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

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  • 21.10.2021
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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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  • 21.10.2021
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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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  • 14.10.2021
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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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  • 07.10.2021
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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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  • 30.09.2021
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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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  • 23.09.2021
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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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  • 16.09.2021
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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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  • 09.09.2021
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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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  • 02.09.2021
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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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  • 01.09.2021
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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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  • 24.06.2021
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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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  • 17.06.2021
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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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  • 10.06.2021
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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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  • 03.06.2021
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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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  • 27.05.2021
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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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  • 20.05.2021
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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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  • 13.05.2021
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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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  • 10.05.2021
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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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  • 05.05.2021
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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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  • 30.04.2021
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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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  • 29.04.2021
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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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  • 28.04.2021
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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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  • 22.04.2021
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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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  • 21.04.2021
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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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  • 15.04.2021
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    Pledges and Pounding Pavements

    Manifestos for the Holyrood election begin to be released, and parties hit the streets. The team discuss what we know so far about the promises pledged to the electorate, as well as what impact the resumption of door-to-door campaigning and canvassing will have for parties ahead of further restriction easing in Scotland on Friday. Will we see three frantic final weeks on the campaign trail, or has the so-called "Ground War" ground to a halt?You’ll be able to see a full list of candidates and parties standing for both the regional list and constituency seats on the BBC website. Visit bbc.co.uk/scottishelection to stay up to date.

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  • 08.04.2021
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    A Really Representative Parliament?

    Campaigner Talat Yaqoob joins the team to examine if we'll have a representative Scottish Parliament, and what steps are being taken by parties to ensure that women and ethnic minority people are able to be an equal part of the political landscape after the Holyrood election. Will MSPs better reflect Scottish society as a whole after May 6th? What more can be done to turn promises into policy? The team discuss this and the latest news from the campaign trail.

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  • 01.04.2021
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    A Festival of Democracy

    As the deadline to stand in the Scottish Election passes, who are the would-be MSPs? The team discusses parties old and new, and with around 700 candidates in regional lists looking to be elected to Scottish Parliament on May 6th, the team chats about at some of the parties hoping to share their vision of Scotland with the voting public over the next few weeks.A full list of candidates and parties standing for both the regional list and constituency seats will be available on the BBC website. Visit bbc.co.uk/scottishelection to keep up to date.

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  • 31.03.2021
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    Debating the Debate

    BBC News Scotland editor and debate moderator Sarah Smith joins the team to discuss and dissect the first Scottish Leader Debate of the 2021 Holyrood election. From missteps to memes, the team chat about the performances of the party political leaders, and Sarah Smith shares a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like moderating.

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  • 25.03.2021
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    End Of Term

    Holyrood enters recess and the election period begins ahead of the May 6th vote. BBC political journalist Kirsten Campbell joins the team to talk about the last week of madness in Scottish Parliament, the last-minute NHS pay rise announcement, and the friendly end to this term of Holyrood which has been punctuated by intense debate and anger. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, what will the parties' election campaigns look like?

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  • 24.03.2021
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    Committee Insider

    Andy Wightman MSP joins the team to share his experiences inside the Salmond committee. Nick, Lynsey, and Phil have a frank discussion with him, as he reveals an insider perspective to the committee which found the First Minister has misled the inquiry in her evidence, and concluded The Scottish government's handling of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond was "seriously flawed". We find out about the independent MSP's reaction to the leaks to the press, hearing evidence from the complainants, and what consequences he believes there should be going forward.

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  • 18.03.2021
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    Absolute Scenes

    Lines are drawn, anger flares, and election rhetoric begins as Holyrood heads for recess. In the last week before we enter the election period ahead of the May 6th vote, the team discusses the clash between the First Minister and Conservative Holyrood leader Ruth Davidson at FMQs, the potential effect of the Hamilton inquiry, and the upcoming Scottish independence bill.

