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  • Just when you thought the Glaswegian Wonka was the worst ever entertainment experience, along comes Nigel Farage with his 60th birthday party celebration... 

    Jemma and Marina discuss the bizarre goings-on from the bash and what one is supposed to do with a Farage-shaped ice luge. 

    Then it's onto the latest social calamity X post from the Govt of the second most powerful country in the world - or at least it was the most powerful country according to the Conservative's X account earlier in the week, but seemingly not by the end of the week, by which point they had deleted said post.

    The Rwanda plan takes a hilarious new turn... turns out £500m doesn't just buy you no asylum seekers in Rwanda, but also no planes and no homes too. Terrific. 

    Need some career advice? Well, you're in luck. Telegraph columnist and granddaughter of Telegraph grandee, Sophia Money-Coutts (yes, that is her real name) has some advice for our lazy Gen Zs on how to hustle - just like she did. 

    After more hammering of our young, Jemma and Marina finish on some epic underrated tweets and an ECHR-flavoured pudding that reminds us how utterly insane it is that our unelected hedge fund manager PM is trying to drag us out of it.

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  • Financial advice from Sunak, anyone? Because that's what was offered by our PM in his latest comms disaster video put out by No.10. The ladies discuss the desperate attempts by the PM to shift public perception, as well as the very obvious flaw.

    Then it's onto "courageous and fulsome" William Wragg - whose latest accolade includes being praised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for sending photos of his meat and two veg to a perfect stranger on the internet before compromising his colleagues, some of which, went on to do the same. What a time to be alive!

    But who cares about Wragg, or indeed the billions of pounds squandered, evaded or funnelled by Conservatives, because EVERYONE LOOK AT ANGELA RAYNER! Jemma and Marina discuss the crazed efforts of the right to try and make us angry about a potential £1.5k tax issue from a lady who sold her council house 9 years ago and wasn't even an MP at the time, with desperate Dan at The Mail on Sunday leading the charge. 

    Then it's onto some mispronunciations that may offend your ears, before a delightful pudding finisher from The Marsh Family.

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  • Tory MP for Uxbridge is campaigning hard for a fish and chip shop in the centre of Uxbridge, and that's despite refusing planning permission for one in 2019. Marina and Jemma rarely start an episode with their head in their hands but this time they do. And their despair isn't going away because this ep has sewage at it's heart and some dismal facts about how badly privatisation has failed us all. 

    Jemma tries to change the subject / lighten the mood with a series of tweets Marina is only half sure about. 

    Enjoy! 

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  • Jemma and Marina kick off with a quick look at the latest MRP poll as reported in The Times, which doesn't read well for Sunak and Co. For some unknown reason, Rishi is still laughing however, as are the Question Time audience when Esther McVey is asked about her role as 'Minister of Common Sense.' 

    Though arguably X (formerly known as Twitter) could do with some sort of Common Sense Tsar because over Easter there was a lot of performative Christianity happening which was more sickening than overdoing the chocolate, frankly. Everywhere you looked Tories were outdoing themselves with their devout displays of worship - to the point where Liz Truss saw fit to stand outside a boarded up church clutching a live lamb that looked like it really wanted to escape. The Trawl ladies discuss the juxtaposition between supporting the Rwanda policy, wanting to criminalise the homeless and painting over murals to make refugee centres less welcoming, and being Christian. Interesting. 

    Meanwhile, just before the Easter break, Sunak sneaked out his latest list of people he wants to stuff into the Lords. Marina and Jemma inspect a few of them. 

    Easter themed Under rated Tweets and clips finish of the episode along with an Easter themed pudding. 

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  • It's another jam-packed pod... opening with furious reaction to Nike's England flag rebrand and some commentary from Marina which resulted in an Express news article dedicated just to her.

    Then it's onto Owen Jones, who this week announced he was leaving the Labour party, to a very mixed reaction. Marina and Jemma explore their own thoughts and feelings on this, because despite the polling and the complacency - it ain't over till it's over. 

    Hunt gets his own section thanks to his tone-deaf comments about people in his constituency not getting by on £100k. Something has to have gone pretty wrong in an economy if you can be earning £100k and still not make ends meet. The ladies discuss and share the best reactions and explore what 30p Lee might have said. Learn to budget better perhaps?

    The Kate Middleton news gets a brief mention as the ladies chat through the reaction to the announcement before moving swiftly on to the big news in town... 

    The Conservatives have a new Deputy Chairman and his name is Jonathan Gullis! He must be thrilled to be promoted to a job he's going to lose in 5 months. 

