to ease its lockdown restrictions, Jóna Stefansdottir joins me from Rome to compare our respective experiences in Italy and the UK. …

22: Holding the Government to Account Over Coronavirus

April 26th, 2020


Why did Boris Johnson miss so many COBRA meetings? What was Dominic Cummings doing at SAGE? Former civil servant Neil Schofield-Hughes reads the …

21: O9A: Nazi Satanist Conspiracy or Satanic Panic?

April 19th, 2020


Hope Not Hate recently called for "Nazi Satanist" group the Order of 9 Angles to be banned. Is there really a Satanist conspiracy, or just another moral panic, or something altogether more complicated? Practicing …

20: When Pop Stars Go Fascist

April 9th, 2020


Inspired by a bizarre conspiracy theory about Ace of Base, Kamilla Safiyllina and I discuss when pop stars have ended up supporting fascism or …

19: Civil Liberties in the Lockdown

April 4th, 2020


Few dispute that the lockdown is necessary, but what are the civil liberties implications of the new coronavirus legislation? Lawyer David Hughes …

18: The Eurovision Party That Never Was

March 26th, 2020


Drífa Þöll Arnardóttir and Kamilla Safiyllina join me from Iceland and Russia to talk about the cancellation of Eurovision along with, well, pretty much everything else. We also talk about our coping strategies to get …

17: Eurovision Love in a Time of Coronavirus

March 16th, 2020


Drífa Þöll Arnardóttir and Kamilla Safiyllina join me to talk about this year's Eurovision - the songs, the upcoming Netflix movie, and how the contest is likely to be impacted by the pandemic.

16: Defending Freedom of Movement

March 6th, 2020


Ana Oppenheim of Another Europe is Possible and the Labour Campaign for Free Movement talks about defending immigrants' rights after Brexit.

15: What the hell is going on in Downing Street?

February 25th, 2020


Whitehall seems to be in chaos, with ministers, civil servants and special advisors apparently at war with each other. Former civil servant and …

14: How to become a dictator - interview with Ece Temelkuran

February 14th, 2020


Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish novelist and political commentator. We discussed her non-fiction book How To Lose a Country: The 7 Steps From Democracy …

13: A cafe chat with Green deputy leader Amelia Womack

February 11th, 2020


I met up with Green Party deputy leader to chat about the climate emergency, a Green New Deal, Brexit and Piers Morgan's small sausage.

12: Don't Mourn, Organise

February 1st, 2020


A report from a peace vigil in Cardiff on the night of Brexit. Featuring Wales for Europe campaigners Helen Wales and Sally Stephenson, and Jo Stevens MP.

11: Remainers After Brexit: Grassroots for Europe Conference

January 26th, 2020


A short episode reviewing the Grassroots for Europe conference, which brought together campaigners to talk about what the Remain movement should do …

10: Remainers After Brexit: The View From Wales

January 19th, 2020


This week's guest is the appropriately named Helen Wales, chair of Cardiff for Europe and Deputy Chair of Wales for Europe. What will Remainers be doing after the UK leaves the EU? And what will this mean for Wales?

9: Prepping for No Deal Brexit

January 9th, 2020


This week's guest is James Patrick, co-creator of The Fall podcast. He talks about how to prep for a no-deal Brexit or any other civil emergency.

8: Icelandic BDSM vs the Israeli Government

January 5th, 2020


In 2019 Icelandic "anticapitalist BDSM techno performance art" band Hatari used the Eurovision stage to troll the Israeli government. Along the way …

7: Eurovision - It's All Just Political

December 27th, 2019


Between 2014 and 2019 the Russian-Ukraine conflict played out on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest. Russian Eurovision fan Kamilla Safiyllina joins me to tell a tale of war, nationalism and men in giant hamster …

6: So What Do We Do Now?

December 14th, 2019


Featuring Lib Dem candidate Sally Stephenson and Cardiff for Europe campaigner David Hughes, as we mull over the election results, and what it means …

5: The Green Party, Extinction Rebellion and the Stop Trump protest

December 4th, 2019


Interview with Green Party candidate and Extinction Rebellion activist Heather Mack, as well as a look at how protests can be done well or badly.

4: Where Do the Liberal Tories Go?

November 24th, 2019


Interview with lawyer and Cardiff for Europe campaigner David Hughes, who resigned from the Conservative Party over Brexit.

3: Wales Green Party general election launch

November 17th, 2019


Coverage of the Wales Green Party general election launch. Includes intervews with Anthony Slaughter and Amelia Womack.

2: The Shopkeeper Who Became a Politician

November 10th, 2019


Interview with Sally Stephenson, who went from being a shopkeeper to a political candidate in the general election.

1: Can Remainers and Leavers listen to each other?

November 1st, 2019


Remain campaigner Phil Dore interviews "reluctant Leaver" David Benton to find out whether we can heal the divides over Brexit.

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