Never Mind The Bar Charts

Never Mind The Bar Charts
Mark Pack and guests talk about the Liberal Democrats, British politics and a few stray digressions. Only a few.

The five things an opposition party must do: interview with Tim Bale
May 29 • 54 min
What makes for a successful opposition party? How much of that success is down to the leader? How much does policymaking matter in opposition? Wnat question should be asked the Lib Dem leadership election hustings? These are just some of the topics I…
Party leadership, online conferences and the election review
May 27 • 55 min
I teamed up with the Lib Dem Pod crew for another special joint episode, with John and Richard grilling me about what’s going on in the party. Feedback very welcome, and do share this podcast with others who you think may enjoy it. Show notes The Liberal…
Why good pollsters are filled with doubt: interview with YouGov’s Chris Curtis
May 20 • 36 min
I often talk about opinion poll data with guests on Never Mind The Bar Charts, so this time to talk about what we can read into the polls – and what we shouldn’t – I was joined by a pollster, YouGov’s Chris Curtis. We started off with discussing what a…
What must the Liberal Democrats learn from Donald Trump?
May 13 • 40 min
Donald Trump may not be the most obvious of role models for the Liberal Democrats. But there’s a lot about effective communication the party can learn from him. After all, he won a national election, defying political establishments and seeing off…
The one in which I get compared to Terry Pratchett
May 9 • 31 min
Rather than a normal episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, this time I’m running an episode of the excellent Not Enough Champagne podcast, including an improbable comparison between me and Terry Pratchett. You might recall me mentioning Not Enough…
Protecting our privacy is key to fighting coronavirus
May 6 • 35 min
It’s crucial that apps designed to help us battle coronavirus also protect our privacy as otherwise their take-up and so public health will suffer. That’s the key point made by the Open Rights Group’s Jim Killock in the latest episode of Never Mind The…
Is over-centralisation hindering the struggle against coronavirus?
Apr 27 • 33 min
In this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talk with the Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson, Munira Wilson, about what it’s like being an MP, how over-centralisation may be hindering the struggle against coronavirus and how best to…
What do the experts say about coronavirus?
Apr 23 • 44 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talked with Ben Johnson, a former Liberal Democrat councillor in Southwark with a PhD on the influenza virus from Public Health England and the University of Reading, and now working for Nature, one of…
The Project: how the Conservatives were beaten last time
Apr 16 • 46 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talk with Duncan Brack, the closest thing the party has to an official historian, about the lessons for the Liberal Democrats from the last time that a Conservative government was defeated. A key part…
Our bias toward pessimism - Sunder Katwala on reactions to coronavirus
Apr 8 • 29 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talk with Sunder Katwala from the British Future think tank. Along with discussing civil rights in the age of coronavirus and the impact on BAME communities, he raised the important issue of the human…
What does coronavirus mean for public policy? Interview with Polly Mackenzie
Apr 2 • 26 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talked with the chief executive of Demos, Polly Mackenzie, about the impact of coronavirus on public policy. We got a bonus bit of background music courtesy of one of her children and a piano. As with…
Special joint episode with Lib Dem Podcast: Leadership election postponed / should we cancel Brighton conference?
