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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,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
In this edition of the podcast we welcome Les Huckfield as our special guest.Les, a former Labour MP, government minister,and MEP is now a supporter of Scottish independence. As well as finding out why he made that political journey we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
As the UK government performs, yet another, volte face, this time on mandatory face coverings. We ask how, given their track record, the Tories can be trusted on the post Brexit trade deals they're negotiating. Lesley also questions if Scotland... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
In this week's podcast we return to some of the key subjects we've been looking at over the past four years. National Trust Scotland has found itself at the centre of controversy this week with its announcement of redundancies and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
In this week's podcast we turn our indy left gaze on the current pelters for Boris Johnson over his,so called,Speed Deal for post Covid economic recovery and compare this with the plaudits for Nicola Sturgeon,even with the "provocative" possibility of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
This week's look at politics from a left/indy perspective has a definite outsiders theme. The Scottish Advisory Group on Economic Recovery published its report with an official fanfare yesterday. But, although it uses all the buzzwords like resilience and fairness,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
In this week's look at Scottish and UK politics from a left/indy perspective we kick off looking at the announcement by Boris Johnson of his Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities and his controversial choice of Munira Mirza to lead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
When Black Lives Matter protestors in Bristol toppled,then threw the statue of slaver Edward Colston into the river on Sunday it was the culmination of nearly 100 years of local anger at, not only its presence, but the blocking of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
In this week's look at politics from a Scottish perspective the Dominic Cummings affair rumbles on and its impact socially and politically can't be underestimated. What it also brought into sharp perspective was the limited grasp on factual evidence the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
If a week is a long time,not just in Scottish, but in all politics, a fortnight feels like a lifetime,but we're back. We kick off with the Andy Wightman call for a rent freeze in his amendment to the Coronavirus... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
Politics from a Scot's perspective This week. Alistair Heather's ,The Rebel Tongue,and the BBC's ,Our Finest Hours reviewed. Getting back on our bikes Covid contact tracing conflict between Holyrood and Westminster? Does good news for the SNP from the latest polls spell bad news for any new Indy party? Will there be a Rosyth Ro Ro revival? Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
This week's take on Scottish politics definitely has risk at its core. A minutes silence at 11 this morning for Workers' Memorial Day was dedicated to key staff in the NHS and care system.But were they put in danger by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
As lockdown continues, despite the growing murmurings from some quarters that it should end, the UK Parliament is set to amend its arcane procedures to allow remote working. We ask if the way Westminster works is fit for purpose, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
It's an outside broadcast this week as Lesley takes advantage of the sunny weather to join me from the back step of her cottage. Saturday saw the launch of the Declaration of Arbroath movie made by Lesley and filmmaker Charlie... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at Lesley Riddoch