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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.

Jan 12, 2021

The storming of the Capitol in Washington  by enraged Trump supporters was somehow both shocking and inevitable.

We look at the events of January the 6th within the context not only of the day itself but also the entire four years of the Trump administration, and speculate on what havoc can be wreaked by the outgoing President in the last days of his tenure.

There seems to be a growing clamour amongst unionist politicians and media to have the May Holyrood elections postponed. 

What does this say about the mindset of the Better Together band?

Much was made of the technical issues surrounding the launch of online learning in Scotland on Monday. This fell into the usual "SNP bad" nonsense but the reliance on digital learning across the UK brings into sharp focus the disparities in opportunity and economic inequalities that Scotland is seeking to escape through independence.

The provision of grossly inadequate food packages by Chartwell UK to families which qualify for free school meals has once again shown up the nature of the current UK society and the "man mind thyself" ideology which currently dominates. Good on Marcus Rashford for taking up the fight gain but it requires a political will for radical change which seems to be missing at Westminster.

I go back to my acting roots to look at a union rather than a Union issue with a major row brewing between grassroots Equity members in Scotland and London head office.