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  • 17.03.2021
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    A Safer Society for Women?

    Following the killing of Sarah Everard, the team talk about women's safety and the political response to her death with campaigner Ashley Crossan. Speaking to Lucy Whyte, Lynsey Bews, and Phil Sim, they discuss what legislation is being introduced, issues surrounding the political debate of women's safety, and ask: How can we make society safer for women?

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  • 11.03.2021
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    For Whom the Prof Polls

    Professor Sir John Curtice joins the team to discuss how Scottish parties are polling. How has the pandemic influenced voters? Will the Salmond inquiry dent or bolster support for the SNP? Professor Curtice shares his insight on this and more with Lucy, Phil, and Lynsey, as we head towards the Holyrood elections in May.

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  • 04.03.2021
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    Sturgeon vs Salmond

    The team digest the First Minister's marathon evidence session at the Holyrood committee, as Nicola Sturgeon rejects suggestions she broke the ministerial code, and claims that allegations of conspiracy made against her by Former First Minister Alex Salmond are "absurd". BBC Scotland political editor Glenn Campbell joins the team to pick through the nearly eight hour hearing, how opposition parties have reacted, and whether we heard the smoking gun of evidence, or if it was a misfire.

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  • 25.02.2021
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    Total War

    There are rows over redactions and claims of conspiracy as the Salmond inquiry continues. From a fiery session of FMQs to the Scottish Parliament publishing a revised version of a submission from Alex Salmond after the Crown Office raised "grave concerns" about it, the team explains the anger on both sides - and what impact it could have on the landscape of Scottish politics.

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  • 19.02.2021
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    Under Promise & Over Deliver?

    As the vaccine rollout continues, the team discuss the pitfalls of positive promises, and the additional caution both First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Boris Johnson appear to be taking ahead of the planned release of a road map out of this lockdown. With political concern over promising a definitive timetable being met with businesses seeking clarity, the team chat about the fine line politicians are having to walk to avoid any further lockdowns while also sharing the good news on vaccine uptake.

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  • 11.02.2021
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    The Committee Nitty-Gritty

    The team discusses what's next for the Holyrood inquiry if Alex Salmond doesn't appear, after the two sides failed to come to an agreement and the committee said the former First Minister had set conditions that they "simply could never meet". Ahead of the potential appearance by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon next week, what kind of impact will this have on the Hamilton and Salmond inquiries, and what will Alex Salmond do next?

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  • 04.02.2021
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    With a Cherry on Top?

    Tensions grow in the SNP, as Joanna Cherry is dropped from the Westminster front bench. In a public row, she claims she was 'sacked', while the party says it had made a number of changes to its Westminster team before the upcoming Holyrood election. Ahead of next week's potential appearance of Alex Salmond at the inquiry into how the Scottish Government handled sexual misconduct complaints, and with the row over the Gender Recognition Act still simmering away, just what is going on inside the SNP? The team discuss this and more.

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  • 03.02.2021
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    Parents In Parliament

    Ahead of standing down from Holyrood, MSPs Aileen Campbell and Jenny Marra discuss if family life and political work can mix. Is it possible to balance raising children and a career on the campaign trail? Lucy and Rajdeep sit them down for a frank talk on the reasons they are choosing to leave frontline politics for now, as well as what they hope changes in the future to ease the difficulties of being a parent in Parliament.

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  • 27.01.2021
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    Roadmap to a Referendum

    Political planning around a potential second independence referendum ramps up a notch as the SNP release their 11-step 'roadmap' to independence, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Scotland. As both Unionist and Independence parties plead their case to the voting public ahead of the Holyrood election in May, the team discuss what arguments are being made, as well as what's happening behind the scenes.

