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Scottish politics dissected from a left, pro-independence stance. Each week, award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Lesley Riddoch chews over the week’s news with former media lecturer and Dundee United fan, Pat Joyce. If you like intelligent, quirky chat about Scottish society and culture, and Scottish, UK and international politics analysed from a Scottish perspective; this podcast is for you.

May 26, 2020

In this week's episode we begin, inevitably, with the biggest story of the political week, the Dominic Cummings affair. Just how will it play with the swathe of new,northen English,Tory voters?

In Scotland,even before Cummingsgate, Nicola Sturgeon's ratings sored in polls over her handling of the Covid crisis to over...

May 19, 2020

If a week is a long time,not just in Scottish, but in all politics, a fortnight feels like a lifetime,but we're back.

We kick off with the Andy Wightman call for a rent freeze in his amendment to the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill that will be considered by MSPs today at Holyrood. Will this suffer the same fate as...

May 5, 2020

This week's look at politics from a Scottish perspective has even more of a Scot's accent than usual as we review Alistair Heather's braw documentary on BBC Scotland,The Rebel Tongue.

Lesley tells folk folk to "Get on their bikes( if they can find one)", in the nicest possible way.

Yet again there seem to be growing...

Apr 28, 2020

This week's take on Scottish politics definitely has risk at its core.

A minutes silence at 11 this morning for Workers' Memorial Day was dedicated to key staff in the NHS and care system.But were they put in danger by UK government negligence over the supply of PPE?

When we compare how small countries, such as New...

Apr 21, 2020

As lockdown continues, despite the growing murmurings from some quarters that it should end, the UK Parliament is set to amend its arcane procedures to allow remote working.

We ask if the way Westminster works is fit for purpose, and  the very nature of , what passes for, debate and governmental scrutiny, derived from...