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

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United Kingdom

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

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English


Episodes

Two more Conservative by-election defeats: what does it all mean?

2/17/2024
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts is another by-election special with the Lib Dem Pod team, talking about what to make of the latest set of Parliamentary by-elections. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The by-election resultsThe Lib Dem pre-manifestoThe Lib Dem Pod team on YouTubeHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show’s most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:49:33

How to improve people's lives: Rachel Bentley on being a councillor

2/10/2024
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts features Southwark councillor Rachel Bentley on what it's like being a councillor, the difference you can make to improve people's lives, the disappointments of Sadiq Khan, life campaigning against Labour and, of course, her love of pointing. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The Bentley RampRachel Bentley on X/TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show’s most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:46:43

Will it be the TikTok general election … or the Zoom general election?

1/12/2024
Professor Kate Dommett is one of the UK’s absolute top rank experts on political campaigning, data and the internet. So who better to have back on Never Mind The Bar Charts to talk about how parties use data and what the next general election might bring? Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes AmazonWaterstonesindependent bookshopsthe impact of Cambridge AnalyticaUsing a Personality-Profiling Algorithm to Investigate Political Microtargeting: Assessing the Persuasion Effects of Personality-Tailored Ads on Social MediaThe small effects of political advertising are small regardless of context, message, sender, or receiver: Evidence from 59 real-time randomized experimentsthe effects of different campaign tacticswhat data US campaigners really useGround Wars – Personalized Communications in Political CampaignsWhat really happens at the grassroots when political parties push new ways of campaigning?using Zoom for politicshow Pokémon GO was used by some Lib DemsKate Dommett and John Curtice talks for the Political Studies AssociationKate Dommett on X/TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes * Affiliate links which generate a commission for sales.

Duration:00:49:00

The story of Charles Kennedy’s leadership, and lessons to learn from it

12/30/2023
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts welcomed back Duncan Brack for another of our reviews of previous party leaders. This time, it’s Charles Kennedy we took a look at. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Greg Hurst’s biographyCharles Kennedy on Have I Got News For You1983 TV report on his first electionlessons from Charles Kennedy’s leadershiptribute to Charles KennedyThe Lib Dem History GroupDuncan Brack on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show’s most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word www.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:01:18:24

A year of Rishi Sunak and lessons from the Mid Bedfordshire by-election

11/1/2023
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts is another special with the Lib Dem Pod team. We talked about a year of Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister and lessons from the Mid Bedfordshire by-election. Listen carefully also to spot a little Easter Egg from me... Show notes The Lib Dem PodHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show’s most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:01:00:22

Meet the inspirational star who wants to be an MP

10/12/2023
I've been honoured to have many great guests on Never Mind The Bar Charts but wow... this time's guest really blew me away with his moving life story and with the thought of just how exciting it would be to see him on the national political stage. Come take a listen and meet Josh Babarinde from Eastbourne. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The sunniest town in the UKThe kayak tipping incidentX/TwitterInstagramHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:45:01

Values or the economy - what’s driving our politics? Podcast with Paula Surridge

9/21/2023
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts features Paula Surridge once again, who since last time has been promoted to Professor - congratulations! We talk about what's driving British politics, whether the Conservatives can win next time - and what lessons she sees in the data for the Liberal Democrats. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes the role of valuesLib Dem win in Tiverton & Honitonhow Boris Johnson won the 2019 general electionHow the polls can be wrong - but why you should still pay attention to themBritish Social Attitudes Surveymoderate pitch of Mrs Thatcher in 1979Labour winning power would change the terms of British politicswas aboutThe long-term liberalisation of BritainAmazonWaterstonesBookshop.orgPaula Surridge on Twitter/XHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made. Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:46:17

Banning alcohol in the US didn’t last; could Brexit be the same?

8/10/2023
It took decades of campaigning for Prohibition campaigners to win in the US, getting alcohol banned in the early twentieth century. Once they'd won, their victory seemed set to last. Yet in less than a decade and a half their victory had been undone and the the idea killed off politically. So can pro-Europeans take heart from drawing parallels between Prohibition and Brexit? Find out in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts as I discuss this with Professor Ben Ansell who has just written a great piece comparing Prohibition and Brexit. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Brexit's 21st Amendment: Can the Rejoin campaign learn anything from the End of Prohibition?the political value of honeyPlastic bags chaos looms ... Supermarkets are braced for chaos and confusionPolling on EuropeAmazonWaterstonesBookshop.orgTwitterThreadsPexels.comHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com * Affiliate links.

