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The Spectator Podcast: Brexit, Bellingcat, and bondage with ethics

18 October 2018

5:51 PM

18 October 2018

5:51 PM

This week, Brexit negotiations grind to a halt again as Brussels and the UK draw mutually exclusive red lines on the Irish border problem. We talk to James Forsyth and Dan Hannan on what next for Brexit. We also look a little deeper into the methods and mission of Bellingcat, the investigators that unveiled the true identities of the Salisbury suspects. And last, we investigate a sex industry that is trying to become more ethical.

Brexit negotiations have hit a brick wall again, and this time, no deal looks closer than ever before. The latest snag over the Irish border seems impossible to solve. But all this is a EU strategy to divide and conquer, argues James Forsyth in this week’s cover piece – Brussels has used Ireland to carve up the UK and back it into a corner. James joins the podcast with Daniel Hannan, Tory MEP and leading Brexiteer. For Daniel, the EU is negotiating in bad faith:

‘If any other country had come to the EU with the package that Britain offered in Salzburg, if Canada or Japan came and said “we will unilaterally accept all of your goods standards, and we will pay you for the privilege, and we’ll defend your borders, and we promise to never undercut you on labour law or environmental policy and so on”… the EU would have said “quick, quick! Get the idiots to sign before they come to their senses.”’


After the Salisbury attack, a little known news outlet called Bellingcat was the first to definitively reveal the true identities of the two Russian suspects. In this week’s magazine, Owen Matthews writes about the methods and mission of Bellingcat. What is this investigative team and how are they achieving results far quicker than governments’ secret services? Owen is joined by writer and broadcaster Mary Dejevsky on the podcast. Mary casts doubt on the trustworthiness of Bellingcat’s research – and argues that mainstream media shouldn’t give it so much unquestioned credibility:

‘I worked for the BBC in news way back when, and there were very strict rules. I’m extremely surprised that the BBC, among others, takes Bellingcat with very few questions.’

Is the sex industry becoming more ethical? Vegan bondage gear and feminist porn are all the rage, in a drive to please millennial tastes. But Cosmo Landesman isn’t impressed, writing in this week’s magazine that guilty pleasures shouldn’t be subjected to so-called ‘political correctness’. He joins the podcast to air his grievances, together with Renée Denyer, manager of Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, a female-friendly London sex shop. For Cosmo, the bottom line (sorry) is that sex and rules don’t mix.

‘Do we want the health and safety attitude in the bedroom? Don’t we want dark and scary? I don’t want ethics in the bedroom!’

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