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We start off this week’s London Calling with a discussion of the Messenger Review of the NHS and then look across the channel at the results from France’s vote for the Assemblée nationale and how it has placed Emmanuel Macron’s globalist agenda at peril.
Are we heading for The Summer of Discontent? James and Toby discuss the upcoming rail strike and the favorable reaction to James’ appearance on GBNews and the intervention of the European Court of Human Rights to stop cross-channel migrants being deported to Rwanda, whether Britain would no longer be at the mercy of woke judges if we pull out of the European Court or whether our own Supreme Court judges might be even worse, the Daily Mail‘s war mongering and, finally, Julian Assange’s forthcoming deportation to America.
In Culture Corner, Spiderhead (Netflix), Emergency (Amazon Prime), Lightyear (Pixar/Disney) and Liar, (Netflix in the UK, Sundance Now in the US) a series in which we’re supposed to be in suspense about whether a white cishet middle-aged man accused of rape is guilty or not. Of course he’s guilty – he’s a white cishet middle-aged man.
This week’s opening sound is Marine Le Pen reacting to the National Assembly Elections (France24).
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James please tell me what you do with your black and red currants. I have bushes of both varieties but never know what to do with all the currants they produce!
Toby, Toby, Toby. I think you’re in the minority on Lightyear or whatever it’s called. Team James for Disney inserting the woke stuff in kid’s films.
Because he values his friendship of many years with James, Toby always pulls his punches.
He teased James a little bit about his ridiculous — and now disproven —predictions about millions of people dying from Covid vaccines, but let James quietly abandon that prediction and switch to blaming illnesses people get on vaccines.
This is the logical fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc: just because B followed A doesn’t mean A caused B. (It may, but you’ve got a lot more work to do.)
Another example of Toby pulling his punches is when James refers to the “Russian city of Kaliningrad … formerly called Königsberg”. As the former name suggests, this “Russian” city was a German city for 600 years before the Russians stole it in 1946.
When James finally goes off the deep end (ca. 45:00) and asserts that Boris Johnson and Joe Biden want a nuclear war with Russia, Toby does finally say, incredulously, “That’s crazy talk!” He points out some of the ways NATO and the US have been leaning over backwards to keep the war confined to Ukraine.
For that matter, he could also have cited the pro-Russian policies of the US and Germany, prior to the war. The Biden decision to adopt a pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian policy by authorizing the Nordstream 2 pipeline was a fatal error.
Listening to James Delingpole, I think we get a notion of what it was like to hear Lord Haw-Haw during World War II.
No question that the film emphasizes and underlines the same-sex marriage: as far from the conceit that this is a kids’ film from 1995 as possible.
In fact, in the time-looping storyline, the film argues that that lesbian relationship is so important, that all the rest of the crew — spear-carriers, admittedly — should remain stranded on a hellish planet, and separated from their families, to maintain it.