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What's going on Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short regular occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.

What's going on Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short regular occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.
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What's going on Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short regular occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.

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Episodes

Hard or Stay. The only two choices.

3/28/2019
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On today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie spreads fear that a hard Brexit could mean a sudden lack of soft toilet paper. As a confirmed Brexiteer, he argues why another referendum is the only way forward, and suggests Brexiteers should want it too. Otherwise, the future lies with Theresa May’s deal, which will inevitably lead to a very soft Brexit at the end of the transition period. And a further two years of angst in the process.

Duration:00:14:50

Tax, frogs and rabbits

3/20/2019
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It’s world frog day, now officially recognised by Balls Radio. But, Phil Dobbie asks, can Toads be involved too? He also looks at tax changes this year and asks, why does Philip Hammond insist on making everything so bloody complicated. As if tax codes weren’t complicated enough next month he just adds to the confusion. Plus, can you summarise a book in a tweet?

Duration:00:12:05

Christchurch shooting sends a stark warning

3/15/2019
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We’d be shocked if mainstream media and politicians sprouted fundamentalist Islamic extremism. In Britain, a few right-wing nut jobs might be given a little media exposure, but in Australia they are given prime time TV shows. More shocking is how a Queensland politician used the atrocity as an opportunity to quote a passage from the bible to justify the actions of the shooters. How has society got so much wrong. The political process has to take part of the blame – the UK needs to avoid a...

Duration:00:15:15

Exorcise our right to leave

3/13/2019
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Is Theresa May’s voice croaky because she is tried and overworked, or is it because the Devil has taken control of her body? On today’s Balls Radio, Phil Dobbie examines the possibly work of Satan in the Brexit process. Are Brexiteers really devil worshippers set to destroy our life and turn us to the dark side. Or is Jean Claude Juncker the Devil incarnate, speaking to us in his strange, incomprehensible tongue (French)? Either way, an exorcism seems to be the only way out of Europe.

Duration:00:08:55

Brexit - let the goat decide

3/11/2019
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The two of Fair Haven in Vermont has voted in a goat as Mayor. At any other time it would seem ridiculous, but now, given the state of politics, perhaps they have the right idea. On today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie asks whether we should ask the goat what to do next on Brexit – we need some fresh thinking.

Duration:00:09:12

No correlation between May’s brain cells and crime numbers

3/7/2019
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Theresa May said, with a straight face, that there was no correlation between rising crime and falling police numbers. But, as Phil Dobbie discusses in today’s Balls Radio, even her Home Secretary David Javid, doesn’t believe her. Listen in to find out why the end of March will see the end of May, and the steps to a People’s Vote, whether you want one or not.

Duration:00:10:58

Dead celebrities and a long Brexit

3/5/2019
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Celebrities are dying at an alarming rate. What’s going on. Phil Dobbie investigates. Well, investigates is a big word – he talks about it. Plus, the obvious answer to Brexit that even George Galloway agrees with. And sperm, have you counted yours?

Duration:00:15:05

Should we nationalise railways or wait for Hyperloop?

2/12/2018
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Jeremy Corbyn wants to renationalise the railways, along with gas, water and electricity. Not a bad idea, says Phil Dobbie in the latest Balls Radio podcast. With the help of a Thomas the Tank engine extract he explains why privatisation was a bad idea, and looks at one rail network that was never sold off – the London Underground. It is subsidised, but not by as much as you might expect. Plus, why you shouldn’t spend too long sitting on the toilet.

Duration:00:22:47

How to be like Nigel Farage

2/5/2018
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You’ve probably looked at Nigel Farage and wondered how you could be that successful. How can you get your voice heard. Fortunately, as Phil Dobbie explains in this week’s Balls radio, you don’t have to be too smart. His reaction to the Churchill café protest is a case in point – listen to how the master blows the whole issue out of all proportion, then blames all lefties for siding with the Nazis. Once you learn the rules, you’ll find it easy to be like Nigel Farage, unless you are held...

Duration:00:14:12

Men are animals; and a part time Brexit

1/29/2018
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Balls Radio tackles the two big topics of the last week – The Presidents Club and the imminent collapse of the May government over Brexit disagreements. On the Presidents Club, Phil Dobbie suggests men are animals and we have to get used to it. No excuse, he suggests, it’s just how men are. On Brexit, he asks why we haven’t considered the ultimate compromise, a part time Brexit. Perhaps we just leave at weekends.

