The Lesley Riddoch Podcast

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Does Boris Johnson's car crash speech to the CBI signal the beginning of the end of his premiership? We also look at the controversy over the Cambo oil field, the second jobs scandal, the VIP lane for Covid contracts, and the Tory asylum seekers policy.

Show Notes

It's hard to imagine any other senior politician, let alone a Prime Minister whose whole reputation is built on his powers of speech, surviving the shambles of Boris Johnson's CBI debacle. However, surviving he currently is, but for how long given the long list of crises queuing up in the wings along with dissatisfied and disgruntled wings of his own party? Or will the establishment veneer of superficial competence and confidence see him through?
What then of the opposition? A Labour party seemingly scared of its own shadow, with a leader seemingly stronger on tackling dissent within his own ranks than putting forward a positive vision of a Labour UK.
We also speculate on to whom some MPs actually owe their loyalty but whether the focus by both Labour and the SNP on the second jobs issue is letting the Tories off the hook over the VIP lane for Covid contracts scandal?
There's been a shift in Scottish government policy on the Cambo oil field but why the reluctance on this, and other issues, of the SNP to attack the UK government on its policies, or lack of them, in not just this but so many other areas.
Priti Patel launched an attack on Scottish local authorities for their apparent lack of involvement in refugee and asylum seekers resettlement. We try and put the record straight and once again Tory privatisation and the revolving door between that party and profiteering private sector providers is at the heart of the matter.

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.