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Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that impossible, what do journalists do, deprived of long convivial lunches over a bottle of red wine or several? Why, podcast of course.Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that impossible, what do journalists do, deprived of long convivial lunches over a bottle of red wine or several? Why, podcast of course.Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

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United Kingdom

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Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that impossible, what do journalists do, deprived of long convivial lunches over a bottle of red wine or several? Why, podcast of course.Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Language:

English


Episodes

Will Boris lead the party into the next election?

6/20/2022
Mihir Bose thinks he will and not only that, he will lead the Conservative party to win it. David and Nigel disagree. What will be the deciding factor? It's the economy, stupid. Former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discuss the week’s news. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:48:24

Partygate again!

5/31/2022
The Three Old Hacks discuss Partygate, racism in sport and the cost of living crisis. "We've never had a situation in the UK where job vacancies are greater than the number of unemployed" says David Smith. "Inflation is the highest it has been since the 1980s." Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discussing Putin's war and their memories of the Falklands war, 40 years ago. Get in...

Duration:00:50:35

How the world is reacting to Putin's war

4/5/2022
The Three Old Hacks discuss the world's response to Putin's war. UK journalists give the impression the whole world was pro-Ukraine, but that is not the case, says Mihir Bose. Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discussing the week’s news with the jaundiced eye of those who have been doing it for forty years. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d...

Duration:00:47:50

The war in Ukraine

3/15/2022
The Three Old Hacks discuss the war in Ukraine, President Zelensky’s moving speech to the British parliament and Britain’s “mean-spirited” approach to refugees. Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley on the events of the past week. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:44:12

Partygate and the Foreign Secretary who didn’t know Rostov was in Russia

2/22/2022
The Three Old Hacks are back, raising a glass to celebrate the work done by journalistic colleagues in unveiling the various parties that took place at Downing St during lockdown. Sky TV, the Mirror and the Daily Telegraph all come in for special mentions, as does Liz Truss, but she gets a special mention for rather a different reason: as the Foreign Secretary who didn’t know Rostov was in Russia. The Three Old Hacks, not so much setting the world to rights as lamenting Britain’s...

Duration:00:51:24

That Peppa Pig Moment

11/30/2021
The Three Old Hacks discuss this week whether or not the prime minister has lost it. He appears to be “teetering on the edge of appearing out of control” they think. It’s hard to bluster your way through a speech when someone else has written it for you and you clearly haven’t read it, especially as you’re just got to the “and here’s what we’re going to do about it” bit. There’s a distinct sound of knives being sharpened in the Tory party. “The moment he’s not a winner, he’s a goner” they...

Duration:00:46:12

Will the killing of David Amess result in limited access to MPs?

10/26/2021
Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley, aka The Three Old Hacks, discuss the week's events, including reactions to the fatal attack on Sir David Amess at his constituency Surgery. Should MPs get more protection and does this change the nature of their relationship with the public? Newcastle United and their new Saudi owners come up for discussion, with Mihir taking the line that foreign ownership should not...

Duration:00:53:24

Afghanistan – A rehash of imperialism

8/31/2021
Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley, aka The Three Old Hacks, discuss Afghanistan in their podcast this week. “The great opinion makers and intellectuals have once again failed us” says Mihir. “When the West intervened in Afghanistan two decades ago they were all for it and made no critical examination whatsoever. “Now, apart from blaming Joe Biden… they have not really examined why the West has...

Duration:00:48:15

Remembering the 1964 Olympics

8/3/2021
The Three Old Hacks are old enough to remember the 1964 Olympics, the last time Tokyo hosted the Games. There were fewer events and so the people who won medals stayed in the memory longer, like long jumper Lynn Davies, whose local council paid tribute to him in a way which was to become more irritating than celebratory. Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley have known each other since they first started in...

Duration:00:49:53

Politicians jumping on the bandwagon of football – Twas ever thus

7/13/2021
Mihir Bose, David Smith and Nigel Dudley – aka the Three Old Hacks – are old enough to remember 1966 and all that. It comes as no surprise to them therefore that politicians should be falling over themselves to haul themselves aboard the football bandwagon. Football and politics, bread and circuses… Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley add their particular brand of wit and wisdom to the debate. Get in...

