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In this week’s episode of London Calling, Toby and James discuss last Saturday’s live recording of The Delingpod, in which James interviewed Neil Oliver in front of a paying audience of 900; Toby worries about whether his live recording of The Weekly Sceptic on 1st April in the same venue (the Emmanuel Centre) will be as popular.
It has been some time since Mummy and Daddy had a fight, no? This week they argue about who is doing more to preserve our liberties, with James maintaining democratic institutions are now wholly-owned by the billionaire class and all the usual methods for holding the powerful to account are broken, and Toby arguing the system still works, but is in need of rejuvenation. James cites the lack of discussion about vaccine injuries as an example of how captured the mainstream media is, while Toby cites the recent discussion in the New York Times of the Cochrane mask study, as well as the lab leak hypothesis, as evidence the picture is more nuanced.
In Culture Corner, they discuss cultural tourism, the ‘updating’ of the novels of Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming, Oblomov, Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard, season five of Drive to Survive (Netflix) and season three of Happy Valley (BBC One, US debut in May 2023).
Opening sound this week is Sky News Australia reporting on the Wuhan lab leak.
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I would attend The Weekly Sceptic in person if it was done in Charlotte, NC (USA).
Dear @jamesdelingpole and @TobyYoung: Alias Amadeus and Ludwig🤔 While the population was panicked with fear of COVID it was easy for our dishonest media to ignore the growing evidence against masks and lockdowns. As the panic has receded it has become harder to ignore the real harm caused by these misguided policies and dissenting voices are being
People panic in herds but recover their reason individually, it’s been observed. By now enough individuals have overcome their unreasonable fears about COVID to start evaluating evidence more rationally. That explains the exposure of these important but inconvenient facts.
It grants our bumbling and hysterical elites too much credit to supposed they are capable of “controlled release”. I hew to the admonition of the Surrey-born Franciscan friar and theologian, William of Occam to seek the simplest explanation. It certainly applies here.
Rather than surrendering ourselves to fanciful explications, let’s debate about what effective actions we could take to prevent the repeat of recent follies.
I used to like Delingpole but not any more. All he has to offer is attitude and name calling. That what the left does. I don’t hear anything insightful from him. I wish Toby do a podcast with someone else.
It’s called The Weekly Skeptic. I know it’s on Apple podcasts but is probably everywhere.
It was a bit rich having James claim that he’s done anything for the cause but grouse and wave away what everyone else is thinking while Toby has worked to establish a school, a free speech union, and The Daily Skeptic, which Pay Pal went after. Delingpole has become an intellectual crank. A cartoon. But for some reason, I like him, if not nearly as much as before he went down the rabbit hole.
James is a funny guy and has interesting insights on literary matters. I enjoy the interaction of the two on London Calling. Of course, the clot shot/death jab baloney does get old.