• Euro 2024: why is football more popular than politics?

    16 JUN. 2024 · In this episode of The Mark and Pete Show, our hosts delve into the intriguing question: why does football capture the hearts and minds of millions more effectively than politics? Join Mark and Pete as they explore the factors behind football's widespread popularity compared to the often polarising and tedious world of politics.Through thoughtful discussion, they examine how football provides immediate emotional highs and lows that politics struggles to match, offering a sense of belonging and community that political affiliations rarely achieve. The hosts also highlight the entertainment value of football, with its straightforward rules and dramatic matches, contrasting it with the complex and often frustrating nature of political processes.Discover why footballers are celebrated as heroes while politicians often face public scrutiny, and how the universal appeal of football transcends cultural and linguistic barriers in a way that politics seldom does. Tune in for an insightful episode that sheds light on why the beautiful game continues to reign supreme over the political arena.Don't miss this engaging discussion on why the roar of the football crowd often drowns out the whispers of the political world.
    12m 27s
  • Chaos in the Conservative Campaign: Tories caught short

    11 JUN. 2024 · In this episode of The Mark and Pete Show, Pete dives solo into the chaotic state of the Conservative Party's election campaign.  Pete dissects the unpreparedness of Tory candidates, the disarray within CCHQ, and the inconsistency of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. He explores how Labour is making unexpected gains in traditional Tory strongholds, while Conservatives scramble to defend their positions. Pete humorously critiques the defensive strategies and lack of cohesive policies, questioning whether the Conservatives can rally voter support amid the cost of living crisis and other pressing issues. 
    7m 57s
  • Rishi Sunak's D-Day gaffe: how many more to come?

    9 JUN. 2024 · In this episode of "Mark and Pete," we dive into the latest political blunder by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. By going home early from the  D-Day commemoration, Sunak made a significant historical gaffe, sparking controversy and criticism. Join Mark and Pete as they dissect the implications of this mistake, explore its impact on Sunak's political standing, and debate whether this is an isolated incident or a sign of more blunders to come. Tune in for a lively discussion filled with insight, analysis, and a few laughs as we navigate the tumultuous waters of British politics.
    13m 39s
  • North Korea trashes its neighbour, litarally

    2 JUN. 2024 · In this episode of the Mark and Pete Show, we dive into the bizarre and escalating tensions between North and South Korea. Recently, North Korea has been sending balloons filled with rubbish across the fortified border, prompting a sharp reaction from South Korea. We discuss the details of this unusual tactic, including the recent incident involving at least 200 balloons and South Korea’s strong response. Defence Minister Shin Won-sik has condemned these actions as "unimaginably petty and low-grade behavior." Join us as we analyze the implications of this unusual form of retaliation and what it means for future relations between the two nations.
    9m 49s
  • 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 ABR. 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 ABR. 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

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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: markandpete.com
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