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Unparliamentary Language

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Rob and Tom dissect the British political landscape.

66 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

322: We Have Seen No Evidence

August 7th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the Russia Report from the Intelligence and Security Committee and why the government seems loath to discuss it.


- [0:00] Intro

- [1:19] PM Slams Brakes On Easing Of Lockdown

- [15:35] Russian …

321: Oh God!...The Economy (Indonesia and the Coronavirus)

July 21st, 2020


Rob and Tom are joined by Indonesian correspondents Dan & Sage to discuss how Indonesia is coping with the Coronavirus pandemic under Joko Widodo.


- [0:00] Intro

- [00:57] The Scale Of The Problem

- [12:48] COVID …

320: Expert Independent Advice

July 11th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the Government versus the Civil Service and how Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are losing high profile civil servants …

319: Replainting Your Pane

June 23rd, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss multiple government u-turns in the last few weeks of the lockdown before diving into a quick polls update on the US presidential …

318: Black Lives Matter

June 13th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests worldwide with a specific focus on the US and UK protests and government responses.


- 75 Things White People Can Do for …

317: Cummings and Goings

May 27th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the lockdown breaking government advisor Dominic Cummings, the government response and the effect this has had on Boris’ …

316: Control the Virus...With a Net!?

May 14th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the possibility of lockdown lifting and the muddy waters of communicating the government’s message.


- [0:00] Intro

- [1:34] Main Story: Coronavirus

- [5:38] Lockdown Lifted?

- [23:51] Boris' Big …

315: Very Reliant on the Dover-Calais Crossing

April 24th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the ongoing situation touching on Boris’ recovery, missed COBRA meetings and what is happening with Brexit. Followed by a Quick …

314: He Can Eat A Bacon Sandwich Now, The World Is Saved!

April 10th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the results of the Labour Leadership election alongside the headlines. With some breaking news on the air!


- [0:00] Intro

- …

313: It's Chicken P Buffalo!

March 27th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the UK response and COVID-19 lockdown, how Trump is faring against the virus and briefly touch on Brexit and the Labour …

312: Nobody Is In The Pay Of Big Virus

March 11th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss latest headlines before focusing on Trump’s response to the novel Coronavirus COVID-19. Followed by a bumper edition of the Quick …

311: BoJo is the Senate!

February 27th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the Cabinet Reshuffles from past and present. Then they focus on the latest reshuffle: what did we expect? what grudges were …

310: America is Big, Really Big

February 14th, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the fact that Brexit actually happened?, the results of the Iowa Caucus and how to correctly pronounce Buttigieg.


- [0:00] …

309: Big Ben Bongs For Brexit?

January 22nd, 2020


Rob and Tom discuss the history of Labour leadership and why the current system is used. Then they try to guess who will be the next Labour leader (and deputy leader).


- [0:00] Intro

- [1:23] #newyearnewpodcast

- …

S09: 2020 Predictions

January 4th, 2020


Rob and Tom try to predict what the politics of 2020 has in store both in the UK and across the pond.


- Brexit

- Conservatives

- Labour

- Lib Dems

- …

308: 2019 General Election Analysis

December 14th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the General Election results, the upsets, and where we are going next in this Election roundup. Tune in for a special of audience …

S08: 2019 General Election Predictions

December 11th, 2019


Rob and Tom look at the polls and try to predict the outcome of Thursday’s General Election.


[0:00] Intro
[1:34] Campaigning This Week: Who Won?

307: Copy Paste 2017; Put Brexit In Bold

November 27th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss all the pledges, promises and fibs of the major parties’ manifestos for the upcoming General Election before taking a deeper look …

306: Dodgy Lib Dem Bar Charts

November 14th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the pros and cons of Tactical Voting and how it might affect the result of a General Election. Followed by a quick polls update …

S07: Unparliamentary Mayhem

November 8th, 2019


Tom and Rob are joined by CK and Wade for a cross-over special: Unparliamentary Mayhem! Pitting two fictional characters chosen by their guests in a …

305: Please Make It Simple For Me Rob

October 29th, 2019


Rob and Tom explain the differences between Boris’ deal and Theresa May’s deal. They then discuss how it fared in parliament and the chances of a General Election before Christmas.


