The Lesley Riddoch Podcast

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Can Boris Johnson survive the latest Partygate revelations? What to make of Sir Keir Starmer's vision,or lack of, for Labour. Is Devo Max a third way or a blind alley? No statues toppled in Scotland. Why?

Show Notes

A new year but an old set of problems for the Prime Minister as evidence mounts of yet another illegal gathering at No 10 during lockdown in 2020.
We examine what's going on within the Tory ranks and wonder just when the "grey men" may wield the axe on Boris Johnson.
Meanwhile Sir Keir Starmer made a couple of mind numbing speeches outlining his vision of a Labour UK,while wrapping himself in the Union flag and conveniently forgetting the left of centre pledges he mad to get himself elected party leader. The only policy he seemed certain on was a blank refusal to countenance any post electoral agreement with the SNP. Unionism trumps all with Starmer's Labour and does this signal that he's given up on Scotland in pursuit of lost English votes?
Devo Max, remember that from 2014, was back in the news this week with former SNP  policy chief Chris Hanlon calling for three options - including "devo-max" - to be put to voters in a second independence referendum in order to break the constitutional logjam. Spoiler,we don't think it's a goer for a multitude of reasons.
Four people accused of illegally removing a statue to Edward Colston were cleared of criminal damage this week. This set Lesley thinking why there have been no similar incidents in Scotland.
As usual we wander down some other highways and byways including Icelandic cricket!

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.