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.
On this week’s episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I discuss the Omicron variant; Boris’s recent announcement that he won’t be imposing any more restrictions today, but may impose them at any moment; the likely reaction of the Parliamentary Conservative party if he does do that, particularly before Christmas; the landmark free speech victory won by Harry Miller and the Free Speech Union in the Court of Appeal; the relative merits of fox hunting versus being a football fan; and, in Culture Corner, Spider-Man: No Way Home, the new series of The Witcher, Bernard Cornwell’s War Lord (top drawer) and Dominic Frisby’s apparent endorsement of Team James.
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 quick-fire episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I talk Omicron parties, shooting parties and, evidently, the drug parties taking place in the Palace of Westminster. All this and a pass-the-sick-bag review of the execrable Wheel of Time in Culture Corner.
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I discuss shooting, hunting – but not fishing; the latest raft of Covid restrictions; whether David Icke is a “visionary genius” (™James Delingpole); the new Beatles movie, and Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film about being brought up in Northern Ireland which is howlingly bad!
In this week’s London Calling, James and I discuss the COP26 coal deal and wonder whether Greta Thunberg will stage a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm (fat chance); give a shout out to David Perry, the heroic taxi driver whose quick thinking thwarted the terrorist attack in Liverpool; doff our caps to John Cleese, whose self-cancellation forced the President of the Cambridge Union to do a reverse ferret on his proposal to black-list certain speakers in advance; and, in Culture Corner, The Brothers Karimazov, War of the Wolf, American Crime Story: Impeachment, Invasion and Midnight Mass, the new Netflix series which James says has taken a “weird turn”.
In the latest episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I discuss James’s aversion to answering emails; David Starkey’s jaw-dropping assertion that vaccines should be compulsory; the new head of NHS England’s misleading claim that there are currently 14 times as many Covid patients in hospital as there were this time last year (in fact, there are fewer); Matt Hancock’s Telegraph comment piece saying the case for insisting all health workers are vaccinated is “unanswerable”, even though he doesn’t actually answer any of the standard counter-arguments; Obama’s speech at COP26 in which he blamed ‘nationalism’ for lack of progress on climate change while in a country run by nationalists; the ‘unholy trinity’ – Covid, Climate Change and Social Justice – used by governments to exert more and more control over their populations; my trip to Blackpool to see QPR away; and, in Culture Corner, Midnight Mass, Invasion, The Morning Show and American Crime Story: Impeachment.
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James Delingpole and I devote the best part of an hour to taking the Mickey out of COP26. I challenge James to identify the biggest climate hypocrite of the week: Joe Biden, who brought five passenger jets with him; Dana Strong, the CEO of Sky, which is one of the main sponsors of the conference and who spent the first six months of her job ‘commuting’ to London from her home in Philadelphia on a private jet; or the organisers of COP26, who’ve had to rig up oil-fuelled generators to power the fleet of 260 electric Range Rover they’ve laid on to transport the VIPs from the nearest private jet landing strip to the conference centre. We also just manage to squeeze in a discussion of King Richard, Dune and season three of Succession.
In the latest episode of London Calling, I bet James Delingpole £50 there won’t be a national lockdown in England before Christmas, nor will there be a lockdown of the unvaccinated. In addition, we discuss driven shooting, David’s Law, the new series of Succession and our old friend Michael Gove.