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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.






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.






Maybe we can cure Trump, but can we cure hate?

A poignant message for today, as Donald Trump fights COVID-19 like nobody has ever fought before, is there a vaccine for the much bigger virus contaminated the world – the preponderance of hate? A sermon delivered by the Rev Phil Dobbie.


Beware Boris’ COVID Marshall Army

New enforceable laws will be introduced to ensure no more than six people gather together at any one time. Marshalls will be there to enforce the discipline, with fines and public floggings. For Balls Radio six people is a positive ratings result, but, as Phil Dobbie explains (to himself) it’s not the audience size that matters, it’s the cathartic impact of saying stuff that his family doesn’t want to listen to. Today the incoherent ramblings form a semi-plausible argument that everything...


Corona virus is popular again

COVID-19 is making a comeback. In this edition of Balls Radio Phil Dobbie says its becoming increasingly popular with young people, who enjoy it so much they pass it on to their friends. Also, two new games you might like to try, Brexit is close to reaching its inevitable end and the Pope has a word on those who gossip. So stop it.


Staying alive with the help of toenails

We’re all emerging from lockdowns unsure of what’s real any more. In which alternate reality do we find Tony Abbott as a trade envoy for the UK? Can Harry and Meghan escape the limelight with a $100 million dollar deal on Netflix – it sounds like it judging by the description of what they’re working on. And do we really need to let people die to save the economy, or could we just create a new economy from scratch using toenails as legal tender? Important points, all worth ten minutes of your...


You’ve had your fun, now get back to work

Later this week Boris Johnson will outline plans to being lifting the lockdown. Other parts of the world are doing the same. Protestors with guns are out in many parts of the US demanding it. We need to get the economy back on track. Today on Balls Radio, Phil Dobbie asks the question, how many people are we happy to see die for the good of the economy? If 50 thousand an acceptable number? And can we really start an exist strategy when we don’t have all the numbers we need – like, what’s the...


Self-employed go hungry whilst Rishi overthinks it

Over five million self-employed people will be struggling right now, as work dries up and incomes disappear. Chancellor Rishi Sunak found it easy to promise 80% of the income of furloughed workers, but struggles with how to compensate self-employed workers who suddenly find themselves without an income. On Balls Radio Phil Dobbie suggests the answer is simple. In fact, it’s so simple even Donald Trump gets it.


The Chinese Virus is Bad News For Trump

The US President is repeatedly referring to COIV19 as the Chinese virus, in the hope that he can deflect the blame from the slow response he is making to the pandemic. On Balls Radio today we look at the numbers that suggest the US is seeing infections growing faster than Italy, and it’ll become clearer over the next few days. Meanwhile, Australia is doing better than most, but also wins the prize for being the most blasé. She’ll be right mate.


Buybacks, paybacks – the economic answer to the crisis

The Sun this week asked why Richard Branson isn’t offering to sell his island retreat to pay the wages of Virgin Atlantic staff. Phil Dobbie suggests that’s a moronic question, and the real criminals in this financial crisis are the companies who bought back shares to inflate executive salaries, rather than keep cash on hand to cope with emergencies such as this. One guilty party here is Delta Airlines, which owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic, way more than Richard Branson. On Balls Radio we...


Herd but not seen

The UK is pushing ahead with plans for herd immunity, even as other countries push ahead with isolation plans. Could the UK, ironically, be the only country left with freedom of movement, after having voted to get rid of it in the Brexit referendum? Plus, the Big Brother household that’s in blissful ignorance, and Katie Hopkins forced to go to Australian media for publicity.


Washing our hands of it all

Whilst Italy is in total lockdown, the UK Prime Minister is telling people to wash their hands more often, an Australian politician reckons it’s all a conspiracy by the Chinese and the US President wants to keep people on a cruise ship so they can die without upsetting his statistics. Phil Dobbie looks at the various ways nations are coming to terms with the Corona virus.


