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The Supreme Court has spoken on IndyRef2, so what happens next? We speak to former Yes strategist and ex Alex Salmond adviser Stephen Noon, who thinks a longer wait might be useful for the SNP. We also caught up with campaigners outside Holyrood where demonstrators heard from Nicola Sturgeon.They had mixed opinions on whether the SNP leader can ach…
 
Campaigner Jules Rose tells us how she won't stop pushing the government for an inquiry into the actions of disgraced Dundee surgeon Sam Eljamel. In stark terms, she tells how the doctor removed her tear gland instead of a brain tumour. She likens her determination to that of the Hillsborough campaigners who refused to take no for an answer. We als…
 
We speak to Dundee university scientist Dr Simon Cook @glacio_cook on the missed chances and any elusive gains as Nicola Sturgeon returns from COP27. Scottish Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton delivers a 'fake news' warning about recycled green energy claims. Our team of political reporters discuss the top stories including our alarming reports on …
 
We speak to former Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard on the struggle to go green in industry. We catch up on the skills summit in Aberdeen and the wider push to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Rishi Sunak has U-turned again and will go to the climate conference in Egypt, along with Nicola Sturgeon. Meanwhile, we look at the fall-out from the …
 
We’re on our third prime minister since summer and there wasn’t even a contest this time. We assess what’s in store now Rishi Sunak is in charge. Join in as we deal with Liz Truss’s legacy in a mini pub quiz. And we dig into the big stories covered by DC Thomson’s politics reporters this week.Από τον DC Thomson
 
Political reporter Rachel Amery introduces this bonus episode of the Stooshie. Our investigations editor Calum Ross recorded an interview with the director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, Mairi Spowage, before Liz Truss’s resignation. They discussed the current political climate in Scotland and the impact political events are having on the cos…
 
It’s emergency stations for The Stooshie as Liz Truss resigns. We are joined by Courier columnist and director of the John Smith Centre for Public Service Kezia Dugdale to discuss where it all went wrong for the shortest-serving prime minister in history. Those who fancy themselves as next in line to the keys of 10 Downing Street are already puttin…
 
The Scottish Greens are heading to Dundee for their first party conference since reaching a power sharing agreement with the SNP. We spoke to North East MSP Maggie Chapman about the party’s successes and challenges since entering government. A plot by frustrated members to split the leadership from their ministerial roles has been delayed... for no…
 
Nicola Sturgeon will be in Aberdeen for the SNP’s three-day conference, the first in-person gathering for the party since the pandemic. We spoke with John Swinney, the deputy first minister, on what to expect. The SNP agenda gets scrutinised in our wrap up of the highlights. And we look back at the turmoil of the Conservative conference, which clos…
 
Historian David Alston explains why he thinks a £1.8m fund built off the backs of the historic slave trade should be returned. The so-called Dick Bequest, which helps teachers in the north-east, “belongs in Jamaica”, he tells Calum Ross in our featured interview. We also take stock of Liz Truss’s terrible week which saw the Bank intervene and the p…
 
Lib Dem MP Wendy Chamberlain tells us in our featured interview about her proposals to improve carers’ rights. The North East Fife politician spoke to reporter Rachel Amery about unpaid leave and the need for better work-life balance. We also assess Prime Minister Liz Truss’s first acts in office as her new chancellor unpicks their own party’s fina…
 
What a summer. New prime minister Liz Truss barely had time to get into Downing Street before the Queen died and the UK went into national mourning. We have a new prime minister, a new King and a lot of problems being stored up for winter. Does Ms Truss have what it takes to lead he UK out of a tough time? Will she be put off by the “attention seek…
 
After an utterly chaotic few days, the Prime Minister finally conceded he had to resign. What does that mean for the future leadership of the UK, and what, ultimately, will it mean for Scotland? Join a really quite tired politics team at DC Thomson as we try to take stock and look to what’s coming next. Subscribe to the Courier or Press and Journal…
 
It’s the week in which we mark 10 years since the Tornado fast-jet tragedy in northern Scotland. What are campaigners saying about the lack of safety improvements and answers for bereaved families? We speak to campaigner Jimmy Jones. MSPs head off for their summer break from parliament. What did we learn in a session which ended with a major announ…
 
It’s the week in which Ian Blackford has faced calls to resign and the country’s railways come to a standstill as workers go on strike over a pay dispute. We also speak to Marj Adams from the campaign group Keep Mum about their anger at the lack of maternity care in Moray. Subscribe to the Courier or Press and Journal today to stay up to date on Lo…
 
It’s the week in which Nicola Sturgeon heralded a new dawn for independence but didn’t have a legal route or date to show for it. Conservatives continue to stand firmly against a second referendum and point to failings on domestic issues including two ferries on the Clyde. But there’s better news sailing down the Forth. And we rake over the eye-ope…
 
