238 episodes

Making sense of our political hell every Friday.


Launched from the anti-Brexit movement in 2017, Oh God, What Now? (formerly Remainiacs) has become one of Britain’s most entertaining political voices. With top quality guests and analysis, and poor quality jokes, we make the unbearable bearable. 


Oh God, What Now? is presented by Dorian Lynskey. Our regulars include: Ian Dunt, editor of politics.co.uk, author of How To Be A Liberal • Ros Taylor, editor of the LSE COVID blog • Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best For Britain • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Minnie Rahman, public affairs and communications at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants • Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer at The Atlantic.


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Making sense of our political hell every Friday.


Launched from the anti-Brexit movement in 2017, Oh God, What Now? (formerly Remainiacs) has become one of Britain’s most entertaining political voices. With top quality guests and analysis, and poor quality jokes, we make the unbearable bearable. 


Oh God, What Now? is presented by Dorian Lynskey. Our regulars include: Ian Dunt, editor of politics.co.uk, author of How To Be A Liberal • Ros Taylor, editor of the LSE COVID blog • Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best For Britain • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Minnie Rahman, public affairs and communications at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants • Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer at The Atlantic.


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Oh God, What Now? is a Podmasters production.

    The Good Friday Vehement

    The Good Friday Vehement

    Northern Ireland descends into violence and it seems that Boris Johnson just doesn’t care. We ask Belfast-based political journalist Amanda Ferguson how much of the rioting is down to Brexit, or are the causes deeper? And does the border in the Irish Sea put us on course for worse troubles? Plus: Does public indifference over the death of Prince Philip indicate bad news for the future of the Monarchy? Or did we just know it all already from watching The Crown? And why it’s your duty to get out and shop.
    - “Unionists feel betrayed by Boris Johnson… They see their Britishness being diluted.” – Amanda Ferguson
    - “The Royal Family act as this kind of warped, gilded mirrors of ourselves.” – Ian Dunt
    - “We haven’t seen the end of this. All the grievances that were there before the riots are still there now.” – Amanda Ferguson
    - “The idea that Philip being obnoxious and rude ‘breaks the ice’ is just utterly ridiculous.” – Minnie Rahman
    - “We’re a country that has culture wars over children’s books. An elected head of state would be a culture war minefield.” - Ian Dunt
    Presented by Naomi Smith with Minnie Rahman and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    • 54 min
    Passport To Purgatory

    Passport To Purgatory

    Vaccine passports: thin end of the authoritarian wedge or a grim necessity that we liberals should grit our teeth and support? Plus, who’s writing the first draft of Brexit history? Guests Jill Ritter and Alan Wager of UK In A Changing Europe tell us about their oral history project the Brexit Witness Archive, where the people who were there tell us where the bodies are buried. And what do Labour’s Starmerphobes actually want?
    Read the Brexit Witness Archive here: https://ukandeu.ac.uk/brexit-witness-archive/
    - “People in Northern Ireland are being made to feel like second class citizens. You’re going to get angry young men seeking an outlet for that resentment.” – Naomi Smith
    - “The fact that we’ve got a range of vaccines is an international miracle. We can’t let them get hijacked by nationalist shysters.” – Alex Andreou
    - “The general uselessness of the official Remain campaign is a recurrent theme in what we found…” – Jill Rutter
    - “Maybe whoever followed Corbyn was always going to be Labour’s rebound boyfriend.” – Alex Andreou
    Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    • 57 min
    Confessions of a Prime Minister

    Confessions of a Prime Minister

    The Prime Minister’s affair with a woman who was receiving large amounts public money is confirmed – and nobody is talking about it? We look at the corruption and the democratic toxin behind the Johnson-Arcuri leg-over. Plus, a weirdos’ gallery of old Brexiters is setting up a ‘Museum of Brexit’. How can it possibly be balanced, like they claim? And why the school protests outside Batley Grammar should worry everyone. 


