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?
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 support in the big southern English branches. It might not be all over.
While both candidates have been making lavish tax cutting promises, are they on the horns of what economist David McWilliams calls a "Trilemma "? The attempt to have a balanced budget while cutting taxes and levelling up.
Martin Lewis, Marcus Rashford, and Jack Monroe have become "people's heroes" with their single-issue campaigns. Lesley asks if they've become the unofficial opposition but one that will only be successful if not focusing on systemic political change.
The Tories looked to play the Thatcher anti-union card with their repeal of trade union legislation banning the use of agency workers to break strikes. Have they picked the wrong fight given the public mood?
All these plus thoughts on the England women winning Euro 2022, the proposal to raise the age Scottish bairns start primary school to six, and the Commonwealth Games.
What is The Lesley Riddoch Podcast?
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.