Duration:00:13:33

A podcast for nobody

1/22/2018
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22 Jan 2018 - Balls Radio is back with a bright new look for 2018. I’ve cast aside any elements of professionalism or format, and replaced it with 15 minutes of rambling monologue, vaguely related to the news of the week. Bear in mind, it’s more for my satisfaction than yours – things I want to get off my chest, and it’s best to do it when nobody is listening.

Duration:00:16:17

The folly of full employment

10/31/2017
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The Bank of England is set to lift interest rates in the UK this week, pushing up the cost of your mortgage. The rationale is that high employment levels will push wages up and they need to control inflation. Yet wages are actually sliding and have been for some time. Isn’t it a leap of faith to expect that is going to change anytime soon?

Duration:00:09:40

Europe doesn’t need us. They’ll stick us with a Hard Brexit.

10/20/2017
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There’s a spurious argument – spread by Farage, Lawson and the like - that Europe needs us more than we need them. They don’t. We’re a fraction of their export market and most of what we sell is substitutable by products made on the continent. Then there’s the strange notion that the UK will do better at securing free trade deals than the EU, even though their economy is almost five times the size. Make no mistake, Britain will hurt and at some point the majority of people and politicians...

Duration:00:09:49

Detail completely avoided in Brexit process

9/25/2017
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Phil Dobbie says now is the time for ordinary people to look into the detail of how Brexit will work. Whilst the Prime Minister spent 40 minutes committing to nothing in Florence last week, the clock is ticking before masses of laws and regulations are passed for amendment to unelected representatives in Whitehall. At least in Europe we had a vote on legislation, even if one of our MEP’s, a Mr Nigel Farage, how the lowest voting turnout. The irony of a man who is fighting for democracy, but...

Duration:00:08:24

Has Trump unleashed the xenophobe genie?

8/24/2017
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In today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie asks whether President Trump is simply capitalising on a tide of xenophobia that was already entrenched in parts of the US psyche. For example, a Washington Post poll this week showed that 9 percent of the country thought it was acceptable to harbor white supremacy and neo Nazi views. He asks Richard Kazimer, Balls’ man in the US, whether the President has simply unleashed a genie that had been trapped for some time.

Duration:00:23:18

Fighting the war with a river of pigs blood

8/20/2017
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The West’s answer to Islamic terrorism is to ignore the root cause and put a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. Firing bullets dipped in pigs blood and making it more difficult to hire vans are just the latest examples. Phil Dobbie explores just how ludicrous these ideas are – and most other short-term fixes against the violence from ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Duration:00:09:12

Britain, United In our Confusion

8/15/2017
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Our approach to Brexit is showing the world what it means to be British – as one great nation of disorganised, divided people marching haphazardly towards an undefined destination, with no game plan and only an inefficient, crumbling bureaucracy to guide us.

Duration:00:07:06

Will Trump go the distance?

8/14/2017
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He astounded everyone when he won the election, but will he last. His popularity is on the wane, world leaders are finding it hard to hide their contempt, he’s being investigated over voting influence from Russia and he is failing to get any significant legislation through. So, will he last the term. Phil Dobbie asks Balls Radio’s US correspondent Richard Kazimer who admits, yes, he will, and he’ll probably be re-elected. Does that mean America will ever be great again?

Duration:00:22:12

Australians with a stamp get to vote on gay marriage

8/8/2017
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It seems Aussies will soon be able to vote on whether people of the same gender can get married. The problem is lots of religious types are opposed to the idea. As Phil Dobbie discusses, the problem is those people have been reading books that promote the obliteration of homosexuality through fire and fury like the world has never seen. At least since Sodom and Gomorrah.

Duration:00:10:00

The EU has nothing to do with our housing shortage

8/7/2017
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Many people seem to think that they are getting priced out of the housing market because there are too many foreigners from the EU. Phil Dobbie suggests they’ve got the wrong end of the stick. Don’t blame the Europeans, blame the banks, the Oligarchs and local councils.

Duration:00:07:14