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  • 21.01.2021
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    Scottish Labour and The Indy Elephant

    Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has stood down, so what's next for the party? With the Holyrood Elections in May, BBC Scotland political editor Glenn Campbell joins the team to discuss the party's prospects, as the leadership race between Anas Sarwar and Monica Lennon begins. They discuss the difficulties facing Scottish Labour in introducing a new leader to the public ahead of the election, all while trying to wrangle the elephant in the room - the prospect of a second Independence Referendum.

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  • 14.01.2021
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    New Year, New Problems

    Brand new year, brand new political problems? The team discuss the busy start to 2021, including another lockdown and fears over Coronavirus mutations, Brexit finally being done and the so-called 'teething problems' surrounding fishing, as well as the growing split between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her former mentor Alex Salmond.

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  • 17.12.2020
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    Wary Christmas

    As tougher Christmas guidance is issued, what is the political thinking behind the rules? From bubbles to baubles, the team discuss the political dilemma leaders of the four nations face, and the potential risks to public health as we enter the new year. In the final episode of the year, Lucy, Phil, Rajdeep, Nick, and Lynsey also look back on 2020 and discuss their standout moments.

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  • 10.12.2020
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    Brexit Deadlock

    As Brexit trade talks reach a standstill, the possibility of a deal looks more unlikely, with the UK Government saying negotiations may not go on beyond Sunday. The team chats about the sticking points over fishing access and more, as well as what happens as we reach the deadline, and whether the negotiators might pull off a deal in the final hours. Is there a chance discussions can continue, or does the EU have bigger fish to fry?

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  • 09.12.2020
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    QAnon in the UK

    How did a US-based conspiracy about Donald Trump gain followers in Scotland and the UK? BBC Trending editor Mike Wendling and Hope Not Hate researcher Dr. Joe Mulhall join Lucy and Phil to discuss how QAnon exploded online. Why is it starting to make appearances across the UK and Europe, from online groups to anti-mask protests outside of Holyrood? The team talk about the origins of QAnon, it's appeal to certain people, what we can learn from the USA, and the potentially dangerous consequences of letting the conspiracy grow this side of the Atlantic.

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  • 03.12.2020
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    The Onion Metaphor

    The team attempts to unravel the layers of infighting inside the SNP post-conference, including the potential political manoeuvres by former leader Alex Salmond and MP Joanna Cherry. There's also good news for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as the Coronavirus vaccine is poised to begin its rollout, and it's crunch time in Westminster as the Brexit deadline looms.

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  • 02.12.2020
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    How To Have a Happy Holiday

    Author & psychologist Claudia Hammond talks lockdown loneliness during Christmas, including how the pandemic has impacted the nation's mental wellbeing, how the Government needs to handle potential increased pressure on mental health services, and ways we can improve and manage our moods as we enter the holiday season.

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  • 26.11.2020
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    Beginning To Look a Bit Like Christmas

    Christmas is approaching, and the UK has taken a four nation approach to the festivities, but what were the political motivations behind the move to allow restricted gatherings, and does it make sense while we're still in the middle of a pandemic? The team sits down to discuss the thinking inside the UK and Scottish Governments, and some of the regulations they're asking people to abide by.

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  • 25.11.2020
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    Devolution or Devolution?

    Boris Johnson is facing the heat after reportedly calling Scottish devolution a disaster, causing anger from Labour and the SNP, as well as creating a potential headache for the Scottish Conservatives ahead of the 2021 Holyrood elections. But just how successful has devolution been? As political parties become more polarised, and even the pronunciation of the word itself called into question by the team, can there be a grown-up discussion on devolution in the UK?

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  • 25.11.2020
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    A Vaccine Against Bad News

    As the new Covid-19 vaccine is announced, the team discuss the political implications with BBC Scotland health correspondent Lisa Summers. Will it really be the silver bullet that can end the cycle of lockdowns in the UK, and what sort of impact will the rollout have on the 2021 Holyrood elections in Scotland? Lisa also explains the other tools in the Government's kit to reduce the number of coronavirus cases, and how they might be put to work to help us get home for Christmas.

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