Oh God, What Now?

Oh God, What Now?

By Podmasters

Making sense of our political hell every Tuesday and Friday! Oh God, What Now? is the no-bulls**t politics podcast, making the unbearable bearable with top quality guests and analysis, plus poor quality jokes.  Regulars include: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth: A Biography of Orwell’s 1984 and host of Origin Story • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Writer and commentator Ros Taylor • Rachel Cunliffe of the New Statesman • Writer and host of This Is Not A Drill Gavin Esler • Hannah Fearn of the i paper • Comedian Matt Green • New Statesman policy and politics corresponent Zoë Grünewald • Group Editor Andrew Harrison • Journalist Marie Le Conte • Podmasters Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis Sign up and get ad-free shows earlier than anyone else: patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow. Oh God, What Now? is a Podmasters production

Episodes

Election ’24 Update: Sunak and Starmer Square Up

It seems like a lifetime ago that Rishi Sunak called the General Election – even though it’s only been a couple of days. So, how has it gone in the aftermath of that rainy day in Downing Street? Ros Taylor joins Jacob Jarvis to talk about the state of the race so far in the first of what we’re sure will be many bonus podcast updates.     We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow     Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.       Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Ros Taylor. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Jade Bailey. Video production by Chris Jones. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.    www.podmasters.co.uk    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/2427m 10s

Election 2024: Things Can Only Get Wetter

Rishi Sunak has only gone and done it – a General Election will finally happen on July 4. Why now? In a super speed podcast put together in the aftermath of the rainiest Number 10 announcement on record, we discuss the new hottest date on the British political calendar. Plus we talk about the colossal scandals where justice has either been delayed or denied. And in the extra bit – it’s the end of Newsnight as we know it, what does the panel think to the BBC’s cost cutting? We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.    Presented by Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn, Jonn Elledge and Yasmeen Serhan. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Chris Jones. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. www.podmasters.co.uk   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/2455m 37s

Live in London Part 2: Who was the worst PM of the last 14 years?

And here’s Part 2 of our live show in London. Strap in as the panel discuss the thorniest question in politics – who was REALLY the worst PM of the modern Tory era? – and then take some of your questions. It’s live entertainment at its best! Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Alex Andreou and Jan Ravens. Live audio by Simon Williams, production by Robin Leeburn. Zoom livestream by Chris Jones and Kieron Leslie. Live events co-ordinator: Jill Pearson. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. www.podmasters.co.uk   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/05/241h 1m

Live in London Part 1 with special guest Jan Ravens

Join the regulars plus our special guest, doyenne of impressionists Jan Ravens, for OGWN: It’s Grim Up North London at the King’s Head Theatre in Woke Islington. In part one: After the last election we thought there wouldn’t be another Labour government for decades. How can things change so fast in five years? And Jan reads from great political works by Liz Truss and Nadine Dorries. Part Two coming tomorrow…  Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Alex Andreou and Jan Ravens. Live audio by Simon Williams, production by Robin Leeburn. Zoom livestream by Chris Jones and Kieron Leslie. Live events co-ordinator: Jill Pearson. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. www.podmasters.co.uk   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/2456m 6s

Cleaning up the Commons, driving out the loons

Is Parliament’s vote to ban alleged sex pest MPs the first step towards restoring some respect to the Commons? Plus the Tories are spouting conspiracies again – this time it’s Maria Caulfield and 15-minute cities. What is she on about and what even are 15-minute cities? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, Apple destroys the tools of creativity in its new iPad advert and no-one is impressed. Do our panel hate it too? Want more from the House of Podmasters? Origin Story Season 5 is out now! Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey are back with more deep dives into political concepts and personalities that are perhaps a little TOO misunderstood. George Orwell is up first. Listen here.  And are you confused by the US election? Then why not listen to our new podcast American Friction? Out every Friday lunch time in the run-up to November’s big vote. Available here, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Marie Le Conte and Zöe Grünewald. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Oh God, What Now? is a Podmasters production www.podmasters.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/2457m 35s

“Vote for me or it’s World War 3”

Rishi Sunak’s speech on Monday was one step short of giving the British public a very dreary ultimatum – vote Tory or else. But with Natalie Elphicke defecting, Nadhim Zahawi stepping down, and Dominic Cummings and Matt Goodwin wanting to create their own parties - can any message Sunak sends to the public give him a chance at the next election? Plus, Keir Starmer announced his plan to tackle immigration last week – what’s in it, and ultimately how does the UK feel about immigration right now? • “It is very strange to make an apparently serious and scary speech and then to dilute all that by throwing in all this culture war stuff.” – Ros Taylor • “The chaos of the content demonstrates how bad his team really is at politics.” – Hannah Fearn • “I’m amazed more of them aren’t standing down, to be honest.” – Ros Taylor • “I really hope the phrase ‘stop the boats’ disappears after this election.” – Hannah Fearn We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  Want more from the house of Podmasters? We’ve got loads for you to get your ears around. Origin Story Season 5 is out now! Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey are back with more deep dives into political concepts and personalities that are perhaps a little TOO misunderstood. George Orwell is up first, listen here! Jam Tomorrow’s season finale is out this week with the next season already in the works. Listen to Ros Taylor and guests right here! And are you confused by the US election? Then why not listen to our new podcast American Friction, out every Friday lunch time in the run-up to November’s big vote. Available here, or wherever you get your podcasts. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Ros Taylor. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/2459m 34s

Starmer vs. The Green Machine

Tory failure at the locals was obvious – but the rise of Greens and independents was less clear in advance. What does this mean for Labour and the general election? Plus, it’s 30 years since John Smith died, is he the best Prime Minister Britain never had? Historian and editor of the Tides of History project, Anthony Broxton, joins the panel to discuss. And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, the panel discusses the controversy around Baby Reindeer.  • “To what extent are the people moving over to the greens really committed to Net Zero?” – Ros Taylor • “Until Labour reconciles with the EU people will always look to John Smith.” – Anthony Broxton We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  Want more Podmasters to listen to? Then try out our new podcast American Friction, out every Friday lunch time in the run up to November’s election. Available here, or wherever you get your podcasts. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Hugo Rifkind and guest Anthony Broxton. Producer: Jacob Jarvis and Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/241h 4m

The Wrath of Khan

The Tories got trounced at the locals – we unpack the winners and losers. Plus, we question how the media covered the races, including those who said Susan Hall might do better in London than she did… And with Monty Panesar standing for George Galloway’s party – didn’t have that on our 2024 bingo card – we ask about celebs and sports people going into politics. What are the dos and don’ts?  • “Susan Hall basically stood there spitting fire about why she lost and how it wasn’t fair.” – Jonn Elledge • “There is probably a point bringing up Reform – because they’re a bigger threat to the Tories than they are to Labour.” – Marie Le Conte  • “Even if you talk to Tory MPs, they know they cannot sell another new leader on the doorstep.” – Marie Le Conte  • “With the younger generation online, they think all celebrities actually should be political. Celebrities are in a hard place because of it.” – Marie Le Conte  Listen to American Friction – with Jacob Jarvis, The Bunker’s Chris Jones and special guest Molly Jong-Fast here.  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Marie Le Conte and Jonn Elledge. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Kieron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/05/2446m 2s

Extra: A taster of American Friction

The brand new podcast from the makers of The Bunker. Bewildered by the US Presidential Election? Don’t worry, American Friction has got you. Every Friday Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez of Rolling Stone join expert special guests to count down to America’s most rancorous election in generations.  Get the full episode and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major platforms.  Follow us on social media:  Twitter Instagram  TikTok Written and presented by Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/248m 2s

Emergency Localcast – How bad was it for Sunak?

As Labour takes Conservative seats across the UK and in the Blackpool South constituency, Ros Taylor joins Jacob Jarvis to work out what it all means. Is it really the Tories’ worst local elections performance in 40 years? Are there any scraps of comfort for Sunak – or is he doomed?    Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.     Presented by Jacob Jarvis. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/2420m 1s

Scorn in the USA – The Biden-Trump countdown begins

The US Election is just six months away. How come snoozy Trump still leads in several states, even though he’s in court every day? We’re launching a brand-new US election podcast American Friction and its regular panelist Nikki McCann Ramírez joins OGWN to scope out American’s Final Countdown. Plus, last-minute speculation on the local elections. Are our devolved local institutions really “a hot mess”? And in the Extra Bit for Patreon people: Following the fall of Too Nice Guy Humza Yousaf, when are politicians too ruthless – and when are they not ruthless enough?  Subscribe to American Friction on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all other platforms, and hear own Jacob Jarvis and Chris Jones make sense of the US Election countdown, along with Nikki and special guests.  • “The biggest threat to Trump’s candidacy isn’t necessarily the trials. It’s that the more time he spends in court, the less time he has for campaigning.” – Nikki McCann Ramírez • “It’s not ‘The Economy, Stupid’ any more because people will literally turn away from the evidence if it doesn’t support their view of the candidate they hate.” – Rafael Behr • “The scariest promise that Trump has made is his vow to gut Federal agency staff and replace them with Trump loyalists… He has learned from his first term.” – Nikki McCann Ramírez Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Hannah Fearn and Rafael Behr. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/241h 1m

Who’ll stop the Rayner?

The right wing press’s feverish attempts to take down Angela Rayner seem to be failing. What’s the secret of Rayner’s appeal and what does the future hold for Labour’s combative Deputy Leader? Plus, the SNP in turmoil as Humza Yousaf’s powerplay against the Greens goes badly wrong, forcing him to quit as Scotland’s First Minister. Scottish writer Gerry Hassan unpacks it for us. And how misty-eyed nostalgia accounts sneak hardline culture war dogwhistles into your mum’s Facebook feed. Final tickets for Oh God, What Now? Live in Islington with special guest Jan Ravens are still available. The dark subtext of Classical Art and Architecture Twitter. • “She is quite gobby… but she’s unapologetic of who she is.” – Marie Le Conte • “If Angela Rayner was in the Tory party they would love her!” – Alex Andreou • “She’s the most powerful communicator for the message that Sunak is not in touch with real people’s lives.” – Alex Andreou • “People used to leave their doors unlocked years ago because there was nothing to nick!” – Andrew Harrison We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou and Marie Le Conte. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by: Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/241h 3m

Rwanda endgame, Local Elections: The Tory collapse is here

Sunak is still adamant his Rwanda plan will ‘stop the boats’. Will it? We unpack the latest in Tory failure and cruelty. Plus, the local elections are just around the corner and some Tory councillors are literally begging Sunak to stay clear of their constituencies. What should we be looking out for come May 2nd? Then in the Extra Bit for backers, are we heading for a future where all our politicians are weird and wealthy, as Tony Blair puts it? Or are we already there? • “It will cost more to send a person to Rwanda than it would to send them to space – that was read out in Parliament.” – Hugo Rifkind • “People think Rwanda is the Tories’ worst plan…it’s not.” – Hugo Rifkind We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Yasmeen Serhan, Ros Taylor and Hugo Rifkind. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by: Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/241h

Sunak Pulls a Sickie

Rishi Sunak has found a new target to pick on – the sick. He claims Britain needs to get rid of its ‘sick note culture’ and he wants work and health professionals to issue the fit notes instead of GPs – what could possibly go wrong? And Starmer might be popular now, but if he’s elected as PM his popularity will likely dwindle and fast. How will he and his party handle that?  • “There is a lazy ignorance here born out of not hanging out of hanging out with anyone who has used the benefits system.” – Rafael Behr • “You can’t just shout people into feeling better.” – Jonn Elledge We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Hannah Fearn, Rafael Behr and Jonn Elledge. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by: Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/241h 2m

Liz Truss: Tip of the Iceberg

• Join us for OGWN: It’s Grim Up North London live in Islington on Mon 20 May. Tickets onsale now. Liz Truss’ new book 10 Years To Save the West certainly isn’t a boring read but neither is it a good one. Actor and impressionist Jan Ravens joins the panel to pick through how Truss thought her 45 days of office went compared to reality and all her other ludicrous claims in between. Plus: Sunak’s cigs ban. Is it fair to create two tiers of adult, one blissfully smoke-free and one battering the gaspers? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, we look into the politics of Alex Garland’s ‘Civil War’. • “Liz Truss is a cross between a haunted doll and a little girl whose dad has told her that she’s funny, and is always looking around for applause.” – Jan Ravens • “She says ‘Now is no time for finger-pointing.’ Cue three hundred pages of finger-pointing.” – Dorian Lynskey • “It’ll either be an early election with Sunak at the helm… Or a late one, and Sunak won’t be leader.” – Alex Andreou We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey, with Alex Andreou, Zoe Grunewald and guest Jan Ravens. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Keiron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/241h 6m

Iran/Israel – What can Britain do?

The Middle East is on the verge of all-out war after Iran fired missiles and drones into Israel. Where does Britain stand on this latest escalation – and would we be ready if things get worse? Labour has outlined its hopes to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP – but is that enough? CEO of Chatham House and host of the Independent Thinking podcast Bronwen Maddox talks to Ros Taylor. And it’s a But Your Emails special! Are there any good right-wing podcasts? And what would you replace the monarchy with? The panel gets to as many of our listeners' questions as possible. • “This current situation does play into Netanyahu's hands.” – Seth Thévoz • “If you were advising Netanyahu, you might want to point out that sympathy and patience is really wearing thin.” – Rachel Cunliffe • “Lots of Labour leaders, with the exception of Corbyn, feel like they have to look tough.” – Matt Green We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor, with Matt Green, Seth Thévoz and Rachel Cunliffe. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/241h 3m

Reform UK – Inside the fear factory

Reform UK’s candidates have proven to be controversial, to say the least. But, unfortunately, the party seems to be doing ok in the polls. What does Tice’s group actually stand for and what are Reform’s policies? And in the second part, why are we so obsessed with the end of the world? Dorian Lynskey’s new book Everything Must Go: The Stories We Tell about the End of the World explores that very idea – and the panel quizzes him over his latest work. And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, Netflix’s Scoop gives an account of how BBC Newsnight secured that infamous Prince Andrew interview. The panel reveals all about their biggest interviews, how they got them, and how they went. • “I just think there’s no end to how weird people’s political opinions are.” – Dorian Lynskey • “Reform voters are so angry with Rishi Sunak… they probably wouldn’t even vote if there was no Reform Party.” – Ros Taylor • “Some people would really like the world to be destroyed, they would just like it to be over.” – Dorian Lynskey Buy Everything Must Go: The Stories We Tell about the End of the World through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund Oh God, What Now? by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey, Ros Taylor, Zoë Grünewald and Hugo Rifkind. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Keiron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/241h 3m

Sunak: The Errors Tour

Britain is the second most powerful country in the world… according to Sunak’s latest desperate brag anyway. You probably saw the weird collage the Tories posted on Twitter — but is there any truth to the party's claims? Or is this just another bizarre fantasy? Plus, Brexit is about to rear its ugly head even higher with new food import charges. What are they and why could they damage consumers and small businesses alike? • “A chair would be a much more impressive communicator than Sunak.” – Matt Green • “Every aspect of it either made no sense or was dodgy in some way.” – Matt Green We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Matt Green. Producer: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Keiron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/2457m 26s

A Federation of Ungovernable Cults

What have fourteen years of Conservative rule done to Britain?, asks Sam Knight in that mega-piece by the New Yorker’s baffled readers. You might well ask, say our panel, who discuss what the world thinks of Britain’s weird experiment on itself. Plus, our special guest the political economist Will Hutton is here to talk about Labour’s options on the economy and his new book This Time No Mistakes: How to Remake Britain. And in the Extra Bit: Which books shaped our panelists’ politics? • “It felt as though the Tories were treating the country as a giant experiment… May and Sunak’s roles were simply to try and clean up.” – Ros Taylor • “The Tory logic is ‘Whatever we’re doing, at least WE’re in power and THEY’re not’… It’s a very efficient way to hold your party together.” – Rachel Cunliffe Buy This Time No Mistakes: How to Remake Britain through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund OGWN by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too. Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Rachel Cunliffe. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/2452m 46s

Turn That Crown Upside Down

The Royal Family are experiencing their worst year in decades. Is it time we wound down the Monarchy not just for our sake but for their sake too? Or are things best left the way they are? Plus, Boomers (not all of them we’ll add) are “used to having everything its own way”, says the Economist, but times are changing. Has the time of the Millennials finally come? • “The Monarchy doesn’t provide a service like the BBC or the NHS but I think it’s rational, because it’s been there for such a long time, for people to not want to get rid of it.” – Rafael Behr • “Even if you just look at the makeup of Congress there really aren’t a lot of millennials present.” – Yasmeen Serhan • “Gen X really are the absolute waster generation.” – Rafael Behr We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison, with Yasmeen Serhan and Rafael Behr. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Keiron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/04/241h

Taster: Best of Paper Cuts!

While you wait for the next episode of Oh God, What Now? Why don't you give our sister podcast PAPER CUTS a try? PAPER CUTS is the modern press review. We're out Monday to Friday, Miranda Sawyer and guests look at what’s behind the biggest stories, and bring you the weirdest headlines, the biggest scoops and the most astonishing manifestations of mass newspaper neurosis. Guests include Marcus Brigstocke, Rosie Holt, Jon Ellege, Scottee, Jason Hazeley, Daniel Foxx and the BAFTA nominated Gráinne Maguire. Don’t forget to subscribe on your favourite app. PAPER CUTS. We read the papers so you don't have to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/04/2431m 17s

They're mad as hell and we don't want to take it anymore

What on earth were they thinking? The Conservative Party’s weird, dystopian, GOP-style attack ad on Sadiq Khan shows just how much the party has lost its mind. The panel unpack what was wrong with it and why the Tories might have thought this was a good idea at all. And Jeremy Hunt says £100k a year “doesn’t go far” – is he right? Or is he just massively out of touch? Plus, in the extra bit for subscribers what could replace the Labour Party’s ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ ring-walk tune for the 2024 election? • “They do a really bad video, they get roundly mocked… and the next day they do something worse?” – Ros Taylor • “The Conservatives are going to have to improve 12 points just to do as ‘well’ as 1997… They are looking at a generational defeat.”– Jonn Elledge • “People are now locked into jobs and house shares they don’t like because they feel too financially insecure to start again.” – Zoë Grünewald We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Zoë Grünewald, Ros Taylor and Jonn Elledge. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Drum’n’Bass insert by Simon Williams. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/2456m 3s

Here comes The Sun, Little Starmer

Is The Sun newspaper starting to pivot towards supporting Keir Starmer? Will any of the rest of the Tory press follow suit? And does political endorsement from a newspaper even matter any more? Plus, double outrage as shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves acknowledges that Margaret Thatcher was, you know, quite a big deal. Was she right to do so and why can't we stay level-headed around the Iron Lady? • “I think there’s an acknowledgment from the papers that you can’t ignore Labour anymore.” – Rachel Cunliffe • “Any papers who don’t want to back Labour just won’t back ANYONE…” – Hugo Rifkind • “The Thatcher of now might be hosting a TV show on GB News, who knows?” – Hugo Rifkind We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Rachel Cunliffe and Hugo Rifkind. Producer: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/2448m 42s

Failure to Relaunch

Rishi Sunak is going for yet another relaunch. Will it work? (Probably not…) Plus, plucky newcomer Vladimir Putin has won the Russian presidential election with a massive landslide of 87% which is DEFINITELY legitimate. What have we learned from this sham election and what does it mean for Russia? Dr Ben Noble is an associate professor of Russian politics at UCL and chats with Alex Andreou. And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, will Aaron Taylor-Johnson kick ass as the new James Bond, or will he bomb quicker than a bullet train?    • “Sunak might be breathing a sigh of relief at today’s inflation figures but I think he knows that’s not going to magically change things on the doorstep.” – Zoe Grunewald • “The Russia of 2024 is not the Russia of 2018.” – Dr. Ben Noble • “It does seem likely that the only way Putin stops being President is by dying.” – Dr. Ben Noble   We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow   Presented by Alex Andreou with Seth Thevoz, Zoe Grunewald, and guest Dr. Ben Noble. Producer: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/241h 2m

Banging Your Head Against a Red Wall

Why are we so obsessed with ‘The Red Wall’? What does it mean and are the Tories about to lose all of those seats in the North? Plus, new research shows the government’s levelling-up project has not worked… at all. Only 10% of the approved fund has been spent by councils. Why? And were the government’s missions ever achievable?  • “The red wall are actually voters who should’ve been Tory for quite a long time.” – Marie Le Conte • “It was more of an F YOU to the whole system.” – Hannah Fearn • “It’s quite fun to have a lot of nutters.” – Marie Le Conte • “Rather than levelling-up, everybody is in a worse situation.” – Hannah Fearn We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  And Andrew’s Introduction to Microdisney: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5xAQv7A4imZLX5pkBtuYk9?si=jFp0aVJGRAyahhjyAvDMIAπ=e-pUunf_m0QuaQ  Andrew’s Escape Route: Microdisney — The Clock Comes Down The Stairs on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001x9fs/the-story-of-microdisney-the-clock-comes-down-the-stairs  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Yasmeen Serhan, Marie Le Conte and Hannah Fearn. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/2455m 40s

The End of the Tories as We Know Them (and I Feel Fine?)

As the Tories face another racism row, we imagine a world where the Conservative Party simply didn’t exist. Would that be for the best for everyone? Plus, according to new research, only Uzbekistan is more miserable than the UK. What does this tell us about the British psyche? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, is Kate Middleton just bad at Photoshop or is there a darker conspiracy at play? (PS. It’s definitely the first one.) • “There are certain trends that are making Conservative MPs really worried.” – Rachel Cunliffe • “I think that Anderson is being consistent in one thing – and that’s that he’s always been a tw*t.” – Jacob Jarvis • “I think what could come in the Tories’ place could be even worse.” – Matt Green • “We find being cynical quite sexy in the UK – what is that?” – Ava Santina We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Rachel Cunliffe, Matt Green and Ava Santina. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn and Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/2452m 46s

30p Lee: You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit!

Lee Anderson has thrown a strop and joined Reform UK. What is this political journeyman trying to do – other than seek a load of attention? And, the budget hasn’t managed to win hearts and minds for the Tories. In fact, it made the dial creep in the wrong direction. What will they try next? • “If the Tories choose to radicalise, then I’m sure Lee Anderson could find a home back within the party.” – Hannah Fearn  • “Talking up the numbers of defectors is just a way of spooking the Tories.” – Rafael Behr  • “Sunak has very clumsy, clunky, tactical judgement.” – Rafael Behr  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn, Rafael Behr and Ros Taylor. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/241h

Kicking the Budget

Jeremy Hunt’s budget has arrived. We unpack the good, bad and ugly – and ask: “Are we all going to be much richer now?” Short answer: No. Also, the BBC’s first-ever disinformation and social media correspondent Marianna Spring joins the panel to discuss her new book Among the Trolls: My Journey Through Conspiracyland, how she wards off online hate – and why social media is so rife with conspiracy theorists.  Buy Among the Trolls: My Journey Through Conspiracyland through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund Oh God, What Now? by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too. • “What this government is doing is really last chance saloon.” – Zoë Grünewald • “They nicked Labour’s non-dom policy, which will cause some headaches later.” – Zoë Grünewald • “I think we should treat social media companies as we do governments… they’re just as powerful.” – Marianna Spring We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey, with Jonn Elledge, Zoë Grünewald, and guest Marianna Spring. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn and Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/2455m 54s

Is Galloway the game-changer he thinks he is?

Is Galloway’s victory in Rochdale quite the seismic event that Gorgeous George claims it is? With even Mail readers more likely to vote Labour than Tory, do the papers still have the power they used to? And there’s a debate brewing on assisted dying. What do our panel think? Plus, Budget tips, the Supreme Court on whether Trump gets on the ballot, and why Marie le Conte considers herself a Space Arab.     • “Literally nobody wants tax cuts. If your ceiling is leaking, the upstairs neighbour giving you £20 towards your service charge is not an answer to your problems.” – Alex Andreou  • “Interesting that Galloway is able to channel all that discontent into election wins, and yet Farage isn’t.”  – Rachel Cunliffe  • “Even the really right wing papers want Sunak out of the way so they can have their leadership battle between Badenoch, Jenrick and whoever…” – Alex Andreou  • “The Sun is just pretending that politics isn’t happening any more… Like, look, Jesus on a piece of toast!” – Marie le Conte      Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.     Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou, Rachel Cunliffe and Marie le Conte. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/241h 2m

Sunak, Bigotry and 30p Lee

After Lee Anderson and Suella Braverman’s recent outbursts, why are the Tories so scared of the word Islamophobia? And how deep does this issue run in the party? Plus, it’s a But Your Emails special! In the second half the panel answers as many of our listeners burning political questions as possible. Then in the Extra Bit for subscribers, what are political marches good for? The panel discusses their own experiences.  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey, with Matt Green, Rafael Behr, and Hannah Fearn. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn and Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/241h 7m

Man Behaving Bad Lee

30p Lee has shown his real worth by claiming that Islamists have “got control” of Sadiq Khan. Suella Braverman, however, says they’re already in charge. Why hasn’t she lost the whip but Lee Anderson has? The panel discusses whether we have an intimidation issue in politics. Plus, as the Tories head for oblivion, why do political parties fail to learn from their mistakes before it’s too late? • “The Tories are Anderson’s enablers and for a reason – because it’s useful to them to have someone blowing that particular dog whistle.” – Alex Andreou. • “I actually find it really hard to get into Rishi’s head.” – Marie Le Conte • “People sounded angrier than they did at the height of the Brexit years.” – Marie Le Conte. • “The right, not just here but all around the world, is suffering a crisis in ideology.” – Alex Andreou. • “MPs are behaving like small children who have been in the car too long.” – Marie Le Conte. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Marie Le Conte and Alex Andreou. Producers: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/2459m 15s

David Cameron – Best of the Worst of the Worst?

We can’t believe we’re asking this, but is David Cameron showing some competence in his role as foreign secretary? Or is he just the best of a terrible Cabinet? The panel discusses how he’s performed so far – and whether we can ever really forgive him. The answer is no, we can’t, by the way. Plus, Our Ros Taylor’s written a book! The Future of Trust is out now! She discusses her work with the panel.  Buy The Future of Trust through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund Oh God, What Now? by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too. • “Geo-strategic thinking is not Cameron’s strong point.” – Rafael Behr. • “The thing you have to remember about David Cameron is that he is VERY arrogant.” – Rafael Behr. • “This isn’t the first time Marjorie Taylor Greene has told off a Brit.” – Yasmeen Serhan. • “Trust is a very, very slippery concept.” –  Ros Taylor. • “You’d think trust would increase with greater scrutiny, but that’s not necessarily the case.” – Ros Taylor. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Rafael Behr and Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/241h 7m

Stop Talking Britain Down, Brexiteers!

