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Podcast: the fantasy Pope Francis, Labour’s immigration nightmares and the Profumo affair

9 January 2014

9:12 AM

9 January 2014

9:12 AM

Is our perception of Pope Francis simply an invention of the liberal media? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, The Catholic Herald’s Luke Coppen and Freddy Gray discuss how the world has fallen in love with this ‘Fantasy Francis’, what might happen if the real Francis (whoever he may be’) is discovered and why he’s replaced Obama as a leftie pinup.

Demos’ David Goodhart, The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman and Tim Finch from the IPPR also discuss Labour’s immigration nightmares. Is the party in a more difficult position than the Conservatives? And has Ed Miliband apologised enough for the mistakes they made?


Plus, author Richard Davenport-Hines discusses William Astor’s article on the Profumo affair, its enduring appeal to the British public and why he loves Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward.

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  • Agrippina

    The Delingpole article can be found by going to the Arts page and then television. They moved it over there and did not import any of our comments!

  • Patricia

    ” … it was headed Why can’t the BBC ever talk honestly about Immigration ”
    Well, it seems as if we can’t even discuss it in the Speccie.

  • Daniel Maris

    There was an article by James Delingpole on the BBC and immigration. Seems to have disappeared. Do we know where or why?

    • Agrippina

      I noted it has disappeared too. I wonder why, it was headed Why can’t the BBC ever talk honestly about Immigration and Nick Robinson’s prog was discussed by the commenters. Someone worried about being sued perhaps.

    • Kennybhoy

      The first incarnation of Mark Steyn’s article plus several hundred comments went missing too…?