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 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?

  • 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