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Podlitical

Politics chat with the latest goings on at Holyrood and Westminster through the eyes of BBC Scotland journalists.

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  • 19.05.2022
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    Pinching Pennies

    Who is being hit the hardest by the continuing cost of living crisis? BBC Consumer Affairs correspondent Colletta Smith joins the team to discuss what costs are eating away at the purchasing power of the pounds in our pockets. Where are the biggest price rises coming from, what actions are the Scottish and UK Governments taking, and do these plans go far enough?

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  • 12.05.2022
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    The Protocol Problem

    What do the local election results mean for the state of the Union? The team discusses the growing tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the contents of the Queen's speech and what it means for the cost of living crisis, and the pressure growing on the UK Government as the SNP win in the Scottish local elections, and Sinn Féin becomes largest party in the NI Assembly.

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  • 06.05.2022
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    Local Elections: As It Happened

    Podlitical reveals a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to cover an election. Lucy Whyte interviews the regular Podlitical team and other BBC colleagues to get a picture of the internal workings of a news organisation as results from the local council elections in Scotland and across the UK pour in. As the SNP again finish as the biggest party in the Scottish council elections, and with Labour finishing second after the Conservatives suffered big losses, what does it mean for the political landscape in Scotland going forward?

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  • 28.04.2022
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    Locally Vocal

    Allan Faulds of Ballot Box Scotland joins the team to chat all things local elections. A week before Scotland heads to the polls in the local council elections, the team take a look at the nitty-gritty of the electoral process. What are the main issues driving people to the voting booth, and will turnout be higher or lower than previous years? How are votes calculated, why is it so complicated, and why does it matter that candidates are in alphabetical order?

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  • 21.04.2022
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    Feeling Fine(d)

    It's been a not-so-happy Easter for the Prime Minister as he was fined by the Met police. Over the Westminster and Holyrood recess, the prime minister, the chancellor Rishi Sunak and the PM's wife all received fixed penalty notices for attending a birthday gathering for Boris Johnson in No 10. Now, the pair face calls to resign by opposition parties and several Tory backbenchers. With no further potential actions being taken by the Metropolitan police until after the May local elections, will the public anger die down, or are problems being compounded for the PM and his cabinet? The team also discuss First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's face mask rule breach over the weekend, and the row over the Chancellor's wife's non-dom tax status.

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  • 31.03.2022
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    Whatever Floats Your Boat

    Ahead of Parliamentary recess, the team discuss the row over ferry contracts and Covid. In a bumper week at Holyrood, the debate over the delayed CalMac ferries continues, and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pushes back the lifting of face covering restrictions by two weeks in light of rising Covid-19 cases. In Westminster, Partygate is back in the spotlight after the first fines for Downing Street parties are issued by the Met Police. What does this all mean as the cost of living crisis grows and we head into the local elections, and will these pressures on the Scottish and UK Governments be reflected in the polling booths?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Spring Into Action?

    Does the Chancellor's Spring Statement offer ways to combat the cost of living crisis? As Chancellor Rishi Sunak sets out measures to try and reduce the shock of rising fuel, food, and energy bill prices, the team analyse the statement and what it means for people in Scotland and the UK. What impact will this have on the upcoming local elections, and has the UK Government gone far enough in its plans to prevent the pinch on the pounds in our pocket?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Two Years On

    Scotland sees record high Covid infections, but is the virus the threat it once was? As two years pass since the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic, BBC Scotland’s Health and Social Care Correspondent Lisa Summers joins the team to talk about the latest increase in Covid-19 infections in Scotland, the latest variant, and what it means for public health and the NHS. As other legal restrictions end, will the extension on face-covering rules by First Minister Nicola Strugeon have a noticeable impact on stopping the virus' spread?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Oil Turmoil

    What can be done to protect people from high energy prices? Sepi Golzari-Munro of The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit and Kevin Keane, BBC Scotland's Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Correspondent, join Phil and Rajdeep to discuss the current volatile oil and gas markets, and what it means for people in Scotland. Is the solution further North Sea extraction, or could green energy move quickly enough to fill the market demand and save customers some cash?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Witnessing War with John Simpson

    BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson discusses Ukraine, and journalism in warzones. What does it take to report from active conflict, and how do you make sure you're getting accurate information on the ground? Lucy, Nick, and Rajdeep chat to John Simpson about his experiences in Afghanistan and Sarajevo, the parallels between the current invasion of Ukraine and historic wars, and the emotional impact of being a witness to war.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Gender Recognition Reform

    What is The Gender Recognition Reform Bill currently tabled at Holyrood, and why has the debate around it grown so heated? Lucy and Phil are joined by BBC correspondent Lorna Gordon to discuss the legislation being debated in Scottish Parliament this week. What are the proposed reforms, what does it mean for Trans people and their legal identity, and what do groups for and against the bill have to say?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Dark Hours For Europe

    As Russia invades Ukraine, what happens next, and what will the UK and EU Governments do? Podlitical is joined by Ramsay Jones CBE, a former special advisor for the UK Government. As the situation is described as "among the darkest hours of Europe since the Second World War" by EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell, the team discuss what it's like to be inside the heart of Government during such an event, the impact of sanctions announced by the Prime Minister and European leaders, and how the crisis might impact us in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    The Cost of Living Crisis?

    Who will the cost of living rise hit hardest, and can anything be done to mitigate it? As the Scottish Budget is revealed, Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde joins the team to look at some of the current global and domestic issues pushing up the price of goods in the UK, and what it means for the pounds in people's pockets. What impact has the pandemic had, and what are the longer term historic issues which led us to this point?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Down A Notch?

    Dr Hannah White of The Institute for Government joins the team to discuss political processes and public trust, as the initial report from Sue Gray into parties at Downing Street is released. What happens next, and what does the report mean for Prime Minister Boris Johnson? As a new "Levelling Up" scheme is announced to the backdrop of cost of living rises, and Westminster sees further fiery exchanges, the team take a look at how the public feel about politics, and whether recent events have damaged trust in our political institutions.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Desperately Seeking Sue Gray

    The Downing Street parties scandal continues as Westminster waits for Sue Gray's report. When can we expect from the senior civil servant's inquiries into parties held during lockdown, and what might it mean for the premiership of Prime Minister Boris Johnson? As the Metropolitan Police launch a criminal investigation into the events that unfolded in 2020 and 2021, Boris Johnson has promised that the official report will be published "in full", but will the wait for Sue Gray's verdict increase pressure on the Prime Minister, or will time calm tensions?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Whip Up A Storm

    Accusations of intimidation are made, as the Prime Minister remains under scrutiny. The row over alleged parties held in Downing Street continues, with a Tory MP defecting to Labour ahead of PMQs on Wednesday. With the Government whips now under the spotlight after MP William Wragg accused them of threatening those suspected of plotting against Boris Johnson with the removal of government investment in their constituencies, what next for the Conservative Party and the premiership of Boris Johnson ahead of Sue Gray's report?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Beginning Of The End?

    What next for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he faces calls to resign? While his cabinet rallies around him, Scottish Conservatives including leader Douglas Ross and some Tory backbenchers have called on the Prime Minister to tender his resignation. After admitting to attending a drinks party during the 2020 lockdown, Boris Johnson has asked for the results of civil servant Sue Gray's inquiry to be released before decisions are made by his party, but as rows erupt amongst his own MPs and MSPs, plus with opposition parties calling on him to step down, will he face a motion of no confidence and a potential end to his time in Number 10?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    The Year That Was 2021

    The team look back at and analyse the biggest political stories of the year, from the Salmond Inquiry and the mammoth evidence sessions given by the First Minister and her former mentor Alex Salmond, to the recent pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson as discontent in the Conservative backbenches builds. What had the biggest impact on Scotland and the UK's political landscapes, and what can we expect from 2022?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Ghost of Christmas Past?