Why do the right-wing intelligentsia keep talking Britain down? Didn’t they get all they ever wanted when we left the EU? And who are the worst culprits? Plus: Remember when Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister and promised to fix the economy? Yes, well last week it emerged that Britain had entered a recession – nailed it. Has he completely failed on all his other goals too? That’s Oh God, What Now? with our special guest, political comedian Alistair Barrie. “The blame game is the only game in town as far as Sunak’s concerned.” – Alistair Barrie. “Reform has done nothing but set about alienating black, ethnic minority voters.” – Zoe Grunewald. “Down with the NIMBYS!” – Rachel Cunliffe. “Oh that woke blob with their tofu!” – Alistair Barrie. “Most of us don't give a fuck about tax cuts, most of us care about things actually working.” – Alistair Barrie. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Zoe Grunewald, Rachel Cunliffe, and guest Alistair Barrie. Producers: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/2459m 10s

EmergencyCast: You Only Lose Twice

The Tories have been trounced in the latest by-elections – who’d have guessed that would happen?! Sunak’s colleagues blamed a low turnout for the results in Kingswood and Wellingborough – is that fair? Or is the Tory electorate collapsing? What can we learn from these by-elections and what does this indicate, if anything, for the upcoming general election? Andrew Harrison is joined by Ros Taylor in an emergency edition.  “There was a feeling people might turn a little against Labour, but that has not happened.” – Ros Taylor “I think Sunak will be wondering how he can emerge from this with any personal dignity intact.” – Ros Taylor www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor. Producers: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/2424m 44s

New Labour Derangement Syndrome

Labour has disowned its candidate for the upcoming Rochdale byelection – how has Keir Starmer handled this? And has this turmoil over Azhar Ali’s comments damaged the Labour Party’s hopes of beating the Tories at the next election? Plus, we discuss New Labour Derangement Syndrome which we’ve DEFINITELY NOT made up. How influential is New Labour still? And in the Extra bit for subscribers – is platforming still a thing? We unpack the interview between Tucker Carlson and Vladimir ‘The Historian’ Putin. • “I would not say I’m entirely confident Ali will win, but I think it’s the most likely outcome still.” – Marie Le Conte. • “Mandelson hasn’t come out and said ‘I’m just a normal bloke’ which I think has happened with the rest of them.” – Matt Green We’re on YouTube! www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Matt Green, and Marie Le Conte. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/241h 6m

Backtrack to the Future?

It’s been called “the mother of all U-turns”, but is Labour’s backtracking on its £28bn green policy pledge justified? And should we stop moaning and learn to love U-turns anyway? Plus, the UK’s education system isn’t in brilliant shape. What needs solving, and does Labour have a plan? Special guest Charlotte Santry, news editor for TES Magazine, FKA the Times Education Supplement, marks our report card. • “The £28b figure? I'm not bothered about it, it was just a pointless round number.” – Hannah Fearn. • “I wouldn’t rule out Labour making a U-turn on the U-turn.” – Seth Thevoz. • “Because of how the costs are calculated there are schools that have been charged £8k for a tap or £4k for a sink.” – Charlotte Santry. • “In some areas in particular places like London, you’re seeing schools that aren’t attracting enough pupils to be sustainable.” – Charlotte Santry. • “Labour has pledged a lot of things on education, but there aren’t a lot of details.” – Charlotte Santry. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Hannah Fearn, Seth Thevoz and guest Charlotte Santry. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/2453m 6s

Episode 500! The Brexit Bunch – These We Have Loved To Hate

It’s the 500th episode since we started as Remainiacs! To mark the occasion we’ve highlighted 10 of the worst Brexit bad guys we love to hate… because you can’t spell “schadenfreude” without E.U. Plus, immigration under the microscope with migration expert Zoe Gardner. Are we in the crisis the Tories claim? And how will the next government handle it? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, why are our MPs swearing so much and do we really give a shit? • “It still amazes me that Farage did not pay the price like Johnson and is massively influential, now more than ever.” – Zoe Gardner. • “So much of Brexit was just bad policy… It was founded in fantasy.” – Raf Behr. • “Refugees on small boats has been pushed as a huge issue but they account for well under 10% of migration to the UK.” – Zoe Gardner. • “The choice is chaos or control, but what we have now is chaos.” – Zoe Gardner. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  Keep OGWN going by supporting us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Rafael Behr and guest Zoe Gardner. Producers: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/241h 1m

Can We Fix It? We're Not Sure!

Yes, we know the Tory party has made an absolute mess of the country – but can Labour do anything to fix it? And if it can, in which areas will it focus? Plus, according to new research, Gen Z boys and men are getting increasingly angry at feminism. Why? What’s behind the political rift between men and women? And is it all Andrew Tate’s fault?  •”Labour thinks the Tories will fight the next election on wedge issues… that is NOT the strategy.” – Alex Andreou. •”I cover this for a living and even I am confused about how taxes are so high...” – Rachel Cunliffe. •”You cannot get Labour to say ANYTHING right now.” – Rachel Cunliffe. •”Young British men are still way more to the left than older British women, to be fair.” – Marie Le Conte. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  Hear the latest edition of Ros Taylor’s Jam Tomorrow: ‘Ten Pound Poms’. Support us on Patreon and help keep OGWN going: https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Marie Le Conte, Alex Andreou and Rachel Cunliffe. Producer: Chris Jones. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/2458m 20s

Jumping on the ban wagon

Disposable vapes, XL bullies, and nitrous oxide – this government loves banning things. Has that always been the case? Do we secretly love living in a nanny state? And the housing crisis keeps getting worse, will a Labour government be able to fix the problem? We’ve got two of the UK’s leading housing journalists with us, including award-winning journalist and author of Show Me The Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen, Peter Apps.  • “We shouldn’t have a nerd PM, he doesn’t understand the appeal of the fun stuff.” – Marie Le Conte • “I’m not sure banning things always works. I think it can make things more attractive again.” – Hannah Fearn. • “There’s been a failure to imagine a world of flat ownership without leasehold.” – Peter Apps • “I’ve been renting in London since 2009… I’ve got enough stories to finish the podcast.” – Marie Le Conte • “We’re short of everything in housing.” – Hannah Fearn Buy Show Me The Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund Oh God, What Now? by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Marie Le Conte, Hannah Fearn and guest Peter Apps. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/2454m 24s

Brexit: New ways for it to ruin everything!

Brexit Fourth Birthday Special! As new import regulations come in to make meat, cheese and flowers more expensive, why can’t we face up to the Dumbest Thing Britain Ever Did? Tory fratricide latest: the beleaguered Rishi Sunak’s masterplan is… banning disposable vapes? Is Viktor Orbán’s Hungary about to get kicked out of the EU? And will we see Mar-a-Lago on Zoopla soon?  (Due to illness it’s an all-male “manel” today. Normal service resumed ASAP.) • “The Government has effectively beta-tested every one of its ideas on people’s lives and livelihoods.” – Alex Andreou • “On hormone beef we are actually sticking to EU regulations… which makes you wonder what the point of leaving was.” – Seth Thévoz • “Who chooses a pilot on the basis that you’d like to go to the pub with them and they seem like a bit of a laugh?” – Alex Andreou • “I was once accused of monopolising Monopoly, which is pretty harsh.” – Jacob Jarvis • “The shortages on medicines are a ticking bomb. It’s incredible how little coverage this is getting.” – Alex Andreou Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow Visit our new affiliate bookshop to buy books by the panel and our pals. You’ll be helping to fund the podcast by earning us a small commission for every sale plus Bookshop.org helps to support independent bookshops too. Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis with Alex Andreou and Seth Thévoz. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/2451m 18s

Is Britain fundamentally conservative?

Is Britain a conservative nation at its core – or is it time to dispel that myth? And the Tories haven’t been too good at picking party leaders of late, could Kemi Badenoch be next up? The panel discusses who she is and what she stands for? Plus, in the extra bit for subscribers, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer wants to give Ofcom more powers to stop what she believes is BBC bias – does she have a point? • “I think the cost of living crisis is making more institutions left wing.” – Marie Le Conte • “There is evidence that this woke moral panic is making people over a particular age more conservative and people under a certain age less so.” – Alex Andreou We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Rachel Cunliffe and Marie Le Conte. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/01/241h 3m

Attack of the ‘Will of the People’!

Get the political cliché klaxon ready – Rishi Sunak has invoked the so-called “will of the people” as he boosts his Rwanda rhetoric. Does he have any idea what the public actually wants? And why is he so desperately upping his populist-but-not-very-popular messaging? Plus, as attacks on Starmer get increasingly desperate – should anyone care about mud-slinging from the tabloids? Ros Taylor is joined by Hannah Fearn and Times columnist Hugo Rifkind.  • “When he has seen the will of the people he’s chosen to ignore it. It’s a strange choice of words.” – Hannah Fearn  • “It’s easy to say he’s not very good at being Prime Minister, but it’s worse than that. He’s not very good at being Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. He’s literally someone who started a job and doesn’t know how to do it.” – Hugo Rifkind  • “Sunak sort of exudes weakness.” – Hugo Rifkind  • “Sunak is seen as useless and out of touch – both worse than boring.” – Hannah Fearn  Hear the new series of Ros's documentary podcast Jam Tomorrow here: https://listen.podmasters.uk/JamTomorrow We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Hannah Fearn and Hugo Rifkind. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/01/2446m 56s

Rebels without a clue

Lee Anderson and his pals have thrown their toys out of the pram – we unpack the latest Tory fallout. Plus, Houthi rebel strikes across Red Sea shipping lanes have led to counterstrikes from the UK and the US militaries. How has that action been justified and what’s the danger of escalation? And, leading transport commentator Simon Calder joins the panel to give his thoughts on the UK’s travel networks – the good, the bad and the ugly.  • “It felt like ‘we’ve bombed this and this is why we did it’ and it doesn’t feel like that’s how it should be in a democracy.” – Ros Taylor • “I’m not sure David Cameron is getting all 8 hours at night.” – Zoe Grunewald • “Everything is simply decided now it seems by Number 10 on what is most expedient politically.” – Simon Calder • ”There is simply no appetite for rail and that is why we’re going into such a long spiral of decline, it is absolutely miserable.” – Simon Calder We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Zoe Grunewald and guest Simon Calder. Producer: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/01/241h 4m

🔊 BONUS 🔊 Secrets of Podmasters’ ‘Audio Island’

‘Oh God, What Else?’ is our Monday morning extra edition for Patreon backers. This week’s episode is a bit special so we thought we’d make it available to the wider OGWN-verse too. This time: After 1,875 days, Oh God, What Now? producer extraordinaire Alex Rees is leaving Podmasters. He joins the rest of our audio team, Jade Bailey, Simon Williams and Robin Leeburn to take you behind the scenes of Podmasters to discuss how the company, podcasts and people have changed over the years. • “In my final interview with Andrew he asked me ‘Oasis or Blur?’ and I was convinced I’d lost the job because I said Oasis” – Jade Bailey • “I think our studio pushes 100 degrees in summer. That’s CELSIUS.” – Robin Leeburn Presented by Jade Bailey, Alex Rees, Simon Williams and Robin Leeburn. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Audio production by Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT ELSE? is a Podmasters production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/2439m 41s

The Tory mob turns on Sunak

It’s another tough week for Rishi Sunak as a new poll suggests the Tories are set for 1997-style obliteration. But, are the results all they seem? And are certain Tory factions turning further against him? Then, inspired by Ian Hislop Vs Jake Berry on Peston last week – the panel discusses how you win a meaningful argument in the world of politics. Is it even possible? • ”We always talk about the red wall going down, but this poll shows it's being rebuilt?” – Matt Green • “Voters care if he does something, and in the end it doesn’t feel like the Rwanda plan is actually going to happen.” – Matt Green • “TV and radio debates do not matter at all… the media’s role should be to inform people” – Marie Le Conte. • “Politics is never something that is resolved one day, so setting down where we went right or wrong is good because someone is going to pick up the torch.” – Seth Thevoz We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Matt Green, Seth Thevoz and Marie Le Conte. Producer: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/241h 4m

Hate Mail: Post Office scandal boils over

An ITV drama throws the Post Office scandal back into the public eye. Why was it ignored – and what other scandals should we be discussing more? Plus, hands up if you had net zero goals as Sunak’s first blow of 2024. Chris Skidmore’s resignation over the Offshore Petroleum Bill has put the Tories in a spin. And in the Extra Bit for subscribers the most depressing day of the year (apparently) is on the horizon, what do our panel do to cheer themselves up in January?  • “We really mustn't obscure the fact that Fujitsu and the Post Office went to great lengths to obscure the issues.” – Alex Andreou • “Sunak falls from policy position to policy position as he relaunches his leadership campaign every two weeks.” – Alex Andreou • “Even if the green policies are in place to make something happen in the UK, the general culture, mood, is we’re not interested.” – Hannah Fearn Listen to Alex Andreou’s Bunker episode on the Post Office scandal: https://listen.podmasters.uk/BUNKER240110QuirkPostOffice  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou and Hannah Fearn. Producer: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/01/241h 5m

Are you ready for the Tories’ alternative reality?

When is a vote not a vote? Billions of people will go to the polls around the world this year but in Britain and the US, will the elections cover up deep democratic decay? Plus, the Conservative’s long goodbye to power is creating its own alternative universe of TV, comment and counterfactual reality. What happens when the Tory infosphere loses its mind?  • “The country that’s worrying me at the moment is Germany.” – Marie Le Conte. • “Some people want Fox News for Britain and the more controversial the better.” – Rachel Cunliffe. • “One of the best things to grow your profile online is to be really extreme and that’s basically what’s happened with Miriam Cates.” – Rachel Cunliffe. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Rachel Cunliffe, Marie Le Conte, and Rafael Behr. Producer: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/01/241h 10m

2024 preview: A pint of wine with friends

It’s 2024 and Rishi Sunak is up to his old tricks. The panel discusses what lies ahead for the year, plus all you might have missed over the festive period – from Sunak's meeting with Cummings to the pint of wine discourse. And in the extra bit for subscribers, what’s in and what's out for 2024 according to our panel? “I think 2024 could be the year of reclassifying things off of your to do list.” – Zoe Grunewald “Sunak’s big problem is Reform UK.” – Alex Andreou “Why would you trust Dominic Cummings to do anything in secret? – Zoe Grunewald Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou and Zoe Grunewald. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou and Zoe Grunewald. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/01/241h 3m

End of Year Special: The 12 Absolute Worst People of 2023

What have Donald Trump, Suella Braverman, and 495 voters in Uxbridge and South Ruislip all got in common? That’s right, they’re all terrible. For our last episode of the year, we’ve decided to put together a list of our 12 villains of Christmas. And in the extra bit for subscribers only, it’s the festive season – so what wholesome traditions does the panel have at Christmas? • “Nadine Dorries either genuinely has absolutely zero self-awareness, or she’s taking the piss.” – Alex Andreou • “Boring, quiet, madly right-wing guys like Mike Johnson are actually far more dangerous than someone like Trump.” – Dorian Lynskey • “What the last year has taught me is that I would not trust Elon Musk to fly me to Mars.” – Rachel Cunliffe • “It’s fair to say that Yevgeny Prigozhin was the winner of the F*** Around And Find Out prize this year.” – Matt Green We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Rachel Cunliffe, and Matt Green. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Simon Williams. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/12/231h 16m

Confessions of a Bra Baroness

Michelle Mone admits lying to the media about her PPE links – but hey, that ain’t a crime! What will the repercussions be of her belated honesty? Plus, Labour is getting ready for a spring election. Should we be braced for campaigns to start in earnest once the tinsel’s been taken down? And Christmas is a boring time for political geeks. The panel discusses getting through a period of little to no Westminster news.  • “People do hate the press, but you only have to take it one step further to see that blaming them is a stupid argument.” – Hannah Fearn  • “Social media? Maybe there are more things Sunak wants to ban we don’t know about…” – Ros Taylor  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Listen to Andrew’s choice of album, Where The Rabbit Sleeps by Sensorama. Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor and Hannah Fearn. Producer: Alex Rees. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/12/2350m 41s

Do they know it’s Rishmas time? Part Two – Live at London’s Comedy Store

Ho Ho Ho God, What Now? It’s part two of the OGWN Christmas live show as Dorian, Ros, Alex and special guest James O’Brien return for a half-time freshener at London’s legendary Comedy Store and look to the future. What’s waiting down the line for the next Government (whomever they may be)? Who’s looking like a future Cabinet star and who looks like trouble? Plus questions from our well-refreshed audience.  Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  Visit our new affiliate bookshop to buy books by the panel and our pals. You’ll be helping to fund the podcast by earning us a small commission for every sale plus Bookshop.org helps to support independent bookshops too. Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees (audio). Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/231h 5m

Do they know it’s Rishmas time? Part One – Live at London’s Comedy Store

O come all ye tofu-eating wokerati… It’s part one of the OGWN Christmas live show with Dorian, Ros, Alex and special guest James O’Brien, LBC’s sharp-witted inquisitor-general, gathering before a well-refreshed audience at London’s world-famous Comedy Store. On the agenda: How did Sunak blow it so badly in 2023? We take a world tour of Planet Rishi and all its many troublespots. Part two will be with you tomorrow…   Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more.  Visit our new affiliate bookshop to buy books by the panel and our pals. You’ll be helping to fund the podcast by earning us a small commission for every sale plus Bookshop.org helps to support independent bookshops too. Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees (audio). Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/2349m 49s

Sunak feels the walls closing in

As Sunak squirms in the Commons and the COVID Inquiry, we wonder what will sink him first. His defence of Eat Out To Help Out The Virus? Or his own impossible-to-please backbenchers? Plus, how would the Tory Right’s feverish fan-fiction plan for a Boris Johnson-Nigel Farage Dream Ticket play out?  • “The last Tory leader who said ‘Unite or die’ was Ian Duncan Smith, two weeks before they ousted him.” – Seth Thévoz • “We’re treating the COVID Inquiry like it’s going to provide catharsis – and that’s not what it’s for.” – Ros Taylor  • “Hands up who had ‘Rwanda will be our human rights conscience’ on their bingo card.” – Alex Andreou Visit our new affiliate bookshop to buy books by the panel and our pals. You’ll be helping to fund the podcast by earning us a small commission for every sale plus Bookshop.org helps to support independent bookshops too. Written and presented by Alex Andreou, Ros Taylor and Seth Thévoz. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees (audio). Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/12/2355m 19s

EmergencyCast: Sunak's Week from Hell – Plus, Johnson's COVID Inquiry Shame-Fest.

Rishi Sunak’s week from hell really got into full swing after our last recording – so here we are with an emergency podcast. Alex Andreou joins Jacob Jarvis to explain why Jenrick’s resignation got Sunak sweating so much. Plus, Johnson’s been giving his evidence at the Covid inquiry – how’s that been going? And what should we pay attention to? “Sunak must also suspect this is a coordinated move, which makes it all the more menacing.” – Alex Andreou “All of this cannot continue to surprise us, because it’s now becoming the norm. Sunak is really bad at this. So was Truss, So was Johnson.” – Alex Andreou “The country chose to elect a clown and what it got in return was a farce.” – Alex Andreou We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis with Alex Andreou. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/2335m 6s

Braverman goes full Rivers of Blood.

Poor James Cleverley. Can’t a guy just announce his psychotically cruel migration policy without Braverman heckling that it isn’t fashy enough in her resignation* speech? We look at the Tories’ performatively mean new immigration plans and why they’ll never be enough for Beerhall Sue. Plus your questions answered in a But Your Emails Special, why on Earth would Starmer say he admires Thatcher, and Lord Moylan rizzes up Alex. * FACT CHECK: She was sacked. • “These immigration rules are going to make international love something for the well-paid.” – Alex Andreou • “The DUP never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” – Gavin Esler https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Visit our new affiliate bookshop to buy books by the panel and our pals. You’ll be helping to fund the podcast by earning us a small commission for every sale plus Bookshop.org helps to support independent bookshops too. Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Marie le Conte and Gavin Esler. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees (audio). Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/12/231h 8m

How to endure Sunak's dying government

You might have noticed how terrible Rishi Sunak’s government is on basically everything, yet, if you listen to his cabinet you might think it’s all going swimmingly. How do we survive the next few months of a government eating itself alive without losing our sanity? Plus, why does British politics find it so hard to deal with religious issues? That’s Oh God, What Now? with guest Times Radio’s Hugo Rifkind. “It’s like watching a man who’s watching his house falling down, running from small DIY job to DIY job but actually making it all worse.” – Ros Taylor. “I think they think they’re in it to win it, it’s just bonkers, the dogs in the street can see they’re about to lose an election from the centre.” – Hugo Rifkind. “The problems with authority that Sunak has is that he’s literally not meant to be there.” – Hugo Rifkind. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor, Yasmeen Serhan and guest Hugo Rifkind. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/12/231h 1m

ExtraCast! – Matt Hancock bullsh*ts the Covid Inquiry

Matt Hancock has been giving evidence to the Covid-19 Inquiry and frankly he’s not done himself any good. Alex Andreou has been locked in to the sessions on Thursday and Friday. He joins Andrew Harrison to unpack what the former Health Secretary said – and just how badly he came across.  • “His appearance was always going to be very defensive.” – Alex Andreou • “He was doing the same bullshitting that he was being accused of.” – Alex Andreou • “Someone of his limited ability should never have been in that position.” – Alex Andreou We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/2332m 39s

Israel/Hamas ceasefire: What's changed and what's next?

The first ceasefire deal in the Israel/Hamas conflict has been signed and hostages have been released. How will the war continue after this pause ends? Yair Wallach is a cultural historian of modern Palestine/Israel at SOAS University of London and joins the panel to discuss. Plus, With the Tories suffering so much in the polls how scared of the Reform UK party should they be? And in the extra bit for subscribers we ask: has Rishi Sunak lost his marbles? We unpack his row with Greece over ancient treasures. • “Netanyahu has almost been in shock – he’s not been able to form any kind of empathetic response to the Israeli public.” – Yair Wallach • “Reform is going forward with very clear messaging in a way that the Tory party is having an internal fight over.” – Rachel Cunliffe Why? - the brand new podcast taking you to the edge of knowledge. Available on all good podcast players - visit whypodcast.co.uk to find it We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Rachel Cunliffe, and guest Yair Wallach. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/231h 12m

James and the Giant Screech

Net migration is at a record high in the UK, and as you might expect the Tories are tearing their hair out over it. After the failure of the Rwanda plan, Home Secretary James Cleverly sayid that plan is not the “be all and end all”, angering those on the very right of his party. Can Sunak provide a credible answer to the backlash the Tory party has received over its migration policies? Or has it lost all public trust? And the general election is somewhere on the horizon, but does it really matter when the election takes place with the polls so in favour of Labour? “Everyone is pissed off but in different ways.” – Geri Scott. “I’m not sure Cleverly needs to be dragged to the right to sure-up his position.” – Geri Scott. “When people are afraid and during a crisis they tend to vote for what they know.” – Ros Taylor “I think the Tories could benefit from something truly disastrous happening.” – Ros Taylor. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  Shop for festive favourite at http://podmarket.co.uk http://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Written and Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis with Ros Taylor and Geri Scott. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/11/2358m 15s

Mini-Budget ’23: Get Back in Your Red Box

Hold tight for the white-hot excitement of the Autumn Statement! Why is Jeremy Hunt cutting taxes when public services are in the toilet? And what’s gone under the radar? Special guest Miatta Fahnbulleh of the New Economics Foundation has the receipts and the cheats. Plus, the great inheritance tax panic. Why is a tax that only 4% of estates pay such a hot potato?  Boost the economy! Don’t miss the Podmasters Christmas Market at podmarket.co.uk • “Hunt said very little about how he’s going to resuscitate our public services… To bake in cuts at this stage stores up real problems for the next government.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh  • “The Tory attack line now is, If you don’t watch out, Labour might do something that WE actually DID…” – Matt Green We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Matt Green and Alex Andreou. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/231h 9m

Rwanda: Carry On Deportin’?

