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Looking for a new sort of talk radio? Radio designed for people who don't need to be told how to think. Balls Radio gives you a chance to hear and discuss what's going on, with humour and intelligence.
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Looking for a new sort of talk radio? Radio designed for people who don't need to be told how to think. Balls Radio gives you a chance to hear and discuss what's going on, with humour and intelligence.




Should we nationalise railways or wait for Hyperloop?

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.


How to be like Nigel Farage

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...


Men are animals; and a part time Brexit

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.


A podcast for nobody

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.


The folly of full employment

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?


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

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...


Detail completely avoided in Brexit process

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...


Has Trump unleashed the xenophobe genie?

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.


Fighting the war with a river of pigs blood

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.


Britain, United In our Confusion

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.


Will Trump go the distance?

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?


Australians with a stamp get to vote on gay marriage

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.


The EU has nothing to do with our housing shortage

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.


Who’s to blame if Yemeni’s hold a grudge?

In today’s Balls radio Phil Dobbie asks whether the UK involvement in Yemen could come back to bite us. We’ve sold more than $3 billion of arms to the Saudis in the last two years alone – weapons which have been used to create a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Don’t you see the irony? Funding a dictatorship to bomb a neighbour under the excuse that democracy had failed.


BBC Biased Towards the Truth

The Daily Mail is having a customary dig at the BBC, claiming they are providing bias coverage about Brexit whereas, obviously, their newspaper is the single source of truth on the subject. Is there no end to their hypocrisy?


Will May’s One percent rule see her off?

In another return of Balls Radio Phil Dobbie questions the merit of Theresa May’s one percent cap on public sector wages. It’s a spurious argument to say that there isn’t the budget to pay these workers, when private sector wages are growing at 2 percent and inflation is close to 3 percent. Could this be the spark for a winter of discontent and an end to Theresa May’s leadership?


How to Fix Broxit

Balls Radio is back, with a new home, somewhere in the Surrey countryside. Shorter episodes, more often, but with the same quirkiness and lack of attention to detail. In this one-off before Christmas (we’re back good and proper I the New Year) we provide an answer to the Brexit problem – and we can look to Australia and New Zealand for our inspiration.


So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

The last edition of Balls Radio from Australia. The last chance to dissect the week's news - and find out what's coming next. RUNNING ORDER O0:00 Introduction 01:56 The last episode – where next? 06:50 Hooligans – almost certainly Brexiteers 14:49 The Queen – a monarch republicans seem to love 21:33 The dark side of British imperialism 27:13 China bans interracial marriage … not 31:10 Trump capitalises on America’s worst shooting 35:07 Clinton and Warren: Two women to run America 41:15 Is...


The End Is Nigh

Will Britain leave the EU? Will Abbott replace Turnbull? Will Trump kill us all? Who knows. But we know Balls is readying to leave Australia. Email: RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 02:15 Stormageddon 06:53 The EU poll stuff-up 16:09 BHS, gone for good 20:31 Brexit’s weakest link 24:35 Muhammad Ali – a real legend 30:35 Not good for Donald 37:26 Rush Limbaugh confused over apes 41:30 We’re all fed up with experts apparently 44:09 Right Royal Kiwis 48:37 Winston Peters...


Towards Political Armageddon

A Britain isolated. A US ridiculed. An Australia divided. Politics is taking the world to a very ugly place. Still, lots for Balls Radio to make fun of. RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 01:57 Lies about UK’s exponential migration 10:11 That £350million figure and other lies 22:14 Ross Gittins on the money on government spending 26:00 Trump’s big win – towards the apocalypse 36:59 Obama could be sued under US toilet fixation 40:34 Australian election rebate – more painful than constipation...