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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.

Oct 30, 2019

Well chums a week was definitely a long time in politics because after yesterday's votes at Westminster we're now heading for a general election on December the 12th. We try and examine the myriad of permutations over voting intentions and party stances and wonder if the real issues such as climate change and austerity will break through the dominant narrative of Brexit.

We also turn our attention to the prospect of indyref2 and the need for Yessers to rally round the SNP electoral machine, putting aside our differences, over the course of the election campaign.

I chip in on the harsh realities behind the sloganeering of the Tories on leaving the EU as shown by the exposure of trade talks between the UK and the USA and the shelving of workers' rights and environmental standards in the Johnson deal.

Lesley attended ,and spoke at, the Radical Independence Campaign meeting in Glasgow last Saturday and came away enthused at the energy and collegiate enthusiasm of the folk who were there.

The first inquiry report into the Grenfell Tower fire has now been released and it focuses blame on the London Fire Brigade. Boris Johnson claims that the survivors will now know the truth behind the tragedy.Is this yet another establishment cover up?

Along the way we also discuss, amongst other things, Jo Swinson's wandering vowels , but not Dundee United's win v Partick Thistle last night.