    Then Jemma and Marina finish with the latest and greatest bit of disinformation put out by Tory Twitter before finishing with a perfectly on-topic pudding about flags.

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  • Did you even realise the LibDems had held their Spring Conference? No, nor did Jemma and Marina. So in a bid to readdress the balance, the ladies open with a rather compelling snippet from leader, Ed Davey.

    Then it's onto a rare moment where Keir Starmer offers hope (but careful, it's the hope that kills you), before delving into GB News' latest accolade: yet another strongly worded letter from Ofcom regarding their breaching of the impartiality rules. But you know, these things happen...once, twice - or in the case of GB News - 12 TIMES. But maybe next time they'll face a proper section. The 13th time's a charm...

    Sticking with GB News, unlike their viewers, Jemma and Marina discuss Rees-Mogg's reaction to Ofcom's mild telling-off before getting stuck into the update you were all waiting for: Holly Valance's change of heart from Conservative to Reform. Jemma and Marina look forward to the next GB News installment where broadcasters bemoan Gary Lineker for not sticking to football, without even a hint of self-awareness. 

    And it's about time a special mention was given to Special Economic Zones and freeports - a sinister policy and plan from this Government that is sweeping the country with very little coverage or accountability. Thankfully, Carol Vorderman is on hand to deep dive with the accuracy we all know and love her for.

    Finally a few tweets with some speculation over Obama's visit to Number 10 and a pudding from The Exploding Heads on Ofcom's latest weasel words. 

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  • Does anyone else have a strong sense of déjà vu? Because it appears it's that time of year again: When the Tories decide to ditch their useless leader. Yep, because as Sunak continues to take his taxpayer-funded chopper on tour to tell us all that his plan that clearly isn't working is working, in other corners of the Tory party, the penny is dropping... Penny Mordaunt to be precise. 

    The ladies discuss the rumour mill of letters of no confidence going in, election dates, and revisit Penny Mordaunt's brief time as Liz Truss cheerleader and defender - "I think the Right Honourable Gentleman will find, she is absolutely not hiding under a desk".

    Then it's onto extremism, as Michael Gove announces Govt's new definition of this, but fails to mention that if you donate £10million to The Tory party, or indeed £15million then you can indulge in all the extremism you like and still have a massive hold on the party of Government. Christian forgiveness and all that... And Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle also gets a little mention for failing to see Diane Abott bobbing up and down at PMQs like a busted Jack in the Box. 

    The Kate-Gate saga shows no signs of stopping, so Marina and Jemma dive straight in and touch upon some rather intriguing reporting from The Independent on a certain Marchioness of Cholmondley, plus the latest sighting of Kate (?) at her local garden centre. 

    Then it's a Kate-inspired pudding to finish, from the genius Munya Chawawa.

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  • Jemma and Marina are delighted to speak to LBC presenter and writer, Natasha Devon, about the time she was fired by the government, why the younger generation prioritise work/life balance and why callers need to be ‘match fit’ if they want to talk about Meghan. 

    Plus, Marina and Jemma spring a round of Education Secretary bingo on her. A wonderful chat with a friend of the pod. Enjoy!

    Natasha's Website: natashadevon.com. 

    Follow her on Instagram and Threads as @_natashadevon.

    Clicks: How to Be Your Best Self Online: https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/natasha-devon/clicks-how-to-be-your-best-self-online/9781529066630

    Babaushka: https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/babushka-natasha-devon/7514111

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  • Jemma and Marina pay tribute to Theresa May who will be standing down at the next election. If by pay tribute you mean, remembering what she was known for re Windrush, the Hostile Environment and Brexit, amongst other 'hits.' 

    And then it's back to the big political news of the week. Lee Anderson is off to Reform. Getting suspended and then being offered a lot of money had nothing to do with it. He just wants his country 'back' apparently. The ladies wonder what it is he wants it back from....

    There's a lot to talk about when it comes to the press conference, plus what it means for The Tories. Nadine Dorries thinks Johnson is the answer, but then she always thinks that Marina and Jemma discuss whether or not the the chances of his return are anything more than pure fantasy. 

    And then it's on to Kate Gate, that photo, and some of the tweets surrounding it. In other Royal news, Edward has been awarded the Order of The Thistle. It's safe to say Marina probably isn't going to be booked as a Royal correspondent any time soon given that she's not entirely sure which one Edward is. She also can't stop laughing at the Order Jemma has decided she should be awarded. 

