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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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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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Wonderful podcast

By Gopal from Richmond VA - May 11 2019
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I love this podcast. It’s easy listening banter with a very unique point of view. The one podcast who has called out Labour and they fence sitting Brexit stance.

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3 Ratings
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Wonderful podcast

By Gopal from Richmond VA - May 11 2019
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I love this podcast. It’s easy listening banter with a very unique point of view. The one podcast who has called out Labour and they fence sitting Brexit stance.
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CakeWatch

Latest release on Feb 04, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 3 days ago

Rank #1: Episode 39: A House Fire in Pompeii

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Dmitry Grozoubinski is our guest this week to talk about what the hell a "WTO terms deal" is(n't), and we weigh up the risks and chances of a disorderly Brexit. Plus easily the sexiest Lie of the Week ever.

Dmitry's trade explainer blog, Trade Explained

Special Guest: Dmitry Grozoubinski.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #2: Brexit: What Next? Special Bonus Podcast

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Our friends at the Nottingham European Movement asked us if they could use our podcast to share a recording of their 'Brexit: What Next?' event with our listeners, and we bit their arm off! Enjoy this hour and a half panel discussion with these stone-cold Remain legends:

Ken Clarke QC MP, Conservative
Chris Leslie MP, Labour
Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat
Natalie Bennett, Green Party (leader of the Green Party 2012-16, and currently prospective parliamentary candidate for Sheffield)
Femi Oluwole, co-founder of Our Future, Our Choice!
Eloise Todd, chief executive, Best for Britain
Moderated by John Hess, former BBC political editor for the East Midlands

(Apologies to Chris for omitting to include him in my spoken intro!)

Oct 14 2018

1hr 52mins

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Rank #3: Episode 15: The Blame Game

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This week we're looking at background briefings by senior EU sources to UK media, and what those mean for the state of withdrawal negotiations (spoiler: nothing good). There's also a spot of Soft Brexit follow-up, and some huge whopping lies of the week.

The Guardian hears from a senior EU source on how the UK needs to face up to the reality of the decision it has made.

Ivan Rogers' speech at Glasgow University which is full of insight and strongly recommended for all students of Brexit.

Indiana's attempt to legislate pi

Mike ('@Geoelte_Spinne')'s thread about emigrating to Germany

May 31 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #4: Episode 51: Pattern Recognition

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Steve is off sick this week with a tummy bug so Chris is flying solo as host with guest Peter Wilding, aka @eurorealist, long-time Tory party insider, former head of the British Influence think tank, inventor of the dread word Brexit, and now a European Parliament candidate for Change UK. As we work our way through various beverages, we discuss the state of the Tory party and British politics, contemplate what might happen between now and the end of the Brexit Hextension, and whether Change UK really stands any chance of, well, changing the UK.

Peter's book, What Next?

Special Guest: Peter Wilding.

Apr 30 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #5: Episode 6: she gave him the toy steering wheel

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Speech by Dany Cohn Bendit in the European Parliament - featuring le beurre et l'argent du beurre but not le cul de la cremière

Speech by Alyn Smith in the European Parliament

The most mendacious video of all time courtesy of Leave.EU

Steve's article in Prospect

Chris' blog post on how negotiations ought to work (yes we're linking to it again)

Thanks for vox pops from @jonworth, @BrusselsGeek, anon, @DaveKeating, @nwbrux, @jackschickler, @MarkJohnstonLD - Chris apologises to Jen and anon for swapping their marks out of ten

We welcome potential sponsors - but we don’t want your money! If you represent an organisation that is working to stop Brexit, and you’d like some free publicity, contact us via this website or DM one of us on Twitter.

Main intro/outro music: “Going up the Wrong Way” by Bai Kamara Jr, from his album "The Mystical Survivors and Some Rare Earthlings". Available Fnac, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. http://www.baikamara.com

Mar 15 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #6: Episode 59: Rentrée

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After a long absence, Steve is back co-hosting the podcast and here we all are again: parliament versus executive. Does Cummings have a grand strategy? Or is Johnson flying by the seat of his pants and about to crash? After a long evening watching Parliament TV, we catch up with each other and wonder where this shaggy dog story will go next.