The Rwanda plan is in tatters but when did that ever stop the Government from ploughing on mindlessly? Plus, is it hard to wage war on the House of Lords when that’s where your new Foreign Secretary sits? And why Suella Braverman’s fulminating letter to Sunak was exactly the same as ‘Stan’ by Eminem.  Don’t miss the Podmasters Christmas Market at podmarket.co.uk ...with discounts available for backers! https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow • “The Tories are not trying to distract US with Rwanda. They’re trying to distract THEMSELVES.” – Marie le Conte • “The idea that the Lords will approve legislation that applies the law in these specific circumstances is just fanciful.” – Hannah Fearn • “If you can’t sell this stuff on the Kent Coast you can’t sell it anywhere. And they can’t.” – Gavin Esler Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Hannah Fearn, Marie le Conte and Gavin Esler. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/11/231h 2m

After All, You’re My Rwanda-Wall

Complete our listener survey for a chance to win an OGWN t-shirt or mug: https://www.patreon.com/posts/92531764 The Supreme Court throws out the Government’s Rwanda plan quicker than a Cruella tantrum. Is the infamous scheme dead or will the Government have the brass neck to appeal to the ECHR? Plus the Thug Life madness of the Braverman Letter, why David Cameron is the Harold Bishop of Conservatism, Greg Hands finds there is no job left, and Esther McVey, Minister for GB News.  This week’s special guest is Twitter’s now-outed Secret Tory Henry Morris. His new book is The Diary of a Secret Royal – buy it here and help the podcast through our affiliate links! Hear This Is Not A Drill, the podcast formerly known as Doomsday Watch, on all platforms at ThisIsNotADrill.co.uk  • “What a week… I’m just waiting for Iain Duncan Smith to turn up on Strictly.” – Matt Green • “This was a crushing verdict from the court… Justice Reid’s message was ‘If you think leaving the ECHR will fix this, it won’t.” – Alex Andreou • “We had the Government saying the judges have ‘misjudged the public mood’, as if that’s their job instead of interpreting the law.” – Henry Morris https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Matt Green and Alex Andreou. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/231h 2m

Revolting Doors: The Cruella and Cameron Show

Complete our listener survey for a chance to win an OGWN t-shirt or mug: https://www.patreon.com/posts/92531764 Suella Braverman’s out (finally) and former PM David Cameron’s in – what on Earth is going on?! The panel reflects on Braverman’s sacking and the latest reshuffle. Plus, free firework displays and other events of the sort are becoming more rare up and down the country. Are cash-strapped councils pricing young people out of culture? Is it even their fault? “Braverman was a liability.” – Rachel Cunliffe. “She seemed to have been angling to get fired for weeks…” – Andrew Harrison. “Suella Braverman is the worst home secretary since Suella Braverman.” – Seth Thevoz. Why? - the brand new podcast taking you to the edge of knowledge. Available on all good podcast players - visit whypodcast.co.uk to find it We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Rachel Cunliffe, Yasmeen Serhan and Seth Thevoz. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/2356m 18s

Charlie and the Bullsh*t Factory

Complete our listener survey for a chance to win an OGWN t-shirt: https://www.patreon.com/posts/92531764 Imagine waiting 73 years to become King and then you get dog-end policies from the bottom of a dying government’s drawer for your first speech to Parliament. We look at what’s in Rishi’s Big Plans – cigs! pedicabs! – and what’s conspicuous by its absence. Plus, does it matter whether Starmer is “statesmanlike” on Gaza or not? And Dorian sets up the Institution for Neutral Thinking.  Dr Robert Saunders AKA @redhistorian, author of Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain, is this week’s special guest.  Listen to our brand new science podcast WHY? – taking you on adventures to the edge of knowledge – at whypodcast.co.uk  • “This government giving you its longterm plans is like a mayfly telling you its plans for next week.” – Matt Green • “What the COVID inquiry has shown is that Sunak absolutely wasn’t led by the science. He was led by the economics.” – Hannah Fearn • “A lot of Trump quotes from the trial make a lot more sense if you imagine they’re coming from a five year-old.” – Matt Green https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Matt Green and Hannah Fearn. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/231h 6m

Bills and no mates

“Watch this space” said Rishi Sunak ahead of the King’s speech – well we have been watching it and it’s been catastrophic so far. Apart from vowing to halt climate saving policies, what is their long term plan and is there even a point of having one? PLUS, it’s almost exactly a year until the polls open in the US election, how are things looking? Could Trump turn it around, or is it in the bag for Biden and the Democrats? This week’s guest is Julie Norman, co-director of the Centre on US Politics at UCL. “No matter what side Americans are on, most are disappointed.” – Julie Norman  “I feel like Jeremy Hunt is the invisible chancellor.” – Marie Le Conte Listen to Why?, the brand new podcast taking you to the edge of knowledge, on all good podcast players. Visit whypodcast.co.uk to find it We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Marie Le Conte, Seth Thévoz and guest Julie Norman. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/11/231h 3m

F**k-pigs and Englishmen

Dominic Cummings gave a colourful account of life in Downing Street at the Covid inquiry this week. Other than him describing people as “morons” and “useless f**k-pigs” – what else did we learn? Plus, our guest this week is the public policy editor of the Financial Times, Peter Foster. He joins the panel to discuss his new book – What Went Wrong With Brexit And What We Can Do About It.  Peter Foster’s book: https://canongate.co.uk/books/5012-what-went-wrong-with-brexit-and-what-we-can-do-about-it/  "Cummings knew perfectly well that Johnson was unfit to run the country, and still he elevated him to that position.” – Alex Andreou “I feel profoundly angry at the casual nature with which they decided to play with people’s fate.” – Alex Andreou “I think Brexit was always going to be messy.” – Peter Foster. “It was almost as if they went to businesses and said you can go wild in the aisle, you can have whatever you want in the Brexit sweet shop!” – Peter Foster. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis with Zoe Grunewald, Alex Andreou and guest Peter Foster. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/11/231h 11m

Britain’s Not Got Talent? Plus Labour’s response to war in Gaza

War in Gaza is getting worse by the day. How is Labour and the rest of Europe dealing with the conflict between Israel and Hamas? TIME writer Yasmeen Serhan has been speaking to people inside the war zone – she shares what she’s learned from those conversations. Plus, who on Earth would want to be an MP in today's day and age? Well, hundreds apparently. Will the next generation emerge to be great political leaders? Or will we be short of Parliamentary talent once again?  "I can understand why people would look at this issue and not want to touch it with a 10 foot pole” – Yasmeen Serhan. “Keir Starmer’s problem with this is going ‘what would Jeremy Corbyn do in this situation?’ and doing the opposite of that” – Marie Le Conte. “I think to run as an MP you’ve got to be quite weird” – Marie Le Conte. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Yasmeen Serhan and Marie Le Conte. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/2353m 54s

Inside the Great Water Rip Off – With Special Guest Feargal Sharkey

After being battered by two byelections, where could the Tories possibly turn next? That’s right more of the same – no wonder the votes of no confidence are pouring into the 1922 committee. PLUS, Speaking of pouring, the water companies are destroying our waterways and running away with huge profits. Why? And how can we fix the system? Prominent Water campaigner Feargal Sharkey joins the panel to discuss all that. And in the extra bit for subscribers the panel answers the question: How do we stop pop music from turning into a sterile heritage industry? “Rishi’s Sunak’s message that he’s now the changed candidate hasn’t gone down too well.” – Rachel Cunliffe. “The simple truth is that this country is in pain and we need relief from it.” – Feargal Sharkey. “For me water is a litmus test for the state that the rest of the country is in.” – Feargal Sharkey. “We’re completely committing ecocide in our own backyard.” – Feargal Sharkey. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Matt Green, Rachel Cunliffe and guest Feargal Sharkey. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/10/231h 3m

Rishi Sunak and the One-Year Itch

Two disastrous by-election losses have sent the Tories into crisis as Rishi Sunak approaches a year in office. What can we expect next from this flailing and failing party? Plus, is private healthcare becoming the norm for more Britons? And, if so, could that impact the NHS’s ability to provide a better service?  “Both Sunak and Hands are committed to this line that it’s all about turnout.” – Hannah Fearn “Why are Conservative PMs so bad with their phones?” – Zoe Grunewald We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Zoe Grunewald. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/10/231h 4m

Emergency By-Election Gloatcast – What Mid-Beds and Tamworth mean

SPECIAL EDITION: You’ve made your Mid-Beds, now lie in it. As Labour register stupendous victories in the former constituencies of tragic never-to-be Baroness Dorries (Mid-Beds) and poster boy for nominative determinism Chris Pincher (Tamworth), the Conservatives break out their emergency supplies of copium. What does it all mean? Alex Andreou and Andrew Harrison read the entrails of two historic by-elections.  Audio producer: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/2324m 16s

Can Europe handle another Trump presidency?

The Israel-Hamas conflict is as intense as ever – but who can we trust to tell us what we need to know? The panel discusses the latest. Plus, the prospect of Donald Trump winning the next US election looms. What would that mean for Europe? And in the extra bit for subscribers a group of MEP’s were diverted to Disneyland in a bizarre turn of events earlier this week, what’s the weirdest diversion our panel have faced in their careers? That’s Oh God, What Now? with guest Brian Klaas, associate professor in global politics at UCL. “Britain does appear as the mouse that roars… we’re not a significant power anymore in the Middle East.” – Gavin Esler “Trump 2.0 would be Trump unleashed” – Brian Klaas We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Rachel Cunliffe, Gavin Esler and special guest Brian Klaas. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/2355m 56s

Gross and Grosser Negligence: Inside The COVID Inquiry

The second leg of the Covid Inquiry is very much underway and Johnson’s government looks evermore like a "terrible, tragic joke". They’re not our words but those of Cabinet Secretary Simon Case. What else did we learn about the handling of the pandemic? And there’s been a small influx of Tory defection to Labour, meanwhile, former SNP MP Lisa Cameron has moved over to the Conservatives. What’s going on? “It’s a sort of confirmation of what we thought might be the worst case scenario.” – Alex Andreou. “Unless you told Johnson over and over again what you wanted him to say, he would wander off and announce the first thing that came into his head.” – Alex Andreou. “There’s one thing to know about rats: and that’s that they don’t really like sinking ships… “ – Marie Le Conte. “Something like 4% of Reclaim voters are telling pollsters they’d vote Remain. Who ARE these people?” – Matt Green. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis with Marie Le Conte, Matt Green and Alex Andreou. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/2359m 55s

Can Starmer Get Back to the Future?

The Labour Party Conference is over – Keir Starmer glittered, but did he shine? We’ve got reaction from Labour MP Stella Creasy, Rock and Roll Politics host Steve Richards and The Trawl podcast’s Marina Purkiss. The panel also discusses the best political orators from the past and present. And in the extra bit for subscribers – what's the scary new appeal of the occult and the irrational? “It was quite bizarre really to be somewhere so normal.” – Jacob Jarvis. “It was an unremarkable speech and quite dull in places… but you know what – I do have a lot of time for that.” – Seth Thevoz We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Seth Thevoz, Yasmeen Serhan and managing editor Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/10/2355m 42s

Hope in Liverpool, horror in Israel

Labour’s Conference in Liverpool is rammed and optimistic but Starmer is desperate not to look triumphalist. What must he do this week to seal the deal with Britain? Plus, as Hamas’s atrocities horrify the world, we look at what the unprecedented crisis in Israel means – the monstrous arguments that certain people think it’s OK to make – and why blue ticks are a red flag.  Dorian Lynskey, Hannah Fearn and Alex Andreou are joined by special guest Hugo Rifkind of The Times.  • “If you compare Starmer now to where Blair was in 1996, of course he’s less interesting. Because Britain is less interesting. There’s no wave of social change to ride.” – Hugo Rifkind • “There’s a really dirty election ahead. Forget minimum standards, the Tories are going to fight from the gutter.” – Alex Andreou • “Politicians here are looking at capturing in a 60 second soundbite the complexity of an 80-year conflict.” – Hannah Fearn Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Audio producer: Robin Leeburn. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/231h 5m

The Tories Finally Lose Their Minds

We really didn’t think things could get much worse, then Rishi Sunak took to the stage. His Tory conference speech was almost indescribable in terms of how awful it was. Suella Braverman was also at it being her usual offensive self, while the party decided to have a little flirt with Nigel Farage too. Plus, we discuss the issue of respect in politics – and how MPs can prove to the public they respect them. Luke Tryl, the UK director of More in Common, joins the panel to discuss research on this. “It was a very strange conference. Last year there was a sense of mania, this year was different. There was a sense of resignation that Sunak hadn’t turned things around.” – Luke Tryl “I think the next leader of the Conservative Party will be from the right side of the party. I think what’s up for grabs is how right.” – Luke Tryl “I found Sunak’s speech surreal, it felt like it came from a different world.” – Matt Green “There were so many dog whistles I thought he was going to enter Crufts at one point.” – Matt Green “A party that’s going to win a majority doesn’t flirt with Nigel Farage.” – Luke Tryl Thanks to this week's sponsors, the Disorder Podcast. You can listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou, Hannah Fearn and Matt Green. Producer: Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/10/231h 3m

In Manchester, So Much To Answer For

If Rishi Sunak hoped the Tory conference might be a gathering of friendly faces he must be very disappointed. The constant HS2 controversy is bogging him down and he’s witnessing rivals pitch to replace him already… Plus, while the Conservatives fall apart, Labour aren’t without their wobbles. Is Starmer too quickly knocked off course when the media turns nasty?  “There is a sense that the right-wingers are on the front foot, and that the one nation Tories are taking a back seat.” – Ros Taylor  “The Tory leadership is already underway. They’re expecting to lose, they’re expecting Sunak to be out, they’re on manoeuvres.” – Seth Thévoz  “This is not about policy, it’s about headlines. They’re doing ‘look over there’ politics.” – Gavin Esler  Thanks to this week's sponsors, the Disorder Podcast. You can listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor, Seth Thévoz and Gavin Esler. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/10/2353m 31s

TASTER: Paper Cuts – Now 5 days a Week!

If you haven’t tried our new podcast PAPER CUTS yet, here are some of the best bits from last week... PAPER CUTS is the modern press review and it’s been such a hit that we’re now doing it five days a week. From Monday to Friday, Miranda Sawyer and guests look at what’s behind the biggest stories, and bring you the weirdest headlines, the biggest scoops and the most astonishing manifestations of mass newspaper neurosis. Guests this week include Marcus Brigstocke, Ava Santina, Grainne Maguire, Jason Hazeley and more. Don’t forget to subscribe on your favourite app. PAPER CUTS. We read the papers so you don't have to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/10/2320m 48s

The Great Train Robbery

Forget HS2, the current systems of public transport we have barely work. Other countries can manage it, so why can’t we? Are transport issues going to be a big selling point in the next election? Plus, Britons are more liberal now since the National Centre for Social Research began its first survey in 1983. Does that surprise you? And in the extra bit for subscribers, the Hollywood writers’ strike is over, what’s been agreed to get our favourite shows back on our screens? “People like the idea of better transport in theory but in practice when it has to be built, that’s when the problems come in.” – Ros Taylor. “In this country, there’s so much stress involved in public transport - every time you get on a train you’re worried it’s going to get cancelled.” – Matt Green. “If you drill down into the figures it’s younger people who are getting more liberal since the pandemic.” – Ros Taylor. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  Thanks to this week's sponsors, the Disorder Podcast. You can listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Hannah Fearn, Ros Taylor and Matt Green. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/09/231h 8m

If I Only Had a Train

HS2 was greenlit over a decade ago and now the Manchester extension seems doomed. What does that say about Sunak’s priorities? Does he even have a mandate anymore? And even if he does, is it too late to make it make sense? Plus, hands up, who hates London? Will the UK ever sort out the North vs South debate? That’s Oh God, What Now? with Andrew Harrison, Alex Andreou and Marie Le Conte. “In the end it will just be two steam trains between two villages ironically named HS2.” – Alex Andreou. “A government has to follow through. There comes to a point where a debate has to come to an end.” – Alex Andreou. “If you take out finance and the oligarchs, London is as poor as anywhere else!” – Alex Andreou.  Thanks to this week's sponsors, the Disorder Podcast. You can listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Marie Le Conte and Alex Andreou. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/09/2355m 31s

ExtraCast: Murdoch He Wrote

Rupert Murdoch has finally retired… kind of. He’s stepping down as Fox and News Corps chairman. His son, Lachlan, will now take on the role, how will he rule? And what does this all mean for Fox News and the rest of the media mogul’s empire? Dan Cassino is a Professor of Government and Politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He’s also the author of Fox News and American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics and Society. “I think we are past a crisis point with Fox News … and I think Murdoch saw that.”“The big crisis we had at Fox News is that the inmates were running the asylum.” “For the future of Fox News – they’re in trouble.” “If the empire stops making money, we have potential here for revolt.”  We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Simon Williams. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/09/2329m 32s

Green Goblin Sunak is Hostile to the Environment

This week's sponsor is the Disorder Podcast - listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod Rishi Sunak disappoints again on the environment – the panel give their reaction to the delays he announced on key Net Zero deadlines. Plus, ‘Broken Britain’ is a phrase we’ve been hearing for a while but now it’s not just the left saying it. Is there a general consensus across all sides? And the online safety bill is still knocking around but it’s getting ever close to passing. Tech expert and founder of Fairvote UK, Kyle Taylor, joins the panel to discuss whether it’s fit for purpose. And in the extra bit for EVERYONE for one week only - we take a trip back to the noughties for a chat about pop culture, why was it so cruel and how did we let it happen?   “In Westminster, MPs seem to have the vibe at the moment that they’ve given up.” – Geri Scott. “Labour are going to come into a load of shit that they’re going to have to clean up, no money, schools are crumbling - there’s a lot to clean up.” – Geri Scott. “I don’t think Labour are doing a good enough job of priming the public on how big the mess is.” – Kyle Taylor. “Originally what we had was truly world leading… but the online safety bill has now become more about politics than policies.” – Kyle Taylor. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Marie Le Conte, Geri Scott and guest Kyle Taylor. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/09/231h 14m

No Money for Old Blokes

This week's sponsor is the Disorder Podcast - listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod As Liz Truss defends tanking the economy, the Government is wrangling whether to keep giving more money to OAPs. Is a pension crisis looming? Plus, Starmer’s been trotting around the world in an attempt to fix some of the damage of the last 13 years – will the likes of the EU listen? Or have we pushed it too far? “Starmer wants to see a cultural change in our attitudes to the EU - to take the toxicity out of that relationship.” – Ros Taylor “I think borders are going to become much more important for the EU in the future.” – Ros Taylor “To be clear I don’t think I’m going to retire, Alex. Let alone my children.” – Hannah Fearn “This is a very live issue for people in their 20s, 30s and 40s…” – Hannah Fearn “There aren’t any dinner parties, Liz. We’re all too skint to hold them.” – Hannah Fearn We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  This week's sponsor is the Disorder Podcast - listen here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Ros Taylor. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/231h 4m

Calm Before the Starm

With unions gathering for the TUC conference, parties are setting out how to engage with workers. Will Sunak change, and how will Starmer deal with them? Plus, we take a deep dive into Starmer’s leadership. How does he compare to the likes of Harold Wilson - when (if ever) will he have his own ‘white heat’ moment? That’s Oh God, What Now? With special guest Anthony Broxton, who runs the Tides of History project and is author of Hope and Glory: Rugby League in Thatcher’s Britain. https://www.pitchpublishing.co.uk/shop/hope-and-glory  “On workers rights it’s been somewhat of a trade-off.” – Zoë Grünewald “Angela Rayner’s basically been the darling of the TUC of late.” – Zoë Grünewald “I think as Labour gets closer to government a distance needs to develop… if they’re in bed together neither can do their jobs properly.” – Alex Andreou “Starmer, even though he’s ahead in the polls, he hasn’t had his white heat moment.” – Anthony Broxton We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Zoë Grünewald and guest Anthony Broxton. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/09/231h 13m

Chalk It Up to Experience

There’s no escape for Justice Secretary Alex Chalk as he faces questions over the state of our justice system. Daniel Khalife’s runner from HMP Wandsworth is only a small example of its decaying state. So why does a government with such a hardline stance on crime struggle to fund the justice system? Plus, comedian Matt Green tells us why our plight often makes us want to laugh as he discusses political comedy in bleak times. And hope is on the horizon – literally. The UK’s rejoining the EU’s Horizon project. Could it pave the way for a return to the bloc? Probably not, but what could be next – if anything? “What happens when you don’t fund prisons is you get these terrible conditions, it becomes a safety risk.” – Rachel Cunliffe. “Even on things you’d expect Labour to have softer views on, they’ve been quite hardline.” – Rachel Cunliffe. “I think any word with the ‘re’ prefix is a bit of a problem … we now have a bespoke WORSE deal with Horizon.” – Matt Green We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Rachel Cunliffe and Matt Green. Producer: Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/09/231h 2m

Schools and Hard Knocks – plus guest Barry Gardiner MP

There’s concrete evidence the Tories have messed up again – literally. School roofs are crumbling, but the Government is bragging at least most are fine… Plus, the PM says he cares about Net Zero, but does he really? And in the extra bit for subscribers, hot mic moments can reveal more than a whole interview. But are they ethical? That’s Oh God, What Now? With very special guest, Labour MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner. “It’s a perfect physical manifestation of 13 years of the Tories being in charge, in every conceivable way.” – Alex Andreou “This is Sunak’s f*ck up as much as anyone else’s.” – Alex Andreou “Every time it’s this generation of kids that have faced up to the problems created by this government.” – Barry Gardiner “We will only borrow to invest, we will not borrow to consume.” – Barry Gardiner “Why are the poorest people in our society having to subsidise those energy companies? It is simply wrong!” – Barry Gardiner We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Hannah Fearn. Producer: Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/09/2357m 48s

Every Day I'm Shufflin'

As Rishi Sunak wrangles with the school cement fiasco, he’s also been forced into a timid reshuffle. Meanwhile, Keir Starmer has also tweaked his top team. Who’s in, who’s out and who cares? And Penny Mordaunt wants to give young people National Service (but not really) to increase "resilience and pride". Out of touch? Or is this a scheme that could actually work?  “It’s not so much mismanagement as it is the entire Conservative approach.” – Ros Taylor “It really is the epitome of everything a government SHOULDN’T be doing.” – Zoë Grünewald “I think it’s really important to give young people something other than ‘finish these exams or you're screwed’ which it does now.” – Ros Taylor We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Ros Taylor, and Zoë Grünewald. Producer: Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/09/2354m 10s

Crime Week and Punishment

Suella Braverman’s told the police to get tougher on crime – but do they have the resources? She’s also keen to get people back on the Bibby Stockholm and hasn’t ruled out putting tags on migrants. Plus, what slogan should Labour use next? The panel answers your questions. And, for subscribers only, a search for the Loch Ness monster has just taken place – the panel reveals the mysteries they were obsessed with as youngsters. “I think Braverman has come out of this Summer with her position in real danger … even in her own faction.” – Alex Andreou  “What are you going to do? Keep people indefinitely in prison because you can’t process them?!” – Alex Andreou. “The best I could come up with is: repair, rebuild, renew.” – Alex Andreou. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Seth Thevoz and Naomi Smith. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/09/231h 12m

Dorries Seems to be the Hardest Word – plus guest Stella Creasy MP

Nadine Dorries has finally gone (we think), but her behaviour will stick in our minds forever. She’s not the only Tory MP to have let us all down over the last 13 years. So why are the parliamentary standards of this government so abysmal? Plus, a closer relationship with Europe could be key to the UK’s future. So how does Labour go about that, especially when it persists with its messaging that it will ‘make Brexit work’? That’s Oh God, What Now? with special guest, Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy. “This government has made it easier for people to be sacked… but not in Parliament.” – Stella Creasy. “All the rules changes, in terms of MP’s behaviour, are changed reactively.” – Marie Le Conte. “You can’t make Brexit work. The only thing you can do is to repair the problems it has created.” – Stella Creasy. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Matt Green, Marie Le Conte and guest, Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/231h 3m

Is Britain a poor country?

Are we the sick man of Europe? We’ve got all the symptoms: broken economy, falling living standards, we could go on. Does anyone have the remedy to get us back up and running again? Plus, it’s nearly the bank holiday, so let’s look on the bright side. The panel discusses who in politics they admire. And in the extra bit for subscribers, what’s the BEST summer you’ve ever had? That’s Oh God, What Now? With guest We Are History’s John O’farrell. “It’s not just the poor who are poorer, it’s the middle class as well.” – Ros Taylor. “People are going to have huge expectations for change, and the money just isn’t there for Labour.” – John O’Farrell. “I have seen lots of people who I thought were sensible go further and further to extreme views because they are pushed that way.” – John O’Farrell. “George Orwell could’ve been a real dick on Twitter.” – Dorian Lynskey. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Rachel Cunliffe and We Are History’s John O’Farrell. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/2358m 15s

Back to the 50s — Is Britain stuck in a time warp?

Living standards are falling to the lowest standards since the 1950s, so why is this government shouting about the so-called success it’s had? Plus, we need to build more homes - pure and simple. But how, and how can it be done? Hannah Fearn has 4 points Labour needs to hit if it gets into government. “This politics of nostalgia pretends that it can fix problems by going back to times before they existed.” – Tom Peck. “We have moved on, we just have a government that’s going nuts because it’s near the end.” – Andrew Harrison. “‘You could leave your door open’, well yeah, because there was nothing to steal!” – Matt Green. “I die whenever I hear politicians talk about housing, because you know nothing’s ever going to happen.” – Tom Peck. We’re on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A  Mel’s Chippy fundraiser: https://shorturl.at/bjQZ6  Jonty Bloom’s piece: https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-britain-is-back-in-the-1950s/  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor: Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn, Tom Peck and Matt Green. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/08/2353m 45s

Have the Tories found their next Brexit?

