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70: Our Friends In The North
Mar 4 • 60 min
Alviina Alametsä is a Green Party MEP from Finland. She took up her seat only in February 2020, after it was vacated by a departing UK MEP. Cakewatch likes to think that she took one previously occupied by a Faragist. Alviina's particular policy interests…
69: Back to the Future
Feb 4 • 63 min
Trade expert David Henig joins the podcast again for our first survey of the post B-day wreckage. With the EU and the UK apparently offering different visions of their future relationship, which one is the more realistic? Hahaha no seriously,…
68: One Thousand Days
Jan 22 • 103 min
For our final podcast before Brexit, we're joined again by Tanja Bueltmann to talk about coping strategies, Steve's album of ambient prozac, and the ongoing work to support EU citizens in the UK as they face mounting hostility and an unforgiving…
67: We Raged Against the Lying of the Right
Dec 16, 2019 • 96 min
The aftermath. Rather than wallow in despair we look back on a fight well fought, and the friends that have joined us on the podcast. We also reflect a little bit on what the future will bring. It's not pretty, so we need to find strategies to help us…
66: Goodnight and Good Luck
Dec 11, 2019 • 14 min
We cut to the chase. Nothing is more important than this. On Thursday, vote for the candidate most likely to beat Boris Johnson. Because if you don't, if he wins, our country will become unrecognisable. This will be the defining battle of our culture war.
65: Vote Early Vote Often Vote Tactically
Dec 3, 2019 • 72 min
Brexit flowchart hero and EU Twitter legend Jon Worth joins Chris this week to take a deeper dive into tactical voting in the UK's general election - where is a tactical vote needed, how to work out where a tactical vote should go, and what might happen?…
64: Centrist Unicorn Hunt
Nov 19, 2019 • 58 min
Steve studied moral philosophy. (So did Chris but he doesn't get a word in edgeways.) We look at the ethics of tactical voting in the 2019 general election, and why you should hold your nose and vote for a candidate from a party you might not endorse as a…
63: Honey Badger
Oct 21, 2019 • 63 min
Laura's kitchen table is once again the scene of a cosy chat about our favourite things: Brexit, Boris Johnson, his so-called new deal, and the wholesale attack on citizens' rights. For light relief we join four Remainers Now standing in the rain outside…
62: Rally For Our Rights
Oct 10, 2019 • 88 min
Nicky James, aka Bloke from Barnsley, joins us to talk about the Rally For Our Rights taking place in London this coming weekend. Plus some further reflection on how it is that the Westminster bubble still can't read the other side, despite them being an…
61: Brexit is a Legacy Issue
Oct 1, 2019 • 66 min
Chris is back from Tashkent with a head full of musings. How badly does the EU want the UK to leave? Quite badly, he thinks. Steve sort of agrees. But this week's unicorn chaser is the imminent collapse of the Bannonite populist project on both sides of…
60: Bettel The Devil You Know
Sep 17, 2019 • 84 min
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…
59: Rentrée
Sep 4, 2019 • 84 min
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…
58: Transatlantic Perspective
Aug 5, 2019 • 64 min
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…
57: Act Three Scene Three
Jul 23, 2019 • 72 min
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…
56: Montagegate
Jun 25, 2019 • 78 min
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…
55: In Medias Res
Jun 12, 2019 • 79 min
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…
54: Denied My Vote
May 29, 2019 • 82 min
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…
53: More Joy in Heaven
May 15, 2019 • 85 min
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…
52: Happy Europe Day 2.0
May 10, 2019 • 75 min
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…
51: Pattern Recognition
Apr 30, 2019 • 81 min
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…
50: Useful Idiots
Apr 23, 2019 • 73 min
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…
49: Be An EU Citizen
Apr 16, 2019 • 94 min
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?…
48: Stitched Up Like Kippers
Apr 4, 2019 • 59 min
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…
47: Not Our Last Podcast Before Brexit
Mar 27, 2019 • 69 min
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…
46: Narcissistic Pish
Mar 21, 2019 • 75 min
In the second episode of the week, we visit Alyn Smith MEP in his offices, surrounded by boxes, for what might be a farewell chat, and reflect on another absolutely hatstand day in Brexit's endgame. Theresa May has written a letter to the European Council…
45: Erskineful
Mar 20, 2019 • 72 min
Chris, Steve, and a gurgling kitchen sink discuss extensions and whether the neighbours might lodge an objection with the council.
