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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.

Feb 16, 2017

First a shameless plug. Lesley's terrific series on the links between Ulster and Scotland ends this Sunday and if you want to see the final episode or catch up on previous ones, follow this link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dwgbz

We return to the podcast after a week on the sick and Lesley reflects on her off again , now on again upcoming op and the state of the NHS.

I continue the medical theme , with a sporting twist. The recent revelations over dementia and heading footballs lead me to the Frank's Law campaign.

We wonder what the Scottish Government could/should do in the light of the UK's seeming roll back from the Dubs plan to rescue refugee children.

No week is complete these days without mentioning the Donald and we don't disappoint as 45 meets Netanyahu and complains about leaks.

Closer to home Lesley looks at the report on reform of the 1989 Official Secrets Act and what the resounding silence in most of the media over this says about the state of our surveillance society.

Lesley rants, justifiably, about the £21million pound nuclear industry archive to be created in Wick.

All this in addition to radio ventriloquism,"T2",spoiler alerts for "Lion" and my mum phoning mid podcast.