The Tories have been way behind in the polls for a long time. But could a comeback be on the cards? The data shows that a Labour government isn’t guaranteed after 2024’s general election. What does Keir Starmer need to do? And has Sunak found the next Brexit in the European Court on Human Rights. Not many people fully understand what it is, but perhaps that plays into the Tory’s hands. Could they take us out? And in the extra bit for subscribers, our panel recounts the worst paid jobs they’ve ever had. That’s Oh God, What Now? with special guest, chair of human rights charity EachOtherm Adam Wagner. “I think a lot of people know that a new Labour government wouldn’t be a magic bullet to solve the cost of living crisis.” – Zoë Grünewald. “When you talk about reform over spending it’s just not as sexy, so selling that will be a big challenge for Labour.” – Zoë Grünewald. “Sometimes they’ll say the idea of human rights is completely unBritish and unnecessary.” – Adam Wagner. “What underlies this all is that it’s not all about sovereignty, it’s also about the fundamental ideas of these rights … protecting refugees.” – Adam Wagner. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow We’re on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOIkIWUDtu7VrVcFs0OI0A Written and Presented by Ros Taylor with Zoë Grünewald, Marie Le Conte and guest Adam Wagner. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/08/2357m 53s

Boaty McVolte-Face

“Small Boats Week” was a horrific failure. Why do the Tories keep getting it so horrendously wrong? Plus, are politicians playing up to the cameras to gain viral popularity? We unpack whether our politicians are more camera conscious ever as they chase online moments. We discuss with this week’s guest Ed Campbell from PoliticsJOE.  “The further we strip real human lives out of this, the more we avoid an actual human solution.” – Yasmeen Serhan “The problem is that Braverman does know how to throw red meat to Tory activists.” – Seth Thévoz “If you think about the younger Prime Ministers, they’re all gifts to cartoonists - and they all played that up.” – Seth Thévoz  “The problem with online content compared to a party political broadcast is that you’re competing against every other piece of online content.” – Ed Campbell www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Seth Thévoz, Yasmeen Serhan and PoliticsJOE’s Ed Campbell. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/08/2356m 38s

Bibby Stockholm syndrome

The Tories have ramped their anti-immigration rhetoric up to eleven – can it help their election fortunes? With Lee Anderson going all in with belligerence and asylum seekers being moved on to the Bibby Stockholm barge, we pick apart the Government’s motives. Plus, who are the elite? Is it you? Is it us? Is being elite bad now? The panel tries to unpack it all. And in the extra bit for subscribers, is doing things by yourself always empowering?  “I think the Tories have decided that they want to make immigration their focus of the next election campaign.” – Rachel Cunliffe “This stigmatisation is completely central to their electoral campaign.” – Seth Thévoz “The government certainly is not signalling openness and tolerance with any of its messaging.” – Padraig Reidy “Elite used to be a good thing, right?” – Rachel Cunliffe www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by managing editor Jacob Jarvis with Rachel Cunliffe, Seth Thévoz and Padraig Reidy. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/08/231h 3m

Top of the populists

We’ve been governed by populism for over a decade now, as has a lot of Europe. Will it ever blow over? Or are we stuck with it forever? Well, there is one ray of hope and that’s Millennials. Statistics show they're becoming more liberal and overtaking the older right-wing generation in number. But how long could that take? And how could this millennial invasion REALLY impact British politics? “There is this deeply believed thing that the arch of history leads toward progress, and I don’t know if I believe that now.” – Alex Andreou. “Unless we get really strong governance that is able to say “you may not love this, but it has to happen” we are in a world of shit.” – Alex Andreou. “I think the problem is people don’t see Sunak as a Tory right-wing populist.” – Marie Le Conte. “I think what you've seen is a generation growing up with a little bit of hope and seeing it get trashed again and again.” – Zoe Grunewald www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou, Zoe Grunewald and Marie Le Conte. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/08/2359m 12s

The Great Rishi Sunak Swindle

Were we all conned by Calm, Collected, Competent Sunak? Have oil, cars, migration and woke-bashing revealed him to be the most right-wing PM since Margaret Thatcher? We look at the real Rishi who was unveiled last week, and how he’ll govern in the year (?) he’s got left. Plus, rent controls: a great fix for our housing hell or totally impractical? And in the Extra Bit, tat’s entertainment. We look at political merchandise. Joining Dorian Lynskey are Hannah Fearn, Geri Scott of The Times and special guest Oli Dugmore, Head of Politics at PoliticsJOE.  • “Sunak’s trying to be all men to all people… and for a man who trades on authenticity that’s not a good look” – Geri Scott • “He comes across as calm even though he holds exactly the same views as the most extreme right-wingers.” – Hannah Fearn • “You’re looking at a gold medal in mental gymnastics if you think that burning more fossil fuels will bring us closer to net zero.” – Oli Dugmore • “The climate isn’t a liberal agenda any more. It’s a central facet of modern politics.” – Hannah Fearn Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Hannah Fearn and Geri Scott. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/08/231h 7m

One Man and His Smog

Sunak is turning climate change policy into the next frontier of his party’s neverending culture war. Why have the Tories lost their minds over green policy? And first, Suella Braverman came up with the big barges. Now it’s massive marquees for migrants. How has the Home Office got this issue so horribly wrong? That’s Oh God, What Now? With special guest, lawyer and author, Sam Fowles. “There’s a danger here that Labour and the Tories are becoming too similar.” – Zoe Grunewald. “It does seem to me that the Tories have been driven mad by that ULEZ campaign.” – Matt Green. “This hasn’t come out of nowhere, this isn’t because Sunak woke up one morning and said ‘god I just love my private jet’.” - Sam Fowles. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Matt Green, Zoe Grunewald and guest Sam Fowles. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin Audio production by: Simon Williams. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/08/231h

Appetite for Construction

The Tories are failing on their housing promises. Quelle surprise. Up steps Michael Gove to save the day – or is he? Are his newly announced plans actually anything new? And will they make a difference? Then, as the world heats up and our political parties abandon key pledges on climate, are you losing hope? We discuss climate despair. And in the extra bit for subscribers, the panel unpacks Oppenheimer and how its dual release with Barbie could impact Hollywood. “They’re simply announcing things they’ve already tried with no clear answer.” – Hannah Fearn. “They’ve suddenly realised that people really do care about housing…they know they need to say something.” – Hannah Fearn. “The polling shows there is a real consensus amongst voters that climate is important.” – Hannah Fearn. “If more general elections were held in the middle of July I think people would vote accordingly.” – Seth Thévoz. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Hannah Fearn and Seth Thévoz. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant producer: Adam Wright. Audio production: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/07/231h 2m

An Uxbridge Too Far

Last week’s by-elections left the Tory party wounded, with Labour and the Lib Dems on the front foot. Or are they? The Tories JUST held onto Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and those on the right say that’s down to Labour’s ULEZ policy. Starmer, for some reason, ran with that narrative. Is he losing his nerve over his party’s green policies? And when will the Tories stop shitting on young voters? That’s Oh God, What Now? With this week’s guest, Rachel Cunliffe. “If I were Sunak I’d be tearing my hair out, but the narrative is - it wasn’t that bad really.” – Rachel Cunliffe  “The Lib Dems are like ‘WE ARE KINGS OF THE WORLD’.” – Marie Le Conte “I think Labour are currently making a category error on what the Tories’ strategy is.” – Alex Andreou. “You don’t earn any votes by shitting on young people.” – Marie Le Conte. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Gavin Esler with Alex Andreou, Marie Le Conte, and Rachel Cunliffe. Producers: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/2347m 53s

By-elections EmergencyCast: Don’t Believe the Tripe

The Tories clutch at a straw marked “ULEZ” but can’t hide the fact that they got an absolute hiding in three by-elections. What’s the truth behind the spin? Will Uxbridge tank Labour’s green policies? And who made a bigger fool of himself: Grant Shapps or Johnny Mercer? Jacob Jarvis is joined by Alex Andreou and the New Statesman’s Zoë Grunewald to read the runes of a big night in Somerton and Frome, Selby and Ainsty, and former Boris Johnson stronghold Uxbridge and South Ruislip.  • “It was a spanking… The Tories’ narrow path to victory got a whole lot narrower and anyone who thinks others” – Alex Andreou • “The Conservatives are going to use this to paint Labour into a corner on ULEZ… Labour need to stand their ground and keep their cool.” – Zoë Grunewald • “Ever since their poll slide started the Conservatives have been looking for their new Brexit… .” – Alex Andreou Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Zoë Grunewald and Alex Andreou. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/07/2347m 24s

Two Kids on the Block

Is keeping the Tory two-child benefit cap Starmer’s biggest mistake? We look at Labour’s trade-off between maintaining deadly seriousness on the economy and the party’s core beliefs. Plus, in a new irregular series we look ahead at the huge challenges facing the next government. This time: defence. Are Britain’s armed forces fit for purpose and how will Labour deal with troop levels, cyber war and costly nukes in a world where “there is no money left”? Politics professor Richard Whitman of the University of Kent joins us to explain.  https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn and Arthur Snell. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/07/2357m 22s

Nasty party to get nastier

Will the UK’s new trade deal with the CPTPP fill the massive, gaping hole that Brexit left? No, probably not. So why are the Tories framing this as a huge win? Plus, Rishi and his mates are acting ‘ard. Will this new tough act win them votes, or is it just pushing us all even further away? That’s Oh God, What Now? with special guest Padraig Reidy, political commentator and editor of the literature, science, art and politics magazine littleatoms.com. “The problem here is we’re doing an agreement with places that are quite far away.” – Seth Thevoz “This deal is like having a horrible partner rather than dying alone.” – Jacob Jarvis. “There is something very patronising about the whole toughness rhetoric.” – Seth Thevoz. “I think we’re in a spiral at the moment of a Tory party just trying anything.” – Padraig Reidy. “They’ve just run out of new ways of being wankers basically.” – Padraig Reidy. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis with Yasmeen Serhan, Seth Thévoz, and guest Padraig Reidy. Producers: Alex Rees. Assistance: Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin Audio production by: Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/07/2359m 27s

Is Britain begging for boring?

Labour’s policies aren’t exciting or even that clear. But is boring what Britain needs right now? Or is it ultimately leading to a lack of confidence in Labour leadership. Plus, George Osborne's wedding was disrupted by Just Stop Oil, OR WAS IT? Either way, was the extensive coverage of the orange confetti attack proof the group is making an impact? And in the extra bit for subscribers, are Gen Z just slackers who don’t want to work hard? That’s Oh God, What Now? With Paper Cuts’ Miranda Sawyer. “I am happy to put on the record that I am finding the Labour Party incredibly boring at the moment.” – Marie Le Conte. Instead of "Yes We Can", it's "We'd love to, but..." - Matt Green. “I don’t know what kind of poll lead they need to be braver.” – Dorian Lynskey. “I genuinely think if Labour get in they will do things around, education, around social housing, that will make a difference…I BELIEVE” – Miranda Sawyer. “This idea that there's no difference between non violent protest and an assassination attempt is so disingenuous.” – Matt Green. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Matt Green, Marie Le Conte and Paper Cuts’ Miranda Sawyer. Producer: Alex Rees & Adam Wright. Social Media Producer: Jess Harpin. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/07/231h

Break Class in Case of Emergency

Keir Starmer announces plans to break the Class Ceiling. Will inequality be the big issue in the next election? And WTF is “oracy” anyway? As ticket offices disappear from the railways, are we in course of a society without face-to-face contact? Plus, the meaning of Biden’s visit to the UK, the feeding frenzy over the BBC’s SEX STORY, and who are our heroes and villains of the week? Listen for surprise revelations about our panel’s social life…  Listen to our new newspaper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. https://listen.podmasters.uk/PCogwn • “Smashing the class ceiling isn’t new territory for the Labour Party – it’s the POINT of the Labour Party.” – Ayesha Hazarika • “Repeating slogans works in politics. But when ‘Strong and Stable’ ends up on a novelty birthday card then you know you’ve gone too far.” – Tom Peck • “It’s hard for Sunak to get away with saying ‘hold your nerve’ when he personally doesn’t have to hold any nerve at all.” – Hannah Fearn • “When you are at that level of politics … you never need to lift a finger again to do anything basic.” – Ayesha Hazarika Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn, Ayesha Hazarika and Tom Peck. Audio producer: Robin Leeburn. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/2354m 50s

Miriam Cates and her Horrible Mates

Meet this week’s Tory game-changer: Miriam Cates and her New Conservatives. Will their wizard scheme to kick out foreign care-home workers and stamp out sex education save the Tories’ bacon? Is she real or a cartoon rightist from a British version of The Handmaid’s Tale? Plus: Farage Against The Cash Machine. Can Zuckerberg’s new idea Threads kill Twitter? Our special guest Henry Morris AKA mischievous mega-tweeter ‘The Secret Tory’ tells how he hoodwinked everyone from your pub pals to the commanding heights of politics. And in the Extra Bit… Streaming TV is in trouble. Why? Tickets for Origin Story Live are here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/ZwCihZbENZ Listen to our new newspaper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. https://listen.podmasters.uk/PCogwn • “Cates’s ‘Labour will nationalise our children’ thing reminds me of Emma Barnett asking if Labour were going to nationalise sausages.” – Zöe Grünewald • “As they say, the first casualty of the Culture War is the will to live.” – Henry Morris • “Maybe we DO need antagonists on social media? Otherwise people are just too nice?” – Marie le Conte Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Marie le Conte and Zöe Grünewald. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/07/231h 2m

Suell-Air Flight 666 to Rwanda is cancelled

As the Supreme Court grounds Braverman’s Rwanda plan, what will the Tory Right try to pull us out of next? The ECHR, the continent of Europe, or three-dimensional reality itself? Plus, What’s new about the “New” Conservatives? Who’s about to get reshuffled? The NHS’s 75th birthday prompts the Tories to do some of that recruiting stuff, after only 13 years in power. And in a new feature: who are our Heroes and Villains of the Week?  Listen to our new paper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. https://listen.podmasters.uk/PCogwn • “Does anyone really think that the key to a better Britain is to get rid of care workers and foreign students?” – Gavin Esler • “Rwanda is a really good example of the Conservatives not realising that everyone else can hear what they’re saying as well as their base…” – Rachel Cunliffe • “They’re so desperate for another Brexit. What’s next? Take back more control? Get Brexit done-r?” – Matt Green Presented by Alex Andreou, Rachel Cunliffe, Gavin Esler and Matt Green. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/231h 1m

Don't Look Back in Wagner

Matt Hancock appears before the COVID inquiry – can he ever be forgiven? And Prigozhin has been exiled to Belarus – but how has his Wagner mutiny left Putin’s position in the Moscow. And what does this mean for Ukraine? Then in the extra bit for subscribers, yet another pointless news ‘story’ does the rounds. Why do we put up with churnalism? “It’s hard to imagine that Prigozhin will get a long retirement on the golf course.” – Arthur Snell “Prigozhin was acting out of desperation.” – Arthur Snell  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor: Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell, Marie Le Conte, and guest Rachel Wearmouth. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/2355m 40s

Conflict of Interest

Interest rates have reached the highest level for 15 years but don’t worry because Rishi Sunak says he’s: “totally, 100% on it”. Is he? Or is that totally, 100% rubbish? Is Cronyism getting worse? And if it is, how do we stop ministers from appointing their mates into positions of power? Did you see the all-leave BBC Brexit special last week? We did. The panel gives us their thoughts. And we get the latest mutiny news from Doomsday Watch’s Arthur Snell as tempers flare in Russia. Listen to our new paper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. https://listen.podmasters.uk/PCogwn  “We have some of the worst inflation in Europe, by quite some way.” – Seth Thevoz. “There is a portion of the population, no matter how tiny, that would quite like a recession.” – Seth Thevoz.  “For those this affects, this will be a painful period.” – Hannah Fearn. “The honors system was designed to be corrupt. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do.” – Seth Thevoz www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn, Seth Thevoz, and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/2357m 2s

The Seven Year Itch

It's been seven years since the Brexit vote. Are you surprised we’re still speaking about it? We’re not. Speaking of votes, there are three by-elections coming up because Tories keep quitting. Is our electoral system fair? Is it democratic? Or is it time for a change? And in the extra bit for subscribers the panel discusses how departed MPs should behave post parliament. That’s Oh God, What Now? With special guest and founder of Fair Vote UK, Kyle Taylor. “Brexit is this massive thing that has turned my life upside down.” – Alex Andreou “The Tories need to move on from Brexit but Sunak isn’t the man to do that.” – Hannah Fearn “I think the EU referendum in 2016 was the beginning of the end of democracy in our parts of the world.” – Kyle Taylor  “Without question we’re going to see what the role of AI does to our elections soon.” – Kyle Taylor www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis with Hannah Fearn, Alex Andreou and guest Kyle Taylor. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/2353m 51s

The Party's Over: Boris Johnson-free edition!

The Covid inquiry is well underway but we won’t get the findings well-after 2026 and THEN some. Too long? Suella Braverman’s wish to increase powers to stop street protests has come true with little to no resistance from Labour. Our panel discuss why? Plus, private school officials hurled the most private school insults at Labour’s shadow education secretary. It called her “chippy” and said she knew “diddly” for planning to add VAT to school fees, A-class snobbery or justified comment? “You don’t do your mingling when there’s a plague!” – Andrew Harrison “I was recently disheartened seeing those headlines saying the inquiry had been politicised.” – Rachel Cunliffe “It’s only just started and already we’ve started to lose sight of what the point of this inquiry is meant to be.” – Rachel Cunliffe. “If they want this inquiry to be useful, it needs to be done quicker.” – Tom Peck “I think privately these ‘chippy’ comments will make Labour quite happy.” – Tom Peck www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Tom Peck, Rachel Cunliffe and Arthur Snell. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/2352m 10s

Taster 📰 PAPER CUTS, our new podcast

If you haven’t tried our new podcast PAPER CUTS yet, here’s a taster. Listen to the full episode here. PAPER CUTS is the modern press review. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Miranda Sawyer and guests look at what’s behind the biggest stories, and bring you the weirdest headlines, the biggest scoops and the most astonishing manifestations of mass newspaper neurosis. Don’t forget to subscribe on your favourite app. PAPER CUTS. We read the papers so you don't have to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/06/238m 7s

EmergencyCast! – Johnson is Finally, Finally, Finally Finished

Boris Johnson was in for trouble. But, bloody hell – the report is worse than even we imagined. So, we’re back to tear through the details in another bonus edition… Dorian, Alex and Naomi gather for a rough and ready EmergencyCast. “Increasingly this does look like the end to Boris Johnson’s political career because of the hurdles between him and returning.” – Naomi Smith “I think this is more explosive than anything we’ve heard before.” – Alex Andreou “He’s basically using a unanimous report to effectively generate positive political capital which is what Trump does.” – Alex Andreou  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/06/2326m 54s

Boris Johnson’s Lying Circus

Recorded before the Privileges Committee report landed. We thought the whole point of resigning was to shut up and go away? On his way out, ex-MP Johnson trashes everything from the Privileges Committee to Tory detente to objective truth itself. We reassemble the original Remainiacs team to look at the squalid final days of Britain’s worst Prime Minister. Could he ever come back? Plus, as Trump ends up in court and Berlusconi goes to the Great Bunga Bunga Party in the Sky, is populism unravelling? And there’s news for long-time listeners. Listen to our new paper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. https://listen.podmasters.uk/PCogwn • “Johnson is treating the inquiry itself with contempt… Even his fingernails lie. There’s no limit to his depravity.” – Ian Dunt • “The Trump indictment is like someone fed every John le Carré novel into ChatGPT and then asked it to write an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.” – Alex Andreou • “The mystique has gone. That sense of the ‘proven winner’ has gone. The Tory Party are not complete chumps. He’s running scared.” – Ian Dunt • “Johnson’s version of events are undermined because he’s a lying liar that lies.” – Naomi Smith Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ros Taylor, Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Simon Williams. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/06/231h 11m

The Too Much News Edition

Johnson quits! Trump indicted! Berlusconi dies! Telegraph for sale! Sturgeon nicked! Dorries does… whatever it was she did! This one’s got it all. After a weekend that felt like the ‘Layla’ bit of Goodfellas, the OGWN team convene to look at the aftershocks of Boris Johnson’s flounce, what Trump’s worsening legal woes mean for America’s stability, and who we’d like to take over at the Torygraph. With special guest Eleni Courea, deputy editor of Politico’s London Playbook.   Listen to our new paper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. • “There are so many layers to Johnson’s dishonesty that the idea he was forced out is just fanciful.” – Arthur Snell • “This idea that Johnson could come back is now completely fading.” – Eleni Courea • “I feel we’re definitely in Phase IV of the Tory Cinematic Universe…” – Alex Andreou • “Johnson WAS brought down by a conspiracy… A conspiracy of his own laziness and dishonesty.” – Matt Green https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Matt Green and Arthur Snell. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/231h 6m

EmergencyCast! – The Pathetic End of Boris Johnson

Johnson quitting as an MP caused a stir in the Oh God, What Now? group chat – and it quickly dawned upon us it was EmergencyCast time. So, here we go. Wake me up before you BoJo and so on. The guy we all hate to hate is gone. Jarv, Ros and Alex gather for a bit of quickfire punk rock podcasting to discuss the fallout. Vocal power chords at the ready.  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/06/2334m 2s

Negative Energy

The horrifying dam destruction in Ukraine has ruined countless lives and sparked disgust the world over. Will this war crime go unpunished? And how is the West responding? Plus, we unpack the latest Starmer drama. Is Labour’s relationship with the Unions on the rocks? And in the extra bit for backers, TURN DOWN THAT RACKET! Why are noise complaints for late-night venues on the rise? This week’s guest is former FSN bureau chief Laura Makin-Isherwood. “This lays open a bigger question, which is what can Putin’s war aims possibly be now? – Gavin Esler “I’m at a loss at what Putin thinks he’s liberating for the Ukrainians.” – Gavin Esler “By coming out with this very radical strategy, Starmer is admitting and accepting the need to be very ambitious.” – Hannah Fearn www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Gavin Esler, Hannah Fearne and guest Laura Makin-Isherwood. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/06/2353m 37s

Spot the Difference: Labour and Tory Special – with guest Marina Purkiss

Labour might be leading the polls over the terrible Tories, but maybe the two are more similar than most of us think. Have we seen the return of 1950s ‘Butskellism’? With that in mind, a new report suggests that most millennials hate the Tories (shock), does that mean they’ll vote Labour though? And Phillip Schofield’s been plastered across the news, is this the end of his TV career? Or is there a way back from TV cancel culture for disgraced celebs? That’s Oh God, What Now? with special guest Marina Purkiss.  Hear our new paper review podcast PAPER CUTS here. https://listen.podmasters.uk/PCogwn “I’m a bit concerned that to try to win back these red wall voters Starmer’s moving more to this centre-right ground.” – Marina Purkiss “I think the main dividing line at the next election will be, get the Tories out.” – Marina Purkiss “Young people need something to cling onto, and no one is offering them anything.” Marina Purkiss “The Labour party has rarely been one of ‘let’s kick the table over’.” – Alex Andreou “If you’re backing out of promises that would’ve benefitted them, you’re missing out on a massive trick there.” – Marina Purkiss www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ros Taylor and guest Marina Purkiss. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Producer: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/231h 11m

It’s the End of the World and A.I. Feels Fine

So, we’re in the future I guess – and apparently A.I. threatens bringing an end to humanity. With top scientists sounding the alarm – should we be worried or panicked? Plus, vaping is in the Government’s firing line. Why is it on the agenda and how does Sunak balance crackdowns with his apparent Thatcher adoration? And in the extra bit for backers our panel discusses why so many of us get it wrong on recycling… Our guest this week is Zoë Grünewald of New Statesman.  “It’s not the worry that A.I. is used by an evil genius, it’s the worry the A.I. becomes a threat itself.” – Arthur Snell  “We have no concept of what super intelligent computers look like. It makes it difficult for policymakers and the public.” – Zoë Grünewald “So much of how Westminster works is personality focused. I can’t imagine a future where MPs are entrusting robots with their secrets.” – Zoë Grünewald “In public discourse it’s very difficult to imagine what a superintelligent computer looks like.” – Zoë Grünewald www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Marie Le Conte and Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/2356m 53s

Succession Finale: Goodbye to the Beastie Roys

So it be, so it is – Succession has come to an end. We’re all obsessed with the HBO drama, so we thought why not give it the Oh God, What Now? treatment. If you’re scared of spoilers – you have been warned, this will be full of them. Andrew Harrison, Hannah Fearn and Alex Andreou discuss the fate of the Roys and Waystar Royco.  “Everybody in the show is awful to a greater or lesser degree.” – Andrew Harrison “The character development even continues right into the final moments.” – Hannah Fearn www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn and Alex Andreou. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/2328m 23s

Redaction Man

Boris Johnson’s in hot water…again. The former PM has thrown an epic tantrum over the COVID inquiry wanting unredacted WhatsApp messages. What will the Government do next – and will there be any end to this row? Plus our panel discusses “safe pair of hands” Jeremy Hunt. What’s going on with the MIA Chancellor? “Johnson is the dead cat here and the reticence has to do with how many other people will be implicated.” – Alex Andreou “Where is Hunt? Is he sitting back preparing for his leadership bid?” – Hannah Fearn “There needs to be a precedent set… we deserve a detailed inquiry.” – Hannah Fearn “What Tories are trying to do is change the topic, from something where people disagree with you to something where they nod and say you’re right.” – Seth Thévoz  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn, Seth Thévoz  and Alex Andreou. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees & Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/2351m 34s

Tories of Future Past – Live in London Pt. 2

In Part Two of our latest live outing: Who will be the Conservative Corbyn for their impending wilderness years/psychological meltdown? Our panel ponders whether it’ll be Badenoch, Mordaunt, Braverman… or David Frost? And (for your nerves) we wind up with some reasons to be cheerful for the year ahead.  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou, Marie le Conte and Arthur Snell. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/2350m 55s

A Multitude of Sins – Live in London Pt. 1

In part one of our latest live outing: When we look back upon this Government… it’s always with a sense of blame. Join us live in London as we go over the Seven Deadly Sins of 13 years of Toryism. Plus, as cheese sandwiches and Heinz beans are reclassified as luxuries, our panel come up with some modest proposals for economic living that might meet Anne Widdecombe’s approval. Your panel at the Leicester Square Theatre is Ros Taylor, Andreou, Marie le Conte and Arthur Snell. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou, Marie le Conte and Arthur Snell. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Producer: Chris Jones. Art: James Parrett. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/05/2355m 46s

Never Did Me Any Harm

Now that cheese sandwiches, Heinz beans and swimming in poo-free water are officially luxuries, have we reached Peak We Had It Hard When I Were A Lad? New figures show that our anti-migration government has managed to, er, double migration to the UK. How will Sunak get out of that? Plus our panel discusses a new survey which says a third of us are too tired to get fit. Comic writer John O’Farrell of the We Are History podcast is our special guest. Listen to We Are History: https://link.chtbl.com/WAHogwn “They can’t say the Brexit word so they blame Ukraine and the poor people.” – John O’Farrell “The Tories could well talk themselves into a doomloop where their message is ‘Everything is sh-t – vote for us’.” – Rachel Cunliffe “Even if a cheese sandwich was a luxury, why are we not even allowed luxuries these days?” – Jacob Jarvis “We shouldn’t be nostalgic about suffering.” – John O’Farrell www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis with Yasmeen Serhan, Rachel Cunliffe and John O’Farrell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison Producer: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/231h 4m

The Anti-Nat C League: Inside the far right's Glastonbury for wingnuts

There were some frankly bizarre statements made at the National Conservatism Conference. Now it’s over, we’re left asking: what was the point of it all? Our Seth Thevoz was there and spoke to Andrew Harrison about what he made of it. Plus, Kemi Badenoch: problem solver or is she just making everything worse? We know the answer. And in the extra bit - for subscribers only - our panel talks Succession and the parallels it draws with reality. “It’s like they’re talking about a Conservative Party loss that they haven’t had yet….it’s bizarre.” – Rachel Wearmouth “We’re seeing an ideology looking for its Trump.” – Alex Andreou “It’s absolutely an American import from a mile off and the amount of people trying to make Britain wear it frightens me.” – Alex Andreou “It’s the most obvious case of rage-farming.” – Matt Green Read about Seth Thevoz’s day out at the zoo: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/inside-national-conservatism-conference-suella-braverman-immigration-wind-farms-rifles/  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Matt Green and Rachel Wearmouth. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/231h 9m

Rats in a Sack: The Tory civil war is a go

The Tories are at each other’s throats…again. Both Suella Braverman and Priti Patel took a pop at the party’s leadership at recent conservative conferences. Could Sunak survive a looming Tory revolt? And the state pension age may rise to 68, would you return to work if it meant a shot at rebuilding the country? Plus, the panel discusses their favourite accents and why we judge them so much. “The point here about the Conservatives is that they’re finished.” – Tom Peck. “I think it’s a deepening and a radicalisation of the rump that is left of Conservative support in the UK.” – Naomi Smith “I am totally expecting to have to find work when I’m 70, unfortunately.” – Hannah Fearn “I don’t think people are going to go back to their job to rebuild the country, because people just aren’t like that.” – Tom Peck www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Naomi Smith, Tom Peck and Hannah Fearn. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/231h

