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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.

Sep 15, 2020

We're back after the two week break and what a time to make our return.

It was a massive day in Westminster with the Second Reading of the UK Internal Market Bill. 

Much rhetoric on the Union, breaking international law, threats of Tory rebellion, and, for us in Scotland, the whiff of what a post Brexit future holds for...


Aug 25, 2020

Mercy Baguma was a refugee seeking asylum in Glasgow who had no recourse to public funds. She was utterly reliant on support from friends and charities. Mercy was found dead next to her starving wee boy on Saturday.

We make no apologies for beginning this week's podcast with our thoughts on this tragedy.

This morning's...


Aug 18, 2020

We're back after our two week hiatus just in time for the Holyrood inquiry into the mishandling of the investigation into complaints against former FM Alex Salmond, and the airing of, the much trailed, Kirsty Wark documentary, The Trial of Alex Salmond . I don't think either of us really wanted to watch it, but watch...


Aug 4, 2020

Sometimes there's absolutely no doubt what will be the first item in the podcast. And this week we had to begin with the SNP NEC decision which resulted in Joanna Cherry withdrawing her candidacy for the Edinburgh Central constituency at next year's Holyrood elections.

We try and work our way through the noise and make...


Jul 28, 2020

As the English media treated Boris Johnson's flying visit to Orkney with virtual contempt we ask what way will unionism jump.Will it be up front confrontation as Ruth Davidson puts the boot in or Michael Gove's soft soaping?

The PM may also have bitten off more than he chew if he decides to take on the Scottish legal...