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 72: The Four-Letter Guest
Steve is back, but as a guest, and joined by Ian Dunt to reflect on what makes a liberal, how to win the culture war, and whether we remember anything from our undergraduate days. Swearing.
Buy Ian Dunt's new book, How To Be A Liberal, from Canbury Press.
Audio clips from Patrick Tull's reading of Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brian
Special Guests: Ian Dunt and Steve Bullock.
Episode 71: Specific and Limited Return
Chris and Garvan Walshe catch up on how they handled lockdown, what to expect next, and what has changed since they last recorded the podcast together, in November 2018. Just as it did two years ago, the Northern Ireland backstop features heavily in Lie of the Week. Also, will the Conservative Party have the good sense to ditch its current leader?
Special Guest: Garvan Walshe.
Episode 70: Our Friends In The North
Alviina Alametsä is a Green Party MEP from Finland. She took up her seat only in February 2020, after it was vacated by a departing UK MEP. Cakewatch likes to think that she took one previously occupied by a Faragist. Alviina's particular policy interests are public mental health and conflict resolution, so who better to talk about tackling the Brexit aftermath? Alviina draws on her own experience as a survivor of a school shooting to inform her campaigning work to improve access to mental healthcare for young people in particular. In a world facing climate emergency and coronavirus, not to mention Brexit and populism, we look at how policy generally fails to factor in the mental health impact, and what can be done at EU level to address this.
Mind, the mental health charity, offering help and advice to you if you are suffering from depression or if you are looking for advice on how to help someone who you think might be depressed.
Special Guest: Alviina Alametsä.
Episode 69: Back to the Future
Trade expert David Henig joins the podcast again for our first survey of the post B-day wreckage. With the EU and the UK apparently offering different visions of their future relationship, which one is the more realistic? Hahaha no seriously, which?
Special Guest: David Henig.
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.
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:
Andy of Remainer Now
Molly Scott Cato
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!
Ian Dunt episode
The most enjoyable, thought provoking hour of podcasting I heard this year. Thanks.
Great to see Cakewatch back. It really helps me make sense of things. Or not. Looking forward to further episodes. Thanks!
This is a great podcast to keep people who enjoy analysing the facts and details of Brexit sane. Please keep going.