    Lots of incredible Under Rated Tweets finish this episode off. 

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  • Murdoch is engaged again. Marina and Jemma ponder this romantic news before delving into the aftermath of last week's budget. If the Tories had been hoping for a bounce in the polls, their political hearts will have dropped when they saw the latest results from Westminster Voting Intentions. Turns out, 2p off your NI hasn't had the cut through they were hoping for...funny that.

    The Trawl ladies trawl through a few clips from the aftermath, some wonderful ones and some bias ones. Laura K they might be looking at you. 

    Then, Michelle Donelan's had her legal costs paid for by the treasury. Everyone alright with that? Jeremy Hunt seems pretty relaxed about it but then he also thought a 2p NI cut would make up for 14 years of Tory misery. Still, Donelan's legal bills were a snip compared to Truss' travel expenses and plane food bill. No cost cutting going on there. It seems cuts are only reserved for our public services. 

    Then, Jemma and Marina discuss the abhorrent comments made by Tory donor Frank Hester. The comments were dangerous and inexcusable and yet some MPs were OK with not dealing with them in the strongest of terms. Why did it take so long for the top Tories to call out for what it is - racism. 

    After all that political grit we're off to the Oscars for a bit of glamour. Jimmy Kimmel gets Under Rated Clip of The Week. Pudding is served by Larry and Paul

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  • It's budget day! And at time of record, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt had just dropped what the ladies hope will be the last Tory budget. Imagine that... 

    Jemma and Marina give some initial reactions to Hunt's speech which opened with lies, continued with lies, and then finished with lies - because if there's one thing Hunt is good at, it's consistency. 

    The ladies then move from the goings-on in Westminster to those in Rochdale with a lookback at George Galloway coming first in the Rochdale by-election, and Richard Tice's Reform candidate coming fourth - in a two-horse race, no less. 

    Then it's onto that Sunak speech outside number 10 on a Friday at 5:30pm, which for all his faults, Boris Johnson would never have done - most probably because it would have eaten into wine-time Fridays. 

    This week's underrated section is a buffet of delicious clips and tweets, including THAT Grazia interview with Rishi Sunak and his wife as they tried to convey themselves as totally normal, and came across as anything but. 

    The ladies finish with a clip of Sky's Sophy Ridge that felt heaven-sent for The Trawl, plus a smash hits pudding from Munya Chawawa.

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  • Like Mariah, Celine and Whitney, Tory bells Lee, Suella and Liz need only their first name for instant recognition. But sadly, instead of singing absolute belters, this trio of wrong' uns are spewing hate, division and stoking fear.

    This pod is sectioned, as some might suggest our trio should be, to allow for individual dissection of the latest line-crossing of these three Tories, who are seemingly on a mission to get themselves so far to the right, that our hope is they tip over. 

    Jemma and Marina discuss Suella's latest Torygraph article where she declared the Islamists, extremists and antisemites are now in charge of Britain, which makes somewhat of a change from it being the blob, the elite establishment and the tofu-eating wokerati.

    Then it's onto Lee Anderthal, who limited his apparent Islamophobia to London and its Mayor instead of the whole of Great Britain - how very restrained of him. The ladies discuss the dangerous conflation between Islam and Islamists, and the shocking results of a Tory member poll that shows this dangerous conflation is having an impact., before attempting to lighten the tone with some wonderful reactions to Lee's latest cock-up.

    And when is racism, not racism? Well, when it's covered by the BBC and is demoted to just 'criticism'. Astounding coverage of these events followed astounding interviews where ministers and Secretaries of State metaphorically soiled themselves on air, which are served up for your listening pleasure. 

    Finally, it's onto Liz - who last week found herself serving her South-West Norfolk constituents all the way from a far-right conference in the US. Staying true to form, Liz spent her time trying to wreck things as quickly as possible - not the UK economy, mortgages and pension funds this time - instead she has moved on to US/UK diplomatic relations. Well done, Liz.

    The ladies praise Sunak's efforts in doing what no PM has done before - uniting Liverpool and Chelsea fans. Then it's onto a few delicious underrated tweets to help you get through the sheer ridiculousness of it all, before pudding from Larry & Paul.

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  • Some of the London Underground tube lines have had a rebrand and one of the commentators at the Daily Telegraph isn’t happy. Apparently the Lionesses, the Suffragettes and the Windrush generation are all ‘hard left’. So there you go. If you find yourself in the capital and use the tube, you’re basically a communist. 

