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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.

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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.

    Dropping The Pilot

    Dropping The Pilot

    Joe Biden has been replaced by his Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Presidential candidate in what seems like lightning speed.We look at how and why it happened , the impact she might have on the Democrats' electoral fortunes, who her running mate might be and the inevitable less than gracious response from Trump and his supporters.However we kick off with the news that Stephen Flynn and the SNP's amendment on scrapping the two child benefit cap will be debated and voted on this evening. Given the ,apparent opposition to the cap by Scottish Labour, how will those 37 Scottish Labour MPs vote?Though we may be sceptical about how much change this new Labour government may bring there is an air of activity and energy about it.In comparison is the SNP leadership still wedded to old ways of centralised party management and control? is this exemplified by the draft agenda for its annual conference in August? An agenda drawn up before the crushing General Election defeat. Is the party , as John Swinney recently claimed, in a strong position with secure foundations?The First Minister was also in the news announcing two new "green" pieces of funding. Nearly £42 million on zero emissions buses and a nationwide charging network and £2 million on the Acorn Project carbon capture project. Which of these will garner the headlines? Which of these will be of practical value in tackling climate change?Here's the promised link to the Progress Playbook, if like me you need cheering uphttps://theprogressplaybook.com/


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    Let's See Action

    Let's See Action

    The King's Speech. The first opportunity to test the reality of Labour's "Change" mantra. We examine what was in it and more importantly what wasn't.The "nationalisation" of rail was much trumpeted in particular but what's the reality of the claim? How symbolic of Labour's "Don't frighten the horses" approach to government is this policy?How will the SNP respond to the apparent vigour of the new Labour government? Will it hunker down and take refuge in old centralised certainties or open itself up to new ideas and ways of working?If we see ourselves as being ignored in Scotland think how it feels in Wales where the resignation of First Minister Vaughan Gethings was ousted from front website news on BBC Wales by Gareth Southgate's resignation as England football manager.We don't fall into that trap but don't just look at Gething's downfall but what it might mean for Welsh Labour and lessons for the SNP.In the flurry of news and opinion on the attempted assassination of Donald Trump many seem to have missed the selection of JD Vance as his running mate. Vance at 39 is part of a new generation of isolationist nationalist Republicans and his appointment as Trump's putative Vice President and the baleful influence of the Heritage Foundation's Project 2025 should sound a warning to all who fear for US democracy.There's also a bit of fitba chat but honestly it all, well almost all, of it has some political relevance.


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    Orkney Folk Festival Special

    Orkney Folk Festival Special

    In this special Lesley reports from her time at the 2024 Orkney Folk Festival. Celebrating its 41st year the programme featured 52 events, including concerts, ceilidhs, lounge performances, workshops, talks and family events, at venues across Orkney. Designed to offer something for everyone with local and visiting artists, as well as contemporary and traditional folk music.


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    The Blame Game

    The Blame Game

    No matter how it's spun last week's General Election result was a disaster for the SNP.Can a detailed analysis of the drop from 50% of the popular vote in 2014 to 30% and the reduction to just 9 MPs be carried out without descending into bitterness and the rabbit hole of recrimination?Where did the disconnect between half the Scottish electorate's desire for independence and the party's poor showing come from?Was it all about getting the Tories out or a verdict on domestic governance?Does the fall in voter turnout signal something deeply broken about politics?Focus is now being turned on what happens next now that Labour is in power at Westminster. Three interviews, one with Anas Sarwar, the others with Ian Murray and Jackie Baillie offered more than a glimpse into the Scottish dimension.Both of these took place within the framework of Rachel Reeves' first statement as Chancellor and the appointment of Sir Alan Milburn as advisor to Health Secretary Wes Streeting.Lesley appeared on The Tortoise podcast which gave her an insight into the thoughts and attitudes of the English left towards the new Labour government.Meanwhile the second round of votes in the French General Election took place on Sunday and The New Popular Front emerged as the largest party grouping. The far right National Rally fell to third place behind NPF and Macron's Ensemble. A lesson in cooperation and standing up to the right? 


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    General Election-Podcast Special

    General Election-Podcast Special

    It's been a disastrous night for the Tories and the SNP but a great one for Labour. In this podcast special we give our immediate reaction to the result of the 2024 General Election.What now for the SNP?How significant is the rise in support for Reform?Can Labour live up to the trust placed in them by the voters?


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    Two Sleeps To Go

    Two Sleeps To Go

    With less than 48 hours until the polls open we focus on Lesley's interviews with Lorna Slater, Alex Salmond and Stephen Flynn.What did we learn about their party policies and strategies? Were there any unexpected revelations?We also reflect on the drubbing Macron's centrist Ensemble party received in the first round of the French elections. Will a Republican coalition front emerge to stop Le Pen's National Rally gaining power? What lessons are there for other centrists like Starmer's Labour ?Lesley will be commentating on the election results on BBC Scotland from 3am-9am on Friday morning, somehow fitting a wee podcast in.


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

singcello ,

The whole Talk Media stable is braw

Thank you Lesley for doing this. I am loving all its component parts

DartmouthToDundee ,

Excellent podcast

I’ve really been enjoying this podcast! Great to hear some frank appraisal of the state of Scottish and UK politics. As someone who is planning to move to Scotland in a few months, I have found this podcast, Leslie’s book, “ Blossom”, and her Nordic films inspiring and informative. Great to see such strong, intelligent, and forward-thinking leadership. Makes me feel hopeful and excited for the future of an independent Scotland. Keep up the excellent work!

Whit the...? ,

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.

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