74 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 70: Our Friends In The North

    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.

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    Episode 69: Back to the Future

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    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.

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    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

Customer Reviews

Gopal from Richmond VA ,

Wonderful podcast

I love this podcast. It’s easy listening banter with a very unique point of view. The one podcast who has called out Labour and they fence sitting Brexit stance.

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