44: Cox Blocked
Mar 12, 2019 • 54 min
So the government has lost the meaningful vote on the Withdrawal Agreement by a massive margin - AGAIN - and now what? Should we celebrate? How will Brussels react? What are the options for and chances of extending the Article 50 two year deadline? Steve…
43: It Takes a Village Idiot
Mar 6, 2019 • 69 min
Coffee tariffs and orange tariffs and zero tariffs oh my! Chris in conversation with Twitter trade legend and man of mystery, Jim Cornelius, self-made walking encyclopedia of all things tariff-related, and scourge of so-called liberal leavers everywhere.…
42: The Answer to the Great Question
Feb 27, 2019 • 106 min
A podcast of two halves this week. The first half is a look at the day's news from Westminster, where Corbyn now says he backs a referendum with Remain on the ballot, and where May now says she will call for a vote on whether to leave with no deal, or…
41: Operation Badger
Feb 22, 2019 • 66 min
Navel-gazing post-Remainiacs self-congratulation cut with road trip excerpts all amount to another week in the podcast that isn't about cake. We also reflect on the futility of TIG-related hope and the futility of unicorn-related Brussels tourism.
40: First Anniversary Special
Feb 7, 2019 • 114 min
We donned safety helmets and ventured forth into the archives to seek out our very first podcast, recorded one year ago on wax cylinder, and listen back to it to see whether anything has changed in the world of Brexit. Spoiler: it hasn't. The Brexit…
39: A House Fire in Pompeii
Jan 22, 2019 • 97 min
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…
38: Hands Off, Hände Weg!
Jan 16, 2019 • 82 min
Chris and Tanja have no confidence in this government and reject its withdrawal agreement but more specifically talk about Brexit British attitudes towards Germany, where things stand for EU citizens as B-day approaches, and Brecht. Become an EU Citizens…
37: Coping
Jan 10, 2019 • 48 min
January can be a difficult month, and Brexit is not helping. Many of us find ourselves struggling to cope with the insecurity that Brexit is causing. In this episode, we look at how Brexit is making us feel and how we're dealing with those feelings. We…
36: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Brexit
Dec 19, 2018 • 87 min
Theresa May's shocker at the European Council, and why it happened. Plus: Tony Blair, huh, what he isn't good for. And some home truths on what the Article 50 ruling means and what it doesn't mean. Finally, a few cracking Lies of the Week, and an absolute…
35: Looking a Backstop in the Mouth
Dec 12, 2018 • 95 min
A throwback to the early days of the podcast in which Steve and Chris wind each other up into a state of high-pitched sweary indignation as they survey the carnage wrought by Brexit. Specifically, the importance of accuracy and honesty on the Remain side,…
34: Dog’s Brexit
Dec 6, 2018 • 81 min
The unorthodox structure of this week's podcast is not so much down to avant garde editing as technical snafu, but we start at the beginning with Chris and Laura putting the world to rights over kebabs and prosecco, and end in the middle of things as we…
33: Baskets Case
Nov 29, 2018 • 55 min
The Centre for European Reform is the UK's foremost think tank on matters European, and Ian Bond is its Director of Foreign Policy, so Chris is in his element this week discussing how Brexit might affect both UK and EU foreign policy. Featuring not one,…
32: Hostile Environment Lady
Nov 21, 2018 • 73 min
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.
