262 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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    Back to Drawing Borders?

    Back to Drawing Borders?

    Recorded before this week’s reshuffle was finalised. For full analysis, listen to our Emergency Pod!
    As Boris Johnson kicks Gavin Williamson out from the cabinet, the issues of trade with the EU, especially in Northern Ireland, have been kicked into the long grass once again. Independent MLA Claire Sugden joins the panel for the view from across the Irish Sea. 
    Plus, as the chess pieces move around him, Health Sec Sajid Javid announces the government’s plan to tackle Covid in England over the winter. 
    And, a year since Ian’s book was released, he reflects on Covid’s effect on liberalism and what it means to be free in a world where freedoms are being suppressed across the world… 
    "Liberalism demands of you to imagine what life is like for others." - Ian Dunt
    "How can it be five years, and we're still talking about Percy Pigs at the border?" - Ian Dunt
    "Our government has got its eyes on lowering food standards." - Naomi Smith
    "I'm less concerned about when the Northern Ireland administration collapses, and more what happens afterwards." - Claire Sugden
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    How to be a Liberal is out in paperback now with an exclusive chapter at Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-to-be-a-liberal/ian-dunt/2928377065010
    Presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith 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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    • 52 min
    Emergency: Oh God, Who Next?

    Emergency: Oh God, Who Next?

    The mince pies and P45s arrive on the shelves earlier every year. That’s right, it’s reshuffle season - and we’re here with an emergency pod to assess the latest shower of sycophants. 
    With Oliver Dowden taking over as party chair, are the Tories now on election footing? What awaits the justice system with Dominic Raab in charge? Can the panel bring themselves to speak the name of the new Culture Secretary, Nadin- Nadine Do- Na- oh, never mind, we can’t do it either.

    “It’s sense of moral despair that the Justice system is a consolation prize to someone who’s messed up elsewhere” - Ian Dunt“Tory members see Truss as a modern day Thatcher” - Naomi Smith“Liz Truss has been able to produce ‘copy and paste’ trade deals very effectively” - Naomi Smith“You get the sense this will be the team that will lead the Tories into the next election” - Ian Dunt“The best cabinet is where you have people who disagree, who raise problems, rather than closing yourself in an echo chamber” - Ian Dunt“Grant Shapps is doing an awful job at transport, especially on HGV drivers, yet he’s still in there” - Alex Andreou
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    Presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.


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    The End Is N.I.

    The End Is N.I.

    Does it matter when a Government breaks a keystone promise? Former Blair advisor John McTernan joins us to look at Boris Johnson’s punitive National Insurance hike and ask whether even a serial liar can get away with a whopper like this. What sort of devil is in the detail of the Government’s social care plans? Plus, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 we ask whether the baleful effects of the terrorist attacks on Western politics could ever have played out differently. 

    “Breaking a promise is a profoundly important moment for any government… Promises go to leadership, and that matters.” – John McTernan“The likelihood that we’ll fall into a conspiracy theory is so much greater that at the time of 9/11 simply because of the way we access information now.” – Minnie Rahman“There are people within Labour who want to seek out new ideas and energy with the aim of crushing them.’” – John McTernan“It’s not the rate that matters, it’s the complexity. This is a new layer of complexity, and that always benefits the rich.” – Alex Andreou“Johnson was elected on levelling up and now he’s going to level down, to the tune of £1,000 a year for some people.” – John McTernan
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    Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Minnie Rahman 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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    Pets over people: “The last smear on our character”

    Pets over people: “The last smear on our character”

    With Afghanistan left to the mercies of the Taliban, Dominic Raab filibusters his own Foreign Affairs committee and ensures that no lessons are learned. Ian gives his verdict on the Pen Farthing pet evacuation spectacle. Plus, the five big issues on the Government’s plate in the autumn. And with Michael Gove out dancing in Aberdeen, we ponder the loneliness of the single politician on the pull.  

    “Pen Farthing made me so angry I could burst through my skin.” – Ian Dunt“The very wealthy old men who own our press don’t care about saving the planet in the future. They want low taxes now.” – Alex Andreou“The international law around drones is not clear. But Biden will keep using them anyway.” – Ros Taylor“Even as you’ve got these medieval fanatics coming for people, the response from Britain is still ‘Papers please.’” – Ian Dunt
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    Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Ian Dunt 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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    • 55 min
    Foreign Sec’s On The Beach

    Foreign Sec’s On The Beach

    As Dominic Raab tries to get his deposit back from Tui, we ask how he got here and what he wants. Meanwhile the pandemic recedes, exposing supply chains and worker pools dangerously denuded by Brexit – meaning empty shelves, shuttered shops, care homes without carers, and missing milkshakes at McDonald’s. How is the Government going to get out of this one? Our special guest is Independent sketchwriter Tom Peck. 

    “If you’re fleeing the Taliban, you don’t have time to fill in a form and wait for a Government to protect you.” – Minnie Rahman“If we have a crap Christmas there will be plenty of Brexiteers saying this is what a REAL Christmas looks like.” – Tom Peck“Brexit has created a new kind of brain drain, an EXPERIENCE drain, and it’s going to be a big drag on the British economy for years to come.” – Alex Andreou“People will regret throwing their milkshakes at Nigel Farage now they can’t get another one…” – Tom Peck
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    Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Minnie Rahman and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Intern: Nat Amos. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.


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    • 1 hr
    Worse than Suez: Afghanistan abandoned

    Worse than Suez: Afghanistan abandoned

    The Government’s flat-footed and callous response to the collapse of Afghanistan and the resultant refugee crisis has enraged even the House of Commons. What should Britain do to help the people who helped us? And was the whole enterprise for nothing? Also, after the the horrific killings in Plymouth, should we see the incel culture as terrorism?

    “This is cutting deep into the Tories’ idea of who we are… They have woken up to the fact that Biden like Trump is pursuing an America First policy.” – Ian Dunt“The Government has called this wrong… The British public are bloody sympathetic to Afghan refugees and want them helped.” – Naomi Smith“The promise to people who helped us was that we will protect you. That’s a promise we have completely broken.” – Ian Dunt“This is not a reformed, humane Taliban… Everyone who disagrees with their interpretation of Islam is in danger of violent, painful death.” – Nina Schick
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    Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith, Nina Schick and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Intern: Nat Amos. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.


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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Louwah ,

Love love love

I left Britain a few years ago but will never stop listening to this crew. Making the sad state of politics today seem funny is not easy but they do it with style.

Jwd51 ,

From Seattle

This is my favorite indispensable podcast that has helped understand more about British politics. The panelists are terrific and you guys make me LAUGH, which means you are a signal bright spot in the year of infamy 2020. Lastly, to hear your take on American politics and the clowns who run things here is so comforting. So happy new year! I’ll still be listening in 2021.

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Echo

If you ever wondered what it is like in a centrist bubble this is the show for you.

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