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Lesley Riddoch +LesleyRiddoch
Podcasts & productions from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions
 Joined September 2015    lesleyriddoch.com
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Sir Keir Starmer closed the Labour Party annual conference as polls showed a 17-point lead over the Tories. He described this as a Labour moment harking back to 1945,1964, and 1997. What was his vision for a future Labour government, and what if anything did he have to say about Scotland?We also wonder what impact his statements on the Green transformation and a publicly owned energy...
Pat is in conversation with fellow Lawsider, and Arab, Jim Spence about their home city, Dundee. ★ Support this podcast ★
 Malachi O’Doherty is a writer and broadcaster based in Belfast, a columnist for the Belfast Telegraph and a frequent contributor to several radio programmes as a respected commentator on Northern Ireland. His last book for Merrion was a novel, Terry Brankin Has a Gun. It was hailed by critics as ‘a superb thriller’. Malachi was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing by Queen’s...
So, after almost two months of non-government at Westminster and a Tory leadership battle that filled the political pages and airwaves Boris Johnson finally left office and Liz Truss went to Balmoral to "kiss the hand" of the monarchWe look back at Truss's performances and examine her policies and find both wanting at so many levels.Truss is focusing on tax cuts and breaks for the well off...
As consumers and businesses real from the latest energy price rises where are not only the Tories but also the Labour opposition on tackling the root causes of the crisis?Liz Truss, apparently waiting for the full briefing available only to a "functioning government", has pledged to tear up any semblance of a green energy policy to expand North Sea oil and gas exploration and restart...
If we've learned anything from this Tory leadership contest it's that muscular, unitary state unionism is back with a bang. We examine the statements by Truss and Sunak at the Perth hustings and the recent musings from Lord Frost and consider just how far the Tories will go in undermining devolution to stave off independence. We also speculate that given the polls on Scottish attitudes to...
As Labour unveils its plans to tackle the energy price rises crisis are all political parties simply tinkering with a broken,  privatised utilities system? Keir Starmer looks as if he's ignored even the modest proposal from Gordon Brown to bring the Big Six energy companies into temporary public ownership in favour of a price cap freeze across the board.Why has he rejected what, according...
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.Both...
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?Has she, despite what Murdo Fraser claimed, misjudged the mood of even non indy supporting Scots?Truss still is the front runner in the leadership contest, but it looks like Sunak is gaining...
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,and reflect not only on the performance of Truss and Sunak but also what the BBC deemed to be the big issues. Meanwhile Sir Keir Starmer turned Labour's back on pledges to take...
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.The contest is being presented as a battle between Sunak-left, and Truss-right, but is there that much difference between the two? Our answer will...
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. This involves our attempts to find any utterances on Scotland beyond, "You'll have had your indyref!" and a kind of trivia quiz for the politically obsessed.Within this rather dubious framework we try and pick apart the candidates' platforms...
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.As it becomes ever more likely that the route to an independence referendum will be through a single issue referendum we examine whether a grand Yes Alliance is a dead political duck,...
We begin with taking a look at the most recent edition of Question Time and reflect on just how switched on the Yessers in the audience were and wonder if Angus Robertson should have taken a leaf out of their feisty book rather than his rather staid and formulaic approach to the unionist panelists lines of argument. FM Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government strategy on securing...
Lesley looks back at her recent appearance on BBC Debate Night and reflects on why the emphasis must be on the substance of the argument for Scottish independence rather than being drawn into sterile debates about process.Mick Lynch the General Secretary of the RMT union has cut through to the wider public with a series of interviews where he has effectively destroyed the hackneyed ,and...
Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie fire the starting gun on indyref2 with the launch of"Independence in the Modern World. Wealthier, Happier, Fairer: Why Not Scotland?".We reflect on the press conference and the lines of questioning by the media, do they preview unionist attack stances? We also look back at indyref1 and consider what lessons the Scottish Government and the broader Yes...
The political media was in a frenzy of excitement over the vote of confidence in Boris Johnson last night. We pick over the result and its implications while questioning the whole air of "Who's winning the game?" in the Westminster bubble.The past four days also saw hours of coverage of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We reflect on the apparent difference between Scotland and England in...
After the week's hiatus due to Pat's bout of Covid we return wi hame thochts frae oor jaunts tae Orkney and Galway.The big news was the final publication of the Sue Gray Report and despite all expectations/hopes Boris Johnson seems to have survived.We reflect on the report and speculate on whether the Teflon PM can survive the summer and if he'll play the anti trade union card to his...
Andy Burnham says Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an idea ‘whose time has come’ - and since the Mayor of Greater Manchester might yet be a future Labour leadership contender - that's significant.Last week, he told pupils and parents at a Wigan school;“A culture of zero hours, casual hours, people doing three jobs and then spending every hour worrying because they can’t pay their...
Shocking stuff this episode as Lesley and Pat fa oot oer Eurovision. Was it a glorious celebration of the human spirit or a festival of over hyped musical mediocrity? Guess which of us thought what!As we await Liz Truss's statement which looks as if it will signal the ditching of the Northern Ireland Protocol we look at the threat this poses to stability and peace on the island of...
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