31: Not the Foggiest
Nov 14, 2018 • 71 min
Steve is back and vaping hard (sorry for the background noises) while he outlines options for amending the bill to pass the Withdrawal Agreement and Chris listens in increasing bewilderment. We also discuss whether the UK has really been the disruptive…
30: damned if we do, damned if we don’t
Nov 6, 2018 • 96 min
Alas poor Steve, he's still poorly, so Chris is hosting solo this week and joined by special guest Garvan Walshe (yes we know he was already on Remainiacs grrr) for a chat about the so-called Irish backstop, Jeremy Hunt's brass-necked cakeism, and whether…
29: Blood in the Water
Oct 30, 2018 • 90 min
Steve Analyst is back and promoted to stand-in co-host covering for Steve B. What do Chris and Steve A do while Steve B is away? Get stuck in to some proper trade nerdery, that's what. We discuss how the UK can realise its global trade ambitions, whether…
28: Cross Party Parly Party
Oct 17, 2018 • 69 min
We leave the podcast dungeon and lug our recording equipment to a meeting room in the European Parliament where we chat with not one, not two, not three, but four MEPs about the Brexit endgame! This was a cracking conversation with political heavyweights…
Brexit: What Next? Special Bonus Podcast
Oct 14, 2018 • 112 min
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…
27: Fight Brexit with Beer
Oct 12, 2018 • 71 min
We were going to have a theme this week but we ran out of time before we could start on one. Plenty of follow-up, looking ahead to next week's European Council showdown, wondering where it's all heading, and looking at the In Limbo book that was launched…
26: Tanja drops the C-bomb
Oct 4, 2018 • 106 min
Warning: this episode includes very strong language (I mean, read the title) - listener discretion is advised (not one for teatime with the kids) Awesome citizen rights campaigner Tanja Bueltmann co-hosts this week's episode as we talk about her work on…
25: Starmer Stormer
Sep 26, 2018 • 77 min
A bit of follow-up on Armenian regulatory competences trade nerds, then it's straight into Salzburg OMG she didn't did she she did! and then Labour Conference and the thrill we felt when Starmer said what he said and the Conference did what it did.…
24: Peoples Vote and trade geekery
Sep 19, 2018 • 96 min
A bit of a long one this week, in which we explore how a Peoples Vote might happen, and ask what a successful campaign might look like. And we take Cakewatch to a sunny Place Lux for lunch with David Henig, he of #TwitterTrade fame. Lie of the Week…
23: From Project Fear to Project Death Star
Sep 13, 2018 • 71 min
We talk about the European Research Group and its unpublished policy proposals which, apparently, have significant flaws and, so we hear, may be widely mocked. Keep listening for an Easter Egg including a contribution from a very special guest.…
22: By the Pricking of my Thumbs
Sep 10, 2018 • 72 min
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…
21: When the Hurly-Burly’s Done
Aug 16, 2018 • 83 min
Chris is back, and so is Steve Analyst! We're still in holiday mode, but got together by the magic of skype to record our feelings on where we think Brexit is currently heading and trying to untangle the threads of this mess. Bonus points to listeners…
20: The One With Steve Analyst
Aug 3, 2018 • 103 min
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.
19: Chequers Pyjama Party
Jul 11, 2018 • 66 min
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,…
We’re All Going On A Summer Mental Health Break
Jul 6, 2018 • 4 min
In the words of soft rock legends Chicago, everybody needs a little time away. Just a quick one this week to let our listeners know that we're taking a bit of a break from podcasting over the summer to recover our mojos, reconnect with the world outside…
18: Micturating on your Frites
Jun 27, 2018 • 64 min
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.