    Obviously it’s all Sadiq Kahn’s fault and yet what Conservative HQ have tried to do to the Mayor really is something to be appalled by. Marina and Jemma listen to a clip they put out, where they deliberately cut Khan off at a very crucial point, just as he was about to correct himself. It being The Trawl, the Trawl ladies play you the longer version too. That way you can judge for yourself what the truth of the matter is and whether the chairman of the Tory party’s defence is good enough. 

    Meanwhile, across the pond, ex Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, has been fawning over Putin in a bizarre interview and extolling the virtues of living in Russia. He also seems entirely comfortable with the notion that all leaders kill people. He uttered this statement a mere few days before Putin’s opponent, Alexei Navalny, did indeed get killed. Jemma and Marina pay tribute to Navalny’s bravery and hope his death wasn’t in vain. 

    Pudding is unusually emotional but that seems fitting for this episode. You never know when your time might be up.

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  • Jemma and Marina open with a tribute to the late, great BBC Radio host, Steve Wright who we lost last week - Sunday Love Songs will never be the same...

    Then... Should the ladies try to be more poetic when talking down the Tories? Bells and bollards are fine, but perhaps they would fare better taking inspiration from the Nigerians. There's a lot of fun to be had when the ladies put this into practice.

    Next, it's onto those massive by-election losses for Labour - which the Tories and their client journalists will still try to have you believe show no enthusiasm for Labour. If that's the case, goodness knows what it means for enthusiasm levels for the Tories. 

    Rees-Mogg gets a little section all of his own for being thicker than average - or as the Nigerians might say: for being chased by wisdom, but choosing ton outrun it. The ladies discuss Mogg's latest milk-based outburst and try desperately to remove toxic visions from their minds when talk turns to Mogg's nanny and his...bitty.

    Then it's a celebratory moment for the fact that the UK has entered a recession - but just a little, mild, technical one - in fact, one of the best ones we've had in years according to the BBC - how lovely. 

    But don't even think about blaming the party of Govt for the last 14 years, instead be sure to blame students who play truant, as suggested by the seemingly crack-smoking jounro at The Telegraph, who suggested as much in their headline.

    Then it's a quick despair at being walked at gunpoint to the cashpoint by our Govt and utility firms to pay for their record profits, before some topical tweets and a GB News pudding that may invoke a tiny bit of vom.

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  • Jemma and Marina were thrilled to speak with the leader of the opposition AKA Carol Vorderman. 

    They talk corruption, boobs, bums and politics. A juicy Trawl for your delectation. Enjoy!

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  • Grab your popcorn, we're off to Pop Con...Jemma and Marina take you through the lowlights of the Popular Conservatism conference - the latest Tory splinter group headed up, unironically, by the most unpopular Conservative known to man, Liz Truss.

    After realizing they are both "left-wing extremists" in Truss's power-sodden mind, Jemma and Marina discuss how after the anti-elites Pop Con conference, 30 Conservatives gathered for cocktails at Rees-Mogg’s £5m Westminster townhouse, at 2pm, on a Tuesday, like we all do.

    Then it's move over Mike Graham - there's a new genius in town, and this one is the MP for Ashfield, 30p Lee who took to the stage to declare that coal is sustainable, just like concrete.Jemma and Marina explore the underlying beliefs that drives all conservatives, before putting to the test a crucial theory posed by James O'Brien: Would Jacob-Ress Mogg be taken seriously if the guff that fell from his mouth was delivered with a working-class accent? The results are 100% conclusive.

    Then it's onto THAT clip of Holly Vallance, in which the ex-soap and pop starlet declared lefty ideas to be "crappy". And that everyone starts off a lefty until they get houses or jobs - and then they move to the right. Or in Vallance's case, they marry a billionaire.Moving on, the ladies chat through a day in the life of MasterChef's, Gregg Wallace after an article he wrote for The Telegraph Magazine left a lot of us questioning his life choices...and then our own...and then also fancying a Harvester breakfast.

    The Trawl ends with some tips from the Daily Mail for how to fend off an XL bully if you find yourself under attack - really useful stuff, just remember not to leave the house without your spare carrier bag of attack meat. And Marina offers up her own eye-opening advice, which requires no props at all.

    To finish is a delightful pudding from Satirist Sue Harrison of Liz Truss - if she went to an improv class.

