Never Mind The Bar Charts

Mark Pack

Mark Pack and guests talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Only a few.

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Tactical voting took centre stage in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts as I discussed the thought-provoking pamphlet Breaching the Blue Wall: could tactical voting help England's 'progressive' parties defeat the Conservatives? with one of its authors, Dr. Alan Wager. We focus on politics in England, but much of what we discuss is also applicable more widely too. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Breaching the Blue Wall - the pamphlet discussed in the show. Tactical voting research #1 - many voters don't know the tactical situation in their seat. Tactical voting research #2 - the impact of tactical voting websites. Paula Surridge's words of wisdom on understanding British politics. That top-rating previous podcast with Tim Bale. Alan Wager on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Nov 14

37 min 13 sec

It's back to more serious matters in this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts after last time's board game review - the role of money in British politics. I was delighted to have on the show Professor Justin Fisher, one of the country's leading experts on the topic and someone whose research into grassroots politics makes him a better informed expert than many on what really goes inside political parties. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Jeremy Thorpe's role in unlocking the beast of national political spending. The independent who got elected as an MP by campaigning to protect a hospital. The Elections Bill. Justin Fisher's blog post mentioning John O'Farrell and karaoke. Justin Fisher's work on non-members helping in election campaigns. Tim Bale on the upsides of getting non-members involved formally in parties. Justin Fisher on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.  

Oct 20

59 min 33 sec

Something a little different from the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts: a board game review with Jim Williams. A political board game, of course. It'd be great to hear what you think of this game review. Should Jim and I play more games and talk about them in future episodes? Show notes Get your own copy of 1960: The Making of the President. Eugene Burdick. My cunning advantage over Jim. Canadian Check Shirt Guy (aka Rodney Smith) reviews 1960: The Making of the President on YouTube. How Nixon's poor shaving helped lose him the 1960 election. The famous Nixon/Khrushchev photo. Make Votes Matter - campaigning for electoral reform in the UK. If Then: How One Data Company Invented the Future by Jill Lepore: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon.* Codenames and 13 Days.* Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com. * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Sep 22

1 hr

  There’s a new book of political alternative histories out called Prime Minister Priti: And other things that never happened. One of its editors is a Liberal Democrat. So who better to have back on Never Mind The Bar Charts than that editor… Duncan Brack.   Listen to us discuss how Eric Joyce having one drink too many caused Brexit (perhaps), what the appeal is of political counter-factuals, our favourite chapters from this book and how one change in the events of 1923 could have led to a very different political history for the Liberal Party.       Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it.   Show notes   Our earlier episodes talking about Lord John Russell, Jo Grimond and David Steel. My contributions to previous volumes: what if the 1832 Great Reform Act had never happened (full chapter) and what if Chris Huhne had beaten Nick Clegg in the 2007 Lib Dem leadership contest? Prime Minister Priti: And other things that never happened edited by Duncan Brack and Iain Dale: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* Prime Minister Corbyn: And Other Things That Never Happened edited by Duncan Brack and Iain Dale: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* The Prime Ministers We Never Had: Success and Failure from Butler to Corbyn by Steve Richards: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* The Prime Ministers Who Never Were: A collection of counterfactuals edited by Francis Beckett: Amazon / Waterstones.* Duncan Brack on Twitter. Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts.   Enjoy the show? Spread the word   Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.  

Sep 1

50 min 2 sec

What happens at Lib Dem party conference? What's it like attending one? What are likely to be the big debates at this September's federal conference? What are the hidden gems to look out for? With the 2021 Liberal Democrat Federal Conference coming up and a special registration offer of just £1 for first time conference attendees, I joined Cllr John Potter and the Lib Dem Pod team for a special live show previewing conference. Whether you've never come to conference before, or have been going for many decades, the show will have something for you.   Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes It's only £1 to register for conference if you've not come to one before. That photo of a young colleague. The most excellent Lib Dem Pod. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Aug 28

54 min 37 sec

It was great to have Survation's Damian Lyons Lowe on Never Mind The Bar Charts, fresh off the back of his firm's success in polling the Hartlepool by-election. As well as talking about how he got into political polling and what to watch out for when a surprising poll appears, we discussed whether everyone is just paying too much attention to political polls. Does it really matter what they are currently saying? Listen to find out... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Yes, it is fun watching people do Sudoku: Cracking The Cryptic's YouTube channel. Damian Lyons Lowe gets grilled by Andrew Neil. The ever-wise Martin Boon. Survation's successful Hartlepool polling. Get your latest polling fixes with Britain Elections and Elections Map UK on Twitter. Anthony Wells disagrees with agree/disagree questions. Keiran Pedley on Twitter and his podcast. John Curtice on what the polls say. Damian Lyons Lowe on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.  