17: A Very Brexit Coup
Jun 14, 2018 • 75 min
Listeners are advised that this podcast contains very strong language from the very start, including scenes of an adult nature. Listener discretion is advised. A hell of a week in Brexitland. We skim over it all before getting stuck into the way in which…
16: Citizens’ Rights
Jun 6, 2018 • 80 min
Laura's Twitter thread about the democratic failings of the referendum, the exclusion of those most affected, and Leave's lies about the Vienna Convention. The reality of Freedom of Movement: Dave's story British in Europe (all staff are volunteers -…
15: The Blame Game
May 31, 2018 • 80 min
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.…
14: Shy Weans Get No Sweeties
May 24, 2018 • 69 min
Alyn Smith MEP Alyn's page on the European Parliament's website Scotland in Europe Chris' 2015 blogpost on how progressive politics and civic engagement in the UK could - should - have been given a new lease of life by the EU referendum…
13: EEA No Way
May 16, 2018 • 86 min
Directive 1999/56/EC adapting to technical progress Council Directive 78/933/EEC relating to the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices on wheeled agricultural and forestry tractors - Ottolights! Jonathan Meades on Belgium Culture Corner:…
12: Europe Day Special
May 9, 2018 • 122 min
The Schuman Declaration Taking a break from our usual format, we spend this week talking about the things we love about Europe. A lot of it is quite personal and, well… self-indulgent, so feel free to skip this one if it's not your cup of tea (yes that…
11: Schadenfreude Schpecial
May 3, 2018 • 55 min
The Overton window Chris Grey's Brexit Blog on how Brexiters would have been happier if they had lost the referendum. Catherine Bearder's tweet on the rumour that UKIP have been asking about their European Parliament offices during transition Sponsored by…
10: The Where Is Labour? Episode
Apr 26, 2018 • 69 min
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…
9: Overrated Eurotrash
Apr 19, 2018 • 60 min
Steve’s 'keep the flame alive' article in the Guardian The Institute for Government's report on "Voting for Brexit: Parliament's consideration of the withdrawal deal and future framework" Chris' blog piece on what is a eurosceptic "Accidental"…
8: The Easter F-word Special
Apr 12, 2018 • 65 min
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…
7: Fishcake and Winklepicking
Mar 29, 2018 • 53 min
Laura Shields' (@mediawhizz) thread exposing the lie about citizen rights being protected by the Vienna Convention The Smart Border 2.0 study commissioned by the European Parliament Analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement and transition arrangements by Steve…
6: she gave him the toy steering wheel
Mar 15, 2018 • 64 min
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…
5: Explicit in Welsh
Mar 7, 2018 • 61 min
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 Join us on Thursday 22 March, The Grapevine, Place Luxembourg, Brussels,…
Bonus Material *screams into abyss*
Mar 3, 2018 • 10 min
Steve and Chris list their Lies of the Week and respond to listener questions including: does divide and rule work? and screams into the abyss Intro music: “Certainty" by the Drønes ’72 (@drones72band), from their debut EP, ‘Whispers Never Stop vol.1’.
4: Stand Firm on Fudge
Mar 3, 2018 • 57 min
Follow up: the international language of cakeism Steve's thread on the difference between THE Customs Union and A customs union, with the Single Market thrown in for good measure. Sponsored by! We are looking for sponsors - but we don’t want…
3: the 40 watt amplifier
Feb 24, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Bonus: Ask Cakewatch 3a
Feb 24, 2018 • 17 min
Bonus material! After Episode 3, this is episode 3a (or will that get us into another numbering nightmare?) - dedicated to #AskCakewatch. Steve and Chris respond to listener questions including: what's your favourite thing about Article 2 of the EU…
2: He got the EU lurgie
Feb 14, 2018 • 58 min
Sponsored (for free) by Best for Britain - donate here and FIGHT BREXIT! The EU's position paper on transition David Allen Green's Twitter thread on transition JC Piris on Twitter - the former head of the EU Council's Legal Service Chris' blog post on…
1: The Pilot. “Very rarely are people dicks”
Feb 6, 2018 • 43 min
Steve on the job Steve being accused of misogyny by Nadine Dorries Chris having a go at the BBC and their coverage of the Customs Union Steve tweeting on what the HELL is going on with this timewasting Twitter user @Jim_Cornelius taking Nadine Dorries…