Episodes
The Thought Police (Mike Graham and Matt Kelly) are quick to respond as you might expect, giving their informed assessment of the London Bridge terrorist attack as well as the justice system in the UK as a whole. They also debate the appropriate punishment for serious offenders, being Matt Kelly's neighbour and radical new ways to discourage radicalisation.   Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP. Mike Graham is: @IROMG and Matt Kelly can be found: @TheNewEuropean New episodes are...
Published 12/03/19
Matt Kelly and Mike Graham are back for another sparkling edition of the Thought Police and today it's all about the changing landscape of local and national journalism. From months spent gathering information inside the walls of Buckingham Palace to days grinding away in the newsroom office, the times they are a-changing. The pair share their experiences of engaging with the community to win their trust and look ahead to possibly bleaker, darker times where the journalist becomes more foe...
Published 11/28/19
There are three weeks to go until the election and it's reaching... who knows what conclusion? Mike Graham and Matt Kelly try to make sense of it all in their usual blockbusting manner while also discussing what makes successful journalism and why the Daily Mail's controversial political position was brilliant if not always favourable thanks to their highly skilled yet polarising former editor... Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP. Mike Graham is: @IROMG and Matt Kelly can be...
Published 11/26/19
Independent candidates Mike Graham (@IROMG) and Matt Kelly (@TheNewEuropean) discuss all the week's political talking points at home and abroad including why the upcoming Christmas election is important but tedious and in a different Remain vs. Leave issue - this time from across the pond - whether Donald Trump can survive his impeachment hearings. PS The sound of drilling is not coming from the Thought Police, Matt still has the builders in... Follow the show on Twitter: @thoughtpoliceTP and...
Published 11/21/19
Mike and Matt drill down into the car crash TV event of the year; Emily Maitlis' interrogation of His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew. Enjoy. The sounds in the background are not the sounds of the Prince digging himself out of an enormous hole... Matt has the builders in! Follow the lads on Twitter: @IROMG and @TheNewEuropean while the podcast is: @ThoughtPoliceTP. Email questions or comments to: thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com and subscribe from your favourite podcast provider so you never miss an...
Published 11/19/19
Mike and Matt dip into the mailbag and pull out a question on their best and worst business trips. Prepare for some cracking stories from around the world as well as other classic titbits such as an why MG has an intimate knowledge of Richard Madeley, why Matt Kelly has always been a bum and why you should always write down your good ideas...  Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean and if you have a question for the boys email:...
Published 11/14/19
Mike and Matt return to their soapboxes to give the result of the upcoming election...or at least how it seems after the latest round of political posturing; and once they've started they can't stop as they discuss the NHS, how we treat our old people, whether to lower the voting age, Father Christmas*, terrible excuses for turning down jobs and Liverpool's relentless quest for the Premier League title... *Warning - this episode MAY NOT be suitable for children.  Follow the podcast on...
Published 11/12/19
Matt and Mike capture the zeitgeist of modern journalism as they discuss the importance of free speech, the potential purchase of the Telegraph and what it might mean, the challenges of tackling tricky issues as a media savant, the influence of social media vs. newspapers on the upcoming election and of course there are a few tangents via Fleet Street as well! Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP. Mike Graham is: @IROMG and Matt Kelly can be found: @TheNewEuropean New episodes are...
Published 11/07/19
Mike and Matt discuss the big stories of the week including the build up to the General Election and the first few days of campaigning, the cans and cant's of the political process, snowflake footballers, why Brendan Rodgers is a bit odd, dreaming about ministers (definitely not through choice) and the recent high profile McDonald's firing on an explosive edition of the Thought Police.  Follow the boys on Twitter: @IROMG, @TheNewEuropean and @ThoughtPoliceTP   Email the show:...
Published 11/05/19
Mike and Matt reflect on their changeable drinking habits over the years as they discuss the best ways to give up alcohol; as far as Kelly is concerned, it's all down to the right beer. MG hazily remembers some drunken Fleet Street nights and offending some Germans while Matt harps on about a hotel stay which very nearly wasn't. It's a boozy, woozy, doozy of an episode of the Thought Police.   Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean  Subscribe from your...
Published 10/31/19
Mike and Matt return after a short period of illness for an in depth look at the latest news and how it's reported. Topics include Kay Burley, interviewing politicians, standing up to Terry Manners, religion not practising what it preaches and pigs in blankets.  Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean and if you have a question for the boys email: thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com. Meanwhile don't forget to subscribe from your favourite podcast provider so you...
Published 10/29/19
This episode was due to be a delve into the Thought Police mailbag (and loosely ends up that way) but actually starts out with Matt and Mike lamenting their recent #firstworldproblems including a frustrating family drama, the incompetence of car deliveries, unexpected perils of the countryside and those journalists with a ridiculous reticence to cover simple stories. It's more mixed bag than mail bag this time around! Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG /...
