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"To Governor Cuomo as an employer, and why would it apply? To a manager at McDonald's. The attorney general's probe was civil, not criminal, so it can't find anyone guilty. However, the Albany dah is requesting the findings and asking victims to come forward. Julie Walker, New York a federal judge sentencing a Michigan man who breached the capital on January, 6th is assailing the lies of election fraud pushed by former president Trump. She says the man who entered into a plea deal had placed his trust in someone who repaid that trust by lying stocks were turbulent. The Dow lost 323. This is a P news. Wuhan. China has been locked down again as China experiences its worst covid outbreak since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago in Wuhan, the central city where the first cases of covid 19 will identified in late 2019, mass. Testing has shown some of its newly reported cases are being caused by the highly transmissible delta variant. First identified in India, the city has ordered residential communities sealed, preventing people from leaving their homes. In a subsequent order, officials say no one whether tourist or resident can leave the city. I'm Charles de la Decima. Megan, the Duchess of Sussex, has launched a mentoring project for women to mark her 40th birthday. 40 celebrities will each commit 40 minutes of time to help women return to the workplace. The short film announcing the project shows Prince Harry in the background juggling outside the window. I'm Jackie Quinn. AP News Whether your kids are taking notes.
Delta Variant Arrives in Wuhan
"China is confronting its broadest cova. Nineteen outbreak since corona virus. First emerged there in late. Twenty nineteen but the delta variant spreading to places that had been virus free for months including the original epicenter of wuhan. Delta has broken through the country's virus defenses which are some of the strictest in the world and reached nearly half of china's thirty two provinces in just two weeks while the overall number of infections more than three hundred so far is still lower than kovic resurgences elsewhere. The widespread indicates that the variant is moving quickly. It's the biggest challenge to china's strategy since the virus was first detected in wuhan the central chinese city that saw the world's first lethal outbreak. The country's strict antivirus measures which include mass testing as soon as a case appears aggressive contact tracing widespread use of quarantines and targeted lockdowns have crushed more than thirty previous flare ups over the past year. The arrival of the more infectious delta variant however is testing even that approach. The new strain may be exploiting an easing off in masking and social distancing in some places since much of the country has been cova d- free for months that along with increased travel for summer vacation created an environment where delta could gain a foothold. China reported ninety nine infections on monday including forty four. Who tested positive but have no symptoms. Later in the day seven more people were found to be infected in wuhan plus another in beijing by number of cases. It's the biggest outbreak since a flare up and obey province in northern china and january. When two thousand people were infected the broad spread is even more concerning given the rise of cases in the highly protected capital and in wuhan who's virus free status has been a source of pride and china
New Multi-Million Dollar Emergency Radio System in Montgomery County
"Just two years ago, Montgomery County's public safety radio system, the one that lets first responders coordinate with each other while responding to emergencies was suffering from spotty coverage. Now that has changed. Montgomery County's got a new $42 million public safety, radio system and Peep hearing. Her public information officer for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service calls the new system a big deal for public safety. In 2019. There were a series of communications outages with the new system, he says. We have already seen some enhanced coverage, radio coverage and some of these high rise buildings hearing her says There have also been improvements in areas of the county, where communications used to falter like near the Tri Delta, your reservoir on the Howard County line and along the Potomac River, where first responders are frequently sent to tackle water
Sunisa Lee Wins Gold in Olympic Gymnastics All-Around
"Major win for the U. S. A women's gymnastics team as soon easily. Simone Biles substitute wins the gold in the women's individual all around gymnastics Final. Kathi Foster has that for us with running gymnastics champion Simone Biles on the sidelines. All eyes were on Sunni Salih as heard from the live Olympic coverage on NBC broadcast from Tokyo. The 18 year old from ST Paul, Minnesota, ready to go on uneven bars. Sunni Lee The family watching back home and as the first among American Jim Nist to compete in the Olympics, nothing but cheers and tears from family, friends and the entire community as they watched Sunni Lee when the Olympic gold medal in the women's individual all around gymnastics final, The wind comes after Simone Biles withdrew from the all around competition to focus on her mental health. The move open to the door for Sunis Elita Shine, and that she did during a solid floor routine performance narrowly beat Rebecca Andrade of Brazil, who stepped out of bounds twice. There are definitely a lot of emotions, but I'm super proud of myself for sticking with it and believing in myself because This medal will not be possible without my coaches, the medical team, my parents, and it's this is so surreal and I haven't even let it thinking yet soon easily has suffered a number of setbacks over the past two years. Her father, now paralyzed After falling off a ladder in 2019. She lost two family members to Covid 19 and has had to recover from a foot injury. The past two years have been absolutely crazy with Covid and just my family and Everything else. This metal definitely means a lot to me because there was a point in time where I wanted to quit, and I just didn't think I would ever get here, including injuries and stuff.
Political Donor Ed Buck Guilty on Counts Related to Overdose Deaths
"In the drug deaths of two men. Here's Alex Stone inside the federal courtroom. There were cheers when the verdict was read. Former Democratic donor Ed bought guilty on multiple charges linked to methamphetamine overdose deaths of two men at his West Hollywood apartment. Prosecutors say Bach was running a drug in sex 10 when he was arrested in 2019. Buck was also convicted of enticing men to LA to engage in prostitution. The jury deliberated for 4.5 hours before returning a guilty verdict. Alex Stone, ABC News, Los Angeles, and when Buck
Is California Overusing the Flex Alert System?
"As California summers get hotter. State officials are trying to avoid putting a strain on the state's electric did and they're offering issuing flex alerts. But as KCRW's Tara a tree on reports, Californians appear to be getting tired of the heat. And the state's pleased to conserve energy. When temperatures hit the triple digits. Many things can go wrong for the state's energy grid, and that heightens the risk of rolling blackouts for consumers. In the past California was successful at convincing people to voluntarily conserve energy by complying with flex alerts. Consumers are often asked to do things for a short period of time, like keeping the thermostat above 78 degrees, turning off unnecessary lights and holding off on using big appliances for a couple of hours, But there's a growing sense that the state is over using the Flex alert system. The tool was used just around 20 times between 2000 and nine and 2019. But so far this year, the state has already issued flex alerts five times and, according to Politico, Californians are already showing signs of fatigue. Demand for electricity didn't drop at all on July 9th or 10th. Despite to flex alerts, it did dip a little on the 12th when temperatures were slightly cooler. And that bodes poorly for future heatwaves. Experts safe Californians are unable to conserve energy. Higher electricity
Tokyo Olympics: Skateboarding Teens Blaze a Trail for Women
"Of freshly minted teenagers taking the gold and silver in the women's street finals for skateboarding in Tokyo 13 year old Mommy, Gina, Shia of Japan. Took home the gold, while fellow 13 year old Raisa layout, all of Brazil, took home. The silver. Both had previously participated in the X Games in Minneapolis in 2019, Brooklyn's Alexis, PSA Blown finished fourth.
Kanye West and JAY-Z Reunite on New Album 'DONDA'
"Back again. I use Mom back against the wall. Never cut on. Y'all Never turn on your always kind of God. Kanye West's new album is out Now. Donda is his highly anticipated follow up to the 2019 album. Jesus is King, and it was revealed last night at a listening party at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. At the end of the night, West surprised fans by bringing out Jay Z, whose on one of the tracks fans had previously thought there was still drama between the two, but it appears that's been
The Alice Todd Child Abuse Case
"The minute forty seven year old. Tina chevelle walked into the hospital with a two year old child. Employees were suspicious. The toddler was badly bruised and the mother seemed to dodge every question lobbed at her all shabas told the staff was that her child needed medical care but when she was asked to produce documentation she changed her story she clarified that she was the adoptive parent not the biological mother. The case grew even stranger when chavez claimed she couldn't provide any proof she had legally adopted the child either. There was no longer any question. Something unusual was definitely going on. The woman's story was inconsistent and concerning the hospital called the police and notified child protective services. Cps determined that because chavez couldn't prove she had legal custody a relative should take care of the child while police looked into the matter with that the investigation into tina. Chevy's began shabbat. Lived in thomas phil north carolina with her husband vison zeo mendoza romero both in claimed to have custody of the child but neither of them had the paperwork to prove it. The police started to suspect they'd stumbled upon a case of illegal adoption. The phenomenon is more common than the average person might expect. Adoption is a practice as old as civilization itself. But for most of its history. The institution was specifically designed to meet the needs of the parents rather than the children. It wasn't until the mid eighteen hundreds when people in power started to reconsider the practice treating children like ponds and adult games in eighteen fifty one massachusetts past the adoption of children act the first law that codified modern adoption essentially. The state was empowered to determine whether the arrangement with the parent was beneficial to the child before this legislation. That question was largely deemed irrelevant. Nowadays adoption is a complicated legal process. And it's that way by design. If there no neutral party involved people could easily trade their children for money or other goods there would be no safeguards guaranteeing that the children grow up in healthy environments. So when the police in thomas ville north carolina opened their investigation on tina chavez. They had one concern on their minds whether their arrangement was good for the toddler or if it was even legal at all
'Jaws' Expert Valerie Taylor Tells What It's Like to Get Bitten by a Shark
"A debate brewing over sharks Should shark bites be called attacks or just encounters as beachgoers. Witness survivors getting rushed to the hospital viral video posted just this weekend showing a hammerhead shark in Panama City Beach getting a little too close to swimmers. Some wildlife experts are pushing to rebrand interactions with the ocean's apex predator, calling them bites, negative encounters or incidents instead of attacks. I would say any time we're painting any wildlife as interested in harming humans. We're reducing people's positive feelings about them. People's desire to see them conserved and protected and increasing the likelihood that people see them as Villains or antagonists. For years. They've been the bad guys in movies like Jaws. We're gonna need a bigger coach and the Meg about a massive megalodon shark. But experts say in reality shark bites are rare and that using language like attack gives a false impression of intent. Page winter who was bitten by a shark in 2019, losing part of her leg. Told all Robin Roberts she didn't see her encounter as the Sharks fault. This situation has urged me to learn more about sharks. I didn't do something directly to the shark, but I was in his water. You know, That's his house. But Dave Pearson, who survived a shark attack in Australia and now runs a support group called Bite Club says avoiding the word attack downplays the very real danger. We can't keep sanitizing things to the point where we It feels like when you're the person involved. It feels like someone's dismissing your experience and dismissing your troller is something that's insignificant. You need to be aware that there is an element of danger out there and we call them Apex predators for a reason. And predators bite things. Even Stephen Colbert weighing in on the debate. I'm sorry, ma'am, a shark interacted with your husband's torso. He's experiencing a not being alive. Incident. Whatever they're called. Officials are taking these encounters seriously in Cape Cod, where at least 50 confirmed great white shark sightings have been reported this past month on the APP, shark tive, itty. Researchers deployed acoustic receivers to track great whites to keep people safe. It's a really valuable way to find out more about the movement of great white sharks. That's important information for the public to know when they are going to the beach. You know where they might be more likely to encounter a white shark. When you're at the beach. Look for signs of sharks. If there are seals in the water. There might be sharks nearby, because they eat seals. If there are birds flying in the air, that means they're looking for fish that sharks are also probably looking for. So if you do go swimming, try to go in pairs in groups Just be smart. Generally and also remember that unprovoked shark bites are exceedingly rare. There were fewer than 100 globally just last year at CBC's will review coming
Blogger Couple Harassed by Ex-eBay Employees Sues Company
"Native couple is suing eBay over claims that its employees targeted and harassed them back in 2019 on China and David Steiner say that the scheme began after the to criticize the company in their online newsletter. Here's in a speaking in court today we were doxed. We were sent intimidating packages threats. The couple says that the packages that they received included a range of items, including things like life, insects, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig face Halloween mask their attorney, Rosemary She PTO says that the workers involved need to be held accountable for what they do now we'll do the investigation. Now we'll hold the depositions will write the interrogatory and they will answer for their acts and the employees allegedly involved include eBay's former senior director of safety and security, a senior manager of global intelligence and a senior manager of special operations and more
Report Directly Links Joe Biden to Hunter Biden's International Dealings
"The Obama years to send information he was getting from the State Department is vice president. To his globetrotting foreign dealmaking son Hunter by now, If the Republicans control the house of the Senate, they'd be able to look into this. The Democrat Party is going to cover it up. CNN and MSNBC cover it up. The New York Times Washington Post. Don't give it. You know what? Neither do the networks. This corrupt Don't think poisonous American destroying administration. Messages sometimes signed Dad from the email account. Robin wear 456 at gmail dot com were found on Hunter Biden's laptops seized by the FBI in December, 2019. From a Delaware computer shop owner. Hey, don't touch Twitter. Don't tell Facebook. They don't want to hear it. Don't tell Joy Reid don't tell the view and the Yenta is there. They don't want to hear it. How about you, Jake? Fake tapper if you tapped out Yes, you have You know it. And what about angry and bitter, angry, and Mitchell went angry and make him Jeremy Bar where? Jeremy Bar, Mr Bodies. We heard from Jeremy Bar lately. Some questions. I would like this. Shut up, you pimple faced little puke. Where were we? Some of the messages from the vice president to his son obtained by jest. The news We're deeply personal. Others were political in nature. And still others clearly address business matters often fording information coming from senior officials in the White House, the State Department and other government agencies. Okay, is the U. S attorney's office who indicted Mr Barack Today. Are they now going to issue indictments against the Biden family? How about you chicks? Are you going to do it or not?
Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocket Nearly 30% to 93,000 in 2020
"Than 93,000 overdose deaths last year and nearly 30% increase over the year before the number of deaths attributed to different kinds of opioids grew by just about 20,000. Pharmaceutical companies have been sued over the marketing of opioids and doctors are facing more scrutiny over prescribing them. On top of that Chinese fentanyl shipments to the US dropped after the Chinese government banned the production and sale of fentanyl in 2019, But there is evidence they are still shipping the chemicals to make fentanyl to Mexican drug cartels and Border patrol has reported a large increase. And fentanyl seizures this year. Fox is Jessica Rosen FOLD America is
NBA Rumors: Pelicans Plan to Hire Former Sixer Willie Green as Head Coach
"Head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. So David Griffin has his next man to lead Zion Williamson. Last year. It was Stan Van Gundy the year before that it was Alvin Gentry. It's just now going to be the third head coach that Zion Williamson is going to have his third year in the league. Now, when you look at Willie Green Clearly has an extensive basketball background was in Philly, the Hornets in New Orleans. Atlanta. Play with the Clippers was with Orlando as a player the last few years, though, because just because you're a former player doesn't mean that you're going to be a great coach. You want to see what experience? Yes. Sometimes guys have a lot of experience. Sometimes guys have no experience. Willie Green was on the Golden State Warriors staff 2016 2019. And Is on the sun staff, too. Currently So this is someone That has been around the league now for a while. And Yeah. I don't know how
Marilyn Manson Released on Bail After Turning Himself in on Assault Charges
"To police in Los Angeles in connection with the 2019 arrest warrant out of New Hampshire when he allegedly assaulted a videographer during a concert. This happened at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and Guilford. Manson was booked and released last week without bail pending a court appearance in New Hampshire. Coming up on
Justice Department Declined to Prosecute 82% of Hate Crime Suspects
"A majority of hate crime cases were not prosecuted by the Justice Department. In fact, DOJ now says between 25 2019 82% of hate crime cases were not prosecuted. The reason is insufficient. Evidence. Attorney General Merrick Arland has vowed to improve the Justice Department's role in combating hate crimes. President Biden has signed an executive order to increase resources and funding to local law enforcement to track down offenders. A
Maryland Prosecutors Seek 35-Year Sentence for Gang Member
"In Maryland want a 35 year prison sentence for a gang member who admits taking part in the brutal murder of a 16 year old boy. A judge is scheduled to sentence Kevin Alexis Rodriguez Flores in two weeks. In a court filing, prosecutors say Rodriguez admits being a member of M s 13 and playing a role in the 2019 killing over the mistaken belief that the boy, a fellow member, was working with police. Prosecutors say the boy was beaten, stabbed or cut roughly 150 times at a home in Hyattsville, his body then taken to Stafford County, where it was set on fire.