Our rights are under immediate and serious threat from Brexit and Boris Johnson: join us on 12 October and Rally 4 Our Rights! Also, please consider donating to cover costs.

Sep 04 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #7: Episode 5: Explicit in Welsh

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Jean-Claude Piris' Twitter thread critiquing Theresa May's speech

Cherrypicking: Report of Stefaan de Rynck's LSE lecture

Roger Helmer LOL

Sponsored this week by finalsayforall.eu. Join us on Thursday 22 March, The Grapevine, Place Luxembourg, Brussels, 16.30-20.00: meet & greet the board of finalsayforall.eu and tell YOUR story of what it's like being a UK citizen living in another EU country and facing Brexit.

We welcome potential sponsors - but we don’t want your money! If you represent an organisation that is working to stop Brexit, and you’d like some free publicity, contact us via this website or DM one of us on Twitter.

Main intro/outro music: “Going up the Wrong Way” by Bai Kamara Jr, from his album "The Mystical Survivors and Some Rare Earthlings". Available Fnac, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. http://www.baikamara.com

Ask Cakewatch intro music: “Certainty" by the Drønes ’72 (@drones72band), from their debut EP, ‘Whispers Never Stop vol.1’.

Mar 07 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: Episode 3: the 40 watt amplifier

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Steve Peers' blog post with a post mortem on Boris Johnson's and Theresa May's speeches

Garreth Hayes' brilliant thread on complexity

"The best Brexit tweet ever"

#GreatLeapBackwards

This episode was recorded in the evening, Belgian beer is involved, and your podcast hosts become somewhat tired and emotional. Expect a bit more swearing than usual and some high pitched indignant screeching.

We are looking for sponsors - but we don’t want your money! If you represent an organisation that is working to stop Brexit, and you’d like some free publicity, contact us via this website or DM one of us on Twitter.

Intro/outro music: “Going up the Wrong Way” by Bai Kamara Jr, from his album "The Mystical Survivors and Some Rare Earthlings". Available Fnac, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. http://www.baikamara.com

Feb 24 2018

58mins

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Rank #9: Episode 22: By the Pricking of my Thumbs

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Sorry about the sound quality in this one, there was a technical hitch in recording and the sound engineer has been given a serious thrashing so he won't do it again.

We welcome Nicky James of Final Say For All to talk about the impact of Brexit on ordinary British people living in the EU27 countries. In one of our next episodes we also plan to take a closer look at the impact of Brexit on ordinary EU27 citizens living in the UK. These are real people, living real lives, working hard, often struggling to get by, who emphatically do not need this shit.

There is some swearing (again).

http://finalsayforall.eu/

Special Guest: Nicky James.

Sep 10 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #10: Episode 58: Transatlantic Perspective

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Chris is joined by Jason Knoll who teaches high school students in Verona, Wisconsin. His particular interest is the European Union, and he brings his particular point of view to the podcast in a discussion about Trump, Johnson, populism, and grassroots politics.

Cakewatch will be back in September.

Special Guest: Jason Knoll.

Aug 05 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #11: Episode 57: Act Three Scene Three

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Former Tory Party insider Peter Wilding is back on an historic day for his old party and for the UK. We reflect on the realisation of Boris Johnson's ambition and how he'll handle his poisoned chalice; the Jacobins are now in charge and the next hundred days will be... eventful. Plus a few reflections on the European election and on the EU top jobs.

Special Guest: Peter Wilding.

Jul 23 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #12: Episode 8: The Easter F-word Special

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Chris' blog post on the West Lothian Question and UK federalism (or lack of).

