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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 27, 2020

It's been a week of mounting  Christmas panic across the media and Lesley, bravely, takes on the role of The Grinch in asking for just a wee bit of perspective, not just for this year, but on an unhealthy obsession with Yuletide.

I ,in keeping with the pantomime theme, am Grumpy when looking at the state of child poverty in the UK and use some very unparliamentary language about Tory MPs.

Deeside and Upper Donside SNP members have written a 24 point "Rural Stimulus Plan" which will be put to party conference. Is it a much needed starting point for discussion or simply another set of well intentioned proposals going over old ground and doomed to be kicked into the long grass?

Tory "thinkers", like Tim Montgomerie, have been coming up with wizard wheezes to roll back the tide of nasty Scottish nationalism. We say, aye right, and bring it on.

As the American Presidential Election looms ever nearer are you, like The Clash, bored with the USA or would a Trump loss be of major significance for the rest of the world?

All this plus, awards season, Nordic Horizons, and an update on my footwear.