- [0:00] Intro

- [02:03] …

304: Britain, a Large, Unravelling Jumper

October 16th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss The Queen’s Speech, how the parties responded and the chances of Brexit being delivered on 31st October. With your usual Quick …

303: Pannick On The Streets of London

October 2nd, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss a Conference Season as well as a certain Supreme Court Ruling…

302: A Long Week in Politics

September 17th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss a very long week in politics for Boris Johnson, a Lib Dem surge and the legality of proroguing.


- Intro [0:00]

- Brexit: A …

301: Deselection Election?

September 3rd, 2019


Rob and Tom are back for a new season because the Boris and Brexit news just won’t stop! This week they dive into proroguing and fears of an upcoming General Election.


- Intro [0:00]

- What is proroguing? [1:44]

- …

S06: Political Philosophy 101 - Plato & Aristotle

August 19th, 2019


Tom goes back to school with Rob to learn some political philosophy. In the fist episode in this series they cover Plato & Aristotle’s views on …

222: Bojo, JoJo, Ho Ho?

July 31st, 2019


Rob and Tom are back for an extra special episode to end the season as they discuss Boris Johnson. While discussing the new Prime Minister they also cover another new leader and the Cabinet in detail.


- Intro [0:00]

221: The Queen is Not Going to Shoot Somebody

July 17th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss what the summer has in store for Brexit ahead of the Silly Season specials.


- Conservative Leadership Race

- The EU Response to Boris or Hunt

- Brexit Economy

- Proroguing Parliament

- General …

220: Brexit Bin Analogy

July 3rd, 2019


Rob and Tom catch up on three weeks of the Conservative Leadership Race and give their thoughts on the final two contenders.


- Conservative …

219: Alastair Campbell Soup

June 11th, 2019


Rob and Tom take a slow look at the Headlines in lieu of a larger story this week as we enjoy a bit of political calm.


- Lib Dems Top the Polls

- …

218: In Fifth Place, The Conservative Party

May 28th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the results of the European Elections 2019. Who were the winners and losers? How does Brexit Britain compare to the continent? …

217: The Life and Opinions of Theresa May, Gentlewoman

May 27th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the rise and fall of Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. They also discuss who will be likely to replace her, the archaic …

216: Single Market Maybe?

May 8th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the local elections 2019. Who won? Who lost? Was there a Lib Dem surge? And how do these results reflect on the parties fortunes …

215: Indonesian General Election 2019

April 30th, 2019


Tom and Rob are joined by Evan and Daniel (live from Indonesia) to get a rundown of the results of the Indonesian General Election 2019.


- The …

214: The 12th April is the 29th March

April 10th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss Theresa May reaching across the aisle and how an agreement might be reached. They also take stock of where the Brexit process is now that the 29th March has passed and ponder what the future of …

213: In the Milliverse Everything is Fine

March 28th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the Indicative votes, Theresa May’s visit to Brussels and the Put It To The People March in what was a pretty Brexit-y week.


- Parliamentary Votes

- Indicative Votes

- Theresa May ask the EU for …

S05: The History of Indonesian Politics

March 24th, 2019


Tom is joined by Evan (our Indonesian correspondent) to get the lowdown on Indonesian politics to date and the two main candidates for the upcoming …

212: May, You Live in Interesting Times

March 13th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the Meaningful Vote 2 (Electric Boogaloo) and where does Brexit go from here?

N.B: Some occasional audio issues on Tom’s line as …

211: More Popular Than The Lib Dems Already

February 26th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the breakaway Labour and Conservative MPs forming the Independent Group and how this might be a move towards the centre ground amidst the chaos of Brexit.


- Headlines

- The Independent Group

- …

210: Do We Secretly Have a Dragon?

February 20th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the surprisingly prescient topic of how to form a new political party from a mixture of Independents and existing MPs.


- …

209: He Wanted A Wall, Now He Wants Quite A Big Fence

January 29th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the end of the government shutdown and how Trump has fared so far.


