Episodes

  • Goodbye Joe, he gotta go: Joe Biden has finally done what many considered inevitable, and exited the race to be the next US President.

    In this Quiet Riot special, our hosts Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith are joined by long-time Democratic Party donor and political analyst Mark Bergman, to prod the embers of Biden's 2024 campaign.

    Among the burning questions therein, we ask: Why now? What will the new Democrat offering be? Will Biden's departure help unite the Democrats or open up a new internal battlefront?

    And could we see an all-woman Democratic ticket go up against the Republican hombres?

    The 2024 presidential race is fired up to be a classic – let our cooler heads be your guide.

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  • Alex chats to John Nicolson – now a former SNP MP – reflects on what went wrong for the SNP and how to fix it, as well as a wide range of topics, from the US presidential race to behind-the-scenes insights on the life political. And there's a little regret that he and his SNP colleagues weren't a little more awkward when they descended en masse on Westminster.

    With candid observations on some of those with whom he has shared the political stage – and eyebrow-raising revelations about his close call on the operating table – this is a must-listen for all fans of planet politics, not just those from north of the Border.

    "It's a bit like bereavement, when you lose. The worst time is the morning. You wake up and you feel unhappy and you can't quite remember why, and then you go: no, that's why. It's very sad."
    "The truth is, people vote for parties. And there was an electoral wave, which individual candidates, such as myself, found impossible to resist."
    "I was very outspoken on trans rights. I'm not in favour of Scottish independence because I want to go out there and wave the Saltire. I'm not a flag fetishist. I support it because of the kind of society we can build... Scotland, on a whole number of metrics, is now amongst the most liberal countries in Europe."
    "My grandma left school at 12. I went to university and ended up getting a scholarship to Harvard. It transformed my life, free university education."
    "We've got to have a mature discussion about how Scotland leaves the UK, if we want to. If there is no mechanism to leave, and we're told we can never have a referendum, well, it's not a voluntary union."
    "The Tories are a funny lot. I grew up with Clause 28 and all that ghastliness. And then, when I was elected, I looked across to the Tory benches... I mean, it was like a night out in Soho."
    "Obviously if that was my choice, I'd vote for Biden. But if Biden wants to do something for his nation now, I think he should stand aside. I hope vanity does not prevent him."
    "I have no time for people who say: they're all the same, they're all liars. They really aren't. There's good people in all the parties. And there are honest, well-intentioned people in all the parties. Engage. Don't be lazy."
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  • Naomi chats to newly re-elected Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran on the campaign, the stunning success, and what do they mean for the party going forward.

    Layla Moran on Ed Davey in a wetsuit: “You can’t do that unless you’re very comfortable in your skin. It’s quite exposing, politically and quite literally. He did take a risk, with bubbly Ed, but he pulled it off.”

    On LDs being the third biggest party in Parliament again: “One thing I’ve noticed: all of us are worrying much more about our shoes, because we actually sit on the front bench.”

    On being in opposition to Labour: “I have spent the last seven years in opposition, with all of those friends of mine, who are now ministers. I sidled up to a couple of them and said: 'so can we do this thing now?' or 'can we get this campaign over the line?'.”

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  • Alex talks to former UK ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, about the attempt on Trump's life, JD Vance as a Vice President pick on the ticket, and the prospects of the Democrats replacing Biden so late in the day.
    Naomi talks to Layla Moran about the King's Speech, what was in it, what wasn't, and what opposition can do against such a large majority.
    Add in your regular treats Troll with It and The Week in 60 Seconds, and you've got an hour of the finest political insight and fun.
    "I think there is no way now, whatever happens in the next 100 days, that Biden can win this, if he remains the candidate. It's a question of how bad the loss will be." Sir Kim Darroch
    "Pence was a counsel of caution to Trump, he held Trump back. Vance looks to me like a man who wants to outdo his boss and mentor. I'm not sure that doubling up on outrageous rhetoric will be good for them in the end." Sir Kim Darroch
    "The only conceivable deal that could be done is one where Ukraine surrenders all the terrotiry that Russia currently holds, permanently. So, what that Trump proposition would do, is deliver defeat for the West." Sir Kim Darroch
    "I actually got into the Lords - I don't always do it, but this timne it felt special - and they start talking about getting rid of hereditary peers, and a few of us MPs locked eyes and went: AWKWARD." Layla Moran
    "Both Hamas and Netanyahu are blockers to peace. Neither wants a two-state solution. How can you, on the one hand, claim to want a two-state solution, and on the other hand not hold the perpetrators of atrocities to account, via the International Court mechanism that can determine what has happened?" Layla Moran

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  • Alex chats to award-winning Cardiff-based journalist Will Hayward about Vaughan Gething's resignation and a perfect fifteen-minute explainer of the general election result.

