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

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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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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

‘I Don’t Believe the Apocalypse Scenario At All’

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By MARCUS STEAD

At the start of what was to be a dramatic week in the Brexit process, I gave an interview to Radio Sputnik.

In it, I discussed the implications of the prorogation of Parliament, the dangers of a Prime Minister flouting the law, and of how the actions of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow have done enormous damage to the UK’s finely-balanced, unwritten constitution.

I also talked about the consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit – namely that it would result in significant short-term disruption on the supermarket shelves as suppliers re-balanced their businesses and sought supplies from outside the EU, but that ultimately, there is no item of food or drink that could not be obtained from outside the EU, and that alarmist predictions are nothing more than scaremongering.

You can read or listen to the interview by clicking here, or by clicking on the audio below.

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September 13, 2019 at 2:08 am

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 12: Bercow, Boris and Brexit

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In the early hours of Tuesday morning, there were hugely controversial scenes in the House of Commons as the prorogation ceremony got underway, with Speaker John Bercow becoming the centre of attention.

Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins deliver a damning verdict on Speaker Bercow’s behaviour, and assess where the Brexit process goes from here.

The podcast is also available on iTunes and Google Podcasts.

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September 10, 2019 at 5:35 am

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Welsh Hearts – Ben McDonald Heart Screening Fund for Wales

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By MARCUS STEAD

At the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon, Ben McDonald, a seemingly healthy 25-year-old from the Vale of Glamorgan, collapsed and died from an undetected heart condition.

The Ben McDonald Heart Screening Fund for Wales has been set up in his memory with the aim of raising £1 million, which will go towards free heart screening for 8 to 45-year-olds in Wales.

Heart screening will identify most cardiac abnormalities, so that conditions can be managed. Screenings have been show to lead to an 89% decrease in sudden cardiac death.

You can help reach the £1 million target. To make a donation or to get the ball rolling with a fundraising activity, please visit: http://www.welshhearts.org/donate

You can also book a heart screening via the website, which could potentially save your life.

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September 2, 2019 at 11:53 pm

Posted in Health

Twenty Minute Topic Episode 11: The Decline of the Mainstream Media

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Episode 11: The Decline of the Mainstream Media

BBC News has seen a 56% decline in viewing figures since 2014 and a 19% drop in the last year alone.

Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss the decline in quality and trust of traditional news outlets and look into how more and more people are getting their news from alternative sources.

The podcast is also available on iTunes and Google Podcasts.

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September 1, 2019 at 5:03 am

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Review