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  • Who will win the UK general election?

    26 MAY 2024 · In this riveting episode of the Mark and Pete podcast, we dive into the unexpected and rather soggy announcement from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on 22 May 2024. Standing in the pouring rain, Sunak looked less than prime ministerial as he informed the nation that he had requested permission from King Charles III to dissolve Parliament and call a general election for 4 July.We'll explore the significance of this announcement, made under the grey skies, and what it means for the UK's political landscape. The process, executed in line with the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act of 2022, marks a departure from the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, adding a fresh twist to British politics.Join Mark and Pete as they dissect the events leading up to the announcement, the reactions from political opponents, and the public's response to Sunak's drenched demeanor. Was this a strategic move or a moment of sheer misfortune? Tune in for our take on this rainy day revelation and what it could mean for the future of the UK government.
    17m 47s
  • Always check charities for cheating

    19 MAY 2024 · In this eye-opening episode of our series on charity fraud, we dive deep into a troubling case that shook a small community to its core—the story of the Rascally Plumber. This local plumber, once trusted and revered, exploited his position within various charity organizations to misappropriate funds meant for the needy. Join us as we uncover how he manipulated events and financial accounts, creating a façade of benevolence while siphoning off thousands. Our investigation includes interviews with whistleblowers who brought this deception to light, experts in charity fraud prevention, and voices from the community who were directly impacted. Tune in to understand the warning signs of charity fraud and learn how we can ensure that generosity reaches its intended recipients, keeping the spirit of giving pure and untainted. Don't miss this riveting exploration of trust, betrayal, and the quest for justice in the world of charitable giving.
    10m 53s
  • Should carrying a knife be a crime?

    12 MAY 2024 · In this thought-provoking episode, we delve into the complex issue of knife possession laws in London amidst rising knife-related incidents. We explore the legal, social, and ethical ramifications of criminalizing knife carrying. Hear from law enforcement officials, legal experts, community activists, and those personally affected by knife violence. Join us as we dissect whether stricter laws could be the antidote to London's knife crime epidemic, or if other preventive measures should be prioritized. This is a crucial conversation for understanding the balance between safety and civil liberties in urban environments.
    15m 21s
  • The local election debacle for the Conservatives.

    10 MAY 2024 · In today’s episode, we're diving into the surprising outcome of the recent local elections—a significant debacle for the Conservatives. We’ll analyze what went wrong, the implications for the party’s future, and how this unexpected turn of events could reshape the political landscape. Stay tuned as we unpack the details and reactions from across the spectrum
    11m 15s
  • The first shall be last: but is that a good thing?

    29 APR 2024 · In the recent 2024 London Marathon, a remarkable story unfolded, one that perfectly embodies the spirit of perseverance and determination. Seventy-five-year-old Fred Tomlinson wasn't the fastest runner on the course, but his journey and finish might just be the most inspiring of all. Long after the front runners had crossed the finish line and the crowds had begun to disperse, Fred was still out there, each step a testament to his commitment not just to the race, but to a greater cause.So today, we dive into what it means to finish last but not least, and how such moments can be just as triumphant as winning.
    11m 7s
  • Britain is broke from going woke: can it be repaired?

    21 APR 2024 · In this provocative episode we into the heated discussion surrounding the economic impact of progressive policies in Britain under the title "Britain is Broke from Going Woke: Can It Be Repaired?" The episode kicks off with a poem illustrating  the central argument: that Britain's embrace of "woke" principles, such as extensive diversity and inclusion initiatives and environmentally focused economic reforms, has led to significant financial strain on the nation's economy.
    12m 43s
  • Scrabble Together: the dumbing down of the great word game.

    14 APR 2024 · In this episode , we delve into the controversial changes to one of the world's most beloved word games, Scrabble. Recent updates aimed at making Scrabble more accessible have sparked a heated debate among enthusiasts who fear these changes might dilute the game's intellectual challenge. We'll explore what this means for the future of Scrabble. Join us as we unpack whether Scrabble is truly being "dumbed down" or if these changes are a smart move to broaden its appeal. Tune in to dissect the evolution of this classic game.
    11m 6s
  • Should we arrest people for being smelly?

    7 APR 2024 · A bill in the Commons could criminalise rough sleepers if they cause a nuisance, including "excessive" smells. More than 10 Conservative MPs are backing changes to ensure action is only taken against people who are begging and not just sleeping rough.
    12m 13s
  • Why did Nike redesign the England flag?

    24 MAR 2024 · The cross of St George should not be messed with, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says, weighing in on a row over the colours of England's football team kit. Earlier, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer joined the chorus of prominent voices taking issue with Nike's design for the new kit. The design takes creative licence with the cross by adding navy, light blue and purple to the traditional red. But there are no plans to change or recall the shirt.
    11m 44s
  • Why are there so many lawsuits?

    17 MAR 2024 · In this episode, we delve into the growing concern of too many lawsuits inundating our legal system. We explore the complexities and consequences of the litigious culturea and shed light on the strain of these lawsuits. 
    12m 2s

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Commentary on social, economic and religious issues from a Christian worldview perspective. Faith and culture and economics are intertwined, Mark and Pete's analysis brings in their experience in the differing...

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Commentary on social, economic and religious issues from a Christian worldview perspective. Faith and culture and economics are intertwined, Mark and Pete's analysis brings in their experience in the differing words of hard hitting business and caring pastoral church settings. Features a poem with each episode on the theme. Mark and Pete: a businessman and a pastor. Listen on Flame Radio 1521MW in NW England and podcasts on iTunes. Website:
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