Never Mind The Bar Charts

Rebels with a cause

An episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts

By Mark Pack
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Occasionally features Brexit.
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Stephen Tall and Mark Pack talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Occasionally features Brexit.

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Battlegrounds, bar charts but not Brexit
With the general election underway, Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss how things are going so far for the Liberal Democrats, what the constituency polls are saying, the role of bar charts and the latest on the party's internal elections. Show notes What the national opinion polls are saying. All the constituency polls made public so far. The full list of Unite to Remain seat arrangements. What went wrong with the Liberal Democrat constituency polling in 2015? Responsible bar charting. More information on voting in the Liberal Democrat internal elections. Find Never Mind The Bar Charts on social media Like the show? Do follow on Twitter or Facebook. It's a great way to hear more about the podcast - and to let your friends and colleagues know about it too.
November 11, 2019
How are the Liberal Democrats going to do in the general election?
Once again, an MP has kindly timed their decision to join the Liberal Democrats for just before the recording of an episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Stephen and Mark discuss the party's latest Parliamentary recruit along with the outlook for the general election. Antoinette Sandbach joins the Liberal Democrats. How many Liberal Democrat MPs are there now? The new Liberal Democrat election slogan. Got problems voting in the Liberal Democrat internal elections? Email
November 1, 2019
LIVE SHOW: Is Dominic Cummings a genius?
In the first live audience recording of Never Mind The Bar Charts, host Stephen Tall talks to two people who have worked with Dominic Cumnings: Polly Mackenzie and Sean Kemp.
October 13, 2019
Rebels with a cause
In this episode Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discussing the growing number of recruits to the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party, the unusual set of seats the party is targeting for the general election, why Will Hutton is wrong about Jeremy Corbyn and why everyone should go read Gaby Hinsliff. Mark is running to be Liberal Democrat Party President. The must-listen interview with Paula Surridge about British politics and the place for the Liberal Democrats. Local Lib Dem PPC Ian Sollom graciously welcomes Heidi Allen to the Lib Dems. Rob Castell, formerly Lib Dem PPC for Beaconsfield, previously did a brilliant campaign video. Cake, having and eating thereof. Grandmothers and machine guns. Gaby Hinsliff's excellent piece on the end of the liberal Tory.
October 8, 2019
Is politics still about left versus right?
Welcome to the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, a variation of the usual format in which I interview Paula Surridge about her research into the British electorate. She's been one of the pioneers in understanding how there is more than left versus right to modern British politics. Listen to hear what she has to say about what this means for the Liberal Democrats... A good introduction to some of Paula Surridge's work. Paula Surridge on Twitter. Paula Surridge on Medium.
September 22, 2019
Lib Dems do the Revokey-Cokey
Stephen Tall attempts to fisk Mark Pack's Remainer optimism. He possibly fails. Or does he?  Show notes Keep count of how many Liberal Democrat MPs there are. Monica Harding is the Lib Dem PPC for Dominic Raab's constituency. Demand Better sets out the wider Lib Dem policy plans beyond Brexit. Boris Johnson on Damian McBride.
September 10, 2019
The Brexit Episode: Remain is winning! (Or is it?)
Mark Pack goes full on cheerleading for Remain. Stephen Tall responds with half a bucket of cold water. Show notes: Beatrice Wishart wins in Shetland. Reasons to doubt the Boris Johnson / Dominic Cummings strategy. The public doesn't like prorogation. Tom Chivers on Dominic Cummings and a game of chicken. Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher. The Led By Donkeys anti-Breixt campaigners. Come and watch us record a special episode: "Is Dominic Cummings a genius?".
August 30, 2019
And then there were two... (more MPs on the Lib Dem Parliamentary benches)
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the victory of Jane Dodds and the switch of Sarah Wollaston.
August 15, 2019
Why did Jo Swinson win and what happens now?
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the outcome of the Lib Dem leadership race and how optimistic Lib Dems should now be.
July 30, 2019
What have we learnt so far about Jo Swinson and Ed Davey?
Mark and Stephen share their frustrations, insights and praise for the Lib Dem leadership contest in this special double-length episode.
July 3, 2019
Exclusive: Edward Davey interview
Mark Pack interviews would-be Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey about why he's decided now is the time to run for leader. They also discuss the Coalition Government, environmental policy and how to defeat Boris Johnson.
June 27, 2019
Exclusive: Jo Swinson interview
Mark Pack interviews would-be Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson about why she wants the job. The topics they discuss include what she thinks of the SNP, what she'd do in a hung Parliament and how the party can be more successful.
June 25, 2019
Announcement: three special episodes coming up
Exclusive interviews with Edward Davey and Jo Swinson coming up. Subscribe the podcast to make sure you don't miss them.
June 21, 2019
"Total Marmite": Tim Farron's advice to the next Lib Dem leader
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack interview Tim Farron about political party leadership and what members should ask at hustings meetings.
June 6, 2019
Will the Liberal Democrat boom go bust?
In episode #9, Stephen Tall and Mark Pick pick over the European election results and what comes next for the Lib Dems. Can the party sustain its May run of successes?
May 28, 2019
Just how happy should the Lib Dems be?
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the local elections, the Euros and the pace of Liberal Democrat recovery.
May 14, 2019
Friend or foe? Change UK and the Lib Dems
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the leaked Change UK memo about the Lib Dems, where Change UK is headed, a bold claim about Tony Blair from Stephen and how the local elections may change the political trajectory of the Remain parties.
April 29, 2019
Are the Lib Dems about to lose an MP?
Stephen finally gets Mark to talk about Brexit. But only after discussing the Newport West by-election. They also discuss whether the Lib Dems are about to lose another MP over Brexit.
April 5, 2019
Vince Cable: how did he do and who will succeed him?
Mark Pack and Stephen Tall discuss Vince Cable's record as leader, what happened at conference and why Stephen pays money to the New Statesman. Plus - who will be the next Lib Dem leader?
March 19, 2019
The Independent Group: earthshattering or earthbound?
Mark Pack and Stephen Tall discuss The Independent Group, the future of the Lib Dems and Brexit. With shout outs for The Times Red Box podcast and the Polling Matters podcast.
March 4, 2019
Pilot episode #3: universal basic income, radicalism and new parties
Stephen and Mark discuss three things they don't like.
February 13, 2019
Pilot episode #2: Paddy, coalition and little Englanders
Mark Pack and Stephen Tall discuss Paddy Ashdown, Lib Dem strategy and our obsession with US politics. Brexit nearly doesn't get mentioned.
January 18, 2019
Pilot episode #1: the best political commentators, the Lib Dems and what if Brexit wasn't happening?
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack talk about their favourite political podcasts and commentators, what the government should be doing if it wasn't consumed by Brexit and the Liberal Democrats.
December 23, 2018
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