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 19: Chequers Pyjama Party

    12 July 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Chris pops back with special guest host Nick Crosby to discuss another bonkers week in Brexit.

  • We're All Going On A Summer Mental Health Break

    6 July 2018  |  4 mins 6 secs

    Where's this week's Cakewatch? Well here it is and it's the tiniest slice.

  • Episode 18: Micturating on your Frites

    27 June 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins
    brexit, eu, freedom of movement, peoples vote, uk politics

    You May Not Aspire to Embiggenment! Leave disinfo tactics, that damp squib Grieve Rebellion, and our People's Vote March hangover.

  • Episode 17: A Very Brexit Coup

    14 June 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins
    brexit, eu, executive coup, scotland, uk politics

    Chris and Steve discuss the 'debate' in the House of Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill

  • Episode 16: Citizens' Rights

    6 June 2018  |  1 hr 20 mins
    brexit, eu, labour party, uk politics

    Steve and Chris discuss Citizens' Rights with Laura Shields of British in Europe. Plus, a rapidly cooling hot take on Labour's 'Norway Plus' amendment.

  • Episode 15: The Blame Game

    31 May 2018  |  1 hr 20 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Chris and Steve engage in some Berlaymontology and dissect the current state of negotiations on the UK's withdrawal. sad face emoji

  • Episode 14: Shy Weans Get No Sweeties

    24 May 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins
    brexit, eu, scotland, scottish politics, uk politics

    This week, Steve and Chris are in conversation with Alyn Smith MEP about Brexit, devolution, subsidiarity, federalism, nationalism, and sweeties.

  • Episode 13: EEA No Way

    16 May 2018  |  1 hr 26 mins
    brexit, eea, eu, uk politics

    Chris and Steve examine a "Soft" Brexit: what is it, who benefits from it, what are its pros, what are its cons, and should we settle for it? (Spoiler: no we bloody should not!) Plus: follow-up to our Europe Day special, Lie of the Week, and Culture Corner.

  • Episode 12: Europe Day Special

    9 May 2018  |  2 hrs 2 mins
    eu, europe

    In a special extra-long episode to celebrate Europe Day, 9 May, Chris and Steve look at what they love about Europe, from policies to pizza. Brexit-free zone this week! (almost)

  • Episode 11: Schadenfreude Schpecial

    3 May 2018  |  55 mins
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    The wheels on the bus are coming off, coming off, coming off. Customs Union, Lie of the Week on the Swiss Border, and a thrilling new occasional segment. Brought to you by Milton Keynes European Movement's Day of Action 9 May 2018!

  • Episode 10: The Where Is Labour? Episode

    26 April 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins
    brexit, eu, labour party, uk politics

    Ahead of next week's local elections in England, Steve and Chris wonder why Labour isn't doing better in the polls, what Labour's Brexit policy really is, and what Labour's strategists are smoking? Also: civic engagement, plastic toffs, and Lie(s) of the Week.

  • Episode 9: Overrated Eurotrash

    19 April 2018  |  1 hr 56 secs
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    We're back after the Easter break with vox pops featuring two Remainer megastars, free movement and Windrush, and a roundup of where things stand as we start the summer term.

  • Episode 8: The Easter F-word Special

    12 April 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    brexit, eu, european union, federalism, subsidiarity, uk politics

    Enjoy this (mostly) pre-recorded special in which Steve and Chris discuss European and UK federalism, EU democracy, and Westminster exceptionalism. Listen to the very end for a very special Easter Egg.

  • Episode 7: Fishcake and Winklepicking

    29 March 2018  |  53 mins 28 secs
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    This week, Steve and Chris mullet over the draft Withdrawal Agreement and carp on about the transition deal.

  • Episode 6: she gave him the toy steering wheel

    15 March 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins
    ask cakewatch, brexit, eu, uk politics

    Cakewatch Live! (not live) - we leave the podcast dungeon and put the show on the road to hear the Brussels Bubble share its views on cake, cakeism, and whether Brexit will actually happen.

  • Episode 5: Explicit in Welsh

    7 March 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    ask cakewatch, brexit, eu, uk politics

    Chris and Steve discuss Theresa May's deluxe Mansion House cake I mean speech