    What does the Omicron variant mean for festive plans across the UK? As further guidance to stop the spread of the new Covid-19 variant is issued, the team discusses the similarities to December 2020, and what makes this year different. This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced one of the biggest Conservative rebellions in Westminster over further rules, and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced guidelines for businesses over the festive period. Has Covid-19 turned more political than ever?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Cheesed Off

    Did parties at Downing Street last year breach Covid-19 rules? BBC political correspondent Chris Mason joins the team to discuss, as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an inquiry after a video emerged of government staff joking about a "cheese and wine" party which took place on December 18th last year. Government spokesperson Allegra Stratton, who appeared in the leaked footage, has resigned, and now other Downing Street parties during that period are being investigated. Will this latest row blow over or is the scandal here to stay?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Jeane Freeman: Inside The Pandemic

    An in-depth conversation with former Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman. She shares the mood inside the cabinet during the first months of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, her regrets over care homes, and the difficult decisions made on restrictions over Christmas. Freeman also discusses the ongoing public inquiry into safety at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and a second independence referendum in 2023.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Under Pressure?

    Have problems and pressure been growing for Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon this week? From flip-flops on vaccine passports to speeches mentioning Peppa Pig, the team discusses leadership. They chat through the differences and similarities on the situation the Prime Minister and First Minister find themselves in, and analyse BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg's interview with Nicola Sturgeon, including indyref2 and the handling of the pandemic. Why is there speculation over the political longevity of these two leaders, and is there any merit to it?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    BONUS: Interview with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

    Listen to the full interview by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg speaking to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the speculation about her future, a second Independence Referendum, and the handling of Covid-19 in Scotland.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Money on the Side

    There’s been weeks of political pressure on No10 over the Owen Paterson row.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Now Or Never?

    Climate journalist Shreya Jai joins the team to talk COP26 from an outside perspective. How does Glasgow's climate change conference look to the rest of the World? The team discuss the political roles played by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as well as the importance of not just the pledges made by big polluters such as the US, China, EU, and India, but the ways in which we could enforce these promises.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    The Pandemic and Personal Liberty

    Roddy Dunlop QC is a lawyer and Head of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland. He talks to Lucy and Phil about Covid-19 restrictions including mask mandates, vaccine passports, the knock on effects of lockdown and the politicisation of the legal profession in the press.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Balancing Act

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled the budget, but can he balance the UK's fiscal needs? From cutting Air Passenger Duty to criticism over a lack of climate-friendly policies ahead of COP26, the team are joined by Mairi Spowage, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, to chat through what the budget means for devolved nations, the Government's "Levelling Up" agenda, and the pounds in people's pockets.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    ‘I’ve taken a step back from social media’

    Last Friday, Conservative MP Sir David Amess was killed in his constituency. It’s been five years since the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and SNP MP Carol Monaghan is another MP who has suffered online abuse including death threats. While in-person attacks are rare, politicians continue to endure sustained abuse online. So what’s driving this abuse and what can be done to combat it?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    "What I enjoy about this Coronavirus report."

    It was one of the country's worst public health failures say MPs. Thousands of lives were lost following the UK’s failure to do more to stop Covid spreading, according to the report published earlier this week. The 150-page document, Coronavirus:Lessons learned to date looked at the response to the pandemic predominantly in England. The approach, they said, was for the government to try and manage infection rates and in effect, achieve herd immunity by infection. And there were accusations of apparent “group think” among scientists. But they did also highlight the success of the vaccination rollout. So what has the response to the report been in Scotland and what are the consequences, if any, of the report?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Johnsonism

    Boris Johnson gave an optimistic speech at conference, but does his party feel the same? As the Prime Minister shared his enthusiastic vision of the UK's future, some worry that the new era of Johnsonism is going against what the Conservative party stand for. Meanwhile, Douglas Ross and the Scottish Conservatives may aim to emulate the Tory success in toppling the Red Wall with the SNP in Scotland, but is the lack of solid policies from the UK Government making their position as opposition difficult?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Code Red

    Post-Labour conference, the team discuss the Red Wall, the fuel crisis, and Indyref 2. Has Labour leader Keir Starmer managed to unite the party behind him, or is he prioritising victory in the next general election? Rajdeep shares what the mood was like inside the conference, from cheers to jeers, and talks about the new face that Labour is wearing. Where does Keir Starmer's "party of the Union" stance leave Scottish Labour in its attempts to rebuild post-election?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Winter Of Woe?

