This is a candid unedited recording unpublished until now. I am making this programme available as a tribute to our friend Alex Grant who sadly died on Hogmany 2017. Alex was passionate about Scottish Independence.
Nicola, Kezia, Ruth return to dynamic question time with yesterday’s UK budget fresh in memory. The main issues turned out to volatile oil prices and gagging orders to NHS staff.
Health issues dominated Holyrood at Question Time today however Ruth Davidson began with the situation of suspended Chief Constable Phil Gormley.
Richard Leonard was less specific asking about the Bield care homes situation and the closure of the childrens ward at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
Willie Rennie accused the First Minister of lying and was reprimanded by the Presiding Officer as was the First Minister for describing Willie Rennie as “a pathetic attention seeker”
Winterproofing of the train network came up as well as funding of volunteer sports.
New GP contracts got an airing as did cervical cancer screening and the training of teachers to cope with mental health issues of pupils.
First minister Questions live followed by discussion of relevant topics raised.
Holyrood TV recording of FMQs 110118..
Aye Right Radio Review of FMQs 110118..
Holyrood chronicles gives us a wee clip from the Guardian just to brighten up our day and perhaps make us think on the pitfalls of holidaying abroad.
Munguin’s new Republic does a compare and contrast piece on our political class. Depending on where in the country you are you could read this and weep or cry for joy.
Wee Ginger dug goes bat shit crazy today, after having told us yesterday he wouldn’t be blogging as much what does he go and do, gives us two articles today. One on the class distinction of’s wary words and another on the Tories latest cluster F, they told us about their broad shoulders but not about their wonderful holiday adventures.
Common space covers Priti Patel’s journey to oblivion, from Jade Saab an article on Britain’s relationship with Israel, Ben Simmons asks could a basic income be the answer to the future pension problems.
Were going to broadcast a piece today that covers a discussion in Canada between the various political parties about basic income. Canada are running a pilot scheme at the moment.
A big piece from common weal about what the Scottish government could do to crack down on tax avoidance.
Sean Bell has an article covering new figures just released about the benefits EU citizens bring to Scotland.
Sean also has a piece about Nicholas Sturgeon signing a pledge in support of a nuclear weapons ban and gives us the detail of that pledge.
Jonathon Shafi gives us a list of the crumbling edifice of neoliberalism no reasons to be cheerful in this list.
Alistair Stewart writes about the strange rise of Moggmentum, and asks why would we want a return to the 1800s under the stewardship of Jacob Rees Mogg. He also mentions an interview Mogg did with Ali G so we thought we’d tag the audio onto the end of our blog report today just to give Mr Mogg the chance to fly his true colours.