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130: The Brexiters’ War on Objective Reality

This week: Why Dominic Cummings is putting out information chaff to create the impression of activity. Which good Remainy cause are YOU going to donate your shiny Brexit 50p to? Would Paddington Bear be rejected for Settled Status? Why are the Brexiters placing their faith in the WTO and Trump just as Trump is trying to neuter the WTO itself? And your autumn timetable of what (not) to worry about. “This Government is exactly like Brexit Twitter. And it behaves like Brexit Twitter.” Produced...


129: CUMMINGS GOES KAMIKAZE plus special guest Rory Palmer MEP

On the agenda: The headlong rush to an end nobody voted for, and why No Deal is a man-made asteroid strike. When is the right time for a No Confidence motion against the Government? Linguistic programming as Johnson drills the buzzphrase “undemocratic backstop” into the national mind. Scenario planning and horizon scanning. Ingrid – our secret agent within the Tory Party – finally succumbs to Stockholm Syndrome. The Government’s snappy 1,400 page No Deal for small businesses. And why food...


128: BRECON BAD: Emergency By-Electioncast

Lib Dems on the march? General Election plans scattered? As the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election result reduces Johnson’s majority to just one, Naomi Smith, Alex Andreou and guest Rob Blackie convene to sort out what it all means.


127: BOJO’S ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION plus special guest Heidi Allen MP

This week HEIDI ALLEN – independent MP, recovering Tory and battle-scarred CHUK veteran – joins us in the Brexit blunderdome. How can we create a Remain Alliance when the clock is ticking? What’s Johnson planning for Election ’19 and how do we fight the Vote Leave ERG Goverment? What can we learn from the CHUK episode? And much, much more Presented by Ros Taylor with Ian Dunt and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees ad Soho Radio, London. Remainiacs is a...


126: THE CORONATION OF PRINCE BOFFREY plus special guest Gavin Esler

So it’s come to this… Boris Johnson finally gets to sit in the Big Chair. Where do we go from here? Can he turn Brexiter fantasy into governmental reality? Is there a real Awkward Squad assembling on the Tory backbenches? And how do we get through this new low with our sanity intact? Plus special guest Gavin Esler talks us through his new book Brexit Without The Bullshit, his short rollercoaster ride as a Change UK candidate, and the war of facts vs fiction that defines Brexit. Oh, and there...


125: Guests LED BY DONKEYS: How they hacked Brexit Britain’s brain

They put tweets that Brexiters would rather forget on giant billboards, chased Farage around the country with reminders of his lies, and annoyed loony-right glove puppet Guido Fawkes so much he outed them for spite. Now guerrilla artists and Remainiac heroes LED BY DONKEYS ( join us on the podcast to tell us what it’s like when an idea in the pub goes on to the country alight. Ben Stewart and Olly Knowles from LBD tell us who deserves a proper lampooning (and...


124: THE AMBASSADOR’S RECEPTION plus guest Wes Streeting MP

So much for the Special Relationship… In an unprecedented week in which PM-to-be Boris Johnson effectively fired Britain’s ambassador to the USA to placate a bullying Donald Trump, we look into Britain’s humiliating future as a taker of orders from bigger international players. Plus independent-minded Labour MP for Ilford North WES STREETING joins us to explain what the party’s shift of Brexit policy means. Corbyn now says he wants another vote – but would Labour really fight a General...


123: RISE OF THE TROLLITICIANS plus comedian Kieran Hodgson on the lessons of 1975

As the Brexit Party Ltd’s antics in Strasbourg grow more obnoxious, does the future belong to “trolliticians” who don’t really want to achieve anything – they just want to ruin everything around them? Should Vladimir Putin’s pronouncement that “liberalism is dead” worry us? And character comedian KIERAN HODGSON joins us to explain how his show ‘75’ – about the first EU referendum, and returning to London and Edinburgh soon – tells us much about the 2016 one. And the next one too…? PLUS:...


122: POWER, CORRUPTION AND LIES with Brian Klaas, author of How To Rig An Election

As the Tory leadership race is buried under an avalanche of dead cats, we’re joined by political analyst Brian Klaas – assistant professor of global politics at UCL, expert on authoritarianism, electoral malpractice and how democracies die, author of How To Rig An Election, and host of the Power Corrupts podcast ( . What can the truth-lite, nonsense-heavy Trump nightmare tell us about the future of British democracy in the Age of Johnson? Plus… Why DID...


121: A PANTOMIME OF DEMOCRACY plus guest Caroline Criado-Perez

This one’s in danger of being superseded by events so it’s out a day early… We recorded it just a little too soon to catch the heroic demise of Rory Stewart. But we did catch the latest Blue on Blue atrocities from the Tory leadership squabble, plus depressing research that shows the British people are more hostile to compromise than ever. Meanwhile, indestructible feminist warrior CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ joins us to discuss the March for Change (


120: PROROGUE ONE: A Tory Wars Story with guest Anand Menon

This week ANAND MENON – commentator, director of UK In A Changing Europe and Moriarty to Ian Dunt’s Sherlock Holmes – joins us in our fancy new studio to perform triage on the Tory leadership battle and all the latest Brexit catastrophes. On the podcast: ‘My Gove Hell, by Cocaine’. Are tax cuts for the rich the bold move the Left Behinds cried out for in 2016? Why Dominic Raab wants to destroy parliamentary sovereignty in order to save it. Peterborough fall-out. And a whole lot more. “What...