Golf Pro Shot, Killed at His Georgia Golf Course
"Following the shooting at Pine Tree Country Club in Kennesaw. Over the weekend Golf pro Director Paul Sylar was shot to death when he went to check on a car that had gotten stuck on the golf course on the 10th told family and friends. Numbers of this club are remembering 41 year old Jean Sylar, the husband and father of two, was a graduate of Purdue University who had been working as the club's director of golf since 2019 now prior to that, he worked in the same capacity at Summit Chase Country Club that's in Gwinnett County. Now we have learned from Channel two is Michael Sidon that investigators have also found a white ran 3500 pickup truck parked on the green to other bodies were found in the bed of that truck. Both had been shot. One of the two bodies in the truck was identified as Paul Pearson, the registered owner of the truck. The third victim has not yet been identified. The shooter Is still on the run. 82
July 4 Holiday Travel Set to Break Records
"It's going to be a busy travel weekend in the skies down on the roads, Americans are shelling out nearly a dollar more per gallon this year to fill up for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Triple A, says the average gas price is $3.12, with drivers in California paying the most. Meanwhile, more people are taking to the skies ahead of the holiday s a screened over two million passengers on Thursday. That's nearly 60,000 more than the same day in 2019 Airlines are expecting this weekend to be the busiest since the Covid
"2019" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Of 2019, Ecuador went through a violent large scale uprising demonstrations paralyzed the country for 12 days straight after former President Lenin Moreno cut decades old fuel subsidies and implemented tax and labour reforms. Indigenous communities were hit especially hard by the changes. Tens of thousands marched from the Andes Mountains into Ecuador's capital city, Kito to protest the Moreno administration. Thomas keep to defend their laws the richest moment that the condition as a liquid or Mhm. Protesters declared they were defending their rights as indigenous people from Ecuador for decades. Indigenous communities have demanded the government support to protect their land from exploitation by domestic oil companies and to be included in national political dialogues during the 2019 demonstrations. Tito's streets were covered in debris and smoke. Government buildings burned. Police threw Molotov cocktails and tear gas at protesters who loved them right back. Amid the turmoil, One photograph from the ground became instantly iconic in it, a woman from the Andes dressed in a traditional garment and a face mask. Stands in the middle of a street with her back towards a cloud of smoke. People stand behind her wearing face masks to prevent breathing in the gases. That photo was taken by a member of a collective of Ecuadorian photojournalists called flux, whose photo founded in 2015. The collective aims to capture Ecuadorian struggles to have their human rights guaranteed and respected during the demonstrations. Fluxus photographers were right in the middle of the action. Capturing critical moments to show indigenous peoples side of history. The photo they took cause commotion all over Ecuador. Indigenous communities today still use the image as an insignia. And some young people even got it tattooed on their bodies in this segment of our how I made it series we'll hear from the founder of the Fluxus photo Collective Yo, he's a large garden. And Fluxus photographer Anna Maria Beltran. At first we'll hear from David Diaz, the Fluxus photographer who took that iconic 2019 protest photo for days, I had noticed That there once making all of the demonstration, possible work woman they've worked at once, who had organized the common and march into Keto. The core have been preparing food, basing water for the other woman and man who stood on the front lines get all making my so I wanted to take a picture that reflected that. I wanted to show woman behind the trenches. But while trying I go to expose And rubber bullet Hear me on the leg. So much violence. I was so tired on from saying in everything that was going.
"2019" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
"Our economic position. Notwithstanding the growth of others greatly by leaving the U. You and that weakens our economic position and it also weakens all security and all political position. But we've if there's one thing we've done during the course of the year in. It's argued about bricks. We have argued ourselves almost into the ground to spend doing it and and another international story which I thought was really interesting was the liberals winning the Australian general election. I know how much much interest you take in Australian politics. They fascinates me because it is so abrasive. Far More than in this country and I thought that what's the Liberals If actually the equivalent of conservatives here we're going to have a real issue you re staying in power because I had been in power for quite a long time but Scott Morrison who is not particularly charismatic. Politician pulled out of the back and of course he's had a few difficulties in the last few days because enhance fires. He's been on holiday. which as we all know as a politician go on holiday your peril well? He has had to return prematurely from his holiday to Hawaii because of course of the terrible fires that they've had in Australia and to be when people are sort of dying thing and wildfires are raging for your country to be somewhere else on holiday is an extremely bad. Look Oh it reminds me of Boris Johnson having to be dragged back from his holiday during the riots in whenever it was twenty of a complete distortion of what happened wasn't dragged back at all. He came back soon as he could well and came back and he behaved soul Kelly and didn't really engage in a meaningful way. But I accept. He's won WANNA general election. So let's see writing history rewriting too. I did A and that's the way that he he's interesting. Because you know uh-huh people say oh. He's so fantastic. You know people love him. Well actually what we've seen since he's become leader of the Tory party is that isn't the way that he was greeted. It'd either during the election campaign or prior to it. He isn't actually that comfortable with ordinary people. He's very uncomfortable with any sort of challenge challenge. He backed off facing difficult interviews. And you know Labor has a real opportunity here. They choose a leader who can take thank battle to him particularly in parliament. I think that they could school quite a few hits against him because he doesn't perform well when he's under When he's not surrounded by Polish boys when he's under scrutiny and challenge? I think that last minute shows how you've completely misunderstood him. Misjudged this judge them because there were lots of times in the election campaign where the media reported a single heckler having a go at him. What they didn't report was all the hundreds of people would come come out to the shops and hairdressers and have their self? He's taken with a meal because the media didn't cover it. You sound like a bloody Kuban Easter to all the mainstream media. Don't cover all the tallest climbs. Crowds of people said well. A fantastic Disney was. Well I I actually know that to be true because I know people with them and I know what they reported to timmy as to what really happened in the campaign I if somebody heckles prime minister I'm probably going to cover it. But there was no balance in the coverage of him. Mm in that regard and to say that he hit away when he did. I think one hundred thirty different interviews. Yes difficult ones. You didn't do Juliet. Ching I'm you're absolutely right and I think he should have done but you can't accuse him of hiding away when you start all of those interviews. He did the two prime ministerial debates. I think he was quite right onto the channel afford debate given their attitude to over the months. Well what do you. Let's watch in the coming year because I think if somebody is able to take the battle to him I'm when the going gets tough and he really has to. He's going to have to work really hard as prime minister he may well be enjoying it. He's is clever enough to do it but my experience of him is he just doesn't put in the hours. So let's see whether or not he does. Now that he's got this mandate mandate and this responsibility to deliver for the country. But I'm not. I'm not hopeful. I mean I don't want us to have a bad prime minister difficult sake but my experience insult him as he ain't GonNa go. Well you know he was not a fantastic foreign secretary. So let's see what happens you so you don't want to buy prime minister yet. You voted for one. I didn't believe he was going to become prime minister from a limit. You knew that. If he did become prime minister he would have been in the poll in one he repeated dreadful the prime minister but the government would have been better than a Tory government. Do you think he was prime minister than Boris Johnson. Possibly not know also be. Aw honestly I stood. You still don't get I haven't changed. No unlike and I don't necessarily accuse you of this although I slightly too but I tell you I nearly threw up this morning reading Michael Portillo in the Sunday Times going on about. Oh I was totally wrong about Boris Johnson said yes he thought he was a complete waste but actually I think he might be a great promise offer. Fuck say winning to bring people around the did you see. Alan Duncan off to the left. He used to describe himself as far as his people scooper. I mean I think I can be accused of that yet. I do. He has surprised me in one or two ways. Go that not far. I think the jury is certainly out on whether he'll be it. Good or great prime minister. I think they're still as you remember me say many times during the leadership contest test. I think he's a shuttle bus prime minister. He'll either be brilliant or he'll be absolutely awful. I think he's given indications that the former could happen. There'd be many occasions particularly I would say in the month of well between the late August and late September that was a shambolic period for him. I did think oh my worst fears. Were coming true at that point but he pulled out of the bag again and now you can attribute it to lock in some ways but good good. Prime Ministers are also lucky prime ministers. Tony Blair was incredibly lucky. Margaret Thatcher was incredibly lucky. He may be prime minister at the right time. I Gordon Brown became prime minister at entirely the wrong time all the time so I am not going to go as far as Marple Tila. Alan Duncan but I think he's proved people wrong in the past. He may well prove people wrong in the feature. EP does because if he if he does make Mike this work everyone benefits he may be. I don't think anybody benefits from leaving. A you instantly bought people benefit from having a prime minister so that can do his job properly but they also benefit from having an opposition that holds that Prime Minister and government to account is fundamentally important that Labor birther find somebody who is able to develop the team that he's able to do that and incidently doesn't let certain things lie I mean. I don't think we've had appropriate yet halfway about Boris Johnson's relationship with Jennifer Arcuri whilst he was the mayor of London if a half of what has been city's true he fundamentally failed to fulfill his responsibilities to declare he's interest and there was a massive conflict and I hope people particularly in the way. And Not we're GonNa let that one go. Well Rebecca Long Bailey. Do you think she's up up to it because she she certainly the one that looks to be the favourite at the moment. Amant the union seem to be lying behind her I do wonder how much support she would have from Labor. MP's he's my really do wonder about that. And of Jeremy Corbyn suffered from that I mean she's my mind if I pick I think all of his Christmas has come at once. I agree again. It will be a complete continuity continuation of the golden project. The campaign is slightly rocky. You know having done this rather slick effectively campaign film. During the general election. She is gone almost completely silent. Silent since the general election she may be keeping her powder-dry there's a certain amount of sort of twitter speculation about arguments happening in her sort of leadership team. She's apparently appointed sort of arch Stalinist as her. Her campaign manager manager ought to play a leading role in smell meal. There is a for for those people who are interested in the source of manifestation the station of early nineteen hundred Russian politics in the left the. UK's left politics there is currently and argument. Going on between the Trots in the Labor Party and the Stalinists in the Labor Party about who will control. Rebecca long is Leadership Campaign which just tells you everything you need to know about why she would be flipping disaster as leader of the Labour Party However other candidates have not yet quite emerged? I think people people may be thinking to themselves. I'm GonNa take the Christmas break and decide and get things together and go helpful letter in January when the leadership election properly will start a massive test for the Labor Party whether or not they want to have just the five or ten or potentially fifteen twenty years in opposition ooh wherever and essentially they that they will we. The Labor Party will never rise again and there is a risk. If we don't make the right decision at this moment in time it could be the end of the Labor. Hey Party I'm more than that but it could have. Rebecca Bailey became lead. Would you just think well that's me. I just don't care with another very repulsively juvenile about somebody one might well be some new centrist grouping while of course this was the year when we had a new centrist grouping back in February with the eight members of the Labor Party in the three Tories Leaving their parties enjoining The teak creating the teak which then became change. UK and by the time we got to the general election at the end of the year if they know none of those MP's was still in parliament and no new people being brought to them and they didn't achieve During the Euro elections. which you might have imagined would be the time when they would have a breakthrough so I mean? I think it's really really difficult. And we talked about this before the British political system doesn't With the first pulsa post electoral system with the history of the two main parties doesn't lend itself to A break-away Center Party the Liberal Democrats Also you know to extremely dreamy. Well of course in the European elections Jo Swinson seemed to be riding high. They were gathering defectors by the bag. Full in advance of the general election and the whole thing went wrong in the general election and she herself lost her seat. So whoever the new leader of the Lib Dem's is also going to have an uphill struggle and I can't quite see them morphing into the new Center Party are either who knows and so it will will remain potentially a turbulent political time for all parties apart from the Tory party. I think who will know I might be wrong about that but I think the Tory party's not pretty. Well set you win you govern everybody becomes friends again. Even you Michael Portillo's in Duncan's decide all of a sudden your good thing however however he did make an interesting point earlier on in and that is about the new Tory..
