Oh God, What Now?

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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 read less
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David Cameron – Best of the Worst of the Worst?
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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
Backtrack to the Future?
13-02-2024
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
Jumping on the ban wagon
02-02-2024
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
Brexit: New ways for it to ruin everything!
30-01-2024
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
Attack of the ‘Will of the People’!
23-01-2024
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