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Oh God, What Now?

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Overview

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

533 Episodes

Election Week 4: Sunak’s bringing tetchy back – with guest John Crace

• Watch our Election Night Live Special on Zoom when you back us on Patreon. • Keep an eye out for daily editions Tue-Fri in the run-up to the Election. It’s Week Four sum-up time! There’s only 13 days to go and as the news worsens for the Conservatives their friendly papers are losing their minds. Guardian political sketchwriter John Crace takes Jacob Jarvis through the week’s highlights and many, many lowlights. Who would bet on an election date? Is “you backed Corbyn” the gotcha line the Tory press think it is? What’s Sunak’s exit strategy? And how will we come down from this epic schadenfreude binge? • “We often see Tetchy Rishi but in the debate he looked positively furious… Not a great look.” • “As far as I can tell, even Telegraph readers aren’t in line with Telegraph editorial… Even they are leaning Labour.” • “What we have here is a feeling of End of Days.” Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more. Presented by Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music by Cornershop. 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

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2024

Election '24: Electric Landslide

According to Grant Shapps, Labour is in danger of winning a “supermajority” - which means literally nothing in British politics. We prefer ‘mega-landslide’, but realistically what would a win as big as is projected mean for British politics? Plus, no one is talking about Brexit in this election cycle, even Nigel Farage – WHY?! And in the Extra Bit for subscribers when it comes to the broadcast media, who’s on cue with election coverage and who just hasn’t got a clue? We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Rachel Cunliffe, Yasmeen Serhan and Hugo Rifkind. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Alex Rees. Video production by: Chris Jones and 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

Transcribed - Published: 20 June 2024

Election ’24 Update – Stella Creasy on Labour’s tightrope walk

In our latest Election update: If Labour are set for a massive majority, why are they still so cautious on policy? Labour’s Stella Creasy tells Andrew Harrison why the party refuses to over-promise – why Starmer won’t talk about rejoining the EU – where she stands on the controversial two-child benefit cap – plus Gaza, Sunak, Farage and how to get people believing in politics again. Don’t miss our Election Night Live Show, streaming on Zoom for Patreon backers. • “I don’t want us to promise a moon on the stick. I want people to feel confident.” • “The far right don’t offer you solutions. They offer you someone to blame.” • “Every big project this Government has promoted hasn’t happened.” • “We ripped up so much by leaving the EU… We cannot underestimate how damaged our reputation has been.” We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Tom Taylor. Video 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

Transcribed - Published: 19 June 2024

Election ’24: Three Liars on a Shirt

• Watch our Election Night Live Special on Zoom when you back us on Patreon. • Keep an eye out for daily editions Tue-Fri in the run-up to the Election. The manifestos are out (OK, not everyone’s lying but we couldn’t resist the headline). What’s in Labour’s, what’s not and what’s cutting through for ‘normal people’? Does it matters what the Tories offer? And what the Farage is in Reform UK on about? Plus, step away from the Britain Elects Twitter… are we over-polling this election? And are polls now setting the agenda rather than telling us what the agenda is? Listen up for all that plus this week’s Heroes and Villains. Polling on UK voters’ favourite takeaway. Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more. Presented by Alex Andreou with Marie le Conte, Rafael Behr and Ava Santina. Audio production by Alex Rees, yes Alex Rees. 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

Transcribed - Published: 18 June 2024

Election Bonus: The Shakespearean Tragedy of Rishi Sunak – with guest Steve Richards

Politics podcast presenter Steve Richards talks to Jacob Jarvis about the Shakespearean downfall of Rishi Sunak, the gilded youth who finds he’s not up to this titanic task. Plus: Is appearing as brutal as the Conservatives the right strategy for Labour? The weakness of Starmer’s language. And the patronising futility of TV debates. • “Sunak has tried on so many guises, he doesn’t know who he is now.” • “In Grimsby Sunak just looked crushed… It must be tormenting him that he’s leading his party towards doom.” • “When we see people as losers, everything we see of them reinforces that.” Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets plus mugs, t-shirts and more. Presented by Jacob Jarvis. 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. www.podmasters.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2024