- Headlines

- Brexit Amendments

- Trump & Government …

208: Brexit is Really Complicated

January 17th, 2019


Rob and Tom discuss the Meaningful Vote mere moments after the result, skipping the headlines this week. Then the conversation circles round to Mr. …

S04: 2019 Predictions

January 5th, 2019


Rob and Tom try to predict what the politics of 2019 has in store both in the UK and across the pond.


- Brexit

- Conservatives

- Labour

- Trump

207: 100 Days to Brexit

December 24th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the fallout from Theresa May pulling the Brexit vote and how they feel the UK parties have fared this year.


- The Headlines

- …

206: 35 Minutes of Mayhem

December 11th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the impending Brexit vote (which has since recording been delayed) and check out the latest polls.


- The Headlines

- Vote on …

205: Barrelling Straight Towards Brexit

December 1st, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss Theresa May’s Brexit Deal with the European Union.

N.B: Some recording issues occurred, we’ve done our best to recover as much as …

204: Not Famous Enough For Nate Silver

November 13th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the midterm elections 2018 and whether there was the “blue wave” everyone was expecting.


- Wycombe High School Question Time

203: The Second Biggest Political March Ever

October 30th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the People’s Vote March and the pros and cons of a second Brexit referendum.


- The Headlines

- People’s Vote March

- Second …

202: Salad Cream Means Salad Cream

October 8th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the Party Conferences for Labour and the Conservatives and the effect on the polls.

N.B: Due to ongoing internet issues in the …

201: Crippling Worry About Brexit

September 26th, 2018


Rob and Tom are back to school, back to reality with Season 2 of Unparliamentary Language. We’ve avoided the news for too long over the summer so we …

S03: Voting and Electoral Systems

September 18th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the pros and cons of different voting systems, electoral systems and voter turnout.


- Voting Systems

— First Past the Post

— Alternative Vote

— Proportional Representation

——Single Transferable Vote

S02: Consensus and Conflict (50 Years of British Politics in 50 Minutes)

September 4th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the 50 years of British politics from 1945-1997 in roughly 50 minutes.


- Post War Government

- Economic Policy

- Foreign Policy

S01: UK vs US Politics, A Field Guide

August 23rd, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the differences and similarities between the UK and US political systems for the benefit of listeners on both sides of the pond.

112: We Will Have Adequate Food

August 2nd, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss Vote Leave breaking electoral law. What does that mean for the Brexit result? Will there be a second referendum? Will we have …

111: Harry Potter and the Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union

July 13th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss a crazy week in British politics with two cabinet ministers resigning over the Brexit deal white paper.


The Headlines

Boris …

110: BoJo No Show, Brexit So-So

July 3rd, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss how bad a Brexit No Deal would be and whether Vince Cable truly wants to emulate James Bond over summer.


The Headlines

Brexit …

109: Parliamentary Wiff-Waff

June 18th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and how a bill goes through parliament (in brief).


The Headlines

European Union …

108: Kim Thong Un

June 4th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss why Trump seems to have so little power in national policy but a much greater sabre to rattle in foreign affairs.

There were some …

107: You Come to Me on the Day of The Royal Wedding?

May 20th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss what might happen with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland during Brexit.


- The Headlines

- Irish Border and Customs Union

- House of Lords Reform


Support all …

106: Local Elections for Local People

May 10th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the most interesting thing in election! They pore over the latest local election results in the UK.


- The …

105: Immigrants, They Get the Job Done

April 23rd, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the latest political news including the Windrush scandal and the aftermath of the bombing in Syria.


The Headlines


104: Politics in the Animal Kingdom

April 12th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the latest political news including antisemitism in Labour and the ongoing Russian spy poisoning scandal.


The Headlines

103: Springtime for Hammond

March 16th, 2018


Rob and Tom discuss the latest political news featuring the Spring Statement, Russian spies and Rex Tillerson.


The Headlines

Spring Statement 2018

102: Beast from the East

March 6th, 2018


Reporting from bunkers to protect them from the cold Rob and Tom discuss the latest political news. 


The Headlines

Corbyn and May's Brexit …

101: Pyramid of Piffle

February 19th, 2018


Welcome to a new fortnightly politics podcast where Rob and Tom dissect the political news in the UK. We promise not to talk about Brexit...too much.

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