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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.

Dec 10, 2019

It's two days until polling and we kick off with trying to work our way through yesterday's big stories around gaffes,punches, and gaming the media.

However we move on to go behind the headlines and question if this focus is obscuring the real issues, and if the resulting loss of public trust in the BBC and other institutions is fuelling the apparent drift towards the Tories in England.

Lesley was up in Cromarty where she spoke with Jon Snow of Channel 4. The London media seem to think that the next big story is Scottish independence. But Lesley asks what if the Tories win on Thursday, where can we go if Westminster says no to indyref2? Some surprising voices, including us, are saying that non violent civil disobedience would be justified.

We've championed Emma Barnett of the BBC but did she "jump the shark" on the BBC QT under 30s debate with her "nationalised sausages", and last minute "7% deficit" questions to Angela Rayner and Humza Yousaf?

Nicola Sturgeon has continually been grilled on the Scottish government's record during the campaign.Boris Johnson has tried to paint himself as an outsider hamstrung by a "Remoaner" Parliament. Lesley wonders who he'll blame if/when he wins on Thursday with an entirely Brexiteer set of Tory MPs.

I chip in on how can this new, reactionary Conservative Party,  keep its northern English, working class base onside.