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.
Crisis. What crisis?
As Boris Johnson is posted missing and suddenly discovers a set of Parliamentary rules that conveniently means he can't create an emergency budget the two Tory leadership candidates continue to punt themselves to their narrow constituency. Liz Truss's economic plans being rubbished by left and right both and Rishi Sunak letting slip the reality of "levelling up" in Tunbridge Wells. Meanwhile Angela Rayner in Edinburgh,once again, revealed quite how out of touch Labour is on the issue of indyref2.
No more heroes?
Liz Truss, the favourite to become the new PM, said that Nicola Sturgeon was an attention seeker who should be ignored. This went down a storm at the Tory hustings but was it a major tactical error? Is the Tory leadership contest really all over? Is it ok that "people's heroes" have become the official opposition?
The final two standing in the battle to become Tory leader and Prime Minister faced off in the first televised debate last night, both vying to wear the mantle of Margaret Thatcher. We watched so you didn't have to. Meanwhile Sir Keir Starmer turned Labour's back on pledges to take public ownership of rail,mail,energy, and water.
Issues of Truss
As Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak emerge as the final two candidates for leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister, we pick over the debris of those debates and cast another eye over their policies and pitches to the Tory faithful. We also look at the Scottish Government's Land Reform Bill which is now open for consultation and ask if it is fit for purpose?
The Passing Parade
The Tory Party leadership contest following Boris Johnson's resignation is the only show in town this week and we have our own particular take on it. Plus, is it wishful thinking on the part of unionists that Johnson's going will damage support for Scottish independence?
Sir Keir Starmer tries to explain how to "make Brexit work". Anas Sarwar toes the new party line and claims he is going to "heal and unify" where the SNP and the Tories want to divide. We are not convinced.
The whole Talk Media stable is braw
Thank you Lesley for doing this. I am loving all its component parts
Lesley Riddoch show
Zero ratings? I stumbled upon this from my U.S. west coast home and thoroughly enjoyed the discussion. Nae doubt, as I listen more and learn more about Lesley Riddoch and her co-presenter, there will be some I like and some not so much. I do remember seeing a copy of Harpies & Quines way back in the 90s and maybe that was where I first heard her name.