Episode 29: Opinions of superior excellence

“No nation in Europe is more haughty and disdainful, nor more conceited in an opinion of its superior excellence.”

This quote from a French Viscount about Britain some 400 years ago reminds us nothing much has changed, says political analyst Nigel Dudley.

He’s been reading “a wonderful book about the Stuarts”, Devil-Land by Dr Clare Jackson.

In the first podcast of 2023 Nigel and his two old mates, sports journalist Mihir Bose and Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith discuss the Christmas books they were given and are now reading, the state of the nation and whether they should have a flutter on the next election.

The English are inclined to “adore all their own opinions and despise those of every other nation” and had “contracted all the instability of the element by which they are surrounded, namely water.”

The podcast seems the perfect medium.


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