In this week’s episode of London Calling, James and I discuss the recent easing of travel restrictions (unless you’re unvaccinated), my unsuccessful stalking adventure in Scotland, the new Sharpe novel by Bernard Cornwell, Purgatory’s Shore, the sequel to Taylor Anderson’s Destroyermen series, and Irwin Shaw’s Young Lions, which James loves.
In the latest episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I discuss Macron’s toys-out-of-the-pram reaction to the AUKUS deal, the glorious prospect that lockdown zealot Justin Trudeau will end up with fewer seats in the Canadian federal election than he did in 2019 and James’s gleeful contamination of my brand.
I was referred to in the Belfast Telegraph on Friday as a “renowned anti-vaxxer”, even though I think it’s sensible for people in vulnerable groups to have the Covid vaccine (just not anyone else). I blame James for this career-ending misunderstanding – it must be because I’ve given up arguing with him when he describes the Covid vaccines as “kill shots” and links them to his crackpot conspiracy theories about Bill Gates and the Great Reset.
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James and I have our usual argument about whether the mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis by the authorities is a conspiracy or a cock-up. I remain resolutely sceptical, while James is so far down the rabbit hole he thinks today’s anti-vaxxers who stormed the wrong BBC building are agent provocateurs sent into the field by a shadowy state agency to embarrass vaccine sceptics. In addition, we discuss my wildly ambitious plan to turn my substack newsletter about following QPR into a Fever Pitch-style bestseller and James’s brief career as the men’s fashion critic of the Times. (No, I couldn’t believe it either.)
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James and I talk about Biden’s forthcoming 9/11 moment, whether the clamour for vaccine passports will die down now that we know they’re not as effective at preventing infection and transmission as we thought, the row between Digby Jones and Alex Scott about her Essex accent and my moment of sporting glory, immortalised by legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell, when I rowed my boat to victory in a 2004 BBC reality show called The Other Boat Race.
In the latest episode of London Calling, James and I discuss the declining case numbers – and where that leaves SAGE’s crystal ball gazers – as well as why I won’t boo footballers taking the knee and Season 2, Episode 1 of Ted Lasso, which I’m excited about because the new season is set in the Championship, home of my team, QPR.