342 episodes

Making sense of our political hell every Tuesday and Friday! Oh God, What Now? is the no-bulls**t politics podcast, making the unbearable bearable with top quality guests and analysis, plus poor quality jokes. 
Regulars include: Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Ian Dunt, Independent columnist and author of How To Be A Liberal • Writer and broadcaster Gavin Esler • Group Editor Andrew Harrison • Commentator Ayesha Hazarika • Journalist Marie Le Conte • Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth: A Biography of Orwell’s 1984 • The Independent's Political Sketch Writer Tom Peck • Contributing Editor Ros Taylor • Comedian and writer Ahir Shah • Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best For Britain • Arthur Snell, ex-diplomat and presenter of Doomsday Watch • 
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Making sense of our political hell every Tuesday and Friday! Oh God, What Now? is the no-bulls**t politics podcast, making the unbearable bearable with top quality guests and analysis, plus poor quality jokes. 
Regulars include: Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Ian Dunt, Independent columnist and author of How To Be A Liberal • Writer and broadcaster Gavin Esler • Group Editor Andrew Harrison • Commentator Ayesha Hazarika • Journalist Marie Le Conte • Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth: A Biography of Orwell’s 1984 • The Independent's Political Sketch Writer Tom Peck • Contributing Editor Ros Taylor • Comedian and writer Ahir Shah • Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best For Britain • Arthur Snell, ex-diplomat and presenter of Doomsday Watch • 
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    Would EU Believe It?

    Would EU Believe It?

    What did we learn from the furore caused by whispers of a Swiss-style EU deal? Are we getting ready to mingle with the single market? The gang chats Brexit rumblings while it feels as though the narrative is shifting… Plus, as Labour touts Lords reform – should it top the list of constitutional conundrums? What other changes would the panel prefer to see happen? 


    “The bloated upper chamber is going to grow.” – Naomi Smith 

    “Westminster barely works, at any level.” – Ian Dunt “

    “Why the hell is our government based in a house?” – Ian Dunt 

    “Brexit doesn’t predict how people vote anymore.” – Naomi Smith


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    Presented by Alex Andreou with Ian Dunt, Naomi Smith and Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 58 min
    No Money Mo’ Problems

    No Money Mo’ Problems

    Hunt’s autumn statement has wound everyone up while whispers of a Swiss-style Brexit deal are sparking more Tory fury. How is Sunak going to handle anger from the public and his party? And how will parties to the right of the spectrum capitalise on the current disquiet? Plus, as Dorries looks to pen a Johnson biography we discuss the best and worst books of the political genre. This week’s guest is Rosie Campbell, director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and professor of politics at King’s College London. 

    “The public are not stupid, they know everybody is going to be a lot poorer.” – Ayesha Hazarika 

    “I cannot see a world in which we do something involving a Swiss-style deal.” – Ayesha Hazarika 

    “I think in the long term the Conservative Party keeps going down this anti-woke agenda.” – Rosie Campbell 

    “If Farage does enter the fray, I think it does cause problems for the Conservative Party.” – Ayesha Hazarika 


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    Presented by Ros Taylor with Ayesha Hazarika and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 59 min
    The Feel-Bad Austerity Remix

    The Feel-Bad Austerity Remix

    Out a day early to JUST beat the fiscal announcement… As Jeremy Hunt’s cuts come in, we look at why austerity has never worked before and won’t work now – and whether the infamous fiscal Black Hole is even real. Plus, Labour activist Michael Chessum of Another Europe Is Possible and Momentum talks about his new book This Is Only the Beginning: The Making of a New Left, from Anti-Austerity to the Fall of Corbyn. And in the Extra Bit… Gerontocracy Now? From Biden to Lula to Putin, why do rocky systems end up with ancient leaders?
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    “We are going to have to pay the Truss-Kwarteng Idiot Premium for decades to come.” – Alex Andreou



    “There’s huge public support for union action now that we’re in a crisis… You can hear the rumble of the cavalry in the distance.” – Michael Chessum



    “This isn’t a fiscal hole. Truss and Kwarteng created a credibility hole.” – Alex Andreou



    “Hunt is banking on Keir Starmer making the same mistake that Ed Miliband did… We’re not hearing a clear anti-austerity line from Labour.” – Michael Chessum



    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Geburtson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 56 min
    We’ve Tried Nothing and We’re All Out of Ideas

    We’ve Tried Nothing and We’re All Out of Ideas

    Sunak is performing ex-Prime Minister karaoke, pulling together failed ideas and giving them a go. Has he got anything fresh up his sleeve? Plus star guest Philippe Auclair, football journalist and singer songwriter, joins to discuss the moral perils of the upcoming Qatar World Cup. And finally after a string of seemingly culture averse Culture Secretaries, we ask the panel what they’d do if they took on the job. 
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    “It’s not just that we’re back to austerity, it’s austerity on austerity.” – Ros Taylor 


    “Why is rejoining the single market not part of the debate? I despair.” – Philippe Auclair 


    “I’ve never seen a World Cup that’s been approached in such a way.” – Philippe Auclair 


    “Hosting the World Cup is not about reputation, it’s about wielding power.” – Philippe Auclair 



    Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor and Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 59 min
    Gavin, Gavin… Gone

    Gavin, Gavin… Gone

    Rejected Alan Partridge character “Sir” Gavin Williamson resigns to spend more time with his tarantula. (Poor Cronus). Is Sunak even paying attention to anything that isn’t the economy? Plus, the US Mid-Terms weren’t quite as hellish as expected. UCL politics professor Julie Norman explains what it means for Biden’s next two years and the spectre of Trump II. And the latest on Elon Trussk wrecking Twitter. 

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    “Gavin Williamson was that embarrassing middle-aged guy who’s never seen any service but wets himself when he meets the SAS.” – Arthur Snell



    “I’m pathetically sentimental about the British-French relationship… When it’s not good, it upsets me.” – Ian Dunt



    “Biden’s agenda is pretty much done now… Republicans will air all the bad stuff they possibly can from now on.” – Julie Norman



    Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt and Arthur Snell. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 57 min
    What’s the point of Rishi Sunak?

    What’s the point of Rishi Sunak?

    Rishi Sunak promised stability but here we are, back in a u-turn vortex. If he can’t stop the rot, what’s the point of the new PM? Does he have a political north star? And as Braverman’s shirks blame, we agree the asylum system is broken – just not in the way she thinks. What needs fixing? Plus, Matt Hancock joins the shameful list of reality TV politicians. Seriously? This week’s guest is Satbir Singh, managing director of openDemocracy. 
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    “If there's one thing we know about Sunak it is he very obviously panics quite quickly.” – Marie Le Conte



    “Sunak will piss off several parts of the Parliamentary party no matter what he does.” – Marie Le Conte 



    “As a country we’ve never been capable of having a sensible debate on asylum.” – Tom Peck 



    “I feel physically sick hearing some of the things being said by ministers.” – Satbir Singh 



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    Presented by Alex Andreou with Tom Peck and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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