Podcast Episodes

E35: Women in Politics - With Hannah Bardell MP and activist Sally Donald

With Hannah Bardell MP and Sally Donald. With Hannah Bardell MP and Sally Donald. According to UN analysis early this year, at the current rate, gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years. This shows just how much work is needed to create more gender-balanced and better …

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E34: A View from Stirling - Alyn Smith MP & Yes Activists, Gregg & Gerry

With Alyn Smith MP, and Yes Stirling activists Greg and Gerry. A view from Stirling. In this episode, the first of our Yes Places series, Drew talks with members of the Stirling independence movement about their activism, their views on the route to Independence and the relationship between grassroots activism and political representation. Local Yes …

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E33: Scotland's Pensions - With Ian Blackford MP

Few areas of policy were more divisive in the lead up to the 2014 Independence Referendum than Pensions. People were told repeatedly that one of the most significant risks of independence was losing pension security and the infamous ‘triple lock’. We know this issue was hugely influential in shaping the views of older voters who …

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E32: Social Security - Cllr Laura Brennan-Whitefield

Twelve-month waits for payment,  a culture of suspicion, punishing bureaucracy are just some of the features of the UK Social Security system people living with disabilities face. In this episode, Drew chats to Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield, a SNP Councillor for North Ayr, a mother, a disabilities campaigner, a trekie and someone who lives with a …

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E31: (P2) Grassroots Activism - Marcus Carslaw, Danielle Nicolson and Alan Dalziel

When we think of politics we probably think of the grand halls of Westminster Palace or the postmodern structure of the Scottish Parliament. With that, we also likely think of key political figures in the main parties. The First Minister, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Presiding Officer. Cast your mind back …

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E30: A Wellbeing Economy - With Ariane Burgess MSP

Wellbeing is something we’re all a lot more in tune with today. And there is a growing number of people who support the idea of a well-being economy – one that promotes looking after individuals and the environment. To discuss the (not so new) idea, Ariane Burgess, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands Region, …

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E29: Scotland's Trade - With Stewart Hosie MP

Trade is the beating heart of any economy. In its simplest form, it allows goods or services to be transferred between one party to another, in return for other goods/services, or, more commonly, money. So where has the UK lost its way with regards to trade? What’s changed in recent years that’s had such a …

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E28: (P1) Grassroots Activism - Marcus Carslaw, Danielle Nicolson and Alan Dalziel

Grassroots activism has an extremely important part to play in politics. When we think of politics we probably think of the grand halls of Westminster Palace or the postmodern structure of the Scottish Parliament. With that, we also likely think of key political figures in the main parties. The First Minister, the Prime Minister, the …

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