"2019" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
"Move on to talking talking about protest because I think twenty nine hundred hundred seen some quite interesting protests. You've got the Sheila Joan in France. I think I'm fifty nine weeks now. That being this protest not just in Paris all around the country received comparatively little media coverage in this country and there's all sorts of suspicions missions that people put forward about why that is but the thing is even though it's an actual country to us. What is the same protest every single week? It's is actually quite difficult for media organizations to think of an innovative way to cover them now. People say we in Hong Kong. Well that's because there are different things happening in Hong on call and I mean I've tried to think once or twice about how we could cover the show but it's actually not that easy. I think the the latest protests of course in France now about something slightly different neither about pension changes I think but they've certainly seemed to have pretty well. Well brought the country to a halt and just recently macron has been appealing to people to try to prevent people's Christmas being Being ruined so you know they've they've always liked a bit of a protest in France but they certainly have gone to town on it during the course of this year. Sheila Joan onwards but it hasn't just we've touched on the Hong Kong protests clearly You know that's going to be very significant for the future of Hong Kong for the role that China wants to play internationally On rolling in the coming year. Let's let's see what happens is also been a year of protest in the UK though because us around brexit around other things as well we have seen protests. So I'm afraid all those people and there have been off of people who perhaps hadn't been on marches in recent years you've turned out on the People's vote marches for example and now feel frustrated that nothing happened but nevertheless you know sort of got back into the idea of marching and protesting we ha- we saw the wrath of horrible signs. All of the a sort of Tommy Robinson supporting groups Protesting if you can call it that In London coming up against the others. But I suppose oppose the real big development has been the whole focus on protests around change. Greta Tune Bergh's lead the at school strikes and then the development of extinction rebellion during the course of the year as well and the approach that they've this very direct action approach that they've taken to protesting in London and half day one support will have they lost support through doing that. I don't know I think the extension in protest were quite interesting because the first round I I think it was an eight pro and I do think that. They changed the debate and encouraged a lot of debate about climate change. Not whether it was happening. Not but just about what to do about it but I felt that they did overplay the hand during the course of the year and lost a lot of the public support that they had got through that rather unique way of protesting listing initially the protests. That happened in October November. I thought just irritated the public. And when you get to the point where you climb on electric. Dick Trains the most environmentally friendly form of transport and then dragged off by commuters. I mean that that was a pretty stupid thing today in the and the the whole deal our protest again if you're GonNa if you going to protest protest against forms of transport that do calls huge amounts outs of pollution. They enter the action when they stuck themselves to Josephson's electric bass. I've got to say. What were they thinking Bart's don't you think there has been a real shift in the way that people think about this issue. Ironically it was almost the dog that didn't bark in the election election campaign. Boris Johnson famously. Didn't even turn up for the channel four debate and was replaced by a block of ice. So it wasn't the big issue in the election campaign but I think that is partly because of course there will be debates across political parties about the extent to which you make progress but there is a much clearer consensus that something needs to be done. The individual action as well as government action needs to happen. I've changed. I think I've probably changed my behavior more more in the last year that I had done in any previous year. And I've always been as you can imagine with my background of always being sympathetic to this. But I've never really been driven to a change in the way in which I have been this year. I've been inspired by gratitude bug on lots of people find her irritating. But I think she's inspirational. More sows Rosen than the you know. I don't mind a good protest but I'm more inspired by greater than an by the extinction rebellion protests but it is all part of a movement movement that is impacting people's behavior You know I even after one of the other things that happened this year you may have forgotten about was January saw. Greeks aches introduce a Vegan sausage roll and the change in the way in which people have eaten during the course of the year. I bet there has been a big drop in the amount of me and the massive in the olden day in the good old days if you Vegan you saw something completely crackers out out that now. Every supermarket has mainstream vegan products on its shelves and lots of people are moving in that direction so it is changing people's pulls behavior. Is it quick enough. The question well Do you like a sausage machine. The question what you mean. Do you like to write Christmas coke. I certainly don't want to Vegan sausage. I had to brush veganism this year. When was it? The sheer was at last night. Actually was last year. Wasn't it when I had my hiatus hernia thing which I think is coming back with. Vengeance had to change my diet radically for bet. I I wasn't allowed to eat. Dairy wasn't that we read me to also different things and I remember one day. John came I waitress with some vegan cheese. I have never smelled or tasted anything so disgusting in my life So I won't be having any more of that. You can get Vegan magnums now. Can you believe we're not too bad. But they don't quite the the real thing I suppose at some point isn't it i. I couldn't. I just couldn't become Vegan. Even if we're supposed by dependent on it I would have to be cutting down the health reasons aside. Are you thinking more about what you eat than eating less meat. No I am eating less red meat. I think I'm in fact. I think I'm eating less meat generally If I go out for lunch in in London I generally will have something I might have a Simon thing. Should I be like fish very much. Seminar Elite I'll they usually have a chicken dish. RAV OF RED MEAT I. I'm not sure it's conscious Abe about having said that I'm conscious the I don't eat as much meat as I used to Good me trying to save the planet. I just think I've tried things. Nevertheless the clue to achieving sustainable change. Isn't it there will be some people at the leading edge who are making the change because they really passionately I believe in the in the issue and there will be others who will be pulled along by the fact that it's much easier to get hold of options that there are different ways ways of eating than simply you know. Red Meat into Veg. So change will happen and as I said earlier the question is whether or not it happens quickly enough or whether or not we're going to need another law of protest retests next year in order to bring it alone. I had having said listen to me. What did I have last night? I had a ready meal for one for marks and Spencer. Tuscan I can sausage pastor hoskin salsa which I also love this to ready made Yorkshire puddings with classy. I think that's what they call. I think that's what they call fusion and Yorkshire also too he will -posedly Cosmopolitan Norfolk. I know that you're bringing your dirty London. Habits down foreign feed now. She shopping has since Friday lunchtime drive history after bullying Britain and I haven't actually spoken to a single person since right. Why should we should we head next? Extend out of the year She we go across the Atlantic briefly. Says things we be going to bit International Shnell why not So kind of you I think. Donald Trump had from his point of view quite a good year Partly because there is no opposition to him the Democrats. Nothing this is. What's going to happen to Labor? The Democrats have not gotten a single candidate that looks as if they're capable of beating Donald trump and that ought to be a single priority to nominate somebody as their presidential candidate who stands a chance also taking on trump and. I don't see any of the candidates being able to do that. I think that's right. I mean they have not come to a anywhere near conclusion solution. They're all. The front runner still appears to be Joe Biden The they haven't plumped for anybody else yet. Nobody the appears to be sort of coming through few have dropped out coming Harris. I think and others have dropped out because they haven't got the resource to keep doing this but unless they they find. Somebody reasonably quickly Donald Trump's strategy which is essentially to sort of you know he's still touring the country during these rallies isn't he and of course he's trying to firm up his base and he was doing it was sort of symbolic that he was doing a rally when the House of Representatives voted to impeach him him and of course that just gave him his lines there and then to have a go at the Democrats to talk about you know to create himself as a victim of the political elite. He's still appears to successfully be doing in terms of his In terms of his supporters. So who knows this time next year. We'll.
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"Off with brexit. Normally when we do these reviews of the year we go through the year sequentially. But that's actually quite difficult to do this year for reasons which will become a parent. So we're GONNA do a themed basis so let's start off with brexit. I genuinely believed at the beginning of the year. The brexit might not happen. I I thought that even though Theresa May's deal was was not ideal in so many ways if the conservative party didn't get behind it it it would risk a general election in which labor could come to power half a second second referendum and essentially. Let's call the whole thing off. I thought that was a real risk. I and I continue to think that until the night off the general election when we saw the exit poll whereas sitting here now I'm one hundred percent sure that we will not the E.. On the thirty first January Big Ben Bells will ring bring out in celebration and we enter a whole new exciting era now. No you wouldn't think that it's exciting because you think law end in disaster you you may be right. I can't sit here and say that I'm one hundred percent confident that everything will go according to plan but we all in a very different situation now in politics and indeed as a country and I think it is going to be quite exciting fears for the country. Well I am. I sort completely agree with you but from the opposite viewpoint so I also I suppose at the beginning of the year had hope that we might not end up leaving the EU. I thought you know and waxed and waned through the course of the year but there were various times during the year. When I thought there was a hope that we would get a second referendum? I always thought that that was the only way that we could change the decision. That was made back in twenty sixteen gene in the brexit referendum. I thought it was legitimate because as the years had gone by it became clear that that wasn't clarity about what brexit actually really meant. There are all sorts of different versions of brexit all sorts of implications. Not that people not because they were stupid but because we just simply I didn't know at the point at which we voted in the referendum. Precisely what it would mean so. I was hopeful at that would happen. Of course we didn't leave on March thirty first which was is the first Deadline will twenty nine hundred which was the first deadline for us Leaving and that was a big problem for Theresa may we had during the course of the year I would you as parliament playing its role in trying to find a way through an issue do that. The country was fundamentally split about. And I think you know we disagree about this and some people will see this as you know. Boris Johnson described it as parliament blocking blocking progress. He set himself up And forty general election largely on a sort of people versus parliament approach which instantly I think is fundamentally dangerous for the future of our democracy and despite all of that the trump jumble of course as a parliament knew what it didn't want it couldn't get consensus for but it was incapable during the course of the year partly because of parliamentary procedures. But essentially because it was so complicated to find a something that everybody could come behind. And it wasn't until Boris Johnson succeeded in getting his second deal. which in some ways you know theresa may could feel angry about because a large part of it was the deal that she negotiated but sufficient of it was slightly different and of course he was a new person doing it but he was finally able to get parliament behind him and he would have gotten that deal three three parliament but he cleverly suckered the opposition into having a general election that he could fight on the on the slogan of? Let's get brexit on doing that. That was a master strategic political stroke and he ended up winning the general election. We will leave as you say on The end of January. I think we will be a poor country both in terms of our economy and in terms of our place in the world. But you know. I'm not I'm optimistic about our country but I Don't think we've put ourselves in a difficult situation for the years to come. Do you think that Boris Johnson was the one that could have done best. The if Jeremy Hunter become leader He would he would clearly have handled it very differently You've got the same as all. I do wonder about that I on. It's difficult isn't it. Because of course the big one of the distinctions between them walls that Boris Johnson was completely clear that he was not going to extend at at the end of October. And that there would be The that was gonna be no extension and that he was absolutely going to go hell for leather. In fact he was going to die in wantage whereas I think Jeremy Hunt earlier on would have countenanced in extension. Now of course in the end. Boris Johnson didn't die in the ditch and he detached you talk to extend but probably that did symbols symbolize to the EU a intent. That meant it was easier to get that that deal town even though It then you know hadn't got through parliament in time and Theresa may she was Prime Ministro until What was it July the twenty yet. We've almost forgotten treason. My haven't we and it's very interesting. Testing she stood in. The recent election is staying in parliament. I think is a good thing. I I think it's a good thing for prime ministers to hang around a bit And she has got lots of experience appearance and okay all ended in tears four but do you think history will be a little bit kinder to her than contemporary commentators have been do. It's my view that history should be kind to her than is David Cameron. Because David Cameron got us into this mess in the first place Offering a referendum on something thing that he didn't believe was the right thing for the country and ending us in this position. TREASA may I suppose was always know in some of it was her fault right. She could have reached out. She could become prime minister and she could have been reached out across the parties to try to find some sort of approach to doing brexit. That would've got support across parliament and If she had been a different type of personality and she'd taken a different approach which would have been of course exactly the opposite of the very belligerent. Approach thors Johnson at taken. But if she dumna I think she might have found a way through and of course we had that six weeks six week period in the sort of late spring where where Labor was engaged in discussion with the government about whether or not there was consensus that they could come to. I've afraid afraid that was one too late and I think the government unto trees maze lead to intransigent to find a way that agreement could be reached and then we were sort of destined to head down head down this. What's your what's your feeling about? About Theresa May. Oh you just being sort of sentimental about her now or do you actually genuinely English that she deserves a better write-up she's had so far to be honest. I don't I think the her negotiating strategy strategy was appalling. Right from the start. I think given what happened in the two thousand seventeen election that should have been The point at which she did bring being in the opposition to it was a joint way forward. She should have done that probably when she became prime minister. Sheba's off the opportunity to do so and refuse to I think she could have probably got something through If she had been willing to compromise on old customs union single market I actually think would have been wrong for the country to do that but she could have probably forced group but irrevocably Split Party if she had done that I think our whole strategy of EEG was entirely misplaced. She put so much. Reliance on. Ollie Ollie Robbins. I think completely let her down but the buck stopped with her. She in the end she decided to go with his strategy rather than that of her fellow cabinet ministers and and she paid the price for it in the end. I'm afraid so no. I'm not going to be kind to her Even though I look when she became prime minister I thought it was probably the the right choice Although I I quite liked Andrew led some of the time and it would have been interesting interesting to see how she might have turned out because I think if the contest had gone to party members she would've actually stood Kartika chance in that we would have found out probably more about to resume sommes lack of ability to campaign during that process But then we thought at the time so look on a personal level of injuries may for what Nearly twenty years when I say I've known her haven't really. I don't think anybody really gets innate. Theresa May that while she extended extended warranty personal kindnesses to me when I was a candidate and I don't like speaking ill of her because I think she's a fundamentally decent to fundamentally nice woman who unafraid wasn't cut out for the top job but how do you do that unless you do it but she might be cut out for the top job in different circumstances circumstances. I'm you know she was never going to be a warm instinctive. You know reaching out sort of a politician. But she didn't do a bad job at the Home Office and you might. In different circumstances she goes some a few few people around her in the team and she'd been focusing on domestic issues and international national stuff that wasn't brexit. She might have made more of a successive. Although it does all go back it goes back to twenty sixteen stain when my party leader failed to campaign at the peak of his popularity when he might have been able to impact the result of the referendum and it goes goes back to the mistake or of northern mistake of calling the election in two thousand seventeen because I actually thought that was a masterstroke time but utter failure to be able to. You run a general election campaign in a way that could win To both of those things sort of in some ways you think made what happened in this. Sierra yeah I agree with you about the twenty seventeen election. I thought that it was right to call it But it was the most terrible the campaign knew it needed to be like that but it was really. All failures emanated from that. What did you think will be the hangover for people's pulls view of parliament and parliamentarians and the political system from this whole brexit thing? Have we saw off fundamentally broken. Our people's trust in politics or will the result of the general election. Begin to rebuild. That will this is why I think there is a massive responsibility ability on Boris Johnson Thinkers. Yes a lot of people's trust in parliament was shattered I'm not sure that was an awful lot. Trust that before anyway There's no doubt that if you're on the Brexit side of the debate you feel let down by the fact that parliament didn't deliver on what it said it was going to do an implement brexit. That's that's what. The Labour manifesto said in two thousand seventeen. That was what the toy party manifesto said in two thousand seventeen and it didn't happen for all the reasons that we know. So it'll be interesting to see what Boris Johnson does to try and re engage with the general public They clearly is now majority in parliament. Want to take Brexit Ford. We don't know really. What the priorities of all these new? MP's are there's a lot of younger ones. And I think the conservative parliamentary party is going to be a very different beast from the previous one I don't know how that will pan out. I think there'll be a lot more pressure on the government to implement policies that certainly benefits Midlands. The North may be more than they have done before So there's a real onerous responsibility. I think on the prime minister to deliver on on that agenda. And if he doesn't I think that will further career very trust in politicians and parliament because they consensus in this election campaign didn't make many outlandish promises. There's nothing there that you thought like country to Labor whatever making all sorts of outlandish promises where even the strongest supporters probably thought. Well that never do that. Neither waspy eleven thing though. It's not ever going to find fifty eight billion pounds to do that. I think by and large the Tories managed to avoid making that kind of I promise that people felt could never be delivered on so they had they do have a responsibility to deliver on the things that they did promise. Now it's absolutely true in the irony. Any of course was that this was the year. You know. Jeremy Corbyn defensive. Our pitiful performance in the general election is we won the argument. Now there you could make make the case that the argument against austerity has been wondering the course of this year. Because remember we've had a whole series of Tory announcements that caused me you know to solve say nevermind. A magic money tree found a magic money forest. All of the sudden it was more police officers more money for schools. New Hospitals being built more. We'll wait and see but you you lots of money promises. The obviously meant that austerity was behind so that it will be interesting to see whether or not the purse strings. Become Titans again now that they've won a general election or not but the other point that I completely agree with you about is that you know. Boris Johnson has a massive responsibility to bring the country back together. A gain nine. I don't think only government can do it..
