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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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  • 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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  • 12.11.2020
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    Unionist Head Scratching

    BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg joins the team to chat about how Whitehall views the apparent rise in support for Scottish independence, the discussions going on inside Number 10 about what they can do to counter it, and the concern of Unionists about the potential impact of continuing to rule out a referendum if the SNP wins a majority at next year's Holyrood election.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Tension Over Furlough Extension

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the furlough scheme is to be extended to March, but why now? The scheme will cover the whole UK as England enters a four week lockdown, but the Governments of Scotland and Wales have been critical, saying it should have been extended sooner. Will this new spate of spending help the economy and jobs over winter, or is it coming too late?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Tiers for Fears

    Scotland's new five-tier system is unveiled and former Labour leader Corbyn is suspended as the team tackle another busy news day. Will the Scottish Government's new restrictions manage to crack down on Covid-19 cases before Christmas? Meanwhile, in Westminster, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has suspended Jeremy Corbyn from the party over his reaction to a highly critical report on anti-Semitism. How will it impact the party, and will the report's shockwaves hit the Scottish Labour party too?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Toodleoo The Noo

    BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor shares anecdotes and analysis from his career ahead of his retirement from his role of nearly 30 years. He shares his beginnings as a political journalist, stand out moments from covering Scottish politics, and how he sees the future of Holyrood and Scotland in a more divided political landscape.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    What John Curtice thinks

    Professor Sir John Curtice joins the team to talk Independence polls and local lockdowns. Will the SNP sustain their polling lead across winter? How will the fight with Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham impact on Boris Johnson's government? The team also talk about Professor Curtice's career, why he's not interested in Instagram, and if England could see a rise in the 'F-Word': Federalism.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    The Salmond Inquiry

    Is the Salmond inquiry leading to splits within the SNP and the Scottish Government? As the Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government's handling of complaints against Alex Salmond continues, the team explains and discusses the rifts between the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her former mentor, the previous FM Alex Salmond. What could the fallout be, and will public spats over the inquiry harm trust in the current Scottish Government?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    How to Cover the 2020 US Election

    NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith joins the team to talk the 2020 US Election, as we ask: How do you cover the race during a pandemic? Tamara shares her thoughts on Trump's spell with Coronavirus, polling, disinformation online, and how political journalism can be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Last Orders

    Pubs are facing another round of restrictions in Scotland, but will it slow the virus, and can the industry survive another blow? The team try to unpick some of the more confusing local restrictions starting ahead of the weekend, the praise and criticism the First Minister has faced, and wonder if these rules could be enforced in the rest of the UK too.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Civil Liberties & Covid

    As the Coronavirus Act 2020 is extended - should emergency powers be under more scrutiny in Parliament? Those critical of the laws say Parliament should have more chance to debate and amend the rules, with some warning we risk our civil liberties. The Government argues it needs to react fast to reduce the Covid-19 infection rate. The team discuss this row boiling up in Westminster and Holyrood.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Six Months or More?

    Naked Scientist Dr Chris Smith joins the pod as new Covid-19 restrictions are announced, to last 6 months or perhaps even longer - but will it help us handle a second wave, or should we be making more drastic policy decisions? Phil Sim and Rajdeep Sandhu answer your questions and get Dr Smith's expert opinion as a virologist. How long does he think we may live with the pandemic?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Money, Politics, and Power

    Is our democracy for sale? Peter Geoghegan joins the team to talk dirty money in politics, and how it it's utilised in a dark digital world to potentially influence elections. Lynsey Bews and Philip Sim ask him what we can do about it, how tech giants play a role, and how we can use the upcoming US election to learn lessons.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Withdrawal Disagreement

    Financial Times journalist Sebastian Payne joins the team to discuss how a new bill on Brexit might break the law. The FT got a scoop revealing the UK's top lawyer was resigning over the so-called Internal Markets Act. Why might this breach international law, what does it mean for Devolution, and are we now heading for a No-Deal Brexit?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Trouble At The Top

    As Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard faces calls to quit, the team talk about party leadership and the complex process of picking a new leader. We discuss Douglas Ross taking over the Scottish Tories and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon publishing the draft Indyref2 bill. Where does all this leave the parties ahead of the 2021 Holyrood elections?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    How Diverse is Holyrood?

