A weekly podcast about non-tradable topics

Bob Hepburn on his podcast’s “forbidden topic” This week we chat about: anti-vaxxers, urban-resistant bacteria, rural development (Will Emery and Joanna Unsworth come in for some love), theresa May’s unpopular cabinet reshuffle, and the…

A weekly podcast about non-tradable topics

Bob Hepburn on his podcast’s “forbidden topic”

This week we chat about: anti-vaxxers, urban-resistant bacteria, rural development (Will Emery and Joanna Unsworth come in for some love), theresa May’s unpopular cabinet reshuffle, and the Sunshine State.

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP Bob Hepburn is here with his weekly “forbidden topic” – the topics people won’t talk about because they’re unfashionable. Bob reckons something needs to be done about “the flu epidemic in the city and in London which was inspired, at least, in large part, by environmentalists, who really do have very little regard for human life, absolutely no regard for human life.”

London has one of the highest incidences of asthma in the country. People are breathing in all sorts of dirty air. There’s the change in the wind pattern, and climate change, and its impact on “the [stuff] coming out of the skies”, says Bob. You’ve probably heard the term “clustermites, the COVID-19 bacteria” (a phenomenon where bacterial factories grow over an extended period of time).

We talk about vaccine deniers – to use Bob’s phrase – people who don’t believe in the flu, or measles, or the MMR vaccine. “They believe a virus can only infect a certain place in the body, which is a rather bloody difficult thing to believe,” says Bob. He notes, though, that “everyone’s been inoculated against everything. In fact, of course, in some people it makes them physically ill.”

But there are those out there who have “closer to a faith in numbers” rather than the facts, the problem being that the MMR and flu vaccines are “extremely safe”, says Bob.

Bob’s also here to talk about how a government can increase efficiency by cutting its number of jobs. “Our approach to even the basic administration is more or less not to recruit any new people. Let’s get these people on the web and things like that,” he says. “In fact, that seems to work fairly well for government administration, I think it’s the simplest thing ever devised.”

Another thing we touch on is Doug Ford. “This guy likes to talk about doing things, like in child-care, but he’s going to take $2bn out of it. So there’s $8bn less going into our quality of life,” says Bob. “The international schools… well, all they do is convert the residential schools, meaning, for example, kids who come from Bengali background are getting mixed-race kids going into the school, which is strange and unusual.”

Bob also has advice for Theresa May – his line of thinking is: “I would have been better off getting more people from north of the border, so I’d try and do that myself. But then I’d be talking to one of my neighbours, who’s from Scotland. Oh, I can’t do that… I think I’d do all sorts of things, you know. Just – I don’t know, I’m looking for advice.”

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