May 28, 2008

Speakeasy, 25 May 2008

With the opinion polls making blue reading for the government and Gordon Brown lurching from crisis to crisis, Rory Kinane, Co-President of the new and improved Warwick Labour, Tom Wales, Deputy Chairman of the Warwick Conservatives and Jack Ashton, President of Warwick Liberal Democrats appeared on the Speakeasy to debate the future for Gordon Brown and the Labour Government. While Tom Wales and Jack Ashton were both expecting David Cameron to be Prime Minister after the next General Election, Rory Kinane, remained more optimistic, saying that the government had faced difficulties but could recover in time for the next election, and also suggested that the Conservatives were not fit for government. Listen again to the debate here.

May 25, 2008

Speakeasy, 11th May 2008

Today, the papers were full, much to Andrew's delight, of bad news for the government, but he still wasn't an entirely happy man, outraged that MPs were trying to award themselves a colossal 23% pay rise. Katy was trying to get us all to eat squirrel, guest pannelist Michelle King promoted the cause of women in science and Hayley Rutter had a heartwarming story about a marine who was marrying his sweetheart after losing a leg in Iraq.

Hear the review of the papers by clicking here.

It had not escaped the Speakeasy's notice that Christians were celebrating Pentecost today, and we also marked the anniversary of the introduction of the contraceptive pill, for which Katy is eternally thankful because it 'tastes nice.' Click here to hear what the panel had to say on everything from promiscuity to Pentecost.

And finally today, Katy exacted revenge after last week's crushing defeat to Andrew when, with guests Ellie and Bettina, she emerged triumphant, absolutely hammering the opposition of Andrew, Michelle and Hayley in the Speakeasy's tribute to 'Just a Minute.'

May 22, 2008

Speakeasy, 4th May 2008

On the first Speakeasy since the new regime took over, Andrew O'Brien began the morning in good spirits following Labour getting a kicking in the local elections and Boris Johnson's triumph in London, but the Speakeasy's resident grumpy old man's mood quickly soured when conversation turned to Peaches Geldof and her alleged drug use, while Katy Oglethorpe discussed the case of Josef Fritzl, which had been dominating the news.

To hear the review of the Sunday papers, click here

It also had not gone unnoticed by the Speech team that the day marked the twenty-ninth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher becoming Prime Minister. All these years later, had she brought harmony where there was discord? Andrew wasn't sure, but insisted she was what Britain needed. Katy on the other hand questioned the positive impact of Mrs Thatcher, particularly her influence on campaigns to get women into politics.

Listen to the debate here

After all the talk of Thatcherism and Austrian cellars, something rather more light-hearted was required, and so resident Team Captains Andrew and Katy lead their teams into battle in the Speakeasy's own attempt at the game show classic Call My Bluff. Andrew was joined by Richard Brown and John Widdicombe while on Katy's team were Anna Stegman and Joel Lichfield. Why not relive Andrew's march to triumph...

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