It’s the week in which serious problems with the country’s approach to drug and alcohol abuse were sidelined by distractions at Westminster. Boris Johnson faced down a confidence vote which leaves his party bitterly divided from top to bottom and with the Scottish Tories. Meanwhile, we spoke with MSP Paul Sweeney about how Labour might tackle drug …
 
It’s the week in which Scotland’s finance secretary Kate Forbes got branded “Thatcher” for a spending review with harsh consequences for public services. Scotland’s census continued to limp along past the already-extended deadline, while critics feared it would be a dud for useful information. And we discuss a special investigation from our colleag…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson said he’s staying put despite a horrendous report from Sue Gray detailing puking, fighting and boozed-up gatherings at the heart of government in lockdown. It’s all bad news for Douglas Ross too, who’s under pressure to turn on his boss. Nicola Sturgeon was meanwhile marking her long-service landmark as first mi…
 
It’s the week in which Nicola Sturgeon went to the States to win friends and influence people, but annoyed her critics who point to big domestic problems at home. Tory MSP Murdo Fraser meanwhile skipped opportunities to grill the government by heading to Seville to watch Rangers. We also brought you the mystery of the sanctions-busting flight from …
 
It’s the week in which Holyrood’s presiding officer, Alison Johnstone, marks a year in the job. It’s been a difficult one with pandemic restrictions, and next year is supposed to include deliberation of an independence referendum. Meanwhile, two ends of the political spectrum got caught up in a row about the place of profits and tax on big business…
 
Part five brings an end to our series of local election debates. Press and Journal political editor Adele Merson took your questions and put them to city leaders and candidates in robust exchanges about the way the council is run. Hot topics include the transformation of the city centre, the impact of the oil and gas industry and whether the region…
 
Part four of the election series puts your questions to candidates in Fife. The Kingdom is currently run by an SNP-Labour administration which will come to an end after May 5. So what can people expect as councillors navigate their way around party HQ rules about coalitions and deals? Courier political editor Derek Healey is joined by Tim Brett for…
 
Part three of our election series takes us to Perth and Kinross, where Nicola Sturgeon hopes her SNP group could take control. There's more to the battle than national politics, as the panel of candidates point out in this one-off podcast. There are distinct rural concerns which puts housing and transport front and centre. And there's a strong inde…
 
Part two of our election series focuses on Angus. We put your questions to local candidates and councillors to help inform you before the May 5 vote. Decision makers did not all want to take part, however. Leader David Fairweather declined to take part or nominate a stand-in - the only leader of the administrations we invited to do so. He was give …
 
In part one of our series, it's all about the city of discovery. We put your questions to Dundee candidates and councillors to help inform you before the May 5 vote. Courier political editor Derek Healey spoke to SNP councillor John Alexander; Alan Ross for Alba; Fraser Macpherson for the Liberal Democrats; Derek Scott for the Conservatives; Richar…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson left for India and got slammed in the Commons over partygate. Douglas Ross meanwhile denied he’s been rendered ‘pathetic’ for his U-turn on the PM. Nicola Sturgeon’s mask slip put her under scrutiny again. And we started filming our own council debates, letting you put questions to leaders. Subscribe to the Cour…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson approached 1,000 days in the job as prime minister. The occasion was marked with police fines all round for Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and the Chancellor Rishi Sunak for breaking lockdown rules. Somehow though it was Douglas Ross who seemed to come off worst as he refused to call for the prime minister to quit.…
 
It’s the week in which the UK energy strategy proclaimed nuclear is ‘coming home’, but the SNP locked the door to Scotland. The shift from oil and gas to renewable was scrutinised by SNP MSP Gillian Martin, whose regional survey threw up local anxiety. Polling showed the SNP are on track for a good council election, and Scotland swished its kilt on…
 
It’s the week in which 18 councillors got elected before a vote was even cast, raising serious questions about local democracy. Ferries are still delayed, campaigners are still pinning down a date for services to resume at a downgraded maternity unit, Scotland’s plan to ease reliance on oil was delayed, and we moved further out of Covid restriction…
 
It’s the week in which the chancellor said he’s saving loadsa money from our personal finances. But was it just a drop in an ocean of household debt? The Scottish Government were on the receiving end of a scathing report about efforts to build just two ferries, adding yet more criticism to their handling of big projects. And another council candida…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson comes to Aberdeen, but Douglas Ross loses his voice. We look at the bigger picture facing a Tory party trying to show unity while papering over some big divides. Scotland’s Covid rules are changing, but is everyone happy at the speed Nicola Sturgeon’s moving? And bigotry raises its ugly head as public figures ar…
 
It’s the week in which Douglas Ross decided ‘now is not the time’ to fire prime minister Boris Johnson, despite saying he stands by what he said over the ‘partygate’ scandal. Labour finished off their first in-person conference, as Tories prepare for theirs, with Mr Johnson now in line for an appearance in Aberdeen. Subscribe to the Courier or Pres…
 