    The team talk gas price rises, the ambulance service in crisis, and climate change. Is the outlook for winter looking bleak? The team discuss the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic and Brexit may or may not have had on the sectors under pressure, as well as the firefighting being done in Holyrood and Westminster to try and make sure our shelves are stocked and hospitals are under less pressure. Also, with COP26 approaching soon, will the Prime Minister make progress on reducing emissions during his trip to the US?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Where's The Beef?

    The team discusses the latest Covid plans and Nicki Minaj's online spat with Chris Whitty. Health correspondents Lisa Summers and Nick Triggle join Phil and Nick to walk through the current state of vaccine passports, plans to vaccinate children, and the looming threat of winter. Will the NHS be able to manage a sharp uptick in cases, and are booster jabs going to help?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Get With the Programme

    What are the Scottish Government's priorities as set out in the programme for government? The team discusses the key plans announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; including restarting work on a second independence referendum, reforms to the care service, extra funding for frontline healthcare and mental health services, and more. Also, in Westminster, The Prime Minister Boris Johnson manages to pass a tax hike to national insurance, but may face flak from some of his own party.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Power-Sharing Pals?

    The SNP and Scottish Greens agree to a power-sharing deal and form a Holyrood majority, but where can the parties compromise, and where can they not? BBC Scotland political editor Glenn Campbell joins the team to analyse the areas where the SNP-Green majority may agree or disagree - from climate goals and the Gender Recognition Act, to the upcoming test as the Scottish Parliament votes on vaccine passports.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    The Greta Thunberg Interview

    Listen exclusively to the full BBC Scotland Greta Thunberg interview on COP26 and more. The team is joined by BBC Scotland Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Correspondent Kevin Keane, who talks us through the interview, and explains the process of getting to chat with one of the world's top climate campaigners about the upcoming Glasgow climate conference, and whether or not she's more optimistic about the future.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Exam Rammy

    What does the announced scrapping of the SQA exams body mean for Scottish pupils? Education journalist Emma Seith joins to talk us through the current exams drama in Holyrood ahead of the Scottish parliamentary recess. Also, as we head towards the so-called "freedom day" when restrictions lift, the team take a look at the current spat between Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over a travel ban.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    A One-Way Street?

    Is the lifting of lockdown irreversible? Is the alternative too politically painful? The team discusses this and more with BBC Scotland health correspondent Lisa Summers. With further Covid legislation being rushed through Holyrood ahead of the parliament going into recess, and the Delta variant still threatening the progress the UK has made so far, what does it mean for our freedoms going forward?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Vaccine Diplomacy

    The global vaccine rollout is set to be high on the agenda at the G7 Summit. Rajdeep Sandhu joins us from the train there to give us a preview of what to expect, including the meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden. BBC global health correspondent Naomi Grimley also joins Lucy and Lynsey to chat through the massive logistical challenges facing developing countries in rolling out the vaccine. Also, there's a potential political football being kicked about in Scotland as a 'fan zone' is set to open ahead of the UEFA European Football Championship.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Positive Vibes

    There’s talk of us being at the start of a third wave as we hit a "bump in the road". BBC Scotland Health Correspondent Lisa Summers joins the team to share whether the "cautious optimism" she felt at the start of the vaccine rollout is still there. Nicola Sturgeon has “paused” plans for lockdown easing in some parts of the country. Meanwhile, Portugal has been removed from the UK’s green list of countries with hopes of summer holidays dashed. The team pick up on the varying approaches to lockdown easing. And as we edge towards June 21, England’s final stage of their roadmap, is Scotland’s moving away from an ‘elimination’ strategy? And when can we officially declare the pandemic over?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Making Deals, Making Allegations