Aug 13

41 min 29 sec

With the a new edition of 101 Ways To Win An Election out, I chatted with co-author Ed Maxfield for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Roaming across Black Lives Matter, William Wilberforce, Matt Hancock, how the music industry is changing and one of the worst answers given in a political debate, we talked about political campaigning, our favourite chapters from our own book and other books we'd recommend. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Get the new edition of 101 Ways To Win An Election. How public opinion has shifted over taking the knee. How experience can lead to doctors making more mistakes. The different impact of the internet on the music and phone industries. Michael Dukakis gets it wrong on the death penalty. William Wilberforce by William Hague: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* Putting Voters in Their Place by Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* Theme tune by Hugo Lee. Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.  

Jul 14

45 min 58 sec

  Lib Dems love by-elections. Lib Dems love winning by-elections. And Lib Dems love getting excited after by-elections.   So to help us all calibrate our levels of excitement after Sarah Green’s victory in Chesham and Amersham, it’s great to welcome back to Never Mind The Bar Charts, Paula Surridge, senior lecturer at Bristol University and an expert in how values are driving political choices in modern Britain.   Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it.   Show notes   Lib Dem Newswire edition looking at the lessons from Chesham and Amersham. Brexit, British politics and values: Paula's article looking at how Brexit is still shaping British politics. The British General Election of 2019 by Rob Ford, Tim Bale, Will Jennings and Paula Surridge: Amazon / Waterstones.* Paula's previous appearance on the show, looking at what the data from 2019 general election says about the future for the Lib Dems. Paula Surridge on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts.   Enjoy the show? Spread the word   Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.     * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.  

Jun 21

44 min 35 sec

  The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts is another special live show with the Lib Dem Pod team. This time we looked at proportional representation with Lib Dem Parliamentarians Wendy Chamberlain and Paul Tyler.   Why is proportional representation (PR) a good thing? Does it matter which version of PR is used? What's the route to securing it for more elections in the UK? How much should the party talk about it? Find out the answers to all these and more in the show.   Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it.   Show notes   Liberal Democrat Newswire #148 also looked at the route to securing more electoral reform. Lib Dem Pod - a great podcast you should listen to. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts.   Enjoy the show? Spread the word   Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.  

May 20

1 hr 2 min

We all know about the love Liberal Democrats have of delivering leaflets. So our dream professor of politics would be one who specialises in studying leaflets. Which is why I’m delighted to say that is just who I was speaking to for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, Professor Caitlin Milazzo of Nottingham University. We talked about how political leaflets are changing, the impact they have, how political campaigning isn't getting more negative and the evidence that female candidates are more likely than male candidates to make an important mistake with their election literature. Listen on to find out more, including how to avoid that mistake yourself... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it.   Show notes The Open Elections project. Upload a leaflet to the Open Elections project or help code those already uploaded here (currently after leaflets for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Senedd elections). Other research into political leaflets: Mark Shephard and Justin Fisher. Evidence from Rosie Campbell, Phil Cowley, Nick Vivyan and Markus Wagner on how voters prefer local candidates. Follow Caitlin Milazzo on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts.   Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.  

