Cracks in the Union Jack

Is the Government’s piecemeal lockdown driving as big a wedge between the North and South of England as there is between Westminster and the devolved governments? Plus our special guests, Manchester University politics professors Rob Ford and Maria Sobolewska, join us to talk about their new book Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics. Do the roots of Brexit really go back to the 1960s? And where do we go now that we’re all alone in Brexitland, our only home? 


  • “Once voters see politics as a big fight of us against them, it’s really hard to get them to think about anything else.” – Rob Ford
  • “In Johnson’s conference speech, the only mention of the North was a jibe at North London.” – Ros Taylor
  • “People may want lockdown, but not necessarily for themselves” – Ros Taylor
  • “If Remain had won, the leavers in the Conservative party wouldn’t have given up as easily as Cameron assumed” – Maria Sobolewska


Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer: Jacob Archbold. Audio production by Alex Rees. Remainiacs is a Podmasters production.


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