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CakeWatch

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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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CakeWatch

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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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Rank #1: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 56: Montagegate

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Chris and Steve Analyst discuss 'montagegate', in which Steve documents selective editing of news footage by the BBC to give the false impression that Leavers and Remainers alike said ahead of the referendum that voting to leave the EU would mean voting to leave the Single Market. This is not true.

Montagegate Part 1
Montagegate Part 2

Jun 25 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 55: In Medias Res

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Ancient historian Katie Low joins Chris to talk about why ancient history has so much to teach us about modern Brexit. Will Brexit be the UK's Sicilian Expedition? (Yes.) Is Boris Johnson the modern Alcibiades? (Sort of.) Is Jacob Rees Mogg a modern Cicero? (No.) Is Jeremy Corbyn the modern Julius Caesar? (No but Seumas Milne might be.) With a side order of griping at British educational elitism.

Katie's guest post on Chris' blog

Timothy Snyder's speech for Europe Day 2019 - "we are more than our myths"

#ThucydidesKlaxon

Special Guest: Katie Low.

Jun 12 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 53: More Joy in Heaven

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Andy voted Remain but was not particularly engaged in politics. But something prompted him to become an activist and launch a huge and growing grassroots campaign providing a platform for people who voted Leave, but regret it, to challenge the Westminster orthodoxy that "the people have spoken". It's OK to change your mind, and Andy wants to make sure that regretful Leavers understand that. We talk to Andy about his activism, and we also continue where we left off last week on party politics, party loyalties, and the European elections. Plus Chris finally does his homework on the Spitzenkandidat procedure.

The article in PMP magazine referred to by Andy, in which former eurosceptic Andy (different Andy) explains his Damascene conversion, as heard on James O'Brien's radio show.

Special Guest: Andy of Remainer Now.

May 15 2019
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 52: Happy Europe Day 2.0

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Now the parties have published their manifestos, how should Remainers plan to use their votes in the European election on 23 May? We talk about the tribal nature of party politics and why good people stay loyal to bad parties.

Intro music this week by Ludwig van Beethoven arranged & performed by Mr Steve Bullock.

May 10 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 50: Useful Idiots

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We D'hondt tell you how to vote in the European elections, but we hope our prolix chat about infighting and outfighting and tactics and principles and manifestos and candidates and choices and dilemmas has given you a helping, er, hondt.

Steve's article for politics.co.uk

Apr 23 2019
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 49: Be An EU Citizen

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So we got another extension, to Halloween - did the threat of no-deal actually work? Are there divisions appearing among the EU27? What happens between now and October? Also, how should we be approaching the European elections? Should we vote tactically? To what extent should we treat it as a proxy referendum for Remain v. Leave? How would this sit with our democratic responsibility as EU citizens to vote on a European platform? Not A level politics exam questions in 2029 but an hour and a half of chatter with Steve and Chris.

Plus, we forgot to ask you to vote for us in the British Podcast Awards

Postscript: we got d'Hondt wrong - d'oh! So we've edited the podcast to reflect this (edited version posted 0800 BST 17 April 2019)

Apr 16 2019
1 hour 34 mins
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