In the latest episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I rage about the decision to vaccinate kids, lament the weaponisation of Emma Raducanu by culture warriors, celebrate Stanley Tucci’s victory over Meghan Markle in last night’s Emmy Awards, wonder if Boris Johnson is just a fat version of Tony Blair and share our fear of being recognised at the supermarket check-out counter — although most strangers who approach us are very nice.
In the latest episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I express disbelief that Boris still wants to introduce vaccine passports, look forward to a return of the old Michael Gove following his night on the tiles in Aberdeen, think it’s a pity that Geronimo wasn’t entrusted to the safekeeping of Pen Farthing, marvel at the $83 billion of military hardware Joe Biden has just gifted to the Taliban and give White Lotus two thumbs up.
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I ask how Dan Andrew’s became such a bug-eyed authoritarian zealot, whether Afghanistan is America’s worst foreign policy disaster since 1975 and why the Orwell Foundation didn’t stand up for author Kate Clanchy when she was targeted for cancellation last week, in spite of awarding her the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2020.
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.