OH GOD, WHAT NOW? Formerly Remainiacs podcast

OH GOD, WHAT NOW? Formerly Remainiacs

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Making sense of our political hell every Friday. Launched from the anti-Brexit movement in 2017, Oh God, What Now? (formerly Remainiacs) has become one of Britain’s most entertaining political voices. With top quality guests and analysis, and poor quality jokes, we make the unbearable bearable.  Oh God, What Now? is presented by Dorian Lynskey. Our regulars include: Ian Dunt, editor of politics.co.uk, author of How To Be A Liberal • Ros Taylor, editor of the LSE COVID blog • Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best For Britain • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Minnie Rahman, public affairs and communications at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants • Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer at The Atlantic. • Sign Up and Listen: patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow. Oh God, What Now? is a Podmasters production.

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    Politicising a Tragedy

    1:04:39

    MPs want the Online Harms Bill to be tightened to take in “hateful speech” – yet the murder of David Amess appears to have had nothing to do with social media. Are they trying to insulate themselves from criticism. Special guest, news and policy blogger David Allen Green, joins us to look at the fallout from David Amess’s killing, plus the confirmation that, yes, the UK government signed the Withdrawal Agreement always intending to break it.  “Just because extremists are on social media, it doesn’t mean that social media is the reason they’re extremists” - Alex Andreou “It’s strange that MPs are demanding the end of anonymity online when they’re so deft at using ‘off the record’ to get messages into the media.” – David Allen Green  “It’s always fun to see the ones who brought you ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE bringing up Angela Rayner’s ‘scum’ comments.” – Dorian Lynskey “This is a betrayal of the central argument that got the Government elected – and everyone just shrugs?” – Alex Andreou “Think how different things would be if we’d had the wit to call the EU the Winston Churchill Memorial Organisation…” – David Allen Green www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Frosty the Conman

    1:01:12

    Brexit’s back! Unelected bureaucrat Lord Frost resurrects the nightmare by tearing into the disgraceful deal and NI Protocol negotiated by dastardly unelected bureaucrat Lord Frost. Wait til he finds that guy… Plus, Johnson re-enacts the late 70s by going on holiday during a national crisis and unfortunately misses the interim COVID report which pins a large chunk of blame on Boris Johnson. Just another perfectly normal week in a perfectly normal country.  “Johnson is like a man who has pissed themselves and then says they’re wearing yellow trousers” - Ian Dunt “When you have a Government who wants to shrink the state, you can’t be surprised that when a crisis does occur the state can’t handle it” - Alex Andreou “What kind of Government would tear up their own territorial customs arrangements?” - Ian Dunt “The DUP’s handling of Brexit when they had the whip-hand at Westminster has seen their support plummet” - Naomi Smith “Johnson is not going to go without a turkey at Christmas. This is class war, plain and simple.” - Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Naomi Smith, Alex Andreou and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Bonus: OH GOD, WHAT ELSE? taster mini-cast

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    An extra for Oh God What Now listeners! Every Monday morning we put out an exclusive, brand new microcast for our Patreon backers, called (inevitably) OH GOD, WHAT ELSE? Our regulars tide you over between episodes by talking about politics but also politics-adjacent stuff like movies, food and the terrible decisions they’ve made in life. Here’s a supercut taster edition so you can hear what you’re missing. If you’d like to get OH GOD WHAT ELSE every Monday morning, search PATREON OH GOD WHAT NOW PODCAST and back us for as little as £2 a month. It’ll be the best few quid you spend all month… (Oh, and Ian meant to say Cenobites, not Cenotaphs) Featuring Minnie Rahman, Ros Taylor, Alex Andreou, Dorian Lynskey, Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Assistant producer Jelena Sofrenijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Oh God, What Else is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    The Blather’s Grim – Tory conference with guest David Gauke

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    As the Conservatives drift through a self-congratulatory conference, special guest David Gauke – former Conservative Justice Secretary, now rōnin of old-school Toryism – joins us to sieve Johnson’s speech for an atom of real content. Plus, does the BBC’s Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution give us new insight into the TBGBs? And after Facebook goes down, would we miss it if it went away forever?  “Johnson’s speech was jibbered nonsense, like a human jelly spitting at you for 45 minutes.” – Ian Dunt “Article 16 isn’t quite what everyone thinks… It’s not like in one bound Britain will be free.” – David Gauke “It was pathetic see a grown man, with all the power and influence he has, making jokes about beavers.” – Ros Taylor “If the Conservatives cared about free speech they wouldn’t introduce any of Patel’s measures – but they only cares about it as something to beat the Left with.” – Ian Dunt “No Russians ever came to me offering donations. What was I doing wrong? I had to rely on little old ladies giving £50…” – David Gauke www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Brighton Rocked? – with guest Clive Lewis MP

    59:09

    So, how did that Labour conference go? Did Keir Starmer snatch victory from the jaws of fratricidal defeat with that closing speech? Special guest Clive Lewis MP joins us to work out whether Labour is back on the road to recovery – and what was missing from the Conference. Plus, the German elections a row of light for the centre-left? And is it really so terrible if politicians call other politicians “scum”? “If you were casting hecklers to look mad and unsympathetic, you couldn’t have done a better job.” – Alex Andreou “Starmer won on a platform of sensible Corbynism. Now he’s changed into a New Labour tribute band.” – Clive Lewis “Labour’s choice is they can be the biggest coalition party under PR – or be in opposition forever under FPTP.” - Naomi Smith “The Conservative Party is the most successful party in the world – which by default makes Labour the most unsuccessful.” – Clive Lewis www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Clause IV Concern: Energy drains and Labour pains with guest Rafael Behr