The Great British Bog Off

The Government’s Illegal Migration Bill is “morally unacceptable” according to the Archbishop of Canterbury. But since when did that stop the Conservatives? We look at the chaos, the confusion and the growing asylum seeker backlog. Plus, Labour did OK in the locals but were the real winners the Greens and the Lib Dems? And what does it mean for the General Election? And in the Extra Bit, for subscribers only, our panel discusses their favourite on-air mistakes.  “The UNHCR says the legislation would amount to an asylum ban and undermine international legislation… it’s a horrible, horrible plan.” - Naomi Smith “I can’t see how it’s anything other than a floating prison.” - Naomi Smith “Cast your mind back, Labour had a 20 to 30 point lead and now it has a 12 point lead, which is quite a big drop.” - Naomi Smith “Things like rivers full of shit are very high on people’s agendas and people are very clear that the Tories have done that to them.” - Arthur Snell www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor, Marie Le Conte, Arthur Snell and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees with voice acting by Will Bond. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/2358m 17s

Republic Enemy: The Met’s arrest scandal

The republicans doth protest too much, according to the Met police. Can the force change? And does it really want to? Speaking of change, should the Tories be terrified by the local election results? And Trump, Carlson and DeSantis – no, not the start of a bad joke, but a trio who are pushing forward the far-right in America.  “In recent years, it’s felt there has been scandal after scandal after scandal from the Met.” – Rachel Cunliffe “If you hand the police sweeping new powers and say you can arrest someone for having a bike lock, guess what? They’re going to use them.” – Rachel Cunliffe “I don't think individual officers actually understand the law as it stands.” – Rachel Cunliffe  “It’s arresting people for thought crimes, it’s a sad moment. It will do a lot for the republican cause.” – Gavin Esler  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Rachel Cunliffe, Yasmeen Serhan and Gavin Esler. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/231h 6m

Localscast: ‘Stop the Small Votes’ Fails

Despite the Tories’ best efforts at damage control they still got utterly trounced at the locals. Stopping boats didn’t work (in any way whatsoever) and neither didn’t stopping votes. So while Sunak will be moping, should the rest of us – and Starmer in particular – celebrate? Or are the results a little more confusing than that? Andrew, Ros and Naomi discuss.  “Without question it has been a very bad night for the Conservatives.” – Naomi Smith  “It’s very clear lots of Conservatives just stayed at home.” – Naomi Smith  “There is no possibility of Johnson coming back, it’s his friends trying to humour him. It’s pathetic.” – Ros Taylor  “It’s clear Starmer would be different. But what would he do? Labour needs to answer that.” – Ros Taylor “How incredible that the Tories did this badly even with their voter suppression activities in place. How much worse would they have done without it?” – Naomi Smith “Any thwarted vote is a disgrace. It’s straightforwardly awful to turn people away.” – Ros Taylor Tell the Government what you think about its Voter ID rollout: https://www.bestforbritain.org/voter_id_shambles_tell_the_government_what_you_think www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/2325m 42s

Never Mind the Monarchs

It’s Coronation weekend and Charles “invites” you to pledge your allegiance to the crown. A wholesome tradition? Or just a bit much? And should we actually read much into the local elections? We ask special guest Ben Walker, senior data journalist at New Statesman and a Labour council candidate. Then in the extra bit – for subscribers only – with rock legends Aerosmith retiring, the panel discusses people they’d like to see pack it in.  “I won’t be saying it and I imagine very very few people will be standing on their sofas shouting the words out either.” – Ian Dunt “You’ve got a fundamental problem and that is that councils have been almost completely neutralised.” – Ian Dunt “Levelling up is just a load of words, it doesn't really mean anything.” – Hannah Fearn www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt, Hannah Fearn and guest Ben Walker. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Simon Williams. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/2353m 30s

The Secret Civil War

A Whitehall bust up is underway with Sue Gray and Simon Case clashing over the former’s appointment as Keir Starmer’s chief of staff. Is this a witch hunt – or are there just questions? Plus, conflict in Sudan means the UK has organised a second rapid evacuation in two years. Has this one gone smoother than the last? And with the high profile departures of cable anchors Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon across the pond – we discuss our favourite TV hosts.  “Opinion of Sue Gray is totally moveable. The thing about the modern Tory party is it is incapable of understanding people can be independent.” – Arthur Snell  “I would maybe start looking at LinkedIn quietly if I were Simon Case.” – Marie Le Conte  “The narrative that recasts history is that Sue Gray made Johnson resign. Sue Gray helped him to hold on to his job!” – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Group Editor Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou, Marie Le Conte and Arthur Snell. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn . OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/2355m 40s

Book of Revelations

More details of Johnson’s chaotic reign have emerged in Anthony Seldon’s new book Johnson at 10. He might now be in the history books but have we truly heard the last of him? And can we track his scandals without giving him the attention he wants? Plus, send in the subs! Our panel discusses Dominic Raab’s obscure replacements. Comedian, actor and Twitter sensation Matt Green is this week’s guest.  “Johnson may be confined to the history book but Johnson-ism isn’t.” – Seth Thévoz “There is every possibility that Johnson may try and gather his troops behind him once more.” – Naomi Smith “If people saw what Johnson was like in private they might see the edge more, the nastiness more, and I think that’s what people need to see.” – Matt Green www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Naomi Smith, Seth Thévoz and guest Matt Green. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Producers: Chris Jone and Alex Rees. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/04/231h 5m

Taster 🇺🇦 DOOMSDAY WATCH: The Ukraine War

The Ukraine War is reshaping the world. Arthur Snell writes the first draft of its history. In this excerpt from Ep.1 of our new series: How Russia’s febrile history, Putin’s paranoid resentment and Western complacency led to an historic crime against a peaceful nation, the largest European land action since the Second World War… and a conflict of unprecedented brutality. Doomsday Watch: The Ukraine War is out now. Hear it wherever you listen to podcasts. Get every edition a week early and ad-free when you support the show on Patreon. Photo by Paul Conroy. Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Produced by Robin Leeburn. Original theme music by Paul Hartnoll – https://www.orbitalofficial.com. Group Editor Andrew Harrison. Doomsday Watch is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/04/236m 20s

Karate Kid Gets the Chop

That’s a Raab! Karate guru Dom has lost several Cabinet jobs after an investigation into bullying allegations. What fallout can we expect? Plus, the Home Office has tried to clean up its act and says it will now refer to asylum seekers as “customers”. How compassionate. And another local councillor drops the ball, after replying to an email in Welsh in German. Why can so many Brits not speak a second language? Plus, our special guest this week is Geri Scott, political reporter at The Times.  “He will never believe anything he did was wrong, he’s stepping down for the good of his party only.” – Hannah Fearn “There was a shocking lack of contrition in the letter.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “It’s hard to imagine that you’re going to have the best and brightest line up for a job in government if the expectation is that they’re going to be treated in a poor way” – Yasmeen Serhan “It just feels like a zombie government that can’t get anything done.” – Geri Scott www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/231h 4m

Rishi Sunak’s Theatre of the Absurd

Rishi Sunak promised an end to sleaze after the dark days of Johnson. But has his faux competency made us take our eyes off the ball? Plus, it’s not just lorries stuck in Calais. Our panel discusses the impact Brexit has had on the music industry and why it’s now so tough to get a gig in Great Britain. “The first rule when you’re talking about trust is don’t keep banging on about trust.” - Ros Taylor “Sunak just simply thinks that his wife’s financial affairs are separate from his own – but that’s not a sustainable position.” - Ros Taylor “How do any of these MPs manage to evade the same level of scrutiny afforded to a local community councillor?” - Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Marie Le Conte, Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Producers: Chris Jones and Alex Rees. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/04/2358m 24s

Is Keir Starmer Blowing It?

Labour is ahead in the polls but questions are still being raised over Keir Starmer’s leadership. Could he really be blowing it? Plus, is Suella Braverman Donald Trump’s fault? Then finally, the rise of the non-apology apology with councillors facing further pressure. Rachel Cunliffe, senior associate editor at New Statesman, joins as a special guest.  “Council elections are always used as a test bed for the themes that might come along in the General Election.” – Seth Thévoz  “I don’t think panic is the word because I don’t think anyone in Labour at any point has ever thought it’s in the bag.” – Tom Peck “It’s not really about people switching from Tory to Labour, it’s about how many who voted Conservative in 2019 are just fed up.” – Rachel Cunliffe  “The amount of money in British politics is considered in the context of American politics.” – Seth Thévoz  “A lot of our culture war flashpoints are directly imported from the US.” – Rachel Cunliffe  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Tom Peck, Seth Thévoz and Rachel Cunliffe. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/231h 4m

Britain’s Brain Drain, Dunt’s New Book and Succession Shocker

As the Government dishes out fresh lessons in doggedness – does the strike stalemate risk a brain drain for Britain? We discuss health workers ditching the UK for Australia for better money (and weather). Plus, why doesn’t Westminster work? It’s a question we all want to answer – and Ian Dunt has in his new book. And, with *major* spoiler warnings, we talk about the Succession latest.  “I hate the word vocation because it tends to be a way of not paying people for their skill.” – Hannah Fearn  “Being a doctor is the ultimate non-bullsh*t job, it’s something we totally rely on.” – Hannah Fearn  “Maybe we owe health care workers more than a round of applause, maybe we owe them money.” – Andrew Harrison  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Andrew Harrison, Hannah Fearn and Ian Dunt. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Chris Jones. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/231h 5m

Sunak’s Long Road to Nowhere

Sunak is expected to cling on until Autumn 2024 for a general election. Why, when there’s clearly no plan of action? And as we creep closer, we unpack what the race might look like as Starmer’s Labour sparks controversy with its attacks on the PM. Plus, why is Elon Musk slowly making Twitter the least cool website on the planet? “All Labour needs to do is think of variations of the same theme – are you better off under the Tories?” – Gavin Esler  “I fully don’t understand why on earth something like that would be put out? I didn’t like it, particularly given the tone of some far-right commentary at the moment.” – Ahir Shah  “Journalism and content would change massively if Twitter weren’t to exist tomorrow. Even the serious stuff would be severely impacted.” – Marie Le Conte  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah, Gavin Esler and Marie Le Conte . Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Chris Jones and Liam Tait. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/231h

Illegally Blonde

Donald Trump has had his (first) day in court. How will this alter the course of US politics to come? Plus, Brexit promises are falling short again, quelle surprise. The panel discusses the problem the Government can’t bring itself to mention. In a special guest double-header, we’re joined by comedian, actor and Twitter star Matt Green, and Geri Scott, political reporter at The Times, this week.  “The taboo has been broken about indicting a former president.” – Seth Thévoz “This feels like the first instance in history of a witch hunt finding an actual witch.” – Matt Green “For years shame and embarrassment stopped the real baddies getting through, but now it’s a superpower if you can’t feel those things.” – Matt Green  “Obviously Trump is a million miles away from the people who support him.” – Geri Scott www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Seth Thévoz. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/04/231h 7m

Pot Hole Sun

Sunak was apparently turning it around but now he’s firmly black on the course to oblivion. Should he stop staring at potholes and realise he’s heading to a political black hole? Plus – we unpack the Trump latest, as his arrest looms. And, moanalism (yes, we’ve invented a word). What’s with all these articles where people just want to complain and tell us not to enjoy stuff? “There are comment pages that need to be filled.” – Marie Le Conte  “It’s been weird watching Conservative politicians one up each other on performative cruelty.” – Ahir Shah  “Most people have a sniff test around paying off porn stars, they know that it’s a bad thing.” – Arthur Snell “Trump is a complete shadow of a human being, yet all the Republicans are terrified of him.” – Arthur Snell  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah, Arthur Snell and Marie Le Conte . Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/2357m 32s

Anti-Social Justice Warriors

What’s with the Tories’ crackdown on anti-social behaviour? And what’s meant to be so wrong with people hanging about in parks? Plus, with protests in Israel and France, the panel discusses the spread of such activity in Europe – and why it feels empowering to people. Jonn Elledge, a regular columnist at New Statesman and Big Issue, is this week’s guest.  “They’ve tried to make the case on pollution and anti-social behaviour… even though there’s no link.” – Ian Dunt  “We have a government that’s run entirely in the interest of angry older voters.” – Jonn Elledge  “It’s like one in five people in this country object to all forms of fun.” – Jonn Elledge  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt and Tom Peck. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/231h 1m

Whatever happened to the Brexit Wars?

As the Johnson Rebellion fails to materialise and backbench rebellions over Northern Ireland fizzle, are we finally, finally seeing the end of the Brexit Wars? Plus: Humza Yousaf wins the SNP leadership. Can he put the party back together? How does Dominic Cummings still cast such a baleful shadow over the Tories? And Paris is burning. Can Macron put out the fire? Or is he l’allume-feu déformé?  “The ERG WhatsApp saga shows you that yes, there’s a friends group… but there’s always the inner friends group that you’re not part of.” – Yasmeen Serhan “Did Cummings bring Johnson down? No, Johnson brought Johnson down.” – Arthur Snell  “Netanyahu’s in trouble. Either he pauses his reforms and loses his government – or he pushes his country into civil war or worse.” – Yasmeen Serhan “Westminster reporting is a shadow of what it was… SubStack matters because you can’t attach yourself to a paper any more.” – Hannah Fearn Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn, Arthur Snell and Yasmeen Serhan. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/231h 5m

Hog Roast for Greased Piglet

SPECIAL EARLY RELEASE! THE GREASED PIGLET IS OUT OF THE PEN... It’s his party and he’ll lie if he wants to… Boris Johnson finally, finally goes before the Privileges Committee. How did his tactic of sneering, blustering and lying go over? And is it finally sausage time for the Greased Piglet? Plus as the horrific Casey Report excoriates the Met, does London’s police force have to be dismantled? And in the Extra Bit, what’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to our panelists? “Johnson’s defence is ‘I am too stupid to understand the rules I myself set’.” – Geri Scott “Steve Baker is now a card-carrying member of the Europhilic wokerati. He’s noshing on his tofu right now.” – Naomi Smith “His argument is ‘Nobody told me not to do the bad thing that I was on telly every night telling you plebs not to do’.” – Ayesha Hazarika Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Naomi Smith, Ayesha Hazarika and Geri Scott. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/03/231h 10m

Check Your Privileges

Boris Johnson is stealing the limelight from Rishi Sunak yet again as he faces a four-hour grilling from furious MPs. We look ahead to the greased piglets latest trial. Plus, the panel reflects on the Iraq War, 20 years on. How has it warped our politics? Then, in the extra bit for Patreon backers, we look to the skies and discuss who should occupy the moon base – and whether we really need one.  “It will be glorious – it has the outward architecture of farce already.” – Tom Peck  “His defence will be, ‘I’m sorry your honour, I’m very stupid.’” – Marie Le Conte  “What’s best for Sunak is Johnson goes away and shuts up – but that is something he doesn’t want to do.” – Tom Peck  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou, Tom Peck and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/231h 2m

Getting Off on a Technicality

Jeremy Hunt’s bland Budget offers little hope – but hey, at least we avoided a technical recession. The panel picks apart the Chancellor’s pledges. Plus, as Rishi Sunak lets his MPs duke it out – is he above the fray, or asleep at the wheel? Polly Mackenzie, chief social purpose officer at UAL and formerly director of Demos, is this week’s guest.  “The post-purge Tory party keeps on drifting to the right… it’s a significant problem.” – Ian Dunt  “Is Sunak someone who actually wants to make things work or does he just want to set things on fire?“ – Ian Dunt  “Most people of working age have only ever experienced the retirement age going up. We’re creating a nation of nihilists.” – Ian Dunt “We need to nuance the boundary between work and retirement. C’mon, life doesn’t end at 70.” – Polly Mackenzie www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt and Hannah Fearn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/231h 1m

Own Goal of the Month

Lineker versus the BBC ends 1-0 to the football legend. What does the ding-dong battle tell us about the broadcaster’s shortcomings? And why did the Government call this so wrong? Plus, what is going on with Trump and Fox News? The panel looks at the right-wing rage machines across the Atlantic. And, we discuss the protests in Georgia – and the nation’s desire to join the EU.  “Footballers are media trained, this feels like a fight the Government shouldn’t want to pick – but they keep doing it.” – Marie Le Conte  “It’s perfectly possible people don’t need to be on one side or another of a massive cultural divide. A lot of British people are rather unwilling participants of the culture war.” – Arthur Snell  “The BBC has invited critics to point out the way all of its leadership could be questioned over their impartiality.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “Nothing about the American media landscape shocks me anymore. Does it surprise me Fox News just said what its audience wants to hear? No.” – Yasmeen Serhan  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Marie Le Conte, Yasmeen Serhan and Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/231h 8m

Cruel Intentions

Braverman and Sunak’s callous and dehumanising “stop the boats” push is the latest moral shame bestowed upon us by this Government. Plus, we ask: is it ever okay for politicians to lie? We discuss the criticism of party leaders changing tack… And in the extra bit (for Patreon backers) – should we try harder to celebrate success in later life?  “The way the government has conducted itself over small boats is despicable.” – Ian Dunt  “Braverman gave less a word salad and more a word meringue, hard on the outside but inside it's all air.” – Gavin Esler  “They teach media literacy in Finland from kindergarten on, something that would put The Sun and Daily Mail out of a job over here.” – Gavin Esler  “I used to be a fan of the ‘good chap’ theory where politicians bow out, but what do we do about the ‘bad chaps’ and ‘bad women’ in politics?” – Gavin Esler www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt, Gavin Esler and Rachel Cunliffe. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/2353m 42s

WhatsApp, Doc?

OK, Matt Hancock entrusting his WhatsApp messages to the world’s least trustworthy woman is pretty funny. But is the Telegraph using them to rewrite history on COVID? Plus, our panel gently disagree on the wisdom of Keir Starmer hiring Sue Gray as his Chief of Staff. Sunak bets on cruelty to small boat refugees to reanimate his Prime Ministership. And as Harry and Meghan are turfed out of Frogmore Cottage, which homes were our panel glad to see the back door of? “There is no British male who has eaten more complimentary canapés than Stanley Johnson.” – Tom Peck “I hadn’t realised how much Simon Case is just another little boy in this WhatsApp group and not a senior civil servant with gravitas.” – Arthur Snell “There is a weird Alan Partridge vanity to Hancock. Somehow he’s worried about his legacy?” – Seth Thévoz “The more Johnson uses the honour system for outrageously nepotistic means, the easier it is for a future government to get rid of it.” – Tom Peck Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell, Seth Thévoz and Tom Peck. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/2356m 57s

How many times can they get Brexit done?

Won’t somebody think of the Brexiters? Sunak’s “Windsor Framework” sucks all the anger out of the Northern Ireland border issue, so what is Boris Johnson going to do with his life now? Plus, Flat Broke: Why isn’t anyone talking seriously about housing? The latest source for Isobel Oakeshott to burn is the hapless Matt Hancock. Who could possibly have foreseen this? Vicky Pryce? And what’s the worst event YOU’VE ever been to? “We’ve seen how flexible and generous the EU can be just as long as they’re not being constantly attacked and insulted.” – Naomi Smith “We’re closer than ever to accepting that Brexit never had to be ‘hard’, ‘clean’ or any of those silly words.” – Ros Taylor “The UK is discovering that it can catch far more flies with honey than with vinegar.” – Naomi Smith Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis with Hannah Fearn, Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Audio producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/03/231h 6m

The Way You Make Me Deal

Rishi Sunak got Brexit done again – but will it be enough to satisfy the headbanging Leave die-hards who want to rule the Conservative Party? We discuss the latest NI protocol settlement after the PM’s meet with Ursula von der Leyen. And as the right-wing surges, the panel unpacks Suella Braverman’s immigration positions. Plus, Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner gives his take on the food shortages as tomatoes become more valuable than the pound.  “There was never enough good faith there in the past.” – Marie Le Conte  “We have a political class who seem uniquely confused by the concept of a sea.” – Ahir Shah  “There’s quite a lot of poetic justice for Boris Johnson involved here.” – Marie Le Conte  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow  Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Ahir Shah, Marie Le Conte and Yasmeen Serhan. Producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/231h 8m

Backseat Skiver

As Boris Johnson drags us back to 2018 with his NI protocol meddling we discuss the latest Brexit wranglings (yes, again…). Plus, a year on from Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, we reflect on the conflict and how it has reshaped politics. And in the extra bit, in full for Patreons, we talk about the bizarre feeling of someone you disagree with making a smart point…  “If you’re applying a purity test – someone can always be purer.” – Seth Thévoz  “Sunak would be in a tricky position if he’s relying on Labour on a vote of this magnitude.” – Ian Dunt  “Keeping the Conservative base today will be the test for the rest of Sunak’s time as Prime Minister.” – Seth Thévoz  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow  Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith, Ian Dunt and Seth Thevoz. Producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/02/231h 10m

It’s Grim Up Islington North

As Keir Starmer casts Jeremy Corbyn out, the panel discusses what this means for the Labour Party, its former leader and wider politics. Could this set a new model for influential but independent MPs? Then – have you seen your gas bill yet? We unpack the latest in the energy cost crisis, as people suffer despite booming profits for providers. Plus – what Government departments would our team like to take over – would they copy Sunak and make any new ones?  “It’s really bad for a party to become a cult around one figure, I hope Corbyn and his fans see that.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “For Jeremy Corbyn, he had all of the power within the party, he couldn’t convert that into power within the country.” – Ayesha Hazarika “If you have to spend so much time exposing the endless screw ups of our current leaders, when do you get a chance to talk about what you want to talk about?” – Hannah Fearn www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah, Ayesha Hazarika and Hannah Fearn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/231h 5m

Rejoiniacs? – Live in London Part Two

In the second half of our latest live outing, the panel discusses hope for the future and the prospect of rekindling the old EU flame… Is it time to rebrand rejoin? Plus, a special conspiracy theory quiz and some questions from our beloved audience.  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow  Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Ros Taylor, Ian Dunt and Ayesha Hazarika. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/02/231h 3m

Tales of the Unexpected – Live in London Part One

To listen to this week's live show in its entirety before everyone else, join us from just £3 a month: www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow  What a difference a day makes… with Sturgeon gone and Starmer putting his foot down on Corbyn, the panel picks apart the latest political shake ups. What will this mean for the prospect of (whisper it), a Labour Government? Out early for everyone (and you’ll get it all on Patreon) here’s part one of our latest Leicester Square Theatre outing – with the second due in our usual Friday slot… Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Ros Taylor, Ian Dunt and Ayesha Hazarika. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/2352m 36s

A pint at The Rejoiners Arms

Gove convenes a stealth conference on how to make Britain work better with the EU. Is the time ripe to start talking about Britain rejoining? Is the Tories’ Red Wall emissary 30p Lee Anderson a disaster waiting to happen? Plus, with legendary works of fiction going out of copyright – we ask our panel what they would reboot or reimagine. Rachel Cunliffe, associate editor at New Statesman, is this week’s guest.  Get the last few tickets to Oh God, What Now? Live at the Leicester Square Theatre here. https://lsttickets.leicestersquaretheatre.com/ticketbooth/shows/873632997 Hear Mugshots with Michael Crick here. https://link.chtbl.com/mugshots-ep1 ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web says Ted Chiang. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/chatgpt-is-a-blurry-jpeg-of-the-web “This pseudo-butch rubbish stimulates a part of the Conservative base that Rishi Sunak is now actively trying to appease.” – Alex Andreou “It’s a continuation of the Brexit disease. Our body politic was infected with lies. This intake is the direct result of that.” – Alex Andreou  “If you see Brexit as a divorce, we can’t be aiming to get remarried any time soon, it’s more of a friends with benefits situation with the EU.” – Rachel Cunliffe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/2357m 52s

New podcast: Mugshots with Michael Crick

New series preview: How much do we really know about the people who make the headlines? In a provocative new series the acclaimed journalist Michael Crick, formerly of BBC, C4 and Newsnight, delves into the backgrounds of the powerful and the influential. In this first episode: Few newspaper editors wield as much power as the Daily Mail’s Paul Dacre. Feared and courted by politicians, he’s imposed his singular vision of Britain on successive governments – while sometimes stretching the law in pursuit of justice. But what makes Dacre tick? What does he want? And how might this epic career end? Like this excerpt? Hear the complete episode on all platforms right now here. And subscribe for new episodes every Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/2313m 40s

It's a dirty job (and nobody wants to do it)

Rishi Sunak shuffles his Cabinet pack and comes up with a couple of dog-eared former junior ministers plus 30p Lee. Is there any talent left in the Tory tank? And is Sunak really in charge? Plus, HORRIBLE BOSSES: The Dominic Raab Edition. Why do bullies appear to prosper in the Conservative Party? And when does “robust management” become office tyranny? And in the Extra Bit: After the bizarre resurrection of Liz Truss, what are the best comebacks of all time? Get your tickets for OGWN Live on Weds 15 Feb here: https://lsttickets.leicestersquaretheatre.com/ticketbooth/shows/873632997/events/128440767/seats?zone=Main%20House.  The Official Left-Wing Economic Establishment Mug is here: https://podmarket.co.uk/products/oh-god-what-now-left-wing-economic-establishment-mug “This is the core vote strategy that got the Tories a surprise win in 1992. It’s also the strategy that got them annihilated in 1997…” – Seth Thévoz “Sunak is scraping the bottom of the barrel, it's embarrassing.” – Hannah Fearn “When Truss became PM I got three separate texts from three separate people and they all said, ‘She’s crackers.’” – Alex Andreou  “Truss could at least have left it til people had finished trying to apply for the mortgages they now can’t get – because of her.” – Hannah Fearn Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn, Seth Thévoz and Arthur Snell. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/02/231h 12m

Lettuce Pray

Truss is back and Johnson never went away – what are they angling for? And can Sunak avoid these two figurative icebergs? Plus, the yob narrative is back on the agenda. Is Tory posturing on anti-social behaviour any more than pandering to curtain-twitchers? And with Australia choosing not to put Charles on its banknotes – who should we put on our money? The panel is joined by Geri Scott, political reporter for The Times.  Get your tickets for OGWN Live at the Leicester Square Theatre on Weds 15 Feb. Get your Official Left-Wing Economic Establishment mugs here. “She sounded like somebody who had lost the ability to assess empirical reality… if you were a close friend of hers you’d want to sit down and have a chat.” – Ian Dunt  “Boris Johnson could be moulded into any political position he finds useful.” – Ian Dunt  “There used to be these big debates: Heath vs Thatcher, Europhile vs Eurosceptic - where are those big debates within the Tory Party now?” – Ian Dunt  “I really don’t think [Liz Truss] has got many friends left, and that’s why she’s doing this kind of legacy making” – Geri Scott www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/231h

Weekend at Rishi’s: Can anyone bring the Tories back from the dead?

