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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 18, 2019

While I was away sunning myself in Madeira Lesley was attending the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen where she may have mentioned setting up a new political party. Lesley gives the background to this and vents her frustrations at the SNP's timidity in tackling burning issues of domestic policy.

The struggle of  Staffin Community Trust (SCT)  to pay for six new family homes, a medical clinic and business units on Skye to try and secure the future of its community throws this lack of ambition into sharp relief.

We're all on tenterhooks waiting for the big vote on Brexit on "Super Saturday".

Once again we try and pick our way through the minutiae of this latest deal and figure out the political permutations and ramifications.Lesley indulges in some, well deserved, "Eh telt yis".

BBC Scotland seems to be on a run of outstanding documentaries on Scotland's social history. The latest of these is on the Timex strike in Dundee. It's a subject close to my heart and hurt and pride still runs deep in the city 26 years later.

Along the way there's also, praise for Dr Philippa Whitford's appearance on Question Time, my pre university job adventures, and Dundee United losing to St Johnstone in the 2014 Scottish Cup Final.