"2019" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
"I'm like your little Christmas Angel. Have you had lofty Christmas. Yes I'm sure I will have done. What did you think of the Christmas from sedition of Mrs Brown's Boys? Well it is one of my favorite things is he will know it. I enjoyed it along with the Queen's Queen speech which I listen to in the morning of course supplies to watch it. Yeah right just to make Claire. We are recording a slightly before Christmas. But just to be honest now we like to do a roundup of the year every New Year so we can just look back on the events events of the year. Maybe look forward as well and I think it's fair to say that two thousand nine hundred will go down as one of the most exciting political years in our whole outlaw. Wouldn't you say yes. Yes the reason why I'm in slightly to minds is of because it's been exciting but as far as my side of the political world is concerned whether or not that's people who don't want to leave the EU a Those who had hoped for Labor government is also being an extraordinarily sad and disappointing year as well so Yeah exciting in a sort of Oh shit. Sort of as far as I'm concerned loser loser. I are you going to approach this with magnanimity. No clearly in to the victor the spoils well the country will be the loser. The country will be the loser. Well we will see say about that way we Look I think everything in politics always ends in a slight degree of failure. Doesn't it because it. When you keeping the governing party for four terms and okay some of the tones of being involved shorter than normal inevitably there will be a change at some time but as we sit here today? It's very difficult to see that change coming anytime soon. Isn't it when you look at the state or the opposition. Not just the Labor Party actually every everyone else in the Conservative Party has this remarkable ability to rejuvenate itself. It's a bit like doctor. Who in a sense? Isn't it just when you think that the doctor is going to die something happens in the back and even today the we call this at the end of if the month of December we think about the Conservative Party in entirely different way we did a month ago. Now that's absolutely right if you think about it earlier on in in the course of the year. The party was expelling excluding from the parliamentary party. Significant players form. Sean Chancellors of the Exchequer in home secretaries and goodness knows what else and it looked as if the sort of brexit project was limping along and potentially doomed to failure. And you're absolutely right one of the things that you know. I've I've always said about the Tory party. And my party consistently consistently fails to understand certainly in the current climate. He's without power. You achieve nothing and for the Tories is the idea. The sniff power will bring them back together when actually it felt as if there was some Fulton lines in the Tory party that would be impossible bowl to bridge and yet they've succeeded in doing. It won a general election. And you're right after nine years of opposition when you would have expected them to be on the go on the downward slope in actual fact they now appear to be on the upward slope whilst my party has I suppose inevitably because we were never never going to be successful with Jeremy Corbyn as the leader has ended the year having failed to deliver. What most of the The Party members wanted which was to avoid a brexit and have lost gone down to a historic defeat in the general general election and even worse doesn't appear in this period of reflection that we're supposedly in to even understood either. The scale of what's happened to us all the responsibility for why it's happened so you can have to work call to cheer me up in this review of the because as being a great the epolitix. We'll do my best. We'll start.
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"The future leader of the Labour Party. Richard Burger. You are crowns Richard. Once again the politician the least self knowledge of anybody. I mean how. How bit cool isn't it? Yeah I mean he's gone but if you think about I mean he looks the part doesn't he. He looks like he's going to be Ronald. Reagan looks I think he looks the part Well I mean anybody that thought that he should be on the call eighteen for the election. I don't know what they were thinking. Well yes worst minister. We sort of touched on this. I think already haven't we got Jacob. Capri smoke well. I have got an I want people to take this as a personal thing tool. But I'm the one thing that I really have taken. The government task over over the last year is the lone charge and I think mel strides handling really of it was appalling. And I'm afraid Jessye Norman. His successor in the Treasury hasn't really been an awful lot more encouraging in terms of actually getting to grips with the issue and seeing the light on it so I've kind of picked them jointly having said that I think Jessye Norman is actually generally a very good minister and has been in his previous roles bought on this particular issue in eastern his game. The Treasury will totally shit stick. Stick their heels in about that by the way they see it politic. Yeah they will not quite needs a strong politicians senate. What you say we're GONNA do this way? KNBR shadow minister of the year. Well I need to declare an interest. And it's a similar to your Johnny Reynolds Choice. But I've chosen Sue Heyman Eamon because to have been in. She's been the shadow Defra Minister and Labor of course what into the general election with what friends of the Earth described as the best environmental manifesto of anybody and she's had to deliver all of that whilst trying to sort to deal with being in a Jeremy Shadow company and the fact that people like and John Ashworth and Johnny Reynolds have been. They're doing it is the only thing that sort of a neighbor me me to hold onto any hope during the course of the before it was smashed on December the twelve and of course she lost her seat as well so now that well. I interviewed her a couple of times. I don't know her tool and I remember after the first time saying to my producer. She's really good. Let's get her a lot more but obviously that's not going to happen now I've I picked Andy McDonald. Hey I think is developed into I loss to former He somebody that you can. You can play the game with which I know. A lot of people don't like it when I use phrases like that but You can have a real up and down with them and then at the end of the interview. Part is France. Yes I did any questions him once this year and he was really really nice an article. I'm not sure I'd met him in person before but whenever I interviewed I look forward to the interview. The interviews generally go well From Saudi from my point of view and I just think he he's what I would call a real mench. I know I know what you mean to use Jewish German Labour politician. Nowadays you can make me indulge in a bit of water battery with respect to Islamophobia in a minute bustle. I won't because he he is a very nice guy who reaches out. I know personally so Yeah he's a good blank minister of the year. What's a bit tricky in the end? I chose Philip Hammond Array. Choose him because because these responsibility is to stand up for the economic was chancellor was to stand up for the economic well being of the country and he did that by recognizing ising that brexit will be an economic flipping disaster because he suddenly became a bit more interesting during the course of the year as well. According to the American ambassador want want what went disaster because the American ambassador who will be a trump appointee we can definitely trust with understanding future cherry content to get with the message. It's all about positively and optimal you as well I picked Michael gave because I just think that he transformed Afra- into a department that was fizzing with ideas was really dynamic. Think I was heading somewhere ever since he's left. Guess what we've never heard Anything from different. All Theresa Villiers I. I couldn't tell you anything that she's done since and she's been in that job and I think he was. The one that effectively I think was behind the scenes pushing on the BREXIT. Deal He does have his detractors within the Conservative Party. One very senior Tory. MP told me that he should not be put in charge of international trade negotiations nations. Because he's a useless negotiator. He was apparently one that would backup. Theresa may every time she wanted to give into the having said I. I think that he will get that job In the reshuffle. If he doesn't get that job I'd love to see put in charge of housing policy. He my thing that was bit beneath them. So we reach the crescendo of our awards. The biggest of all that. We have to offer the politician of the yeah by that side. I know who you're going to award it all. I still believe that he's weaknesses. Says both moral and political will eventually out and people see him for what he is but there is no doubt. I think at the politician of the as Boris Johnson. Yep I completely agree with you. He's confounded his critics I think I think you can disagree with me here. I think we may well see a very very different. Boris Johnson over the next five years because he will be prime minister now necessary big scandal that brings down He. We'll be prime minister at least until may twenty twenty four probably beyond I think the domestic agenda will either be the making the breaking of him You could argue that well. If brexit has has been a disaster in four years that will also be the breaking of him. I'd like to think that He has got the domestic agendas to take this country forward. I think it really. I think this two or three issues that will define fine him whether he can get an agreement on the feature of social care thing. That's going to be an incredibly important thing for him today. I think housing in policy and I think the NHL ASA to be the three defining things of his premiership apart from the fallout from brexit. And if he can get most of those right he could well be heading for a fifth consecutive conservative election. Victory which I don't think have happened before and the interesting interesting thing is that two years ago. Boris Johnson was a winner in our lose of the year award so who knows what will become of him. Well that brings us to the end of our Christmas edition of the many podcast and I know listeners. Like to know. Jackie wh wh- you do on Christmas Day through your routine briefly. Okay I will get up. My boys will will no. I won't get up. She'll stay in bed a my. I boys who are reading. Not Boys anymore will open their stockings..
"2019" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
"ABC's and how you are the right wing of the right wing near. I'm dangerous Driss. Apparently you are you see that. I've picked Najjar frosh because he's a really good broadcaster and take what anyone says. He is the best politician to broadcast on the radio. There are many politicians have a gay. They think kids easy and then find out to Tom Watson when he did a couple of shows role BC he found it incredibly difficult much more difficult than he ever imagined it. Would I and I remember. After his his second show. I had to take over from him and he lit. He came around the desk and gave me a big hug because he was so relieved that he done without making a complete set of himself. So I think nargile powers just took to it like adaptable to. He can do. All of the radio BITSY can tease ahead lead up to the news. He interacts with callers in a really good way. Aside like is Sunday show better because it's a bit more depth to it he. He's a very good interviewer actually elite and his weekday show that there were too many people in Sale Nacho. You're my hero thank you for. You've done that while I'd I'd like to see him tackle. I'd love to see him do a show on some female issues actually just just just show that. He's got more breath to him Well he said. I think that we now have brexit downhill of a lot. More freedom to do that. When T- Eh he's off to America isn't he I think he is Political on the also new. UAL political. TV show. I'm doing hard about this Mar.. Have you. Yeah that's interesting. Politics Live Geno. I nearly had all. Why nearly had that? In the end I saw fought despite all our criticisms of Mar and actually the real hit that he took by You know essentially being the person that Boris I don't was willing to be interviewed by as opposed to Andrew Neil and all of that sort of comparison that went on at that particular point It still the program. The sort of defines the Sunday morning political programs. It does but they're not getting the guests that they used to think I get in you love quite I think I think. How can I put this interview with? Boris Johnson was no Andraos finest hour. Now as you say. That wasn't necessarily all his fault. But I ah didn't think that Was the way to interview. Prime Minister have to say But you're right. It does set the agenda and I think Toss House for two thousand nine hundred ninety s to somehow slightly reinvent it. I don't know how you do that with a program like that but I think it showing. The format is showing a few signs of aging It would be quite radical to suggest of big change in the format. I wonder whether the time has come. ooh broadcaster of the year. I the one I gave aunt Andrew Nail me too. It's funny because in the middle of the year we thought maybe he would be completely leaving Brokaw but he's bounced back and I think his interviews is in the general election the copy on the sturgeon one Swinson in fact all virtually all of them. Not something that you didn't before that's got to be one of the criteria for judge whether someone is a good broadcast interview and that he did that sort of empty chairing Boris Johnson that he did as well was just class Israeli. How many didn't do the trick but it was? It was but I think it went too far in the end because I haven't seen it yet but I'm totally did a another loan so critique of on the BBC election-night Shea. And I think he. He made his point he didn't need to do to get that may be a little bit gratuitous interesting controversial show political columnist of the year. Now I had a real problem with this one I really. I kept going through all the different publications and thinking right who who is a must read who I want to read. Every single thing that they write came up with James Forsyth in the end okay I chose David Arado vich surprise. You will look hot. My shoes within with him in the past. But I think he's is an absolute quality writer. He is one of those calmness while you read the column and you think Oh. We could like that. They're I think. Oh Oh I wish I thought about it like that. Yeah Yeah Yeah now. We're GONNA have a falling out over this one commentator brought little. Oh Fuck Sake. Here's another one. I mean sometimes. He writes things which are thing I can't believe if you said that But he develops document in a way that few other people do and he's writing flare which fear other people have. And even though I know he rubs people at the wrong way in so many different ways but that that's not a reason to think that he isn't a great writer because he is you can disagree with him on every three single thing he writes but you cannot say. He's not great writer. He's a controversial EST Hopkins. He'd been fired by now but he's he's a sort of you know media lovely bloke. That's why he's still in a job despite having horrible attitudes who shows well mine. Interestingly even though he draws my against the wall is Aaron. Jones is a partly disagreed with a lot. What he's he said it? I think he's overstepped the mark into being a political activist not just a commentator but yesterday he he was experiencing a pretty hideous piling on on him so that was partly influencing my choice of him today as well I tweeted I thought the pylon was completely wrong and the he had a right to voice dislike. Anyone else and I did this. I Today's seven o'clock last night and my twitter account. Look at my twitter defeat anymore piled on yeah even now like twelve twelve hour. Sixteen hours later It's still going. Aw and people say the most terrible things and saying well how dare you defend him and I just said look. He's got a right to a voice. I disagree with him on a lot of things. I think his stuff trying to get Andrew. Neil fired was appalling and all sorts of other things down which I do find appalling. Bought what He. Nobody deserves the kind of abuse that he's had in recent days. So I mean I don't follow him on twitter ready long he doesn't follow me even. Yeah he does. Whenever I'm whenever we meet we always get on Bar I'm I'm afraid he's a he. He's like any controversial person on twitter. They are a bit mom. I know I can be the same as well but I don't believe that what happened happen to him is in any way justified. Andrew Neil even quite tweeted my tweet and said we'll try to get me fired but he doesn't deserve this and I think that the attitude just doesn't seem to prevail on twitter any longer people just think that somebody's got to be silenced and insulted so it gives me another paragraph. Oh growth a book. Write Book of the year this a bit bit. Tricky in the end I saw plumped for David Cameron's memoirs so far. I'm only India about two hundred fifty pages into it but I'm enjoying it. I wouldn't go fully is his voice Stein and I think helped write some of it but it is it is genuinely his voice and you can hear him coming through the pages. That's an unfortunate phrase that was But no I it is a good book if you haven't got it by it because I I it really is worth that newspaper of the year. All right well I have gone the Times which we picked two years ago this year this year I have picked the morning star because frankly if you wanted to hear the voice of Jeremy Corbyn this year you needed to install install funny enough. I never bloody jittery given. It was about the only newspaper. The leader of the opposition team team engaged with I thought it deserved a bit of recognition to really tackle journalist of the year. Yeah I have chosen bracing star. I think Joe Pike put him down. I four federal income. I've given him something further up. Did I didn't know I think if we if we had a rising star category I would definitely picked him partly because because he is a creation of mine. Yes yeah he like monster now. He's had a good year because it wasn't just that bit web always slowest phone and there was another interview. He did Of A similar nature. He absolutely skewed someone. He's got that he's he's a very nice guy. Looks Nice he he comes across as nice and reasonable but he knows what questions to ask and that that really is sort of the the good good basis for journalistic career. I Pick Stephen Swin for it from the Times. Who went to the Times? And the Telegraph. The middle of the year he consistently gets scrapes chiefs before anybody else does and he's absolutely If you want to know what's going on in Westminster he's somebody. You need to follow on twitter. Because he does. Let's get it wrong. Sometimes I must admit bought for all I think. He's gotten obsolete cracking. Yeah Yeah yeah loser. Yeah I making the sign at this very moment. Well I had to and I helped in Hart and Huntington hard Nigel farage shows. One of them we've already talked about him The other one was Jeremy Hunt. Oh of course not your frosh. Jeremy Corbyn see Jeremy Hunt is an interesting one Sure he was always gonNA leave. That there was stuff really any prospect of winning it was it might have been a moment the beginning where he might have stood a chance I agree with it was always going to lose. But then he was the loser wasn't he. You know but because of the way that the Tories do leadership elections always comes down to two and one's the winner in London Loser Najah for is you could accuse big winner of the years Sali's with a year in the I do think the creation of the BREXIT party was a major factor. In what's happened now. We don't really factor that in at the moment but He did an astonishing job to win. The European elections virtually nothing within weeks. I think he made a terrible decision in terms of the BREXIT party by standing as candidates down and I don't see a role for the brexit party in feature so from that point of view again no MP's at the end of it and you think well what was. Is it all about them. And and if you wanted to write a text book on how to form a political party from nothing you would use the brexit party as a template I think but as as we sit head out Christmas it might exist exactly. It's been a strangely up and down here. Jeremy Cool Bidwell and thank goodness he. He did leaves because I that was a that was a wicked power to me that thought it would be interesting to see how Corbin government would pan out and the fact that I I do think we would have ended up as a complete basket case country. Say Thank God. We haven't got to put up with that and it just. It also proves that Britain will not vote. Fight for an extreme party will not vote for Marxist Prime Minister we knew that from when my foot stood guy he wasn't a Marxist but he was about as extremes even sunny thing that the country had had before and they rejected him just as they projected Corbin..