    In Westminster, Ex-Chief Advisor Dominic Cummings makes bombshell claims, and in Holyrood deals are weighed. Phil and Nick are joined by BBC Scotland political editor Glenn Campbell and BBC News political correspondent Alex Forsyth to discuss the allegations levelled against the UK Government by the Prime Ministers' former chief advisor, who alleged that "tens of thousands of people died, who didn't need to die" during the Coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile in Holyrood, the SNP and the Scottish Greens are in talks about a formal deal, but what impact might this potential "co-operation agreement" have on the political landscape of Scotland?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Familiar Faces

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled her new, slimmed down cabinet team, one that she says is "a serious government for the serious times we face as a nation". With only one minister - Kate Forbes - keeping her old position, and only one junior minister promoted into the full cabinet, what does this reshuffle mean for the next few years of the Scottish Government? BBC Scotland politics editor Glenn Campbell joins the team to analyse the moves made, and which ministers may be facing difficult tasks ahead.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Stand On Ceremony

    The team talk procedure and pomp as the MSPs of the 6th Scottish Parliament are sworn in, and a new presiding officer is voted for. BBC political journalist Kirsten Campbell joins the team from Holyrood to discuss the events of the day; including why no party seems to want to put forward a new presiding officer, what the SNP plans for their first 100 days in Government, as well as whether or not the First Minister is given a very important purse.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Election Reflection

    The SNP secured its victory in the Holyrood election, but a constitutional clash looms as the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells Prime Minister Boris Johnson the question of a second independence referendum is "when, not if". What does the result of the Holyrood election mean for the next few years of Scottish politics? The team reflect on the outcome and the biggest issues facing the Scottish and UK Governments, including the constitutional question, the pandemic and recovery, as well as the state of the other parties.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Polling Eve

    There's just one day to go until voters head to the polls in the Holyrood election. As political rhetoric ramps up in the final hours of the campaign and parties try to sell themselves to the voting public, the team discusses the final week ahead of the election - including which seats are worth watching, and whether or not voters have been swayed to change their votes by promises from the parties.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Election Turnout and the Silent Scots

    Politicians insist that the Holyrood election on 6 May could be one of the most important in Scotland's history. But on average, almost half of the electorate don't actually vote in these polls. Who are the silent Scots who don't take part in the democratic process, and what's holding them back? Political correspondent, Phil Sim, meets the ‘silent Scots’.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Final Curtain?

    The Prime Minister faces questions over the funding of the No. 10 flat refurbishment. Chris Mason joins the team to discuss the allegations facing PM Boris Johnson, and what kind of impact it may or may not have on the Holyrood election next week. Following the allegations he said he would rather see "bodies pile high" than take the country into a third lockdown, and the Labour leader Keir Starmer accusing the government of being "mired in sleaze", will this flat fiasco damage the Prime Minister's reputation, or is it too complex to cut through to the public?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    The Climate for Change?

    Scottish parties are pledging to tackle climate change, but is it a vote winner? Lucy and Phil are joined by Environmental Politics expert Darrick Evensen to discuss what parties are promising in their manifestos ahead of the Holyrood election next week. How much does the general public care about environmental policies, especially during a pandemic, and to what level are people willing to change their lives to save the planet?

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  • 24.03.2022
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    The Ice Cream Team

    The team talks Scottish party manifestos and frozen treats as the sun shines, including what the public mood around the election seems to be, and the impact turnout may have on the results. With two weeks to go until polling day, the manifestos from all five major parties are out, and the team discuss what promises are being made to the electorate, as well as the respective independence and unionist strategies going forward.

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  • 24.03.2022
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    Political Football

    As the European Super League is met by a less-than-super reception from fans, Lucy and Phil are joined by sports broadcasters Amy Irons and Chris McLaughlin to discuss the politics of football and the reaction to the ESL announcements in Scotland and the wider UK. The team discuss how the sport can be used by politicians to win over voters, as well as creating some political own goals.

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