Odds and Ends #8: What's going on inside Keir Starmer's head?
Plus pitching the PAF to the Treasury, an infuriating Star Trek Review and more.
It’s time for Odds and Ends, the ultra-meta newsletter-within-a-newsletter, containing some of the most interesting links and other #content that I’ve spotted over the last week. This time we dive into the psyche of Keir Starmer, play a game of tag spanning all of Western Europe – and grab the discourse third rail that is “wokeness”.
But before we begin, I just wanted to once again thank you all for subscribing. Earlier last week, I passed a rather nice milestone on paid subscriptions, which basically means that my minimum-viability goals for paying for a day a week of my time have been met! Hurrah! So excitingly, I’m Substacking for the long haul now. Let the takes commence!
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Anyway, enough shameless self-promotion. On with the links! The first two of which happen to be, er, shameless self-promotion.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve launched a podcast called What’s Happening Now with my friend, comedian Sam Hampson. This week we were joined by another comedian, Onojie Idemudia, and we ran through some of the big stories, like the banning of the American Bully XL, the missing fighter jet in South Carolina and, because I’m absolutely no fun, Keir Starmer’s approach to Brexit.
Plus I’m very pleased to say that it has taken a whole two episodes for me to steer the topic of conversation on to transport. So please enjoy our chat about how transport is changing – electric cars, e-scooters, bikes, and more!
Also on the podcast front, last week, I persuaded Sam to head along to the launch of Stop Burning Stuff, the new campaign group aiming to debunk ‘misinformation’ about electric cars (given that I was really mean about them, it’s probably a good thing Sam went along instead of me).
Anyway, here’s a pod featuring some of the people he met, and some commentary from me on the EV transition.
And now, some links that aren’t entirely me-centric!
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