"2019" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
"Okay Best News source. I got my politics home. Email every day. that's interesting. Because I've got Jack Blanchard's politico email every day. I'd rather politics one. You reckon. That's better than the plan shots. And don't get jacked blanchard's it's a good show it. Should we have a little swap will bow subscribe to the other one. Because yes I I think the chat blanchard's email is just perfect it. It gives me everything I need to know. What's happening that day with? It's quite funny as well at times. It's absolute nice and early in the morning. Seven o'clock doc. Yet pulls one now comes in the evening. I don't know what it is but I don't really want to read the sorts of emails in the evening. I oughta know why I mean. It's really tough for these people because they have to get up. Lights are five six o'clock in the morning in order to write them don't they but they doing a service tha they absolutely are so if you want to subscribe to Jack Plan Shows One just type in Jack blanchard politico London morning email suppose Political tweeter of the year You'll you'll gain. I want you all right. I've Pick Louis Goodall has just left sky. Sky needs to be to go to news night. He was a producer Newsnight. And now he's GonNa be on screen. I think he's replacing Chris. Cook Lewis Goodall is a bit of a mom Mama. Journalists for many people in the right don't like him because they feel very biased. Clearly not a person of the right. It has to be said but he does give a lot of good insights and find his tweets very entertaining. Interesting good one. I actually picked Philip Cowley because because even though he's now in Hong Kong he still is. He's the sort of person who can provide you with the angle particularly on things like You know History of voting or votes. That happened in parliament or angles like that. Because he's a professor of politics takes But he's a pompous professor of politics. That can give you a sort of interesting depth to it. Your tweets tear eating. I wonder how he's going to writers British this general election of two thousand seventeen book. Because he's not here yesterday. Lots of interviews for that so he he must be wishing that there wasn't going to be an election because kids that book is quite a huge works undertake and to do it three times in four in fall. Yeah for years. Of course something humorous satirist of the year. I've chosen I found this really really difficult in the end. I chose Matt Ford. Yeah good choice. I would pick Jeff Northcott who I think is developing into Britain's uh-huh for these comedians. He's one of the few comedians on the right What's interesting is I've got the list from two years ago and you chose different two years ago? Komo there's there's actually several on this list. I chose two years ago but then also some really interesting differences aren't as we may come into on as we go as we go through were speech. I haven't done the account. Do these war. Because I couldn't think of any allowed to go from I run. Well my worst speech the giving jointly to Jake Smoking Boris Johnson on the day. Back off to probation where they struck entirely the wrong title and provoked several Abram Peas into obsolete bouts of fury So I think that would probably pick the chosen that. Yeah yeah well dumb kid. I've chased beach of the year. Now I found this one really difficult. Best speech of the couldn't really think of any So it's been quite a long time thinking about this. I thought about Boris Johnson's conference speech which I think was quite a good speech even though he wrote at the night before an a lot of I was extemporised but I've actually picked Geoffrey Cox in the Commons before the meaningful vote whenever it was back in was it February or March. Chill sometime around there where he absolutely gave it to to force performance. He sort of gone line night since then because I think I think he was the one that people blamed for the fact that we didn't leave on the twenty ninth March if he's advised prime minister being different. I think that may have gone through then but it didn't interest I have. I have come up with the best speech now and this is the best speech not because of itself it was. It wasn't a bad speech. But because WHO's by comparison it was the best is Joe Swenson's speech at her count when she lost her seat on the night of the election. And the reason why I say it's the best speech because it came after both Boris Johnson. And Jeremy Corbyn doing frankly ill prepared ungracious. Gracious and appalling speeches at their counts. True campaigner of the year now. I've got the same one as I did. In two thousand seventeen in Richard Ratcliffe. I'll go Gretchen Berg a new good. Well she's done quite a good job. Has I'm afraid she just irritates me. Yeah good she's having affect isn't she won't be she. I'm really sorry. Mr. If I was the Transport Secretary I would institute the biggest road building program the country ever seen. I wonder why gratitude it could be electric cars. Spied of the Scots Dominic. Cummings isn't it. It's got to beat. Cummings I have Dominic Cummings. Yeah a political campaign of the year. I'm afraid I've got. Aw Burger game for that. Well I hate myself choosing this but I'm going to say the Conservative Party general election campaign because of Ktar hated every minute of it and thought it was an appalling campaign it worked and nobody expected that majority so on the the unfortunate. The thing is i. It bodes very ill for the next general election campaign because that's two in a row now in fact three in a row while conservatives basically said very little don very little been interviewed very little and one word you keep doing it. Don't you yeah indeed. Best Interview Andrew. Neil well I'll go one hundred million a few other places so what I'm going to say really should be engineer. But I'm also GonNa Saturday who I've been impressed with recently. Nate Robinson on the Today program. The today programme is a very big job to do to get back. It's so of Mojo but I think nate Robinson is doing doing a good job as in fact to some of the other Michelle his say. Nothing really impressive But twenty twenty will be a year to decide whether or not they remain main preeminent thing in the morning not. It'll be very interesting to see what happens to their audience. Figures this year. Because I think if you can't attract government ministers on inevitably people we'll treat ULA seriously. Maybe Turner Tests I I do think the today programme disagree with this law. Something since John Humphreys left left I think that program does need a big name to be the preeminent presenter and that was John Humphreys I agree with you. I think Nick Robinson does some brilliant and TV's he's And I like the way he engages with his audience particular social media a novice political thinking podcast. But I'm afraid beat today. Program is not what it once was and they're all sorts of reasons for that and it's not just to do the departure John Humphreys. I agree with you about that. I mean you know of John Humphreys. I'm Chris Van and I don't think it was his departure. They'd been happening for some time before that Can't interview of the year. Well I have sort sorta combined interview of the year and the next one up which is scoop of the year Because I think it was emily meatless interviewing Prince Andrew. Well I've got that as my skip the my interview. The Areas Engineer Jeremy Corbyn because I thought that was a real landmark interview. Well I I also had that as my other option says we are in agreement as asa pulled coast. Brexit cast. Yes Yeah Yeah I. I enjoy Brexit caster out the year it translated on onto. Tell you in a way that I didn't think it would do. And it's one of the signals of the way in which podcasts have become totally mainstream this year. Well I think that is true. I think it's a shame that it went on television. I didn't think the election cast bit of it. Worked at all. There were too many changes in personnel. For that I think podcasts work. When you know what you're GonNa get and people know what they're going to get from US Asta unfortunately unfortunately that is again my podcast at the foreign policy? Because because it's the only podcast I religiously listen to every single week. Come what may and let them build up a backlog. Some of them radiate. Da Today podcast. I like because it's Radio Geeky podcast but I might let that build up for two or three weeks and then I'll listen to all of them together before I do listen to every every I do think some other guest choices of being shall we say a little eccentric in recent months There's too many people haven't heard of an I know that I'm I'm not actually the target audience for this. Fortunately but they've helped me over time because of that growth within the gas in fact I'll drop they didn't have any guest the tool sometimes even when they depict people. I haven't heard there's only one and it was a couple of weeks ago. I remember. They had two two people on called even remember what field they were from but one of them was quite young and she said like at the end of every single sir switch off at the end I could not go on with irradiating. Who Do you think is the target audience? If you don't think it's see well I do think it is a predominantly female aned podcast. You with subject matter Chitchat. Bit At the beginning. It's generally female things that they're talking abou nothing. Lots of the guests that they have on all the male female are actually aimed to women's market. Now there's nothing absolutely nothing with that. I think that is where aiming okay all right. 'cause my other favorite one which I haven't mentioned is the podcast. I am a big G.. SEAFORD I have never listened to that and I shall keep it that way during twenty the right political radiation. I've got The Westminster our Sunday evening. It's nice to sort of prepare yourself for the week. I think I've picked the Nigel show more Sunday Shaven. His proving giving what those tweets were saying whenever it was this week about a right wing radio station..
"2019" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
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"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"Really loved that alarm clock so cade up and let's say I'll use the word distracted from what I really should've been doing which was making sure that I would Eh Tena Mecacci sheets of attitude forty tower Tiatia nutty rang a tightly packed and according to family's stories Moriori to send I distracted myself also John Me Great Stat to attacking targets or tonight oh he will known to be very fond of the exhibitions to the poorest citizen who could straight right together the fee but back then exhibition spaces we're not demarcated as they are now at the logical fix archaeological curiosities light shows humans animals anything strange or dazzling red normal or great achievement would be exhibited alongside other seemingly unrelated things speak to call was the objective so the stranger the Mex- the beater and I didn't realize this I was writing that we would be and this wonderful museum as I talked about the so far you imagine the Whiz of monster mongers and other retailers of strange sights and be aware some of these descriptions accurate and some of them are not about rather titles that we used anyway they were giants and join teases ownerless people for people to heated men three brief stint women Siamese twins Leonard wonderful educated pigs many version ends of the missing link ranging from Boone's and chimpanzees to be it'd ladies and Hirsute children and even here though not profoundly so in play Pat wicks works and clockworks what Amazon speaking playing HAP- s- accord writing plain cheese hot air balloons paintings in each ings and sculptures moving pictures Magic Lanterns Shadow plays mechanical theaters and conspiracies panoramas featuring wonders of the world cycloramas Dioramas Toco in spiritual allusions if Jesus humans great and Freakish Curriculum Yours Arrays and taxi doing made or preserve species Napoleon's carriage Mexican the graphs Mexican people living skeletons mermaids let flanders with the reindeer jeep way people as capuchins some Chinese things some Indian things in people of those varieties whale bones learned cats portrait's made of here and embroidered classic paintings peep shows but not what you think quite women in Bushman and you were people referred to as Eskimos noble savages override his Mohawk Cherokee and Iroquois people oh my from Tallahassee and occasionally young idealistic in cleaver moldy boys who were after a good education it's not like the missions without critics but they were very popular and eventually sold themselves as educational to pseudoscience or even real science I was employed to greater feet so the great and the good in the not so good of London flat flocked to these shows but what does that got to do with the Kardashians both speak to call yes the things we used to restrict ourselves but live human exhibition no matter how weird the other exhibit Scott was the strange strangest and most reprehensible I wanted to figure out what the audience Scott from it and intially through other writers and theorists more clear than me I came to understand that the exhibitions where like Victorian vision of reality they will you get to watch the other behaving in ways you find odd you judge abnormal and I realized I do it too I've watched the Kardashians for the pure spectacle of it for the oddness of overpumped loops and helps the strangeness of Money To Burn Exhibition this Strangeness Of Division of of Private arguments made public reality TV contains our human exhibitions interesting now televisions wearing that she animal print and MEK tribal warpaint simultaneously unsettling us and making us feel food and our world and the real world perhaps this is the great illusion and maybe we get from it what the Victorian Scott from their exhibition and the saints that we are regular in normal that we don't differ from each other that much I mean the neighbors way beater off us but Donald Kardashian rich and it'll distracts us for a while and the way that is pleasant but also slightly uneasy as doing something we know is not exactly good for us the superb Tina is appearing with three other rises in history he's seen on Sunday morning it'll even susie and then a bunch of us and the afternoon on Sunday at one thirty in a station called motherhood all right John Boyne comes to us from Dublin he's written eleven novels for adults sex for younger Rita's plus a collection of short stories has Three thousand six novel many of you will know the boy in the striped pyjamas it was a huge hit and it sold more than ten million copies worldwide and has been addicted for film in theater and ballet and Opera John has won three Irish book awards as well as many international literary awards and has published in more than fifty languages he also reviews books for the Irish Times he's been a judge for literary awards and Ireland and Canada and two thousand twelve John was awarded the Hennessy the I'm sorry the Hennessy Literary Hall of Fame Award for his whole body of work delightfully his very first novel published in two thousand was called the thief of time to hear about his relationship with distraction please welcome John boing the thanks very much I bring greetings from all the people of Ireland tall. We're very happy to get rid of me until you've had five million people come to an airport and plus you onto a plane haven't lived so I'm going to read my little piece about distraction it's going to sound at the start like I'm just doing a shameless plug for my new book it's not going it's going to hit the word action at some point and that book is available however in Hardback Paperback e Book and also a lovely audio version and wherever books are sold like like most writers I think I am essentially a very solitary person I like to be at home I'm not much of a socialized I don't have any ends and in general I prefer to be with my family than with anybody else where I live in Dublin my parents live ten minutes away from my house and my sisters and my niece live halfway between us and we call it the Boyne Triangle I try not to stray too far outside of that triangle because within its angles I feel at my most safe although it is lovely to be here into needless to say but the world has a way of getting in new sometimes and making you feel very unsafe indeed last month I published my sixth novel for Young Readers and my seventeenth in total a book called my brother's name is Jessica it's the story of a thirteen year old boy Sam who's embarrassed confused and even horrified when the person he's always known as his seventeen year old brother Jason and answers that he believes he's really a girl and wishes to explore this new identity I wrote it as a book that would hopefully support young people who are going through Gender right entity issues or who knew young people who are going through gender identity issues I wanted to tell them that while all of us are still learning about the subject and need to be educated department I believe that the world is essentially a good place that people are essentially kind and there can be a loving society out there ready to help and system I wanted them to feel not shame or fear but hope to support the book and this was my first mistake support the book wrote an article in the Irish Times are most important newspaper expressing thoughts upon these lines and then went about my business hoping that readers would be drawn to the Oh and hopefully enjoy it and then if you'll forgive me thanks to twitter the shit hit the fan the I knew of any backlash was Hashtag that appeared on social media and the Social Media Platform Hashtag boycott John Boyne it'd been there by somebody with a fake name and profile so I didn't think too much about it at the time and just with my work as ever my attention is usually focused on the next novel that I'm writing but then my my editor emailed me to say that she and some others had noticed some negative online activity and I shouldn't worry too much about it which of course made me worry too much about it the day that my article was published my twitter feed which is generally builds around me talking about books that I like and for some strange reason kitchen implements that fascinate me was filled with comments at my attitudes supposedly to transgender people and my own personal character turned out I wasn't aware of it it turned out that I was transphobic that I was a misogynist and that I was basically donald trump with a better haircut almost buddy who messaged me pointed out that they hadn't read the novel and they wouldn't read it because it was so terrible I needed to apologize I was told nobody said who I should tippy apologize to but I should apologize anyway I've always bean I think quite a thin skinned person not so much in terms of criticism of my novels a bad review for example there's never particularly bothered me as I think a writer knows the value of their own work anyway and they don't need to be told that it's either a masterpiece we're travesty you just know yourself whether you've achieved artistically what you set out to achieve no my thin skin comes more in terms of personal abuse I don't like arguments at all I walk away from conflict unkind words just hit me like bullets at had the occasional twitter spot before after watching the finding Neverland documentary a couple of months ago I expressed support for the two men who been abused by Michael Jackson when they were boys and it was if bite admitted to drowning at birth the way people some people came at me and once when I expressed a dislike of new one direction song I was in disgrace for weeks if any of you are live tweeting this event can I just say for the record there are no badge one direction songs I'm not going through that again those bitches recruit Eh but I've never experienced anything like this for days I lived in a state of total anxiety unable to work on able to read knowing that every time I pressed that it'll blew up on my phone that would be more rage directed my way and I only have a few minutes here so I won't go into the full details of what had caused I such a fence but involved involved me as a non trans person writing a book about a Trans Person As a writer does not have the right even the responsibility God and should not write about in their fiction what I found astonishing though and most of sending really was that level of vitriol I was told that I should be careful if I went out alone josh I never go out at night anyways where would I go I'm all this while I was about to start a book Tur- In the UK in support of the novel and did the only thing I felt I could do under circumstances which was that I disabled my twitter account for a few weeks and I thought that miss it I thought that I'd feel some withdrawal symptoms but on the contrary it actually turned out to be a blessed relief the world I figured could carry on without me for awhile and strangers online could scream at each other rather than at me taking these attractions the way they're taking these distractions away I managed to read an extra couple of novels because I wasn't online just another chapter of the book that I'm writing and that sick feeling in my stomach went away because in reality if you're not aware of the nastiness than actually can't really hurt you the day before leaving Ireland to come to New Zealand I reactivated my account after almost a month away and was glad to be able to return to the fuhrer after the or to just talking about books kitchen implements I still got the occasional nasty message but I choose to ignore them and mute anybody who says anything on and I think if you've just blocked somebody you make them feel that they've got to you but if you just mute them then them which is better but that month of digital detox was actually really helpful to me both as a person and as a writer we speak to each other online in ways we would never address each other within real life anonymity seems to give people the right to use language they would never employ in social settings and to think the worst of people they've never met in real life we tend to give I think in general people the benefit of the doubt until they give us reason not to see you might ask why I went back to twitter it was so good being away I'd never really intended to be a permanent departure ball so I don't feel that any of us no matter what our thoughts should be bullied into silence we win arguments by debate or we lose them by debate but if we don't take part where we can't change anything at all I'm going to use my social media in very different ways in the time ahead I think engaging with unkindness in any form is pointless that's rather that you can never win and it just ends up eating you up inside for all its flaws social media like twitter can be a positive place but I suspect there'll be some times ahead we're just steer away from it for a few weeks again until I clear some space in my head I'll read a right and I'll hang out.