John Pinder's obituary

Altiero Spinelli

The Ventotene Manifesto

Guy Verhofstadt and Dany Cohn-Bendit's manifesto "There Is No Alternative To A Federal Europe"

Chris' table comparing EU and UK democratic accountability

Steve's Twitter thread, unrolled, on the threat to UK democracy

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We welcome potential sponsors - but we don’t want your money! If you represent an organisation that is working to stop Brexit, and you’d like some free publicity, contact us via this website or DM one of us on Twitter.

Intro music: “Going up the Wrong Way” by Bai Kamara Jr, from his album "The Mystical Survivors and Some Rare Earthlings". Available Fnac, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. http://www.baikamara.com

Special outro music courtesy of Jon Worth, Anders Ekberg, and Malena Britz.

Apr 12 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #13: Episode 54: Denied My Vote

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Chris, Tanja, and Axel Antoni offer a first take on last week's European election and its aftermath before examining in a bit more detail what led to the disenfranchisement of many EU citizens who were denied their vote, and what can be done about it.

Now updated with new and improved sound thanks to post-production by heroic listener Charlie Elwess!

Join The 3 Million's case against the government by sharing your story.

You can also support The 3 Million! (Please!) And if you haven't done so yet (or even if you have), please also consider becoming an EU Citizens' Champion.

Here is our episode on mental health issues. Mind, the mental health charity, offer help and advice to you if you are suffering from depression or if you are looking for advice on how to help someone who you think might be depressed.

Special Guest: Axel Antoni.

May 29 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #14: Episode 18: Micturating on your Frites

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Steve's article in Prospect on freedom of movement

Intro/outro music: “Going up the Wrong Way” by Bai Kamara Jr, from his album "The Mystical Survivors and Some Rare Earthlings". Available Fnac, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. http://www.baikamara.com

Jun 27 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: Episode 60: Bettel The Devil You Know

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Johnson says he has a deal that might fly but he won't show it to anyone yet, because it's too soon isn't it? [turns head, stares at camera]

Is the EU losing patience? Xavier Bettel looks as if he has. What are the implications for Remainers?

Plus we have a half-hearted go at a making verbal Jon Worth flowchart on the fly - what are the scenarios from here on out? And - we can dream - what happens the morning after revocation?

Don't forget the Rally 4 Our Rights on 12 October!

Sep 17 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #16: Episode 19: Chequers Pyjama Party

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We interrupt our summer mental health break to bring you episode 19, co-hosted by Chris and guest host Nick Crosby of Pro Europa. Steve's still on his break but we have too much to talk about so here we are: Chequers pyjama party, Cabinet resignations, ERG tantrums, Trump diplomacy, Facebook fines, where will it all end??

Please sign the petition to keep the rights of EU27 + EFTA citizens already in the UK unchanged after Brexit!

Special Guest: Nick Crosby.

Jul 11 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: Episode 47: Not Our Last Podcast Before Brexit

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With only two days to go until UnBrexit Day, we try to survey the rapidly shifting landscape and chart a course for where we head next. It's an exciting and unexpected place to be with only two days to go until 29 March, but we are by no means out of the woods. Listen while our takes still have some residual warmth left.

Mar 27 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #18: Episode 32: Hostile Environment Lady

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Nick Crosby joins Chris to wonder whether and how 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.

Special Guest: Nick Crosby.

Nov 21 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #19: Episode 20: The One With Steve Analyst

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We were beaten to it by Dan Snow's history podcast but better late than never: legendary Twitter threader Steve Analyst joins Cakewatch in the special guest slot to talk about well we'll give you three guesses... yes it's Brexit.

Special Guest: Steve Analyst.

Aug 03 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #20: Episode 48: Stitched Up Like Kippers

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Recorded on the evening of Wednesday 3 April, Steve and Chris discuss the failure of Meaningful Vote 3.0, Indicative Votes 2.0, and Theresa May's Road to Damascus moment (spoiler: it's not). How will the EU27 respond to her plan for a further short extension?

Apr 04 2019

59mins

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