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In this week’s London Calling, James and Toby argue about whether the global pandemic is over (Toby thinks it is, while James thinks it’s a false dawn) and discuss the Johnny-come-latelies who claim to have been lockdown sceptics all along.
Guess who has Covid – again? One half of our intrepid duo, that’s who. After that personal update its off to the Madness Down Under and Men’s Tennis #1 Novak Djockovic’s battle with the immigration authorities over his vaccine status and hi
In this week’s episode of London Calling, Toby collects his 50 quid and then he and James debate whether 2022 will be the year we return to normal or “The Great Reset” will continue apace. What lies ahead in politics? What’s the line of suc
It’s our last show of 2021, in the 52nd week of another Covid year. And it’s a real Twixmas special! Toby and James discuss Boris’s postponement of D-Day, being ridiculed by their families over Christmas, their best Christmas gifts of 2021
To begin the week James sketches out his worst case scenario: Delingpole v. the NHS. In the review of the week we start with the good news: the landmark free speech victory won by former constable Harry Miller (aided by the Free Speech Unio
As Boris talks the status of “Plan B,” James and Toby talk the status of “The Bet.” The other big question is centered around the PM’s ability to remain in Number 10. Two years ago the Tories were celebrating securing an 80-seat majority an
This afternoon in the House, Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that community transmission of the new Omicron variant has taken hold in England. So far, this version seems to be relatively mild, which leads us to wonder why, instead of
This week our intrepid duo is armed and dangerous. The first segment of the show is dedicated to shooting and the hunt. After the fun we return to the news of the day which, of course, is dominated by Covid both at home and abroad. In an ab
James and Toby start out with their own Brideshead Revisited moment as they look back on their days as students at Oxford before getting into the news of the day, including the introduction of mandatory jabs in Austria, the acquittal of Kyl
We open the week with Toby and the terrible winter cold he’s got – which he tells us is far worse than his bout of Covid-19 last year. While he’s on the road and sounds a bit subdued, we throw our best sniffle filter into the mix and the sh
First up this week is a bevy of Covid stories including David Starkey’s assertion that vaccines should be compulsory; the new head of NHS England’s misleading claim that there are currently 14 times as many Covid patients in hospital as the
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer somewhere “near” COP26. The world has gathered in Glasgow or, in CNN’s case, Edinburgh. (At 76 kilometers it’s as close as CNN comes to being right these days…)  This week is a COP26 special in which we discuss our Glorio
Cartoonist Michael Leunig has been sacked by The Age over this image. Source: Instagram/leunigstudioLadies and Gentlemen, place your bets. After our intrepid duo review Toby’s great success in shooting, the conversation turns to the case of
The murder of Sir David Amess, MP casts a large shadow over the proceedings this week. After assessing the implications for the future we take on happier topics, starting with James’ Delingpod adventure with Laurence Fox. Speaking of Lozza,
It’s a Battle of Team James v Team Toby as we open up this week’s episode with Toby’s participation in the The Battle of Ideas Festival in London this past weekend. We cover Rotten Tomatoes disabling the ‘Audience Score’ button for the new
James and Toby spend more time on the road than Hope and Crosby but unfortunately it’s not together. This week we’re all about James’s return to grey old England after his glorious week in Croatia and Toby’s trip to Scotland (in which he fa
A midweek release for this episode as James has been on the “last holiday” with his family and comes to us from Croatia and the shores of the Adriatic. The big story this week is Britain’s fuel “crisis” and the PM’s decision to “bring in th
The announced easing of travel restrictions between the US and citizens of the UK get us going – but our producer, “Evil Brian,” isn’t sweating it because James will still need the double-jab to show up at his front door. On the internation
Excuse the nationalistic pride, but James and Toby celebrate Emma Raducanu’s triumph in the U.S. Open Women’s Final but bemoan the way it was immediately politicised. But that gives way to the despair of this government’s Covid policy with
We start the week in County Durham where James travels to see Kynren, the outdoor show that’s “a romp through 2,000 years of English history from the masks of the Roman invaders to the masks of Arthurian legend to the masks of Queen Victori
This week in Covid news, Michael Gove, the Minister for the Cabinet Office was recorded dancing in an Aberdeen nightclub over the weekend while the PM’s office barrels ahead in implementing its medical passport scheme, a 17-year old girl fr
We have a full, full plate this week. We talk about Trump’s speech in Alabama, how the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has also deteriorated the “special relationship,” the non-stop death spiral of freedom in Australia in the name of
Toby is on the road doing his “footie reporter” thing and after a quick tour of the north country, he and James widen their scope to  take in the draconian measures elsewhere in the Commonwealth, namely that of Dan Andrews, the Premier of V
We’re offering up your money’s worth this week with a full hour of podcast excellence to be had. Toby and James open the show with a discussion of efficiently managing their time between work, family and devotion to “kicky-ball” teams like
We cram a good 65-minute show into a half hour this week and not through editing. James explains that conundrum at the top of the program. What’s left is Covid face-licking (no, really), Lord Digby Jones in a Twitter throw down with BBC pre
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