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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.
 
James Sabata and Don Guillory will be exploring social issues in horror. Each week we will down a different film or topic. Horror as Social Commentary is a topic we’ve covered at a few comic conventions in the past year. It’s become something that we each sincerely believe in academically as well as professionally. Social Commentary can take place in any genre, but horror has a way of planting seeds in our brains, allowing the ideas to be examined over time. While comedy has often been the g ...
 
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As we wait to find out if Alex Salmond will finally appear before the Holyrood Committee we reflect on the what might have beens for the SNP and the broader Yes movement if the Salmond Sturgeon rift had not opened up. Matt Hancock has been all over the media the past few days trying to gloss over the court decision that he acted unlawfully. How suc…
 
I talk about Biden's sadly DOA immigration bill and some of the really good stuff in it, the Facebook - Australia story, Ted Cruz's ill fated Cabo trip, Cuomo lying about the number of grandmas and grandpas that dies of COVID in NY nursing homes, my bewilderment at political parties hitching themselves to jackasses, and few other bits…
 
As the fault lines begin to grow between the Scottish and UK governments over quaratine regulations for arrivals from abroad Lesley reflects on her invitation to appear on LBC this morning. And I clearly demonstrate,with my lapse into incoherent fury at Andrew Pierce's juvenile remarks,why I should turn down any similar request. The latest Savanta/…
 
We just can't escape the continuing saga of the internal SNP leadership spat with the appearance yesterday of Peter Murrell before the Holyrood parliamentary inquiry committee and Alex Salmond's no show today. Just what does the whole sorry affair say about the nature of public debate and scrutiny of Scottish governance? Lesley did, however,make he…
 
Well January sure turned out to be a weird month no? This past week capped it off with the rise of meme investing, preparing for impeachment 2.0, and a Texas court blocking Biden's 100 day deportation moratorium. A heads up - I'll be announcing in the next week changes to my Patreon and Substack accounts going forward, keep an eye out…
 
Today saw the removal of Joanna Cherry from her front bench role in Westminster . This came hard on the heels of the controversial leaking of the procedures of yesterday's meeting of the SNP. Alex Salmond is also due to appear at the Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish government's handling of the complaints made against him which saw him acquitted …
 
The Sunday Times published its poll showing the majority of Scots want independence and suddenly the rest of the UK(okay England) has woken up to the reality of what we've known in Scotland for some time now. We examine the Tory government's Five Point Plan to "save the union" and the, by now inevitable, re-emergence of Gordon Brown and his latest …
 
It's all change with Scottish Labour as Richard Leonard departs. Will it be Monica Lennon or Anas Sarwar who become the new captain of what appears to be sinking ship? The Alex v Nicola saga rumbles on.We ask if it's possible not to take sides? Over the USA Joe Biden has unveiled the first part of what seems to be a massive, progressive, green, sti…
 
The past week brought us Trump's second impeachment, details on the upcoming inauguration, and details on just how stupid (or overly confident) the Capitol rioters were. I also discuss the upcoming battle over the next stimulus bill and how jamming a $15 minimum wage requirement in it might have poison pilled it. Don't forget to subscribe to my Sub…
 
The storming of the Capitol in Washington by enraged Trump supporters was somehow both shocking and inevitable. We look at the events of January the 6th within the context not only of the day itself but also the entire four years of the Trump administration, and speculate on what havoc can be wreaked by the outgoing President in the last days of hi…
 
We're back after our festive break and the three big stories of 2020, Covid,Brexit, and the future of the UK still dominate the political stage. Boris Johnson made a foray onto the Andrew Marr programme on Sunday and this shambolic interview, on both his and Marr's behalf, provides us with the framework for our thoughts. With the latest polling sho…
 
Good news -- it's 2021! Bad news -- January is going to be a hell of a month We've got a fight over if Congress will approve additional direct stimulus finds (no), a vaccine rollout that's not going so great (eh), the first shot fired in the Vaccine War (yikes), and a last ditch phone call from to get the results of the Georgia election altered (oh…
 
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