Apr 29

42 min 23 sec

After the special joint edition with the Lib Dem Pod looking at cross-party cooperation, it’s back to the normal format this time – and welcome back to Duncan Brack for one of our historical dives into a former party leader. After having discussed Jo Grimond and David Steel, this time we’re headed into the 19th century with Lord John Russell. He served in government for at least part of every decade from the 1830s through to the 1860s, with two spells as Prime Minister, 13 years apart.  What should we make of his political career? Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Lord John Russell biography on the gov.uk website. My 'what if' about the 1832 Great Reform Act. The Prime Ministers, edited by Iain Dale: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon.* Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Mar 25

47 min 31 sec

Never Mind The Bar Charts and the most excellent Lib Dem Pod teamed up for another joint show, taking a look this time at lessons in coalitions and cross-party cooperation. We have an excellent panel to discuss it all: Kirsty Williams the brilliant Liberal Democrat Minister of Education in the Welsh Government and member of the Senedd since 1999 Duncan Brack from the Liberal Democrat History Group Polly Mackenzie, Chief Exec of the think tank Demos and special advisor to Nick Clegg during the Westminster coalition This was our first attempt at a joint live show, so feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Duncan Brack's book chapter on cross-party cooperation. My previous podcast on cross-party cooperation with Duncan Brack. Follow the most excellent Lib Dem Pod on Twitter. Get the most excellent Lib Dem Pod on YouTube. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Feb 28

1 hr 20 min

One of the most popular episodes last year was with Rob Ford, discussing Brexitland, the book he’s co-written that takes a look and the long-term social and demographic changes driving British politics. So I’m delighted this time to welcome to the show his co-author, Professor Maria Sobolewska, to discuss further their book and its implications for British politics. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Last year's popular episode with Maria's co-author, Rob Ford: Culture wars, Brexit and electoral reform. How predictions after the 1992 general election didn't work out. Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics by Maria Sobolewska and Rob Ford: Waterstones / Amazon / Bookshop (independent bookshops).* Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera: Waterstones / Amazon / Bookshop (independent bookshops).* Professor Maria Sobolewska on Twitter. Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Feb 19

47 min 58 sec

Welcome to the first episode in 2021 of Never Mind The Bar Charts. As regular listeners may have guessed given the timing, for this year I’m going to revert to monthly shows after last year’s near-weekly shows. Let’s call this then season three, and for the season opener I’m so pleased to have an absolute A-lister when it comes to how politics works in the UK, Professor Meg Russell of the Constitution Unit. A special adviser to Robin Cook when he was Leader of the House of Commons, Meg played a key role in the Wright Committee which led to a wave of Parliamentary procedural reform. We talked about a new report she has co-authored, taking a look at how to improve the way Parliament works. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Taking Back Control: Why the House of Commons Should Govern its Own Time. The Wright Committee. House of Commons Standing Order 14: its history and impact. Legislation at Westminster: Parliamentary Actors and Influence in the Making of British Law by Meg Russell and Daniel Gover: Bookshop / Amazon.* The Constitution Unit on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. Photo by Andy Reed from Pixabay. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Jan 28

44 min 46 sec

I was joined again by Professor Tim Bale for the last episode in 2020 of Never Mind The Bar Charts. We took a look back at Tim's five lessons for opposition parties and discussed how both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are doing on each of them. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Tim Bale's five lessons for opposition parties. The Liberal Democrat record in coalition. Alistair Darling promising bigger cuts than Margaret Thatcher. The Thornhill Report into what went wrong for the Lib Dems in 2019. What are the possible Lib Dem target seats like? The Politics of Competence by Will Jennings and Jane Green: Bookshop / Amazon.* Photo courtesy of Tom Jeffs / Parrot of Doom, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Tim Bale on Twitter. Theme tune by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Dec 2020

43 min 54 sec

With the very welcome recent progress on electoral reform in Wales, I invited Jess Blair from the Electoral Reform Society Cymru to join me on Never Mind The Bar Charts. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes How electoral reform makes government better. The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill. STV explained (words). STV explained (animals). Public support for electoral reform. Join the Electoral Reform Society. Jess Blair on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Dec 2020

24 min 43 sec

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly and someone who saw Boris Johnson up close during his eight years as Mayor, joined me for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. We discussed how Boris Johnson behaves as a politician, his strong desire to be liked, his long track record of wasting public money and more. I hope you enjoy the show. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The Garden Bridge. The SS Richard Montgomery. The wasteful water cannons. The Deputy Mayors problem. City Hall moving. CrossRail2. That Susan Kramer song. Luisa Porritt. Me and graffiti. Caroline Pidgeon on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.  

