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The Police's Artificial Intelligence Technology Is Going To Get Better At Spying On You

"It was disturbing for us to see young people targeted in this kind of way"  Silkie Carlo is a Director at Big Brother Watch, an independent non-profit organisation leading the protection of privacy and civil liberties in the UK. She chats to Simon Childs, Home Affairs Editor at VICE.COM, about how scary the police’s use facial recognition technology is.


Does Your Government Hate You?

“What gets talked about is immigration and borders—what doesn't get talked about is people and people's lives" Gracie Bradley is an Advocacy Officer for Liberty, campaigning for human rights in the UK. She chats to Simon Childs, Home Affairs Editor at VICE.COM, about where the Windrush Scandal fits into the Government's "Hostile environment" project. Recorded 10am on Thursday 26th April 2018.


Did The Government Create UK Gang Culture?

"Our kids are bearing the brunt of institutional racism and ultimately paying with their lives" Stafford Scott is a Race Advocacy Officer at The Monitoring Group, an anti-racist charity. He chats to Simon Childs, Home Affairs Editor at VICE.COM, about the knife crime epidemic, the influence of social media on young people, and state racism.


Uni Students Feel Like Consumers And They Don't Like It

“We are paying to learn how to work in jobs that no longer pay” Students from all over the UK have joined the University strike in solidarity with their lecturers this year. Hear an oral history from those who have been protesting, hogging the picket lines and running the occupations at Universities around the country. Hosted by Simon Childs, VICE UK's Home Affairs Editor.


Is The Far Right On The Rise?

So much has changed in far right politics. The British National Party have come and gone, the English Defence League have disappeared, and lord knows what's going on at UKIP. As part of Hate Island, our special investigation into the far-right, Simon Childs, VICE UK's Home Affairs Editor, is in conversation with journalist James Poulter, Broadly Editor Zing Tsing, and Henry Langston, VICE Producer.


Did The Iraq War Lead To The 2010 Student Protests, And Did The Student Protests Lead To Jeremy Corbyn?

Matt Myers has written an oral history of the 2010 student movement that cast off the cliche of an apathetic youth, embarrassed Nick Clegg, sacked the Tory HQ, but didn’t quite manage to stop tuition fees going up. Simon Childs, Home Affairs Editor at VICE.com, discusses with Matt why the Iraq War and 2010 student movement is helpful lens to look at what’s going on today, particularly because a lot of people who were angry then are movers and shakers in the movement behind Corbyn now.


Did Corbyn Say The UK Was To Blame For The Crisis In Yemen?

Most people didn’t hear Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy speech to the UN Assembly in December 2017. But basically it set out the Corbyn Doctrine on UK foreign policy for the Labour Party. Simon Childs, Home Affairs Editor at VICE.COM, kicks off the first in The British Dream's Speeching series. It’s all about Yemen, solidarity and putting Britain on a level playing field with the rest of the world.


Is Tony Blair To Blame For Everything That Happened Last Year?

Is Brexit a hangover from Blairism? Are we living through the political comedown after Tony's Britpop party? Richard Power Sayeed, author of the book "1997: The Future That Never Happened" chats with Simon Childs, Home Affairs Editor at VICE UK.


#15 A Hell of a Year

It’s been a quiet year, with only one of the most surprising elections in living memory to distract us form Brexit, the Grenfell Tower Fire and the Westminster sex abuse scandal, to name just a few. Join the British Dream as we travel back 12 months, to a completely different political landscape where Theresa May was riding high in the polls and Jeremy Corbyn was far from the absolute boy.


#14 Cough Cough

Join the British Dream to round off conference season with the podcast that the Prime Minister named her vision for the country after. We dive into the content of Theresa May's ill fated conference speech and find out that even if she delivered it properly, it would have sucked anyway. And a conversation with Solomon Hughes, journalist for VICE and Private Eye, who has spent years sniffing around political party get-togethers on the look out for corporate lobbyists and dodgy influence.


#12 What Do the Tories Do Now?

As the summer recess sits uneasily with the potential of nuclear winter, Tories are writing confused think-pieces, while Corbyn is sticking to what he knows, heading off on another campaign tour. We ask what the Conservatives should do next, whether Moggmentum will give the Tories any impetus, and discus nuclear war – Good or Bad? We also head to the Manchester International Festival to hear about whether the youth vote rocked the election.


#11 Who Is Actually In Charge?

Welcome back to the British Dream. A lot has changed since the election. Jeremy Corbyn is the Prime Minster, except he's not. Theresa May can't be leader, but somehow, technically, she is. Tory austerity is coming to an end, in the form of a £1 billion sop to Northern Ireland to keep the Tories in power. So who's really in charge here? Join us outside the VICE office for a big bag of cans as we try and sort through the mess, and talk to Simon Elmer from Architects for Social Housing about...


#8 How the Election Stopped Being a Foregone Conclusion

As the big day gets closer, it feels like a very different election to the one we started talking about a few weeks ago. Theresa May, sweating like she’s taken a bad pill, Jeremy Corbyn looking like he’s mainlining Xanax – what’s changed? We try and suss it out, and interview Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party and consider why the biggest existential threat facing humanity isn’t a blip ojn the electoral map.


#7 Voices Of Manchester

After the atrocity at the Manchester Arena, we headed to the city to hear how people are coping and how people are banding together in grief. We spoke to people in shock, communities refusing to be cowed, and young Muslims determined to show that the atrocity doesn’t represent them.


#6 Why Do Politicians Never Answer the Question?

With rigorous academic analysis showing Theresa May giving a straight answer just nine percent of the time, how can we expect to hold anything to account, ever? Maybe all we can do is click the “angry” button on Facebook live. Certainly, it’s difficult to know what to make of the Conservative manifesto, launched this week resembling the order of service at a posh funeral. Conversely, the Lib Dems headed to a nightclub to talk about drugs. Have a listen to the latest edition of the British...


#4 Mayday Mayday

So far this bizarro election campaign has seen Theresa May embarrassing herself, and Jeremy Corbyn surprisingly looking vaguely like he actually wants to be there. Not that anybody seems to care. With the public having the opposite perception, does any of this even matter? Meanwhile in Brighton, angry workers were taking to the streets to make their voices heard about crappy wages and unstable jobs. Theresa May made a scary speech about the EU, and UKIP have taken a shellacking at the...


#3 Springtime for Jolyon

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#2 Oh, Snap

After saying she wouldn't seven times, Theresa May has called a snap election. She's decided that yes, actually, she would like a mandate - so if the people would kindly give it to her she can get on with Brexit and you can't grumble. It's nice of her to ask. Fortunately The British Dream Podcast is here to articulate your hysterical delight, soothe your concerns and pretend to understand what's going on. Recorded on Wednesday 19th April 2017.


#1 Casual Labour

Following Labour’s less than great byelection results last Thursday, this week kicked off with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell writing that a “soft coup” against Corbyn was happening, and UKIP was having an existential crisis all of its own. Meanwhile, a video emerged of Uber's CEO arguing with the driver of one of his own taxis, and some Deliveroo riders in Leeds were feeling aggrieved because they weren't getting enough hours to pay the bills.


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