Ahir Shah is a political comedian.
Our 250th edition! In the Thatcher governments of the 80s Michael Heseltine was the loudest voice for embattled One Nation Toryism. In later years he’s become a hero to Remainers, eventually paying for his Europhilia with expulsion from the party. Ian Dunt talks to him about the future of Toryism, what it was like to work with Margaret Thatcher, what he makes of Keir Starmer… and whether circumstances will force Boris Johnson back to the One Nation Toryism we thought he’d driven out of the party.  “The most sensible thing for Britain is to reapply to join the EU. It won’t happen soon – but it should.”“Yes, Margaret Thatcher would have pandered to popular opinion. She was a politician. But she would never do anything as reckless as leaving the Single Market.” “The words of the Levelling Up agenda are fine. What’s completely missing is the deeds.” Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Logo and branding by Mark Taylor. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the Roadmap to Unlocking is unveiled, are Johnson’s plans over-cautious, reckless, unrealistic or maybe… reasonable? Special guest former Home Secretary David Blunkett joins us to explain what it’s like to make decisions in a crisis, what he thinks of Keir Starmer’s performance so far, and whether he rates Priti Patel. Plus, do we need a deradicalisation programme for angry white males?“If opposition leaders are constantly calling for people to resign and then they don’t, it tends to make them look a bit weak.” – Ayesha Hazarika“If Governments want to show how tough they are, they should choose opponents their own size – and maybe not misguided young women.” – David Blunkett on the Shamima Begum case“One type of extremism breeds another. You can’t counter one extreme group by creating another.” – Ayesha Hazarika“On 9/11 there wasn’t a single person in Cabinet that panicked. I was amazed.” – David Blunkett“Starmer’s got a nightmare job because Labour can’t get a hearing… and because the Government are being forced to enact a social democratic programme.” – David BlunkettPresented by Dorian Lynskey with Ayesha Hazarika and Arthur Snell. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Will Boris Johnson’s “schools first” plan for unlocking England placate the headbangers of the CRG? What about those desperate for a beer that’s not from a can? Can Keir Starmer out-caution the PM? And what’s going on with Johnson’s latest wheeze, a subterranean roundabout under the Isle of Man? Ros Taylor sets up the week ahead. “This is bad news if you’re a pub landlord – and good news if you’re an off-license flogging cheap tinnies.” “Starmer’s moment is not now. He’ll never prosper in the middle of a successful vaccine rollout.”Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After decades of feminist thought, why is history still a parade of men and the things they’ve done? The writers, poets and teachers behind the Twitter initiative @OnThisDayShe are putting women back into history, one day at a time – and they’re not leaving out the serial killers. Jo Bell, Tania Hershman and Ailsa Holland of @OnThisDayShe talk to Jude Rogers about why history leaves women out, their new book, why women don’t have to be heroes… and how your best ideas can come on a day out at the local treacle market. “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.” – Tania Hershman “The way we talk about history is revealing. A man is said to have done something. A women is always ‘reputed’ to have done something.” – Jo Bell“Even if women are recognised in their own time, they’ll often be forgotten by history afterwards.” – Ailsa Holland“Women’s history is always expected to be somehow uplifting. But it’s not history’s job to be inspiring.” – Jo Bell“If I’d know at school about some of the women we’ve featured it would have changed my whole outlook on life.” – Tania Hershman“This isn’t women’s history. It’s everyone’s history, with women put back in.” – Jo BellPresented by Jude Rogers. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jelena Sofronijevic  and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Episode Count
255
Podcast Count
6
Total Airtime
5 days, 14 hours
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