119: Into PurgaTORY with special guest DOMINIC GRIEVE MP

On the agenda: the Conservatives’ self-inflicted purgatory. The squabble for the Party leadership, and why Rory Stewart is the Tory Corbyn (Torbyn?). Trump Week and Britain’s future as trade partner or prey. And the sad end (or is it?) of Change UK. It’s all here in an absolutely fascinating extra-length conversation with a titan of our political times. And there’s a ray of hope too. “The Brexit Party is thriving on paralysis,” Dominic Grieve tells us. “Take away that paralysis and they will...


118: ANARCHY IN THE UK? EU elections aftermath special

After the EU parliamentary elections turned into a straight-up showdown between the Remain bloc and the Brexit Party, who’s in charge now – and what’s left of the Tories and Labour? How can Remainers challenge the Brexiters’ simplistic narrative that “it’s Nige wot won it”? What were the REAL trends across Europe? And what’s the message for a People’s Vote if and when it comes? Plus! Ingrid Oliver returns after too, too long. We talk to Dorian about his new book The Ministry Of Truth: A...


117: VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL Our trade future with guest Dmitry Grozoubinski

We didn’t QUITE make Wednesday night as promised at the top of the show… but here’s this week’s podcast, just in time for that EU vote. In this episode: What’s in the WAB and has any May idea ever died quite so quickly? Final learnings from the EU Election campaign that everyone pretended never was. The pros and cons of milkshaking. Astroturfing for fun and profit. And should Labour have been on our EU Parliament hustings at all? PLUS Britain’s glittering future in world trade! Negotiator...


116: SPECIAL EDITION: Candidate-packed Euro Elections hustings-cast!

Surprise special edition incoming… It’s Euro elections week and lots of us STILL don’t know who to vote for. On Friday 17 May we brought together people from the key national parties who are hunting the Remainer vote to make their pitch in semi-hustings format. London MEP candidates DINESH DHAMIJA (Lib Dems), LAURA PARKER (Labour) and JAN ROSTOWSKI (Change UK) plus AMELIA WOMACK (Deputy Leader of the Greens for England and Wales) joined Dorian Lynskey for an hour of free-range podcanvassing...


115: THE EVE OF THE WAR with special guest Stephen Bush of the New Statesman

As the EU Election clock ticks remorselessly down to zero we’re joined by the New Statesman’s political editor **STEPHEN BUSH** to survey the campaign so far and predict the upshot. What will Labour’s “all things to everyone” stance to do its vote? How do we fight the Brexit Party’s “all rage, no content’’ politics? Just how screwed are the Conservatives? Why a Farage victory might be a good thing for Remain. And we (try to) answer the only question that matters: **who should Remainers vote...


114: DEMOTING THE VOTE with special guest, Labour MP ALEX SOBEL

How did a sweeping local elections vote for Remain parties become an instruction to “just get Brexit done”? What do those results mean for the EU Elections later this month? What will it take to stop the momentum of the Brexit Party? And what will happen if we don’t? **ALEX SOBEL**, the pro-People’s Vote Labour MP for Leeds North West, joins us to unpick the spin around a vote that saw both Labour and the Tories receive a bloody nose – and then try to explain it away. He gives us an idea of...


113: EU elections: HOWLS OF FRUSTRATION with special guest Rachel Shabi

As Labour’s NEC enrages members by pushing a Confirmatory Referendum into Never-Neverland and recommitting to “Soft” Brexit, we invite Guardian writer and Corbyn supporter **RACHEL SHABI** into the Remainiacs bunker for a candid discussion of Labour’s Brexit contortions. Why would voters back the party in the EU parliamentary election if that vote will only be transformed into a “vote for Brexit”? Is it time for Remainers to give up on Labour and vote for unequivocally Remain parties? And is...


112: FAILURE TO LAUNCH: Have Remain parties blown the EU elections? PLUS 1975 Referendum retro special

On this week’s podcast: Why can’t the Remain parties get their acts together for the European Parliament elections, the most important vote on the EU since the Referendum? Historian ROBERT SAUNDERS joins us to explain what lessons we should have learned from the 1975 Referendum (Do YOU have a copy of ‘Common Market Reggae’? Top £ paid). If we’re going to “remain and reform” what exactly is that supposed to mean? And could we pull it off anyway? And we have a very special Remainiacs Live...


111: D’HONDT STOP BELIEVING: Fighting the EU Elections and more with guest Matt Forde

This week [**MATT FORDE**]( – stand-up, ‘Mock The Week’ regular, creator of touring show ‘[Brexit Through The Gift Shop](’ and interviewer of political heavyweights on his podcast ‘[The Political Party](’ – joins us to get psephological for the upcoming EU Parliament elections. Should we embrace or fear a vote that Theresa May definitely doesn’t want? Can Remain parties co-ordinate, which side’s...