In this week’s episode, James and I talk about his recent holiday in Costa Rica (he loved the wildlife, but not the masks); whether his neutrality in Russia’s war against Ukraine is because he’s suffering from ‘oikophobia’ (Roger Scruton’s word for people who loathe and detest their homeland); the horror that is the Online Safety Bill; and, in Culture Corner, Horatio Hornblower, Somerset Maugham and the Ipcress File.
In the latest episode of London Calling, James and I discuss Justin Trudeau’s political future, argue about how influential Klaus Schwab is – James thinks he’s essentially Dr. Evil sitting in a bunker somewhere in the Alps and issuing instructions to world leaders – and disagree about whether to cling on to nurse – Boris – for fear of something worse. I’m a clinger, James is a binner.
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James and I debate whether 2022 will be the year we return to normal or the Great Reset will continue apace; the chances of Boris surviving until the end of the year; the controversial honour for Tony Blair; our New Year’s resolutions (although James hasn’t made any); and, in Culture Corner, the Turner Contemporary in Margate, The Power of the Dog (which I didn’t like) and Roadrunner, a documentary about Anthony Bourdain.
The latest episode of London Calling – the last one of the year – is a Twixmas special. James and I compare Christmas presents, discuss Boris’s postponement of D-Day, dwell momentarily on my public Twitter shaming last week, and discover that James now thinks Donald Trump is ‘controlled opposition’ after his pro-vaccination comment. Meanwhile, in Culture Corner, I praise The Rescue, Operation Mincemeat and Munich: Edge of War, while James brags about the classics of Russian literature he’s been given for Christmas.
This year, London Calling has been downloaded 1,018,564 times, which isn’t bad considering its just two middle-aged curmudgeons belly-aching about how the world has gone to hell in a hand cart.
In this week’s bumper episode of London Calling, James and I discuss Boris’s current difficulties, which are about to be added to by the House of Commons rebellion and Thursday’s possible by-election loss; the likelihood of a lockdown of the unvaccinated in England, and why some apparently sound people are advocating that policy; Sadiq Kahn’s latest assault on our freedoms, which is to ban “inappropriate staring of a sexual nature” on the London Underground; Jussie Smollett’s comeuppance for pretending he was the victim of a hate crime; and, in Culture Corner, Lewis Hamilton’s recent F1 loss, the first episode of Yellowjackets, the strangely sexless central female character in Hawkeye, the Wheel of Time (again!) and vol 13 in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories.
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.