Episode 121 – 3rd February 2012

This week we catch up with a conference on blasphemy, find out the problems with the welfare reforms, and the LADS have loads of BANTER about that awful “UniLad” article.

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CFI Blasphemy Conference (2:04) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
(ft Andrew Copson, Austin Dacey and Maryam Namazie)
Welfare Reform (15:17) by Steven Sumpter
UniLad (25:44) by Dean Burnett
Deaths in Custody (34:52) by Georgia Gale Grant
Nuclear Theatre (41:27) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nicholas Kent)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

2 thoughts on “Episode 121 – 3rd February 2012

  1. Just wanted to say that I found Steven Sumpter’s article really powerful. The story about what it was like to protest is an incredible way to convey what the protest was about in the first place.

    It’s important that we keep challenging that the glossy message of “reform” and “efficiency savings” is a mask over funding cuts directly hurting people. If you’re serious about efficiency, you invest in improvement programs. Cutting funding just causes less of what’s currently happening – there’s no resource or room during times of cutback to focus on effective and innovative delivery of services.

  2. Feeling slightly conflicted about Dean’s piece on Unilad. On the one hand, Unilad’s behaviour was reprehensible, so Dean is absolutely right to criticise them. But on the other hand, I wonder if they’re only doing stuff like this to get attention, and by recording a Pod Delusion piece about them, we’re playing into their hands and giving them exactly what they want.

    I hesitate to criticise Dean, because I thought he made some excellent points (I particularly liked the well-thought-out arguments about “political correctness”), but I do wonder if maybe he’s broken the first law of arguing with people on the internet: don’t feed the trolls.

    Would be interested in what others think.

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