The Conservative Party is dying. Can anyone resurrect it? Our panel, begrudgingly, looks at the challenges they’ll have to face if they’re ever to become a functioning party again. Plus, we discuss the parlous state of the UK’s military capabilities. Can we defend ourselves? We wade through the news with an all-star panel of Oh God, What Now? regulars.  “Voters won’t pick the most interesting PM, they’ll pick the one who will save them.” – Alex Andreou “It’s hard for someone to be better at being worse than Liz Truss.” – Arthur Snell “The Conservative Party is now in the realm of religion, not evidence-based policy.” – Alex Andreou “I’m certain that the bulgy eyed weirdos controlling the Tory party will be the first to grab it back and they'll lose another two elections badly.” – Arthur Snell  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou, Ahir Shah and Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/02/231h 7m

Have the Tories Just Given Up?

With the PM and his party on the back foot – have they just given up? Our panel picks apart Sunak’s dither and delay in his sacking of Nadhim Zahawi. Plus, are we seeing a new, even more hostile, hostile environment? And we forcefully quit the anti-growth coalition as we discuss alternatives to Trussonomics. This week’s guest is Rachel Cunliffe, senior associate editor at New Statesman.  “If Rishi Sunak didn't know about this, what is the point of ministerial vetting processes? What is the point of saying you’re going to bring integrity back to Government?” – Rachel Cunliffe  “Even an experienced PM would struggle to put the box in what Johnson is doing.” – Ian Dunt  “All of the things you need to fix the problems that we have takes much longer than Sunak has.” – Ian Dunt “The Tories have a talent pool problem and an exhaustion problem. That is really problematic because we need the best Government we can to weather the storm.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt and Miatta Fahnbulleh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/231h

Rage Against the Nadhim

The Tories are on the Zahawi to hell as briefing wars break out over sleaze scandals as Johnson lurks on the sidelines. Plus, voter ID is rolling out this year – but it turns out plenty of people don’t have a clue. What might mass disenfranchisement mean? Heidi Alexander, former MP, current Deputy Mayor of London and parliamentary candidate for South Swindon, is this week’s guest.  “This exposes just how rigged the game is if you’re really rich.” – Naomi Smith  “The more people see of Sunak, they’re not impressed with him… he is not popular on the doorstep.” – Heidi Alexander  “Johnson is absolutely out to come back, and we should be aware of this and that his ambitions have not died.” – Ros Taylor  “Britain needs a hard reset, switch us off and back on again.” – Naomi Smith  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Ros Taylor and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/01/231h 6m

Careless (Not Deliberate) Whisper

As the nation feels the squeeze, the Tories revel in sleaze. We get down to brass tacks on Nadhim Zahawi’s taxes. And while they ditch levelling up, do this cabal of cronies even understand what needs fixing? Plus, we ask: is it time for the West to go full throttle in backing Ukraine in the war against Russia? Our guest this week is Rock and Roll Politics host Steve Richards.  “The Tory party hasn’t really reformed and changed, the same issues that brought them down in ‘97 have just recurred.” – Steve Richards “The people who are running this country just live in a different world, they have no conception of what real life is.” – Arthur Snell  “The chaos around levelling up announcements conveyed the emptiness of the policy.” - Steve Richards  “What happens to some of these people is that they get into as ort of fantasy mindset when they’ve been in power for so long they become immune to how they will be perceived.” – Steve Richards  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/01/2359m 6s

I Fought EU Law

Law, huh, what is it good for? According to the Tory Brexiteers, not a lot, as they move to scrap thousands of EU regulations. The panel discusses what an act of legislative vandalism this truly is. Plus, COVID conspiracies become the new… COVID conspiracies. Anti-vaxx rhetoric is back and being weaponised by the right. What are Andrew Bridgen et al up to? And, in the extra bit (in full for Patreons) we keep tabs on the politics of cigarettes. Get tickets for OGWN Live in London on Weds 15 Feb here. Don’t miss our new documentary series Jam Tomorrow. “They have no idea what law it is they’re getting rid of… and they admit it.” – Ian Dunt “You are repealing law – once you hit that date, the law just goes off the statute book… it’s really hard to undo.” – Ian Dunt “Sunak is weak and he’s not getting things through, and he’s too weak to face down the ERG, so hitting abort on this bill is unthinkable.” – Naomi Smith “For all his many faults Sunak isn’t dim, and he knows that this arbitrary deadline is going to cause mayhem and serious economic damage.” – Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Written and presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt, Naomi Smith and Seth Thévoz. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/01/231h 2m

The Invisible Government

You’d think Rishi Sunak would be pushing ministers to take the flack amid the current crises – but they’re remarkably quiet. Where are the rest of his Cabinet? Plus, while Eurosceptics suggested Britain’s EU departure would weaken the bloc, the opposite has happened. Quelle surprise… And we talk about the spread of toxic masculinity online. Can we stop it earlier? Special guest Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor at New Statesman, joins our panel this week.  “Hunt is like the villain in a kids’ cartoon, you never see him but you hear whispers of him” – Marie Le Conte  “It’s slim pickings for Sunak, he’s inherited a party that was deliberately purged.” – Tom Peck  “Politicians can only do okay in the media if they have okay policies, and everything is so bad right now there’s no win for the Government.” – Tom Peck  “People abroad have no idea how things have ended up so bad in Britain.” – Anoosh Chakelian Check out the latest podcast from Podmasters, Jam Tomorrow – an assessment of the promises made to Britain after the Second World War: https://kite.link/JTS1  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Marie Le Conte and Tom Peck. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/231h 10m

TEASER - Jam Tomorrow, the brand new series from Podmasters

A special preview of our new series - search for Jam Tomorrow in your favourite podcast app or visit https://kite.link/JTS1 How did Britain’s dreams of a new postwar world go unfulfilled? And what does that mean for us today? In the first of a new documentary series from the makers of Oh God, What Now?, Ros Taylor looks at the legacy of the War itself. Ιdeals of the Blitz Spirit and dreams of wartime heroism still shape everything from pop culture and entertainment to the Brexit debate. But the truth of the War is more complex and less comforting. What will it take for us to see the Second World War – and ourselves – clearly? •  “If you’re going to have a foundation myth it might as well be one where you destroy Nazism.” – Al Murray •  “If the response to air raid wasn’t stoicism there was a fear that morale would break down.” – Lucy Noakes •  “The Keep Calm And Carry On poster was designed for a type of war that never arrived.” – Henry Irvine •  “Britain went into the war not alone but at the head of the world’s biggest empire… When Britain went to war, so did vast part of the world.” – Lucy Noakes   Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Jade Bailey. Voiceovers by Imogen Robertson. Original music by Dubstar. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Jam Tomorrow is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/01/2315m 41s

Tell me what UK wants, what UK really, really wants

Rishi Sunak is constantly trying to reject the idea he could be out of touch – but, seriously, does he have any idea what Britain wants? This week’s guest Ben Walker, of Britain Elects and New Statesman, picks apart the polls to get in the mind of voters. Plus, political donations – how can we avoid undue influence and, dare we suggest it… corruption? Are more stringent rules needed?  “Everyone is feeling the cost of living crisis, going to a supermarket is like a radicalising process.” – Ben Walker  “The economy was where the Conservatives were always king – but not now.” – Ben Walker  “Sunak doesn’t have that sort of Blair talent to know intuitively what people want.” – Arthur Snell “It still feels like a Chancellor who happens to be Prime Minister, rather than watching a Prime Minister.” – Ahir Shah  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow This week's edition is sponsored by Policy Mogul - a real-time political and parliamentary monitoring, influence, and stakeholder mapping platform for public affairs and policy professionals. Find out more at policymogul.com and don't forget to mention Oh God, What Now? if you send them an enquiry. Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell and Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/01/231h 6m

Resting Pitch Face

Sunak and Starmer's battle of the speeches marked this year’s first blue on red ding dong. What are their respective pitches? The panel plays a game of spot the difference between the pair’s positions and policies. Plus, as the PM tries to hibernate through the new Winter of Discontent – is he sleepwalking towards a General Strike? And, finally, we unpack the pros and cons of tea-spilling biographies. Anybody heard about one of those recently? “None of these policies mean anything. There’s no time given for debt falling.” – Ian Dunt  “It’s not about what the people want, it’s about wavering target voters.” – Ian Dunt  “I can’t see a world where Sunak doesn’t lead the Conservatives into the next election, so now Labour knows who the opponent is.” – Marie Le Conte  “The Government assumed the usual dynamics around strikes would prevail, and they have not prevailed.” – Ian Dunt  “We have a bunch of not very talented people shunted into ministerial positions saying what they think they’re meant to say.” – Gavin Esler  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Gavin Esler, Ian Dunt and Marie Le Conte . Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/01/231h 7m

Sunak’s Weapons of Maths Distraction

Ah, a new year. A time to reflect and make changes. And here comes Sunak with his five pledges… Well, I guess there’s always next year (thanks very much, fixed-term parliaments act). With the NHS in crisis, strikes never ending and the cost of living spiralling out of control – surely we need more than more maths lessons? Plus, after Christmas drew charity into focus – has the state simply offloaded its responsibilities to Good Samaritans? “The crisis is the result of nearly 13 years of Tory Government and it will take a really long time to fix the damage that they’ve done.” – Naomi Smith “Sunak’s speech was a pretty mealy-mouthed set of pledges with a maths lesson thrown in.” – Arthur Snell “It felt like Sunak was saying. ‘I became a millionaire with maths, you can too.’” – Naomi Smith                      www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor, Arthur Snell, Naomi Smith and Seth Thévoz. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/01/2356m 24s

The 20 Worst Moments of 2022 – Our Top Ten

Good will to all men and all that but first, join us for a final airing of grievances. What are the top 10 most infuriating, baffling and rage inducing events of the past year? Our panel counts down to number one in the second half of our 20 worst moments from 2022. They unpack everything from record temperatures, tyrannical leaders to unprecedented sewage spills – and that’s not a metaphor for Boris Johnson or Liz Truss, they get mentions of their own… “Trump didn’t realise that you can’t just declassify materials by thinking it. This is not a telepathic presidency.” – Arthur Snell "Is the Royal Family now just a conduit of unhappiness of how Britain has treated its colonies?” – Ros Taylor “The Government basically cold-called countries like a double glazing salesman and the first country to say sure, we’ll take your money was Rwanda.” – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Arthur Snell, Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/12/221h 5m

The 20 Worst Moments of 2022 – Part One

So what were the REAL big events of 2022? From Matt Hancock stinking up the jungle to the true meaning of Wagatha Christie to the Mail’s efforts to get Beergate off the ground, we look back on 12 months of mendacity, grift, fantasy and denialism – and that’s just Boris Johnson.  “Truss was more useless and more mad than even Johnson realised” – Tom Peck “We should have Wagatha Christie once a year as a tradition. Pick two celebs who have a very stupid fight that ends up in court”. – Marie le Conte “Johnson’s leaving speechwas a good reminder that no, he hasn’t changed. He’s exactly who he said he was going to be”. – Tom Peck Written and presented by Andrew Harrison with Marie le Conte, Ahir Shah and Tom Peck. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/2255m 12s

The Hustles from Brussels

After Eva Kaili and the corruption arrests in Brussels, is EU democracy really in trouble? Meanwhile, as all the little strikes coalesce into a big one, why do governments love “sending the army in to fix it”? And new research shows working class participation in the creative industries has halved since the 70s. We go behind the figures to ask why. Ian Dunt, Hannah Fearn and Alex Andreou join host Andrew Harrison to huddle around a warm mixing desk.  “UEFA and FIFA are cesspits for siphoning dirty money, money which infects the rest of our body politic.” – Alex Andreou “It’s unbelievable how there were no basic checks on modern slavery during the pandemic.” – Hannah Fearn  “The Telegraph suggest bringing in the army for every problem at least 8 times a month.” – Ian Dunt “Our biggest export is Downton Abbey, so of course our biggest actors are the ones who went to Eton.” – Alex Andreou Get our new merch here: https://podmarket.co.uk/  Written and presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou, Hannah Fearn and Ian Dunt. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/12/2258m 18s

A Very Oh God, What Now? Christmas LIVE – Part Two

Scramble back from the bar for Part Two of OGWN LIVE at London’s 21Soho club. We pick apart the Main Characters of 2022 and ask who made the more lasting mark on the world: Musk, Zelenskyy, the Lionesses or… someone else? Plus more Peer and Loathing and audience questions too. Get the mulled wine in. It’s as good as being there. PATREON BONUS: Live video coming soon too… Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with panelists Naomi Smith, Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Geburtson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/221h

A Very Oh God, What Now? Christmas LIVE – Part One

Join the OGWN panel LIVE at London’s 21Soho club to look back on 2022 in a gala evening of high-octane political complaining. On the agenda: The ongoing collapse of the Conservative Party, the Year in Keir, and a fiendish Christmas party game called Peer And Loathing. Get the mulled wine in and turn up the volume. Part Two coming tomorrow, Weds 14.  Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with panelists Naomi Smith, Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou. Audio producers: Alex Rees and Robin Leeburn. Producer: Jet Geburtson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/221h 1m

The End of the Peers Show

Keir is striking fear into peers with plans to ditch the Lords – but why not look at electoral reform first? The panel picks apart Labour’s plans for reform. Plus, with major strikes inbound – is this a new winter of discontent? Can the Government succeed in the Grinch narrative, or does that show just how weak our ministers are? “Just as trickle down economics has failed, trickle down democracy has failed.” – Naomi Smith  “I think Starmer is going to be quite boxed in by the economic situation. But what he could do that is different is something constitutional on the Lords.” – Ayesha Hazarika “The Tories are a very divided party, that’s why Sunak is having to drop bills or dilute them.” – Naomi Smith  “With Gordon Brown it was never going to be pithy, but it’s amazing seeing a politician believe in things.” – Ayesha Hazarika www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Get our new merch here: https://podmarket.co.uk/  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn, Naomi Smith and Ayesha Hazarika. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/12/2257m 20s

The Battle of the Brexits

As Jacob Rees-Mogg et al keep telling us the sunlit uplands of Brexitville are just over the horizon, we pick apart their broken promises. What’s fallen to the wayside on the way to this broken Brexit apparently nobody voted for? Plus, the panel looks at protests in China and Iran, and the regime change they could effect. And finally, we ask: “Why can’t the left take a compliment?”  Make Christmas Woke Again with OGWN gifts from podmarket.co.uk. Order by 8 Dec to beat the Christmas post. “Countries are naturally going to take advantage of the fact you’re desperate for quick wins. We will be negotiating this stuff forever.” – Ros Taylor  “Britain’s economy was always the wrong economy for Brexit.” – Arthur Snell “The ripe fruit of Brexit is the soggy tomato at the bottom of the fridge you’re going to throw out.” – Gavin Esler  Presented by Alex Andreou with Arthur Snell, Gavin Esler and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/2258m 44s

Rishi Sunak, Troubled Tough Guy

Sunak is trying to act tough on Russia and China but being bullied over wind farms at home. Can he shake off the image of being a weak link? Plus, we discuss the census results – and unpack the reaction to England and Wales being minority Christian nations. This week’s guest is New Statesman’s deputy political editor Rachel Wearmouth. “You lose credit with the voters and then you lose credit within the party.“ – Rachel Wearmouth  “Conservative MPs are probably looking at a long period in opposition and maybe they don’t fancy it.” – Rachel Wearmouth “Keir’s boring accountant vibe definitely beats Sunak’s boring carphone salesman energy.” – Alex Andreou “China is so big, we need some level of engagement and despite the tough guy schtick Sunak is warming Chinese relations.” – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Get our new merch here: https://podmarket.co.uk/  Presented by Dorian Lynskey, Ian Dunt and Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/12/2259m 45s

Coming Over Here, Staffing Our Hospitals

The Manston scandal and Braverman’s bluster lay our disastrous immigration policy bare. And just when we need more workers, Keir Starmer comes out against looser rules. Why can’t we talk honestly about this most emotive issue? Plus: will we ever defeat NIMBYism? And Planet Deepfake: why AI-generated images and video will soon outnumber human-made content.  Get your perfect OGWN Christmas presents at podmarket.co.uk “When the Chinese government sends soup kitchens to the demonstrations, that’s the sign to go home or you’ll get shot.” – Gavin Esler “We don’t actually live in a sea of bigotry like politicians think we do.” – Hannah Fearn “Any content can now be generated perfectly by AI. This is a huge turning point for human communication.” – Nina Schick  “In Glasgow, you’re a Weegee. And if you’re a refugee, you’re accepted as a Refuweegee.” – Gavin Esler “We will experience more technological change in our lifetime than in the entirety of human history.” – Nina Schick Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Hannah Fearn, Gavin Esler and Nina Schick. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/221h 4m

Would EU Believe It?

What did we learn from the furore caused by whispers of a Swiss-style EU deal? Are we getting ready to mingle with the single market? The gang chats Brexit rumblings while it feels as though the narrative is shifting… Plus, as Labour touts Lords reform – should it top the list of constitutional conundrums? What other changes would the panel prefer to see happen?  “The bloated upper chamber is going to grow.” – Naomi Smith  “Westminster barely works, at any level.” – Ian Dunt “ “Why the hell is our government based in a house?” – Ian Dunt  “Brexit doesn’t predict how people vote anymore.” – Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Get our Black Friday merch here: https://podmarket.co.uk/  Presented by Alex Andreou with Ian Dunt, Naomi Smith and Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/11/2258m 20s

No Money Mo’ Problems

Hunt’s autumn statement has wound everyone up while whispers of a Swiss-style Brexit deal are sparking more Tory fury. How is Sunak going to handle anger from the public and his party? And how will parties to the right of the spectrum capitalise on the current disquiet? Plus, as Dorries looks to pen a Johnson biography we discuss the best and worst books of the political genre. This week’s guest is Rosie Campbell, director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and professor of politics at King’s College London.  “The public are not stupid, they know everybody is going to be a lot poorer.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “I cannot see a world in which we do something involving a Swiss-style deal.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “I think in the long term the Conservative Party keeps going down this anti-woke agenda.” – Rosie Campbell  “If Farage does enter the fray, I think it does cause problems for the Conservative Party.” – Ayesha Hazarika  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Ayesha Hazarika and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/2259m 44s

The Feel-Bad Austerity Remix

Out a day early to JUST beat the fiscal announcement… As Jeremy Hunt’s cuts come in, we look at why austerity has never worked before and won’t work now – and whether the infamous fiscal Black Hole is even real. Plus, Labour activist Michael Chessum of Another Europe Is Possible and Momentum talks about his new book This Is Only the Beginning: The Making of a New Left, from Anti-Austerity to the Fall of Corbyn. And in the Extra Bit… Gerontocracy Now? From Biden to Lula to Putin, why do rocky systems end up with ancient leaders? Listeners can get 25% off Michael’s book This Is Only the Beginning. Go here and use the code Whatnow_25 https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/this-is-only-the-beginning-9780755641284/ “We are going to have to pay the Truss-Kwarteng Idiot Premium for decades to come.” – Alex Andreou “There’s huge public support for union action now that we’re in a crisis… You can hear the rumble of the cavalry in the distance.” – Michael Chessum “This isn’t a fiscal hole. Truss and Kwarteng created a credibility hole.” – Alex Andreou “Hunt is banking on Keir Starmer making the same mistake that Ed Miliband did… We’re not hearing a clear anti-austerity line from Labour.” – Michael Chessum Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Geburtson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/2256m 47s

We’ve Tried Nothing and We’re All Out of Ideas

Sunak is performing ex-Prime Minister karaoke, pulling together failed ideas and giving them a go. Has he got anything fresh up his sleeve? Plus star guest Philippe Auclair, football journalist and singer songwriter, joins to discuss the moral perils of the upcoming Qatar World Cup. And finally after a string of seemingly culture averse Culture Secretaries, we ask the panel what they’d do if they took on the job.  Listen to the new series of Origin Story: https://kite.link/OS2E1Rand “It’s not just that we’re back to austerity, it’s austerity on austerity.” – Ros Taylor  “Why is rejoining the single market not part of the debate? I despair.” – Philippe Auclair  “I’ve never seen a World Cup that’s been approached in such a way.” – Philippe Auclair  “Hosting the World Cup is not about reputation, it’s about wielding power.” – Philippe Auclair  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor and Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/11/2259m 8s

Gavin, Gavin… Gone

Rejected Alan Partridge character “Sir” Gavin Williamson resigns to spend more time with his tarantula. (Poor Cronus). Is Sunak even paying attention to anything that isn’t the economy? Plus, the US Mid-Terms weren’t quite as hellish as expected. UCL politics professor Julie Norman explains what it means for Biden’s next two years and the spectre of Trump II. And the latest on Elon Trussk wrecking Twitter.  Get your tickets for our Christmas show on Mon 12 Dec here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/MDQXAzs4dr  “Gavin Williamson was that embarrassing middle-aged guy who’s never seen any service but wets himself when he meets the SAS.” – Arthur Snell “I’m pathetically sentimental about the British-French relationship… When it’s not good, it upsets me.” – Ian Dunt “Biden’s agenda is pretty much done now… Republicans will air all the bad stuff they possibly can from now on.” – Julie Norman Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt and Arthur Snell. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/11/2257m 11s

What’s the point of Rishi Sunak?

Rishi Sunak promised stability but here we are, back in a u-turn vortex. If he can’t stop the rot, what’s the point of the new PM? Does he have a political north star? And as Braverman’s shirks blame, we agree the asylum system is broken – just not in the way she thinks. What needs fixing? Plus, Matt Hancock joins the shameful list of reality TV politicians. Seriously? This week’s guest is Satbir Singh, managing director of openDemocracy.  Get tickets for A VERY OH GOD, WHAT NOW? CHRISTMAS on Mon 12 Dec at 21 Soho, London here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/MDQXAzs4dr “If there's one thing we know about Sunak it is he very obviously panics quite quickly.” – Marie Le Conte “Sunak will piss off several parts of the Parliamentary party no matter what he does.” – Marie Le Conte  “As a country we’ve never been capable of having a sensible debate on asylum.” – Tom Peck  “I feel physically sick hearing some of the things being said by ministers.” – Satbir Singh  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Tom Peck and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/11/221h 6m

Welcome to Camp Cruella

We thought they couldn’t do worse than Priti Patel. As conditions in Manston reveal Suella Braverman’s stupendous callousness, it turns out that yes, they could. We unpack the rank incompetence, as well as the rank and incompetent. Plus, New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg joins us to look ahead to the US midterms – and the unfortunate parallels in politics both sides of the pond.  “The blue tick is going to become a sign that basically you’re a huge dork.” – Michelle Goldberg  “Everyone in the Conservative Party now thinks they’re Winston Churchill.” – Seth Thévoz  “What you’re seeing with Braverman is the Republicanisation of British politics.” – Seth Thévoz  “The Republicans are now a party that has turned its back on democracy.” – Michelle Goldberg “It’s frustrating that only the people who believe in language take it seriously.” – Michelle Goldberg www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Arthur Snell and Seth Thévoz . Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/11/2255m 43s

From Town Square to Hellscape

Trick or Tweet? Elon Musk buys Twitter to impose his half-formed ideas about free speech on the online world. Will he just make things worse? Suella Braverman doggedly refuses to take responsibility for either her emails or the migrant processing crisis. How long can she hang on? Plus, Labour’s attack lines for the Sunak Era. And why is Hallowe’en growing while Bonfire Night fizzles? Get tickets to Origin Story Live on Weds 2 Nov here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/OHXEPSMwj1 “Somehow even Priti Patel is showing more moral backbone than Suella Braverman.” – Hannah Fearn “Sunak is finally, finally the evidence of Cameron detoxifying the Tory Party." – Ahir Shah “Halloween is Goth Christmas. What’s not to love?” – Marie Le Conte Written and presented by Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn, Marie le Conte and Ahir Shah. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/11/221h

Cabinet of Horrors

It’s the hope that kills you. We didn’t have lots, but c’mon Rishi – Braverman? You know when a band reforms, with a couple of members swapped out for session musicians? Imagine they were always crap and it’s not a band, it’s the Cabinet. We chat through the no-shuffle. Plus, guest Adam Wagner, author of Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why it Matters, to discuss his book and the imminent torching of more EU regulations. “If you’re going to do sensible politics, you’re not going to give Braverman any job. Sunak has given up the chance to be mature.” – Ian Dunt “This government knows this is their last chance to win back any credibility in the country.” – Ros Taylor “Sunak just looks like a political hangover.” – Ian Dunt “Braverman was genuinely the worst Attorney General, and as Home Secretary she was a walking disaster.” – Adam Wagner www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/10/221h

Absolutely Sunak-ered

So Rishi Sunak, that bloke who couldn’t use a contactless card, is set to bring total normality to No.10. How will this megabrained and approachable (he owns a hoodie) maestro, you may remember from such successes as ‘Eat Out to Help Out’, lead us through this crisis? Plus, even if you’ve forgotten Liz Truss, the world hasn’t forgotten us having her as PM – we look at the international reaction to her downfall.  “Johnson’s fervent wish to destroy Sunak will not have gone away.” – Tom Peck "People imagine Rishi Sunak provides some economic ballast because he worked in the City. But he's provided no credible economic case for Brexit." – Tom Peck "Individuals making economic decisions looked at the slate of policies, and were horrified." – Alex Andreou "The occupants of No. 10 Downing Street will be richer than those of Buckingham Palace." – Yasmeen Serhan www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou, Tom Peck and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/221h 5m

🚨 EMERGENCY TRUSSCAST 🚨 That. Was. A. Disgrace.