Published 10/17/19
With Brexit supposedly only a few days away, it's the final battle between the Remainer (Matt Kelly) and the Leaver (Mike Graham). What starts out as a critical analysis of the latest Queen's Speech (and develops into a debate about whether Brexit really means Brexit) ends with more uncertainty than ever before. Divisive, polarising and full of outrageous opinion. And that's just The Thought Police... Follow us on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean Give us a review on iTunes...
Published 10/15/19
Mike and Matt pick apart the week's news including climate change protesters, Liverpool's outstanding form, Prince Harry's behaviour and Robert De Niro's waning powers on the latest Thought Police. Follow the show on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP Mike Graham is: @IROMG and Matt Kelly can be found under his publication: @TheNewEuropean Email the boys at thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com with any questions or comments and don't forget to subscribe from your favourite podcast provider so you never miss an...
Published 10/10/19
Matt and Mike speculate about the future for the UK after Brexit on this episode of the Thought Police as they disagree fundamentally about whether the United Kingdom or the European Union is more important for the other. They also dispute the potentially unwelcome countries that may be welcomed in, the future for the Eurozone and the potential impact of eating American chicken. Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean  Subscribe from your favourite podcast...
Published 10/08/19
A timely email to thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com prompts a fascinating discussion into national, local and online journalism on this episode of the Thought Police.  What does the future hold? How have the early days of online affected the current state of play? Can subscription models really work? Mike and Matt discuss... Follow us on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean Give us a review on iTunes to improve our rating (and don't forget to subscribe from your favourite podcast...
Published 10/03/19
It's a very feisty edition of the Thought Police as Matt Kelly and Mike Graham dispute whether the decisions in Westminster are being taken through righteousness and impartiality or personal politics and vendettas. They also discuss use of language, how news stories miss out the crucial details and the possibility of Boris Johnson being put behind bars. It's The Thought Police and it's all kicking off...  Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean Email the...
Published 10/01/19
Mike and Matt continue their pursuit to capture the pulse of the people as they discuss the perception of Prince Harry compared to his mother, Labour's views on the reform required for the education system, why you shouldn't drink too many sweet drinks and the perils of watching football abroad.  Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP / @IROMG / @TheNewEuropean Subscribe from your favourite podcast provider so you never miss an episode every Tuesday and Thursday and email your...
Published 09/26/19
Mike and Matt address the recent news including the Labour Party conference, the collapse of Thomas Cook and John Humphrys stepping down from Radio 4 as well as the major breaking story of the week, MG's horrific injury. Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP and @IROMG, email the show: thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com and subscribe from your favourite podcast provider so you never miss an episode. New ones drop every Tuesday and Thursday. 
Published 09/24/19
Matt and Mike dip back into the mail bag to answer your questions on subjects including war zones, Scottish independence and career choices. If you'd like a question answered on the next Thought Police Questions send it in to thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com. Meanwhile don't forget to subscribe at your favourite podcast provider and follow the show on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP and Mike Graham: @IROMG. Enjoy the episode!
Published 09/19/19
David Cameron is back making the news and unsurprisingly the Thought Police have a thing or two to say about his return from exile. Mike and Matt also try to establish what's really going on with Brexit, what makes a regime, and why it's so easy to be a conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile the latest batch of candidates ripe for political derision are named and shamed. It's provocative, proactive but only 50% pro-European (though 100% pro-New European)...they're the Thought Police - accept no...
Published 09/17/19
Mike and Matt discuss their respective recent globetrotting experiences and the perils (and occasional rewards) of travelling abroad. There's also time to debate HS2, Lego and Harry and Meghan's marriage. They'll return to Brexit next week...unlike the current government.  Follow us on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP @IROMG Subscribe at your favourite podcast provider: so you never miss an episode Email the show: thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com And don't forget new episodes drop every Tuesday and...
Published 09/12/19
The Thought Police are back from their summer recess and there is no proroguing here, there's a political minefield to discuss. Brexit is on the horizon, or is it? Matt and Mike pick apart the events of the last few weeks at Westminster and what exactly happens next...if anything.   Follow the podcast on Twitter: @ThoughtPoliceTP, Mike Graham is: IROMG and remember to subscribe from your favourite provider so you never miss an episode. Also don't forget you can send your questions in to...
Published 09/10/19
While the boys enjoy a well deserved break, why not take a look back on some of the best bits from the first twenty episodes...and don't panic, Piers Morgan makes an appearance!  In the mean time, check out the back catalogue from your favourite podcast provider (and subscribe so you never miss an episode!).  Remember to follow the podcast on social media to keep up with the latest news; the show is @ThoughtPoliceTP on Twitter, while Mike is @IROMG. And lastly, you can email questions and...
Published 09/05/19
Mike and Matt may be on holiday but it hasn't stopped them answering your questions. Hard-hitting topics this time include investigative journalism, North East voting, seeing through liars and the BBC. Follow the podcast: @ThoughtPoliceTP on Twitter and remember to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Also, if you've got a question you'd like answered or a topic you think should be discussed you can email: thoughtpolicepod@gmail.com.  They're coming for you... 
Published 08/27/19