Episodes

  • Our trawl of Twitter this week will inevitably be focussing on the fall-out of the not so “mini”, mini-budget and we thought it might be interesting to have a gander at the impact it will have specifically on mortgages and therefore renters too.

    With a morbid fascination, Marina & Jemma also observe the reactions to the budget, which range from shock, fear, denial, delusion, and for the very few pure delight!

    We also look on with awe at broadcasters in BBC local radio, as they quiz the Prime Minister and show little deference to power, pushing her to actually answer their questions on the budget, fracking, and more (and yes, The Trawl will continue to use Oxford Commas!).

    Small request: If you’re enjoying Purkiss & Forte’s weekly analysis and exasperated laughter about the tweets they dredge up, please consider sending this podcast to a friend, your baffled WhatsApp group or DM it to that friend who keeps sharing political memes.

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  • In the 12th edition of The Trawl, Marina Purkiss & Jemma Forte take a deep dive into two articles that feel worthy of some proper scrutiny.

    In short: basically we’re now being governed by extremists.

    There’s a lot of Think Tank chat too… one of whom has blocked one of our hosts.

    The political pair also discuss UK PM Liz Truss’ tete a tete…or tete a tit as far as Truss is concerned… with Joe Biden at the UN conference.

    Plus there are some clips from LBC’s James O’Brien on trickle down economics, some reminders of lies told by “Brexiteers”, a fun description of new health secretary Therese Coffey, and a few pies of despair…

    Here are the two articles discussed in the show

    Liz Truss – a foot soldier for American economic and religious fundamentalists? by Ann Mood for Yorkshire Bylines

    American Dark Money, the Mercers and the Conservative Party A Network of Influence by Nafeez Ahmed for Byline Times

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  • Who really benefits from Kwasi Kwarteng’s changes to taxes and government investment? Marina & Jemma trawl through Twitter to make sense of what the government is describing as a “fiscal event”, whilst some people online are describing the trickle down illogic as “a raid" on the economy.

    It’s a weird week when even Julia Hartley Brewer – a staunch supporter of Brexit and the Tories - says that she’s `’struggling with this mini Budget. I’m largely pro cutting taxes and smaller government, but millions of families and businesses desperately need help thanks to disastrous energy policy and lockdowns. SO why cut taxes for the rich – the only people who don’t need help.”

    Plus duh-duh-duh, there’s some light relief from Sam Fender’s crowd, satirist Rosie Holt, and one of the best phone-ins to the radio… EVER!

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  • As the UK transitioned from pomp to politics, the Tories prioritised some of - you guessed it! - the richest in society.

    In this week’s trawl, Marina & Jemma crawl through the debris of The Queue, struggle to side-step the national debate surrounding the privilege of queue-jumping, and then focus on chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s gift to bankers during a cost of living crisis… he even reduced benefits for the poorest in society to, whattaguy!

    Hang on, did anyone see banker’s bonuses written on the side of the bus as a Brexit benefit? Of course not...

    On Twitter, there were some quite visceral reactions to the rich getting richer (and a reminder that not all of them are awful), our political pair ponder the myths of growth, and we’re reminded why the unlimited bonuses cap was introduced.

    Plus… this week’s pudding is from The Exploding Heads.

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  • The Queen died last Thursday on the 8th September and, as you’d expect, Twitter lit up with tributes from dignitaries from around the globe and tweets from millions of people expressing heartfelt sadness and grief.

    Then, as the days went by a lot of it sort of transcended into some absolute sheer, solid lunacy. Reporters who’d been on duty for hours started scraping the barrel for both superlatives and stories, fights between republicans and monarchists broke out and certain media figures started competing to show who was mourning privately hardest, in a way that could hardly be described as private given it was posted all over twitter.

    Marina and Jemma also discussed Liz Truss’ biggest donor, fracking, Rees-Mogg, and debate whether this week’s Lord of the Week could be a future PM.

    Snigger warning: Contains mentions of bare bottoms.

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  • This week’s trawl includes the world’s best booking on a politics show, Twitter’s thoughts on the UK’s new PM, breakfast telly lunacy and more besides.

    There’s a breakdown of the new cabinet with singing from Jemma whilst Marina gives listeners an illuminating explanation of fracking (can you guess how many of the 20k wells we need have been built?).

