Politically Speaking: Scotland’s flagship political podcast
By Holyrood Communications
Welcome to Politically Speaking, Scotland’s flagship political podcast brought to you from the editorial team of the award-winning Holyrood magazine. Whether you are more interested in what politicians do to relax than what they actually do in the parliament, this is the podcast where you will get the full skinny on politics, policy, and pure nonsense.
In the run up to the election, Holyrood and BMA Scotland’s Scottish health hustings featured contributions from representatives working across Scotland’s political spectrum.
Candidates from each party discussed the future of health and care in Scotland. Representatives from each party outlined the steps they believe need to be taken to ensure a recovery that works for staff and patients alike.
The event was hosted by Andrew Learmonth, journalist at Holyrood magazine, with an introduction from Dr Lewis Morrison, chair of BMA Scotland.
In the run up to the election, Holyrood’s Scottish education hustings featured contributions from representatives working across Scotland’s political spectrum.
The candidates discussed the poverty attainment gap, priorities for the education system as we move out of the pandemic and the funding of higher education.
The event was chaired by Chris Marshall, deputy editor of Holyrood magazine.
In the run up to the election, Holyrood’s Scottish environment hustings featured contributions from representatives working across the Scottish political spectrum.
As well as exploring party priorities, candidates discussed how we can maximise our competitive advantages in clean energy and natural capital; implement a just transition and deliver the secure jobs which will be the backbone of a green economy.
The event was chaired by Jenni Davidson, journalist at Holyrood magazine.
In the run up to the election, Holyrood and Scottish Financial Enterprise’s finance hustings featured contributions from representatives working across Scotland’s political spectrum.
During the Scottish Finance Hustings, candidates from each party discussed the challenges and opportunities for the future, particularly climate change and opportunities for the sector to make a positive impact on society.
The event was hosted by Mandy Rhodes, managing editor, Holyrood magazine. The hustings was introduced by Sandy Begbie, chief executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise.
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This episode of Politically Speaking takes a step towards understanding what this year's United States election means for Scotland, U.S. citizens living in Scotland and, of course, what it means for Scotland's relationship with the United States will look like regardless of who wins.
Timestamp: 0:00:49 - One of Holyrood's Magazine's journalists, Ailean Beaton, takes us on a journey to better understand what this election looks like for U.S. citizens living outside of their home country. He helps us to understand the rise of mail-in-ballots and the optics that President Trump has created surrounding this rise in absentee voting. He asked experts some of the questions that have surfaced during this highly contested campaign period on the run-up to November's polling day. Is this election rigged? Does Trump speak truths about mail-in votes? Will this election be decided by the Supreme Court, where the Republicans now hold a supermajority following the appointment of Justice Amy Coney-Barret?
Timestamp: 0:22.16 - Mandy interviews former First Minister of Scotland, Henry Mcliesh, and lets him discuss why he thinks a Democrat victory will allow America to heal following four years of division. He suggests that Scotland, and indeed, the U.K.'s relationship with America go back to the way it looked under eight years of President Obama. Most importantly, he lets us know what his drink of choice will be on election night... Mandy always asks the important questions for you, the listener.
Timestamp: 0:47.40 - Lastly, Liam makes a miraculous appearance at the end to recap his favourite (or most notable) moments of Trump's last four years in the White House with Mandy. But will this section of this very podcast be the reason why Trump wins in November? Did Liam jinx it?
Politically Speaking is a podcast brought to you by Holyrood Communications. This show is hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, narration and scripting by Ailean Beaton. This episode was produced by Ailean Beaton and Steven Perrie-Clyde. The artwork was designed and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde (Spotify & Anchor) and Aimee Watchel (all other services). Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and share this show on your social media channels.
Welcome to ‘Politically Speaking’, Scotland’s flagship political podcast brought to you from the editorial team of the award winning Holyrood magazine. Whether you are more interested in what politicians do to relax than what they actually do in the parliament, this is the podcast where you will get the full skinny on politics, policy and pure nonsense.
Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, along with Liam Kirkaldy, Holyrood’s award winning sketch writer, and the odd politician, as they chew the political fat and spit out it out onto the pages of the forthcoming issue of Holyrood magazine.
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