Marcus Stead

Journalist Marcus Stead

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 17: Brexit – Are we nearly there yet?

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By MARCUS STEAD

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At the start of what is certain to be one of the most dramatic weeks in British political history, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins take stock of the situation as it currently stands.

Marcus and Greg both believe that it is likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union at the end of October.

They argue that an extension to Article 50 will force Labour to back a general election, which would be fraught with risk, and could well result in a sizeable majority for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, which would in turn give him a strong mandate to pull the UK out of the EU, with or without a deal.

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

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Written by Marcus Stead

October 13, 2019 at 2:29 am

Radio Sputnik Interview: Brexit and the Benn Act

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By MARCUS STEAD

On Monday, I gave an interview to Radio Sputnik where I discussed the Benn Act, the likelihood of a new Brexit deal, the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal, and the chances of a general election this side of Christmas.

You can listen to the interview by clicking below:

Written by Marcus Stead

October 8, 2019 at 3:01 am

Posted in Comment, Opinion, Politics

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 16: The Royal Family

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

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Queen Elizabeth II

Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss the future of the Royal Family.

Will Britain still have a Royal Family in 20 years’ time? How has the recent behaviour of Harry and Meghan undermined the institution? And what do we make of the Queen being dragged into the Brexit process?

All podcasts are also available via iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and the TuneIn app.

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October 6, 2019 at 3:12 am

Jonathan Davies and Nigel Owens in Japanese race row

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By MARCUS STEAD

RUGBY legend Jonathan Davies has been embroiled in controversy after Japanese racial stereotypes were used in a poster to promote a new series of his Welsh language chat show.

Davies, 56, is widely-regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation in both codes of the game. He made his Wales rugby union debut in 1985 and made the big-money move to rugby league side Widnes in 1989, before returning to union in 1995.

After retiring from playing in 1997, Davies became a prominent BBC commentator in both codes, and since 2004 he has hosted the rugby-themed chat show Jonathan on Welsh language channel S4C, alongside international referee Nigel Owens, also a prominent gay rights campaigner.

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The poster S4C used to promote the new series of Jonathan contains images of Japanese stereotypes

A cartoon poster to promote the new series on S4C’s social media feed was created which characterises Davies with stereotypical Japanese eyes, while Owens is depicted wearing a kimono.

Owens, 48, is currently in Japan refereeing at the World Cup for the final time before retiring. In 2014 he revealed he seriously considered quitting after suffering racist and homophobic abuse at Twickenham.

Their female co-host, Sarra Elgan Easterby, daughter of former Wales international Elgan Rees, is depicted in Japanese anime sitting on a pagoda with sexual connotations.

The poster was accompanied by a video on S4C’s social media feeds that has since been deleted mocking how difficult the Japanese language is to learn, to the soundtrack of 1980s hit ‘Turning Japanese’ by The Vapors.

jonathan-davies-11-e1570203354771.pngThe illustration, which was drawn by Siôn Tomos Owen, has been widely-condemned on social media. Writer and broadcaster Gav Murphy tweeted: “I’ve tweeted a few times about just some of the amazing things Japan has done to welcome Welsh culture for the Rugby World Cup. Here’s what Wales’ most popular rugby show has been up to C’mon @S4C, we’re better than this.”

Jonathan Davies, known colloquially as ‘Jiffy’, defended the promotional material in his reply to Murphy, saying: “Not agreeing with you. So easy to have a pop.”

Murphy later tweeted: “I keep going back to it n finding even more disgusting things in it. Madness.”

Another media professional Dave Jewitt tweeted simply: “Yikes, Grim”, while Nova Jenad wrote: “It’s like a racist Spot The Difference.”

The series, which is made by Avanti Media, is filmed at S4C’s base at Yr Egin, Carmarthen, and last week’s episode featured guests including One Show presenter Alex Jones and celebrity chef Bryn Williams.

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Mike Flynn

Broadcaster Mike Flynn, 67, who hosted a daily show on BBC Radio Wales between 1978-89, and now spends part of each year living in Asia said: “For me the poster displays the ignorance of those who do not know Asia.

“The kimono was a part of historic national dress in Japan decades ago but these days it often has other connotations. The obligatory woman in the slit dress also accompanies such ignorance.

“As for Jiffy and Owens, Japanese men would never dress like that.

“I wonder how S4C would welcome blacked up miners with slag heaps and colliery headgear alongside their women wearing shawls and stove pipe hats depicting the Welsh on Japanese TV?”

“All in all, it’s a view of Japan from the west from someone who has never been there –
I suspect someone at S4C has just asked for a cartoon of Japan that sums up their ignorance of the country.”

Written by Marcus Stead

October 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Posted in Review, Sport

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 15: The Supreme Court – A Dangerous Precedent?

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By MARCUS STEAD

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.

In this podcast, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins argue that the Supreme Court’s ruling has set a dangerous precedent that gravely undermines British Parliamentary democracy.

All our podcasts are now also available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and the TuneIn app.

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September 29, 2019 at 4:47 am

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Twenty Minute Topic Episode 14: Bias in the Classroom

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By MARCUS STEAD

 

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Rising numbers of children are being treated for ‘eco anxiety’ because they’re being fed terrifying propaganda by their schoolteachers on the theory of man-made climate change.

Before and since the EU referendum of 2016, there were media reports of teachers indoctrinating children with pro-EU propaganda, and telling them that Brexiteers were bad, nasty people.

Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins assess bias within the teaching profession, and deliver a scathing verdict on teachers who are brainwashing and frightening innocent children.

Marcus and Greg also discuss what can be done to redress the balance and bring integrity back into the teaching profession.

The podcast is also available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and by clicking on the SoundCloud link below:

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September 22, 2019 at 3:17 am

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 13: Why do you support Brexit?

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Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins are committed Brexiteers, but how did their journeys begin?

Marcus, 35, became a eurosceptic while at secondary school in the mid-late 1990s, partly inspired by the late Sir James Goldsmith and the Referendum Party he led into the 1997 general election.

Greg, who is 73, has been opposed to the entire EU project since the 1960s, when it was known as the European Economic Community (EEC).

In this podcast, Marcus and Greg tell their stories about how they became eurosceptics, and why they believe the United Kingdom would be better off leaving the European Union.

As usual, the podcast is also available on the Talk Podcasts website, on iTunes, the Google Podcasts and by clicking on the link below:

 

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September 15, 2019 at 4:44 am