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Scottish Independence Podcasts is a weekly podcast about Scottish politics, culture and chat. We passionately support Scottish Independence. New episodes every Friday. Our website: https://scottishindypod.scot read less
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Episodes

Humza - One Year On
12-04-2024
Humza - One Year On
Indypodcasters Fiona and Marlene share their impressions of Humza's first year in the job - what went well, what could have gone better - plus clips from various interviews and speeches Humza has given along the way (see links below).   Main themes covered are: 00:00:41  First Minister - first impressions 00:02:24  Gaza - political and personal 00:05:04  First Minister's Questions  00:07:58  Childhood influences 00:10:46  Choosing a career in politics 00:13:57  Supporting Scottish Innovation 00:15:38   Scottish GDP outstripping Uk 00:17:20   A failed and failing UK economy 00:19:17   Brexit impacts and attitudes 00:21:52   Economic dynamism and social solidarity 00:23:08   Standing up against the Scottish media 00:24:55    Searching for shared solutions 00:27:13    Starmer standoff 00:28:17    Brexit v Scexit  00:30:59    Consensual politics 00:32:17    Scottish politics post indy 00:34:50    Some own goals 00:36:46    Matheson mess 00:38:58    Council tax freeze 00:40:00    Hate crime act 00:44:42    Pick the right battles 00:47:43    More gallus government 00:48:54    First Activist 00:50:55    Building a new Scotland 00:52:04    Our verdicts so far 00:53:18     Podcasters challenge Contains information licensed under the Scottish Parliament Copyright Licence Includes clips from:  Full Disclosure  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ89fb26HEw&t=4s LSE lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUehxubZfT0&t=263s   The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.  Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com  Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music: Inspired by Kevin MacLeod
Gove's Gagging Order
09-04-2024
Gove's Gagging Order
A Bonus Tuesday episode! Our latest Hot Topic is Michael Gove's extraordinary attempt to stop devolved parliament ministers, local councils, universities and other public bodies from using their fully devolved procurement powers to boycott goods and services on ethical and moral grounds in a way that would implicitly oppose UK government's foreign policy. The bill also imposes a gagging order on ministers and public bodies by preventing them from even stating that they would have applied a boycott if not for the bill - with threats of fines being issued for non compliance! Both the Scottish and Welsh parliaments have refused legislative consent for the bill and yet it continues its progress through Westminster. In this Hot Topic report we highlight key points from the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments and the Westminster stage 3 debate to raise awareness of the latest assault on devolution and free speech. The video version of this podcast is available on our youtube channel   The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts. Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music: Industrial Cinematic by Kevin MacLeod Contains information licenced under the Scottish Parliament Copyright Licence.
Unlocking Scotland's Energy Powerhouse
22-03-2024
Unlocking Scotland's Energy Powerhouse
With special guest Dr Craig Dalzell, Policy Director of Commonweal, this week's podcast episode  looks at the barriers and possible solutions to setting up a publicly owned energy company for Scotland.  Key themes covered in our discussion are: 00:02:19   Q1: How has Wales managed to set up an energy company? 00:05:46   Q2: Could Wales set up a public company for Scotland? 00:07:04   Q3: Do we have other options? 00:09:34   Q4: So what energy company CAN Scotland set up? 00:16:31   Q5: Who makes money out of Scotland's resources? 00:18:02   Q6: Is the EU's new zero strategy an opportunity for us? 00:20:39   Q7: How can Scotland benefit? 00:24:09   Q8: How else can Scotland get a fair return on our assets? 00:29:55   Q9: How do we store our energy? 00:35:30   Q10: What should Scotland do now? Links to some of the resources mentioned in our discussion are: National public energy agency:  www.gov.scot/policies/energy-efficiency/the-national-public-energy-agency   Commonweal policy papers: www.commonweal.scot/setup-energy-company/ www.commonweal.scot/policies/powering-our-ambitions   Support for community energy projects:  www.localenergy.scot/hub/community-owned   The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.  Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com  Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music: Inspired by Kevin MacLeod
Nothing to lose but our chains - with Colin Fox SSP
08-03-2024
Nothing to lose but our chains - with Colin Fox SSP
Colin Fox, Leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, was one of three guests on an earlier show where we looked at non-SNP party responses to the SNP's election strategy.   We had a fascinating conversation with Colin which covered much more than we needed for the original show, so here is the extended version of that conversation.   Topics covered include: 00:01:26   Thoughts on the SNP's independence strategy? 00:03:39     Who will indy voters vote for if not SNP? 00:04:50     Why would Scots ever vote for Starmer? 00:08:54      Issues on the doorstep? 00:11:24      The "why" of independence 00:13:14      Thoughts on a constitutional convention? 00:15:36       Plebiscite election or referendum? 00:17:09       Who should negotiate with Westminster? 00:17:44       Exclusive revelation about 2014! 00:22:00       Is civil disobedience inevitable? 00:24:53       Getting a majority for Yes 00:27:03        A national care service for Scotland 00:29:09        A written constitution 00:34:35        Building trust in politics 00:40:50        Thoughts on a Labour government at Westminster 00:42:18        Lessons from Lenin and Gramsci Episodes mentioned in the conversation: in a nutshell: non SNP parties discuss the SNP strategy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZJnO2OUj80&t=459s John Maclean 100 years on - memorial lecture https://youtu.be/F6xJPWf14K0?si=iQZMUhMOiV_3yEgC Find out more about the Scottish Socialist Party here https://scottishsocialistparty.org/   The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.  Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com  Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music:  Inspired by Kevin MacLeod
Scotland in the EU
16-02-2024
Scotland in the EU
Campaign group Yes For EU held a very successful workshop in Edinburgh to consider various themes about Scotland's future in the EU, including Association Agreements for candidate countries, the alternative option of EFTA.  We also discussed areas where Scotland is at risk of diverging from the EU and where we will need to realign or create new arrangements such as  borders, currency options, EU energy policy and the farm payment scheme. If you would like to take part in the discussion topics, you are welcome to do so.  You can also feed any thoughts, comments or questions to Yesforeu@gmail.com Key points in the broadcast are: 00:02:05   Opening remarks and welcome 00:04:49   Heather Anderson on EU or EFTA 00:12:42    Kirsty Hughes on Association Agreements 00:30:23    Discussion question 1 00:30:51    Introduction to Borders topic 00:36:35    Discussion question 2 00:36:51     Introduction to Currency topic 00:39:52     Marla Dukharan on currency unions 00:44:53     Discussion question 3 00:45:07     Heather Anderson on farm payments scheme 00:53:13     Discussion question 4 00:53:22     Introduction to EU energy strategy topic  00:59:00     EU renewables strategy by Wind Europe 00:58:10     The future of interconnectors by National Grid 01:00:17     Discussion question 5 01:00:27     Key messages from the workshop   The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.  Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com  Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music:  Inspired by Kevin MacLeod
Breakup of Britain:  What next for SNP and Labour?