What a sad little life, wokerati. I hope you’re happy. Liz Truss is off. After being in office for less time than it takes to listen to Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd, she’s on the way out of Downing Street. The Daily Star’s infamous lettuce looks set to roll into Number 10, and we ask: what the f**k is going on? “We’re laughing but I also want to cry, I’m just so angry they’re inflicting this on us again.” – Ros Taylor  “She couldn’t even deliver a resignation speech properly, it was boring and full of mistakes.” – Alex Andreou  “The party cannot agree on anyone, there is no continuity candidate. They will continue to tear themselves apart.” – Ros Taylor “It was so obvious to anyone looking from the outside that she would be entirely out of her depth.” – Alex Andreou  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/2222m 58s

When the Going Gets Tofu

An out-of-her-depth politician gets sacked by an out-of-her-depth politician who should get sacked. Tofu’s surprisingly high protein content boosts the Wokerati to victory over Suella Braverman – will Truss be the next victim of these Guardian-reading hooligans? Our panel talks about the Tory chaos (loath to say it’s the latest at this point), and even gets into a bit of Remainiacs style red meat to discuss rejoin. Our guest this week is ARD correspondent and New Statesman columnist Annette Dittert. Get tickets to Origin Story Live here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/OHXEPSMwj1 Browse our Tofu-Eating Wokerati and Anti-Growth Coalition merchandise here: https://podmarket.co.uk/ “It’s so clear Truss cannot go on like this, I don’t know why they don’t find a solution other than having her sitting there like a dead puppet.” – Annette Dittert “This is not even sub-GCSE economics. It’s fetish.” – Seth Thevos “It’s party before country, but they can’t be serious whilst Liz Truss is around.” – Annette Dittert “Nobody would like to rejoin the EU more than me. But this the work of years, as much as we would like it to happen tomorrow.” – Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith and Seth Thevoz. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/221h 4m

New TUESDAY edition – Put Her Out of Our Misery

Now twice a week, because you demanded it… Liz Truss is definitely not hidden under a desk – but we can’t necessarily confirm she’s still in Number 10. And if she is, who knows how long she can stay without hiding somewhere. We look at the new power of Prime Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, and the Tories’ ever falling standing in the latest opinion polls. Is a general election (or a genny leccy between friends) inevitable? This week’s special guest is veteran pollster and BBC election night mainstay, John Curtice. Get tickets for ORIGIN STORY LIVE here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/OHXEPSMwj1 Get our coveted ANTI-GROWTH COALITION mugs and more here: https://podmarket.co.uk/products/oh-god-what-now-anti-growth-coalition-mug “Hunt constantly looks like he’s been startled, like he's woken up in the middle of the night by a loud sound downstairs.” – Ian Dunt  “How did it not occur to Truss that she would have to explain her ideology to the country?” – Marie Le Conte “Anyone from the leadership election would be better than Truss. Even Peter Bone wouldn’t have messed it up this badly.” – Ian Dunt “Truss and Kwarteng found the high spending and taxation of the post-covid world impossible.” – John Curtice www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/2258m 31s

🚨EMERGENCYCAST🚨 Kwasi Thrown Under the Truss Bus

Kwasi go gos and the Government’s spinning around like a yo-yo – Andrew and Naomi pick apart the wreckage in an ever more regular EmergencyCast. What forced the PM’s hand and will it save her career – or has she just made yet another enemy? The Truss bus ploughs on full steam ahead, with or without anybody at the wheel… “She spoke abstractly to the markets in a very robotic way – and so far, they haven’t reacted well.” “The disconnect between Truss and reality is unbelievable.” “This market fundamentalism policy approach has been roundly rejected by, guess who… the markets.”  “The one thing we can rely on the Conservatives for is sheer ruthlessness.” www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/10/2216m 11s

Operation Rolling Blunder

Truss and Kwarteng’s politically-charged synchronised diving routine continues as the pair flip flop until the pound drops. Do they even understand what’s going wrong? And, as the Government’s spiral into a vortex of shame embarrasses anyone with an ounce of self awareness – what should opposition parties do? Alan Wager, research associate at the UK in a Changing Europe, is this week’s guest. Get our sought-after ANTI-GROWTH COALITION mug and more here: https://podmarket.co.uk/  “Everything going on is the preamble to a series of embarrassing u-turns.” – Alex Andreou  “Truss talks about growth, but she also needs confidence and at the minute she doesn’t have it.” – Hannah Fearn  “Who would want to pour money into this f***ing binfire at the moment?” – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Hannah Fearn and Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/10/2256m 18s

PurgaTory – with guest David Gauke

As the Truss micro-Government twists on a hook of its own making, we take a taxi to an anti-growth North London podcast studio to examine a week of Tory torment, conference catastrophes and 33% Labour leads. Are the Conservatives on the verge of an actual extinction event? Former Justice Secretary and Conservative exile David Gauke is our special guest.  “Can you imagine anyone, in any pub, going on about the Anti-Growth Coalition?” – Ian Dunt “It seems that Truss genuinely doesn’t think she even needs a democratic mandate to do what she does…” – Ros Taylor  “Her authority is extraordinarily low and she doesn’t have any political capital at all.” – David Gauke “Well done, the first thing you've done in your whole administration is tank the economy.” – Ian Dunt  Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Ian Dunt. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/10/221h 1m

Pound-emonium with Special Guest Alan Johnson

Truss and Kwarteng’s mini-budget madness has sparked a Black Wednesday 2.0 – will the quids be alright? Plus, as Starmer takes Keir of business with a successful outing at conference, we look at Labour’s standing. This week’s special guest is former Labour minister turned mystery novelist Alan Johnson. “It’s too long ago to blame the last Labour government for everything so now they’re blaming one that doesn’t exist yet.” – Ros Taylor  “This looks like two economics A-Level students have been let loose. The inexperience they’re displaying is just mind-boggling.” – Alan Johnson  “There is no easy way out for them and neither should there be given the magnitude of error that they’ve made.” – Alan Johnson  “To climb down from this plan would be a repudiation of everything Truss stands for.” – Ros Taylor “You can almost feel the mood of the country shifting towards Keir Starmer.” – Alan Johnson www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Presented by Alex Andreou with Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/09/221h 5m

Mrs. Trickle

Trickle down economics is the talk of the town as Liz Truss relaunches her Britannia unhinged agenda. Can she sell her growth narrative to the public? What will the so-called fiscal event (definitely not a budget) look like? Plus, we discuss what voters want to see from the party conferences with our guest Luke Tryl, UK director of More in Common.  Tickets to Doomsday Watch live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba  “Levelling up has been completely abandoned as an issue under Truss, I don’t think Tory MPs imagined this hyper-right Government.” – Ros Taylor “It’s like Truss has gone in as ’90s Thatcher trying to impose the Poll Tax on Day One.” – Alex Andreou “The person who wins a Culture War today often loses it tomorrow.” – Luke Tryl "The top three issues in focus groups are cost of living, cost of living, cost of living." – Luke Tryl www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey, Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/09/221h 2m

This. Is. A. Disgrace. – Live In London Part Two

You didn’t think we weren’t going to give you some tough Truss talk, did you? In the second half of our latest London live show we decipher what we can about the new PM, from the relatively few bits of politics we’ve seen in recent days.  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Ian Dunt and Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/09/2245m 3s

Monarchy In The UK? – Live In London Part One

What a week. The panel discusses the nation’s almighty gear shift, in part one of our latest London live show. How did they feel about the death of the Queen? And what have they reckoned to the reaction? Out in the usual Friday time slot, with the second half to follow tomorrow…  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Ian Dunt and Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/09/2251m 52s

The Evil of Two Lessers

Liz Truss is in Downing Street and we’re here to deliver, deliver, deliver our thoughts on the new PM. She’s promised to do all the stuff and fix all the things – but hasn’t really said how. Does she know herself? We delve into the mind of the new Tory figurehead. Our guest this week is journalist and historian Seth Alexander Thévoz, author of The Secret Life of London Private Members’ Clubs.   “Perhaps boring could play well for her, but it has to be backed up by detail. It was the boring version of Johnson.” – Hannah Fearn  "She's embracing being a dull PM after the whirlwind of Johnson." – Ros Taylor “Truss cannot move people, she cannot inspire people. So she has to use a borrowed ideology and riff on that.” – Ros Taylor  “No prime minister ever wants to start banging on about an energy crisis. It’s the worst possible set of circumstances to be in.” – Seth Alexander Thévoz www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Hannah Fearn and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/09/221h 1m

End of an Error

Boris Johnson to the dustbin of political history, here we go. With the PM set to finally leave Number 10 we look back on his tumultuous tenure. Plus, with the prospect of Prime Minister Liz Truss looming, we assess the future of democracy in Britain. Things can only get… worse? Sam Fowles, author of Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases, is this week’s guest.  “It turned out the gloomsters were right all along.” – Hannah Fearn  "Boris’s ego is why we don’t have a government during an unprecedented crisis.” – Hannah Fearn “The Conservative Party always knew he was a tool of power – and when he proved himself useless, he had to go.” – Hannah Fearn  “It’s interesting in British politics, you can be absolutely rubbish at your job, but we let you get on with it.” – Sam Fowles  “Boris loves trading off future power for instant gratification.” – Marie Le Conte www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/09/221h

Build Bacteria Better

Levelling up goes down the drain as its champion Gove vanishes. Whatever happened to the Tory pledge to the re-grout the Red Wall? Plus, as sewage on the beaches turns us into the dirty man of Europe, is the case for nationalising utilities now unanswerable? This week’s guest is Anand Menon, director of The UK in a Changing Europe think tank. “If the Tories have a plan, they are not sharing it with us yet… and that is causing a lot of anger.” – Ros Taylor  “There's not much space for levelling up when you're in full crisis mode." – Ros Taylor  "Did Tory MPs vote for shit to be pumped into rivers? No. Did they stop it? No." – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/08/2259m 44s

International Debt Set

With Johnson in holiday mode, what do we make of Starmer’s move to fill the void with his own cost of living plans? Does his energy bills freeze proposal go far enough? Plus, special guest Tim Walker joins to discuss his Brexit showdown play Bloody Difficult Women and his time working alongside Johnson at The Telegraph.  “Brexit is like this awful family secret. The day granny got done for shoplifting that no one wants to talk about…” – Tim Walker “The cost of living is driving people into conditions you don’t associate with one of the world’s wealthiest countries. It’s really desperate.” – Arthur Snell  “Boris Johnson has always been an effortlessly selfish human being.” – Tim Walker  “Journalists have got into bed with the most useless, incompetent and damaging government of my lifetime.” – Tim Walker www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou and Arthur Snell. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/08/221h 4m

Unlit Uplands

We’ve got bills, they’re multiplying and the Government has lost control. Will the cost of living crisis ever end? What might Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak (hey, you never know…) do about it? And after Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was raided, we look at the scandal surrounding the former US president. Satbir Singh, managing director at openDemocracy, and technology journalist Charles Arthur join us as our special guests this week.  Complete our listener survey and be in with a chance of winning an OGWN t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zIkaqc  “Being dragged into reality is not part of Truss’s plan until September 5th at the earliest.” – Ros Taylor “I thought we WANTED to be a high-wage economy? Apparently not yet!” – Alex Andreou "Trump’s social media platform is doing encouragingly badly.” – Charles Arthur “In the case of Sinema, the state of Arizona is holding the world to ransom on climate change.” – Satbir Singh www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/08/221h 3m

Hot Strike Summer

Keir Starmer and the unions: Can Labour keep its distance from striking workers without paying a price? Or will everything get better if you picket? Plus, is Rishi Sunak really catching up on Loopy Liz Truss? As Cosplay Thatcher executes rapid policy reversals, is this lady definitely up for turning? And as the Lionesses Bring Football Home™, our panelists revisit the trauma of sport at school.  Complete our listener survey and be in with a chance of winning an OGWN t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zIkaqc  “Apparently we’ve taken back control of our borders, without taking responsibility for what happens there in either direction. That’s Brexit.” – Alex Andreou “Liz Truss is basically out with her mates but she doesn’t realise that all the rest of can see her and hear what she’s saying.” – Sara Gibbs “For Truss, how she looks supporting Ukraine is clearly more important to her than actually supporting Ukraine.” – Nina Schick “What we are really seeing now is the endgame of the Brexit era… which is to tell the lie that most closely corresponds to your audience’s understanding of the facts.” – Alex Andreou “What happened in Fukushima is very unlikely to happen in Germany. No tsunamis, right?” – Nina Schick “People are dead in Ukraine because Truss told them to go there to fight and then disavowed them…She is a very dangerously stupid person on the international stage.” – Alex Andreou Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Nina Schick and Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production: Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/08/221h 5m

Posh Shoes vs Cheap Earrings

As Sunak and Truss trade blows in a classic blue-on-blue bout, we ask if we’ve really seen the end of the Johnson era. Plus, we unpack the crises either candidate will face should they win. Growing NHS waiting lists, queues in Dover and an ever-deepening cost of living crisis. Do either of them have a plan? This week’s guest is New Statesman deputy political editor Rachel Wearmouth.  “I wonder if Sunak has lacked the stomach for the fight, that kind of killer instinct.” – Rachel Wearmouth  "Truss is running a targeted campaign. Sunak is running a glossy PR campaign." – Rachel Wearmouth "If you're mansplaining, you're losing." – Rachel Wearmouth  "Truss is the Boris Johnson continuity candidate." – Rachel Wearmouth "It's a bunch of old men saying, I like her, she reminds me of Thatcher." – Alex Andreou  "We heard more about earrings and shoes than we did about climate change." – Naomi Smith  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/07/2257m 46s

BONUS: The Best of Oh God, What ELSE?

Every Monday we put out Oh God, What Else?, a special mini-cast exclusively for Patreon backers. To show you what you’re missing, here’s a bonus selection of some of our best episodes featuring our Ian, Naomi, Ros, Dorian, Alex and Minnie in Now That’s What I Call Oh God, What Else? You can get a brand new “OGWE” every Monday when you back us on Patreon. Just go to www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow to find out more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/2250m 39s

Meal Deal vs Pork Markets

Sunak or Truss. No, this isn’t a fever dream – one of them will be the next Prime Minister. The panel analyses this gruesome twosome, in the immediate aftermath of Mourdant’s elimination from the Tory leadership race. This week’s guest is Independent columnist and freelance journalist Hannah Fearn. And Doomsday Watch host Arthur Snell joins to discuss his new book How Britain Broke the World.   “The debates were a terrible mistake. What was the point in them when the public have no say?” – Hannah Fearn  “I’m all for redoing Brexit in a way in which we don’t do it at all.” – Arthur Snell “Truss matches Starmer’s worst qualities, and none of his better ones. She will be a gift for Labour.” – Hannah Fearn “Compared to the cost of war, diplomats are very cheap.” – Arthur Snell “PMQs was the party pushing someone out of a window and applauding as they make flapping motions before they hit the ground.” – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/07/221h 7m

Fight for the Right of the Party

With Tory leadership contestants fighting like rats in a sack we pick apart the hopefuls vying to succeed Johnson. Is there a least worst candidate in this rotten bunch? And what policies might any winner actually push forward with? Our guest is Ali Milani, who was Labour’s candidate against Johnson in 2019 and is author of The Unlikely Candidate.  “I’m glad to see the back of Johnson. He’s one of the most dangerous men to walk into Number 10.” – Ali Milani  “This was always going to be the end of the Boris Johnson story.” – Ali Milani  “The next party leader is going to want to significantly distance themselves from Boris Johnson.” – Ali Milani  “​The Speaker was giving off real substitute teacher vibes at PMQs." – Alex Andreou  "Never have I seen such a thin-skinned group of politicians." – Ali Milani www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/07/221h 3m

🚨 EmergencyCast 🚨 Disgraced, Debased, Destroyed

That’s it. Boris Johnson is to resign – sealing his place in history as the most shambolic excuse for a PM ever. We recorded a speedy-release edition on Wednesday, with 36 Government departures. Now we’re over 50. What the hell happened overnight? The resignations wouldn’t stop. Gove managed to get sacked. Johnson was due to fight on – before rather unceremoniously putting his fists down.  “The idea of Boris Johnson as caretaker, a man not known for taking care is ridiculous” – Dorian Lynskey “Silver lining: if Raab agreed to become caretaker, it would mean he’d have to give up all ambitions of having a leadership campaign” – Alex Andreou “Johnson has been a lightning rod for anger at how the government has behaved. And if you take that away, the lightning might strike the house.” - Ros Taylor “People were hypnotised by Johnson. We all lost our minds. And he’s a reminder that we must never, never let this happen again.” – Ros Taylor “It is one of the most astonishing self-owns we will ever see in British politics.” – Ian Dunt “My relief that he’s finally gone is tempered with anger that we let this happen.” – Ros Taylor  “He goes through his career thinking he’s Churchill and ends up just about beating Neville Chamberlain.” – Ian Dunt www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/07/2239m 11s

The End of the World King

Amid a resignation tsunami, who knows how many ministers will have quit by the time you read this sentence? Boris Johnson is clinging to power like a leech full to the brim with the lifeblood of the Conservative Party. Is this finally the end? Plus, Fine Gael spokesperson on European Affairs Neale Richmond joins us as we unpack Starmer’s Brexit stance and the latest from that neverending conundrum.  “We deserve a better class of bastards." – Ian Dunt  "This isn't analysis, this is giggling euphoria. It's our real time reaction to resignations." – Ian Dunt "I'm an elected TD. I've got potholes to fill and babies to kiss - so this is my problem." – Neale Richmond  "Wednesdays are my busiest day of the week. I could do without having to watch Sky News all day." – Neale Richmond  “British people say the EU would never let us back in, we’ve burned our bridges… Well the British people haven’t burned their bridges. Boris Johnson burned his bridges.” – Neale Richmond www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/07/221h 3m

Humpty Numpty Has Two Big Falls

With Boris Johnson’s face covered in egg after two humbling by-election defeats, we assess the PM’s standing. What further turmoil is coming down the line? Plus, the post-Johnson future will need big political ideas. Guest Geoff Mulgan, former head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office under Tony Blair, gives us some pointers from his new book Another World is Possible. “Nobody in British politics ever learns anything from any other country any more. Not Scotland, Wales, France or anywhere.” – Geoff Mulgan “Truss, Wallace and Sunak are all looking for a reason to go off in a huff and start their leadership campaigns.” – Alex Andreou “The time horizons of politics have shrunken to days or weeks… The mainstream media just aren’t interested in thinking about the future. And that generates enormous pessimism.” – Geoff Mulgan “Johnson is not humble, he does not feel the effects of accountability.” – Minnie Rahman “Johnson probably will lead the Tories into the next election because there isn’t an alternative.” – Geoff Mulgan  “What the Government needs is something that divides the public again.” – Minnie Rahman www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Minnie Rahman. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/07/221h 2m

Wakey, Wakey – By-Election Emergencycast

As the Tories suffer two crushing by-election losses and Oliver Dowden resigns, mark this a good morning for Britain. In a special by-election emergencycast, Ros Taylor and Ian Dunt discuss the fallout from a disastrous night for the Conservatives, what next for Johnson’s leadership, and if Labour and the Lib Dems have finally worked out how to defeat the Tories. “Dowden doesn’t have any honour whatsoever, it’s very good that he’s resigned.” - Ian Dunt “The worse things are at home, the more time Johnson spends overseas” - Ros Taylor “If the Tories are threatened with extinction, they will find the necessary changes to get rid of the problem.” - Ian Dunt “What we’re seeing is a deal between Starmer and Davey, and voters reading the signals.” - Ian Dunt “If the Conservatives change their leader, they can win the next election.” - Ian Dunt Presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/06/2223m 10s

On a Sticky Picket

With the Conservatives trying to blame Labour for this week’s strikes we unpack this latest bemusing attack line. Plus, we assess the ongoing Brexit dilemmas six years on from the referendum, with even ardent leavers dismayed and question marks over Labour’s position on the situation. This week’s guest is Robert Ford, professor of political science at the University of Manchester and co-author of Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics. This week we're out early, watch out for an emergency edition on Friday…  “Both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer are trapped in this one-dimensional narrative of how strikes play with the general public.” – Robert Ford  “It’s not going to get off the runway that strikes that are happening on your watch are the fault of the opposition.” – Robert Ford  “Boris Johnson is toxic with most voters. His ratings are terrible and they’re not getting better.” – Robert Ford  “The Government can run from the truth but they can’t hide from the truth.” – Naomi Smith  “Johnson has tried to squash the freedom of the press." – Naomi Smith "It feels painful to look back on Britain's political leaders." – Minnie Rahman www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Naomi Smith and Minnie Rahman. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/2254m 26s

Back In The ECHR

Patel’s eviction flights to Rwanda fall apart at the last minute and spark the ire of the European Court of Human Rights. But is a blazing row with “European judges” exactly what this collapsing Government wants anyway? Plus the Good Friday Agreement goes under the Brexit bus, David Davis’s “Remainer’s Brexit”, and Carole Cadwalladr defeats Arron Banks in court. Jack Blanchard of Politico is our special guest. (This edition recorded before the resignation of Lord Geidt) Also this week: A tribute to Dom Phillips, the British journalist who was murdered in the Amazon, from his friend and colleague Dorian. “Yes it’s a horrible fiasco and a waste of our money… But from a purely political point of view, the Government are probably rather pleased at how this is going.” – Jack Blanchard “If the Government had done the Rwanda story through legislation they’d have been on stronger ground… but they just didn’t want the scrutiny.” – Minnie Rahman “Tories are seeing majorities like Tiverton disappearing and wondering if Johnson really is an election winner after all…” - Jack Blanchard Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Minnie Rahman and Ian Dunt. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/06/221h 12m

Live in Brighton with Rafael Behr: Part Two

Is the nation due a vibe shift? With the Conservative Party in disarray, it would appear the times are a-changing… Plus, the Jubilee weekend has raised questions over the future of the monarchy. Dorian, Ian, Alex, Ros and special guest Rafael Behr mull over the state of the UK and how it might change in the near future.  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/06/2252m 38s

Live in Brighton with Rafael Behr: Part One

With Johnson clinging on to power after a dramatic week in Westminster, the panel unpacks VONC aftermath live in Brighton. What next for the embattled PM – can he linger around like a foul political stench for much longer? Dorian, Ian, Alex, Ros and special guest Rafael Behr mull over the latest drama in the first half of our latest in-person outing – from Hove, actually. “The Conservative Party has been in the grip of a personality cult.” – Ros Taylor  “Johnson will try to pacify everyone and fail.” – Alex Andreou “Being in control and having a plan takes hard work, and that’s an element he’s not willing to put in.” – Alex Andreou  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/06/2252m 37s

The Brady Crunch

As Johnson says he won’t quit thanks to a newfound sense of responsibility, we assess the chance of him being ousted. No confidence letters to 1922 Committee chair Graham Brady are reportedly nearing the magic 54 number. Will that happen? Then, what next? Plus, with Platty Joobs upon us, we discuss the panel's thoughts on a Royalist shindig. Guardian sketch writer John Crace is our special guest. “The idea that Johnson might do the decent thing or feel a note of shame… he’d need a character transplant for that.” – John Crace “You have to be a very anaemic Tory MP to think this can be allowed to rumble on forever.” – Ian Dunt “It’s getting harder to imagine the Tories winning the next election, whoever is in charge.” – Ros Taylor Presented by Alex Andreou with Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/06/2259m 33s

“We’ve Hosted a Party by Mistake” – Plus guest Francis Fukuyama

Fifth birthday edition! Let the PM who has not accidentally arrived at a party during a pandemic lockdown cast the first stone... The panel unpacks Johnson’s latest partygate excuses now the hottest report of the year has dropped. Plus, special guest Francis Fukuyama gives his take and joins to discuss his latest book Liberalism and Its Discontents. And a special OGWN Backstage Confidential in the Extra Bit…  “People weren’t just having a quick drink, this was people getting drunk to the level they were vomiting.” – Naomi Smith “We live in an age where there is so little accountability. Entire Governments would’ve fallen over this, let alone just the people at the top.” – Naomi Smith  “The key words in the report were ‘we seem to have got away with it’… and they will.” – Ros Taylor  “It’s no secret that Johnson’s tactic is to draw out every scandal until the public gets tired of it.” – Naomi Smith  “To play this term out with Johnson in charge, purely because nobody else wants the job, it feels like the last days of Rome.” – Ros Taylor  “Liberalism was invented due to the European wars of religion, and India is heading down that path.” – Francis Fukuyama  “Ukraine has been one of the biggest disasters in authoritarian decision-making history.” – Francis Fukuyama www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/221h 7m

Taster: ORIGIN STORY, Ian and Dorian’s new podcast

NEW PODCAST: In a brand new 6-part series, Ian and Dorian explore the histories of the most misrepresented ideas in politics. Here’s a taster of the first episode: McCarthyism. Was it really a crusade against communists or just a grifter’s opportunity that got out of hand? How did a witch-hunt morph into a way to denounce any critic, no matter who? And did Joe McCarthy really write the rulebook for Trumpism? It’s a new smash hit from the House of OGWN! Get the full episode here: https://kite.link/OS1McCarthy Back Origin Story on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/originstorypod Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio production by Jade Bailey and Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Origin Story is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/05/2210m 52s

Dude, Where’s My Society?

The panel unpacks our eternally wise Government’s ingenious cost of living fix – simply try to be richer! How did certain politicians come to suggest better jobs and working more as quick fixes to escape poverty? Is the old “no such thing as society” mantra rearing its head? Plus, the Article 16 standoff goes on, who were the charlatans who signed up to this dodgy deal? “What Rishi Sunak actually does with his money is give fuck-off donations to his old private school.“ – Ros Taylor “The Bank of England doesn’t have many levers it can pull, and raising interest rates is quite a painful one.” – Ian Dunt “As an MP, even visiting a food bank you’re a tourist in a strange land.” – Alex Andreou “When you’re poor, a trip to the dentist can knock your finances out of orbit for a year.” – Alex Andreou “Big Dog is not under immediate pressure, so Big Dog does not need to act.” – Ros Taylor Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/05/221h 1m

Aloo Aloo Aloo, What’s Going on Keir, Then?