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"And it's quite a lot of disturbing staff about being a girl in today's society so the books are imaginer directed the young audience so why did you choose that Jonah of writer I chose it because a mainly through my work with villains actually so the people who about Villainy Syndrome villainous is an online media project that I cited for young women a few years ago we young women can they are the ones writing the articles audience with the ones that had personal elements to them you know I think a lot of young women like to feel that they're not alone the things that they might be going through and certainly that bet came out really strongly in Vilnius through feedback and so so I was really aware that that was quite a good way to actually communicate with that particular audience and I I love I was at a school as today which was awesome and I love having young people coming up and feeling like they can they can open up to me and we can have conversations so so that was the main reason that I chose it but also you know because I think a lot of the issues that feminism touches waiting feminism touches everything but it can get quite academic every now and then Dan get quite you know you're talking about intersectional this and all of the different structures and that kind of stuff but actually all of these things that we these constructs we have in the language that we have to talk about these things they exist because they happen to humans and so actually putting human stories for those academic concepts the structures that we're fighting against I think just it helps me for a start to kind of you know remember the reality of it better so helps to illustrate potentially two people who haven't experienced some of these things actually impact that sexism and racism with those phobia and all those kinds of things the impacts of that can have on real human beings I didn't specifically really write my a book for a young audience okay the people according to my social media metrix demographics that most follows me between the ages of twenty five and thirty four but I just yarrow to some of us right now hoping that it would resume the young girls but also anyone who had an experience not just hard to be a girl today like it's always hard to be and the interesting thing about it is that it the range of lettuce that I've received from people has been for many one as young as thirteen to women in their seventy s and the the ones from women in their seventy actually break my heart the most because some of them say things like they've never they've never they've never understood that they were allowed to be angry before you know and I just think that such a makes me so mad ironically that anyone could have gone through seventy okay do their life and felt like they weren't allowed to express a human emotion I think that the thing about my book is that it's really accessibly written in lots of ways I'm not an academic I didn't I've never really been good academic writing not very good at researching and so it feels like it's a way for I've heard people describe it as being like hearts really bit one oh one and it's kind of like fine I personally think it's one on one but I think it's a way for people who are one point of understanding feminism I'm to get an entry and learn a little bit more and for other people who do know a lot more about it to maybe feel same in it somehow because it's not just it's not really a book that tries to teach anyone coming I think it's a book that tries to like give voice to an experience and that a lot of people and a lot of women have never felt like they're either entitled to share or that anyone would believe them if they did some of those experiences a quiet grueling body image thanks Belania catting and do you think that we get enough public discussion of those issues today on there are good steps we could take about these issues Ah there there's a lot more discussion now than the has been previously I I I actually I'm in a place of trying to figure something out self the moment around cutting particularly so I made the decision to disclose in the book that I cut myself from when I was age leaving between t thank and my reasons for that that it was very maladaptive coping mechanism Navarra desired to commit suicide through that or or even cry out but it was always disguised lucky I don't have scars but I I've heard recently and I was I was giving a talk to the Oakland D. H. B. in one of the psychologists who got up to speak after me told me that something like three orders of young people that are cutting themselves now Maryland I can't remember what the breakdown of that but I would I would geese it's probably more female because I think more young women present to mental health services is a lot of statistics around that but it's just an each geese don't quote me on that and wonder you know because I remember I didn't just start cutting myself because I thought it was a good idea one day I'm pretty sure that I would have rated an adult magazine some kind of story end and I do where I'm going with this as I'm kind of I'm trying to figure out how to have a conversation with young people about these kinds of things without also tetley encouraging it the it's the last thing I want to do but I want young people doing those kinds of things to to know that they're not alone in to know that there is a way to get past it because I mean to be frank cutting kind of becomes an addiction because he's actually a physiological reaction that happens when you cut yourself your brain releases endorphins and pain reducing neurotransmitters which in it becomes a mixture that works doesn't it doesn't work in the long term so yes I I'm trying I'm trying to figure out how to and I don't have the really interesting I never was a cutter Belichick and anorexic first and then blame and that's actually honest honestly been something that's kind of like I mean you probably still sometimes feel the urge to cut maybe you don't think that when you deal with that kind of learn to Monticello yeah it doesn't really go away when you learn to sort hating behaviors it's the purging give brings the same sort of anything yeah anyone who knows who's been through that which is a lot of people knows those dynamics but I think that one of the problems is that we do need to have a really concerted and focused are really considered focus on men's mental health you know and it's one of the things that feminists here all the time is that all what about men's mental health issues as a person as a citizen of the world is someone who surprisingly actually does love a lot of men and thinks about John and I think about the fact that the largest between men between the ages of eighteen and forty five or suicide I don't want to ignore that I want to focus on that but I think that the album is that people then in that discussion assumes that men's met the mental health crisis in men is the only meant that we deal with you know or the or the biggest one or the one that we need to focus on the most or the one that if we pay any attention to women's issues or issues outside of anyone other than six gentlemen and somehow we are ignoring this huge crisis when actually we often hear that men killed themselves at a rate of three times that of women but women try to kill them elves at a rate of three times that of men choose different methods successful and one of the things that I say in like a girl is that there are lots of way I'm sorry I'm aware that for some people this conversation might be quite triggering so just go gently but for men the ultimate act of violence that they might commit is against them against someone else but let's just say that it's against the ultimate active off destruction is to kill themselves but girls try to kill themselves and really long and sustained ways and their ultimate goal might not be to die but feeling might be that they don't want to be here and so they might cope by cutting themselves off by stub engaged starving themselves by engaging in cycles of binging and urging by engaging and really destructive addictive behaviors with drinking or drugs or whatever it might be and I think that people tend to it pay attention to those things as much because they just see it as being part of the inherently traumatic nature of femininity that oh well that's just what goals do because the drama at dramatic and their attention seekers like no one ever says that a man's engaging in destructive behaviors because he's an attention seeker but because women aren't goals in women aunt actually allowed to seek attention and maybe they are seeking attention maybe there screaming like pay attention to me because I feel like I'm dying in here and they need someone to care for them but because women aren't allowed to seek attention on their own terms but they're forced to upped attention from other people and how other people believe that they should receive attention we're kind of don't really have an effective way in society able to really address those issues so yes of course we need to pay attention to mental health like I don't think it no matter what men's rights activists think I don't think that you could find many feminists who would disagree that they want men to grow up in healthier environments where they mental health doesn't suffer so drastically at the hands of patriarchal you and with our sons and our husbands and our friends and our brothers aunt killing themselves but also like we and we just want someone to acknowledge that we're going through pain as well and we need to come up with an effective strategy to be able to deal with that so do you share Lucy's concern that the very fact you know how to do it this thing you'll pondering by talking about something you might make it an attractive well I mean that's what around reporting on suicide because of that yeah the domino effect yeah and completely separate vein i knows someone who's doing a PhD on how mass shootings in America started to become more common when people began reporting on mass shootings later another one another one of your many hits so for the future of journalism what do you imagine as important as feminists what do you think journalism is in a good place right now I think that what's vital for journalism going forward is actually you having diverse journalists rolling diverse stories and diverse not even just journalists and the book I talk about I did a quite a bit of research around our media and one of the very non academic research activities that I us into a three women panel that was during a radio show but how tall which one was talking they would say oh well the reason that we don't have more than one woman on the show is because people can't tell the difference between women's voices and I have to say someone who had to like media monitor panel the three men three minutes and they were all exactly.
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"Kilda on cliff Pergamon to reach of the haven't checked that there isn't something going on sorry gees like emails would return into these it's winter sit facing the toilet which look it's fine it's fact it's winter according to the new seasonal fruit so shock your life before it shocks you changed partner change your wardrobe your secret your small revelation nurturing doubt here the room here the strange thin levels that sound a full in your mouth your vocals they want serene codes like stone tight like a budget right is the bulky citrus fruit shop and untrue this next one I read this one because I like it because it has like a Marie Condo vibe at the end about like tidying so get to that so this is called Madonna your subconscious is a deformed mother a creep with strange here targeting healthy blood cells hardiest organs pruning off since in science flooding your reality with questions you need company an extra vegetables someone the Jews you about Bain's ice and other superstitions not hearing when you say the word coping over there frightening stories that seemed to grow in your mind like Lugo by a small container they tell you to store your mini questions it's convenient to be organized rather than attractive nobody should find such great pleasure in Muffins as so this one is called cumbersome repetition is with friends which did actually come out of the manipulation it I promise and it's wonderful how those words together it's so hard to be completely self while being patient is leafy Greens you can see ed equipped freedoms swinging further away as you try to relax daily and not lift TV things blitzing vegetables and exposing your mood poking out your Chin and that no good knows you're here basically increasing in volume so that everything feels like it might do oxygen feels dated. You don't mean to sound irritated but can no one use an iron anymore hear the phrase you'll little brain one more time and what does the term women's clothing even mean when they seem to have totally forgotten your shape and the quantity Jeez of cereal you must now consume there's no risk from judgment you'll cain to plan a holiday a comfortable darkness experience vague happiness any line restrictions frown at the Food Lino Chacon towards some Regula in gentle insignificant the last poem is cold head Indi- in fiber again happy happy excellent of words come home to strip off your clothing an outbreak of raising hoping say hello to an unwelcome sick and of adolescence you still look like you might have friends have confidence and fiber rush away your unwelcomed friends your own mom or other woman who have head children but who now who are now officially hungry six Glenn's B into to a toothbrush to your own middle lifting up try herbal tea or ginger beer or a blueberry the size of disbelief you wouldn't mind if they inherited clothing but you'll adolescence is so far back they may be sensitive to that family knows those lips you get your power from there is a thickening around your own bility's to speak of your excitement brushing against the inside the is Alicia Bayne I've got my phone on me so if I see the ticks liked come home now I may have to leave early but thank you very much for having me thank you as I think a lot of us can empathize and appreciate with a lot of that when the randomized thought quite appropriate really and the the end amazing human is Clementine Ford. You'll have to forgive me if I get a little carried away here is a huge fan of clementines I always knew I loved her but when I've read a relatively unimportant scenes in her latest book that CG listened exclusively to musical data on you it was a forever kind of love Cleveland tide is a Melbourne based writer speaker and feminist thinker she is a columnist for fifth XS daily life and as a regular contributor to the age and the Sydney Morning Herald through her twice-weekly call Collins for daily life Clementine was issues of gender inequality and pop culture her ability to us by Huma in distilled fury Labor ongoing issues affecting women has earned a huge and loyal readership amongst both women and men clementines which has radically challenged the issues of means for violence against women right CIA engender warfare in Australia while her comedic take on casual six sixes and entertainment has earned her reputation as an accomplished cetera St- her first book fight like a girl wasn't instant besets Ella when it was published in twenty sixteen her new book is boys will be boys came in China's into a two year old so please be amazed at how clean clothes I should just say that I haven't changed that bio and I write for Fairfax anymore ended an acrimonious terms. That's why I feel the need to point that out I'm going to read something fit Louise Today those poems for amazing that was like my baby's about two years older than yours but it really took me back I'm going to read a letter that I I read a little all go for women of letters in Sydney and it was a letter that was good bye but it's a letter about my mother so I felt like it was appropriate circumstance before cancer the worst you can imagine is never as bad as what life throws at you before can't inheritance on acknowledged optimism tells you that when the person you love goes you'll be going with them that in fact you and everyone you've ever loved will join together on the clifftops that mark the edge of this mortal coil class end and jump diving into the great beyond knowing that everything is going to be okay because you're all together the day after we found out a mother might have Hansa I sat with my brother and sister in a hospital waiting room while a doctor ten meters away behind closed door updated my parents the details I kept walking slowly Pasta Room trying to catch a word any word that might tell me this is all going to be okay the voices were muffled so I sat again and put my head on my sister's shoulder the doctor came out my father appeared he turned off the light and closed the door until it was only a few centimeters AJA snippets of the station filled it out I tried to catch them all but they flitted through my years without forming anything solid until I heard my father say and we'll just throw a big party I froze against my sister the cold wave of panic crashing over my body she held me tightly as my father appeared at the door invited to seeing and told us about the chambermaid found growing near her liver and unasked question hung heavy in the room are you going to die we posed less series variation shirow it can they get rid of it of the doctors optimistic my parents responded vaguely hope for the best prepare for the worst that's what the doctors say there's an increasing success rate with this kind of thing they say some of their patients is still going after ten or twelve years which is I wanted to ask ten or twelve a week later my mother went into hospital for an operation forty percent of her liver is she was kaput but the doctors that mysterious group of P people who you never seem to see but who hold the fate of the one most year to you in their hands thought they could get the rest there would be recovery of course six weeks of bedrest it by radiation and chemotherapy but these are the normal hallmarks of cancer treatment people survived cancer all the time family and I told each other we took a active side relief everything's going to be okay we thought because how could it not be the operation was scheduled to take around six hours so surprised when my father called me two hours in there were no ambiguities what ifs in that phone call only heaving sobs and uncontrollable anguish what adopt couldn't say on their scans and fancy equipment became quickly apparent the moment they opened her up and took a look inside choose everywhere inside tapestry of toxic lumps and impenetrable wasteland with a warning sign spiked into its middle they closed her up and passed on their apologies with sorry there's nothing we can do it was worse than we saw we tried for a while to handle it ourselves you don't give up on the people you love and you tell yourself that the doctor aren't everything we decided not to listen to them we bought a juicing machine organic foods books with titles like eight your way to being cast a free and so you've been told you're going to die I found some taste sold out of candidate that was supposed to be a miracle cure so I bought it went to stay with my parents. Hr she drank at every day in the afternoons we sat watching TV together she and her dressing gown and my jeans she talked loudly throughout each cleared and the radiation treatment to even put a little bit of pink and head shakes it was easy to believe that maybe everyone had gotten it wrong that our little home remedies were working and she might actually beat this thing but then she caught a fever and lost her appetite new scans revealed inflammation in his stomach that wasn't going away she went to hospital for a week and then another week we were told the only real option left was to have gastric bypass procedure done it would be three maybe four months dea time you promise us too well but we always want more of you a few days before the operation was scheduled my parents invited us all home for dinner my mother was sitting on a chair at the table wrapped in that familiar blue dressing and I noticed that the pink could gone from cheeks now my father pours a glass of wine and got straight to the point telling us that I'm mother had decided against having operation because she was ready to go what does that mean I asked not wanting to understand or accept what he was saying my mother had been sitting starting face in what I now recognize a steely resolve she looked up and told us how she had come to her decision she didn't want to spend more time in hospital too no more pain and suffering just to prolong the inevitable they expected it would be quick she said the cancer had progressed so far that she could no longer eight the three or four months type in banking on disappeared we were talking about a matter of days then my father spiked the woods the ones that have been seated across my soul forevermore we've asked you here tonight to say goodbye we looked at him tears streaming down our faces often tonight you'll go home she doesn't want you to come back and we'll stay here and wait I stumbled outside and lay on the ground every memory if every Church every kiss every argument and every law shared roaring up through me and crashing out and wet howling solves how could I be ready to say goodbye hi to let go of the vessel that carried me from the beginning the one who traveled to the mystery to bring me back and make me hers Austin we feel when we have our mothers taken from us as David Ferguson once wrote the reality is far more violent than that it is an UN mothering that feels raw fundamental a pain that reaches all the way down to your ligaments and bones before we are born we swell in the cocoon of that space in our mothers Williams as Ferguson so eloquently put it they are a first firmament literally office told him the universe from substance we were formed what are we to do when our universe disappeared if we have the hearts walk around outside our mother's bodies as Elizabeth Stone once word of children how do we keep on pumping when those bodies attend into ashes myself subsided and I lay there staring at the store for a few minutes more in that moment I remembered something my mother had said at the Start cancer journey you can scream rayle at the sky all you want and demand and demand to know why may but if you listen carefully a voice will come back through the night and whisper why not year I went back inside and we will try to ignore the elephant in the room laughed as best as we could with her she told us she wanted us to live our lives to the fullest that she was proud of us and would always love us she told us to take care of each other and two weeks later she was gone for a long time I thought of this not only through the heartache of losing my mother of letting go of my protector Mike Guide my sometimes Nemesis I was angry at her for giving up for costing us out and denying us the chance to ring as much of that precious time out of Harris possible I wanted more I still want more but I remember one thing more and more clearly that she'd been so strong unwavering in her determination I couldn't understand then how she could be so emotionless about it didn't feel it as we did but as my brother and sister said.