    1:01:01

    This week, Mr Spaff Goes to Washington. But as Boris Johnson chums up to Joe Biden, an energy crisis is looming back home. With two providers collapsing and more on the way, what does the winter have in store?  And on Saturday the Labour Party conference kicks off at the scene of Neil Kinnock's seaside tumble in Brighton. Can Keir Starmer capture a post-Covid comeback with his own Militant moment? Guardian journalist and host of Politics on the Couch RAFAEL BEHR joins the panel to hash out this week's stories.  "At least The Simpsons' power plant is still running. Well done, Mr. Burns." - Dorian Lynskey "The government should be buying out, not bailing out, the companies that are failing." - Minnie Rahman  "Our energy market is failing consumers and the planet." - Minnie Rahman. "People have stopped listening to Labour." - Rafael Behr.  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Minnie Rahman. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Back to Drawing Borders?

    53:51

    Recorded before this week’s reshuffle was finalised. For full analysis, listen to our Emergency Pod! As Boris Johnson kicks Gavin Williamson out from the cabinet, the issues of trade with the EU, especially in Northern Ireland, have been kicked into the long grass once again. Independent MLA Claire Sugden joins the panel for the view from across the Irish Sea.  Plus, as the chess pieces move around him, Health Sec Sajid Javid announces the government’s plan to tackle Covid in England over the winter.  And, a year since Ian’s book was released, he reflects on Covid’s effect on liberalism and what it means to be free in a world where freedoms are being suppressed across the world…  "Liberalism demands of you to imagine what life is like for others." - Ian Dunt "How can it be five years, and we're still talking about Percy Pigs at the border?" - Ian Dunt "Our government has got its eyes on lowering food standards." - Naomi Smith "I'm less concerned about when the Northern Ireland administration collapses, and more what happens afterwards." - Claire Sugden www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow How to be a Liberal is out in paperback now with an exclusive chapter at Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-to-be-a-liberal/ian-dunt/2928377065010 Presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Emergency: Oh God, Who Next?

    24:14

    The mince pies and P45s arrive on the shelves earlier every year. That’s right, it’s reshuffle season - and we’re here with an emergency pod to assess the latest shower of sycophants.  With Oliver Dowden taking over as party chair, are the Tories now on election footing? What awaits the justice system with Dominic Raab in charge? Can the panel bring themselves to speak the name of the new Culture Secretary, Nadin- Nadine Do- Na- oh, never mind, we can’t do it either. “It’s sense of moral despair that the Justice system is a consolation prize to someone who’s messed up elsewhere” - Ian Dunt “Tory members see Truss as a modern day Thatcher” - Naomi Smith “Liz Truss has been able to produce ‘copy and paste’ trade deals very effectively” - Naomi Smith “You get the sense this will be the team that will lead the Tories into the next election” - Ian Dunt “The best cabinet is where you have people who disagree, who raise problems, rather than closing yourself in an echo chamber” - Ian Dunt “Grant Shapps is doing an awful job at transport, especially on HGV drivers, yet he’s still in there” - Alex Andreou  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    The End Is N.I.

    1:01:04

    Does it matter when a Government breaks a keystone promise? Former Blair advisor John McTernan joins us to look at Boris Johnson’s punitive National Insurance hike and ask whether even a serial liar can get away with a whopper like this. What sort of devil is in the detail of the Government’s social care plans? Plus, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 we ask whether the baleful effects of the terrorist attacks on Western politics could ever have played out differently.  “Breaking a promise is a profoundly important moment for any government… Promises go to leadership, and that matters.” – John McTernan “The likelihood that we’ll fall into a conspiracy theory is so much greater that at the time of 9/11 simply because of the way we access information now.” – Minnie Rahman “There are people within Labour who want to seek out new ideas and energy with the aim of crushing them.’” – John McTernan “It’s not the rate that matters, it’s the complexity. This is a new layer of complexity, and that always benefits the rich.” – Alex Andreou “Johnson was elected on levelling up and now he’s going to level down, to the tune of £1,000 a year for some people.” – John McTernan www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Minnie Rahman and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    Pets over people: “The last smear on our character”

    56:50

    With Afghanistan left to the mercies of the Taliban, Dominic Raab filibusters his own Foreign Affairs committee and ensures that no lessons are learned. Ian gives his verdict on the Pen Farthing pet evacuation spectacle. Plus, the five big issues on the Government’s plate in the autumn. And with Michael Gove out dancing in Aberdeen, we ponder the loneliness of the single politician on the pull.   “Pen Farthing made me so angry I could burst through my skin.” – Ian Dunt “The very wealthy old men who own our press don’t care about saving the planet in the future. They want low taxes now.” – Alex Andreou “The international law around drones is not clear. But Biden will keep using them anyway.” – Ros Taylor “Even as you’ve got these medieval fanatics coming for people, the response from Britain is still ‘Papers please.’” – Ian Dunt www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Ian Dunt and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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