From Wuhan with Love

For many the most marked impact of the Corona Virus is that they will have to wait till November to see the new James Bond movie. Apparently the marketing team didn’t want people dying from watching a movie called No Time to Die. By then though, if the infection rate continues, millions could have died. We’ll certainly be out of toilet rolls. Yet people are still making the argument that the mitigation measures are an over reaction and the flu is more deadly. So far. Plus, why Phil Dobbie is...


WHO declares another case of Johnson impregnation

The World Health organisation has confirmed another case of coming down with a Johnson induced pregnancy, bringing the known total to six although there are fears unreported cases could mean the actual figure is much higher. In today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie asks whether the new baby will pass the country’s stringent immigration tests. Will it be born with a PhD, for example? Plus, the latest on the Corona virus, the Tom Tom traffic index and Dr Seuss’s birthday. But he’s dead now.


Dredging up the good old days

Donald Trump this week suggested he would rather watch Gone with the Wind than an Oscar wining movie made overseas. Remember the good old days. BBC’s Question Time featured a rant (unchallenged) from a woman who claims our hospitals are flooded with non-English speaking health tourists getting services for free and the solution is to stop all migration. Then there’s our new old passports. Thank goodness we’re going back to the olden days when white people watched old movies and were shielded...


Boris’ Honeymoon Could Soon Be Over

Destroying the BBC, an unworkable migration strategy, crazy bridge talk – could the Boris bounce be over soon? Phil Dobbie suggests that going hard on the national broadcaster could come back to bite him and the idea of a £23,000 minimum income for EU migrants surely means the benefit of Brexit is that Brits get to do all the low paid jobs themselves. Is this what people really voted for?


Reshuffle and go home

Boris Johnson will send some of his cabinet back to where they came from, maybe because Dominic Cummings doesn’t like that. The same thing applies to criminals born overseas who have spent more than a year in a UK prison. The reasoning is, sending them back makes Britain’s streets safer. In today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie asks if that means are streets are unsafe with all the released criminals who weren’t born overseas. Plus the latest on the Corona virus, EU visa rules and China’s digital...


The rise of right-wing socialism

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson have one thing in common – besides their hair style and fashion sense. They both like to spend big with government money. None of the fiscal conservatism that has been the hallmark of the parties they purport to represent. No bad thing necessarily, except Boris seems to be appealing to a broader demographic than Trump. So why isn’t Trump also offering spending programmes that benefit all, not just the rich. Phil Dobbie puts that question to Richard Kazimer.


Have you got problems with wind?

The entire UK nation has had a wind problem. Is it diet related? Lon today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie puts Storm Ciara in perspective. We also present tangible evidence that we have at least one listener, and we look back at the olden days, when people used to think about things.


Limbaugh – freedom for all (whites and entitled)

Steve Keen joins Phil Dobbie on today’s Balls Radio to discuss Donald Trump’s State of the Union address yesterday, plus the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which has gone to radio hatemonger Rush Limbaugh. Seriously! Plus, the end of the BBC and a celebration of the birthday of the Readers Digest and the ten most beautiful words in the English language.


Canada Plus What?

At last Britain is free and ready to discover its place in the world. The war is over, as Nigel Farage declared, without him getting his suit dirty (except the occasional milkshake). As Phil Dobbie discusses on today’s Balls Radio, the UK and the EU will state their negotiating position on the future trading relationship. Boris Johnson is hoping for something similar to Canada – but how good will that be, really? Balls Radio examines what the EU Canada trade deal looks like. And is Dominque...


Farage's Pathetic Brexit

There was no more pathetic sight than seeing Nigel Farage and his band of merry Brexiteers waving their tiny Union Jacks on his last day at the European parliament. In the end his microphone was cut off, and out they shrugged, never to return. On today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie talks out our pathetic Brexit and quotes from Martin Fletcher in today’s New Statesman who says this is a day of profound national shame. Plus, some facts and figures on the Coronavirus and the Australian bushfires.