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"Is the hunter so many of our stories as a city and as a community and we're very proud and Anita of our status as a UNESCO the city of literature but it is meaningless in and of itself without writers and readers constantly breathing new life into it it's not a museum piece of knowledge are in a museum it's not a middle for the city's literary pasts illustrious as that is but it's commitment ongoing to contemporary work into the next generation of woods and ideas and that is what this weekend is all about words and ideas at tools for us to make a sorry I'm it's been a while popping my apologies at tolls for us to make sense of the turbulent times we live in dealing with fake news that's parenting for a more peaceful world with that's quite literally as survival in the wild or at a more primal level dealing with people like poets and murderous and rockstars but above all else like this about now community I think so this weekend and beyond this weekend I think the the title is for us to read more and talk more and argue Moore and laugh more and build stronger bonds through bitter standing of each other and the world around us because as pollyannaish as the sounds and apologies I'm GonNa tuna optimist I think these the greatest tools ahead and the greatest hope that we have of collectively getting through whatever this condition is that we are currently dealing with so thanks again clear in your entire team this is a remarkable event in a remarkable addition to the Cultural Community calendar here thank you all of your thanks to everyone who has come from quite some distance in some cases to be a part of it now we really appreciate it and I hope you we'll have a productive fistful over the next two days we're belongs remaining depending on how long you stay the evening Pos- so on behalf of the city welcome and thank you awesome aw got I do being Cutting Attack Maha no my Heidi Mikey Tina who if I could hear the heater eat they pull name Mamie Tiki Manoa or auty porty he chi-ta who caddy Mom Oy y Taha Tina Carter Cutolo Thira Makoto Keita Hathor Dnr Koto Deny Koto Tina Takato good evening and welcome to this really spectacular evening I'm very hi to be here we're going to hear from very different writers from different parts of the world from England Ireland Australia and Altieri and people of different intimacies they write poetry music novels essays nonfiction young adult fiction and foam theater scripts some of them right combination loves always so different genres different disciplines different lives but they have things in common for one thing they all award-winning and bestselling they also share the things that all writers do they know about the tyranny of the blank page and they will have meet the thieves time for me at least these are the twin demons who can with each other you struggle to find the time to rise in apparently somebody needs done a coat ornate picking up from skull or you're supposed to do something to pay the mortgage or someone wants you to talk about writing when you would much rather right and so you fantasy is about a quiet place where you can spend days in your pyjamas drinking tea naval washing just living inside your own head and finding exciting ways of arranging woods new in interesting would but then you find that quiet place and it can be a quiet and you discover that your brain is hungry and would rather eight then cook and waist whole day reading nonsense or worse you read something so brilliant you decide there's no point in ever writing anything yourself because you have nothing that's wonderful to say and you'll never be as good at saying it as that and Opportunities for distraction have grown exponentially in recent times not just twitter doc instagram endless emails all of those things but the actual toll that most of us use to write also contains at the click of a mouse pretty much book every article every video all the poems and songs that exist in the world amazing that really any of us get anything done at all distractions of bash sometimes you find the thing you're looking for that idea to fell the blank page when you stop looking for it and focus elsewhere the washing machine take a shower if you have to chop some onions go for a drive look away and suddenly you will see it plus we can do some good things when we procrastinate I want to have a very clean house on Tuesday all I need is a deadline on Friday so we have our six rises to tell us about distraction and whatever way they want what they do to God the creative spaces but maybe also where they wonder after to find the things that they need the river whole same might fall down and what they might bring back so let's begin tonight with a polite I always find that evening stock-based if you start with a poet so Chris Tastes was born and raised and lower hatch and now lives in Wellington big move his his first book of poetry how to be dated in a year of took Rita's back to a shocking moody committed more than one hundred years ago and won the Jesse MCI award at the Two Thousand Sixteen Autumn New Zealand Book Awards and has seen Akeso mask took a dive into the worlds of Hyper Masculine Romanticism ended involve dancing alone and nightclubs by the Herald End spinoff listed it as the beast books of two thousand eighteen Chris also an actor and he studied film in English literature at Victoria and he has the most spectacular range of jackets to make Chris and one of his jackets please welcome him to the stage Christif is a lot of people cure thank you Michelle thank you so much to the festival for bringing me down to Dunedin it's such a pleasure to be here and to be a part of this evening longs sites such wonderful writers I'm going to read three pounds for each night I've written something especially for tonight but I'm going to actually start with two poems from my book he's a mask which guests dove into the World of distraction and films and this I as co pay no attention to that man behind the curtain and that's the line that the wizard of Oz is when Dorothy and Co start to realize nothing is all it seems pay no attention to that man behind the curtain I dream of fame you live my life among cardboard crowds the stands to be examined perhaps even crushed but I can't help myself for wanting to appropriate to the learn or the color of a baby's flushed cheek for cheap entertainment I want the is to want they can keep their questions to themselves they treat my songs with spotlights but denied them curtains to hide behind such songs tailored for weaken knees what do you hear now the wheels of Tornado the strings of a storm to Vail Vail to know will I've got enough to reveal between my buzz without him bringing an avalanche to swallow my song this next one is called McGovern and mcguffin is a plot device used to propel a narrative Ford the best way I've heard it described is that's the thing that the thing or the person that the characters a interested in the audience as she doesn't care about and it's often associated with Alfred Hitchcock films this macguffin to say that the briefcase is pertinent is to ignore the man in the space could gray suit slouched by the payphone mustache ready to turn villain concealed gun press squarely against his ribcage you can tell betty because he doesn't blink and look straight into the camera like he couldn't give a fuck to express that the film did not commit to the characters and tints as to impose in your own logic tongue lashing at the messes not able to turn the is the dirty light tainting the walls of bathroom stalls used for hookups and doc fixes there the clinical plink of syringes falling to the floor and fluorescent tubes realizing illumination at this point we are questioned about our own intent as an audience of willing accomplices our eyes dilate what would it take for us to stop resorting to trade. craft to pull each other into honest dialogue some of US rely on our gift of good timing days one hung on it the rest of us sick and this the end I never walk out on films because I hate to see a story go unfinished you are more likely to walk whereas I could never leave you but there's the door and I'm told the sky is particularly bright tonight it only takes a little moonlight to test your commitment of course I got distracted I fell down mini into neat and wikipedia holes I learned a lot about medium relation techniques and the things that magicians do to distract the audiences to pull off their tricks and then I was distracted by something surreal the events and Khristich basically derail any progress that I was making on this poem and all of that ended up and this poem so this is called the mission every time I turn to see I should be looking I see my reflect Shen there so much of the world within reach from your disc screens within screens and halls within halls tale talking dogs and newspapers crying wolf it's tiny hemmer's pounding at your skin and not knowing you wake up every morning covered in bruises it's a story so vivid you keep repeating it as if it were yours to tell pulling up your sleeves and showing strangers a new shade of blue you we know the story and who is telling it don't be surprised when a door slams shut and you find yourself asking how long has that been there My reflection is a magician he tells me where to look inside every poem stage with trapdoors inside every it's a smoke machine inside every poem is a mirror buried in the Volta and once bound and gazed upon it shows you what you missed as you were following the tip of the wand the magician tells you where to look and so you look because magic doesn't work if you don't follow instructions but as a spectator the trick is to expect everything and nothing at the same time the trick is to watch the one while you're left hand is behind your back ticketing the revelation to your past self so when you reach the reveal you have seen the magicians flourish and all its cross section posed wiring glory look over there adore you've never noticed a secret way in and out anything could be placed before you undetected of course it's been there the whole time you've spent your entire life with your body pushed up against the door but the crowd without wires and while is scanning for the slightest quiver we don't see them sit fire to the scenery the strike of the match disguised by our applause with so much happening in this world it's getting harder to resist everything that demands my attention and harder to tell what unknowingly steel for myself when I fall for another smokescreen over here is shattered glass scattered over the pavement catching sunlight in bidding to be written about meanwhile each shot it's spot the difference game we won picture is an earthquake thing the magician tells me sleep is the biggest distraction of all there's no joy in surrendering to the screens behind my eyes with everything believe to be true as a wrong memory and echo up into happy to be swallowed by in the morning everything is the same but shifted slightly to the right enjoy the night someone has turned all your books around so this spines now facing the wall the whole damn time they're smoking I from the wings both the magician and the audience become the show passing the matches between them call and response running in both actions can we still call this power and if so how many walls will be left standing extinguished the flames it's from the wing I want to look away but the wire snaps back each time if you are a person of color you don't get to live through a national conversation about racism I'm an shame without taking multiple hits to the body it's like being a prop in your own story and constantly wondering whether someone will pick you up just to acknowledge that you're there it's screaming fire in a burning building while everyone on twitter is saying it's not fire but a smoke machine doing what it's been told to do a blind man doesn't need sea of fire to know the rush of standing in a burning building and if he sends their long enough he will be taken by the flames so much debate risks.