Dec 2020

32 min 20 sec

I was joined again on Never Mind The Bar Charts by Rob Blackie to talk about the early lessons from the 2020 US Presidential elections for the Liberal Democrats. With Rob as a guest, no surprise that we talked a lot about messaging and political positioning. In particular, how do you win over people who have a different world view? Listen to find out... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes What the Liberal Democrats can learn from Donald Trump - the earlier episode with Rob Blackie. 2020 US Presidential election results. The (non-) use of Latinx. Winning the struggle for same-sex marriage: how framing the argument using the world view of its opponents helped persuade many of them to change their mind. Graham Norton. Photo by Andrew Neel from Pexels. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Nov 2020

41 min 44 sec

Tom King, author of excellent pamphlet The Generous Society, was my guest for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. We talked about his new pamphlet, the importance of generosity to liberals and what Liberal Democrats can pick up from Joe Biden's electoral victory.  Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Read The Generous Society. John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. Jim Hacker wonders how best to do a political broadcast. Michael J Sandel's The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? - Bookshop / Amazon.* Tom King on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.   * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Nov 2020

38 min 55 sec

I recently guested on Michael Bossetta's Social Media and Politics show, talking about... social media and politics. In particular, how the media coverage of election campaigns and their use of technology so often gets it wrong. Hope you enjoy the chat, and if you do, by all means grab the relevant chapter of my book, Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us, which is available for free here. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us. Free book chapter. Michael Bossetta. The excellent Social Media and Politics podcast. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Oct 2020

46 min 39 sec

Why did the Liberal Party become so pro-European and how did that carry over into the Liberal Democrats? That was the topic when I welcomed back Duncan Brack to Never Mind The Bar Charts. We roamed over everything from the creation of the Anti-Corn Law League through to the future for pro-Europeanism in the Lib Dems. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Our Jo Grimond episode. The motion on Europe passed at the party's 2020 conference. Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 1679-2011, compiled by Robert Ingham and Duncan Brack. Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption, and Civil Society in Modern Britain by Frank Trentmann: Waterstones / Amazon. The Liberal Democrat History Group. It's special journal issue on Europe is available for free. Duncan Brack on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. Image by MichaelGaida from Pixabay. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Oct 2020

53 min 11 sec

What caused Brexit? Was it inevitable? Why do the right love fighting culture wars even though each culture war gets fought on more liberal territory? Those were just some of the questions covered in a wonderfully wide-ranging discussion with Rob Ford.  Not Rob Ford, the scandal-prone Mayor of Toronto, or Rob Ford, the man who killed Jesse James, or even Rob Ford, the Dundee FC footballer. But Rob Ford, Politics Professor at Manchester University and co-author of the new book, Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics by Rob Ford and Maria Sobolewska: Waterstones / Amazon. Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn by Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire: Waterstones / Amazon. The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality by Justin Gest: Waterstones / Amazon.  Why the first black British prime minister is likely to be a Conservative - Stephen Bush. The political lessons of tuition fees discussed with Chris Butler. Professor Rob Ford on Twitter. Professor Maria Sobolewska on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. Photo by Anthony Beck from Pexels. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Oct 2020

45 min 49 sec

I headed across the Atlantic in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts to talk about the US elections. For that I was joined by US politics podcaster Karin Robinson of the Democratically: 2020 show. We talked about Biden's chances, nerded out over the US postal service, discussed how the TV debates may go and more. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes 5 Myths About the Postal Crisis - Politico. Vote from Abroad. Kevin Rudd's winning 2007 election strategy. Five Thirty Eight - a website and a podcast. Talking Points Memo. The New York Times's Nate Cohn. Marc Elias / Democracy Docket. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Democratically: 2020 podcast. Karin Robinson on Twitter. My appearance on Karin's podcast to discuss Bad News. Music by Hugo Lee. Photo of Joe Biden courtesy of janeb13 / Pixabay. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Sep 2020

59 min 8 sec

The Lib Dem Podcast joined up again with Never Mind The Bar Charts for a special show looking at the latest issues facing the Liberal Democrats. John Potter and Tom Morrison joined me to review the leadership contest as well as to discuss the debate about when the Lib Dems should be campaigning to rejoin the EU. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The Lib Dem Podcast. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