Mar 29 • 47 min
In a special tie-up with the Lib Dem Podcast, I’m interviewed by Cllr John Potter about the decision to postpone the Liberal Democrat leadership election and whether or not the party’s autumn federal conference should be cancelled. Show notes Leadership…
Coronavirus: the Hong Kong experience and what next for British politics? S2/E7
Mar 27 • 32 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I speak with Professor Phil Cowley, one of Britain’s leading political scientists, co-author for several general elections of authoritative Nuffield study and someone who casts the net so widely in his…
How you can figure out which news stories to trust: the story behind Bad News S2/E6
Mar 20 • 23 min
Before the coronavirus crisis hit, I recorded a podcast with my published, Biteback Books, about my new book, Bad News. Listen to find out how you can make sense of the news all around us, the problem with news coverage on gun control, the (lack of a…
What does the polling data say about the future for the Lib Dems? Interview with Paula Surridge S2/E5
Mar 19 • 29 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I welcomed back to the show academic Paula Surridge. We talked about what the British Election Study is and what it’s polling data from the 2019 general election shows, including its implications for the…
What’s it like being a councillor and how do you get to be one? With Anton Georgiou S2/E4
Mar 9 • 27 min
In the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, I talk with Councillor Anton Georgiou from Brent, who won a spectacular by-election victory in January and is now getting to enjoy being a councillor. What’s it like? How did he win? And how can others…
What does a Liberal Democrat council leader do? With Cllr Stephen Robinson S2/E3
Feb 10 • 29 min
In this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, the Liberal Democrat leader of Chelmsford Council, Stephen Robinson is interviewed about what Lib Dem council leader does, and how he got to be one in the first place. Show notes: The Chelmsford team were…
How do you make someone join a political party? Tim Bale has the evidence S2/E2
Jan 23 • 28 min
Professor Tim Bale, one of the leading experts in political party membership, talks about who joins parties, why they join and how those who join the Liberal Democrats differ from those who join other parties. Plus he gives his top tips on how to persuade…
What does the future hold for British politics? With Lynne Featherstone S2/E1
Jan 4 • 33 min
Welcome to the first episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts’s second season, featuring for the first special guest former Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone. Show notes: Lynne Featherstone’s book on legalising same-sex marriage. The Guardian story which…
Season 1 Finale: an interim elections post-mortem #26
Dec 16, 2019 • 42 min
In the final episode of season one, Mark and Stephen pick over the general election result, another less important election result and the plans for Season 2 of Never Mind The Bar Charts.
How to change the result of the election with the help of targeting #25
Dec 6, 2019 • 53 min
Welcome to the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, taking a look at the key role for targeting in general elections, how the Lib Dem Brexit policy is going down with voters, some seats to watch out for on election night and a very large number of…
How is the Liberal Democrat general election campaign going? #24
Nov 29, 2019 • 47 min
In Episode #24, Stephen and Mark take a look at how the Liberal Democrat general election campaign is going so far. They used a blog post from Mark about the YouGov MRP results to structure their discussion, so here as the show notes is an updated version…
Prince Andrew, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, and the Liberal Democrats #23
Nov 18, 2019 • 34 min
Welcome to the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, which takes a look at the general election and in particular the policy-heavy message the Liberal Democrats are pushing. Show notes The David Davis ‘look, no notes’ photo. One, two, three, four…
Battlegrounds, bar charts but not Brexit
Nov 11, 2019 • 36 min
With the general election underway, Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss how things are going so far for the Liberal Democrats, what the constituency polls are saying, the role of bar charts and the latest on the party’s internal elections. Show notes What…
How are the Liberal Democrats going to do in the general election?
Nov 1, 2019 • 45 min
Once again, an MP has kindly timed their decision to join the Liberal Democrats for just before the recording of an episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts. Stephen and Mark discuss the party’s latest Parliamentary recruit along with the outlook for the…
LIVE SHOW: Is Dominic Cummings a genius?
Oct 13, 2019 • 55 min
In the first live audience recording of Never Mind The Bar Charts, host Stephen Tall talks to two people who have worked with Dominic Cumnings: Polly Mackenzie and Sean Kemp.
Rebels with a cause
Oct 8, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discussing the growing number of recruits to the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party, the unusual set of seats the party is targeting for the general election, why Will Hutton is wrong about Jeremy Corbyn and…
Is politics still about left versus right?
Sep 22, 2019 • 22 min
Welcome to the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, a variation of the usual format in which I interview Paula Surridge about her research into the British electorate. She’s been one of the pioneers in understanding how there is more than left…
Lib Dems do the Revokey-Cokey
Sep 10, 2019 • 39 min
Stephen Tall attempts to fisk Mark Pack’s Remainer optimism. He possibly fails. Or does he? Show notes Keep count of how many Liberal Democrat MPs there are. Monica Harding is the Lib Dem PPC for Dominic Raab’s constituency. Demand Better sets out the…
The Brexit Episode: Remain is winning! (Or is it?)