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"Kilda I'm cliff Mason program director of the Dunedin Writers and readers festival the two thousand nineteen feasible recording known informed Arcadian tombs as the dear green place but not so in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine eight hundred and fifty men were arrested in Glasgow that year full position of an offensive weapon mostly lives and raises but also soothes hatchets the city's vital statistics could be measured an infant mortality infant mortality alcoholism and slums and it was in that sitting that the city was terrorized by man you become null and as Bible John Bible John quoted Scriptures and raged against adultery and he'll so raped and killed three women who we met at the Barrow Lanes Dance Ballroom barrel lanes still the air with its Garish neon sign and the Bible John Cereal mood inquiry remains unsolved Liam's novel quaker takes the Bible Jones story and runs with it and then he runs away from it as all good and enduring fiction must do to escape the cold tap of fat he creates a vivid and disturbing story of his own it's a police procedural featuring to take different speak to Duncan McCormack he is a highlander who speaks gaelic any plays something cool Shinde and who was tasked to review the unsuccessful police case against the quaker as Bible Joanna's renamed unless DOC but why did they choose McCormack to review this he specializes in gangland crimes of heists and robberies Liam thickens the plot by introducing a seemingly random character called Alex Peyton and explosive expert who is lured back to Glasgow to prize jewels from an auction as safe a nonce beaten up and a means toilet and dunked into the urinal a boy pining for the father who abandoned him discover woman's body and a condemned building a policeman slips into a pocket nighttime to cruise for men the risks of being of Being found even deeper than imprisonment Liam may or may not know that a nine hundred sixty nine and Glasgow the Scottish minorities group was formed campaign for Musk's Laura form throughout this page throughout this novel on every page is the presence of something seething and Rawson something that draws you in on keeps you there like a captive audience Glasgow quaker as masterful seen sitting as well as masterful storytelling and it was recognized as such last Jay when won the two thousand eighteen Scottish crime fiction award and as part of the awards ceremony Liam lead torchlit processions through the streets of sterling along with fellow Scottish crime novelist Denise Mina and valid McDermott at least us now blind Liam the torch light of as as I call upon you to give a warm welcome to Liam Michael Danny Liam Bible John Without whom you would not have a novel essentially one of the striking things about Bible John is that I believe this is the first case of a police identikit picture was and very good looking guy and I think you're writing your novel about some of the older reasons of Glasgow feeling quite affectionate towards him because he looks like a throwback to a tidy oh elegant time and it seemed to be that he was a very cultured psychopath well we don't know nots seems to be the scene from the the evidence that we have Steve I mean he was a character that to the imagination of the city partly because he was so distinct if he's studio on each win the false information in Glasgow was of long hair he had fear here was described by the please smart-t modern appearance he was polite the assessment of the victim Spain an evening in an Bible joins company and he would always he would stand up when a women came back to the table having been to the ladies room A. C. slightly awed candidate for this Psychopathic C. O. Keller and he stood out in the context of the bottle on the bottle John was a rough east end of the city and he seemed much two coats overly to to be in that space yeah I mean he's very clean cut as an what was he doing it was easier to lure victims seems to be in the media but all three victims would picked up the bottle on ballroom and would all take into within one hundred yards of the homes and then raped and murdered and I'm to be that the bottle on the only thing that the victims had in common the all came from different parts of the city the nothing obviously tie the victims together apart from the location which would pick up the scene sitting which I talked about before a few days ago I I put into Google Glasgow nineteen sixty nine and one of the things I found was a brilliant sort of photographic project God who's taking photographs of abandoned tenements a was this the kind of source material that you use because it is uncommonly vivid and in a close seating of Glasgow it's the star of the book right I mean Glaspie was fourteen in having been documented at this pedia by five or six billion photographer so that the photographic evidence is fabulous and this all boats the city in ruins the the old city tenements being demolished on people being decanted to the hosing schemers and this could eight saint so voyeurism build almost like dolls hoses is the tenements with the facades hanging off and you can see the wallpaper you can see people bathrooms sweets and of voyeuristic INSA- into into those lives so it was trikes nothing to say at the beacon particular pedia the sewage Aug. of course Bible join in a saints speaks to Pedia- in history this was the pdf twin as the city tenements were being demolished and people were being decanted to the peripheral housing schemes and although that was a positive move in material sessoms Nazis moving to a situation where you know say toilet and washing machine you didn't know who your next door neighbor was so in the old tenements she had saints of community that everyone else's business and it was this that fair the annoying that anybody could be joe and this is one of the attractions to me of the material the of fever that gripped the city and the panic that your next door neighbor or the guy standing over here paint next year in the horseshoe bar could turn out to be able join the the sitting reminds me of who was a chap who was sort of almost single handedly responsible for something we call Scandinavian aw hitting somebody Michael Yeah yeah even those books we'll see to Norway where they were sitting there just drew you back and drew you why is it that see things seem so important and crime fiction I don't know who I mean that's the old cliche into the same thing as a character in the book and that for someone like Ian Rankin but as a crime scene waiting to happen as he puts in the false I don't know I tend to think that the Scandinavians and people in rank and rate number Eddin but have it easy in the sense that one of the things they're trying to do little has uncovered the heddon underbelly off an apparently respectable society eh that's getting much easier to do indicate of Scandinavia of these slightly Dole hygienic social democracies surprisingly have their stock on the Bailey or in the case of Edinburgh Jean Brodie agent in Rankin can then uncovered I was a bit different because Feast surprised that Glasgow is violent city the whole image of Glasgow is predicated on the new means city that razor gangs the highest homicide rate and waste of Europe for for a good number of years so what's challenge to think to write fiction in Glasgow all underbelly in other words what would be the what would be the parallel with Dunedin easy Chris is I think like that can go VIC vibe Dunedin as one of the one of the plots and the Rato's war food place with its front page headline news if someone has a fire that wardrobe you know nothing happens in except when something happens when something happens happens David Been Outta Wanna you've got one of the potential of grown Gignoux golfing task it easy to to rise to the surface or indeed as anyone in today's paper the fantastic front page story about the family and more skill and the royal family of ninety kids apparently after this origin of this family in Moscow now making if they turn out to be complete psychopaths ooh that'd be a fantastic the language Ooh Liam novel as is important I think as as as seating wrote on twitter few months ago I'm writing a scene in which drunk man is oxted out of the building and you ask there is just no English equivalent oxted is there what is oxted so your oxygen armpits this great there you can be taken by your armpits huckle pub maybe another fairview don't familiar with what was that Hukou Hukou how cold your by the pool is if you lifted erased it can we have subtitles arrested by the police cassia lifted might be hauled the astonishment or more probably OCSTA- of serve as hot cold in Scottish vernacular I think in quaker is that right yeah I mean you can you can overdo that so I try to keep it to a minimum but off and on boost but things that you think are standard English that promote nor to be this particular you Geez forms will be did or this is happening out with normal walking and people will in England and elsewhere look if your mind with uplifted me so it's sometimes create difficult to to try and expunge vernacular I suppose to me my Dick gene area of the Scottish language is in a volume of books which I used to collect as a kid and I found one yesterday it's anyone no books bricker reckon stafford streets fantastic sick and hand junk store bookstore anyway I found a copy their rural wooley royals are you familiar with that absolutely an annual a comic strip that appears in Sunday Post newspaper which is a newspaper that's no unused people it's foolish just random can adopt onic doors that you suspect they'll actually happens but for a while had saturation coverage everyone in Scotland did the Sunday post and the cartoon strips the balloons the family of a sort of a walking class matriarch Kentucky it and Odwalla who've is of don't get eaten spiky-haired skype who get into various scrapes and then every year you would an on your he is that he began an end every episode sitting on a bucket what does that mean I was just I don't know take on bucket noise at least these things and the Whimsey for a second back to Bible John I think I've read that you believe that it's most likely a character called Peter Tobin do you agree ah I don't really have a strong opinion about either we steve us one of the things that people expect once you've spent five years writing about this character including the belong to one of the victims on DNA wasn't a thing in nineteen sixty nine the used it to the actually zoomed a guy in one thousand nine hundred six GEICO join McKenna's.
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"Kilda I'm cliff unlicensed program to reach of the Dunedin Wrightson redes- festival the two thousand nineteen festival recording here in just using nipples and I thought two things I thought that is genius the everson like he's a gifted or anything like that they're not just normal good kids really and and of course the second thing I thought was I'm happy I would have used that so now I will write sorry I just went on and on and on so let's see things they get to the into something so I'll just read a little bit about where we see the Dunbar family where clay has four full brothers he's the fourth them out of the five and we see their parents and we see them as a family for the first time and this is pretty much everything this clydes law from the beginning once in the tide of Dunbar past they were five Bravo's but the fourth of this was the best of us and a boy of many traits had did Viacom Clay Anyway in the beginning there was all of this age of this small part to tell the hull and our father had helped every birth he was has to be handed to hold us as Penelope Lark to tell it he'd be standing there acutely aware and he'd cry at the bedside beaming he never flinched at the law or the burnt looking bids as the room began to spin for penelope that was everything when it was over she'd succumbed to dizziness her heartbeat left in her lips it was funny they like to tell us when we were born we all had something they loved may it was my fate the newborn crinkly fate rory it was his punched up knows when he first came out and the noises he made in his sleep something like a world title thought but at least I knew alive that was also the birth of my son He's knows came out sideways across his face and we said to the doctor knows doc elaine con reached out anyway and it was stripe house goods anyway sorry couldn't resist Henry had he's like pipe Tommy was always sneezing and of course there was Cli- between us the boy who came out smiling as the story went when penny was in labor with Klay I left Henry roar in me with Mrs Children Next Door on the drive to the hospital they nearly pulled over clay was coming quickly as penny would like to tell him the.
"2019" Discussed on Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019
"With part of the generation that grew up with girls can do anything I was a mess spice girls fan is a small child and I did feel like I could grow up to do anything and arguably I- I have I've been very lucky to have lots of opportunities and so I have kind of grown ups do anything I've kind of realized didn't introduce is actually so excited by this then I wanted to lose right Oh dear so welcome novel laying welcome Clementine Time Forward End Clinton as a broadcaster in public speaker and a writer and Lizzy is a singer a journalist and a writer so welcome today and the banks the F. Word by Lizzie and fight like a girl by Clementine so back to our Christian goes could do anything but we still in the same place yep I think we're not in the same that we were before girls do anything you know I think that's a big shift but I think maybe it's now moved from goes can do anything to actually trying to tear down the structures that that whole girls back because that girls can do any thing mantra was kind of putting that on the girls individually you know your individual responsibility to get out there and fight the good fight and all that and I think now we've realized actually that there are a lot of structures that that hold girls back from from doing what they want to and from reaching the F. O. Potential and not just I think it's important to take that further not just kind of girls as a hodgepodge grove but particularly girls of color and algae bt girls and non Binary Ryan so there are so many structures now that I think we are looking at whereas before we were saying obvious reason why they can't do anything to see confidence John Thank you and I just wanted to start by thanks so much for having me here it's great to be here sorry about all the Palaver I'd also like to pay my respects to the Manoa of poverty I think I said that correctly I'm sorry if I didn't I apologize and thank you for having me I think that one of the problems has been that the second goals have always been able to do everything and and in fact goals and women have carried the weight of the world on their shoulder is one of the things that infuriates me particularly now that I'm a mother myself and of course like you never know until you become one is just how if you look at the human race is a species whose intent on survival than you need whether or not you want to become a parent yourself really need reproduction of the species and it has been largely overwhelmingly women who have performed that Labor done all of the Labor that's required in the late birth and after birth and in child rearing etc and yet you still hear people saying things like Oh women invented nothing women can't do anything women awake the idea that somehow how everything that women's across all sorts of different backgrounds have had to endure throughout history and people talk about us as being weak is I think one of the the greatest insults so when people say things like girls can do anything but it's just that we don't try hard enough it's obviously like a it's very convenient way to ignore the multitude of structural barriers that all of us and certainly oppress lots of us in ever deeper ways depending on where those structural barriers coming from and also has a problem with the nineteen seventies in the minds of people now who think all of that don young people right to me all the time young men especially who just hate feminism and pull this trick where they try to pretend that they are interested in they're invested in women's rights but it's all been sorted out now so what you're doing of course is advocating for superiority which is what every opponent to any kind of equality in has ever said at any point in history was all been sorted out and now you're just pushing for more with they can point to the legislative changes of the nineteen seventies and say well you've got all of the rights that you need now what what name one right that men have women join have I mean the right to control her reproductive healthcare is a good one but I think that people make the mistake of thinking that legislation like legislative change is the same as social change and that the to necessarily always go hand in hand where social change and the move like that really sometimes social changes much further ahead than legislative change sometimes legislative changes much further ahead than social change so I think that it's it's really about like breaking down people's willful opposition to reality but also I guess like recognize housing that yes goals and women can do anything but what we can only move so far if the race is set against us in the replace Cinderella Joan can be the greatest politician in the world and she is actually just as a side Elliott just conducted a poll on trust and politician was and just into one here it's like when people about the meritocracy and they say oh well if it's just that we're not trying hard enough it's all about merit as if somehow like just classically parliaments all over the world in western societies just stacked to the brim with incredibly mediocre middle aged white men that this is a matter of merit because because men particularly Jio Committal Age Whiteman never have to prove their merit to anyone they never have to justify anything or who they've made a deal with or who they've gone to boarding school with or who they were friends with I uni anyway that's my long winded answer I'll take you and so we're interested in structural change I guess another thing that's changed significantly for generation today is the online world didn't exist in the nineteen seventies right about that and it's positive it's negative so would you like to say something about how it can it positively absolutely yeah I can and very early on I created a campaign in two thousand fifteen called my buddy my terms had no idea that it was going to it did and that was an example I think of of social media being us really positive means and then went on to make real six talk which is a web series around six rowdy education for young people presented by people like Guy Williams who kids think is hilarious so you know I think that social media is a main distribution for really great messages and as a means of two way communication win people really seeking meaningful communication from people that they otherwise wouldn't be able to reach I think that it can be incredibly positive I think it can also be really really positive example Clementine and I admit on twitter so it actually connects particularly feminists right around the world really Ah let's say you just become so connected with this amazing kind of international army of kick ass women so in those ways it can be really positive I know it can also be really really shit yeah I mean I think they can be and I listen I had coffee before the session today and we were talking about how great personally grateful we wear that we didn't have social media when we were in school because I think the ways that social media can be used to believe methods that high school is us against each other because they try and use it yeah steroid message therapy yeah I actually read where they just like shit talking you for however many hundreds of messages and of course as adults we like what to go do something because most of it's just nonsense but then I think if I were fourteen or fifteen year old girl Oh and I was being picked on at school at least when I was fourteen fifteen year old girl being picked on at school I could go home at the end of the day and just listen to my music we'll take cassette player are and shut it off but now you don't have that option to be able to escape from it and I think that that's really frightening which is why it's so important to like comprehensively talk to children about empathy and kindness and respect and how to navigate these because on the other hand social media can be such a force for good and you know you look at someone like Greta who is leading a climate change revolution around the world and she's sixteen years old is using social media to do that or you know the fact that like not just women but other marginalized groups can connect each other and they can by pass out of the traditional gatekeepers that have prevented them from being able to organize together and they can really build incredibly world changing movement like the black box matter moved and has been extraordinarily supported by Social Media you know the opposition to the Dakota pipeline was that was organized online the Arab Spring and I think that when you look at it like that and you can see it the potential that it has to actually create social change I mean hell look even men's rights organizes can connect online these days you really organized anything to well they dated a woman for that Mitch and in your book the Canadian don't be that guy so it seems to have had some success I'd like to know more about it yeah with an anti sexual harassment campaign that Canada Canada's done a lot of good social campaigns around this sort of issue and they don't be that guy campaign a few years ago whereas basically poster campaign I think they had social media aspects to it as well all depicted men either sexually harassing women more benignly sexually them just like ignoring it when their friends did it and the message was don't be that guy and it it really did have account remember statistics off the top of my head Hussein they abuse statistics team yeah they they dropped significantly yeah and again Louisiana we're talking in the car on the way here about those situations way you've kind of dealt with what we've personally experienced sexual harassment and there's been other men around kind of just looked away they've ignored it and it sets on percent of men are good men and they would never ever do anything to hurt a woman and firstly that statistics bullshit because it's never been tested but also it's just like demonstrably not true the men who turn away from it might not be doing the harassing themselves might be groping a woman but the moment that they like oh no problem and also because I live in Patriarchy Patriarchy pits me a man against other men I recognized there's a threat here for me to speak up against this man so I will absolve myself from having to be involved and this is what feminism is trying to change this is too hard to say either minist- you both talk about this I think in you yeah I'm books I mean I've I've actually I wrote a chapter about all the am the other labels people get themselves in the linguistic gymnastics they perform like humanist guys hold movement called humanism that means something I mean I think that partly it's because feminism as a as a label has been dragged through the mud but I don't think that's accidental you know I think feminism has been gene is profoundly threatening movement.