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The View from 22 — the men from the colonies running Britain, the rise of the Death Café and male toplessness

18 July 2013

Has the British establishment been taken over by men from the Commonwealth? What with a Canadian in charge of the Bank of England, an Aussie strategy advisor for the Tories, a South African advising the Lib Dems, and — let’s not forget — a Zimbabwean coaching our cricket team, it does seem as if alpha males from the former empire are in charge. In this week’s podcast, James Forsyth discusses his cover essay on ‘The New Colonials’, and explains what makes them so successful. He’s joined by Ruth Porter from the Institute of Economic Affairs, a New Zealand citizen who is also married to a Kiwi, as they attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery. Surely, argues James, it makes sense to strengthen our bond with the ‘dominions’, rather than looking to Europe?

Freddy Gray and Mark Mason also discuss the rise of ‘Death Cafés’ in the UK at 11:10 mins – a new phenomenon in which people meet to discuss their own mortality. In a world where even doctors and lawyers don’t want to use the dreaded D-word, Mark says the death café movement is surprisingly refreshing.


Plus, at 18:10 Mary Wakefield and Isabel Hardman debate whether or not men should take their shirts off in public in summer. Isabel thinks male toplessness must be stopped — though she is willing to concede a special exemption for builders. Mary, on the other hand, thinks there’s nothing wrong with men revealing a bit more flesh.

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  • Roy

    How refreshing it is too, to have some straight talking white commonwealth people helping to bring a new wave of top officials unafraid of taking on the wrecks of the old establishment. How unfortunate it is that Britain could never see the huge prospects of these territories before committing to Europe for their trading future. Even the US is enviable of many things Canadian. Even China cannot sign up quickly enough to trading agreements with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The big problem has always been the snooty down the nose look to old empire countries by British authorities. Highlighted by the term “Colonials” by all and sundry to nock them back and make them look small. Whilst all the time the people of these countries smile and know darned well Britain is the “Dads Army” and they have the territories that matter.

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