London Calling
London Calling
Jan 18, 2021
Everybody Hates James and Toby
Play • 54 min

James and Toby open with a discussion of Christopher Snowden's Quillette article on Lockdown Scepticism and the mauling the lockdown sceptic Lord Sumption has received since his appearance on The Big Questions, and Toby's censure by the press regulator, Ipso.

A special welcome to Conservative MP Neil O'Brien (or his researcher) who is now listening to London Calling and quoting things our men have said to try and discredit the lockdown sceptics' cause (and blaming Toby for things that James said on past episodes.) Maybe this is a 77th Brigade op?

The bottom line is, do we need to care about what anyone says about us on Twitter or should we all be more like James who seems to be content being seen as the "marginal frootloop freak" as long as everyone continues to read and listen?

Then it's on to this week's culture picks. James has taken in series two of A Discovery of Witches (on Sky in the UK and AMC+ in the US) and also watched the new Marvel Studio's series WandaVision (Disney+), but cannot understand it and is too embarrassed to ask his kids to explain it to him.

Opening sound this week is from Lord Sumption's controversial appearance on BBC One.


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