Never Mind The Bar Charts

Mark Pack and guests talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Only a few.

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Monday Apr 17, 2023


I really enjoyed reading Professor Tim Bale's new book, The Conservative Party After Brexit.
So who better to have on the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts to discuss the point of such books, how such an apparently ramshackle party keeps on winning elections, the power of party conference speeches and what Rishi Sunak's politics really are than the man himself? Tim that is, rather than the PM.
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The Conservative Party After Brexit: Turmoil and Transformation by Tim Bale - Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.* I was kindly provided with an advance copy by the publishers.
Tim Bale on Twitter.
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Monday Mar 27, 2023

Find out the answer to that... and speculate on what Tim Harford and Matt Forde would be like as MPs with the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts.
 
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Public Preferences for Integrity and Accountability in Politics: the research report we discuss.
Ipsos trust data.
Alan Renwick on Twitter.
Image by David Mark from Pixabay.
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Saturday Feb 04, 2023

 
For the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I'm speaking with Cllr Keith House, leader of Eastleigh Council. The local team has an impressive record of building houses on green fields and (yet also) getting re-elected. How have they managed this combo, and what can other Liberal Democrats learn from it?
 
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Howards' Way.
How the first Liberal was elected to Eastleigh Council – and how politics didn’t have a golden age
Cllr Keith House on Twitter.
Image by Peter H from Pixabay.
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Monday Jan 09, 2023

Many attempts at reforming the House of Lords have been made. Many attempts have failed.
So what can would-be reformers learn from the failures of their predecessors to achieve more?
Professor Meg Russell, director of the Constitution Unit at UCL, joined me to share her expertise on this in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Listeners may wish to enjoy her correcting me on voting systems.
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Show notes
Meg Russell on the podcast previously, talking about reforming the House of Commons.
The Changing Role of the House of Lords: the Constitution Unit's research on the House of Lords.
The House of Lords Appointments Commission.
The Parliamentary Battle over Brexit by Meg Russell and Lisa James: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon / Waterstones.*
The Constitution Unit on Twitter.
Theme tune by Hugo Lee.
Photo courtesy of UK Parliament (used under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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Friday Dec 09, 2022


It was a warm welcome back to Professor Tim Bale for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. We revisited the five tests for opposition parties we've discussed before. How have Labour and the Lib Dems been performing against them?
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Show notes
Our original discussion of five tests for opposition parties.
Our December 2020 and March 2022 updates.
Jon Mellon's research into how well people know the result last time in their own constituency.
The YouGov 0-10 voting propensity tracker.
Pre-order Tim Bale's new book, The Conservative Party After Brexit: Turmoil and Transformation: Amazon.*
Tim Bale on Twitter.
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Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

I recently appeared on the No Man's Land podcast, which describes itself as a, "pod on politics and centrism, for those stuck between political trenches". But rather than talk about whether or not the Liberal Democrats should aim to be centrist, we talked political polling.
Hope you enjoy the conversation, which we recorded before Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister.
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Show notes
No Man's Land podcast.
Host Steve O'Neil on Twitter.
My book, Polling UnPacked.
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Saturday Oct 08, 2022


A nice easy question for me and Callum Robertson to chew over in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Here's what we made of it...
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Labour NEC member deselected as a councillor.
The core vote argument.
Michael Crick's Twitter account tracking Parliamentary selection contests.
Callum Robertson on Twitter.
For a Fair Deal: the Lib Dem plan for the UK.
Sam Seaborn on taxing the rich on The West Wing.
Electoral Shocks: The Volatile Voter in a Turbulent World by Edward Fieldhouse and others: Amazon, Bookshop, Waterstones.* 
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Wednesday Sep 14, 2022

I joined John Potter and the Lib Dem Pod team for a special show looking at why the party cancelled its autumn federal conference in Brighton. We talked about the decision with Federal Conference Committee Chair, Cllr Nick da Costa, Cllr Hannah Kitching and PPC Laura Gordon. 
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Why conference was cancelled and the alternatives considered.
Latest information on hotel and travel refunds.
The Lib Dem Pod podcast.
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Wednesday Sep 07, 2022


Podcast favourite Tim Bale has a new book out about how Brexit happened - both why the referendum was called and then why it was lost. Discussing his book on the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts we get into how the real trigger of Brexit was the Blue Wall, not the Red Wall. Take a listen to find out why...
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Show notes
Tim Bale on Twitter.
Michael Crick's Twitter account about MP selections.
Jonathan Portes's article on what Leave campaigners promised on immigration.
Brexit: an accident waiting to happen? Why David Cameron called the 2016 Referendum - and why he lost it by Tim Bale: Amazon.*
For the record by David Cameron: Amazon, Bookshop, Waterstones.* 
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Friday Aug 05, 2022


What are Conservative Party members like? Who are they going to pick for party leader? And what does it mean for the Liberal Democrats?
Find out in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, where I teamed up again with the Lib Dem Pod and ace expert, Professor Tim Bale.
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Show notes
The Lib Dem Pod.
Tim Bale on Twitter.
How do you make someone join a political party? One of the previous top shows with Professor Tim Bale.
Footsoldiers: political party membership in the 21st century - one of Tim Bale's great studies of party membership with colleagues: Bookshop (independent bookshops) / Amazon.*
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