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 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

  • Bonus Material *screams into abyss*

    3 March 2018  |  10 mins 29 secs
    ask cakewatch, brexit, eu, uk politics

    Lie of the Week and Ask Cakewatch - bonus material for Episode 4

  • Episode 4: Stand Firm on Fudge

    3 March 2018  |  57 mins 27 secs
    brexit, eu, uk politics

    Chequers Cake, Red Velvet Cake, international cake(ism), and a draft Withdrawal Agreement

  • Episode 3: the 40 watt amplifier

    24 February 2018  |  58 mins 40 secs
    brexit, eu, european union, uk politics

    Steve and Chris discuss how EU membership is a multiplier for member states' foreign policy, and Brexit's impact on British global influence.

  • Bonus: Ask Cakewatch 3a

    24 February 2018  |  17 mins 5 secs
    brexit, eu, eu politics, european union, uk politics

    Episode 3a bonus material - Ask Cakewatch

  • Episode 2: He got the EU lurgie

    14 February 2018  |  58 mins 45 secs
    brexit, eu, european union, uk politics

    Steve and Chris discuss Brexit transition.

  • Episode 1: The Pilot. "Very rarely are people dicks"

    6 February 2018  |  43 mins 22 secs
    brexit, eu, european union, uk politics

    Steve and Chris record a pilot of their new podcast, CakeWatch. Issues covered: Nadine Dorries and misogyny; a weaponised civil service; Customs Union cakeism; the BBC; and #lieoftheweek coffee protectionism.