Courier editor David Clegg talks to Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar on the eve of the party’s conference in Glasgow. The MSP sets his sights high one year in to the job with a prediction on the next Holyrood election, he outlines where he needs to do better, and reflects on a personal experience of racism in Scotland. Subscribe to the Courier or…
 
Covid rules are being lifted as Scotland heads to a ‘new normal’, but events from beyond the borders dominated a dark week for international politics. Putin ordered a brutal invasion of Ukraine, bringing war to Europe once again. Meanwhile, Alex Salmond ‘suspended’ his Russia Today show after a furious backlash. Subscribe to the Courier or Press an…
 
We take a deeper look at the row over young people in politics in this mid-week special, with the extended interviews from the episode that aired on Friday. We hear from Emma Roddick, Scotland's youngest active MSP, as she reveals how was belittled by fellow politicians for being a young, disabled woman. Plus we hear about the exodus of political t…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson escaped scandals and a police probe at Westminster by making a dash to Scotland. Councils began revealing the extent of cuts and council tax rises to come, and there was a row over young people putting themselves forward for May's local elections.Από τον DC Thomson Media
 
It’s the week in which budgets were set, a council tax rebate was hatched and politicians fell out over what do with massive energy firm profits. Boris Johnson’s new PR ‘guru’ managed to create even more embarrassing headlines, and the country thought once again about how pensions might be paid after independence. You can get a free month of unlimi…
 
It’s the week in which we learned our energy bills are about to get a lot worse, the chancellor said he’d mitigate the damage if we pay him back, and the cost of living crisis shot to the top of everyone’s agenda. Shetland, at the forefront of energy production, meanwhile looked to a post-oil future. And our squeezed household finances were stretch…
 
It’s the week in which the police finally picked up an investigation into allegations about lockdown behaviour at Downing Street, the prime minister continued to bat away calls to resign, Nicola Sturgeon reignited the independence debate and everyone waited, and waited, for Sue Gray’s report. You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Cour…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson watched a Tory defect to Labour, was accused of presiding over party which tries to ‘blackmail’ MPs into line, and heard every party tell him to resign. Meanwhile, the political working environment was called into question in a row over ‘macho’ attitudes to job expectations. You can get a free month of unlimited…
 
It was the week in which Boris Johnson was forced to face the music in parliament about lockdown-busting parties, and Downing Street staff danced while the Queen prepared for her husband’s socially distanced funeral. We also bring you an expert view on what this means for public trust in a health crisis. You can get a free month of unlimited access…
 
It’s nearly the end of term, and the headmaster has let everyone bring in games. We pitch Courier Editor David Clegg against political reporter Rachel Amery in our year-end quiz, with questions from chair Paul Malik and the rest of the Stooshie team. Whoever wins, the truth wins. Which is just as well, because the points are not flowing as freely a…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson continued to shock and amaze a disbelieving public with denials about parties at No 10 Downing St. We watched leaders line up to call for his resignation and the prime minister say he’s going nowhere. Meanwhile, Scotland was given some free advice on tackling a shocking drugs-death crisis and the SNP Government …
 
It’s the week in which Nicola Sturgeon announced the doubling of the Scottish Child Payment, the Yes Hubs and Covid funding swung back into view, and we look at 15 years of Trump and Menie. You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Courier or The Press & Journal websites; just go to https://www.thecourier.co.uk/subscribe or https://www.pr…
 
It’s the week in which Boris Johnson made a fool of himself in a speech veering from Peppa Pig to Moses, Donald Trump faced more calls to show where his wealth came from, and the historic Black Watch is set for a return to its traditional recruiting grounds. You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Courier or The Press & Journal websites…
 
It’s the week in which further delays to the deposit return scheme were announced, a ban on conversion therapy was promised and Douglas Ross came under further scrutiny for politicians’ outside earnings. You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Courier or The Press & Journal websites; just go to https://www.thecourier.co.uk/subscribe or …
 
It’s the week in which further sleaze and corruption allegations plague UK politics, COP26 comes to a head and the Coronavirus threat looms back into view. You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Courier or The Press & Journal websites; just go to https://www.thecourier.co.uk/subscribe or https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/subscribe to b…
 
It’s the week in which the Tories were on the spot about where their cash comes from, and why they rallied around to protect a corruption row MP. We got through a week of climate-saving discussion from world leaders, but was it just hot air? You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Courier or The Press & Journal websites; just go to http…
 
It’s the week in which Rishi Sunak told us how much he planned to tax and spend, planes got a duty break and our intrepid environment team set-out to see if Scotland is good for EVs. You can get a free month of unlimited access to The Courier or The Press & Journal websites; just go to https://www.thecourier.co.uk/subscribe or https://www.pressandj…
 
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