The Lesley Riddoch Podcast

The local elections are upon us and we ask how democratic Scottish local government actually is. We examine the performances of Sir Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar and question their electoral strategies both in Scotland and England. Billy Kay's recent address in Scots to the Scottish Parliament kicked off a storm over his use o the Mither Tongue. What is it about Scots that upsets so many unionists?

Show Notes

The local elections are upon us and we ask how democratic Scottish local government actually is.
When compared to our Nordic and European neighbours the answer is, not very. Lesley reflects on this and wonders if the SNP is not just  missing an opportunity to create genuine local democracy but fertile ground for independence.
https://www.nordichorizons.org/powerful-pint-sized-democracy-nordic-style/?fbclid=IwAR0bjcfd-SQtmLXZTFESU87tiAsjgNY5c-7fbOKkAEqGSGxsEDFwY0uTtCk
We examine the performances of Sir Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar and question their electoral strategies both in Scotland and England. 
Likeability in Scotland,and being neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Corbyn in England, seem to be the tactics. Will this be enough to ensure any form of electoral success on Thursday?
Billy Kay's recent address in Scots to the Scottish Parliament kicked off a storm over his use o the Mither Tongue. What is it about Scots that so upsets so many unionists?
We also look at the ongoing non coverage by the BBC of the Michelle Mone PPE Medpro investigation and Andrew Marr's belief that unilateral nuclear disarmament is a vote loser if and when we get to indyref2.

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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.