    A potted summary of the Gething scandal.
    Who did well and who did poorly?
    Why is Reform building such a strong base in Wales?
    What next for a Senedd and a Labour party, both split right down the middle?

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  • Alex Andreou talks to author and politics professor Brian Klaas about the attempt on Trump's life - a moment of violence that is as shocking as it was predictable.

    "The US is a fundamentally broken society... All of the ingredients for political violence are in the US and have been for many years. The reason there hasn't been a high-profile assassination attempt in the US in the last few years is dumb luck. And the luck just run out."

    "It is clearly the case that there are extremists in both parties. There are definitely extremists in the Democratic party as well as the Republican party. The difference is that the extremists in the Republican party are in charge."

    "It is simultaneously true that all political violence in a democracy is abhorrent, unacceptable, and needs to be denounced unequivocally. It is also true that Donald Trump and his political movement pose a serious and unprecedented risk to American democracy. And the former should not stop us from pointing out the latter."

    "Anyone who tells you they know how it's going to turn out is not telling the truth."

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  • Continuing our series of focussed analysis of the general election, Naomi Smith chats to the deputy leader of the Greens, Zack Polanski, about every aspect of the result.

    What was different in this campaign that resulted in a quadrupling of Green seats?
    Will the LibDems' success in primarily Tory-facing constituencies leave space for the Greens to challenge the gov't from the left?
    How does a hostile media shape the narrative?
    What next for the Green Party?
    PLUS: The case for Proportional Representation.
    ALSO: The environmental case for veganism.
    AND A SCOOP: Why is Stella Creasy's Walthamstow constituency in Zack's sights?

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  • This week, your stars Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith are joined by a genuine Chevalier, Olivier Morel, to cast a bemused glance at politics over La Manche and, closer to home, ask the big question: is Sir Keir showing signs of happiness?
    As well as being a partner at law firm Cripps, Olivier chairs the UK chapter of the French Foreign Trade Advisors and is on the board of the French Chamber of Great Britain. Who better to help us make sense of a tumultuous week of democratic shenanigans on both sides of the Channel.
    Naomi also takes a look at the first post-election polling to give us an idea of how happy Brits are to have Labour hordes taking control of Westminster.
    Add in your regular treats Wokey Dokey and The Week in 60 Seconds, and you've got an hour of the finest political entertainment and insight.
    C'est magnifique, as they say in the chic brasseries around Quiet Riot HQ.
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  • As a General Election treat, Alex and Naomi dish up an all-you-can-eat special with guest chefs Rory Bremner and Zoe Williams.

    What other show brings you a menu featuring lashings of Starmer, Johnson, Trump and Glastonbury? With a side order of William Hague and some Gordon Brown sauce?

    We snack on memorable elections of the past, nibble on some tasty predictions for the present and wonder whether the future holds Angel Delight or Dread And Splutter Pudding.

    And, for those who prefer to snack, our regular features include Wokey Dokey and Troll With It.

    Fill your plates at our Riotous political buffet then, if you haven't already, get out and do that voting thing.

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    CALLS TO ACTION

    Get your own unique General Election Digital Bingo card, featuring a random selection of high-profile political targets. First to complete a line can shout HOUSE (of Commons has-been)

    Make your vote count: Tactical voting advice for every constituency

    And don't be a polling booth BoJo: please, please REMEMBER YOUR PHOTO ID
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  • Naomi chats to journalist - and Norn' Iron political encyclopaedia - Amanda Ferguson who provides the perfect twenty-minute explainer of the election result.

    Where does each party stand politically and in relation to the constitutional question?
    Who did well and who did poorly?
    Who are the new MPs?
    What was the NI's Portillo moment?
    What do the parties there think of Starmer and the new Labour gov't?

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  • Alex Andreou, Naomi Smith, and Ian Dunt do a deep dive into every aspect of the election result and what has followed it.

    And while you're listening, why not subscribe to or follow the podcast, rate us, and give your social media followers a prod to listen.

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  • Naomi and Alex right the world's wrongs, in the wee small hours of the morning. We decided that, basically, Nick Clegg is to blame for everything - among several other people, who are also to blame for everything. Also, that, at a time the country needed a broadsheet editorial, Sunak provided a listicle. Also, that conservatism in deep doo-doo. Also that Starmer will probably be a bitter disappointment, unless he is not.

    And Alex utters the world's most depressing sentence: "The next Conservative leader will be chosen by the same selectorate that looked at Truss and thought she was a good idea."

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  • This week, Alex Andreou is flying solo in the studio while Naomi Smith checks in from the campaign trail – from lots of campaign trails, in fact.

    Joining Alex are special guests Luke Tryl, Executive Director of More in Common UK, and Yasmeen Serhan, Time's politics and policy specialist for Europe and the Middle East.