    Will the next generation of MSPs be more diverse? Maryam Ahmed & Alys Mumford join to discuss what needs to change for more women, ethnic minority, and LGBT+ candidates to stand.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    The Fragile Union?

    Joining us from all four nations of the UK, the team talks about the state of the Union, what's changed during the pandemic, and the possible impact of a looming Brexit.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Learning Lessons

    The team returns as Education Secretary John Swinney faces continued exams controversy, including a no confidence vote - but will this affect the SNP's success in the polls?

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  • 12.11.2020
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    BONUS: Jackson Carlaw Resigns

    Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw has resigned, so where does this leave the party? Phil Sim, Lynsey Bews, and Nick Eardley return for a bonus episode to discuss.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Just a Phase?

    School is back, and Spanish holidays may be scuppered. The team returns to talk lockdown, and what changes are happening in Scotland.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Will Spending Save the Economy?

    What do Chancellor Rishi Sunak's new schemes mean for Scotland? The team returns to discuss whether his plans will help soften the economic blow caused by Covid-19.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Is Lockdown Over?

    The sun shines as lockdown lifts, but are the decisions being made politically motivated? On the last weekly episode this summer, the team talk school u-turns and rule confusion.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    School's Out For Summer?

    Emma Seith joins the team to talk Scottish back-to-school planning and why it's divisive, including funding issues, debates around the science, and the two metre rule.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    The Cost of Coronavirus (ft. Kate Forbes MSP)

    As the Covid-19 crisis hits jobs and livelihoods, how can we save the Scottish economy? The Government's finance secretary Kate Forbes MSP joins the team to share her ideas.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Black Lives Matter & Scotland

    Writer Claire Heuchan and musician Ransom FA have a frank talk on being Black & Scottish, sharing their experience as protests against George Floyd's death in the US continue.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    BAME communities and Covid-19 (ft. Ashitha Nagesh)

    Why are BAME Brits being so hard hit in the pandemic? Ashitha Nagesh joins to discuss, talking about the recent Public Health England report, and the current protests.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    A Little Lift

    The team chat about Scotland's plan to start lifting lockdown restrictions a little bit, as well as Dominic Cummings' trip to Durham, and Phil considering taking up horse riding.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    On Track to Leaving Lockdown? (ft. Mark Daly)

    BBC journalist Mark Daly joins the team to talk about the UK's track and trace plans, as well as his recent documentary looking into Scotland's Coronavirus strategy so far.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Pandemic Politics

    Is this the week Covid-19 got political? The team asks if this is a test for devolution, and if joint strategies across the four nations are falling apart.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    The Psychology of Lockdown (ft. Prof Stephen Reicher)

    How do you convince a whole country to stay at home? Psychology Professor Steve Reicher describes what politicians need to do if we are to trust them.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Put to the Test (ft. Dr Chris Smith)

    Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists joins the team to talk Covid-19 testing, and the UK Government's aim to test 100,000 people per day by the start of May.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    The New Normal?

    The team returns to talk all things Coronavirus and how it's changed politics so far, as the First Minister shares the initial framework for how Scotland may leave lockdown.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Pandemic Planning

    As the coronavirus pandemic grows, the team chats about how Governments are responding, including the budget boost announced for tackling the healthcare and economic issues.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Biden versus Bernie (ft. Prof Christopher Carman)

    The team (figuratively) cross the Atlantic with US political expert Chris Carman to discuss the Democratic primaries, and why it was a Super Tuesday for some, less so for others.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Edinburgh Central Showdown (ft. Marco Biagi)

    Is the Edinburgh Central candidacy a local fight, or a battle for the future of the SNP? Former MSP Marco Biagi joins the team to chat about his old constituency.

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