Episode 17: Afghanistan – A rehash of imperialism

Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley, aka The Three Old Hacks, discuss Afghanistan in their podcast this week. "The great opinion makers

Episode 16: Remembering the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

The Three Old Hacks are old enough to remember the 1964 Olympics, the last time Tokyo hosted the Games. There were fewer events and so the people who won medals stayed in the memory longer, like long jumper Lynn Davies, whose l

Episode 15: Politicians jumping on the bandwagon of football – Twas ever thus

Mihir Bose, David Smith and Nigel Dudley - aka the Three Old Hacks - are old enough to remember 1966 and all that. It comes as no surprise to them therefore that politicians should be falling over themselves to haul themselves

Episode 14: Of course the booing of footballers is racist

Mihir Bose, writer and broadcaster, writes primarily on sport. In the seventies he was always the only non-white reporter in the press box and often the only non-white spectator in the whole football ground, so he is well plac

Episode 13: Chaos and confusion at the heart of government

Incompetence and chaos at the heart of government is the theme of this week's podcast from the Three Old Hacks. Dominic Cummings' seven hour session in front of a parliamentary committee, pouring bile on the heads of both P

Episode 12: Who’s Responsible?

Mihir Bose, former BBC Sports News Editor, sets the world to rights with journalist mates David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, and political commentator Nigel Dudley. The cost of decorating Boris Johnson's Dow

Episode 11: The Super League that wasn’t

The Three Old Hacks discuss the one day wonder that was The Super League. It took from Sunday night till Tuesday morning for six top English football clubs to announce their membership and then withdraw, leaving the plan in tat

Episode 10: The pandemic poll boost – Why?

This week the Three Old Hacks discuss a year of the pandemic and how it is that the Government is still popular in the polls. They talk about the fall out from the Meghan and Harry interview; sexual abuse in boarding schools

Episode 9: Are we introducing ID papers by the back door?

With journalist mates, Economics editor of the Sunday Times, David Smith, and political commentator Nigel Dudley, Mihir Bose looks this week at how vaccination certificates mig

Episode 8: The Quality of Leadership

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Episode 7: The inauguration of a new president

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Episode 6: Assault on the US Capitol

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Episode 5: Britain and Europe – where did it all go wrong?

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Episode 4: Economists’ attack on BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg “grotesquely malign”

A group of economists have taken issue with the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg's attempt to explain the national budget deficit. She likened the country's current financial state to that of a domestic household being i

Episode 3: Elections We Have Known and Loved

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met

Episode 2: The Smell of the Crowd

Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that imp

Episode 1: Lockdown Life and Whatever Happened to British Journalism?

Mihir Bose - former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith - Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while workin