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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.

Sep 29, 2020

Covid is inescapable and as rumours of a Tory backbench rebellion over renewal of the Coronavirus Act grow there's been a lot of focus on how Sweden responded to the pandemic.

Lesley takes a good, hard look at this and suggests that other Nordic nations, in particular Finland, may provide a bett

er model for Scotland...


Sep 23, 2020

Despite neither of us buying into the concept of the "leader", this week's podcast is all about leadership.

Yesterday saw major speeches by Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon, and Sir Keir Starmer, and in this episode we try and analyse their respective performances and figure out exactly what they tell us about the body...


Sep 15, 2020

We're back after the two week break and what a time to make our return.

It was a massive day in Westminster with the Second Reading of the UK Internal Market Bill. 

Much rhetoric on the Union, breaking international law, threats of Tory rebellion, and, for us in Scotland, the whiff of what a post Brexit future holds for...


Aug 25, 2020

Mercy Baguma was a refugee seeking asylum in Glasgow who had no recourse to public funds. She was utterly reliant on support from friends and charities. Mercy was found dead next to her starving wee boy on Saturday.

We make no apologies for beginning this week's podcast with our thoughts on this tragedy.

This morning's...


Aug 18, 2020

We're back after our two week hiatus just in time for the Holyrood inquiry into the mishandling of the investigation into complaints against former FM Alex Salmond, and the airing of, the much trailed, Kirsty Wark documentary, The Trial of Alex Salmond . I don't think either of us really wanted to watch it, but watch...