Duration:01:04:59

”The Liberal Democrats have been making the spectacular seem routine”

7/25/2023
So wrote John Curtice after the latest record-breaking Parliamentary by-election by the Liberal Democrats. Who better therefore to discuss how happy Liberal Democrats should be after Sarah Dyke's victory than Frome-born political scientist and podcast favourite, Professor Tim Bale? Hear what Tim and I made of all three of the recent Parliamentary by-elections in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes quite a few Lib Dem leaflets in Somerton and FromeLib Dem alternative on ULEZpredictive power of Parliamentary by-electionsLiberal Democrat Yellow Halo of supportWhat issues most concern voters?Tim Bale on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show’s most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:43:46

What do over 500 field experiments tell us works for getting people out to vote?

7/19/2023
Florian Foos has worked with eight different political parties in five different countries carrying out field experiments to test what does and doesn't work in election campaigning. So I invited him on Never Mind The Bar Charts to talk about what both his research and that of others reveals. Show notes How Much GOTV Mail is Too Much? Results from a Large-Scale Field ExperimentAmazonBookshop.orgWaterstonesby finding common valuesbefriending rather than demonising peoplesceptical of the impact of deep canvassingFlorian Foos on TwitterHugo LeeNathan CopleyPixabaytips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com * Affiliate links

Duration:00:53:19

Why do so many obvious policy ideas keep on not happening?

6/6/2023
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts features Sam Freedman, talking about his recent excellent article on why apparently obvious policy ideas keep on being talked about, but not getting implemented. What's going on? Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The Policy Paradox: The more obvious an idea is the less likely it will happenOffice for Spending Evaluationthe Institute for Government's induction sessions for new ministersShelter report on housingHow Keith House and colleagues get houses built in EastleighSam Freedman's email newsletterSam Freedman on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:36:45

Negative campaigning in political leaflets: what the evidence says

5/18/2023
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts saw a return to the show for Professor Caitlin Milazzo, one of the county's top experts on political leaflets - what goes into them why and with what effect. This time we discussed her new research into negative campaigning in leaflets. Show notes “Going on the offensive: Negative messaging in British general elections”Open Elections websiteHow are political leaflets changing (and do they work)Caitlin Milazzo on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show’s most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:41:34

Another Lib Dem local election triumph

5/8/2023
The latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts is another tie-up with The Lib Dem Podcast, following the stunning Lib Dem gains in the local elections. I joined councillors John Potter and Richard Kemp, along with new Lib Dem council leader Martin Boffey, to chew over the results. Unfortunately, Lisa Smart was not able to make the show, but she was safely re-elected this month too. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Watch the podcast on YouTubeLib Dem Podcast on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:01:00:43

Where is the Conservative Party going and how did it get here?

4/17/2023
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. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes BookshopAmazonWaterstonesTim Bale on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Duration:00:52:34

How to tackle the corrosion of trust in our politics

3/27/2023
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. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Public Preferences for Integrity and Accountability in PoliticsIpsos trust dataAlan Renwick on TwitterDavid MarkPixabayHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:52:45

How to build houses, and win elections

2/4/2023
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? Take a listen to find out... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Howards' WayHow the first Liberal was elected to Eastleigh Council – and how politics didn’t have a golden ageCllr Keith House on TwitterPeter HPixabayHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:37:03

Why does Lords reform so often fail, and how can it be got right next time?

1/9/2023
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. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes reforming the House of CommonsThe Changing Role of the House of LordsThe House of Lords Appointments CommissionBookshopAmazonWaterstonesThe Constitution UnitHugo LeeCreative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0tips on how to listen to podcastsCheck out some of this show's most popular previous episodes Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Duration:00:45:23

How have Labour and the Lib Dems done in 2022?

12/9/2022
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? Take a listen to find out... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Our original discussion of five tests for opposition partiesDecember 2020March 2022Jon Mellon's researchYouGov 0-10 voting propensity trackerAmazonTim Bale on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcasts Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com * This is an affiliate link which generate a commission for each sale made.

Duration:00:51:48

Talking political polling, with the No Man’s Land podcast

11/1/2022
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. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes No Man's Land podcastHost Steve O'Neil on TwitterPolling UnPackedHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcasts Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:01:04:12

Where next for British politics?

10/8/2022
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... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes deselected as a councillorThe core vote argumentMichael Crick's Twitter accountCallum Robertson on TwitterFor a Fair DealSam Seaborn on taxing the richAmazonBookshopWaterstonesHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcasts Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitterwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com * This list includes affiliate links which generate a commission for each sale made.

Duration:00:47:19