The roundtable on "A Very British Coup"—a superior UK drama series about an establishment plot to unseat the fictional UK Labour Prime Minister Harry Perkins—will be posted as soon as I can finish the editing. We spoke for almost three hours and there were many technical problems (alas), but with careful (and, needless to say, extremely time-consuming) editing I should be able to release a version that will sound relatively smooth. Due to the amount of work involved, I don't expect to get it finished by the weekend—I may, but I doubt it—so it will probably be during next week some time. Joining us were the veteran journalist John Booth and two of our regular critics, Mark Campbell and Antony Rotunno.

Blessings,

Julian.


Current Programme

Paul Greenall"Party politics is broken. It's time for independents."—Paul Greenall

We welcome to the programme the psychologist Dr Paul Greenall for an interview on his campaign to stand as an independent candidate for Member of Parliament here in the UK, and on the role of the so-called "pandemic" in shaping his current view of politics at Westminster.

Earlier this year, Paul, who works in the UK National Health Service, was facing the very distinct possibility of job loss—even career termination—because of the UK government's insane threat to make covid-19 injections mandatory for health workers. Thankfully, along with so many tens of thousands of his colleagues, Paul stood his ground and refused to give in to the pressure, a collective resistance which ultimately led to the government backing down on the idea, and an important signal to the vaccinators not to extend their mandates to further sectors of society. As a consequence— his life having been significantly impacted, and his trust in business-as-usual, party politics having evaporated—Paul is now preparing to stand as a truly independent candidate for MP in the local by-election here in West Lancashire, UK.


Cancelled Programme :(

Keith Ward

Update: I am very disappointed to say that this interview with Professor Keith Ward has been cancelled at the last minute on health grounds. I do hope to speak to him at some point, but he is having to cancel all speaking arrangements for the forseeable future. I wish Professor Ward a full recovery and hope to speak to him one day. My apologies to everyone who was looking forward to the conversation.

We were to be joined by Professor Keith Ward for a conversation on his most recent book, The Priority of Mind, published by Wipf and Stock (2021).

(Keith Ward is a well-known British philosopher, theologian and ordained priest in the Church of England who has held many senior academic posts, including Regius Professor of Divinity (University of Oxford, 1991- 2003) and Gresham Professor of Divinity (Gresham College, London, 2004 – 2008). He is now an Emeritus Student (i.e. Life Fellow) of Christ Church, Oxford. For more on Professor Ward and his work, please see his website: https://www.keithward.org.uk/)


Upcoming Programmes

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I am delighted to say that we shall be joined again by the Yorkshire-born journalist, educator, photographer and political activist John Booth, whose career in journalism has included working for news organisations in Africa, the US and the UK. I was very pleased recently to meet John "in the flesh" (so to speak), rather than simply online via the microphone or email, at a quaint coffee shop in a market town near to us, and as part of our chat we decided to revisit the idea of a TMR conversation on the controversial death of Dr David Kelly (the UK weapons inspector whose "suicide" in 2003 has so much suspicious about it that it warrants the placement of inverted commas, as you see).

John joined us back 2016 to discuss his intellectual journey into questioning the events of 9/11. 


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In-between interviews, we shall continue the TMR Movie Roundtable sessions with a growing list of titles that connect with themes covered on the podcast over the last several years.

On the list at the moment—in no definite order—are: A Very British Coup (1988), the strangely prescient British TV series about a plot to remove left-wing Labour Prime Minister Harry Perkins from office, starring Ray McAnally (which Jeremy Corbyn mentioned in a recent interview); Minority Report (2002), the conceptual-science-fiction action film, starring Tom Cruise; Fahrenheit 451 (1966), directed by François Truffaut; Arlington Road (1999), the domestic terrorism thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack; Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), starring John Hurt; and (oh yes) The Sound of Music (1965), starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (for which treat we shall certainly be joined by Johnny Iron!).

Our roundtable guests will be drawn from the usual talented crew—Frank Johnson, Mark Campbell, GK, Johnny Iron, Jenifer Thyssen and Antony Rotunno—but the guest list keeps growing, so there's no telling who will end up being involved.


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We shall be joined once again by the theologian and lecturer Dr. Martin Erdmann, Director of the Verax Institute, for an interview (or possibly a series of interviews) on Volume Seven—"The Historic Pursuit of a World Federation"—of his magnum opus, The Triumph of Progressivism.

"The idea of progress—the belief that humanity has been advancing constantly from past to present, and that this process will continue for the foreseeable future—is a worldview that has developed exclusively in the Western world. The idea has occupied a central position in the thinking of modern civilization from the late seventeenth-century Enlightenment to the present day. It is much more than a political theory. In its heyday, it permeated every area of social life. No one could avoid its pervasive influence; even those who took a negative view of abstract ideas succumbed to its irresistible charm. It came to constitute the predominant civil religion of Western civilization—a general religiosity in the political realm. Furthermore, it became part of the modern idea that every attempt to criticize amounts to an act of infidelity. It is time to realize that the ideology of continual social advance and human improvement essentially constitutes a religion in its own right, which, despite often bearing the name of Christianity, is in resolute opposition to biblical beliefs."—Martin Erdmann


May God bless you, and thanks for listening,

Julian.


 
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