Election ‘24: No Dish Rish

Sky-deprived youngster Rishi Sunak announced the Tory manifesto at Silverstone on Tuesday, claiming that the UK economy “is turning a corner”. Even if it is (it’s not), is his manifesto in pole position or does it simply have 4 flat tyres? And as Ed Davey hops on another rollercoaster, whose election campaign is going well and who’s just taking us for a ride? Former Labour Party advisor and co-author of Punch & Judy Politics, Tom Hamilton, joins the panel to discuss all of that. And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, the European elections paid off well for the far-right. How would a Starmer centre-left government deal with a Europe veering off in the other direction? We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor, Zoe Grunewald and guest Tom Hamilton. 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

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2024

Saving Private Lyin’

Rishi Sunak’s gaffe over last week’s D-Day memorial service may not be the last big event he leaves early. How badly will this impact his election hopes? Could he even quit the race? Plus, what did we learn from the seven-way second election debate, apart from how much hairspray Penny Mordaunt can use in one go? Join the panel for all that plus this week’s heroes and villains. Come to our election night live show at The Tabernacle, London. https://www.thetabernaclew11.com/events We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Hannah Fearn and Matt Green. Producers: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. 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

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

Election ’24: The UK Farage Revival

Chief milkshake-wearer and wannabe MP Nigel Farage is making the Tories think hard. Has his decision to run trapped Sunak and his party? Plus, Labour is likely to win in July, but it’s a party full of unknown candidates. Who should you be getting familiar with? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, what’s the state of patriotism today? We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Ros Taylor with Seth Thevoz, Marie Le Conte and guest Rachel Wearmouth . 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

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

Election Debate Reaction: The Great British Shout Off

The first Sunak vs. Starmer TV debate was as enraging as you might expect. Sunak shouted about tax, while Starmer was more polite – but also too slow to pull the PM up on his bullsh*t. Andrew Harrison and Jacob Jarvis give their reaction to the spectacle. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Andrew Harrison with Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. 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 podmasters.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2024

Election ’24: What’s the story? Mourning Tories

Come to the OGWN Election Night LIVE special at The Tabernacle, London W11. Tickets here. Genny Lex 2024 is heating up as Starmer and Sunak hit the campaign trail. The Labour leader has been talking nukes whilst Sunak focuses on culture wars (no surprise there then). And, [sighs] Nigel Farage is back in politics. What does his return mean for the Tories and the impending election? Plus, is anyone actually looking forward to the TV debates? Or are they just a massive waste of time? We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Alex Andreou, Rafael Behr and Zoë Grünewald. Producers: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. 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 www.podmasters.co.uk` Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

Is Rishi No-Mates the Tories’ human shield?

Rishi Sunak is clearly terrible at politics, as the Election campaign is showing. Will his lack of ability give the Tory Party a smokescreen for their awful record? Plus, Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn were once Labour stalwarts – but now the left wingers are clashing heavily with Starmer. Could Corbyn win as an independent? Plus, in the Extra Bit for subscribers, why is Britain so obsessed with private schools? We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Rachel Cunliffe and Zoë Grünewald. Producers: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Alex Rees. Video production by Keiron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production podmasters.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2024

Bothers in Arms – the national service fiasco

Rishi Sunak says he’ll bring back national service for all you IDLE YOUTH in his latest raft of randomly selected policies. Will putting teenagers in the military turn it around for the Tories come July? Doubtful. Plus, international trade! As yet more Brexit turkeys come home to roost we welcome back global commerce megabrain Dmitry Grozoubinski – author of Why Politicians Lie About Trade... and What You Need to Know About It – to update us on matters of import. And export. Buy Why Politicians Lie About Trade: ... and What You Need to Know About It 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. Watch Matt Green’s debut comedy special That Guy on YouTube now. We’re on YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/@ohgodwhatnow www.patreon.com/ohgodwhatnow Presented by Alex Andreou with Marie Le Conte and Matt Green plus guest Dmitry Grozoubinski . Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by special guest Alex Rees. Video production by Keiron Leslie. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production podmasters.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

“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

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

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 where our 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

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

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=jFp0aVJGRAyahhjyAvDMIA&pi=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

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 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

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

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