This 24-minute podcast was recorded in April, a time when I believe both of us were underestimating the chances of Labour. In any case it was a fun chat, here is the podcast (no transcript), and here is one excerpt:
Tyler: Is Scotland going to leave? Yes or no?
Steve: I would like to say yes but I think no.
Tyler: You want them to go.
Steve: Oh, I definitely do.
Tyler: Tell us why.
Steve: My attitude and the attitude of the majority of English is that it would be pretty good to get rid of the bloody Scots. If there was a referendum on Scottish independence purely in England there would be a clear majority in favor.
More generally: “They talk about how the general election could shape the terms of Brexit, how much further the EU and even the UK will splinter, the prospects for the European left-wing, and the populism underneath it all.”
I am a big fan of Steve Davies. He is a historian, formerly at Manchester, extremely well-read, and now Education Director at Institute of Economic Affairs. He is also great fun to hang out with.