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  • We'd bet you a £1000 you've heard about the bet between Sunak and Piers Morgan, only there's a cost of living crisis and we're not that crass. Yes, the Prime Minister of Britain actually thought it was appropriate to allow himself to be boxed in by Morgan to the point where he shook his hand on television, betting that he'd get a plane load of refugees into the air. A new low. His defence? I was taken by surprise. Marina and Jemma aren't entirely sure that's much comfort coming from the leader of the country.

    Then, to make a bad week even worse, Sunak makes a 'joke' in Parliament about Starmer not knowing what a woman is, on the day the mother of murdered trans girl Brianna Ghey is in the chamber. Despite how appalling this is, no apology has been made. Instead, MP after MP fall over themselves to defend, gaslight and double down. Warning - none of it is edifying but Jemma and Marina try to make sense of it and discuss why they think Sunak gets it so wrong time and time again.

    We finish off with a bit of corruption and a fantastic pudding from Munya Chawawa.

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  • In this ep Jemma and Marina are 'celebrating' the fourth anniversary of Brexit by listening to some old clips of people who were certain it would be marvellous. The Trawl ladies were tempted to exchange gifts but in order to stick to the theme, they'd have needed a ring which turns your finger green or a carriage clock that doesn't work.

    They particularly enjoyed the compare and contrast moment of the lead singer of Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, talking about how his industry wouldn't be affected back in 2018 vs him speaking now, in 2024 about how....his industry has been affected. Ah, hindsight's a wonderful thing though to be fair he probably had slightly more of a grasp on Brexit than the Love Islanders. Though only slightly.

    Still, at least he's not a politician who has championed something she said would be great for business who now says businesses need to suck it up ( not actual words). Cue Andrea Leadsom. Once Andrea has said the word so many times it no longer means anything, we turn to Jacob Rees Mogg to hear what he's up to on this glorious anniversary. In a quite extraordinary clip, hear him trying to tell a farmer about farming. (Spoiler the farmer isn't delighted with Brexit).

    Then, Marina and Jemma take a moment to ponder why the French rioted when they found out their retirement age was to increase by two years, whereas here, it's being said we'll have to work till we're 71 and no one's batted an eyelid.A glorious exchange between Matthew Wright and Ann Widdecombe is a wonderful palate cleanser before pudding by The Exploding Heads.

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  • The Tory bellendery is strong in this ep...

    First, we have the audacity of a Govt known for 'losing' its WhatsApps announcing its new Govt WhatsApp, followed by a series of car crash interviews that are almost painful to listen to - a pile-up if you like.

    Staring with... Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer, the little girl who cried bias. Or was it perception of bias? Or evidence of bias? Same Same.

    Jemma and Marina explore the possibility that the BBC may be bias, but arrive at a conclusion that is just a tad different to Lucy's.

    Next up for interviews they'd rather forget was Tory MP, Huw Merriman who has a perception that the BBC is bias because The News Quiz mocked Tory MPs and the Government - which ironically gives us even more reason to mock Tory MPs and the Government.

    And finally, it's guaranteed-to-go viral, Susan Hall, the Tory Mayoral candidate who does Sadiq Khan's campaigning for him. In another Nick Ferrari interview on LBC she is exposed for not knowing the stuff she is supposed to know about now, and then not really knowing the stuff that she supposedly once knew about - splendid stuff.

    The ladies touch upon that moment when Sunak laughed in the face of a woman asking him about the NHS and reminded us that he has less charisma and likeability that Mark Francois on a Tory rebellion day.

    Then it's into underrated tweets, followed by a pudding so powerful that it couldn't be left out.

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  • Jemma and Marina decide this episode is an 'eat your greens' type of ep because what's happened in Port Talbot certainly isn't funny. Around 3000 people are set to lose their jobs when the blast furnaces are closed so the tone is perhaps more serious than usual because the Trawl ladies really want to look at how it's got to this point. After all, Sunak gave Tata Steel £500 million to 'protect jobs', only it turns out he didn't get any assurances in return. Now, a community is decimated and we'll be the only country in the G20 not to be making steel.

    The majority of the media are blaming Net Zero so thank goodness for Byline TV and ex first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones who actually utters the 'B' word and explains why Brexit has caused this. It won't come as a huge surprise to find out that the people of Port Talbot voted Leave, but then they were targeted with Facebook ads which claimed in order to protect the steel industry that was what they needed to do.

    It's a sorry mess. Thank goodness for the Nicola Sturgeon WhatsApp online brouhaha. There are also some excellent under rated tweets to lighten the mood and, in Jemma's case, lower the tone. Pudding is from the magnificent Munya Chawawa and is Traitors themed.

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