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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  • Episode 47: Not Our Last Podcast Before Brexit

    27 March 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    The People, the Council, the Parliament, everyone has had enough. We survey the wreckage after a week of upheaval and rejection.

  • Episode 46: Narcissistic Pish

    21 March 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Steve and Chris join Alyn Smith MEP in what may be his penultimate week as a member of the European Parliament.

  • Episode 45: Erskineful

    20 March 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Extension plans: will the neighbours complain?

  • Episode 44: Cox Blocked

    12 March 2019  |  54 mins 44 secs
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Chris and Steve wheeze and sneeze their way through their hot takes on Meaningful Vote 2.0.

  • Episode 43: It Takes a Village Idiot

    6 March 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
    brexit, eu, trade, uk politics

    Chris is in discussion with Twitter trade legend Jim Cornelius on his work tackling tariffs and Tory porkies.

  • Episode 42: The Answer to the Great Question

    27 February 2019  |  1 hr 46 mins
    brexit, eu, labour party, referendum, uk politics

    Corbyn's pivot on a People's Vote, May's shift on no deal and extending Article 50, and why Steve has stepped back from Twitter

  • Episode 41: Operation Badger

    22 February 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    brexit, eu, labour party, uk politics

    Chris and Steve nurse their Remainiacs hangovers with a warm mug of TIG

  • Episode 40: First Anniversary Special

    7 February 2019  |  1 hr 54 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    The Krazy Gang are back together for a bumper birthday episode with a directors' commentary on our very first podcast that we rescued from our digital cellar

  • Episode 39: A House Fire in Pompeii

    22 January 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins
    brexit, eu, trade, uk politics, wto

    Trade nerds, assemble! Wizard of WTOz Dmitry Grozoubinski is here to talk GATT Article XXIV!

  • Episode 38: Hands Off, Hände Weg!

    17 January 2019  |  1 hr 22 mins
    brexit, citizens rights, eu, referendum, uk politics, withdrawal agreement

    Discussing confidence votes, citizens' rights, and being German in the UK, with Tanja Bültmann.

  • Episode 37: Coping

    10 January 2019  |  48 mins 41 secs
    anger, brexit, depression, mental health, referendum

    Chris and Laura talk about the emotional and mental health impact of Brexit; plus, looking ahead to the convention on a new vote taking place in London on 11 January.

  • Episode 36: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Brexit

    19 December 2018  |  1 hr 27 mins
    brexit, eu, europe, european council, peoples vote, politics, referendum, uk politics

    Steve and Chris spend their last episode of the year (we hope!) picking over the previous week's debacle at the European Council and wondering at the UK's apparently irrepressible capacity for self-delusion.

  • Episode 35: Looking a Backstop in the Mouth

    12 December 2018  |  1 hr 35 mins
    brexit, eu, executive coup, uk politics

    Back to just Steve and Chris getting ranty about Brexit - old skool

  • Episode 34: Dog's Brexit

    6 December 2018  |  1 hr 21 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Chris and Laura Shields kill Norway and play Fantasy Front Bench over a kebab, then Steve Bullock's back and joins Steve Analyst and Chris to pick over Tuesday's events in the House of Commons. Plus, is the UK really so obstructive?

  • Episode 33: Baskets Case

    29 November 2018  |  55 mins 24 secs
    brexit, eu, foreign policy, uk politics

    Chris talks foreign policy and Brexit with Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy for the Centre for European Reform.

  • Episode 32: Hostile Environment Lady

    22 November 2018  |  1 hr 13 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Nick Crosby joins Chris to wonder whether the House of Commons might yet find a way to reject the Withdrawal Agreement and #StopBrexit. Also Hostile Environment Lady jumps the Lie of the Week queue.