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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....


Dec 13, 2019

It's the afternoon after the late night before and Lesley and I try to make sense of the results of the General Election.

Lesley,unashamedly, starts by looking at the tremendous showing by the SNP, and, in so doing,gives me the telling off I deserve.

The rest of the podcast is taken up with attempting to explain just...


Dec 10, 2019

It's two days until polling and we kick off with trying to work our way through yesterday's big stories around gaffes,punches, and gaming the media.

However we move on to go behind the headlines and question if this focus is obscuring the real issues, and if the resulting loss of public trust in the BBC and other...


Dec 3, 2019

Lesley took a few days out in Rotterdam to recharge her batteries at a Sibelius concert. She also attended a service at the Scots Presbyterian Church. Though not a practising Christian, she didn't realise how much spiritual sustenance she needed.

She also spent time with former Labour minister,Les Huckfield, who's now...


Nov 26, 2019

As Boris Johnson flew up to Scotland to launch the Scottish Tory manifesto has the SNP pulled off a master stroke by announcing its ground breaking, in UK terms, extension of paternity leave?

Labour has also been forcing the issue on WASPI women but is it too late to the party and can it be trusted on matters of...