When did corporate giants like KPMG, Proctor and Gamble, and Accenture become extensions of the campus safe space culture? Rainbow lanyards inspired by the LGBT Pride flag, email sign-offs to say that you are an 'ally' of minorities, and so-called unconscious bias training - these are just some of the things that corporations are encouraging their employees to take part in to demonstrate their wokeness. So, is this meaningless virtue-signalling or actually helpful to the minorities these measures profess to protecting? Toby Young bashes the entire woke corporate culture in this week's cover article, and goes head to head in a fierce back and forth with our guest Berkeley Wilde, a diversity consultant whose firm, Diversity Trust, offers exactly these sorts of workshops and training to corporate and public sector clients. It's a no-holds-barred fisticuffs, not for the faint-hearted:
Meanwhile, the woke left's liberal sweetheart Justin Trudeau is having some trouble of his own, after it transpired that he wasn't as sweet as he seemed. Leah McLaren and Leyland Cecco join the podcast to explain just what Trudeau's done wrong (and Leah says, not much) and whether the political scandal impacts his re-election prospects.
I also step out from behind the scenes to talk about my incredible experience at Shanghai's marriage market. No money actually changes hands here, but the market sees hundreds of parents each weekend physically matchmaking for their grown-up children who are still single. What does this say about the dating culture in China, and haven't these parents got anything better to do? I discuss with Yuan Ren, a China and science journalist at the Daily Mail.
And last, this week even features an apology from Rod Liddle. Rod apologises for a 2006 article bashing James Bartholomew and his plans to homeschool his daughter. Having seen the state of state schools these days (Rod rails, in particular, against the woke culture that also finds itself permeating there), Rod unreservedly apologises to James, who was with us in the studio, on air.