Never Mind The Bar Charts

News & Politics Podcasts

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Duration:00:47:19

The cancellation of the Lib Dem autumn conference

9/14/2022
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. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Why conference was cancelled and the alternatives consideredLatest information on hotel and travel refundsLib Dem Pod...

Duration:01:02:19

It was the Blue Wall, not the Red Wall, that triggered Brexit

9/7/2022
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... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Tim Bale on TwitterMichael Crick's Twitter account about MP...

Duration:00:44:19

Conservative Party leadership election: who is going to win, and what does it mean for the Lib Dems?

8/5/2022
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. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The Lib Dem PodTim Bale on TwitterHow do you make someone join a political party?Footsoldiers: political party...

Duration:00:55:41

Hope and headaches for the Liberal Democrats?

7/3/2022
How much more of a spring in our step should Liberal Democrats have after the Tiverton and Honiton win, and what are the lessons for the party? After discussing this last week with the Lib Dem Pod team, for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts I invited back an outside expert, political scientist Paula Surridge. Let's see how much cold water Paula has to pour on Lib Dem hopes... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show...

Duration:00:42:21

Terrific Tiverton & Honiton Heaven

6/26/2022
I joined the Lib Dem Pod team shortly after the amazing win for Richard Foord in Tiverton & Honiton to discuss how it happened and what it means. See what Sam, Richard, John and I made of the result... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Richard Foord's amazing winThe wonderful Frank Dorando go have a listen to their other episodesHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcasts Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitteron...

Duration:00:41:32

Red Wall, Red Herring? The economic insecurity driving British politics

6/20/2022
I was really lucky to have Professor Jane Green as my guest for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts as she's co-author of an important new report into British politics: "Red Wall, Red Herring? Economic Insecurity and Voting Intention in Britain". Along the way she politely demolished some of what I've said in the past and provided pointers for what the Liberal Democrats should do in the future. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy...

Duration:00:42:50

How did Labour, Tories and Lib Dems really do in the local elections?

5/9/2022
Pollster Keiran Pedley joined me on Never Mind The Bar Charts to discuss what we can learn from the 2022 local elections and how Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems really did. Includes how I would have spun the results for Labour if I'd been in their press team and what Keiran thinks of my enthusiasm for the Liberal Democrat results. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes How useful are the local elections for telling us...

Duration:00:51:06

What should Lib Dems make of the 2022 local elections?

5/7/2022
I joined John Potter from the Lib Dem Pod podcast, along with Welsh leader Jane Dodds and Scottish campaign maestro Kevin Lang to talk about the 2022 local elections. Here's what we made of the results and what to do next... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Lib Dem Pod podcastHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcasts Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitteron Facebookwww.NeverMindTheBarCharts.com

Duration:00:59:33

Famous polling errors, what to do when polls go wrong and more...

4/20/2022
This month's edition of Never Mind The Bar Charts features my recent appearance on another podcast - the UK in a Changing Europe's Brexit and Beyond podcast, talking about opinion polls and my new book all about them with the ever-excellent Paula Surridge. Show notes Brexit and Beyond podcastPolling Unpacked: the history, uses and abuses of political opinion pollsPaula Surridge on TwitterHugo Leetips on how to listen to podcasts Enjoy the show? Spread the word on Twitteron...

Duration:00:34:47

How are Labour and the Lib Dems doing? (2022 update with Tim Bale)

3/31/2022
It was a warm welcome back to Professor Tim Bale in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts as we returned to the five tests for an opposition party that Tim discussed before. Now we're in 2022, how are Labour and the Liberal Democrats doing on those tests? Listen on to find out... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Previous review of state of Labour and the Liberal DemocratsGolden Haloupdated herehow political...

Duration:00:55:36

Using online advertising to tell Russians the truth about Ukraine

3/16/2022
Internet advertising does not have the best of reputations. But when it comes to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ability to slip adverts telling the truth pass the eyes of Russian regulators makes it a way of battling Putin's disinformation campaigns. So for the the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts I spoke with Rob Blackie, the public front for a network of volunteers who are running online adverts to get the truth to ordinary Russians. Feedback very welcome, and do share...

Duration:00:24:27

Birthday cake versus demographics: which will determine the future of British politics?

1/30/2022
It was great to welcome back Professor Rob Ford for the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts and to discuss with him both the long-term trends shaping British politics and how they may or may not be seen off by short term factors, such as a birthday cake. Which means we also got into how grim, or not, the future looks for the Conservative Party. Take a listen to find out what we concluded... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy...

Duration:00:52:36

What does 2022 hold for the Lib Dems? With Ed Davey and Mike Dixon

1/11/2022
The most excellent Lib Dem Pod team have just done a show on what 2022 holds for the Liberal Democrats with myself, Lib Dem chief executive Mike Dixon and party leader Ed Davey. So here it is for Never Mind The Bar Charts listeners too, including my biggest mistake since being elected President and what baffles me most about the party... Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Our plan for 2022The Lib Dem PodHugo Leetips on how...

Duration:00:46:43

Does North Shropshire signal the end for Boris Johnson?

12/17/2021
To discuss Helen Morgan's stunning victory in the North Shropshire by-election, I welcomed Professor Tim Bale back to Never Mind The Bar Charts. We discussed what happened, its causes and the likely consequences. Here's what we made of it all. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Helen Morgan winsAlan Wager on tactical votingCaitlin Milazzo on political leafletsSam Coates interview of Boris JohnsonTim Bale on TwitterHugo...

Duration:00:53:57

The three reasons Boris Johnson won in 2019, and why he might not next time

12/9/2021
It was lovely to welcome Paula Surridge back to Never Mind The Bar Charts. She is one of Britain’s experts on how people’s values influence their political and voting choices. She’s also one of the authors of a new book about the 2019 general election so one of the topics we discussed was why Boris Johnson won, before going on to why the Liberal Democrats, er..., didn't. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes What Chesham and...

Duration:00:54:54

Unleash the bar charts! Tactical voting and the next general election

11/14/2021
Tactical voting took centre stage in the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts as I discussed the thought-provoking pamphlet Breaching the Blue Wall: could tactical voting help England's 'progressive' parties defeat the Conservatives? with one of its authors, Dr. Alan Wager. We focus on politics in England, but much of what we discuss is also applicable more widely too. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes Breaching the...

Duration:00:37:13