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Marcus Stead on Radio Sputnik

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By MARCUS STEAD

Earlier today, I spoke to Radio Sputnik about the upcoming Brexit negotiations between Boris Johnson’s team and EU officials.

Johnson’s team will go into these negotiations believing Brexit to be an opportunity. Their approach will be that, while it would be good to have a positive future trading relationship with the EU, but that must not be at the expense of being able to strike trade deals with the wider world.

The EU may well try to force the UK to accept free movement of people, in return for Single Market access.

Controlling immigration is one of the key benefits of Brexit, and sacrificing it is not a red line worth crossing, but from the EU’s point of view; they won’t want to make leaving look easy or appealing, as anti-EU sentiment is growing fast in other countries throughout the bloc, and it knows that this project to build a single European state, is in trouble.

You can listen to the interview in full below:

 

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January 22, 2020 at 6:52 pm

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 31: Tackling Homelessness

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

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Greg Lance-Watkins

IN THIS week’s edition, Marcus Stead talks to Greg Lance-Watkins about an idea Greg has for tackling homelessness.

Greg’s idea is a remarkably simple, yet effective way of bringing dignity and safety to the homeless.

Marcus asks Greg a series of questions about potential problems and pitfalls, all of which Greg addresses convincingly.

There doesn’t appear to be any obvious downside to Greg’s proposals, so why won’t local councils go ahead and implement it?

 

The podcast is available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and the TuneIn app.

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January 19, 2020 at 5:19 am

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 30: Harry and Meghan

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

Harry and MeghanTHE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex, or ‘Harry and Meghan’ as they are more commonly known, released a bombshell statement in which they announced they were stepping back from Royal duties to pursue their own paths.

In this podcast, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins reflect on the appalling way in which they went about announcing this, without consulting the Queen or senior members of the Royal Family.

With ‘crisis talks’ set to take place during the next few days, they also assess what could and should happen from here.

Was Meghan Markle naive about what a life of Royal duty and service would mean, or is she calculating and scheming?

And how do Harry and Meghan’s ‘woke’ credentials contrast with the example set by the Queen over more than 60 years?

The podcast is available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and the TuneIn app.

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January 12, 2020 at 1:42 am

Coffee Break with Marcus and James: 2020 Episode 1

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

Coffee Break Poster 2020 1Marcus Stead and James Easton return with the first Coffee Break podcast of 2020. Topics discussed include:

  • Christmas shopping in January
  • Do other countries ‘do Christmas’ better?
  • Good manners/etiquette in Japan and South Korea
  • 2020 in sport

The podcast is available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and the TuneIn app.

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January 11, 2020 at 4:32 am

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 29: Iran – Are We Heading For War?

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

Qasem Soleimani

Qasem Soleimani

THE ASSASSINATION of major general Qasam Soleimani marked a major escalation of tensions with Iran, and what happens next is highly unpredictable.

In this week’s podcast, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins put the events of early 2020 into a wider historical context, and assess what may happen in the days and weeks ahead.

What motivated President Trump to carry out this reckless action? Are we heading for a major conflict for Iran, and could this turn into a much larger war?

The podcast is available on the Talk Podcasts website, on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and the TuneIn app.

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January 5, 2020 at 2:44 am

Brexit – Radio Sputnik Interview

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By MARCUS STEAD

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, I gave an interview with Radio Sputnik where I outlined how I expect the Brexit process to unfold in 2020.

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 31 January at 11pm, but that will be the start, rather than the end of a process.

It will be followed by many months of intense negotiations between Boris Johnson’s Government and EU officials as to what the future relationship between the UK and the EU will be. Those negotiations will realistically have to be largely concluded by the summer recess, with ratification in the autumn, and the deal being implemented by December. In the meantime, the UK will continue to follow EU laws and regulations. In other words, Brexit will be a ‘step by step’ process, and the benefits and trade opportunities will be felt gradually.

I also reflected on a difficult year for the Royal Family. It is my view that the institution is safe for as long as the Queen is on the throne, but that within a few years of her passing, calls for a republic are likely to become much louder.

You can listen to the interview in full below:

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December 31, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 28: Review of 2019

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

AS 2019 draws to a close, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins reflect on how the year will be remembered in the history books.

They also debate whether the Labour Party can recover from its current dire state, and assess whether the time has come for decent, patriotic Labour supporters to break away from the party and set up an alternative opposition movement.

The podcast is also available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and the TuneIn app.

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December 29, 2019 at 4:05 am