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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.

Apr 15, 2020

As Donald Trump plays the blame game with the World Health Organisation Lesley kicks off this episode trying to get to grips with why certain countries appear to have coped with the Covid 19 crisis substantially better than the UK and the USA.

Here's a wee hint contact tracing and testing.

We also, yet again, look at the "great leader" syndrome which still blights, not only the UK, but also Scotland.

The post crisis UK economy has been all over the news in the past couple of days with focus on the dire predictions of the OBR. Will this be an opportunity to rebalance the economy or Austerity 2?

It was a morning for media appearances, Jean Freeman on GMS, Nicola Sturgeon with Lorraine Kelly, and the UK Care Minister, Helen Whately on Good Morning Britain. 

Piers Morgan was in attack mode with Whately, was this bullying or his finest hour?

The row over accusation, by Head of Scottish Care, Donald Macaskill, that PPE was being denied to care homes in Scotland, on the orders of Public Health England, rumbles on. What does this say about the limits of collaboration across the nations of the UK and the trustworthiness of UK ministers?

Along the way we also discuss, broken sleep patterns, survivor guilt, nettle soup, and Santa Fe public library.