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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.

Mar 31, 2020

This week saw polls showing almost unprecedented support for incumbent governments across the globe. Lesley tries to explain this phenomenon and speculates on what the lasting effects will be on politics , and most importantly, people power.

Has Covid 19 killed its first democracy as the Hungarian Parliament hands over...


Mar 24, 2020

After the major announcements last night by the Scottish and UK governments extending the emergency measures to combat the spread of Covid 19 there was only one way to begin this week's podcast.

Lesley examines the bit by bit approach taken by the UK government and we speculate on whether the very male nature of...


Mar 17, 2020

We recorded this episode which, quite naturally, focuses on the impact of Covid 19 using Skype, for sound reasons that Lesley outlines . So please bear with us as it was our first time.

Covid 19 takes up the vast majority of this week's podcast.

Lots of thoughts from both of us on its social and political aspects and...


Mar 10, 2020

Lesley,currently freed from her two columns a week,visited Low Moss Prison and was wowed by the experience.

We can't escape from Covid-19 and we look at the coverage it's receiving.I'm less than complimentary about Newsnight but far more impressed by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Not only does Lesley, surprisingly...


Mar 3, 2020

Lesley's back and so is the podcast.

Estonia regained its independence in 1991 and Lesley went there to make another in her series of groundbreaking films exploring our Nordic neighbours. She reports back on what she found and makes a surprising revelation.

Lesley was struck by the lack of bureaucracy in Estonia and...