    In a dark week, there are a few shin kicks for right-wing commentator Mike Parry, discussion of the various names of Grant Shapps, and our political pair ponder Laura Kuenssberg’s ‘reporting’ of statements from ‘unnamed government sources’.

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  • This week’s Trawl is brimming with corruption, politicians getting an earful, cost of living panic, Tory incompetence and Twitter take downs. Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shares some thrifty advice, Marina discusses meeting the Labour leader, and Jemma sings a new jingle for lorrrrrrrrd offfff the weeeeeek!!

    There’s also a gut-punch clip of a dinner lady discussing the reality of poverty in the UK, which will be exacerbated by the looming energy crisis, and several moments where the British public show their displeasure for the government in a way that makes you feel a little bit patriotic.



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  • Rishi's lovin' it and Truss is ready to go nuclear... whilst Johnson is missing in action.

    In this week's episode Marina 'still en France' Purkiss and Jemma 'was on TalkTV' Forte scroll through 1000s of tweets, so you don't have to.

    In their trawl of Twitter our duo have concerns about Sunak's big little lies, share some lolz about the Boris Johnson movie (not sure Jemma's alternative title will pass the marketing dept), and there’s a bit of pudding at the end of the pod about the glamour of staying in.

    Plus, don’t worry, there’s also update on Marina's 'they're just as bad as each other' brother-in-law.

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    In episode five, political commentators & broadcasters (& can they call themselves podcasters now too?!) Marina Purkiss and Jemma Forte sigh and laugh and sigh some more. Our chuckling duo also find some solace in the shape of a few visceral and fact-filled voices.

    As Jemma points out, Britain’s basically stopped working and needs switching off and on again. People on Twitter have got plenty of ideas on how to fix things but sadly aren’t in government... Meanwhile, due to climate change it’s been insanely hot in the UK, yet we’re all focused on not freezing in the winter.

    Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is on holiday once again and so is Marina, but at least she’s fully across her brief and has dialled in whilst being “en France”. Purkiss for PM, anyone…?

    This episode features clips from LBC, Piers Morgan Uncensored, Daviemoo, Larry and Paul, and Jeremy Vine, plus some Mike Graham “gold”, an underrated tweet of the week from Professor Brian Cox, and there’s two brilliant tweets from pod-fave @pandamoanium.

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  • “Perhaps a nice contrast to nuclear annihilation…”

    Jemma ‘is back from beefa’ Forte and Marina ‘has the builders in’ Purkiss, once again scroll through Twitter, so you don’t have to.

    In the fourth episode of the pod they discuss former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s comments on the UK’s economic crisis, ponder little Englander Liz Truss’ latest remarks about the Welsh & Scottish leaders, and there’s your weekly dose of trade union heart throb Mick Lynch.

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    Broadcasters and political commentators, Marina and Jemma, contemplate why the focus of the latest Conservative leadership debate appeared to be on how cheap Liz Truss’ earrings were, when simultaneously Martin Lewis was shouting into the Twittersphere about warm banks.

    Our hosts grapple with Labour’s stance on labour and when that all gets too much, they turn to Mick Lynch for some words of wisdom.

    As ever there’s an underrated tweet of the week and more.

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  • From Don’t Look Up to maximum cringe… this week political commentator Marina Purkiss and broadcaster Jemma Forte discuss the UK government’s removal of bodily autonomy from an international human rights statement (could UK abortion laws be changing?!), the Conservative leadership race including how anyone overseas can vote, and Supertanskiii’s appeal.

    This episode also contains clips from Andrew Marr on LBC, GB News, and our podcast chart rivals, Newscast.

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    No context quotes from this episode:

    “There’s no revolution just yet”
    ”We should start naming heatwaves after fossil fuel companies”
    “Anyone in China, join in, get a bit of British democracy”
    “When you become Prime Minister evict him”
    “Handsmaid’s Tail meets Jilly Cooper”
    “Is he single, Mick Lynch?”

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  • Political commentator Marina Purkiss and broadcaster Jemma Forte delve into the week in tweets.

    The Trawl doomscrolls Twitter so you don’t have to. Each week our hosts discuss who in politics has digitally soiled themselves and who has been excellent in no more than 280 characters.

    Following hot on the hells of the pilot episode, Episode 1 was recorded on Sunday 17th July 2022 during the wearying heights of the Conservative Party leadership election amidst record temperatures in the UK.

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  • Here’s the pilot episode of The Trawl.

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