CakeWatch

otto and the moog's Great British CakeWatch

About the show

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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Episodes

  • Episode 63: Honey Badger

    21 October 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    brexit, eu, europe, european parliament, peoples vote, politics, referendum, uk politics

    Laura and Chris discuss the weekend's People's Vote march, the Johnson 'deal', and the view from Brussels, a city further enriched last week by the visit of Remainers Now. They talk about what brings them here.

  • Episode 62: Rally For Our Rights

    10 October 2019  |  1 hr 28 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Nicky James, aka Bloke from Barnsley, joins us to talk about the Rally For Our Rights taking place in London this coming weekend. Plus some further reflection on how it is that the Westminster bubble still can't read the other side, despite them being an open book.

  • Episode 61: Brexit is a Legacy Issue

    2 October 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    brexit, conservative party, eu, revoke, tories, uk politics

    The Bad News: Brussels wants the UK to “just get on with it”. The Good News: the populist revolution is eating itself. Or is it?

  • Episode 60: Bettel The Devil You Know

    17 September 2019  |  1 hr 24 mins
    boris johnson, brexit, europe, general election, labour party, lib dems, no deal, politics, referendum, uk politics

    Johnson's arrogant, disrespectful brinkmanship; hardening EU antagonism; and ways forward out of (or further into?) this mess. Plus: what happens the morning after an Article 50 revocation?

  • Episode 59: Rentrée

    4 September 2019  |  1 hr 24 mins
    brexit, conservative party, eu, labour party, uk politics

    After a night watching the House of Commons taking back control, are there grounds for hope? The minority government versus hung parliament contest is in its endgame.

  • Episode 58: Transatlantic Perspective

    5 August 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins
    brexit, eu, johnson, trump, uk politics, us politics

    How do Americans view Brexit and the EU? Jason Knoll is a High School teacher from Wisconsin and also a huge fan of the European Union. He joins Chris via Skype from Verona, Wisconsin, to talk transatlantic about politics, parallels, and survival during difficult times.

  • Episode 57: Act Three Scene Three

    23 July 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins
    brexit, conservative party, eu, uk politics

    Peter Wilding returns to the podcast to chat to Chris about the ongoing English Revolution and whether the Gammon Jacobins will have very long to savour their victory.

  • Episode 56: Montagegate

    25 June 2019  |  1 hr 18 mins
    brexit, eea, efta, eu, referendum, single market, uk politics

    Steve Analyst returns as co-host with Chris to talk about his latest monster Twitter thread documenting the manipulation of news footage in an attempt to convince Leavers that they knew they were voting to leave the Single Market.

  • Episode 55: In Medias Res

    12 June 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins
    ancient history, brexit, europe, history, politics, uk politics

    Classics klaxon! The Brexit news is too depressing so Chris and fellow nerd Katie Low escape to Greece and Rome to hunt out lessons from history.

  • Episode 54: Denied My Vote

    29 May 2019  |  1 hr 22 mins
    brexit, eu, eu citizens, eu politics, european elections, freedom of movement

    Chris and Tanja are joined by Axel Antoni of the 3 Million to discuss the disenfranchisement of many EU citizens in last week's European election.

  • Episode 53: More Joy in Heaven

    15 May 2019  |  1 hr 25 mins
    brexit, eu, eu politics, european elections, labour party, referendum

    Chris and Steve are joined by Andy of the Remainer Now grassroots movement to discuss how he came to be an activist and what he hopes to achieve. We also continue last week's discussion on political parties and the European elections.

  • Episode 52: Happy Europe Day 2.0

    11 May 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins
    brexit, eu, europe, european parliament, peoples vote, politics, referendum, uk politics

    Happy Europe Day 2019! Chris and Steve discuss party politics, party loyalties, and voting in the European election.

  • Episode 51: Pattern Recognition

    30 April 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins
    brexit, change uk, conservative party, cuktig, eu, europe, european elections, european parliament, peoples vote, politics, referendum, tories, uk politics

    With elections rapidly approaching, Peter Wilding aka @eurorealist joins us to share his insights into the Conservative Party's civil war and why he has quit the Tories to stand as a Change UK candidate.

  • Episode 50: Useful Idiots

    24 April 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins
    brexit, eu, eu politics, european elections, european parliament, european union, politics, uk politics

    Chris and Steve celebrate their half century by carrying on last week's grumpy conversation about how Remainers should approach the European elections and why Lord Buckethead is not big and not clever.

  • Episode 49: Be An EU Citizen

    16 April 2019  |  1 hr 34 mins
    brexit, eu, european elections, european parliament, labour party, uk politics

    Post-mortem on Unbrexit Day 2.0 and how should Remainers be approaching the European elections?

  • Episode 48: Stitched Up Like Kippers

    4 April 2019  |  59 mins 55 secs
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    We're in the Eye of the Storm now. While Westminster tears itself apart, how does it look from the other side of the Channel?