China's changing foreign policy, tackling populism, the role for the Liberal Democrats: my guest David Howarth and I ranged widely over the political landscape in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The core vote strategy pamphlet David Howarth and I wrote in 2015. My take on the role for liberalism in a post-coronavirus world. The positive pay-offs from Angela Merkel's decision to welcome many more immigrants to Germany. How Paddy Ashdown's strategy worked in the 1990s. The risks of hung Parliaments. New research into the Liberal Democrats and tuition fees: podcast episode with Chris Butler. Listening to party members: how you can tell me your views. Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us by Jonathan Aldred: Amazon / Waterstones. Island Stories: Britain and Its History in the Age of Brexit by David Reynolds: Amazon / Waterstones. The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple: Amazon / Waterstones. The Will of the People: A Modern Myth by Albert Weale: Amazon / Waterstones. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Sep 2020

48 min 11 sec

There was a weird role reversal at the heart of the Liberal Democrat decisions over tuition fees in 2010, as Chris Butler's academic research reveals. So I invited him on Never Mind The Bar Charts to discuss what he has found, the lessons for the Liberal Democrats and the implications more generally about what makes for successful political parties. Show notes Chris Butler's research: When are governing parties more likely to respond to public opinion? The strange case of the Liberal Democrats and tuition fees. David Laws's book on the coalition negotiations. The front page of the 2010 general election manifesto. Ryan Coetzee's controversial take on the 2015 general election, and my take on his take along with my second take on his take. How to get right thinking about who might vote for you: a core vote strategy. Nick Clegg's tuition fees apology - including the musical remix. Chris Butler on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Sep 2020

44 min 38 sec

After the popularity of the previous discussion with Duncan Brack about lessons for the Liberal Democrats from Jo Grimond’s time as party leader, Duncan returns to discuss another former leader. This time, it’s David Steel. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes British Liberal Leaders edited by Duncan Brack, Robert Ingham and Tony Little: Amazon / Waterstones. David Steel: Rising Hope to Elder Statesman by David Torrance: Amazon / Waterstones. The Pact: The Inside Story of the Lib–Lab Government, 1977-1978 by Alistair Michie and Simon Hoggart: Amazon / Waterstones. A House Divided: The Lib-Lab Pact and the Future of British Politics by David Steel: Amazon. Against Goliath by David Steel: Amazon. Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 1679-2011, compiled by Robert Ingham and Duncan Brack. Our previous podcast episode looking at Jo Grimond. The Liberal Democrat History Group. Follow Duncan Brack on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. The photo with this episode is of David Steel opening the Washington Liberal Club in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Aug 2020

1 hr 2 min

Time for an international turn on Never Mind The Bar Charts, with Professor Judith Brett, author of From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting. It's a great book about how democracy developed in Australia. Not only how voting ended up mandatory but also why so many people eat sausages when voting, the flirtation with round ballot papers and the way British politicians accidentally gave the Australians more democracy than they realised. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Which places use compulsory voting (including those who have it but don't enforce it). Talk of using weekend voting in the UK. Optimising names at the start of the London telephone book. From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting by Judith Brett: Waterstones / Amazon (though watch out that Amazon's paperback prices seem very messed up and Waterstones will almost certainly be a much better deal). I'll take any excuse to shoehorn in another link to the epic Bill Shorten interview, from before he became leader of the Labor Party and lost a general election. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Aug 2020

38 min 4 sec

Following the publication of the research report Where next for the Liberal Democrats?, I invited one of its co-authors, Professor Tim Bale, back on the show to talk about what the report found and the lessons for future Lib Dem strategy. Show notes Where next for the Liberal Democrats? - the report we discuss on the show. Creating a core vote for the Liberal Democrats: my original pamphlet with David Howarth. The previous interview with Cllr Anton Georgiou, by-election winner in Brent. Follow Tim Bale on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Aug 2020

42 min 10 sec

I was delighted to be joined for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts by one of the most important political scientists in Britain, Professor Jane Green. Amongst her many achievements, she’s co-director of the British Election Study, which is to British elections what Wisden is to cricket or Oxford is to dictionaries: that is, an absolutely essential source for anyone wanting to understand what has happened in our elections and why. Among the many topics we covered were whether British politics is going to become less volatile and how important competence (as opposed to ideology) is in determining who wins elections. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The British Election Study website is full of news and data. Electoral Shocks: The Volatile Voter in a Turbulent World: Amazon / Waterstones. The Politics of Competence: Parties, Public Opinion and Voters: Amazon / Waterstones. The report on Lib Dem prospects from The UK in a Changing Europe. Follow Jane Green on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Jul 2020