Duration:00:49:18

Of course the booing of footballers is racist

6/22/2021
Mihir Bose, writer and broadcaster, writes primarily on sport. In the seventies he was always the only non-white reporter in the press box and often the only non-white spectator in the whole football ground, so he is well placed to comment on the current controversy over the booing of football players who take the knee at the beginning of matches in support of Black Lives Matter. He shares with old friends David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel...

Duration:00:52:29

Chaos and confusion at the heart of government

6/1/2021
Incompetence and chaos at the heart of government is the theme of this week’s podcast from the Three Old Hacks. Dominic Cummings’ seven hour session in front of a parliamentary committee, pouring bile on the heads of both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, has given them plenty to talk about. The Three Old Hacks, aka writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley have worked with both...

Duration:00:47:36

Who’s Responsible?

5/2/2021
Mihir Bose, former BBC Sports News Editor, sets the world to rights with journalist mates David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, and political commentator Nigel Dudley. The cost of decorating Boris Johnson’s Downing St flat and who is paying for it is exercising them this week (£200,000 and it looks ‘like an Ottoman brothel’ according to one wag). Maybe people aren’t bothered about who paid for it, but will Carrie Symonds’ comment that she couldn’t live with Theresa May’s “John...

Duration:00:53:58

The Super League that wasn’t

4/24/2021
The Three Old Hacks discuss the one day wonder that was The Super League. It took from Sunday night till Tuesday morning for six top English football clubs to announce their membership and then withdraw, leaving the plan in tatters in the face of opposition from the British Government. Mihir Bose, former BBC sports news editor at the BBC, David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and Nigel Dudley, political commentator, examine the debacle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new found...

Duration:00:48:29

The pandemic poll boost – Why?

3/30/2021
This week the Three Old Hacks discuss a year of the pandemic and how it is that the Government is still popular in the polls. They talk about the fall out from the Meghan and Harry interview; sexual abuse in boarding schools and flags on government buildings – “ridiculous, insecure and pathetic”. Join former BBC Sports News editor Mihir Bose, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley for this week’s podcast.

Duration:00:51:42

Are we introducing ID papers by the back door?

3/2/2021
With journalist mates, Economics editor of the Sunday Times, David Smith, and political commentator Nigel Dudley, Mihir Bose looks this week at how vaccination certificates might change our lives. Coming from India, where the bureaucracy is legend, he wonders whether we are signing up for identity papers by the back door. The Three Old Hacks look at the thorny issue of politicians doing favours for friends and whether the big social media companies will have to pay for news content,...

Duration:00:47:06

The Quality of Leadership

2/9/2021
Political leadership ain’t what it used to be. That’s the theme of this week’s Three Old Hacks, We all think the summers were warmer (demonstrably not!) and life was rosier when we were young, but the Three Old Hacks put forward a pretty strong case that politicians in Britain are not of the same calibre as those who have gone before them. Boris Johnson says we are facing the biggest challenge since the Second World War with the pandemic, but where is the Recovery Plan to get us out of the...

Duration:00:49:47

The inauguration of a new president

1/26/2021
This week they discuss the inauguration of President Biden. Being of a certain age themselves, they take heart from the empowerment of a 78 year old man. They are but spring chickens by comparison. Nonetheless their experience reaches down the years and they fish anecdotes and facts out of their collective memory to discuss the media and politics as it concerns America. Biden's campaign was 'pitch perfect' says David and he is sure he is already thinking about the Mid-Terms, being a shrewd...

Duration:00:50:18

Assault on the US Capitol

1/12/2021
Five people died in the assault on the US Capitol. Trump has been banned from Twitter for inciting his supporters. The Democratic Party is moving to impeach him for a second time. The Three Old Hacks consider the implications of this extraordinary event and how it was covered, as it happened live on TV, by the media. Adept at reporting in war zones across the globe, was the American media caught flat footed when it came to reporting a crisis in their own capital? Were the media complicit in...

Duration:00:47:03

Nelson Mandela and what real loss of freedom means

12/22/2020
Mihir Bose describes having coffee with Nelson Mandela in his Soweto house, how the great man had to see cricket sitting behind a cage during apartheid and what real loss of freedom means. Far removed from the ridiculous talk of Britain having been enslaved by the EU. He argues the problem is that this country has never got over losing the empire and asks David Smith and Nigel Dudley whether they would have wanted Britain still to have an empire on which the sun never set. Both Dudley and...

Duration:00:51:41