19-01-2024
Breakup of Britain: What next for SNP and Labour?
One of the many excellent and fascinating panel discussions held at the Breakup of Britain conference. This discussion poses the question what next for SNP after Sturgeon and Labour under Starmer.  The discussion is chaired by Maggie Chapman, main topics are: 00:00:45  Intro by Maggie Chapman 00:01:40  Jamie Driscoll, Independent Mayor of North of Tyne 00:12:55   Frances Foley, Deputy Director of Compass social  justice campaign 00:22:35    Joyce McMillan, columnist and theatre critic 00:41:00    Alyn Smith, MP 00:55:55    Audience Q and A The Breakup of Britain conference was held in Edinburgh in November as a tribute to Tom Nairn, who died in January 2023.  Tom was an essayist, political theorist and academic.  He supported Scottish independence and believed that the breakup of Britain is inevitable. Note: the sound quality on the original recording  via the venue's sound system is a little "clicky" in places, but hopefully this doesn't detract from the content of the discussions The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.  Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com  Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music: Inspired by Kevin MacLeod
Is Scotland being cheated?  Denmark definitely  isn't ...
16-01-2024
Is Scotland being cheated? Denmark definitely isn't ...
Award winning broadcaster Lesley Riddoch joins us to chat about her new film Denmark: the State of Happiness.  The film is currently on tour all around Scotland with a Q+A session with Lesley at each screening. For details of dates, times, venues and to book tickets, go to www.lesleyriddoch.com/events This is the 5th film in Lesley's series looking at the Nordic countries, you can find all her other films at www.lesleyriddoch.com/films key points include: 00:00:54 Dan Jorgensen - happiness is important 00:01:34 Welcome to Lesley 00:02:15 Losing an empire 00:05:34 Audience reactions 00:10:20 Not just for indy supporters 00:16:18 Danish Education system 00:17:07 Larissa Albus - taxes are a good thing 00:19:38 Jannick Marshall - Efterskole 00:22:49 Samso islanders fuel bills cut 00:25:04 cause for optimism? 00:28:28 national self confidence 00:30:47 issues based conversations 00:31:41 cultural summer school and other ideas 00:38:01 the future for indy media   Also mentioned in our discussion is Independence Centre Stage from our Mibbes Aye series which you can watch here:  or check out our website here  The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.  Remember to like and subscribe! Contact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com  Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips Music: "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod
Bits & Pieces Podcast December 2023
29-12-2023
Bits & Pieces Podcast December 2023
Join us for our last roundup of topical clips for 2023! Topics include: 00:00:50 Covid come-uppance for Johnson and Mone 00:05:45 George Monbiot savages the Tory Rwanda Bill 00:08:40 Alison Thewlis picks holes in the Tory Rwanda Bill 00:10:58 Joanna Cherry highlights the illegality of the Rwanda Bill 00:12:55 Scottish Parliament legislates for the children's rights 00:17:35 Joanna Cherry explains Tories breaching the Treaty of Union 00:24:56 Neale Hanvey shares international legal opinion 00:28:12 Secret Agent Alister Jack reports 00:31:32 Westminster quick fire round up 00:35:48 Holyrood quick fire round up 00:40:49 Patrick Harvie explains green alternatives to nuclear power 00:43:00 Bill Ramsay on dangers of nuclear power and climate instability 00:44:32 Europe for Scotland petition 00:48:32 Lesley Riddoch on keeping up our profile in Europe 00:54:14 Midwinter at Maeshowe, a poem by Alison Miller 00:58:26 A Christmas thought ... Thanks for listening everybody, please subscribe and share! Links mentioned in this podcast: Alison Thewlis longer Rwanda speech Europe for Scotland petition The Scottish Independence Podcasts team produce a NEW podcast episode every Friday search for Scottish Independence Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts. Remember to like and subscribe! ontact Us: indypodcasters@gmail.com Visit our website https://scottishindypod.scot/ for blogposts, newsletter signup and more episodes Subscribe to our Youtube channel @scottishindypodExtra for more of our video footage and clips