Aug 30, 2019 • 31 min
Mark Pack goes full on cheerleading for Remain. Stephen Tall responds with half a bucket of cold water. Show notes: Beatrice Wishart wins in Shetland. Reasons to doubt the Boris Johnson / Dominic Cummings strategy. The public doesn’t like prorogation. Tom…
And then there were two… (more MPs on the Lib Dem Parliamentary benches)
Aug 15, 2019 • 36 min
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the victory of Jane Dodds and the switch of Sarah Wollaston.
Why did Jo Swinson win and what happens now?
Jul 30, 2019 • 40 min
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the outcome of the Lib Dem leadership race and how optimistic Lib Dems should now be.
What have we learnt so far about Jo Swinson and Ed Davey?
Jul 3, 2019 • 55 min
Mark and Stephen share their frustrations, insights and praise for the Lib Dem leadership contest in this special double-length episode.
Exclusive: Edward Davey interview
Jun 27, 2019 • 39 min
Mark Pack interviews would-be Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey about why he’s decided now is the time to run for leader. They also discuss the Coalition Government, environmental policy and how to defeat Boris Johnson.
Exclusive: Jo Swinson interview
Jun 25, 2019 • 37 min
Mark Pack interviews would-be Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson about why she wants the job. The topics they discuss include what she thinks of the SNP, what she’d do in a hung Parliament and how the party can be more successful.
Announcement: three special episodes coming up
Jun 21, 2019 • 2 min
Exclusive interviews with Edward Davey and Jo Swinson coming up. Subscribe the podcast to make sure you don’t miss them.
“Total Marmite”: Tim Farron’s advice to the next Lib Dem leader
Jun 6, 2019 • 46 min
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack interview Tim Farron about political party leadership and what members should ask at hustings meetings.
Will the Liberal Democrat boom go bust?
May 28, 2019 • 29 min
In episode #9, Stephen Tall and Mark Pick pick over the European election results and what comes next for the Lib Dems. Can the party sustain its May run of successes?
Just how happy should the Lib Dems be?
May 14, 2019 • 36 min
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the local elections, the Euros and the pace of Liberal Democrat recovery.
Friend or foe? Change UK and the Lib Dems
Apr 29, 2019 • 15 min
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack discuss the leaked Change UK memo about the Lib Dems, where Change UK is headed, a bold claim about Tony Blair from Stephen and how the local elections may change the political trajectory of the Remain parties.
Are the Lib Dems about to lose an MP?
Apr 5, 2019 • 29 min
Stephen finally gets Mark to talk about Brexit. But only after discussing the Newport West by-election. They also discuss whether the Lib Dems are about to lose another MP over Brexit.
Vince Cable: how did he do and who will succeed him?
Mar 19, 2019 • 30 min
Mark Pack and Stephen Tall discuss Vince Cable’s record as leader, what happened at conference and why Stephen pays money to the New Statesman. Plus - who will be the next Lib Dem leader?
The Independent Group: earthshattering or earthbound?
Mar 4, 2019 • 29 min
Mark Pack and Stephen Tall discuss The Independent Group, the future of the Lib Dems and Brexit. With shout outs for The Times Red Box podcast and the Polling Matters podcast.
Pilot episode #3: universal basic income, radicalism and new parties
Feb 13, 2019 • 32 min
Stephen and Mark discuss three things they don’t like.
Pilot episode #2: Paddy, coalition and little Englanders
Jan 18, 2019 • 38 min
Mark Pack and Stephen Tall discuss Paddy Ashdown, Lib Dem strategy and our obsession with US politics. Brexit nearly doesn’t get mentioned.
Pilot episode #1: the best political commentators, the Lib Dems and what if Brexit wasn’t happening?
Dec 23, 2018 • 37 min
Stephen Tall and Mark Pack talk about their favourite political podcasts and commentators, what the government should be doing if it wasn’t consumed by Brexit and the Liberal Democrats.