72 episodes

Steve - @guitarmoog - and Chris - @ottocrat - investigate cakeism: the philosophy of having your cake and eating it, as preached and practised by the British government in its approach to Brexit. Each week, we explore the latest developments as we head towards Brexit and spend time wading through the weeds from the perspective of two long-standing Brussels and UK government insiders. Our aim: to inform you, our listeners, about EU realities and so, hopefully, to equip you to spot lies and to thwart attempts to manipulate you. There may be swearing. We are regularly joined by guests and occasionally by special guest co-hosts.

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Steve - @guitarmoog - and Chris - @ottocrat - investigate cakeism: the philosophy of having your cake and eating it, as preached and practised by the British government in its approach to Brexit. Each week, we explore the latest developments as we head towards Brexit and spend time wading through the weeds from the perspective of two long-standing Brussels and UK government insiders. Our aim: to inform you, our listeners, about EU realities and so, hopefully, to equip you to spot lies and to thwart attempts to manipulate you. There may be swearing. We are regularly joined by guests and occasionally by special guest co-hosts.

    Episode 68: One Thousand Days

    Episode 68: One Thousand Days

    For our final podcast before Brexit, we're joined again by Tanja Bueltmann to talk about coping strategies, Steve's album of ambient prozac, and the ongoing work to support EU citizens in the UK as they face mounting hostility and an unforgiving bureaucracy.


    You can get Steve's album here, and become an EU Citizens' Champion.


    We're dedicating this episode to the memory of our friend and colleague Andy Barnard.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 67: We Raged Against the Lying of the Right

    Episode 67: We Raged Against the Lying of the Right

    The aftermath. Rather than wallow in despair we look back on a fight well fought, and the friends that have joined us on the podcast. We also reflect a little bit on what the future will bring. It's not pretty, so we need to find strategies to help us through the dark times ahead.


    Thank you to all our guests who have helped us out on the podcast over the last 67 episodes:


    Alyn Smith
    Andy of Remainer Now
    Axel Antoni
    David Henig
    Dmitry Grozoubinski
    Garvan Walshe
    Ian Bond
    Jason Knoll
    Jim Cornelius
    Jon Worth
    Julie Girling
    Katie Low
    Laura Shields
    Molly Scott Cato
    Nick Crosby
    Nicky James
    Peter Wilding
    Seb Dance
    Steve Analyst
    Tanja Bueltmann


    Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas


    Download Steve's new album One Thousand Days and please give generously to EU Citizens Champion!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 66: Goodnight and Good Luck

    Episode 66: Goodnight and Good Luck

    We cut to the chase. Nothing is more important than this. On Thursday, vote for the candidate most likely to beat Boris Johnson. Because if you don't, if he wins, our country will become unrecognisable. This will be the defining battle of our culture war.

    • 14 min
    Episode 65: Vote Early Vote Often Vote Tactically

    Episode 65: Vote Early Vote Often Vote Tactically

    Brexit flowchart hero and EU Twitter legend Jon Worth joins Chris this week to take a deeper dive into tactical voting in the UK's general election - where is a tactical vote needed, how to work out where a tactical vote should go, and what might happen? All in the service of depriving Boris Johnson of a working majority and so keeping our hopes of remaining in the EU alive. Jon and Chris also reflect on their experiences of living and working in the EU and observing the way other EU countries do politics differently, and ask how the UK might do things better, why its EU membership seems to have had so little impact, and yes the 'f' word crops up. Federalism, that is.


    If you want to take Jon up on his offer of a personalised tactical voting recommendation, please get in touch with him via his blog jonworth.eu or on Twitter where he is @jonworth.


    Jon's tactical voting guide can be found here.
    Special Guest: Jon Worth.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 64: Centrist Unicorn Hunt

    Episode 64: Centrist Unicorn Hunt

    Steve studied moral philosophy. (So did Chris but he doesn't get a word in edgeways.) We look at the ethics of tactical voting in the 2019 general election, and why you should hold your nose and vote for a candidate from a party you might not endorse as a party of government. Not just because you want to Remain in the EU, but also because you want to avert a catastrophic Johnson majority and engineer a situation where your first and second order goals might, just might, see the light of day.


    Network Vote want your help to get the "unheard third" of the vote out.


    Today we launch our website https://t.co/MghOAJAWaE - a tool to help our communtities across the UK boost voter turnout. Ours is a simple, unique idea: we don't want you to sign up to a mailing list or get your details. The materials are free, open-source and for everybody /1
    — network.vote (@NetworkVote) November 10, 2019

    Jon Worth's blog is your one-stop-shop to help you decide how to use your precious vote. You can find out where you are voting, whether you should vote tactically, and what the key tactical voting sites are recommending you should do with your vote.


    Jon Worth's practical guide to tactical voting

    • 58 min
    Episode 63: Honey Badger

    Episode 63: Honey Badger

    Laura's kitchen table is once again the scene of a cosy chat about our favourite things: Brexit, Boris Johnson, his so-called new deal, and the wholesale attack on citizens' rights. For light relief we join four Remainers Now standing in the rain outside the European Commission's headquarters and hear from them why they've made the journey to Brussels and what they want to achieve here. This podcast was brought to you by a large gin and tonic.


    Jamie Susskind, author of Future Politics


    On The House podcast with guest Alastair Campbell
    Special Guest: Laura Shields.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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