    As the clock ticks down to the General Election in Blighty, we prowl around the polling and pick our way gingerly through the latest electoral detritus.

    Then we cast our gaze over the Atlantic and are left rubbing our eyes in utter disbelief.

    Of course, there is a selection of your favourite features – Wokey Dokey is back, and there's a huge Poll With It.

    As we gird our loins for the final few days of the General Election, please subscribe to the podcast, like, review and rate us, and share the love on social media – it really keeps us going, in so many ways. Ideas, feedback, comments, guest or topic suggestions? Find us on twitter @quietriotpod, email us at [email protected], or visit our website www.quietriotpod.com. Thank you buddies :-)
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    Can Brits donate to US political parties? The rules are pretty clear

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  • Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith have a wee-hours chat, analysing the last head-to-head Starmer v Sunak debate. Because we love you and like giving you unexpected nice prezzies.

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  • Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith chat to the CEO of 38 Degrees, Matthew McGregor, fresh from focus groups in Rishi Sunak's own constituency and talk through the last few days, including the latest in the Tory betting scandal, Farage's interview, the BBCQT Leaders' Special, and Kuenssberg's interrogation of the trans issue, in another Sunday special.

    Here is 38 Degree's election hub:
    home.38degrees.org.uk/election-hub-2024/

    And here is Matthew's write up of those focus groups:
    home.38degrees.org.uk/2024/06/22/what-rishi-sunaks-own-constituents-think/

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  • Alex Andreou fact-checks Nigel Farage's claim that he is some sort of oracle that - alone, among politicians - saw the war in Ukraine coming, that he made his complimentary comments on Putin before the annexation of Crimea. All he found was a history of shilling for Russia.
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  • This week, Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith are joined by special guests Henry Morris – he of Secret Tory fame and now unleashing a Shakespearean take on the Downing St rabble – and Jim Blagden, Associate Director at More In Common.
    There's a recap of the General Election so far – just 14 days to go people – and we ask if there's a parallel universe in which Rishi Sunak is leading his party to something other than an abject, miserable meltdown.
    And we gift you a tantalising taste of Henry's new book, The Tories: A Tragedy. Be amazed at Henry's tribute to Shakespeare, be amused by his acerbic take on the Truss tragedy, and be agog as Alex goes full thesp for a few overwhelming moments. Verily, 'tis a spectacle for the ages that will bring tears to your ears.
    Plus your favourite features, including The News In Sixty Seconds and the ever-so-slightly-abusive Troll With It.
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  • Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith bring you another Sunday special, this time with a focus on tactical voting, and a look at tactical tomfoolery too.

    Best for Britain – that's Naomi's team – has its latest MRP behemoth here:
    https://www.bestforbritain.org/june_2024_mrp

    You can also find it on the front of The Sunday Times, because it's quite an eye-opener

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  • This week, Alex Andreou, Naomi Smith and special guest, investigative journalist Peter Geoghegan discuss the Conservative manifesto and why everyone is treating it like a business document, rather than a work of fiction. They also look at the fall-out from Sunak's catastrophic D-Day decision.

    And in Part II they splash around in the murky waters of Conservative Party funding and its links with think tanks, looking EXCLUSIVELY at Peter Geoghegan's latest investigation.

    Plus, a SANE round-up of the European Parliament results.

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    Voting tool kit, key dates, links, polling, tactical advice - MRP MEGAPOLL DROPS MONDAY!
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  • Sunak is meant to have "won" the debate on Tuesday. So why has every Tory spokesperson had to spend the last two days defending him? Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith are joined on their new politics podcast by old friend Behind The Lines' Arthur Snell to talk through the debate fallout - and Farage's return.

    And in Part II we focus on foreign policy. How will Trump's felony conviction affect the US election? We talk EXCLUSIVELY to former UK ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, whose sacking Trump demanded. Arthur Snell takes us through developments in Ukraine and Gaza. And we ponder why foreign policy - including repairing the Brexit damage has been entirely absent from the campaign. All this and regular features Wokey Dokey, The Week's Politics in 60 Seconds (we fail miserably), and Poll The Other One, in which we dive into three huge MRP polls.

    Sir Kim Darroch on the Trump guilty verdicts: "I was actually on the M3 driving home when the news came through and I almost drove myself off the road."

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    Send your question for the BBC debates here:
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    Seven-party debate: Friday 7 June

    Scotland Election 2024 Leaders' Special: Tuesday 11 June

    Question Time Leaders' Special: Thursday 20 June

    Wales Leaders' Debate live: Friday 21 June

    Northern Ireland Leaders' Debate: Thursday 27 June

    Starmer/Sunak head-to-head: Wednesday 26 June



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