    - “The intended audience for the Government’s report? White people.” – Alex Andreou 
    - “What’s important about the Arcuri scandal isn’t the sex, it’s the money.” – Ian Dunt
    - “Free speech is sacrosanct. No matter how outrageous someone’s beliefs are, they should have the right to express them.” – Nina Schtick
    - “The assumption that ‘people will be decent’ isn’t enough to protect us any more.” – Alex Andreou
    - “A brown paper envelope stuffed with money? Every gets that. The arrangements around procurement arrangements, that’s a harder sell.” – Ian Dunt


    Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou, Nina Schick and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    Priti Fly (if you’re a white guy) – plus guest NITIN SAWHNEY

    Priti Fly (if you’re a white guy) – plus guest NITIN SAWHNEY

    Inside Home Secretary Priti Patel’s insidious new plans for asylum seekers – why moves that claim to reduce the use if people traffickers will actually increase them, and why the cruelty is the point. And special guest the legendary Anglo-Indian musician Nitin Sawhney joins us to talk about making multicultural music in an increasingly insular Britain, his brilliant globe-spanning new album Immigrants (which is very us) and how he got Andy Serkis to sing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as Theresa May. 


    - “On vaccine supplies, we’ve sacrificed ‘just in case’ for ‘just in time’.” – Alex Andreou
    - “What Priti Patel is trying to do is roll back the asylum convention… She’s trying to make it practically impossible to claim asylum in Britain.” – Minnie Rahman
    - “From the optics and politics of it, this is red meat to the worst kind of libertarian hard right voters.” – Naomi Smith


    Presented by Alex Andreou with Minnie Rahman and Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    • 59 min
    “The biggest crisis in the public square since the 1930s” – with guest James Harding

    “The biggest crisis in the public square since the 1930s” – with guest James Harding

    Can anything hold back Priti Patel’s assault on the great British tradition of noisy, disruptive protest? Plus: partisan or penniless: what’s the future of media in the coming age of news-mangling tech giants and GB News? Special guest James Harding – former Director of BBC News, ex-Times editor and now co-founder of Tortoise Media – joins us to examine the future of the news. And on the first anniversary of Lockdown 1, we look back on a moment when real life turned into John Wyndham novel.  
    - “The pivot to Asia is basically the ‘pivot to video’ of foreign policy, and will probably be about as successful.” – Ian Dunt
    - “It’s really significant that even Theresa May, given her time at the Home Office, has serious misgivings about this bill.” – James Harding
    - “Spot the Cop might be an intriguing game on nights out…” – Ros Taylor
    - “I’m sure there are protests performed by mimes – but any others that make noise, the police can close down anything they want.” – Ian Dunt
    Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    • 57 min
    The North will rise again: ANDY BURNHAM is our guest

    The North will rise again: ANDY BURNHAM is our guest

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham joins us to talk about Westminster vs the Regions and whether Labour is opposing Johnson hard enough. What actually happened in that moment when London strong-armed Manchester into Tier 3 with scant compensation? Will the Government’s derisory 1% pay rise for nurses turn into a political albatross on the scale of Black Wednesday or Iraq? And as the levelling up scam begins to unravel with money flooding to Conservative constituencies, how can Canterbury be placed in Level 1 but Salford Level 2?
    Plus: Will the Meghan Markle Royal racism scandal be reduced to another stupid culture war point instead of a real moment of change? And the panel try to persuade soft southerner Ian that there’s life outside London.
    - “Westminster makes frauds of people. It’s much more fun being a mayor.” – Andy Burnham
    - “We should stop calling this an insulting pay rise for nurses. It’s a pay cut.” – Ian Dunt
    - “Levelling up is the most potent theme since I’ve been in politics. Labour needs to not just criticise it but set out how we’d do it better.” – Andy Burnham
    - “To say pay rises for nurses aren’t affordable just won’t wash any more. You’ve just chosen not to afford it, haven’t you?” – Andy Burnham
    - “Would the Government have done what they did to us to London? The answer has to be, no they wouldn’t.” – Andy Burnham
    - “If Labour’s London-centric it’s setting itself up for a slow death.” – Andy Burnham
    Presented by Naomi Smith with Minnie Rahman and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

NorthCountryWoman ,

Integrity and humour

‘Confessions of a Prime Minister’ must be one one the Top Ten in the output of REMAINIACS/OGWN episodes.
People who debate because they feel free to disagree, based on mutual respect for each other’s integrity. And always some leavening humour!
The best political podcast available.

funkyman79 ,

Still one of the best political podcasts out there

The switch from Remainiacs has been seamless - of a wide range of political podcasts I listen to, this remains my faborite.

Worth catching their lives shows too.

LERN8 ,

Oh God What Now!

The Remainiacs team soldier on! Really interesting and enjoyable political commentary and analysis; very entertaining and enlightening.

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