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Everybody dance now! We’re gonna make you sweat as Toby and James bust a few moves and take to the dance floor. After the terpsichorean trip down memory lane they talk Donald Trump’s CNN town hall and, closer to home, Rev. Calvin Robinson’s GBNews monologue on Ukraine (available here) and author Ian Rons’ criticism of it in the pages of The Daily Sceptic. That leads to a wider discussion about journalistic ethics.
This week in Culture Corner, James endorses Silo (AppleTV+) and Sanctuary (Netflix), Toby offers up The Diplomat (Netflix). We also get an answer to last week’s “genre” question. And we wrap things up with a discussion about the reviews surrounding Queen Cleopatra on Rotten Tomatoes.
Opening sound this week is Calvin Robinson on his GBNews program from last Saturday.
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Uh Toby, you have the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Uh, he said operational. The Elizabeth class of carriers have had no end of mechanical problems and the Elizabeth itself has been at sea short of arms and ammunition.
She’s built to carry up to 40* F-35s and went out in February with eight. You read that right – eight. Said Lord Admiral Alan West “I would be very surprised if we have got enough weapon stocks to fully arm Queen Elizabeth. These ships need to be fully stocked all the time but we have not got the weapons.” West was First Sea Lord under Gordon Brown and now sits in the House of Lords.
Her sister ship, The Prince of Wales, was forced back into port one day into her sea trials by a starboard propeller shaft fault.
It has not been a stellar launch into the 21st for the Royal Navy.
*By comparison the USS Reagan carries 90 fixed wing and helios.
Ah, thanks. I haven’t followed it closely and thought the Elizabeth had been sent to Japan. Didn’t realize it wasn’t fully operational.