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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.

May 26, 2020

In this week's episode we begin, inevitably, with the biggest story of the political week, the Dominic Cummings affair. Just how will it play with the swathe of new,northen English,Tory voters?

In Scotland,even before Cummingsgate, Nicola Sturgeon's ratings sored in polls over her handling of the Covid crisis to over 80% while Boris Johnson's plummeted to 30%. Will this prove the Rubicon for previous opponents of Scottish independence.

Plus, has the coverage of Cummings by both the BBC and ITV revealed the all too cosy relationship between polticians and lobby correspondents?

Care homes have been at the centre of excess deaths during the pandemic. Have they been left too long in the hands of shadowy off shore conglomerates and will this be a wake up call for reform up here?

We return to the Andy Wightman amendments on rent freezes which we discussed last week. Sadly they fell. George Kerevan's article in Bella Caledonia suggests that the Scottish government is putting the interests of corporate Build to Let landlords over those of their tenants.

Along the way there's also Call Kaye and my dodgy front teeth.