The Gaffe Olympics
This week on the United Kingdom’s Most Trusted Podcast®, Toby worries that the Conservatives’ gaffe-ridden start to the General Election campaign could put Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, while James remains sublimely confident of victory.
Also, how will Greta Thunberg get from LA to Spain without flying? Why is the new season of Jack Ryan so woke? And are posh white men now a minority deserving of positive discrimination?

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There are 11 comments.

  1. Belt Member

    Had to look this up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire

     

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    • November 6, 2019, at 3:13 PM PST
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  2. LibertyDefender Member

    This is a brilliant episode of a generally superb podcast.

    I too, was inspired to research the Grenfell Tower disaster, and was surprised to learn that such a fire could cause such damage in the 21st Century. Heck, I thought the fallout from the star-studded TOWERING INFERNO movie was that urban apartment buildings were outfitted with extensive fire protection systems in order to prevent such disasters.

    But it got better when Toby Young mentioned Millwall v Preston North End – on a rainy Tuesday night, to boot! It could only have been improved if he’d mentioned that such a game involves virtually no scoring at all.

    @jamesdelingpole hit the nail on the head when he reiterated that real men don’t want an “angst-filled cuck” James Bond.

    But the crown jewel might be The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.” I look forward to evaluating it this coming season as worthy of my top five Christmas songs, as well as the looming discussion of whether it is in fact a Christmas song, or merely a song describing a scene at Christmastime, á la the movie DIE HARD.

    Keep ’em coming, Limeys!

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    • November 7, 2019, at 6:33 AM PST
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    If I heard correctly, it’s posh white women who are allegedly being given a preference in hiring by the London police.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 7:07 AM PST
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  4. colleenb Member

    Screamingly funny as usual – especially the pre-review of Last Christmas. I did not know that Emma Thompson was the director but a far cry from her work on Sense and Sensibility. Get woke, go broke indeed.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 8:28 AM PST
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  5. Taras Coolidge

    @libertydefender — On the subject of James Bond, let’s remember what Edith Efron wrote in the early 90s: that, as Hillary Clinton learned the hard way, “‘Sensitive New Age Guy’ is the most successful makeout style of all time.”

    In one of the funniest episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Buffy, now in college, is seduced by a glibly “angst-filled” upperclassman who specializes in preying on naïve freshman girls. Having used and dumped Buffy, he sweet talks her into believing it was all her fault. Except, regressed to a cavegirl mentality by ensorcelled beer, she can’t understand his clever words — and poleaxes him with a tree branch!

     

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    • November 7, 2019, at 8:53 AM PST
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  6. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    The global warming advocates should have their conferences by video. It would greatly reduce their carbon footprint. But no, they have junkets all over the world. The proponents of global warming don’t act like it’s a great threat and set and example for the rest of us.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 9:48 AM PST
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  7. rdowhower Coolidge

    Toby asking if Cormac McCarthy wrote Brokeback Mountain is probably the funniest un-intended joke I have heard in a long time. Hilarious.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 10:26 AM PST
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  8. Henry Castaigne Member

    rdowhower (View Comment):

    Toby asking if Cormac McCarthy wrote Brokeback Mountain is probably the funniest un-intended joke I have heard in a long time. Hilarious.

    I’m kinda glad that Cormac McCarthy didn’t write Brokeback Mountain. The hallucinogenic prose of ultra violence wouldn’t mix too well with the sensitive homosexual sadness.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 3:38 PM PST
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  9. Taras Coolidge

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    rdowhower (View Comment):

    Toby asking if Cormac McCarthy wrote Brokeback Mountain is probably the funniest un-intended joke I have heard in a long time. Hilarious.

    I’m kinda glad that Cormac McCarthy didn’t write Brokeback Mountain. The hallucinogenic prose of ultra violence wouldn’t mix too well with the sensitive homosexual sadness.

    Now that’s a movie I’d like to see!

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    • November 7, 2019, at 6:27 PM PST
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  10. Julia1492 Member

    I’ve been reading The Road. First McCarthy book I’ve tried. I don’t really know quite how to feel about it. I’m open to suggestions. 

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    • November 8, 2019, at 9:06 AM PST
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  11. Bishop Wash Member

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Screamingly funny as usual – especially the pre-review of Last Christmas. I did not know that Emma Thompson was the director but a far cry from her work on Sense and Sensibility. Get woke, go broke indeed.

    Loved the ad read for Quip. I’ve seen your teeth James. I think they’re what the Americans call English teeth. 

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    • November 8, 2019, at 2:57 PM PST
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