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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 17, 2019

It's the last podcast of 2019 and the new Westminster Parliament reconvenes with Boris Johnson's election pledge to "Get Brexit done"still ringing in our ears.

And we begin with discussing Johnson's latest moves on the EU Withdrawal Bill and what attitude the EU might take to the prospect of an independent Scotland. Lesley asks what impact an unequivocal welcome from someone so outspoken as Michel Barnier might have.

Just when you think you've heard all you can take of EU jargon,I chip in on "Level playing fields" and "Dynamic alignment".

Civil war on several fronts has broken out in the Labour Party, north and south of the border. Can Labour find a place in the completely reshaped Scottish political landscape? Can it survive as a single, unitary party? 

 But it's not just Labour how have to react to the SNP's stunning electoral victory.Nicola Sturgeon's anti Tory, progressive alliance throws the gauntlet down to not only Labour but the Lib Dems.

As for the Tories they too will have to decide just how Scottish they are.

We also look back on the highs and lows of 2019 and Lesley breaks some fantastic news on a brilliant new film project.