As Starmer goes bhuna or bust, we discuss his big gamble and the ongoing curry furore. Lib Dem MP Layla Moran joins us to discuss who’s pushing the story and whether Keir’s response was the right move? Plus, the panel unpacks the local elections, now the dust from the ballot boxes has settled. And, what are the big things we should be worried about from the Queen’s Speech? “Johnson is a great asset for the Labour Party.” – Naomi Smith  “What Keir Starmer is in fact doing is what I think most people would hope most politicians would do in this situation.” – Layla Moran  “The Durham Police get to decide who gets to be leader and deputy leader of the Labour Party." – Ros Taylor "The media mudslinging affects all politicians." – Layla Moran "The government hasn't made new laws, just scrapped old ones." – Ros Taylor "It's just 38 bills of awfulness." – Layla Moran Come to OGWN Live in Brighton with special guest Rafael Behr on Weds 8 June: https://www.theoldmarket.com/shows/oh-god-what-now-live-in-brighton www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/05/2258m 46s

Neil Kinnock on How to Fight the Good Fight

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock talks Westminster sleaze, Starmer’s fighting spirit and tussles with the ultra-left. He and the panel unpack the rot in Government and the decline in standards – which he suggests could undo Johnson in the long run. Neil also reflects on his own time heading up Labour, while addressing what the party needs to do now and for the future. “Keir Starmer is not Kinnock, or John Smith, or Tony Blair. He is in fact Keir Starmer.” – Neil Kinnock “I think that Keir was probably born mature.” – Neil Kinnock “Keir is not a warrior but a consistent relentless fighter, and that’s why he’s a forensic lawyer. That’s why in his case, he says: ‘Don’t get mad, get even.’” – Neil Kinnock “Labour leaders most of the time have to manage their parties to an extent that other party leaders don’t have to do.” – Neil Kinnock “Compromise for a realistic political leader is like oxygen for human beings.” – Neil Kinnock “If you live in the real world, as you must, a life without compromise is unlivable.” – Neil Kinnock “It’s no good Labour leader’s whinging about mistreatment from the press.” – Neil Kinnock "Labour has a galaxy of meaningful policies, but no overall mission.” – Neil Kinnock "Blair's fall from esteem was almost Greek in dimension." – Neil Kinnock "Elections are won and lost over years, not weeks." – Neil Kinnock  https://www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/05/221h 9m

NSFW (Not Safe For Westminster)

As Boris Johnson’s teflon covering is scratched away, we chart a potential path to his political demise. The panel analyses the latest x-rated scandal in the Commons, that newspaper article and the Prime Minister’s turmoil. Plus, we look at Elon Musk’s controversial Twitter takeover. Sir Anthony Seldon, political historian and author of The Impossible Office? The History of the British Prime Minister, is this week’s guest.    “Boris Johnson has passed the supposed point of no return in his leadership about 97 times.” – Sir Anthony Seldon “Tories love power, that’s why they’re the longest serving party in history, whereas Labour are more purist.” – Sir Anthony Seldon “This drip, drip of partygate information has helped Johnson, but harmed the Conservatives.” - Alex Andreou “After the past few years the public expect politicians to break the law and get away with it.” – Minnie Rahman “To be a successful leader you need to appreciate history… arrogance will only lead to your downfall.” – Sir Anthony Seldon “All his life Johnson has played his own game, by his own rules and got his own way.” – Sir Anthony Seldon “The cost of living crisis feels like a Tory crisis, and that’s where Labour's political opportunity is.” – Minnie Rahman www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Naomi Smith with Alex Andreou and Minnie Rahman. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/04/221h

The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum System

We unpack Johnson’s latest partygate pseudo-apology and analyse the Government’s controversial Rwanda asylum plans. Might the PM’s hubris finally catch up with him? The panel also casts an eye to France as the nation’s presidential election comes to its climax, with veteran correspondent John Lichfield joining as this week’s guest. “The Conservatives are looking around thinking: 'This is a party absolutely stacked with shite.'” – Ian Dunt  “If the worst Johnson can do is compare Starmer to Corbyn, then he's in a pretty terrible state.” – Ian Dunt "The Rwanda plan is designed to rile up people like us." – Ian Dunt “France is, very dangerously, becoming split in three ways” – John Lichfield “The French have written off Boris some time ago as someone not to be taken seriously.” – John Lichfield “I think Macron is going to be re-elected, and that is an extraordinary exploit.” – John Lichfield  “I don’t think anyone is actually going to get sent to Rwanda… the plan has so many holes in it I just can’t see it working” – Arthur Snell  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Arthur Snell and Ian Dunt. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/04/221h 6m

The Crime Minister

Johnson becomes the first PM to be convicted of a crime when in office. We look at the times Britain HAS changed its PM during a war, the fines that are coming – and how Johnson is now hiding behind the Ukrainian people so he doesn’t get No Confidenced. Aussi, la merde frappe le ventilateur in the French elections. And Penny Mordaunt, Tank Girl. Labour MP for Leeds NW Alex Sobel is our special guest.  “You don’t have to be a Non-Dom to be a Chancellor – but it helps, right?” – Naomi Smith “The question is, where is the bottom of the Tories’ moral compass? How low can Johnson go?” – Alex Sobel “My own father died during COVID and I wasn’t able to touch him – because I, like everyone else except our leaders, followed the rules.” – Naomi Smith “I would be willing to put my hand on my heart and say that Rishi Sunak will never be Conservative Party leader.” – Alex Sobel “Populism is the promise that the harshest possible laws will apply to everyone else. That is the Le Pen offer.” – Alex Andreou “Everyone forgets that the main reason Sunak became Chancellor was simply because he was compliant.” – Alex Sobel Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/221h 5m

Have I Got No News For You

Dorries decides to sell Channel 4 (definitely not out of revenge), it’s two years of Keir, and populism wins again with Orbán. Guest Matt Forde, comedian and host of The Political Party podcast, joins us to look at how Labour has shifted under two years of Starmer and where it goes next. Plus, we look at what’s behind Nadine Dorries’ decision – and what will come of another Orbán victory in Hungary? “Starmer didn’t want to be in a position where he had to remove the whip from Corbyn, it didn’t make his life easier.” – Ian Dunt  “For the first time since Gordon Brown, Labour has the better candidate to be Prime Minister.” – Matt Forde  “Labour might not be 20 points ahead of the Tories, but they are 25 points ahead of where they were under Corbyn.” – Ros Taylor  “I think he [Johnson] has totally underestimated how livid people are… I think he is totally out of touch with the anger and the hurt.” – Matt Forde “Channel 4 is an easier target than the BBC. People are less attached to it, and Dorries is less afraid to take it on.” - Ros Taylor www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/04/221h 8m

Party, All the Fines? – with guest Emily Thornberry

With Partygate fines being dished out, special guest Emily Thornberry joins us to discuss Government scandals and sleaze. The shadow attorney general weighs in on Boris Johnson’s position, as it appears evermore untenable. Plus, we discuss the Labour’s future prospects, hopes for change …and the Tories eternally wading into the war on woke.  “You can’t have some rules for some people and no rules for other people. We don’t have gods among us.” – Emily Thornberry  “Of course the British people want to help people, but we don’t have a government that can step up to that.” – Emily Thornberry  “We have to win so many seats back and to do it in one leap is going to be difficult.” – Emily Thornberry  “You can be as radical and beautiful as you want to be, but if you don’t get elected, you’re no use to anybody.” – Emily Thornberry  "If Labour isn't the party for the disempowered and marginalised, then why are we here?" – Emily Thornberry www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/04/221h 7m

Last Chancellor Saloon

We analyse whether there was anything but jam tomorrow from the chancer Chancellor in his Spring Statement. During a historic cost of living crisis, has Rishi Sunak come anywhere close to meeting the moment? Plus, as scandals surrounding Boris Johnson and his Government resurface, we dive into the sleaze. Will Davies, a professor in political economy and co-author of Unprecedented?: How COVID-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy, is this week’s guest.  “This statement struck the wrong note for the challenge we as a country are facing.” – Alex Andreou “It is useful for Johnson to draw a line between himself and Europe, and the EU can get more done without Britain.” – Ros Taylor  “Johnson will no doubt want to use Ukraine in any way he can to distract from partygate.” – Will Davies “Sunak had the choice of doing right by the country or right by the party, and he chose the latter.” – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/03/221h 8m

From Russia With Funds

Government shortcomings amid Ukraine’s invasion are clear, with questions over refugee support and Russian influence in British politics. The panel discusses oligarch controversy, issues for those trying to flee to Britain and global shifts the present crisis is sparking. Guardian columnist and The Long View presenter Jonathan Freedland is our special guest this week.  “You can’t deal with this on your own, of course not. It has to be European solidarity.” – Jonathan Freedland  “If you’re mixing at parties with celebrities and politicians, you’re going to have gossip on them.” – Naomi Smith  “We’ve seen a realignment of the world into dictatorship vs democracy.” – Jonathan Freedland  “Russians are the first victims of Putinism, they’ve been both gagged and blindfolded, and we need to liberate them.” – Jonathan Freedland  www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/03/221h 1m

Slava Ukraini – OGWN Live in London

Live in London… How will Putin’s Ukraine gamble play out? Has Johnson got away with Partygate? Which pundit wins the Worst Take on Ukraine award? Ian, Dorian, Ros, Minnie (live debut!) and special crossover guest Arthur Snell of Doomsday Watch/The Bunker discuss these issues and more before a brilliant live audience at the Leicester Square Theatre. Text the word SUPPORT to 70150 to send £10 to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Minnie Rahman, Arthur Snell and Ian Dunt. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Special thanks to Jess Davies and all at the Leicester Square Theatre. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/03/221h 30m

🇺🇦 Ukraine: A Nation’s Bravery 🇺🇦 plus guest Anna Soubry 🇺🇦

As Ukrainian resistance awes the world, can EU sanctions stop Russia – or are the risks of confronting Putin just too great? Plus the Government’s cruel refugee policy, unexplained oligarch wealth, and the ignominy of Stop The War. This week’s special guest is former Conservative MP, defence minister and Change UK leader Anna Soubry. “Ukraine has made people realise what the nature of a refugee really is.” – Anna Soubry “The financial assault on Russia is economic warfare of the highest order.” – Ian Dunt “Parliament voting against airstrikes in Syria in 2013 was a dreadful mistake. It showed Putin he could essentially do what he wanted.” – Anna Soubry “There are two frontlines. There’s the battle in Ukraine and the financial assault on Russia.” – Ian Dunt “This is almost a betrayal… We have spent eyewatering amounts of money on nuclear weapons and it turns out that the bully can win anyway?” – Ann Soubry “Zelenskyy puts himself in the public eye and in harm’s way, exactly the way Putin doesn’t.” – Naomi Smith Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/ www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt and Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/03/221h 12m

A Crime Against Freedom

**This episode was recorded prior to Russia's assault on Ukraine on Thursday.** Putin pounces. Ukraine in peril. COVID sidelined at home.  Romeo Kokriatski, managing editor of New Voice of Ukraine, joins us from Kyiv to talk about the horror posed by Russia’s aggression. Plus, comedian and creator of The Room Next Door Michael Spicer joins us to discuss what’s going on domestically, as Boris Johnson tries to ignore his way out of the pandemic.  “Putin is a dictator, he doesn’t need a reason to do anything.” - Romeo Kokriatski  “Russia’s demands were completely unacceptable. It would leave NATO countries on Russia’s borders completely undefended.” - Romeo Kokriatski “Apart from the US, Britain can hurt Russia the most, yet we aren’t fulfilling our obligations.” - Ian Dunt  “Covid is not the same as a cold. How are people meant to protect others if they don’t know they have it?” - Minnie Rahman  “There’s been a running narrative of ‘when will they get this right?’ about this government.” - Michael Spicer  “As long as this Government is in charge, there will always be material for comedy.” - Michael Spicer www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt and Minnie Rahman. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/02/221h 7m

Ukraine in the trenches, Britain on the benches

Russia insists troops are being withdrawn from the Ukrainian border, but is there a genuine deescalation? What happens next? We assess the crisis and Britain’s reaction to it. Plus, with our institutions in disarray as the Government remains embroiled in scandal, what needs to change? Former diplomat and civil servant Alexandra Hall Hall is today’s special guest. “I find it so frustrating that Russia is spinning this narrative that NATO’s actions are somehow provocative.” - Alexandra Hall Hall “This situation is the best opportunity for Boris Johnson to perform his ‘wannabe Churchill’ routine.” - Alexandra Hall Hall “There has been a hollowing out of the ethos of the senior civil service.” – Alex Andreou  “In order to deliver Brexit, so many conventions were trampled upon.” – Alexandra Hall Hall www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/221h 5m

When Will the Bubbly Burst?

As Boris Johnson is busted with bubbly, will new No.10 arrivals come to his rescue – or are they too late to the parties? Journalist and author Marie Le Conte joins us from sister podcast The Bunker to discuss the latest ins and outs at Downing Street and the mini Cabinet reshuffle. Plus, while the PM loses friends at a rapid rate, a constant ally remains in the form of Nadine Dorries. We ask, what’s her deal? “Like Matt Hancock, this rambling scandal will disable Johnson – but it’ll be something else that gets rid of him.” – Alex Andreou “It doesn’t matter if Johnson apologises about the Savile smear. The point is, in the country the moral line has held.” – Ian Dunt “The penalties for accusing someone of lying are far worse than the lying itself, and that cannot stand.” – Ian Dunt "Johnson has built a parliamentary party of morons, and surrounded himself with the worst of them." - Alex Andreou "Dorries' behaviour is so bizarre that people have to come up with explanations, but the basic answer is she's shit." - Ian Dunt www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Naomi Smith with Alex Andreou and Ian Dunt. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/02/2253m 59s

Blame and Shame

Boris Johnson remains consistent in at least one regard – he continues to disappoint yet fails to surprise with his actions. With the PM’s bluster having backfired of late, journalist and author of Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition Sonia Purnell joins us to discuss his position. Meanwhile, questions have been raised over “dirty money” from Russia “flowing into” London. How does this tie in with our politics – and place on the world stage?  “Boris was driven by the agenda of his own career. He had to be number 1 and of course the most powerful person in the country is the Prime Minister.” - Sonia Purnell  “It’s getting hard to defend the system.” - Ian Dunt  “Tory MPs have essentially desensitised themselves, and there are no boundaries to what they will defend.” - Ros Taylor  “Johnson is not a nice, cuddly teddy bear. There is a loss of control when he’s under threat.” - Sonia Purnell  “For the Tory party to change, you have to hurt it at the ballot box.” - Ros Taylor www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/02/221h 10m

When Cakes Attack

Is the party nearly over for Boris Johnson, or can he continue to have his cake and eat it? With a police investigation launched into Downing Street’s lockdown shenanigans, and the publication of Sue Gray’s report apparently imminent, we assess the Prime Minister’s seemingly ever-precarious position. Beyond that we look at Rishi Sunak’s manoeuvres and motivations, as he’s touted as a successor to Johnson. What are the Chancellor’s chances? “The Government has lied so many times, over and over, that it’s genuinely impossible to tell whether they’re telling the truth at all.” – Naomi Smith  “The people of Ukraine are not a press office for you to fire off press releases when things aren’t going well for you in the Commons.” – Ian Dunt  “What sort of crazy world is it where Johnson welcomes an actual criminal investigation by the police, where he could be prosecuted, as some sort of relief, just because it extends his time in power.” – Naomi Smith “How can the Met investigate these breaches when they happened under their noses.” – Ros Taylor www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ian Dunt, Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/01/221h 8m

Red Meat is a Dog’s Dinner

The Sue Gray report is imminent, Tory backbenchers are sending in their letters to the 1922 committee, and Bury North MP Christian Wakeford has defected to Labour. Is Boris Johnson a dead man walking, or can he really ride this out? Plus, we discuss the Government’s latest attack on the BBC, and how to fund the national broadcaster in the age of streaming. The Financial Times’ Chief Features Writer Henry Mance is our special guest this week. “Johnson must have thought he was home free, then on the last question David Davis called for his resignation in the strongest terms.” - Alex Andreou “Christian Wakeford having a majority of only 402 in a red wall seat is probably a motivating factor in him having switched.” - Minnie Rahman “Older MPs rebelled against Cameron and May, yet they now think they’re in a position to tell newer MPs ‘you shouldn’t rebel’.” - Henry Mance “Attacks on the BBC are incoherent, the Government want it to be a patriotic national broadcaster, yet they also want it to be like Netflix.” - Henry Mance 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/01/221h 5m

You’ll Always Find Me In Denial At Parties

When is a party not a party? As Boris Johnson slobbers out a pitifully insincere apology for No.10’s Turbo Garden Rave 2020, has he finally lost the Tory Party as well as most of the country? Plus, Liz Truss: Portrait of a Woman Who’s Dire. What makes Cosplay Thatcher run? And who would our panel put in the Lords? Comedy writer of HIGNFY fame Sara Gibbs is our special guest.   “I can’t pretend I’m not enjoying this absolute lying bastard getting his comeuppance… He is boxed in by his own bullshit.” – Ian Dunt “I’ve been to some bad parties but none so bad I thought they were work meetings.” – Naomi Smith” “Trying to get a COVID LFT is like trying to get a five star meal.” – Ian Dunt “In Liz Truss’s infamous cheese speech you could see her brain going ‘Do a smile now.’ I have no idea what’s going on in there. She’s naked ambition in a skin suit.” – Sara Gibbs “It’s a lie within a lie within a lie, tumbling into oblivion.” – Ian Dunt “The mistake with Boris Johnson was treating him like a bumbling buffoon… We made him seem innocuous. I worry about doing the same with Liz Truss.” – Sara Gibbs “I’d rather Boris Johnson stayed there as a dead man walking… But the alternatives do look very, very beatable.” – Ian Dunt Back us at www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/01/221h 7m

Happy New Keir

It’s the first Oh God, What Now? of 2022, and we’re going back to our roots by looking at good old Brexit. What joys will our prolonged divorce from Europe bring in the year ahead? Plus Keir Starmer put his “Contract with the British public” on the table in a speech earlier this week, but what exactly is it? And in the extra bit, we discuss Netflix’s apocalyptic comedy Don’t Look Up. “Macron has nothing to lose with this rhetoric, anti-vaxxers aren’t going to vote for him anyway and the vaxxed don’t want a lockdown.” - Ros Taylor “What we’ve learnt is that the sub-tribes within the Brexit tribe want very different things.” - Alex Andreou “The Brexiteers promised IMAX, but instead they’re huddling round a black and white TV showing the Australia trade deal again.” - Dorian Lynskey “The Tories are really struggling to maintain the culture war, and without it politics returns to a discussion of material conditions.” - Ian Dunt “The Tony Blair peerage debate is one of the most boring debates, there should be a button on Twitter to shut down discussion on Blair.” - Ian Dunt www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Alex Andreou, Ian Dunt and Ros Taylor. 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/01/221h 8m

Now That’s What I Call OGWN 🎉 The greatest bits of 2021

In our intra-Christmas special to tide you over til January, we present some of the best bits of OGWN from 2021. From scourge of the No.10 party person Pippa Crerar to representative of endangered species the ‘sensible Tory’ David Gauke, from the Sunday Times Insight Team’s incredible work on the Government’s pandemic failures to favourite guests Andy Burnham and Sarah Gibb, here are some of our favourite moments. Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith, Alex Andreou, Ian Dunt, Minnie Rahman and Ros Taylor. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/12/211h 7m

🎄Christmas ’21 🧀🍷 Away In A Danger! 🥂

🎶 “Simply having/A terrible cheese and wine…” 🎶 In the last OGWN of 2021, our Christmas stocking bulges with troubles for Boris Johnson. Lord Frost bails out, the UK caves over the ECJ and the Northern Ireland Protocol, people have never been so angry about cheese and/or wine, and he’s lost control of COVID measures – again. What a way to end the year. Plus: The panel reads the tea leaves for reasons to be optimistic in 2022. The many faces of the Liz Truss Multiverse. And what’s the worst Christmas our panel have ever had? “The Brexiters can’t let Northern Ireland be seen as the only part of the UK to make a success of Brexit… because it’s still in the Single Market.” – Naomi Smith “Lord Frost’s resignation was timed to cause maximum damage to an already damaged Johnson. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the rivals had offered him a job.” – Alex Andreou “Liz Truss is oozing with desperation for the top job, it’s almost embarrassing.” – Naomi Smith “If the Government is saying we need something in a week, the science is probably saying we needed it a week ago.” – Minnie Rahman Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith, Alex Andreou, Minnie Rahman and Ros Taylor. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/12/211h 1m

🚨🗳 Emergency By-Electioncast 🚨🗳 Come Gloat With Us 🚨🗳

SHORT SHARP SHROP: Christmas comes early as Johnson’s Tories are utterly humiliated in the North Shropshire by-election, with the ignominious loss of a 23,000-vote majority in a Tory heartland – and the biggest swing to the Lib Dems since 1993. What brought about this debacle: sleaze, scandal, Christmas parties, Johnson selling out farmers, Owen Paterson’s arrogance, or Johnson’s own repellent personality? And did Labour play it right by not campaigning too hard? Ros, Naomi and Dorian gather for a nice hot glass of mulled schadenfreude. “This shows there isn’t yet huge appetite for a Starmer government. What there is, is disgust at the Conservative government.” – Ros Taylor “Unlike Chesham and Amersham this wasn’t Remainers’ Revenge. This was very much a verdict on Johnson.” – Naomi Smith “The Paterson affair shows Johnson’s fatal flaw: hubris. This will be his downfall.” – Ros Taylor Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/12/2123m 11s

Bor Is Over – If You Want It?

Boris Johnson finally looks vulnerable, but should we really want him to go on the eve of the Omicron Wave? Is Partygate plus COVID fatigue a recipe for non-compliance? Did Plan B happen so fast to save Johnson’s skin – and should Lib Dems, Greens and the Left really make common cause with libertarian Tories over vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations? Plus, the Afghanistan Withdrawal was among the most shameful episodes of 2021. We ask Kim Ghattas – Middle East expert and author of Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that Unravelled the Middle East – if the West will ever have positive influence in the region again. “This is a hugely weakened Johnson… Nobody could have predicted he’d collapse so badly, so soon.” – Naomi Smith “We are in a very scary place now with the virus. Soon we’ll run out of testing capacity – and we will have no idea how many people have COVID.” – Ros Taylor “I look at Partygate and think maybe we should be kinder to our own politicians in Lebanon. Maybe they’re not so bad.” – Kim Ghattas “If there’s one thing worse than going into this stage of the pandemic with the Tories in charge, it’s going in with nobody in charge.” – Ros Taylor “The Taliban have realised they can’t operate like they did in the 90s… They have to let technocrats who are women to go back to work, because they know how to run a country.” – Kim Ghattas Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Thanks to Stephen and Mandy for the graphic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/12/211h 9m

Ho Ho Ho God, What Now? - Live in London

It’s their party and they’ll lie if they want to… Mere hours after Allegra Stratton fell on her sword, the Oh God, What Now? panel assemble before a baying crowd at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, for our Christmas special. What does the party-that-wasn’t mean? What were the ten worst things about 2021? And what would our panelists do if they were suddenly made Dictator?  Back us at www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith, Alex Andreou and Ian Dunt. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/12/211h 30m

The Culture War’s deep roots – with guests JON RONSON and RAF BEHR

If you thought the Culture War was a recent invention, you’d be wrong. Investigative mischief-maker JON RONSON joins us to explain how its roots run a lot deeper than you might think – as he learned from making his new podcast series Things Fell Apart. Plus, are progressive politics finally turning the corner? The Guardian’s RAFAEL BEHR on the difference between where Starmer is and where he needs to be. And what will the NEXT Culture War be about?  • “If you fill your head with ideology then there is no room for curiosity.” – JON RONSON • “The Government only has two approaches: total lockdown or Plague Party.” – NAOMI SMITH • “There is no Blairism left in the Labour Party. But there is anti-Corbynism.” – RAF BEHR • “Every generation wants to solve the problems of the previous one.” – JON RONSON • “Brexit was sold on controlling the borders – but you can’t do that if you only control one side of the border.” – RAF BEHR Listen to Jon Ronson’s Things Fell Apart: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/m0011cpr Back us at www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Naomi Smith. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/12/211h 5m

DePfeffel Pig and the Very Hard Speech

As Johnson makes a pig's ear out of his speech to the CBI, and with unrest sizzling on the Tory backbenches over social care, is the Prime Minister in danger of getting smoked out, or can he use red meat to buy off his MPs? Plus continental Europe is facing a fourth wave of COVID, reaching case rates the UK has seen for months! Will Britain avoid another lockdown, and are we changing our behaviour as Christmas approaches? Naomi, Dorian and Alex are joined by special guest Gavin Esler on this week’s show. “Johnson turning up and winging his speech is effectively another way of saying ‘fuck business’.” - Alex Andreou “I hate commentators using the word ‘authentic’, some people are authentically shit.” - Gavin Esler  “Johnson is under attack from all groups in the party, this makes it very difficult for him to buy them off.” - Naomi Smith “One person I think has a good chance is Jeremy Hunt. He’s biding his time, outside the cabinet of disasters.” - Gavin Esler “The UK became desensitised after the 80,000 death second wave, something that other European countries didn’t go through.” - Alex Andreou Back us on Patreon: 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/11/211h 3m

From Here to U-Turnity

Welcome to the House of Funds… Parliament’s sleaze scandal rolls into yet another week. But have no fear! Boris Johnson has announced plans to reform the rule for second jobs MPs can do, and this time it’s totally going to work, you guys. Gracie Mae Bradley from human rights group Liberty joins us to discuss the week’s news...  Will the Tory old guard be impressed with Johnson threatening to take away their nice little earners, and is there any stopping serial filibusterer Christopher Chope from ruining votes at the last minute?  Plus, President Putin is piling the pressure on his regional allies, and refugees are being used a political pawn by Belarus. We take a look at why the story isn’t bigger here in the UK, and how the erosion of democracy on the other side of Europe affects us all.  “Johnson had a torrid time at PMQs, the speaker told him in politer terms to sit down and shut up” - Alex Andreou “MPs are paid to be full time representatives of their constituency, so any jobs should be agreed with that in mind” - Alex Andreou “Conservative MPs elected in marginal seats look at Christopher Chope and think ‘what impression is he giving the public of us?’” - Ros Taylor “All that Johnson has going for him is that he wins, that’s the only reason people in the party like him” - Dorian Lynskey “There is a horrible continuity between the accounts of people in Calais and on the Belarus/Poland border” - Gracie Bradley “All of this is Putin’s way of testing Biden’s resolve” - Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Don’t forget the OH GOD, WHAT NOW? Christmas live show - tickets are selling fast so get yours at https://bit.ly/3CvhpqH Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant prod