55 min 41 sec

What makes someone a Liberal Democrat? What should the party's anthem be? Can you order cheese toasties via the internet? And can I avoid embarrassing myself in a quiz about chocolate? Find out the answers to all these and more in my recent appearance on the excellent Politics of Sound podcast with Iain Carnegie. Show notes The Beautiful South music video with the elephant. Subscribe to the Politics of Sound podcast. Follow Iain Carnegie on Twitter. Never Mind The Bar Charts music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Jul 2020

56 min 48 sec

What impact is digital campaigning having on politics, and is it for the better or the worse? That's what I discuss in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts with Kate Dommett, Senior Lecturer in the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield. We started off with her research into how new ways of digital campaigning do - or don't - take root at the political grassroots of parties. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Katharine Dommett, Luke Temple and Patrick Seyd, "Dynamics of Intra-Party Organisation in the Digital Age: A Grassroots Analysis of Digital Adoption", Parliamentary Affairs. The relative failure of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign: a critique of my talk, the original talk and what the electoral data shows. Report from the House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies. Bad News has a section on filter bubbles. Was the impact of Cambridge Analytica over-hyped? Social Media and Politics podcast. Exponential View podcast. Government versus Robots podcast. Retooling Politics: How Digital Media Are Shaping Democracy by Andreas Jungherr, Gonzalo Rivero and Daniel Gayo-Avello: Waterstones / Amazon. Kate Dommett on Twitter. Music by Hugo Lee. New to listening to podcasts? Here are some tips on how to listen to podcasts. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Jul 2020

43 min 13 sec

I've tried something a little different for this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts: taking a look at the career of a previous party leader to see the lessons for the current Liberal Democrats. I picked Jo Grimond, who saved the Liberal Party from disastrous election results and had a plan for a realignment on the left of British politics. You might be able to spot some parallels there... No surprise that for my guest, I'm joined by the closest thing the party has to an official historian, Duncan Brack. Hope you enjoy the show and do let us know what you think of it; would you like more shows looking at the lessons from other party leaders? Show notes Mark Egan’s book Coming into Focus: The Transformation of the Liberal Party 1945-64. The Orpington by-election. Jo Grimond campaigning for Britain to join the European Economic Community (EEC). Why I am a Liberal Democrat, edited by Duncan Brack: Waterstones / Amazon. Great Liberal Speeches, edited by Duncan Brack and Robert Ingham: Waterstones / Amazon. Liberal Lion: Jo Grimond, A Political Life by Peter Barberis: Waterstones / Amazon. Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire by Michael McManus: Amazon. Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 1679-2011, compiled by Robert Ingham and Duncan Brack. The Liberal Democrat History Group's pieces on Jo Grimond. Duncan Brack on Twitter. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Jul 2020

51 min 8 sec

Laura Shields and Dirk Singer, communications consultants, members of Democrats Abroad and authors of an excellent piece “Swimming with the sharks: What progressives can learn from Republicans Against Trump” join me for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. You may recall an earlier show had Rob Blackie on talking about what the party can learn from how Trump himself communicates. This time with Laura and Dirk, the show looks at what can be learnt from those campaigning against Trump. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Swimming with the sharks: What progressives can learn from Republicans Against Trump. Rob Blackie episode on learning from Trump. The Lincoln Project and some of its adverts. The Meidas Touch group and some of its adverts. Republican Voters Against Trump and some of its adverts. The Taliban bounties story. My book about trusting - or not trusting - the news. Donald Trump boasting about slowing down coronavirus tests. Boris Johnson boasting about shaking the hands of coronavirus patients. Donald Trump drinks and throws away a glass of water. The Remainer Now story. Lindsey Graham loves Joe Biden advert. Laura's political ad pick. Dirk's political ad pick. Follow Laura and Dirk on Twitter. Enjoy the show? Spread the word Follow the show on Twitter. Like the show on Facebook. Share the show's website, www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com.

Jul 2020

41 min 23 sec